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  1. DPF Regen techstream

    Yes, you have to drive it. Once the engine temp reaches the mid range the exhaust temps tend to be close to about 500C and the regen cycle will start. Just drive it normally, no need to rev hard or anything like that from my experience. I know there must be a way to do a stationary regen but I have yet to discover how to do it.
  2. Yeah, the fogs don't seem to be available on the F Sport pre the 2015 face-lift. I could be wrong on this. Also, I'm in Ireland where I have dealt with two of the four dealers in the country and both are hopeless. I left my details and requirements with them about three years ago and have heard nothing since! Have you driven the 450h as a comparison to the 300h? Did you notice much of a difference - basically is it worth the extra few quid?!
  3. What spec are you looking for @Shahpor? I'm hunting for a Gs450h F Sport 2013ish black on black hopefully with the 12 inch screen! However it pains me that it doesn't have fogs. So now I'm torn between that or waiting a year or so for the face-lift to come into budget and going for the same but in blue. Also, I'm not a fan on the brushed aluminium either but that's a bit too picky
  4. I know very little about exhausts and the types of steel used in exhausts but, remembering back to my college days (a good while ago!), there is a broad range of steel grades across generic groupings like mild, stainless, etc. The first thing we were told is that stainless does rust, just less, and in some cases can be magnetic. The one thing I do remember is that for a steel to be classed stainless, it has to have a minimum level of Chromium. 10% or something like that. It can be very hard to tell the difference between mild steel and a low grade stainless steel especially if it hasn't been polished and has been through the rigours of high temps, moisture and acidity.
  5. Yeah, the tyres are due to be changed in the next few weeks so didn't bother dressing the current ones. Absolutely agree, I have probably saved about half the cost but it is about five hours a wheel in my time. I enjoy doing myself though. Job satisfaction and all that. I certainly have learned a lot and the hard way!
  6. I don't think it matters with modern cars. The lines all run directly back to the actuator. Sucking out the old fluid shouldn't introduce air I would think. Just top it up after. That's what I did anyway. You will notice air in the system very quickly.
  7. As we all know the insurance market is a cartel. In Ireland anyway, over the last two years we've seen 60 to 70 % increase in premiums. And that's coincidently across ALL insurance companies. Would it not make sense that insurance companies would benefit from sharing blame? Not just to reduce the burden of the payout, but also to remove the no claims bonus of both parties. I'd love to do the maths on that. Throwing out the buyer beware card is ridiculous. As John said above, it is a legal requirement to have insurance not a nice to have. They have all of the leverage in the transaction. This was reduced a little by competition in the market but as I said above, the cartel arrangement negates this. Sorry for the rant but in my eyes, car insurance companies come a close second to car rental companies in terms of unethical behaviour.
  8. That's the million dollar question! I had the same issue. It did nothing when showing ON and in neutral. However, it seemed to work for me when I drove the car. I can't remember exactly but it shows different statuses under "DPF No Activate" (something like "running" followed by "complete". I'll double check to be sure but won't get to do so until next week. In your results above, the exhaust gas temps are wway to low for regeneration - they need to be closer to 500C as far as I know. Also, I'm not sure about your EGR - replacement probably needed.
  9. Cheers Lee - thought as much. Dare to dream!
  10. Hi All, Looking to buy a GS450H F Sport. Budget means I'm looking at about 4 year olds at the moment. I always thought I wanted Black on Black but having seen the car below pop up on AT, I am beginning to doubt myself! However, this colour seems to only be available after the 2015 facelift. It tried a search to find out exactly but couldn't get a definite answer. The colour is "Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0" I think. Does anyone know if this was available pre-2015? Thanks in advance.
  11. I did say black on black was what I'm looking for but this is just stunning!!!
  12. As you can see, I learned that the hard way!
  13. Yeah, I honestly don't feel it has let me down. I like working on it too so that helps. To be honest, I do love the car but it's over 7 years since I bought it so I'm itching to upgrade. Looking at the GS450H 4th gen at the moment (F Sport, Black on Black - only one available currently) - finances dictate that it could be another few months before I can afford it though!
  14. I put this together from all the scrap pieces of paper that I had written on and thrown in the service manual. Just throught I'd share - some may be interested. Next car I get, I'll include tyres and others like bulbs, etc. Also, I'll track costs too.
  15. If it is blocked, you will have DPF PM Block showing "Blocked". But you would know this already as check VSC, engine light, etc. would be lit up on the dash. If you want to check if it is on its way to being blocked, bring up the revs over 2,500 at least (driving or stationary) and watch the differential pressure. Mine showed about 10-12 kPa (about 1.4-1.7 psi) when blocked. It should be less than 2kPa (0.3 psi) under normal operation (from what I have heard). No harm to run the forced regen anyway.