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#21871 OFFLINE   wuvvum

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 12:14 AM

I'll clutch at any straw at the moment tbh.  I've been Googling the symptoms and the most common diagnosis is that the ECU has shat itself.  If that's happened then the car is scrap, sadly, as with all the other issues it has it's just not worth spending large amounts of money on.



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:28 AM

OK, next question.  When I tested the injectors for power, I ran the multimeter from the positive to the earth wires on the connector plug.  This gave me a steady reading of about 8.5v.  However I've been watching some YouTube diagnostic type vids, and it looks like the earth wire is normally switched by the ECU to tell the injector to pulse - in other words, the circuit should only be complete when the injector is firing, so I shouldn't have got a reading on the multimeter when the engine wasn't being cranked.

 

Is that another pointer towards a failed ECU, or have I completely missed the point?



#21873 OFFLINE   garethj

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:04 AM

I'm not sure you can tell a lot from injectors with just a multimeter, the last time I messed about with this stuff I borrowed an oscilloscope from work because they switch a bit fast.

 

Have you tried taking the injectors out?  It's something they say to do when you check the spray pattern but you can cunningly see if there's any fuel at all coming through.


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#21874 OFFLINE   wuvvum

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:15 AM

Haven't had the injectors out yet - the idea scares me slightly...

 

Agree that there's no way a multimeter will react quickly enough to detect injector pulses.  One of the videos I watched had the mechanic testing for injector pulse with a test light - given that they only fire every second revolution, when the engine is being cranked over on the starter the pulses are far enough apart to be picked up by the light.  I haven't seen my test light for years, so I will go out and purchase one.



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:32 AM

I can certainly have a crack at the plugs - they don't look in the first flush of youth from the bits that I can see. I just think it's odd that the car would go from being on the button and running perfectly well, to not even trying to start, with nothing in between. I wouldn't have expected all six plugs to let go at the same time with no warning.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:55 AM

Nope, it's coil packs.  Bloody moderns...



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Posted 10 February 2019 - 03:52 PM

Saw one of these earlier today :

 

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Why is this post worthy? it had a single blue light on the roof, two in the grill and was going like a bat from hell for its size.  

 

Which service does it belong too?


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 04:45 PM

Fire probably/possibly. I frequently see them around here as fire chiefs or whatever they are/do with FIRE written on them.
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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:45 PM

Is there any way to insure a car for a couple weeks that doesn't cost a fortune? Esure want £200 to insure a 530d until the end of the month while I see if it sells. Given it's a spares or repair and the now swapped policy was £300 for a year they can FRO. It's still tested and drivable so being insured helps demo it. 



#21880 ONLINE   Hooli

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:48 PM

Insure for the year & then cancel within the 14 days cooling off period?


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#21881 OFFLINE   DavidB

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 07:57 PM

Would a non working glow plug ECU cause my diesel to be

incredibly sluggish for the first few minutes from cold?

diagnistic errors point to broken glow plug ECU and four non working plugs, which is because the EVU isn’t working!



#21882 ONLINE   Hooli

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:02 PM

No glow plugs = no heat in cylinder = poor combustion. So yeah, makes sense to me.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 08:23 PM

If i disconnect the battery on my 52 Honda  HRV  .. will the EML be cancelled ?

 

I pulled a connector off of the engine whilst it was running ,and it faltered, so I quickly pushed it back on..Now the EML is on.  :mad:  It's been on for a week ,I was hoping it would just forget.....

 

Funnily enough though , the car goes much better and pulls like a train at low revs :-D !! It's a V-tec , and normally it only picks up its skirts at 3000rpm onwards 


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:21 PM

Is there any way to insure a car for a couple weeks that doesn't cost a fortune? Esure want £200 to insure a 530d until the end of the month while I see if it sells. Given it's a spares or repair and the now swapped policy was £300 for a year they can FRO. It's still tested and drivable so being insured helps demo it.

Yes

Insure with admiral or elephant. Pay upfront and then cancel within 2 week cooling off period. Total cost for two weeks £25.

Done it a few times.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 10:27 PM

Yes, but hopefully it hasn't been stored in the ECU as an error - I can't see it doing that if it can't see the fault, unless the unplugging damaged the sensor somehow.

 

Unplugging it would register a fault as it couldn't see the sensor.

 

Get a cheap dongle & clear the code, I think mine was under a fiver & uses a free app on my phone.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 11:21 PM

Unplugging it would register a fault as it couldn't see the sensor.

 

Get a cheap dongle & clear the code, I think mine was under a fiver & uses a free app on my phone.

 

Not on my phone it wont  

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:37 AM

I’ve wired in a usb charger/cig lighter/voltmeter/switch panel to my van and it’s running off an old mobility scooter battery.

The battery also runs led lights in the van with no problem, and it fires up the voltmeter and the cigarette lighter. I ran a little compressor off the cigarette lighter to check. It won’t make any usb chargers work though, and the light on the socket doesn’t come on at all.

Would the USB port sockets take more power just to illuminate the light that shows they’re getting power?
The battery is old and well past it’s best, but seems to do everything else ok.

 

I would expect the compressor to put far more load on the battery than the USB outlets. I wonder if they have some sort of auto shut off to stop them flattening your battery and the voltage of the resting scooter battery is too low?

 

i.e. they only work when the battery is being charged ~14V rather than resting ~12.7V. Try hooking up a car charger to the scooter battery and see if they start working. I had a similar problem with a 12V fridge that would happily run off a battery connected to a charger but about ten minutes after removing the charger it would auto shut off. 



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 11:32 AM

Thank you, that makes sense. I thought I was going mad. It charges from a split charger so I’ll take it for a drive and see if it works when it’s being charged.

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

STREETWISES; contemporary reviews say the pezzer is the one to go for, because the (faster, more economical) diesel is a bit clattery. I don't mind clattery.

Is there any advantage to the petrol?
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:03 PM

Found two of these, any idea what they came off?



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:41 PM

STREETWISES; contemporary reviews say the pezzer is the one to go for, because the (faster, more economical) diesel is a bit clattery. I don't mind clattery.

Is there any advantage to the petrol?

The petrol one probably drives a bit better because the K series is light and the L series is heavy but the L series is almost indestructible and goes like the clappers on boost in an R3.
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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:17 PM

Anybody know how much of a job it is to change a starter motor on a c200 petrol merc? Its a 1999 model. Thanks



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 12:05 PM

STREETWISES; contemporary reviews say the pezzer is the one to go for, because the (faster, more economical) diesel is a bit clattery. I don't mind clattery.

Is there any advantage to the petrol?


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:54 PM

More HGFey.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:11 PM

Does anyone want about 150 litres of unfiltered veg ?

Could be as much as 200. 


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:14 PM

Yes please!
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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:19 PM

I found my petrol R3 200 to be better balanced and generally chuckable than the 2 litre petrol R8 I've got now but that could be the shorter wheelbase or far smaller mileage rather than the lighter engine.  I did find the K series powered car annoyingly buzzy above 50mph and crap on fuel, the R8 is no better on fuel but its usually travelling 20mph faster.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

I've rather over enthusiastically tried to open the door of a Lancia Delta Integrale and snapped it. It is made of a flimsy plastic handle with a metal covering. Typical Fiat junk.

What is the strongest glue I can buy? Q Bond won't work on this. SIkaflex is probably too flexible. Any ideas? Or a cheap handle? Do any other Fiat items fit?

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 07:40 PM

Gorilla Glue might but in all honesty I think a replacement is called for as I can't see any adhesive standing up to the wear it is going to have.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 09:28 PM

Mercedes Vito with a crew cab in 114CDI flavour. 100,000 miles and clean.

If I’ve been offered it for £900 should I snap it the hell up? Anything significant to look for?




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