Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Good news on yours Richard :)

The Philips is not fully fixed yet. The demod IC looks to be faulty and a replacement will be on order in the New Year. In between other stuff I've also started to look at Zel's Sanyo but having no joy in finding a manual for it apart from one site that looks decidedly dodgy and wants credit card payments...

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Yeah, I read it may be back to old school reverse engineering for the Sanyo. I know that deck did appear as a few different models only differing in paint colour and the graphics on the control panel - but had no luck finding any manuals for any of those either.

Given there's quite a specific fault condition I think it may make sense to just work backwards from the spindle motor which is going bananas (at least I think it is!) and see where that goes. My gut feeling is that its control transistor has gone short or something has gone awry in its drive circuitry. Hopefully that will have all its gubbins on one discrete PCB if we're lucky! ...no doubt the sucker will be the one which requires the entire thing to come to bits to get at.

My logic there is that it's getting to the age where tin whisker syndrome may be an issue now, and that this is something which has happened in storage - it was working perfectly before getting boxed up for the house move. It also wasn't abused during the move - I value my hifi so I personally wrangled those boxes, and when most of my life was in a storage locker in Banbury, they were in my hotel room!

Bose Soundlink products are ridiculously clever bits of audio witchcraft. I've got the Soundlink Colour, which is the big brother to your one. The sucker can fill a room, even working with really touch things like REM which has a very large sound stage as they tend to be quite losely micced. Jim has heard it in action so will vouch for it defying all logic.

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We have a SoundLink Colour, and also a couple of SoundDocks (series 1 and 2). In our opinions the SoundLinkColour is a big regression from the sound of the earlier devices.

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Zel, I found the other decks that use the Sanyo mechanism but like you, no manuals for those either. I did find a few notes about the CD loading problems due to gear failures but yours is fine in that respect. I shall have time for some reverse engineering over the festive period in between starting to prepare Sally for her MoT...

Currently enjoying a short break down in Somerset with a certain well-known V6 Activa and AX owner :)

Had a,good look at the red ZX Volcane.... An excellent project and a cracker of a car...

Just returned from a very moist morning run; good Jo I love running in the rain :)

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After a great 5K run at 05:00 this morning and then cooking a special Christmas vegan moussaka and baking a batch of scones I set to some car work :)

I gave Sally a good check-over for her MoT in January...

I found absolutely nothing that might cause an MoT fail... All looks good but I did find a wear/chafe mark on one of the front wheel tyre valves...
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Own Work
I have a feeling it was caused by the wheel trim being incorrectly fitted so that the hoop in the annular wire did not properly loop around the valve...

When fitted properly the wire is a long way from the valve...

I'll have a new valve fitted in the next few days...

In my continuing hunt for the cause of the poor running shortly after a half-hot start which clears with a switch off and on of the ignition, I swapped the fuel pump...

It's quite a straightforward job but it is made a little hard by the access hole under the back seat only just being big enough... I did the job and then realised I'd not recovered the rubber tank seal from the old pump and fitted it to the new one so I had to do the job almost all over again :twisted:
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Own Work
I also dropped one of the pipe clips in the tank and had to dip my hand in and fish it out :lol:

Needless to say, it's not fixed the issue :(

But... Watching ELIT live data I note that when the fault is present the mixture goes very weak - signified by the oxygen sensor signal being static at around 0.1V... The ECU makes no attempt to richen it up.

However, switching off and immediately restarting restores normal operation and mixture regulation then works normally and the oxygen sensor signal nicely swings between 0.9V and 0.1V...

Given the mixture went so weak when the fault was apparent made the pump a good suspect but at least that's another suspect off the list...

The ECU still throws an intermittent throttle pot fault when the fault occurs - but why when the engine is started from half-hot and not stone-cold?

I now need to acquire a throttle pot (preferably attached to a throttle body) as apart from that and the ECU itself there's nothing else left!

One happy thing was being able to listen to Radio Caroline on 648KHz Medium Wave whilst doing the work... Caroline is now broadcasting full-time on Medium Wave from the MV Ross Revenge parked just off the east coast around the Essex/Suffolk area and is playing some cracking music... As she always used to do back in her later pirate days...

It only took her 50 years to go legal on the wireless! Shame she's only allowed to radiate 10Kw of transmitter power.

648KHz is the old BBC World Service frequency that used to be transmitted from Orford Ness. Now if only Caroline could use that transmitter... That one was 500Kw I believe :)

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On the internet too Jim
https://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Caroline-s10517/

I remember listening when it launched but haven't thought of it for years (decades actually)

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Incidentally Jim, I just found a similar article to this in a Swedish online newspaper.
http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/tigerflag.htm

That addresses our common complaint.

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myglaren wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 17:09
On the internet too Jim
https://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Caroline-s10517/

I remember listening when it launched but haven't thought of it for years (decades actually)


Radio on the Internet is just so wrong Steve... It's just not proper ;)

In my world radio is listened to on a wireless... Preferably on FM but AM is OK and at a pinch, DAB is just about acceptable ;)

Also, I prefer that any wireless I use is in excess of 40 years old and contains valves :)

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CitroJim wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 16:36


One happy thing was being able to listen to Radio Caroline on 648KHz Medium Wave whilst doing the work... Caroline is now broadcasting full-time on Medium Wave

It only took her 50 years to go legal on the wireless! Shame she's only allowed to radiate 10Kw of transmitter power.

648KHz is the old BBC World Service frequency that used to be transmitted from Orford Ness. Now if only Caroline could use that transmitter... That one was 500Kw I believe :)



I know I've posted them before - but I believe these are part of them oldy-worldy World Service transmitters at Orford before they were removed :cry:
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WS transmitters, Orford - Own Work

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myglaren wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 17:15
Incidentally Jim, I just found a similar article to this in a Swedish online newspaper.
http://www.ecomall.com/greenshopping/tigerflag.htm

That addresses our common complaint.


Thanks for that Steve, much appreciated :D

That is one very interesting article and very much reflects my experiences...

I pretty much do exactly as advised and it works well... I now know one reason why my sense of smell is so good... I don't assault it with all those artificial scents and fragrances... I dare not as like you it results in very bad things...

I still want to know why they feel the need to perfume our swimming pool... To mask the smell of chlorine I guess but I happen to love it.. The smell of bleach is one fragrance I both love and can tolerate :)

Do give Caroline a try. Their programming is just excellent... Suits my tastes very well indeed!

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bobins wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 17:35

I know I've posted them before - but I believe these are part of them oldy-worldy World Service transmitters at Orford before they were removed :cry:


I believe they may be the old Docherty 250Kw rigs Bobins... Two could be paralleled to make 500Kw when required :)

Now those are proper transmitters... Some difference to the 10Kw Caroline are currently running!

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What part do you reckon these played in the Orford site, Jim ? They don't mean much to me !
Avocet, Orford - Own Work
Avocet, Orford - Own Work
And a slightly larger view of the hall....
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bobins wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 18:50
What part do you reckon these played in the Orford site, Jim ? They don't mean much to me !

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I'm not 100% sure but the Avocet has some jolly hairy capacitors in it and to me it looks like it may power distribution/control equipment. The multitude of meters along the top of it strongly suggests that...

It's not a transmitter as there's not great big thick feeder coming out of the top of it...

If not for power control it might be, going on the fact it has a little oscilloscope on the front, a high-level AM modulator for the transmitters...

I will do a bit of research and see what i can dig up...

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Never listen to radio Jim, with the exception of, odd mornings, preparing to go to work will put Classic FM on for ten minutes, about as much as I can tolerate.

I too have no problem with chlorine nor many solvents - Isoprop, meths etc.
I currently am awash with gunwash which although it is not pleasant it causes me no problems whatsoever.

Discussing that article (which I haven't yet read) with my son - on our way to dinner at youngest daughter's, he enlightened me on some recent research that may help us both.
He's busy working again but when he gets a chance is going to pass on the details for me to pass on to my specialist and I would be glad to share them with you.
Said son is in medical research and currently doing a PhD at Oxford/Guys Hospital so has an idea of what he is talking about.

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myglaren wrote:
24 Dec 2017, 22:06
Discussing that article (which I haven't yet read) with my son - on our way to dinner at youngest daughter's, he enlightened me on some recent research that may help us both.
He's busy working again but when he gets a chance is going to pass on the details for me to pass on to my specialist and I would be glad to share them with you.


Steve, that will be brilliant and very much appreciated :)

In my house, car, whilst running and at work when alone the radio is on constantly. Can't live without it...

The usual station is BBC 3CR, our most excellent local. If not that then BBC R4 or R5L and now Caroline when reception allows...

I used to listen to CFM but I cannot tolerate the adverts - that applies to ALL commercial stations...

As for BBC R2... The best thing that could happen to that is that all it's transmitters are used to broadcast Caroline... I'm not a fan of R2 at all, it just seems full of Ed Sheeran and so-called DJs with over-inflated egos...