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What have you done to your car today?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by mattyprice4004, 24 Dec 2012.

  1. mollymoo

    Mobster

    Joined: 5 Mar 2009

    Posts: 3,009

    Location: North

    Update the firmware on my BCM just so I can change the centre console.
     
  2. Havana_UK

    Mobster

    Joined: 14 Oct 2004

    Posts: 4,939

    Location: location, location

    Short pile microfibre cloth and Stoner Invisible Glass.
     
  3. Tee Hee Johnson

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 May 2007

    Posts: 4,440

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    A wheels off clean for the M140i, then claybar (as hadn't done on this car yet) then some of that Hybrid Ceramic Wax... took a while!

    Tar and stuff, car was cleaned at this point! Just not done the clay bar yet.

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    After :)

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  4. Howard

    Capodecina

    Joined: 12 Jul 2007

    Posts: 16,164

    Location: South East

    I really hope I never need to ever have a replacement windscreen. Why does it so frequently seem like such a ballache?
     
  5. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Nov 2009

    Posts: 11,432

    Location: Northampton


    Manufacturers like to make it a ballache. I'm glad I got out of doing it 3 years ago. Ford seem enjoy doing thinks like "Oh this Focus has a heated screen and Sync but no auto wipers so lets put a screen it that has the Auto Wipers"
     
  6. Uther

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 15,391

    Battery change on the sons Honda Jazz, what's all this stuff about 'retraining the ECU'? I just let it idle for a few minutes while I was setting the clock and radio code and it seems fine.
     
  7. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,257

    Location: Sussex

    How old is it? I don't think I've ever had a car new enough to do that. :p
     
  8. DRZ

    Soldato

    Joined: 2 Jun 2003

    Posts: 6,871

    Location: In the top 1%

    Changed the oil+filter, air filter, fuel filter and cabin filter in the Range Rover today. Not a bad job at all!

    I also replaced the rear light clusters both sides - one was cracked, the other really full of water. Looks a lot better now :)
     
  9. Uther

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 15,391

    2009, I read it on a car specific forum (yes there is one lol!) and they talk about all sorts of witchcraft after changing the battery. All a bit modern for me, and I didn't do any of it. Just wondered if it's some sort of internet myth or something!
     
  10. no idea what

    Capodecina

    Joined: 5 Oct 2009

    Posts: 10,868

    Location: Lincolnshire

    It's nothing to worry about. It'll do it without you even noticing.
     
  11. Uther

    Capodecina

    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 15,391

    That's what I thought.
     
  12. Conscript

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Oct 2004

    Posts: 9,825

    Location: Kent

    Done a couple of things over the past week or so, mainly cosmetic frippery to make the car look and feel a bit more up to date:
    - Bought a new head unit with wireless Android Auto (Kenwood DMX8020DABS). Always wanted AA in my car, but had been holding out looking for a head unit that could do it wirelessly. Kenwood units have a capacitive touch screen too...much less frustrating to use than the last unit I had.
    - The Valenti tail lights I bought second hand a couple of years ago developed a fault...4 of the indicator LEDs in one cluster were intermittently failing. Not really a big problem functionally, but it bugged the hell out of me. Bought a new set of VLAND lights which match the OEM clusters of the facelift cars. Sold the Valentis cheaply to another owner who had the patience and skill to fix the faulty LEDs, so not much out of pocket.
    - Upgraded the front and rear indicators to use LEDs bulbs, matching the tails.
    - Fitted a shark fin aerial. Again, something facelift cars already have.
    - Washed it.

    Next on the agenda, the wheels need refurbing. They were done 3 years ago, haven't kerbed them, but the lacquer is peeling on all 4.

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  13. King4aDay

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,311

    Location: Cornwall

    Just fixed the lazy left popup headlight on the wedge. Stripped the motor down, cleaned it up, put it back together and now it works, hurrah. It's even in sync with the other one!
     
  14. Cookeh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 8,376

    Location: Ceredigion

    Yes, you have. The V70 had to relearn fuel trims and timings after a battery change, or battery disconnect.
     
  15. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,257

    Location: Sussex

    I thought he meant coding it to tell it that it has a new battery.
     
  16. dLockers

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 3,759

    Whenever I see cars with popup headlights my OCD triggers about this :p
     
  17. King4aDay

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 Sep 2003

    Posts: 4,311

    Location: Cornwall

    Haha. It had got slower and slower to the point where I had to get out and wind it up and down by hand the last few times.
     
  18. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 35,257

    Location: Sussex

    Washed a couple of them.

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    Also took the Celica for a nice long drive. Was going to take some pictures of it all covered in dust, with a countryside backdrop, but my phone died... :(
     
  19. gc123

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,205

    glad to see im not the only ex w/s fitter even if im a old one lol
     
  20. jpaul

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Mar 2010

    Posts: 13,697

    Found a dual purpose for the Porter cable DAP - hadn't used it on the car in ages
    - polishing up some stainless steel with meguiars #83 on the espresso machine,

    annoyingly some mice in the garage had eaten into some of the new foam pads

    definitely looks like an interesting cleaning technique for the stainless cooker hood too.

    any other ideas ?