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    Beirut mystery explosion

    There are reports of building damage at the airport 6 miles away. For that to happen a conventional bomb can be ruled out. It has to have been caused by a very large local store of explosive material whether that be fireworks, missiles, explosives, chemicals or the combination of them all...
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    Beirut mystery explosion

    Whatever the source, it did look like there was a fuel in air explosion.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Thanks, I had just managed to find the same graph - using Google
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    My initial response would be to blame the young for spreading it in pubs but a more considered response would be to ask if it's really increasing. The 7 day moving average of daily new cases has clearly been rising slowly for the last 3 weeks which may just be the result of increased testing...
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    Key Fob Problems

    I know the test figure wasn't the state of charge but you get the best cranking amps from a fully charged battery even if the tester is able to compensate for a low state of charge. Bear in mind that battery testers don;t actually measure the cranking amps refereed to because to do that they...
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    Key Fob Problems

    We already knew it was only approx. 50 % charged so did you fully charge it before having it tested. That won't necessarily give it a clean bill of health but it will give it the best shot at a load test.
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    Formula 1 2020 (Will Contain Race Day Spoilers)

    No question that Lando was impressively quick. What he needs to do now is match it with an equally impressive race performance. Not that he hasn't already shown that he can do that but his last race was a disappointment.
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    Key Fob Problems

    The battery may be shot but not necessarily just because it's 8 years old. I'd fully charge it first and see how it goes. Expect it to take several hours as 12.33 volts under no load is barely above 50% charged. Even if it turns out the battery is on it's last legs, getting up to full...
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    Changing all tyres from run flat to normal?

    Runflats may seem a clever concept in the new car brochure but the reality is they are an expensive and rather poorly performing solution to a problem that barely exists. The tyre shops won't repair them if you do have a flat and drive on them and then there is the ride. It's hardly progress...
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    Engine light ON after topping up coolant!

    I had the low coolant light come on when I was at my sons house in York which was 100 miles from home. A quick check on the internet showed the local water to be quite hard so I wasn't prepared to top up with that as the owners manual gives specific guidance on the water hardness limits. I...
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    W205 pre-facelift - switch tyre pressure units from Kpa to PSI - how?

    Much preferable, if only because it's more easily multiplied by 14.5 to get to real units :rolleyes:
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    Formula 1 2020 (Will Contain Race Day Spoilers)

    Ducati are competitive enough at the moment. They claimed 3rd and 4th place in the first Motogp of the season. For anyone without BT sport, Quest are running a Motogp highlights show again on the Monday or Tuesday evening following the race. Quest now also have catch up service at MotoGP...
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    Key Fob Problems

    Slow unlocking of the steering on it's own would suggest imminent ESL motor failure but if that was the only fault there would be no impact on the operational distance to unlock the car. My key fob battery is well in excess of 5 years old and it still operates from inside the house when the car...
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    That age old question - Super or Regular Unleaded

    The only thing to worry about with E10 in modern vehicles is the fact that unless the price goes down you are being robbed because it has lower calorific value and therefore MPG will fall slightly. I'm sure that in due course the government will tell the truth in and inform you of that. One...
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Whats Twitter ? Is it something of importance.
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    Where has this Disaster Originated?

    Credibility flew out the window when I read the doctor in a white coat is a "Deliverance Minister".
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    W205 pre-facelift - switch tyre pressure units from Kpa to PSI - how?

    kPa may be the scientifically correct preferred unit of pressure measurement but it's a particular inappropriate unit to apply to the pressures used in tyres. The decision to use kPa's can only have been made by men in white coats remote from the real world where kPa's are not common currency...
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    bottoming out

    Springs don't sag that much so either they are broken or some twerp of a previous owner has substantially lowered the car using shorter springs so that it "looks better" There are different heights of spring mounts available but they would not offer enough adjustment if it's really low.
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    Fitting New Wheels and Tyres - How Crucial Is The Load Rating?

    Except for winter tyres, I'm sure the tyre shop wouldn't do it anyway. It's particularly annoying that I have to use V rated tyres because the the top speed is listed as 143 MPH. In practice H rated at 130 MPH would be enough and they would ride better. I wonder what Volvo have done when...
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    Fitting New Wheels and Tyres - How Crucial Is The Load Rating?

    To go back to the OP's question of how critical is the load rating. My initial thoughts were that in practice the lower load rated tyres would probably be ok because there is usually a small safety margin built in. Take my car for example: maximum permitted rear axle weight is 1060 Kg with...
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