doormat

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  • doormat posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Obviously they have f*cked up massively on crime: they cut police numbers and simultaneously they gave the cops massive numbers of new bookkeeping tasks, they put lots of cops onto investigating historical cases rather than stuff that just happened, they put cops onto investigating what people said on Facebook and they stopped them doing stop and…[Read more]

  • Kitchen fires can be caused by other things. Like benny my oven went up and I managed to put it out with a dry powder from my van. We now keep one in the kitchen. It took me about 2 minutes to put it out and the fire brigade 4 minutes from the call to get to us but not everyone lives less than a mile from the fire station. In the very short time…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    ^ Working any customer service type job does…
    I should know, I’m a tech >.< Don't know how many times I have to explain to the Stupidvisors (Supervisors) at work that their issue isn't within my power to deal with, that they need to call the help desk… then 5 minutes later they call ME for the exact same issue without even contacting the help…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Yoga, for an hour, two to three times a week.

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Whether the mean, median, or the mode, is best suited to interpret the data really depends on the distribution of the data. So I am not sure how you can make such a statement without having any idea about the distribution.

    My understanding of income distribution in the UK tells me they tend to approach a log-normal distribution with a low sigma,…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    “… in the custody of a Syrian militia.”

    There’s the rub. Who are this militia and do we recognize them as fit for applying the rule of Syrian law?

    If, say, an Australian had traveled to Northern Ireland, joined the UVF, allegedly committed murder in their name, and was captured by the IRA, would the Australian government say, “well he’s in the…[Read more]

  • doormat replied to the topic Best Android TV Boxes? in the forum General Chat 2 months ago

    Roku is just so slow though.

    @crud That’s never been my experience, even with quite an old Roku box, and reviews don’t generally seem to complain about speed issues. I think your experience might not be a general problem with Roku. If nothing else, they’ve produced quite a range of products over the years.

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

    What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

    • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

      So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

      If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

      The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Thanks all.

    Im not going to drive it again except to the garage next week. There were no engine lights on last night.

    Do all the cylinders move in sequence due to the timing belt? If so is the one that’s possibly. It working just moving in sequence and not firing?

    Apparently all the 5 cylinders have an ignition coil. Do all need replacing or j…[Read more]

    • OK, very simply, and probably a bit inaccurate…

      Inside the engine is a crankshaft. Initially this gets spun by the starter motor.

      The crankshaft is connected to the pistons by..er..connecting rods. As the crankshaft goes round a clever bit of mechanics means the pistons go up and down in the cylinders. The movement and position of the pistons…[Read more]

      • Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

        What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

        • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

          So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

          If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

          The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Then could it be that I have four cylinders firing and one not?
    Could that wreck the engine if I drive it?

    • If it’s firing on only some of the cylinders, then the vibration you are feeling is the engine running out of balance. In theory yes, this can cause damage (uneven bearing wear/crankshaft loading etc), but whether it will actually wreck the engine is anyones guess. It’s certainly not ideal.

      Still no error lights on the dash? Any chance you can…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks all.

    petrol smell seems like from under the bonnet. No exhaust smoke.

    I can’t get in with the mechanic I use until next week. After a chat he seems to think ignition coils.

    Im no mechanic. It just took 5 goes to start it after my walk and the judder and poor acceleration remain.

    How do the coils and plugs work? Do they ignite once on t…[Read more]

    • Spark plugs fire just after the compression stroke on each cylinder. If the coils or plugs are defective then there’s no ignition in the cylinder(s).

      • Then could it be that I have four cylinders firing and one not?
        Could that wreck the engine if I drive it?

        • If it’s firing on only some of the cylinders, then the vibration you are feeling is the engine running out of balance. In theory yes, this can cause damage (uneven bearing wear/crankshaft loading etc), but whether it will actually wreck the engine is anyones guess. It’s certainly not ideal.

          Still no error lights on the dash? Any chance you can…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks. There are no engine lights on at present.

    • Always bear in mind that the dashboard lights can be fail too, so maybe the engine light does not light! you could perhaps try and force it to light by creating an engine fault situation

      Getting a code reader is a good double check if all else fails.

  • doormat posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Hi
    Ive got a 1999 V70 2.5 petrol.
    I’ve had problems starting when hot or cold, and in any weather. Battery is sound. It doesn’t appear to ignite unless you put your foot hard on the accelerator when it’s playing up.

    Ive started today twice in -2 first time. I’ve driven motorways for 60 miles.

    I got home for an hour and it started first time. I…[Read more]

    • Any error codes? You can get a generic OBDII code reader for a tenner that connects to your phone etc by bluetooth/wifi. Cheaper than a garage, and will do most fault systems (usually not airbag errors though).

      • Thanks. There are no engine lights on at present.

        • Always bear in mind that the dashboard lights can be fail too, so maybe the engine light does not light! you could perhaps try and force it to light by creating an engine fault situation

          Getting a code reader is a good double check if all else fails.

    • I’d check the plugs and the rest of the ignition system.

      Poor starting and petrol smell both suggest this. Spark plugs can just give out for no good reason. If you have a look in the dark tonight with the engine running you should be able to see if you have an insulation issue.

    • Where is the petrol smell from? Exhaust or engine bay? Through the heater vents?

    • Thanks all.

      petrol smell seems like from under the bonnet. No exhaust smoke.

      I can’t get in with the mechanic I use until next week. After a chat he seems to think ignition coils.

      Im no mechanic. It just took 5 goes to start it after my walk and the judder and poor acceleration remain.

      How do the coils and plugs work? Do they ignite once on t…[Read more]

      • Spark plugs fire just after the compression stroke on each cylinder. If the coils or plugs are defective then there’s no ignition in the cylinder(s).

        • Then could it be that I have four cylinders firing and one not?
          Could that wreck the engine if I drive it?

          • If it’s firing on only some of the cylinders, then the vibration you are feeling is the engine running out of balance. In theory yes, this can cause damage (uneven bearing wear/crankshaft loading etc), but whether it will actually wreck the engine is anyones guess. It’s certainly not ideal.

            Still no error lights on the dash? Any chance you can…[Read more]

    • Don’t know the model, but if it has an ecu have you disconnected the battery recently? Could be a coked throttle body and the computer has reset. Just saying because I’ve recently had something similar in my 05 avensis. Or a lambda sensor – They can be sporadic when it comes to throwing error codes.

    • Sounds very similar to when the coil pack went on our car!

      • Yes. If was a diesel I’d suspect a clogged fuel filter due to the cold weather, but that’s unlikely with petrol.

    • Thanks all.

      Im not going to drive it again except to the garage next week. There were no engine lights on last night.

      Do all the cylinders move in sequence due to the timing belt? If so is the one that’s possibly. It working just moving in sequence and not firing?

      Apparently all the 5 cylinders have an ignition coil. Do all need replacing or j…[Read more]

      • OK, very simply, and probably a bit inaccurate…

        Inside the engine is a crankshaft. Initially this gets spun by the starter motor.

        The crankshaft is connected to the pistons by..er..connecting rods. As the crankshaft goes round a clever bit of mechanics means the pistons go up and down in the cylinders. The movement and position of the pistons…[Read more]

        • Thanks for the idiots guide to the internal combustion engine)). That has helped my understanding.

          What makes the plugs fire each time? The ignition coils on every bang?

          • Here is another guide written by an idiot.

            So the position of each piston is determined by the position of the crankshaft, ok?

            If a piston is at the top of the cylinder, in the first revolution of the crankshaft it goes down and then up (induction and compression strokes).

            The spark plug fires, igniting the fuel/air mixture, and during the next…[Read more]

  • doormat replied to the topic Plastic in bottled water in the forum Health 2 months, 1 week ago

    As the vast majority of bottled water is de-chlorinated tap water I suspect that the plastic is coming from the bottle manufacturing process and bottling process!

    Some tap water, from surface collected water may have plastic in it, but spring water and ground water should have been filtered by passing through rock and earth.

    It sounds to me…[Read more]

  • doormat posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    @troll You’re not making much sense. Zuckerberg (and many Silicon Valley billionaires) support some for of UBI.

    Again, this is so that everybody has a basic level of income to spend on consumer goods. Which are of course advertised on Facebook. The way you word it, it’s some kind of Dr Evil plot to enslave the world. I’m not saying there aren’t…[Read more]