Sunday, 25 August 2013

Monday, 19 August 2013

Volkswagen golf GTI Edition 30 mpg update

348 miles @29.5mpg

Ford KUGA MOT passed @ 40257 miles

Passed,  advisories on
All four tyres
Front and rear discs and pads
Will buy the discs and pads and fit myself.
Dealership suggested jinyu tyres at £100, but I can't with clear conscience fit them.
Continental sport contact 5 are 240 each!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Oven hob short circuit fixed

Hob cut out this week while cooking.
I assumed it was a short in one of the elements or the PCB,  but thought I would chase the wiring into the hob just to make sure.
Opening the cover under the hob revealed this, the live and neutral wires sorted together.
Easy fix,  cut out wires and reattach.
Given the cost of spare parts for a ceramic hob I'm more than a little chuffed is all fixed.
At least now I can spend the money on cars...

Monday, 12 August 2013

Kuga hits 40,000 miles!

Car bought last year at 22,500 now at 40,000, only issue is the cost of 19 inch tyres....

Narnia Trio Plus car seat replacement by Team Tex

There was a recent article around the Narnia Trio Plus carseats.
Indicating that although it had passed EU safety standards, it had performed poorly under 'Which' safety tests under some scenarios

Of which we had bought 1 for us to use, and one for the grandparents to use.
Theres a good page here that allows you to identify any offending seats.

Ours were bought from Asda. And to be honest they werent much use when we went in to discuss it.

So I sent an email to Team Tex directly (found info via web) (or you can call 01530 519728)

I received a very prompt reply from Sarah @ TeamTex asking for details.
No sooner had I replied that she confirmed they would arrange for delivery of 2 replacements in 7-10days.
Text on my mobile today to arrange delivery by a 3rd party courier, and voila 2 new updated car seats.

All i can say is that Im very pleasantly surprised by the efficiency and professionalism of TeamTex in dealing with this matter.
In this day and age, its a rare thing that really matters.

Well Done Sarah and TeamTex. Bravo

Friday, 9 August 2013

Ford KUGA mpg update

Got the wife to try chasing up before 2000 rpm and lo and behold mpg has risen 3mpg!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Golf GTI Edition 30 @ Blyton Park Trackday (Javelin) 03/08/2013

had an awesome day at Blyton Park with the Javelin guys on Saturday 3rd Aug 2013. Some mates there with Lotus Sport Cup 260 Golf mk6 R and another heavily modified Edition 30 [TODO full writeup] more pictures here

Indesit FDU20IX Fan Oven Replacement Element

not so long ago I replaced the thermostat which was a fairly involved oven out job....

and today the oven would not heat up.
Lights on, fan running but no heat.
Quick google search indicated it could be the element but not entirely sure.

So I thought Id try it given the low cost.

Bought from espares again as they have been great so far

heres my review for the website

  • incredibly simple to replace
    • 5.0 out of 5
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    • 5.0 out of 5
    By  - Warrington
    for my oven at least, this was so trivial to replace its untrue (in comparison to the thermostat which is far more involved) replacement part was well packaged and visually almost identical to the original. power isolated leave oven where it is, you dont need to pull it out at all. front door removed fan guard panel removed (4 x phillips screws and 1 x bulb cover ) remove 1 x screw holding element remove 2 spade clips replace element and reconnect spade clips reassemble in reverse voila job done. video on this site also helps a lot. 2 key points 1. turn off the power 2. make sure you dont loose the spade connectors down the back of the oven! DIY made easy, just do it.