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Megan, South Africa

Volkswagen Polo

Hi could someone tell me i need to take my polo for its manor sirvice ...what do they need to service .....

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Any reputable garage will tell you what is involved in a major service with your particular car, it should also be shown in your car handbook. If they are now willing to provide a written quote then don't go there. The VW dealer will service your car per the VW service schedule which is dependent on mileage, type of vehicle, whether petrol or diesel etc. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Correction: I should have said ".... if they are NOT willing to provide a written quote ...." Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 25/04/2017 09:58:05 | ID: 140880

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kenford Stubbs, Bahamas, The

Toyota Dyna

I have a 2004 Toyota dyna, KDY230, Model KR-KDY230. Fuel is not getting to the injectors. I purchased a new fuel supply pump. Pump has been initialized by using the Intelligent Tester. I checked the SCV and very little fuel is coming out. I released all the injector nuts to release any air that could have been in the fuel line but still nothing. Also the truck was operating in limp mode. Since I got the new pump and changed it out the truck is not starting because the fuel is not getting to the common rail. Also the truck was throwing the code P0193 but since I initialized the pump that code is not showing any more. Thanks Monika

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Firstly, do you have high enough starter cranking speed? You need min 200 rpm to allow fuel delivery. I don’t know about your engine but on the 1AD and 2AD series engines Toyota brought out a modified SCV and updated the ECU software to address poor cold starting, the fix allowed an increase in fuel pressure from 50 bar to 100 bar. (A related TSB also addressed the issue of the MIL light coming on with P0088 and P0093 DTC’s and had the same SCV and software fix.) Did the replacement pump come with a new SCV or did you use the old one? If it’s the modified SCV you will need the ECU updated to match. If the SCV is sticking you can usually get it to work again temporarily by heating it and lubricating with WD 40. You do not normally need to bleed CRD engines by loosening off the rail injector pipes but sometimes you do need to bleed the injector leak off fuel return line. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 25/04/2017 01:44:00 | ID: 140876

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Dave Norman, Essex

FIAT Ducato

Hi how do you remove heater hoses from heater matrix .Is there a oring in the fitting as I have slight weep from the joint . Many thanks Dave .

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Heater hoses can be difficult to remove because of the heat over the years the rubber goes hard and they really stick to the pipe stubs. Remove the hose clips then get pipe wrenches on to the joint and twist to break the seal. Then work the hoses off with a bent screwdriver or similar. You have to be careful, the heater matrix nowadays can be quite brittle being made of plastic and crimped aluminium parts, it's very easy to cause a bigger leak. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Thanks for the answer but I think the leak is from the plastic coupling that fit to the matrix, where I think there is a o ring .It looks like clips on the plastic joint but not sure please advise. Thanks . Dave Norman from Essex

You only give a very basic description of your vehicle, no specific details, not even the year of manufacture. So I can only respond with basic advice. Have a nice evening Hugh from City of Glasgow

Hi my vehicle is a 2012 fiat Ducati 2.3 motorhome Dave Norman from Essex

I am unable to tell you, the suppliers list several different types of heater arrangements, you would need to contact them with your VIN number etc to be sure. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 13:59:33 | ID: 140861

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Danni, Dorset

Nissan Micra C + C

Hi 1st post and only a one week owner of this car - so please be kind. The roof won't close!!! Completes lid opening etc (stage one) but then 'click click click' is all that happens when roof is supposed to lift back into position. Can 'open' it again - or get lid back down over roof and windows up .. as many times as I like .... so no idea what's up: any advice please (I bought it a week ago and it had a new battery and a boot lock mechanism replacement... there's no water anywhere - no leaks)

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Hi Go to Google search enter Nissan Micra Cabriolet roof mechanism tap enter click on images in the menus at the top of the page and print out any of the diagrams. You could the ask a mechanic what could be the offending article, then you can decide on what to do. Good luck Regards Tony Tony Miller from Lancashire

Submitted: 24/02/2017 16:01:24 | ID: 139159

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dale, Derbyshire

FIAT Grande Punto

hi, just wondering it happened to me last Tuesday and this morning when I first turn the car on the battery light pops up and steering is heavy like p/s has gone so I turn it off then straight back on and it goes and the steering normal and light and light goes off like I said happened last Tuesday afternoon and hasn't happened again since first thing this morning, can someone help me please, I had a new battery and alternator last month so I don't know hat it could be.

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Are you quite sure it was the battery light that came on and not the power steering one? They're quite close and same colour I think so the most likely explanation is you mistook one for the other. Power steering is a common problem on Grande Punto's. Matt from Cheshire

Submitted: 01/02/2017 09:28:24 | ID: 138588

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karen Turton, City of Nottingham

Nissan Micra C + C

My car went for a mot then was serviced and jet washed engine and shell ,i was given the thumbs up all was done and passed mot, i drove the car home it seemed fine but was a bit more revvy than normal and parked her up when got home 3 days later i backed it off the drive the engine management light came on and the car had to be revved to stop it from stalling this as never happened before The mechanic who serviced my car came and transported it to his garage he as changed the lambada sensor what ever this is and as carried out tests but to no avail i have now been informed that there could be a fault with the electrics and awaiting on this being undertaken by someone but have no idea when i have been told the car is running but still the mechanic is non the wiser to the problem I have had the car for 9 years from new 2008 and apart from the tyres bulbs wipers as always been a fabulous car i am completely baffled but dont want to put the blame on anyone if this is a problem that as naturally arisen Please advise what the cause was, how the problem can be solved What you would advise needs to be done to rectify this

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Hi if the engine was power washed and all electrical parts were not covered with plastic sheeting where it's needed there is a good chance water is lodged in some part of the electrics. Good luck in tracing it, I am not being sarcastic, really the best of luck. Regards Tony. Tony Miller from Lancashire

Submitted: 31/03/2017 13:59:42 | ID: 140304

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Caroline, West Midlands

Peugeot 208

My car sounds like it's about to stall when I am sat at traffic lights and junctions, I.e. when idle. Got a mechanic to look at it and he found that I had left my oil cap off and there was oil everywhere. However, he thinks it may be dodgy petrol rather than anything to do with the oil. Not sure what to do. Grateful for any help.

Submitted: 24/04/2017 22:36:52 | ID: 140875

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prayer, South Africa

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Hi me again another problem after I put fuel when ever i will stop they will be a white smoke that will coming from the exhaust if you wait for three or so minutes it will clear again or if you switch the engine of and start it again what can be the problem? 518 sprinter.

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Can be condensation coming out the back from a cold running engine so is thermostat OK? Are you losing water, any signs of leaks? White smoke can mean presence of water but can also mean fuel vapour from incomplete combustion, either sticking injectors or faulty EGR valve can cause this but can't be sure without seeing vehicle. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 07:51:28 | ID: 140854

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Jude, Nigeria

Mitsubishi L200

My name is Jude. I manage a fleet of about 300 units of MIT L200 2x4 new pick ups.Getting to years by August 2017.I have been having engine knocks for like 8 vans.What could be the possible cause of this knocking.

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Injector seals are known to be problematic, when they leak they give a knock or sound like pressure leaking from inside the cylinder. If so the seals need recut and new copper sealing washers fitted. Also check the crankshaft pulley on each affected vehicle for wear / delamination and breaking up. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 09:45:30 | ID: 140855

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b riley, Cheshire

Ford Focus

I have a ford 1.6 focus petrol engine yr 2007 which has developed a starting problem either cold /warm however once started the car runs well?

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Have you been through all the usual electrical checks? Battery capacity, starter impedance, solenoid function etc? Check Focus owners forum as to whether they ignition switch on yours is affected, believe there's been some issues, maybe a recall? Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 17:57:21 | ID: 140865

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Damian, Cambridgeshire

Nissan Qashqai

the last couple of weeks my Qashqai keeps cutting out after I have started it. It starts alright then it revs slightly and then cuts out. When I try to restart the car it struggles, takes a few times to get it started then black/white smokes comes out the back. After it starts it sounds like a bag of crap and sounds like it is knocking. After awhile it stops. Could someone please tell me what is wrong or what parts I may need to change? It has gone into limp mode once since I've had it.

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It could be several things but it could be the diesel injectors needing replaced. It's quite a common thing on the Qashqai Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 17:17:30 | ID: 140864

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pedro, Devon

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

is there a way to turn off the car alarm? we want to sleep in the car with the doors locked but not have the alrm go off with movement.

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I don't think you can easily turn off the alarm system. You could try placing sticky felt pads over the interior motion sensors so the alarm won't go off when you move around inside. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 24/04/2017 15:31:31 | ID: 140862

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Matthew ONeil, East Renfrewshire

Mitsubishi Space Star

Hi, having a problem with my space star battery. It keeps draining of power and theres now no visible electrics left on. The dash display light was staying on but I disconnected it as I thought that was what the problem was. It's still draining and have changed the battery too. It charges the battery ok when it's running

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Matt, Hi, It's your Altinator mate, not cheap!!! without a doubt. james webber from Devon

Submitted: 01/12/2015 09:32:51 | ID: 124236

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Terri, Gwent

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi I bought a meriva last year and keeps having problems when starting the car sometimes it's fine other times when I turn the key over it does checks fine then when I go start car it just cuts out and then the car with spanner flashes I then turn car off and start again and it's fine but seems to keep doing it. I've got the car serviced later as was sounding like it was going to cut out when ideling u could feel it through the car it wanted to cut out it seems ok now but still having problems starting can anyone help

Submitted: 24/04/2017 13:03:58 | ID: 140860

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She hughes, Merseyside

Nissan Almera

Engine Performance problem 2003 Nissan Almera Front Wheel Drive Manual When I start off in 1st gear there is very little acceleration and then the power kicks in as normal. Then I change to second and its the same. Theres just high revs with no power(acceleration) and then the acceration kicks in a short while after changing into 2nd gear. Its the same in 3rd gear but fine in 4th and 5th. What could the problem be?

Submitted: 24/04/2017 12:40:40 | ID: 140858

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Paul, Hampshire

LDV Maxus

Hi, I've just acquired an 07 plate Maxus which is blowing out lots of balck sooty smoke when accelerator is more than 1/2 way down and knocking at more than 2500rpm, My basic knowledge of diesels makes me think the problem might be turbo related but from disconnecting the pipe to intercooler and feeling for airflow there seems to be plenty, Mileage isnt that high at 104k and I don't know much about the history of the van but it apparently had another VM engine fitted a little while ago, Any help or ideas appreciated thanks.

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Hi, One other thing I've just noticed - When the ignition is on but engine not running the temp gauge appears to read corectly, but once the engine starts the gauge drops to zero, Could this be causing the ecu to think the engine is very cold and rinchen the fuel mixture to compensate? Paul from Hampshire

It's entirely possible that a bad temp sensor will cause the ECU to over-fuel if it's receiving a signal that the engine is cold. I believe some of those VM Motori engines had the sensor in the cylinder head (good) while some had them in the coolant hose (not so good). If it has been running with excessive fuel for some time it's likely the injector tips have become carboned up and may require cleaning/servicing. Clogged air filter is a classic cause but you say there's good air flow when you disconnect the intercooler duct. How is the air flow after the intercooler ie before the throttle body? At any rate if you do not know the van's service history you would be better to give it a complete service, it pays dividends in the long term. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 23/04/2017 19:50:40 | ID: 140848

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ericandmarys@yahoo.com, United States of America

Mazda MX-5

where is the ac cooling fan relay located?

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From Mazda Miata web: The cooling fan relay is in the right rear (passenger) corner of the engine bay behind the main fuse block. There’s a mounting containing three relays and the one nearest the firewall should be the cooling fan relay. The condenser fan and AC relays are found in the left front (driver) corner of the engine bay. They are a pair of identical relays connected to a vertical plastic piece near the stock air box, the wire connections are covered by a rubber skirt. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 23/04/2017 20:18:37 | ID: 140849

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prayer, South Africa

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Hi , please help my 518 printer does not accept the ignition key not sure what the problem all was well driving well we stopped for an hour when we come back to start it again it could not till now ?

Submitted: 24/04/2017 07:41:21 | ID: 140853

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Tracey, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Vauxhall Astra

My roof wont fully close it stops just before

Submitted: 24/04/2017 01:33:57 | ID: 140852

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PAUL CAVE, Isle of Wight

Citroen Xsara Picasso

Can the torbo be replaced with engine in place?

Submitted: 23/04/2017 21:51:35 | ID: 140850

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Yaz, Bournemouth

Ford Transit

Please can you help , I have just brought a van and need to know " , Why has my van have two batteries . Is this a standard fit under drivers seat .... It's a 2006 with a mk 7 body

Submitted: 23/04/2017 19:31:04 | ID: 140847

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Craig Williams, United States of America

Jaguar X-Type

Replaced dash board gages now car won't start

Submitted: 23/04/2017 19:16:59 | ID: 140846

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Kick Brophy, Ireland

Nissan Note

Indicator lights came on when driving wouldn't go off when I stoped and locked car

Submitted: 23/04/2017 18:28:37 | ID: 140845

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lisa connelly, City of Edinburgh

Citroen DS3

My wingmirrors folded in automatically as usual when I locked the car but now they are stuck folded in and won't open when I open the car. I have tried pressing the control from inside the car to open it, but it wont work. I also cant fold them out manually. I know it is illegal to drive without mirrors. can anyone help at all?

Submitted: 23/04/2017 16:53:00 | ID: 140844

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Lauren, Hertfordshire

Renault Clio

I changed my battery in my key for my car as it wasn't working and used the advice online to reset it. However now my indicators keep going off even though the car is off and locked while I'm at home. Any ideas on how to stop this so my battery doesn't go and I need to get a new one. The car has already cost a lot to fix after being bought by a dealer who didn't even send my papers off to the delay to say it had been bought, was convinced he put new tyres on it even though when my dad got it down here for me from liverpool the tyres were illegal. Just seems to be problem after problem and this is the latest one. All because my key battery stopped working. Any help would be really helpful. Thanks

Submitted: 23/04/2017 16:02:09 | ID: 140843

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Meghan, Galway

Peugeot 206

I'm looking at getting a 2003 Peugeot 206 fixed up, not much wrong with it. it has around 65000 miles on it, I'm wondering how long do I have before I have to replace the timing belt?

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Now to be on safe side , and water pump Pedro from Highland

Submitted: 22/03/2017 15:16:59 | ID: 140078

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gary, West Yorkshire

Renault Kangoo

hi , this kangoo has the epic fuel pump fitted and , manual primer pump, it pumps fuel up and holds pressure ,on cranking the engine will not fire , several people have messed with this befor i acquired it.so not sure what the orignel problem ws it is a low mileage vehicle (33000) was mobility car is it possable for the modifided diesel tank to have been fitted with an electric pump with it not being stndard and how would i test for this every thing about the cr is geniune exsept the problems discirbed

Submitted: 23/04/2017 14:53:42 | ID: 140841

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sharon marsden, West Yorkshire

Vauxhall Corsa

Had my Corsa MOT'd in February, new altenator fitted & new battery, next day had trouble starting it, when I got it started as I picked up speed it started jerking every mile or so, next day wouldn't start at all, it has now been at the garage for over 2 weeks, diagnostics showing nothing wrong, they tried fitting some sort of part that fiters air, still no joy, they are saying they cannot find the fault, spent £400 so far. I am at a total loss of what to do next, any help would be appreciated, it's on a 53 plate and only done 61,000 miles.

Submitted: 23/04/2017 12:25:00 | ID: 140840

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Vicky.bennett, Greater Manchester

Citroen C3 Pluriel

My car battery is flat(discovered before a week away) Husband now gone to jump start and battery in key gone and can't open manually as had diff lock put on after an accident and no new key given.must admit not sure why and at the tie didn't think to ask. Any other way to get in car as hubby not convinced by changing batery t unlocks the doors if batery flat

Submitted: 23/04/2017 12:17:04 | ID: 140839

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Tania, Australia

Volkswagen Caravelle

Hi my Caravelle has just had the fuel tank cleaned out and all the hoses replaced. It is now backfiring, when my foot is flat on the excelerator there is no power in the car. Could this be a fuel injector issue?

Submitted: 23/04/2017 12:14:52 | ID: 140838

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richard, Brighton & Hove

Skoda Fabia

Just purchased a Skoda Fabia, when it is stationary and idling there is a weird vibration noise sometimes, it goes away if you put your foot on the accelerator slightly to increase the revs, or if the car moves forwards slightly, or if you press the AC on the climate control it is a lot quieter? Any ideas? Thanks

Submitted: 23/04/2017 11:40:44 | ID: 140837

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Karl, Norfolk

Vauxhall Movano

Hi guys I have 2011 face lift model and the heater only blows cold fan works on all settings water temperature is stable gone through the van and all seams ok just can't get the dam heater to work many thanks karl

Submitted: 23/04/2017 11:28:50 | ID: 140836

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DAVE, Suffolk

Nissan X-Trail

How do I get speed on display many thanks

Submitted: 23/04/2017 11:21:54 | ID: 140835

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Kevin, Perth and Kinross

Volkswagen Polo

1.2 vw polo starts but when take foot of exelarator pedal it cuts of and stalls any ideas would be appreciated thanx

Submitted: 23/04/2017 11:01:13 | ID: 140834

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mike, South Africa

Volkswagen Polo

Hi,thank you for the site,hoop you can help.the car is constantly hesitant when at low revs while driving.it is only when the pedal is being stepped on that the ploblem quits Thank you very much for your assistance

Submitted: 23/04/2017 08:21:31 | ID: 140833

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julie, West Midlands

Peugeot 807

hi the esp light comes and stays on. any ideas would help. thank you.

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Hiya, I had the same problem and turned out to be a brake light switch ...... £8 and the problem was solved. I took to my iCal garage l. Rebecca from Norfolk

Submitted: 21/09/2016 19:51:28 | ID: 135359

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A .curtis, Devon

Vauxhall Corsa

Do I have to have the engine running for the headlights to work.

Submitted: 23/04/2017 06:48:11 | ID: 140831

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Alan Wilcock, Cumberland

Nissan Almera Tino 2002

The heater on my Nissan Almera Tino 2002 is blowing hot air all the time, even when the switch is on it`s cold setting and even if the air con is active. Is this a fuse issue? Please can anyone give any solution? Regards.

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Hi. I have this on my wife’s Tino. The problem is that the heat control is on a cable that can become kinked when you move it too quickly from hot to cold and back. When this happens, the cable sleeve moves backwards and forwards, but the cable itself doesn’t move, so the control in the dashboard stays on hot. We had a garage secure the cable sleeve with cable ties, which held it still so the actual cable could move. That works for a while, but eventually you may need a replacement part. Rhey are on ebay but make sure you get one with A/C if you need it. Hope that helps Tony Simper from Berkshire

The cable retainer bracket has broken so the temperature control knob does not pull the cable. There is a kit available from Nissan for only a few pounds or you could replace the complete heater control unit for about £160 DC from Yorkshire

I just looked at this problem on my mother-in-law's Almera. Cable ties didn't look viable due to access, so I used a bit of Sugru moulded around the end of the cable sleeve and the fixed section to keep the sleeve in place. Sugru looks like plasticine, but cures to a solid, rubber-like material that bonds to all sorts of surfaces. It's now widely available in retailers (e.g. B&Q, Wilko), or direct at http://sugru.com/. MarkH from Surrey

I had the same problem. Realised the kink was in a place that meant it would work so long as I didn't turn up the heater more than two thirds the way. In my case the bracket and retainer were intact, it was simply that the cable was kinked. So have fed back the cable, covered it with Vaseline, tried as best as possible to bend the kink out of the cable, and then fixed a screw through the plastic surround around the heater controls to stop me turning it above two thirds of the way up. A bit of a bodge, but did it in half an hour and it works again. At least for now........ Pete from Canada

I had the same problem. Realised the kink was in a place that meant it would work so long as I didn't turn up the heater more than two thirds the way. In my case the bracket and retainer were intact, it was simply that the cable was kinked. So have fed back the cable, covered it with Vaseline, tried as best as possible to bend the kink out of the cable, and then fixed a screw through the plastic surround around the heater controls to stop me turning it above two thirds of the way up. A bit of a bodge, but did it in half an hour and it works again. At least for now........ Pete from Canada

Have just read this thread and found it to be a lifesaver. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a Nissan Almera 2002, heater was on full, no cold at all. Went onto YouTube and saw how to take the dash apart by searching 'removing CD player in Nissan Almera'. After a tricky hour, figured out the cable retaining clip broke out of it's casing on the control unit, so I fashioned a little 'L' shaped thing out of a bit of aluminium and screwed it to the casing so the cable retaining clip could be popped back in. Took over 3 hrs to sort out that little retaining clip but Ahhh, cold air again! Hope this helps the next victim of the "Almera heater control cable retaining clip". Hayden from Wiltshire

Have just read this thread and found it to be a lifesaver. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a Nissan Almera 2002, heater was on full, no cold at all. Went onto YouTube and saw how to take the dash apart by searching 'removing CD player in Nissan Almera'. After a tricky hour, figured out the cable retaining clip broke out of it's casing on the control unit, so I fashioned a little 'L' shaped thing out of a bit of aluminium and screwed it to the casing so the cable retaining clip could be popped back in. Took over 3 hrs to sort out that little retaining clip but Ahhh, cold air again! Hope this helps the next victim of the "Almera heater control cable retaining clip". Hayden from Wiltshire

Have just read this thread and found it to be a lifesaver. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a Nissan Almera 2002, heater was on full, no cold at all. Went onto YouTube and saw how to take the dash apart by searching 'removing CD player in Nissan Almera'. After a tricky hour, figured out the cable retaining clip broke out of it's casing on the control unit, so I fashioned a little 'L' shaped thing out of a bit of aluminium and screwed it to the casing so the cable retaining clip could be popped back in. Took over 3 hrs to sort out that little retaining clip but Ahhh, cold air again! Hope this helps the next victim of the "Almera heater control cable retaining clip". Hayden from Wiltshire

Have just read this thread and found it to be a lifesaver. Thanks to everyone who contributed. I have a Nissan Almera 2002, heater was on full, no cold at all. Went onto YouTube and saw how to take the dash apart by searching 'removing CD player in Nissan Almera'. After a tricky hour, figured out the cable retaining clip broke out of it's casing on the control unit, so I fashioned a little 'L' shaped thing out of a bit of aluminium and screwed it to the casing so the cable retaining clip could be popped back in. Took over 3 hrs to sort out that little retaining clip but Ahhh, cold air again! Hope this helps the next victim of the "Almera heater control cable retaining clip". Hayden from Wiltshire

I had the same problem with a newly acquired 2001 Almera Tino. The bracket was broken and I found the inner Bowden cable to kink when the heating knob was rotated. The fix was quite easy, using a strong cable tie, a pair of pliers and soldering iron and solder I made a decent repair. Firstly with the pliers I reformed the metal clip so that the part that was retained by the broken portion was bent through 90 degrees (making it L shaped), this newly bent portion was pushed into the hole on the left hand side where the clip was originally retained (the broken part). The Bowden cable put back in original place and secured with a good strong cable tie. This will hold the sleeve of the cable in it's original place. The kinked inner has to be straightened out as best as can be done in situ. Once straight place a large soldering iron against the inner and run some solder into the fibres of the inner cable for about an inch or two. This will stiffen the inner sufficiently to stop the cable becoming kinked again. ** IMPORTANT **A heat shunt (using a pair of long nose pliers held closed with an elastic band on the handle) is positioned on the inner before the plastic actuating arm of the Bowden cable. This will stop the plastic component from melting. This has worked well for me, but it has to be said that it is best not to be too forceful or too fast using this control, as the cable my kink again. Ken Ginn from Kent

I had the same problem with a newly acquired 2001 Almera Tino. The bracket was broken and I found the inner Bowden cable to kink when the heating knob was rotated. The fix was quite easy, using a strong cable tie, a pair of pliers and soldering iron and solder I made a decent repair. Firstly with the pliers I reformed the metal clip so that the part that was retained by the broken portion was bent through 90 degrees (making it L shaped), this newly bent portion was pushed into the hole on the left hand side where the clip was originally retained (the broken part). The Bowden cable put back in original place and secured with a good strong cable tie. This will hold the sleeve of the cable in it's original place. The kinked inner has to be straightened out as best as can be done in situ. Once straight place a large soldering iron against the inner and run some solder into the fibres of the inner cable for about an inch or two. This will stiffen the inner sufficiently to stop the cable becoming kinked again. ** IMPORTANT **A heat shunt (using a pair of long nose pliers held closed with an elastic band on the handle) is positioned on the inner before the plastic actuating arm of the Bowden cable. This will stop the plastic component from melting. This has worked well for me, but it has to be said that it is best not to be too forceful or too fast using this control, as the cable my kink again. Ken Ginn from Kent

I have put up with this for several years now.I simply get my hand under the dash at the steering wheel side and find the other end of the cable which is attached to a lever.I then move the lever over to the other side.After years of practice this only takes a few seconds to do,but you need strong fingers. gerard from Cheshire

I have put up with this for several years now.I simply get my hand under the dash at the steering wheel side and find the other end of the cable which is attached to a lever.I then move the lever over to the other side.After years of practice this only takes a few seconds to do,but you need strong fingers. gerard from Cheshire

Nissan Tino blowing hot air - the plastic holding the metal clip that traps the end of the heater cable close to the switch had broken. I removed enough of the dashboard to access the heater controls, discarded the metal clip and here's the fix: Each end of that metal clip go into a block of plastic - they are square holes that go all the way through to the back. So I put one cable tie tightly around the cable sheath and then put 2 cable ties through each of those square holes - one sits either side of the first cable tie wrapped around the heater cable, trapping it so it can't got forward or backwards. Works perfectly. Bill McDonald from New Zealand

Submitted: 01/11/2012 12:17:45 | ID: 89425

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turner omoyele, Nigeria

Ssangyong Rexton

my rexton jeep 2010 jerks alot and i have changed the coils, fuel pump and serviced the nozzles and injectors but it still jerks what more should i do. please i need your help.

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Water in d tank.Therefore in d engine compartment in d bonnet there's fitter sepration to dry d water off by squizzing d fitter under bonnet and problem solve orla from Greater London

Submitted: 24/05/2016 10:46:05 | ID: 131950

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Sharon, West Midlands

Hyundai i20

My Hyundai is a 120 se petrol model. I have just had a service on my car just over a week now. Today it started to make a noise from the glove compartment today, then just stopped all together without any warning why had this happened ?

Submitted: 22/04/2017 22:04:41 | ID: 140828

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