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#15541 ONLINE   DodgeRover

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 11:34 AM

I don't know, that was about 8 years ago, looking on the net there are quite a few reports of ex pats getting into trouble returning with a French regd vehicle. Maybe there has been a crackdown on it or a bulletin issued?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:31 PM

I need to insure another car as well as my own for about two months. Is there a cheap way of doing this? Day insurance only covers up to 28 days, I looked at pay as you go insurance through these guys computerquoteinsurance.com but as they won't let me use my no claims it works out at just short of £100 a month!

 

I won't be using it for going anywhere I just need it insured so buyers can test drive it.



#15543 OFFLINE   dougiefourspeed

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 03:28 PM

Is this a recent thing? As I used to drive a US registered VW around for ages, and also a French registered Hire van on more than one occasion.

 

I got pulled in the VW for running a red light, and given the subsiquent 3 points, but the rozzers had no issue with me driving a vehicle registered in another country.

 

This all sounds a bit weird to me. I've been driving French registered vehicles in the UK on a UK licence for many years now and never had an issue when stopped on a couple of occasions. I have had the carte grise in the car and the insurance paperwork, but under the French system as far as I am aware its the vehicle that is insured rather than the driver being insured to drive the vehicle in question. All the paperwork was in order Traffic plod seemed perfectly happy with that and let me on my way. 



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:11 PM

Just because a police officer says something is illegal doesn't make it so.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:58 PM

Insure in UK by phone on vin number enjoy wafting round Le France, Gauloises etc. drive back to UK, load onto trailer when you get off ferry for journey home.
UK license holders are not legally permitted to drive a foreign regd vehicle within the uk :(

As someone who has lived in Europe a lot I think the difference might be the UK licence bit. As far as I know if you have an EU licence its ok whether your a Brit or not. I've driven foreign motors here, there and, erm, inbetween, and never had a problem. What about all the ex patriots, bloody traitors, coming to brexitland with, for example, Spanish wagons. You don't have to change to a Spanish licence, because its that Europe land innit.



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:16 PM

I need to insure another car as well as my own for about two months. Is there a cheap way of doing this? Day insurance only covers up to 28 days, I looked at pay as you go insurance through these guys computerquoteinsurance.com but as they won't let me use my no claims it works out at just short of £100 a month!

I won't be using it for going anywhere I just need it insured so buyers can test drive it.


Ignore this I've sorted it through my current insurer but only for 30 days.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 05:44 AM

Anyone on here an ADR tanker driver? Got a few questions I'd like to ask via PM if so. TIA, and all that caper.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 06:42 AM

Anyone on here an ADR tanker driver? Got a few questions I'd like to ask via PM if so. TIA, and all that caper.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:28 AM

I think they do get good money. Apparently it's only them and car transporter drivers that still do.

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:55 AM

Anyone know if I can get a obd scanner for my1.6dci X-trail.The ones i have looked at on ebay say not compatible with my vehicle.


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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:19 PM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:26 PM

Definitely. Don't click that link!
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:33 PM

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 04:36 PM

I think they do get good money. Apparently it's only them and car transporter drivers that still do.

IIRC a driver, on here, was observing that one of the really big 'contract movers' (we will supply the whole logistics you need - Mr International petrol supplier) had secured the gig .. and was offering work to fuel drivers... [As they were being 'laid off'].

Race to the bottom.. ??


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 01:10 PM

How sensitive are the tyre pressure sensors on a 2017 Toyota? Lady friend called in on her way to work with lights on but all pressures were 28/29/30psi. Will 2psi variance bring the light on? She was in a rush and I didn't know what they should be  so left alone.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 01:56 PM

How sensitive are the tyre pressure sensors on a 2017 Toyota? Lady friend called in on her way to work with lights on but all pressures were 28/29/30psi. Will 2psi variance bring the light on? She was in a rush and I didn't know what they should be  so left alone.

 

our hire car we had after our bump had TPS and the driver said they just whack them all up to 34-37 psi to turn them off. 

​I asked why all tyre pressures were so high as it showed you on one menu screen 



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 02:54 PM

TPS will have triggered if one was at 35 and the rest 30, and then they're all 30.

Typically you run a reset which saves the pressures, and it monitors from there. So if the initial pressures are wrong and it gets reset, that can happen.

Check manually at some point soon, either with an airline or by looking at it and saying to yourself "seems alright"

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:05 PM

The 28/29/30psi figs I got were done manually, I don't know anything about the dash system and neither does she! Company car.



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:04 PM

Headlight bulbs.

 

I would like to try changing the H7 dipped beam bulbs in my Saab 9-3 to make them more yellow (lower kelvin), like older continental cars had. Ebay lists loads of yellow H7 bulbs between 2000 and 3000 kelvin but they are are 100w jobbies which melt the wiring and blind everyone.

 

A few stupid questions:

 

Rather than paint the headlight lenses, which is a bit 'no going back' can I get a set of H7 bulbs and lacquer them with amber lacquer to make them more yellow so I can change the bulbs out for normal ones if required, such as for MOTs?

 

if I do, will they catch fire?

 

If they don't catch fire will I be sent to prison for a hundred years

 

if they don't catch fire and I don't get sent to prison will I actually be able to see anything?

 

If they don't catch fire, I don't go to prison and can actually see, will I blind or otherwise inconvenience other oncoming drivers


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

^^^ stick lucozade cellophane over the glass m8

Sorted :)


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:35 PM

Headlight bulbs.

 

I would like to try changing the H7 dipped beam bulbs in my Saab 9-3 to make them more yellow (lower kelvin), like older continental cars had. Ebay lists loads of yellow H7 bulbs between 2000 and 3000 kelvin but they are are 100w jobbies which melt the wiring and blind everyone.

 

A few stupid questions:

 

Rather than paint the headlight lenses, which is a bit 'no going back' can I get a set of H7 bulbs and lacquer them with amber lacquer to make them more yellow so I can change the bulbs out for normal ones if required, such as for MOTs?

 

if I do, will they catch fire?

 

If they don't catch fire will I be sent to prison for a hundred years

 

if they don't catch fire and I don't get sent to prison will I actually be able to see anything?

 

If they don't catch fire, I don't go to prison and can actually see, will I blind or otherwise inconvenience other oncoming drivers

 

Easy solution, don't, just get get some philips vision plus or osram nightbreakers and enjoy being able to see where you are going at night, whether you think that them looking yellow is cool is moot really, surely whats more important is being able to see where you are going?


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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:41 PM

Headlight bulbs.

I would like to try changing the H7 dipped beam bulbs in my Saab 9-3 to make them more yellow (lower kelvin), like older continental cars had. Ebay lists loads of yellow H7 bulbs between 2000 and 3000 kelvin but they are are 100w jobbies which melt the wiring and blind everyone.

A few stupid questions:

Rather than paint the headlight lenses, which is a bit 'no going back' can I get a set of H7 bulbs and lacquer them with amber lacquer to make them more yellow so I can change the bulbs out for normal ones if required, such as for MOTs?

if I do, will they catch fire?

If they don't catch fire will I be sent to prison for a hundred years

if they don't catch fire and I don't get sent to prison will I actually be able to see anything?

If they don't catch fire, I don't go to prison and can actually see, will I blind or otherwise inconvenience other oncoming drivers

Firstly you can't run 100w on a 9-3. If you do, you'll get a warning pop up on the SID and it'll refuse to light them. This is to prevent wiring and light fixture damage.

Secondly, you know that yellow headlights actually decrease visibility?



Thirdly, I and many others have found that the stock 9-3 headlight beam height is really low out of the factory. You can get away with winding them up a fair bit and still be ok to MOT spec.
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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:55 PM

Firstly you can't run 100w on a 9-3. If you do, you'll get a warning pop up on the SID and it'll refuse to light them. This is to prevent wiring and light fixture damage.

Secondly, you know that yellow headlights actually decrease visibility?



Thirdly, I and many others have found that the stock 9-3 headlight beam height is really low out of the factory. You can get away with winding them up a fair bit and still be ok to MOT spec.

 

Sorry badly explained - I mean if I took some 55w bulbs and painted them with yellow lacquer - I have no intention of ever putting 100w bulbs in anything ever!

 

Yes, shorter distance but better contrast so things can be seen more clearly, but only at closer range (vs 'bluer' light).

 

Interesting re the third point - how do you go about angling the beam height up? I know there is the switch to point them further down for towing, which when you aren't towing basically points the beam directly at the floor. How do you point the beam further skywards?

 

The illumination (presumably due to beam height) on dipped beam is crap it has to be said.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 08:43 AM

You aim them up by turning the adjuster on the light unit, under the bonnet.

 

 

As to dull yellow lights, just loosen all the earths & let them rust a bit...



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 09:21 AM

Bad misfire,no power and rotten eggs/burning smell. What could it be?

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:51 PM

I think they do get good money. Apparently it's only them and car transporter drivers that still do.

 

I'm not ADR i drive a powder pressure tanker.

 

Drove car transporters for 20 years before morphing onto tankers.

 

Yes the money is good, however on the cars the work is much much harder than one might imagine and the hours involved will be high...the problem being the vehicles cost a kings ransom both to buy and look after, and the nature of the work doesn't really lead to double shifting the vehicles, therefore the usually one allocated driver has to work long hours to make the job pay, his pay is geared to encourage that.,,the best paying job in the country on transporters is at Fords, dead mans shoes.

 

Tankers are another case, yes the work is specialised but its not hard work, pay depends where you work, direct own account is best, the haulage companies now increasingly doing the tanker work do not pay nearly as well,  long hours and weird shift patterns are involved in order to maximise the use of the vehicles.

 

Those original contracts where direct employed petrol tanker drivers were on £45k salaries in the 80's are now history.

 

Lorry driving generally is nearing the end of its race to the bottom, the results of which are plain for all to see on the roads every day.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:52 PM

What's the best way to flush a radiator of rust if you can't run the engine?
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Posted 17 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

What's the best way to flush a radiator of rust if you can't run the engine?

Replace it?

If it's that bad, surely it'll fail in the near future anyway?
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Posted 17 September 2017 - 05:12 PM

Yeah, well I'm replacing almost every other part of the cooling system! I'll keep flushing a few more times with plain water and see where I am.
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Posted 17 September 2017 - 05:30 PM

Some warm water with some kind of detergent (dishwasher tablet dissolved before you pour?) might help then flush through with a hose
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