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Old 4th Mar 2022, 09:04
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Originally Posted by Uplinker View Post
Re plumbers.............White van men drive me to distraction. Most are not experts, many have not been trained but learned on the job by watching others, most only want to do the quickest job, and they buy the cheapest spares from Screwfix. They are not interested in the best solution or the best fix, only the quickest thing they can do to get your money and get out of the door. And why do builders have to play radios on site at top volume from 0700, disturbing everyone around ????
If you find a good tradesman who is trained, competant and knowledgeable; hang onto them for dear life !
I've seen so many shoddy jobs done for other people that I almost always end up doing it myself; not because I'm not prepared to pay someone else, but because I don't have enough confidence that White Van Man will do a decent job. That applies equally to decorating, plumbing, electrics, gas, the lot. I may have to go away and learn how to do the job; it may take a lot longer, but when it's done I know it's done properly.

Every time I'm in Screwfix they seem to have an offer along the lines of "Buy XXXXX boiler, get £YYY in vouchers." So not only is White Van Man selecting your new boiler on the basis of what deal he can get, without passing the discount back to you, he's also using the vouchers to buy fittings for the next customer and then charging them cash.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 09:37
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
My BMW was similarly difficult. At the opposite end of the scale, my Volvo S40 headlights had a vertical, flat stainless steel strip at the back. If you pulled this strip up, it released the entire front light unit which then slid out sideways, exposing the rear of the bulb holders. Change the bulb, slide the headlight back in, refit the securing strip, job done.
C30 is the same giving you get the chance to change the bulb somewhere warm, dry and well lit too
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 10:27
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Electric mirrors brilliant to adjust, but when you put it in reverse why they do not have the facility to partially dip down so you can see both rearwards and the curb is beyond me. ( to aid parking.)
I understand you have an Audi. They could take advice from manufacturers such as BMW or Volvo, I’ve owned examples of both with “dipping” side mirrors when you select reverse.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 10:42
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“Keyless” car ignition….My son used to work for a car hire company. His boss was a really egotistical, strict disciplinarian and took every opportunity to chastise his “underling” workers and give them formal warnings for minor indiscretions.

One day the boss personally decided to deliver a brand new car to an important customer who needed it urgently to drive to Scotland for a meeting, saying that he didn’t trust any of his workers to deal with this man properly. As it was a very cold day, he left the engine running and the customer immediately jumped in set off up the motorway in a hurry. Some time later, the office got a phone call from the same angry customer who had stopped in a services for a break. He couldn’t find the key and having stopped the car, couldn’t restart it.

It was in the manager’s pocket…. word soon spread because they had to send another driver many miles to deliver the key.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 12:47
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
“Keyless” car ignition….My son used to work for a car hire company. His boss was a really egotistical, strict disciplinarian and took every opportunity to chastise his “underling” workers and give them formal warnings for minor indiscretions.

One day the boss personally decided to deliver a brand new car to an important customer who needed it urgently to drive to Scotland for a meeting, saying that he didn’t trust any of his workers to deal with this man properly. As it was a very cold day, he left the engine running and the customer immediately jumped in set off up the motorway in a hurry. Some time later, the office got a phone call from the same angry customer who had stopped in a services for a break. He couldn’t find the key and having stopped the car, couldn’t restart it.

It was in the manager’s pocket…. word soon spread because they had to send another driver many miles to deliver the key.
Happened to my wife, I gentlemanly started her car and removed snow and ice before she left our mountain cabin. An hour later I found the car keys in my pocket. She normally takes a coffee break on the way home, but luckily I managed to call her just as she pulled in to the gas station.. Told her to keep the engine running and proceed home without shutting down.
The car was telling her that the key was missing, but of course she blamed me.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 12:48
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I understand you have an Audi. They could take advice from manufacturers such as BMW or Volvo, I’ve owned examples of both with “dipping” side mirrors when you select reverse.
Skoda has had that since 2012. You can adjust angle of dip, or no dip.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 13:07
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You can manually dip mine, but no auto function, I believe there is a work round that involves a bit of... ermm bodging.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 13:12
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Originally Posted by Ancient Mariner View Post
Skoda has had that since 2012. You can adjust angle of dip, or no dip.
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Only if you have the electrically-adjusted seats option by the look of it :-(
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 13:46
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Here is a question, why have we not binned replacement or new car batteries for that matter in some vehicles for Lithium Ion considering the problems with acid battery disposal, they are longer lasting, do not go flat apparently and can be fitted anyway up.
  • You will not need an external charger to charge your Lithium ion battery. The alternator will charge the new Lithium ion battery the same as it charges the lead acid batteries. Moreover, trickle charging is not required. Unlike lead acid batteries, Lithium ion batteries do not lose charge by sitting unused.
  • Lithium ion batteries are waterproof. It is safe to wash the inside of the car with the battery inside.
  • Before buying the new Lithium ion battery, figure out the Ah size pack you need. This is an important step.
  • Lithium ion batteries have the Battery Management System (BMS), which means that you will not encounter the dead battery situation ever.
  • Lithium ion batteries have a protection circuit that prevents them from over draining.
  • Lithium ion batteries can be mounted in any position, it does not matter if they are upside down. There is no acid inside that would be spilled.
  • Lithium ion batteries last from five to ten years. That is at least double the cycle life of the lead acid batteries.


https://www.large.net/news/8hu43nh.html
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 13:48
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
You would think it would be standard on all cars with electric mirrors. The odd thing is cars I have had have I’ve found options hidden in the software that you would think they would have as standard, not hidden away, after all if they are on the vehicle why not have them available.

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They may well clash with other options if all enabled.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 13:57
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Here is a question, why have we not binned replacement or new car batteries for that matter in some vehicles for Lithium Ion considering the problems with acid battery disposal, they are longer lasting, do not go flat apparently and can be fitted anyway up.
  • Lithium ion batteries last from five to ten years. That is at least double the cycle life of the lead acid batteries.
https://www.large.net/news/8hu43nh.html
All the problems you list may be an inconvenience, but they do not risk destroying the car as a runaway Li-ion would.
Much greater danger of fire hazard in crashes;
Because of above, problems passing crash-tests when homologating;
My experience of lead-acid is at least seven years of life;
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 14:02
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But in a way that also applies to electric cars in part. they would also have been crash tested, so a new model could equally be tested.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 14:25
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Cost may be a factor; quick search suggests that you're probably looking at £600 extra for a 100Ah battery, which is going to have a non-trivial impact on the overall price of the car.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 14:50
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
But in a way that also applies to electric cars in part. they would also have been crash tested, so a new model could equally be tested.
That's somewhat disjointed. Of course, they could be tested, but is it possible to protect such an inflammable source as a Li-ion battery in the engine compartment/boot (if you want to move it ).?
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 17:43
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Originally Posted by pasta View Post
Only if you have the electrically-adjusted seats option by the look of it :-(
We had/have that. Didn't realise it was a requirement. 🤔
Learn something new every day.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 17:47
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Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
Here is a question, why have we not binned replacement or new car batteries for that matter in some vehicles for Lithium Ion considering the problems with acid battery disposal, they are longer lasting, do not go flat apparently and can be fitted anyway up.
  • You will not need an external charger to charge your Lithium ion battery. The alternator will charge the new Lithium ion battery the same as it charges the lead acid batteries. Moreover, trickle charging is not required. Unlike lead acid batteries, Lithium ion batteries do not lose charge by sitting unused.
  • Lithium ion batteries are waterproof. It is safe to wash the inside of the car with the battery inside.
  • Before buying the new Lithium ion battery, figure out the Ah size pack you need. This is an important step.
  • Lithium ion batteries have the Battery Management System (BMS), which means that you will not encounter the dead battery situation ever.
  • Lithium ion batteries have a protection circuit that prevents them from over draining.
  • Lithium ion batteries can be mounted in any position, it does not matter if they are upside down. There is no acid inside that would be spilled.
  • Lithium ion batteries last from five to ten years. That is at least double the cycle life of the lead acid batteries.


https://www.large.net/news/8hu43nh.html
Batteries on my last two cars lasted over ten years. Land Rover Discovery and Volvo V70.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 17:59
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Originally Posted by munnst View Post
Why does my DVD remote have an eject button?
Command Ejection. In case you become incapacitated, leaning over the DVD.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 19:01
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Originally Posted by NutLoose [img]images/buttons/viewpost.gif[/img]
Electric mirrors brilliant to adjust, but when you put it in reverse why they do not have the facility to partially dip down so you can see both rearwards and the curb is beyond me. ( to aid parking.)
Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
I understand you have an Audi. They could take advice from manufacturers such as BMW or Volvo, I’ve owned examples of both with “dipping” side mirrors when you select reverse.
Not sure why you think Audi need that particular advice ShyTorque - my 2014 Audi came with dipping side mirrors, can’t remember if they were standard or if I specified them, but definitely available on Audis since 2014 or before.
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Old 4th Mar 2022, 23:25
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Originally Posted by Ant T View Post
Not sure why you think Audi need that particular advice ShyTorque - my 2014 Audi came with dipping side mirrors, can’t remember if they were standard or if I specified them, but definitely available on Audis since 2014 or before.
Simply because Nutty brought up this very subject, because his car doesn’t have them…..and as he has said before, it’s an Audi.
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Old 5th Mar 2022, 03:54
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we have the occasional power failure and the stupid smart tv will power up
as power is restored to the house .
several times i have snapped awake in the wee hours to the sound of
americans murdering people in my lounge room .
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