dave

@dave

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

    I’ll have a look when I’m reacquainted.
    There weren’t any deposits on the oil filler cap when I took a look at the time, which I hoped ruled out head gasket failure when combined with the lack of oil-burning smoke coming out of the back end. I’ll check the coolant as well next time I see the vehicle though.

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

    I think it must have been low (or certainly nowhere near maximum) to begin with as well though, as after adding 500ml it didn’t bring up the ‘too much oil’ message at any point in my journey.

    I thought I’d driven it long enough to clear any ferry-related sloshing after the warning initially came up too – it didn’t appear until probably about 30…[Read more]

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

    I agree. I didn’t discover this until I pulled off the Autoroute and tried to check the level. Very upsetting. An added insult to injury is that you can’t check the level immediately after the engine has been running, so whilst I knew it thought it had less oil than it should, I couldn’t find out exactly how little. 15 minutes of sitting in the…[Read more]

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

    I did consider that, and so I figure the best port of call is to take it to a garage to get a full oil change and have them take a look to make sure nothing is amiss, and then monitor it.

    I’m aware that all engines consume oil to some degree, however I’ve never had the problem with a modern diesel consuming enough to complain about low oil, and…[Read more]

    • I bet your suspicion of the ferry sloshing also had something to do with it. Warning lights often don’t clear immediately the fault is fixed.

  • dave posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Wheres all my cars oil gone? I had my car serviced in October, did a couple of thousand miles before then driving to Chamonix in February. Less than half an hour after I got off the ferry (and after I’d decided against European breakdown insurance – typical) my car started complaining of low oil. It’s a smarty-pants new car (2013 Volvo V60 D3)…[Read more]

    • Maybe the service wasn’t very good, and they didn’t replace enough oil?

      Engines burn oil, at various rates, without generating blue smoke. A mate has a Nissan Primera that uses it fairly quickly; this seems to be a regular problem. I’d check with google to see if this is a regular ‘feature’ with your…[Read more]

      • I did consider that, and so I figure the best port of call is to take it to a garage to get a full oil change and have them take a look to make sure nothing is amiss, and then monitor it.

        I’m aware that all engines consume oil to some degree, however I’ve never had the problem with a modern diesel consuming enough to complain about low oil, and…[Read more]

        • I bet your suspicion of the ferry sloshing also had something to do with it. Warning lights often don’t clear immediately the fault is fixed.

    • I suspect this is the most likely, that the garage accidentally didn’t put much in. It’s happened to me in the past.

    • I definitely don’t like the idea of no dip stick. Electronics fail but a stick never lies. Lots of diesels use oil. My van does 20k between services but the oil runs low at 18k every time.

      My guess if you only did a few k would be the garage not filling it properly in the first place.

      • I agree. I didn’t discover this until I pulled off the Autoroute and tried to check the level. Very upsetting. An added insult to injury is that you can’t check the level immediately after the engine has been running, so whilst I knew it thought it had less oil than it should, I couldn’t find out exactly how little. 15 minutes of sitting in the…[Read more]

    • My car, made in the fatherland, did the same thing recently after I parked on, then pulled off of a particularly steep road. I put a tiny amount of oil in and all was OK again. I suspect the gradient, like your ferry, just upset the clever vurspruning technology!

      • I think it must have been low (or certainly nowhere near maximum) to begin with as well though, as after adding 500ml it didn’t bring up the ‘too much oil’ message at any point in my journey.

        I thought I’d driven it long enough to clear any ferry-related sloshing after the warning initially came up too – it didn’t appear until probably about 30…[Read more]

    • Check your water – is it oily? any mayonaise like stuff (don’t eat it)?

      • I’ll have a look when I’m reacquainted.
        There weren’t any deposits on the oil filler cap when I took a look at the time, which I hoped ruled out head gasket failure when combined with the lack of oil-burning smoke coming out of the back end. I’ll check the coolant as well next time I see the vehicle though.

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

    Whatever you’re doing, I’m almost completely sure you don’t want to be doing it in excel.

    Export to .csv and it’ll be a ten minute job in Python.

    I’ve seen many programs written in spreadsheets where there are hard to spot bugs and/or nobody has a clue how they work any more.

    • for client maintainability, I’m trying to do it all with formulas. Although I of course can’t guarantee it to be bug free, I do clearly document what I’ve done so that anyone with reasonable Excel skills could follow what I’ve done.

      I’m sure there are more elegant ways of doing all that I’m providing but not sure that would fit all of the…[Read more]

  • dave posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Thanks for that very full reply. I can appreciate many of the points you raise and actually agree with a lot of them. We are now in a very unenviable position either way. However, in that trite old phrase, we start from where we are and I do believe that we are now reduced to picking the lesser of the evils. In my view that has to be a…[Read more]

  • dave posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    You seem a reasonable and realistic sort of guy so can I just ask this: since you seem resigned to the fact that we are not going to get the clean, painless Brexit we were assured would be ours for the taking during the referendum and since the overwhelming majority of business leaders and most economists seem to be convinced a hard Brexit will…[Read more]

    • isac replied 2 months ago

      Remaining in the EU would not be the end of the world.

      However, doing so would require the overturning of the referendum result.

      Either by another referendum or by the government ignoring the first referendum result.

      While remaining would prevent the economic disaster predicted by many it would create a whole set of other problems.

      Any…[Read more]

      • dave replied 2 months ago

        Thanks for that very full reply. I can appreciate many of the points you raise and actually agree with a lot of them. We are now in a very unenviable position either way. However, in that trite old phrase, we start from where we are and I do believe that we are now reduced to picking the lesser of the evils. In my view that has to be a…[Read more]

  • dave posted a new activity comment 2 months ago

    Sounds like you vaguely align to the Labour position?

  • dave posted a new activity comment 3 months, 1 week ago

    My parents had a Sodastream when I was a kid.

    I remember fizzing up a small bottle of tapwater, then putting a spoonful of concentrate into a glass, then pouring the now fizzy water into the glass… Invariably the concentrate would be used up and the sodastream would sit idle for months at a time. Then it would be that the last charge of gas…[Read more]