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I just replaced the exhaust air temperature sensor on my Doblo 1.3.I ran around with the EML on for about three weeks,then replaced the sensor.When I went to put the light out I found the code I'd had had been replaced by two codes that showed that the dpf was choked.One code said that it was choked to the first level,which is about 70%,the other that it was choked to the second level,i.e.almost completely.Also,the dpf warning light was on and the ECU had cut the turbo so that the car wouldn't go more than 50mph.

So obviously, regeneration hadn't been taking place all the time the EML had been on.

I drove the car for about 15 miles and reread the codes.The code for the highest level of blocking was now intermittent,so it looked like some regeneration had taken place.I drove another few miles,and the dpf warning went out,so I read the codes again and saw that the first level blockage code was now intermittent rather than permanent.I cleared the codes and the car has driven perfectly since.

 

TL;DR,If you cure the inlet fault,clear the code,then take a long drive at out of town speeds,then clear the codes again,your car may be ok.

 

 

And that sums up why diesel cars are a load of bollocks, like solving a fucking conundrum every time you want to go the shops  :-D

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I just replaced the exhaust air temperature sensor on my Doblo 1.3.I ran around with the EML on for about three weeks,then replaced the sensor.When I went to put the light out I found the code I'd had had been replaced by two codes that showed that the dpf was choked.One code said that it was choked to the first level,which is about 70%,the other that it was choked to the second level,i.e.almost completely.Also,the dpf warning light was on and the ECU had cut the turbo so that the car wouldn't go more than 50mph.

So obviously, regeneration hadn't been taking place all the time the EML had been on.

I drove the car for about 15 miles and reread the codes.The code for the highest level of blocking was now intermittent,so it looked like some regeneration had taken place.I drove another few miles,and the dpf warning went out,so I read the codes again and saw that the first level blockage code was now intermittent rather than permanent.I cleared the codes and the car has driven perfectly since.

 

TL;DR,If you cure the inlet fault,clear the code,then take a long drive at out of town speeds,then clear the codes again,your car may be ok.

 

I do silly low mileage in the Saab now, mainly driving 2 miles to work and 2 miles home. Once a week I give it a bloody good run after work, hour and a half down the A27/M27 with a good session between 2000 & 3000 RPM which for me is 70 in 5th instead of 6th. Clears a load of crap out or forces a regen. Don't use Sainsbury's diesel either, all that comes out the back of the Saab is soot if I fill up on this.

 

Since we've been using sainsbury's fuel for the lorries at work, the newer ones have been regenerating a lot more often and older ones are a lot smokier than when we used any station that took our fleet fuel cards.

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Sunday, the bloody oven gave up. After a scour of the net, problem identified and part ordered on Amazon.

 

Turns out I thought I had ordered it but hadn’t. So now won’t be here until some time next week. Wife went out of town (San Diego) so Roobarb jnr and I didn’t mind too much (an excuse for a week of junk food). :D

 

Delivery pizza, cheesy poofs and milk by sunset. Every cloud and all that (while the cats away at least).

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Then Monday the hot water heater died. Roobarb jnr didn’t mind until he had to wash in a bowl of kettle boiled water - then repeat all week.

I couldn’t be in for a repair person due to work and single parenting for the week.

 

Today the central heating went off sometime during the night. Only have the gas fire in the living room working right now... can’t even do the open oven door trick or heat up in the shower.

 

This is the weather forecast as of Friday morning

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Hoping the heating engineer can make it here before the 8” of snow arrives...

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for the last year or so we have been lucky enough to hear a Tawny Owl calling on a night.

 

sometimes he was calling directly down our chimney!

 

the poor little sod got knocked on the road near Cat Nab on Thursday night. this makes me very sad. :-(  :-(  :-(

 

That is sad. 

 

We tried to rescue an injured fox at work, didn't happen so assumed the worst. The day the fox rescue place came back for the trap I tried to cheer myself up thinking of the one I used to see on a bridleway on the way home. Drove back that way for the first time in ages and it was dead at the side of the motorway  :(

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1st world problems for me today.

 

I finally decided that I'd been tempting fate with some bloody awful password management practices over the years for too long. Admittedly I don't use online banking so have probably dodged a bullet there.

 

However it was a bloody mess...far too many places sharing passwords, and a lot of them being variations on ancient ones which were just different enough to ensure I couldn't ever remember them. At least most are pretty decent in length... probably the reason that last time I had anything hacked it was a Hotmail account in 1998. That said though, my poor practices I knew meant that one website with shoddy practices storing a password as plain or easily decrypted text getting hacked could have spelled a world of pain for me.

 

So have been setting up a proper password manager and resetting passwords for absolutely everything...I have logon details for how many forking places?!?

 

You'd have thought after the first couple of dozen I'd have got quicker at spotting where the settings control to reset the password hides, apparently not.

 

On the plus side, after an entire evening I think everything I actively use has been sorted. The fact that there are no accounts sharing credentials should improve my odds of continuing my run of what sounds to be unusually good luck in this department.

 

While my password management has been rubbish for years, at least I have a good backup system in place. Never ceases to surprise me how many people don't with how digital our lives are these days. I've already had to retrieve one friend's pictures for the first three years of their kid's life following their laptop taking a swim in the kitchen sink...on which existed the only copy of all those photos, videos of their first walking events etc. Thankfully the hard drive survived so it was a simple matter...as they weren't happy when I pointed out how cheap professional data recovery isn't, and that even with a four digit pricetag there's no guarantee...

 

At least once I get this password nonsense done it's done and future passes to change the passwords will be far less of a pain as the list will be in front of me. Plus any of the dreaded emails from a company saying "our records may have been breached..." will only mean changing one password not a mad scramble to try to remember everywhere that particular one was used.

 

What I hadn't realised was that there's software out there nowadays which takes a lot of the hassle out of it...had I realised that sooner I might have done this job sooner.

 

Oh...other grump, the clutch master cylinder in the van appears to have ceased to work at all now. So I'll need to figure out how to move a two and a half tonne vehicle safely on our (not level) driveway tomorrow before I can really do any Invacar stuff out of the garage.

 

...Need to get a new cylinder ordered. This is determined to be an expensive week...and it's only 0201 on Sunday!

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Had my safe care policy review with social services on Friday. Been advised I am not allowed to give advice to my Foster child regarding drinking or drug use also smoking erm sexual health or anything for that matter. This is because I am a "Foster carer" Therefore because I only have real life experience of these matters and the associated problems that can arise from it and not read it in a book then I am unqualified. The thing that sets me apart from a lot of carers is this experience and ability to relate and have empathy with the teenagers with a lot of problems that I Foster. It's my own fault really. A social worker has been promoted and needed a stuck to hit me with. So without details on here. I handed her one, on a tray with a fucking ribbon round it. So things done by the book now has requested. Never mind the child is already kicking off and demanding to speak to a manager has I had to tell her yesterday that I am not able to advise her on a problem she had. Oh well I shall just do my job with both hands tied behind my back and tape over my mouth, so to speak.

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First world problems?

 

Found a pub we hadn't been to before, went in last night and some of the lager was £12 a pint. TWELVE QUID.

You could get a train to Wolverhampton, walk to the Clarendon Hotel, have 6 pints for the price of one at that place, and get a train home to chester all for the price of 2 pints.

Mind you only Mondays and Thursdays for the cheap beer deal.

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Had my safe care policy review with social services on Friday. Been advised I am not allowed to give advice to my Foster child regarding drinking or drug use also smoking erm sexual health or anything for that matter. This is because I am a "Foster carer" Therefore because I only have real life experience of these matters and the associated problems that can arise from it and not read it in a book then I am unqualified. The thing that sets me apart from a lot of carers is this experience and ability to relate and have empathy with the teenagers with a lot of problems that I Foster. It's my own fault really. A social worker has been promoted and needed a stuck to hit me with. So without details on here. I handed her one, on a tray with a fucking ribbon round it. So things done by the book now has requested. Never mind the child is already kicking off and demanding to speak to a manager has I had to tell her yesterday that I am not able to advise her on a problem she had. Oh well I shall just do my job with both hands tied behind my back and tape over my mouth, so to speak.

Surely you are employed to act as a surrogate parent, and should and must give advice as you see fit. Obviously leaving out any none PC biases you might have.

Surely your own moral compass is good enough?

I ask because my sister in law did fostering for years and she's never not once not given advice and support even when it wasn't wanted.

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Had my safe care policy review with social services on Friday. Been advised I am not allowed to give advice to my Foster child regarding drinking or drug use also smoking erm sexual health or anything for that matter. This is because I am a "Foster carer" Therefore because I only have real life experience of these matters and the associated problems that can arise from it and not read it in a book then I am unqualified. The thing that sets me apart from a lot of carers is this experience and ability to relate and have empathy with the teenagers with a lot of problems that I Foster. It's my own fault really. A social worker has been promoted and needed a stuck to hit me with. So without details on here. I handed her one, on a tray with a fucking ribbon round it. So things done by the book now has requested. Never mind the child is already kicking off and demanding to speak to a manager has I had to tell her yesterday that I am not able to advise her on a problem she had. Oh well I shall just do my job with both hands tied behind my back and tape over my mouth, so to speak.

There are two sorts of social workers, the superb salt of the Earth type who genuinely want the best for the people under their care, and utter arsehole jobsworths who don’t give a shit, sadly it seems you have the second sort. It used to be that majority were good but the pressures of the job have forced a lot of the best ones out sadly but they are still there thankfully.

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Middle lane wankers were out in considerable force on the A1M and M1 today, even on the four lane parts of the M1, some in lane 3 trundling along at 60mph. I soon grew tired of moving to lane 3 or 4 to overtake and just shot past them on the inside. I was not alone - some really good driving skills on show from those who understand how motorways are supposed to work....

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Middle lane wankers were out in considerable force on the A1M and M1 today, even on the four lane parts of the M1, some in lane 3 trundling along at 60mph. I soon grew tired of moving to lane 3 or 4 to overtake and just shot past them on the inside. I was not alone - some really good driving skills on show from those who understand how motorways are supposed to work....

 

Yeah I saw a lot of them on the A1 up here too. Fucking dozy cunts they all are, those pointless 'safety' cameras should be used to do them all for careless driving. To me forgetting you should drive on the left is bloody careless.

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One hundred percent sure this will have been posted before but why is everyone on piston heads so fucking clever? And so supremely knowledgeable about matters of engineering when they're probably all marketing managers? Wish I knew as much as them lads...

 

 

Oh yeah its full of cunts, I have been a member on there for about 13 years but now I only visit the Biker Banter part of the forum, the rest of the place is filled with the most unimaginable assortment of utter wankers and mouth breathers like you wouldn't believe, it really is dickhead central, I'm sure some of the sub forums are ok but the general forums just make me want to kill people so I don't bother anymore.

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Not all cunts are on PH, I got banned a few years ago...

Ha! I got well flamed on here [kept the tearstained Tshirt for cam cover polishing - the salt, y'know] learned to keep my neck *'well in'...

 

*Except when ramblinn on about stuff I've owned and totally stripped/bodged up/fixed/held spanners for an expert doing it.

 

Total respect to anyone else on here who speaks from experience/tech :)

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Friday I drove from Warrington to Birmingham, some of the smart motorway on the M6 is open with no 50 mph speed restrictions, knutsford to maybe sandbach , well I say open , it was on 60mph with no traffic on it

But, I became aware of no traffic coming the other way at all so I thought ,big crash motorway shut

Nope , van broke down in lane one so they shut the motorway to recover it , then 10miles further down again, rolling road block that stopped rolling because Dave the recovery driver hadn't got it on yet, then another southbound on the way back near stafford, that's more rolling roadblocks than I've seen in 12 months .

Is that really how it's being run, every broken down car needs the motorway stopping , what a balls up, traffic chaos coming soon

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Friday I drove from Warrington to Birmingham, some of the smart motorway on the M6 is open with no 50 mph speed restrictions, knutsford to maybe sandbach , well I say open , it was on 60mph with no traffic on it

 

But, I became aware of no traffic coming the other way at all so I thought ,big crash motorway shut

 

Nope , van broke down in lane one so they shut the motorway to recover it , then 10miles further down again, rolling road block that stopped rolling because Dave the recovery driver hadn't got it on yet, then another southbound on the way back near stafford, that's more rolling roadblocks than I've seen in 12 months .

 

Is that really how it's being run, every broken down car needs the motorway stopping , what a balls up, traffic chaos coming soon

I came home from Wolverhampton on the m54, a41, m53, m56, Runcorn Bridge, m57 route.

95 miles 2 hours 7 mins.

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I like your edit! But if it was easy we'd all be doing it, I'd love a five bedroomed house and a new Audi but you have to take some big risks at times, anyone can sell cars for a living and there's no entry qualifications required but a lot of folk just like to complain about the guys trying to make a living (thats not aimed at anyone on this thread btw) my experience of traders is about 50/50 bad/good but I've bought 90% of the 50 odd cars I've had privately.

In my business the product we sell has a mark up of around 700% if you look at the actual cost of the product offered versus the selling price, but the owner has had to invest 20 million to be able to make those margins, I don't hear any moans about rip off prices from our customers who will happily pay them

I think the complexity of a car and it’s potential to go tits up means that they will naturally be a risky sell second hand. There is also the potential to tart up a ropey car to sell to the unsuspecting so I guess a certain number of dealers will always be dodgy. We used to have a superb place in Tamworth, Mercia cars, I had three cars from them and all were spot on. Then one day they were gone and replaced by a real dodgy outfit. Most of the places selling cars below £5k never seem to last more than six months around here.
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Ha! I got well flamed on here [kept the tearstained Tshirt for cam cover polishing - the salt, y'know] learned to keep my neck *'well in'...

 

*Except when ramblinn on about stuff I've owned and totally stripped/bodged up/fixed/held spanners for an expert doing it.

 

Total respect to anyone else on here who speaks from experience/tech :)

Know what you mean but it's a hard one. I've worked in heavy engineering for 22 years now. Everything from hitting things with sledgehammers to measuring with micrometers. Thing is it doesn't make me a car mechanic as my uncle is always reminding me! You read the comments on piston heads and the lads on there are saying " ah well such and such a car has this suspension technology and that's why it rides better" and you get suckedbinto thinking that they design cars for a living, not that they've just memorised what car. Anyone can pretend they know what they're on with unless you've seen them work you can't prove they're a dickhead!!
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There are two sorts of social workers, the superb salt of the Earth type who genuinely want the best for the people under their care, and utter arsehole jobsworths who don’t give a shit, sadly it seems you have the second sort. It used to be that majority were good but the pressures of the job have forced a lot of the best ones out sadly but they are still there thankfully.

My missus works multi agency with social workers and you're right 100 per cent incredibly hard job that requires utter dedication luck of the draw to find the right people in the right role
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My missus works multi agency with social workers and you're right 100 per cent incredibly hard job that requires utter dedication luck of the draw to find the right people in the right role

The workload is ridiculous and with little appreciation from the general public sadly. It’s a meat grinder of a job these days and one I wouldn’t/ couldn’t do.

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