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PostSubject: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:40 pm

Of all the equipment and accessories available to us we often find many good ideas seem like a good idea at the time, but when we use them we find they don't do what they say on the tin, so whats your pet hates with motor vehicle related equipment?

Two of mine are Scotchlocks and tyre inflating sealers in cans instead of a spare wheel.

Scotchlocks came out many years ago, they made wiring simple for amateurs or keen DIY'ers, no cutting of cables, no buying the correct connectors and associated crimping tools, juts identify a cable and whack a Scotchlock on to connect an accessory.
With a Scotchlock it splits a vehicles wiring insulation and compresses onto the conductor core, a few years down the line dirt and wet get into the split insulation and corrode the cable, electrolytic reaction between the actual metal crimp of the Scotchlock and the dissimilar copper core forms, and major problems.

I have lost count of the numerous times i have been asked to look at an electrical fault on a vehicle, which according to the owner will only take a few minutes, only to end up rewiring something like a towbar electrics, and all because of Scotchlocks.


Tyre sealants are becoming popular with a range of vehicles, mainly sporting models in a range, but now filtering down to many other vehicles, so why the issues? Tyre sealers can only be used where a vehicle has a hole across 90% of the tread width, the hole is 6mm diameter or less, and is not on the edge of the tread or in the sidewall of the tyre. Likewise sealants cannot be used if the tyre has a gash, cut, or hole in the tread which exceeds 6mm in diameter.

Manufacturers tell us its to not provide a spare wheel which reduces weight, Bull****, its all about money. Imagine a vehicle manufacturer pays £50 for a nice alloy wheel, and another £50 for a tyre to fit that wheel; they sell them to you at much more than that, more like £300 upwards for the two; and they make 1000 cars per day, they save £100,000 per day in costs of the spare wheel and tyres alone so more profit for them as don't reduce the price of their vehicles.

Give me a spare wheel anytime, no issues with guessing if it will work, no issues with gashed or split tyres, and i am safe in the knowledge that i can fit my spare, travel at road speeds of 70MPH on motorways and not at 50 MPH as many sealants are limited to, and no issues with your locat tyre centre charging you an additional hours labour to clean this rubbish out of your tyre before they can repair it.





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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:13 pm


Fitting the spare wheel underneath the vehicle, great when you have a flat or blow out when in the ruts.....NOT, what a waste of time, put them on the bonnet or rear door!

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:58 am

Central locking. Is there a vehicle anywhere over 10 years old that has reliable central locking? I think not! Most of us know that Land Rover systems play up, but 'er indoors has a Honda Civic, one door has packed up A neighbour has a Renault, his tailgate packed up. Need I go on? mad

Electric windows work on 20+ year old motors, so why not central locking?

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Feb 26, 2012 5:23 pm

Central Locking computer-22 not my favourite subject, why can more manufacturers not make cars simpler and practical rather than more complicated. Where are the practical 4x4's other than landrover defender. Talking to a friend recently who works as a mechanic hates being called a technician he say's that due to common rail diesels that most diesels are proving less reliable than petrol engine vehicles. Also why with some cars e.g Renault Laguna you have to take the bumper off to change a bulb so most people have to take it to a main dealer to change a light bulb getting nowhere fast so what is the point of carrying bulbs around as spares. Anyway enough ranting going to have fun day in garden and washing some of the grime and mud of the car, and see if our rugby team can actually score some tries cheers1

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:41 am

On the issue of bulbs, many modern cars are so compacted that you often have to remove the battery to change a bulb, so an additional £50 labour for many.
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Tue Feb 28, 2012 9:56 am

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Central locking. Is there a vehicle anywhere over 10 years old that has reliable central locking? I think not! Most of us know that Land Rover systems play up, but 'er indoors has a Honda Civic, one door has packed up A neighbour has a Renault, his tailgate packed up. Need I go on? mad

Electric windows work on 20+ year old motors, so why not central locking?

My Isuzu tfs69 4x4 doublecab (3.1td) - 12 years old , central locking and electric windows are fine, ok it'll need new shocks for the mot but heck you gotta keep the spares companies going

ok we won't mention the electrics on the 8 year old vaux astra................

but just got a new switch for the electric mirrors on the Iveco and they still work after 250k klicks and 21 years and thats italian electrics

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:51 am

Chequer plate accessories.........
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:34 am

Depends what circumstances I'd say. They definitely suit the TombRaider Land Rover, but would look hideous on a Series I for instance.




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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:46 am

Tom Mc wrote:
Central locking. Is there a vehicle anywhere over 10 years old that has reliable central locking? I think not! Most of us know that Land Rover systems play up, but 'er indoors has a Honda Civic, one door has packed up A neighbour has a Renault, his tailgate packed up. Need I go on? mad

Electric windows work on 20+ year old motors, so why not central locking?

The central locking works fine on my 2 Frontera's one's 17 years old and the other is 15 years old you've just brought the wrong vehicles.
And don't get me started on Disco's I don't know anyone who hasn't had problems with their central locking or immobilisers.

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:18 am

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The central locking works fine on my 2 Frontera's one's 17 years old and the other is 15 years old you've just brought the wrong vehicles.

Isuzu again........


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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:41 am

My D1 central locking works fine 24 years young. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:03 am

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My D1 central locking works fine 24 years young. clinking teacups
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Are you using the fob ? or key ?

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:13 am

Fob, Smile
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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:17 pm

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Depends what circumstances I'd say. They definitely suit the TombRaider Land Rover, but would look hideous on a Series I for instance.




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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Tue May 01, 2012 6:13 am

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Fob, Smile

Wow very impressed both D1 and later D2 my father in law had both had problems with the fob and immobiliser.
He had so much trouble he wouldn't have another LR of any denomination, which annoyed the mother in law as she has alway wanted a Gay Lander but has had to make do with a Rav 4 affraid

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Tue May 01, 2012 6:15 am

Jas wrote:
Tom Mc wrote:
Depends what circumstances I'd say. They definitely suit the TombRaider Land Rover, but would look hideous on a Series I for instance.




This & Lara Croft = Sexy Cool bounce

Nice, I want that one, I would even think about getting rid of both Frontera's for that thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Tue May 01, 2012 6:58 am

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Jas wrote:
Tom Mc wrote:
Depends what circumstances I'd say. They definitely suit the TombRaider Land Rover, but would look hideous on a Series I for instance.




This & Lara Croft = Sexy Cool bounce

Nice, I want that one, I would even think about getting rid of both Frontera's for that thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Wed May 02, 2012 5:40 am


Lara bounce bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Wed May 02, 2012 7:19 am

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Lara bounce bounce bounce

Think you'll find that's one bouncing smiliey too many, there's only two air bags in that vehicle! bounce bounce

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Wed May 02, 2012 8:19 am

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Jas wrote:

Lara bounce bounce bounce

Think you'll find that's one bouncing smiliey too many, there's only two air bags in that vehicle! bounce bounce

bounce bounce Is all you need

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PostSubject: Re: What's Your Pet Hate/s   Fri May 04, 2012 3:07 am

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