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2014 Mercedes E-Class. Intermittent issues with instrument cluster. Warning lights would flash on,rev counter would drop off and warning buzzers […]READ MORE -
This 3 series came to us after the dealer said there was nothing wrong with it.
The alarm was going off intermittantly.
A quick code read showed several faults
Testing the car seemed to show no faults .
But looking at the BMW site it showed a TSB (technical service bulletin) for this fault. The switches in the door become worn with age and set the alarm off.
The solution is to reprogram the frm module and this gives the switches larger tolerances so alarm doesn’t go off.
A lot of learners are caught out during the test, because they aren’t aware of the difference! Whats worse is that fact that you are probably reading this document because you have passed your test either recently or some time ago and despite being on the roads every day you no longer know what the rules are!
Thinking distance is the distance that the car travels after the driver has seen the danger and before the brakes are applied.
Some peoples reactions are faster than others, but the average distance it takes before the driver realises the danger ahead is 20 feet, when travelling at 20 mph.
The distance that the car travels whilst braking. With the brakes applied the car slows down, and the average car will travel 20 feet before coming to a complete stop, when travelling at 20 mph.
The Overall Stopping Distance is a combination of the 2 above.
When trying to visualise a distance it is useful to remember that the length of an average car is approximately 15ft, therefore, 75ft would be about 5 car lengths away.
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 20mph is 40 feet (12 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 20 ft (6 m)) + (braking distance: 20 ft (6 m))
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 30mph is 75 feet (23 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 30 ft (9 m)) + (braking distance: 45 ft (14 m))
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 40mph is 120 feet (36 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 40 ft (12 m)) + (braking distance: 80 ft (24 m))
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 50mph is 175 feet (53 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 50 ft (15 m)) + (braking distance: 125 ft (38 m))
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 60mph is 240 feet (73 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 60 ft (18 m)) + (braking distance: 180 ft (55 m))
The Overall stopping distance when travelling at 70mph is 315 feet (96 metres).
This is made up of: (thinking distance: 70 ft (21 m)) + (braking distance: 245 ft (75 m))
Please note: Information is for guidance only – for up to date accurate information please check your highway code. Official guidelines can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/general-rules-techniques-and-advice-for-all-drivers-and-riders-103-to-158
This Ford came to us with a cluster fault which the previous garage couldn’t solve because they didnt have correct tooling.
With the replacement cluster fitted car failed to start due to cluster being part of the PATS system (ant-itheft system).
But with the correct equipment the job is straight forward
With coding complete the car starts and runs.
Another happy customer
A older Renault came to our workshop with a running issue.
Various tests were performed and the ECU condemned. Due to high cost of new replacement part a 2nd hand unit was sourced. But due to immobiliser coding 2nd hand part wouldn’t allow car to start.
But with our equipment we have at our disposal we are able to Virginise 2nd hand part then code it to vehicle.
AUDI A4 with display fault on the instruement cluster.
We removed the cluster and replaced the faulty display.
2009 mini was in our workshop with airbag light illuminated.
A quick code read revealed internal fault in module.
But here at Widnes Auto Electrical we offer a repair service. We can remove your original unit and with specialist equipment repair your unit saving you 100’s pounds
With the chip resoldered onto the pcb and refitted to the vehicle, the airbag faults are cleared and the light extinguishes.
Another happy customer
Jaguar will stop producing the XJ in July so that it can focus on producing an all-electric version. The current model is a favourite of British politicians, and is frequently the car of choice of the Prime Minister. The current X351 model has been on sale since 2009, when the Jaguar XJ debuted with an all-new aluminium structure.
The British manufacturer has confirmed that the final XJ will roll off the Castle Bromwich production line on July 5 – with more than 120,000 versions produced over the last decade.
A facelifted model went on sale in 2015 with revised styling and a much-improved infotainment system on offer, while 2017 saw the introduction of a powerful XJR model, which produced 567bhp.
And last year Jaguar unveiled the XJ50 – a special edition marking 50 years since the original went on sale in 1968. This features unique XJ50 branding, unique 20-inch alloy wheels and a gloss walnut veneer interior trim.
The firm’s flagship model is available in standard or long wheelbase versions, and it comes with just one engine an offer, a 296bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which proves a great match for the XJ. Prices start from £62,400, and rise to £83,145 for the range-topping XJ Autobiography.
The airbag light was illuminated since the car was valetted. A quick scan revealed passenger side occupancy sensor fault.
This sensor detects whether someone is sat in passenger seat so in the case of an accident should that side airbag be deployed.
Alot of people decide when this goes faulty to fit an emulator instead of fixing properly. In our opinion this is dangerous as this kids the computer into thinking there is someone sat in the seat all the time . Luckily this customer decided to proceed with the correct fix.
The seat is removed and the upholstery stripped to reveal the sensor
A new sensor was sourced from the manufacturer, fitted and tested.
Even though Brexit is was delayed the factories still closed and production fell over 40% according to to the SMMT who claimed only around 70,000 cars came of the production line; that was 56,999 fewer than in April a year ago.
The SMMT said car firms had brought forward their annual stoppages normally scheduled for the summer holidays.
It said the shutting of factories was part of a raft of costly measures, including stockpiling, training for new customs procedures and rerouting of logistics. It said the factories would not be able to repeat the process for the new 31 October Brexit deadline set by the European Union.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “Today’s figures are evidence of the vast cost and upheaval Brexit uncertainty has already wrought on UK automotive manufacturing businesses and workers.
“Prolonged instability has done untold damage, with the fear of ‘no deal’ holding back progress, causing investment to stall, jobs to be lost and undermining our global reputation.”
The stoppages in the factories have exacerbated a continuing slow down in the global car industry caused by the trade tensions between the US and China, uncertainties over the arrival of electric and self driving cars, and tougher environmental controls after the VW emissions scandal.
April was the 11th consecutive month of output falls in the UK.
In the year to date, 127,240 fewer cars have been built compared with the same period in 2018 – a decline of more than a fifth.
The SMMT estimated production for the whole of 2019 would be about 10% down on last year. It said the market might pick up by the end of the year if there was a favourable deal between the UK and the EU and a substantial transition period to adapt to trading outside the single market.
But it said a no-deal Brexit would make the declines worse with the threat of border delays, production stoppages and additional costs.
Mr Hawes said: “This is why ‘no deal’ must be taken off the table immediately and permanently, so industry can get back to the business of delivering for the economy and keeping the UK at the forefront of the global technology race.”
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “The Government wants to see the UK automotive sector continue to grow and attract further investment.
“Through our modern industrial strategy we continue to invest in the future of our automotive industry, including £1bn for research and development into cleaner vehicles, and the Faraday Battery Challenge to develop the next generation of car battery technologies in the UK.”