DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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Re: DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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mickthemaverick wrote: 07 Jan 2024, 15:29 sounds like you have an aerial issue too which may also be due to water ingress in the roof area!! :)
The radio does work. Finding stations is a challenge though.
Not that I will ever listen to it, don't like the talking bits, even on radio 3.
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It's highly likely that Radio 3 is the strongest signal in your area, Jim may be able to confirm or deny, but even that is only just getting to the receiver which is why I suspect your aerial mount is wet and earthing the incoming antenna! :)
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I don't think so Mick. It finds lots but seems very random in doing so and often just cycles throug about half a dozen, all crap commercial stations. It has found R3 a few times and Classic FM once.
I might dip in to those two for a few minutes but none of the others.
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I believe Mick is right Steve... You have a problem with the aerial. It may have a pre-amplifier at its base which could be full of damp and now unhappy. Damp can also run down the coax feeder to the wireless itself and cause a bit of sadness...

Generally, the BBC Nationals (R1, 2, 3 and 4) are the strongest as they usually have the lion's share of the transmitter power allocated to them. Often R4 is the strongest with R1 being the loudest! BBC Local and commercials have whatever power is left over and usually it's not much.

Your search symptoms suggest low signal levels. Look up the frequencies of your favoured stations radiated by your local transmitter(s) and add them manually.

This site will help with finding the above in your area: https://tx.mb21.co.uk/
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Having got my new extraction pump I managed to complete a full service on SWMBO's Celerio over the weekend. All filters, engine oil, brakes and tyre inspection, door hinges lubed, belts cleaned, all lights and horn checked and fluids topped as necessary. Total parts cost £52.56 including oil and many brownie points banked!! I have to get up early tomorrow and take it to the MOT station in Redbourn where I took the MX3 not long ago!! :-D
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Good luck with the M0T Mick :D I need to know more about these oil suckers...
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I'm pleased to say the car passed with one, rather picky IMO, advisory. The near side wiper was 'showing signs of splitting in the middle' ! It has now been replaced which means the car is 100% and currently in Morrison's car park I believe :-D
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Shows what a good car it is if that all he could find to complain about :D
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Yes it really is a cracking little car. Ideal for buzzing around town but comfortable enough for the odd longer trip. SWMBO loves it and has already confirmed that her next car is highly likely to be the Ignis. I'd be happy with it myself if it had one less feature!! :-D
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I suggest any "fixes" are introduced into the forum under a new thread with the title clearly stating the car and fix. That enables them to be searched for, and keeps them "on topic". Rambling thread are no help to anyone.
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This thread is about general jobs carried out rather than fixes which as you say are better suited to the citroen or peugeot or renault areas. I started this thread deliberately in the OTCL to have somewhere to share our DIY woes and successes rather than provide how to posts. Most of the posts are stories of trials and tribulations rather than informative help. :-D
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I had a rather odd fault develop on the Legacy sat nav which I thought I'd posted about but can't find the post!! So basically the touch screen function went loopy. If you 'pressed' a button the unit would perform the function of the button one or two places to the left of the chosen one!! All display functions were working fine, as was the mapping but you couldn't enter a destination easily without second guessing the unit so I decided to replace it. I found the right unit at a breakers in Yorkshire, confirmed they would refund fully if it didn't work, which they agreed, and invested £90. It arrived the next day very well packed and I installed it in 10 minutes. It works perfectly so far so all good.

However the point of this post is to show what I have just done with the old unit. Because it was only the touch screen facility that had failed I felt it may be due to some sort of short circuiting between the rails of the screen. Obviously if it is within the screen it is dead but if it was simply a poor ribbon connection then it may be fixable. This morning I decided to have a look before binning the unit so here is the pictorial version: :-D
I started by removing the mounting brackets to make it easier to lay on any side.
I started by removing the mounting brackets to make it easier to lay on any side.
Six screws saw the case removed
Six screws saw the case removed
Exposed the grime around the ribbon connector
Exposed the grime around the ribbon connector
All cleaned and ready to rebuild
All cleaned and ready to rebuild
The tool to soften and press the ribbon connector home firmly
The tool to soften and press the ribbon connector home firmly
Reassembled
Reassembled
Back together
Back together
Ready for storage
Ready for storage
Just the label should I need to know in the future!
Just the label should I need to know in the future!
Of course I don't know if I've actually fixed it and I have no intention of trying it in the car, as I don't want to stress the surround clips any more than I already have, but I think it worth keeping as a spare in case the replacement fails in the future! :-D
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one of these before, what do you think?
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/314819907853 ... 04470213ef
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That makes me very nervous to look at............
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The only difference I can see there is that it is basically a bottle jack with an electric pump instead of a hand pump and mounted on wheels. Worth a try to save the pumping effort but treat it as a bottle jack and secure accordingly :)

On further examination it's not on wheels but on a larger base than a normal bottle jack. Use it accordingly!! :)
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