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General Car Chat / Re: Stellantis
« on: 17 January 2021, 23:05:04 »
If people are stupid enough to buy them.  ::)
After this pandemic along with all their other sins against the rest of the world, we should be boycotting them.

Nah - people will still buy whatever cr@p has the cheapest finance deal just to have something new on the driveway to keep up with the Joneses.

Whether it's a French, Italian or Chinese shitbox will not even cross their minds. ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Sounder film problem
« on: 17 January 2021, 18:54:28 »
Chopping their thieving hands off might work too
depends if that's frowned upon locally  :-\

There's a BIG lake there. Couple of concrete blocks and he could be vanished for a long time. ;D

General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Starter Motor
« on: 13 January 2021, 21:58:25 »
Also worth checking the contacts that energise the motor if you can get to them.

General Car Chat / Re: Spotted
« on: 13 January 2021, 21:55:50 »
I'm still dreading the day I see my index somewhere around Oxfordshire / Bucks, followed by the words "driving like it was stolen"  ::)
I don't ever recall mine being posted here.

Although I do remember a telling off from Tunnie's Mum the day after Gixer, Kevin Wood and I were "in a hurry to get to Tiffins" and apparently passed her on the dual carriageway.  But that was all Kevin Wood's fault. Its always Kevin Wood's fault. He's a wrong 'un, I tell ya.


ISTR I was the one with the knackered brake pads, so was taking it "easy".

General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Starter Motor
« on: 12 January 2021, 18:47:02 »
May be possible to 'fix' the original starter ;)

Good point. Dismantle it and clean up the contacts in the solenoid and it'll probably go for long enough to get it sold, given the symptoms. ;)

General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Starter Motor
« on: 12 January 2021, 18:28:28 »
There's normally a freewheel at the pinion end that allows the pinion to freewheel when the engine fires.

It's not impossible that this is faulty and "giving" in both directions. That would cause your symptoms. You might be able to verify this by hand.

Normally the solenoid has to extend to the full length of its throw before the contacts that energise the motor make.

Another thing to check is that on some Fords I've seen several sets of mounting holes for different styles of starter. Is there any room for adjustment of its position?

General Discussion Area / Re: panettone - It is a no from me
« on: 11 January 2021, 18:40:32 »
Anything that once lived in water.

I know what I've done to contaminate waters around the world.

Yep, and anything that drops out of a Chicken's @rse. :y

General Car Chat / Re: Mondeo Starter Motor
« on: 11 January 2021, 18:36:42 »
Might be worth checking that the throw on the starter pinion is the same on both starters. It's not impossible they've sold you the wrong starter and the pinion isn't long enough to reach the ring gear.

General Discussion Area / Re: 737
« on: 10 January 2021, 15:03:04 »
The Ethiopian one probably wouldn't have crashed had the crew understood why the aircraft was behaving as it was, especially in light of the first crash.
I think that was the primary problem in reality, the Max wasn't inherently unsafe, but a lack of extra training for flight crews on the new systems implemented due to the new engines.  Boeing could have made the systems more resilient*, but crews should still be trained fully on all failure scenarios.  So the airlines are every bit to blame.

*and I think Boeing went out of their way to make out it was a minor upgrade, and implemented it very badly, and blah blah, so shouldn't be absconded of blame.

The selling point of the MAX was that no crew retraining was required to fly it, so Boeing actually went out of their way to hide differences in the systems from the crew.
That didn't end very well for them, as it turned out.

General Discussion Area / Re: Trump concedes.
« on: 10 January 2021, 14:58:48 »
As for Trump being insane.......he described himself as a 'stable genius' :)

He's comparing himself to what you normally find in stables: horses and rodents


I did always wonder how he reached that conclusion. Thanks for clarifying. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Site Expectations
« on: 09 January 2021, 10:47:31 »
Yep, I remember finding this site in early 2007 having bought a 2nd hand Omega and wondering what on earth I'd got myself into buying such a potential liability.

Shortly afterwards, I attended a cam belt party at TheBoy's garage (V1.0), met a load of great people who knew the car inside out and realised that I shouldn't have worried.

12 Years and about 200,000miles later the Omega moved on but the great people remain.

Looking forward to another meet once this nonsense is behind us. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Lockdown
« on: 09 January 2021, 10:37:39 »
Similar here. ::)

Still, at least all the "non-essential" dawdling Polo drivers have disappeared from my commute. The Little Blue Pussy isn't quite as frugal on fuel when "cracking on", mind. :o  ::)

General Car Chat / Re: Project anyone?
« on: 09 January 2021, 10:33:52 »
an honestly presented example of a former highway patrol police chaser


Ermm.. What were they trying to chase, again?

General Discussion Area / Re: Ikea ARRRRGGHHH!
« on: 07 January 2021, 07:25:55 »
I think, like Ryanair, the customer experience is deliberately poor to remind you how cheap stuff is. Not a strategy that works, for me at any rate.

General Car Chat / Re: So what have you done to your car today?
« on: 05 January 2021, 23:35:11 »
Discovered that, on a MY2017 car:

It has incandescent bulbs in the rear light clusters.
If one of the brake light bulbs fails, there's no bulb failure indication.
There are 2 brake light bulbs in each cluster, though, so no drama, surely?
.. Except that it disables the working one when it detects that the other one has failed. ::)

Filed under "words fail me". >:(
Mind you, they couldn't make the clock work properly either, or the sat nav. ::)

Clock is easily sorted with a BCM software for bulb failure, its a discussion I have had with the BCM team a few times. I know the system has a stabilised supply to the lights (not the usual direct battery feed) and the 'view' was that the bulbs would last for many many years.......but of course they don't.

The other bulb should only be disabled if the first one fails such that it causes a short.

It was odd behaviour. The remaining bulb would light as you start it, then extinguish and stay off until the next start. I checked both bulbs with a multimeter and the faulty one was completely O/C by the time I'd got it out of the car. It may have shorted at some point but not badly enough that the other one didn't light although I can see why it might shut down the circuit in that case to protect other loads on the regulated bus.

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