Mick F

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  1. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    I still haven't got back to this. I will be coming home along the A30 through Devon early on Saturday morning. If I can get my act together, I'll take a stopwatch and do an indicated 60mph and count the maker posts. 200m apart = eight per mile. Do a steady indicated 60mph and note the time to do eight posts, and then do an indicated GPS 60mph and do eight posts and note the time. I'll take a stopwatch as well as my Garmin Montana. I'm taking Mrs Mick F to Bristol airport for her flight, then returning home. I'll be by myself, so it's something to do for entertainment! 😀 Mick.
  2. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    Can you post the links to these threads and topics please? Then I'll shut up. Thanks, Mick.
  3. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    It seems I have some support. https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=125457 Mick.
  4. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    Yes, the driver is in charge of all things, including lights of course. Trouble is, when there's an automatic system, it is designed to be used and will be used by the unthinking. This system is designed to work the way it works, and WILL be used. Putting on full beam should and must be a decision, and never an auto function. I'd like to see an automatic dipping system when the car detects an unlit moving object. At least that would help us a little bit from automatic full beam addicts dazzling road users in contravention of Highway Code Rule 114. Mick.
  5. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    Maybe it's only me that's being sensible then? Maybe it's only me who knows the law? How can you have something that is automatic without any consideration with other road users? Switching to high beam should - or even MUST - be a conscious decision. Switching to high beam is awful to anyone in the beam who could be on the road without enough light to be recognised by an automatic car full beam. Thank goodness I've not encountered this automatic system yet. Hopefully, the car drivers locally who have this facility have disabled it. I still say it should be banned. Mick.
  6. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    Thanks. That's explained the stupidity of it quite nicely. I see that the system puts it back to dipped beam when it detects an oncoming vehicle with its lights on. That's a good thing to have but what about cyclists, pedestrians or horse riders? What about Highway Code Rule 114? 114 You MUST NOT use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders Automatically putting on the high beam would become ........... well, automatic and without thought? ............... and therefore if you enable that function you are not considering other road users before automatically switching to high beam. Stupid system and should be banned from use in the UK. Full beam should never be automatic. Mick.
  7. Mick F

    Auto high beam not working

    Can I ask a question about this please? What is "auto high beam"? How does the car know that it's safe and legal to put on the high beams? We have automatic lights on our Yaris Hybrid, but the dipped beams come on automatically not the high beams automatically. Mick.
  8. Mick F

    Speedo Inaccuracies 2014 Yaris

    Many years ago, my mate had a Mk1 Cortina Estate. He had fitted a replacement differential from a Mk1 Cortina but from a different model. (or was it a Corsair?) He and his wife, and me and mine, went on a camping holiday in Northern Scotland. We drove the same distance, but when we got home, our odometers were way out. We then did a series of experiments driving at pre-arranged constant speeds in convoy and made notes. Can't remember the specific numbers involved, but when I was doing 30mph in my Hillman Hunter, he was doing 25mph or something like that. His car was seriously under-reading! 🙄 Mick.
  9. Mick F

    Brakes pull to the right intermittently

    We do about 5,000miles a year and some years less. Never had a problem with brakes needing to be cleaned or lubricated despite the car being left for days sometimes a week between uses. Mick.
  10. Mick F

    Hybrid in Neutral

    I'm going to continue to use Neutral as it's the best way. The issue of not charging the battery is a red herring I think, especially round here. The battery is never so low that it would any difference whatsoever for a minute or two at traffic lights. Even if it was an issue, the car would alarm at you! In Drive, the system wants to creep forwards, and in Reverse it wants to go backwards of course. If you are stopped with your foot on the brake, the drive is disconnected even though you are in Drive or Reverse. The trouble is, the stupid designers didn't use the handbrake to disconnect the drive like the footbrake does! This means that if you are stopped in Drive with the handbrake on, the car is STILL trying to move .................. ie wasting energy. Selecting Park disconnects the drive of course, but it's a hassle to select it when stopped and deselect it to drive away. Sitting at a junction or at traffic lights with your foot remaining on the brake is against the UK Highway Code, and also bad car control. Neutral and handbrake is the correct way to do it in a manual car, so I don't see why a hybrid would be any different. The main issue really, is that the car creeps in Drive so you have to positively stop it. Mick.
  11. Mick F

    Hybrid in Neutral

    At junctions and traffic lights, I always set the handbrake and take my foot off the brake. This stops the annoying brake lights upsetting the vehicle behind. If I'm facing downhill, the handbrake needs to be on tighter than pointing uphill or on the level, as I always leave the car in Drive. Selecting Park and then back to Drive to move off is a hassle plus there's a silly flash of the reversing light as you pass through Park to Drive, and you have to re-press the brake pedal too .................. so I leave it in Drive. Going to Neutral and setting the handbrake is simple and quick, as it going from Neutral to Drive to move away as it's only a single move and you can do this without pressing the brake pedal. What is the issue here? Does it matter? What do other Hybrid users do? Mick.
  12. Mick F

    Rattle in the driver's door internals

    Any advice about how this is done? Can't see any screws. Mick.
  13. Mick F

    Rattle in the driver's door internals

    Thanks. This sounds (sorry for the pun) like we should take it back. Still under warranty as just had her fourth birthday. Mick.
  14. We have a very quiet feint buzzing sort of rattle somewhere inside the driver's door. Had it quite a while, but I thought it was something in one of the little pockets to the right of the steering wheel, but from experimentation and listening closely, it's coming from inside the door. I've banged and knocked on the inside surface to see if it would go - even temporarily - but it steadfastly remains. Now we hear it, it seems louder of course! 😂 This car is the quietist car we've ever owned, so the noise is noticeable even though it's a quiet noise. In any other car, we wouldn't hear it. Seems like it's near the window control buttons, but I could be mistaken. Any pointers to what it might be and what I could do to isolate the source? Thanks, Mick.
  15. Mick F

    Hybrid - orange key symbol

    I removed the battery from the spare. No point in running a perfectly good battery down for no reason. Mick.