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  1. I am wondering, if this lockdown continues for quite a long time, (which is quite likely) and my car is stood on the same spot for several weeks/months, will the tyres develop a 'flat-spot' that might be noticeable when I start to drive it again. I recently had a new complete set of Michelin Cross Climates fitted, not cheap and, I wouldn't want something like this to effectively wreck them. Now, is my near 80 year old brain being stupid or is it something that might/could happen? Don't laugh will you☺️
  2. 10.55am 06/04/20 I have just checked my battery and it is showing as 11.51, this appears to be about 15%or so according to Herbies chart. Time to get a charger methinks. I do have what I would call a normal charger but I think that I prefer to go to one of the 'smart' jobbies. With the CTEK MXS 5.0, is it possible to permanently connect this to the battery and leave the actual charger hanging somewhere safely in the boot so that when charging becomes necessary you can simply plug the mains lead into it? A further thought, is it possible to check the state of the 12v battery by putting a mulitmeter across the special jump lead connectors under the bonnet? Also, would it be possible to connect the smart charger to these terminals and leave it permanently connected under the bonnet. This would make life even easier to connect the mains cable as my car is always parked nose first in front of the garage (nay workshop) door and would avoid the need to mess around in the boot area, or are these connectors equally fiddly to get at.
  3. Thank you herbs, I will give it a go tomorrow morning and will report back.
  4. Thank you chaps for the pointers towards the CTEK MXS 5.0, I will probably invest in one of these but, having searched around, I'm surprised at the price variations on it. Where is the safest place to buy one from? I usually buy a lot of stuff from Amazon which up to now has always been trouble free. I have had a look at the manual and it would appear that the 12v battery is located in the same position as it is in the IS300h and so is easily accessible. With regards to charging, the manual states quite clearly on page 532 "If recharging with the 12v battery installed on the vehicle, be sure to disconnect the ground cable" this appears contrary to what is being said in this thread. I mentioned in my original post that I do have a multimeter and could do an initial check of the health of my battery. Can someone tell me what setting to use on the meter and, what reading I should get for the battery for it to be in good condition regarding the current charge level. There have been some interesting posts on this thread regarding the technicalties of battery power etc, pretty much all of which has gone flying over the top of this near 80 year old head!! Thanks again for all the help chaps, as always, very much appreciated.
  5. Can someone enlighten me please as to what action. if any, is needed to ensure that my batteries remain in reasonable condition whilst my car is parked up, perhaps possibly for many weeks to come. At the moment it is just over two weeks since it was last used. Is there some way that I can check to see what sort of state they are in at the moment? I have a multimeter but I am not a competent user of it. can I put it across the 12v terminals to check and if so, what settings will I need to use? I'm not sure where the 12v battery is located in my NX, I will have to dig out the manual today and have a look. If the battery needs charging, can I do it in situ, or do I need to disconnect the lead to be on the safe side? If I can get the 12v one healthy, what can I do about the hybrid battery. Would it simply be a case of sitting in the car with the engine running for say half an hour? Thanks for any help that may be offered. Hope you are all managing to keep safe and well in these difficult times. Fantastic response to the 8pm applause session last night, can become quite emotional really. Well done to each and every one of them.
  6. I know that may of you use some sort of OBD tools/systems but I am wondering if any of you have come across, or use, this one? I know nothing about such things myself and am asking purely from an interest point of view and, would be keen to see what any of you have to say about it, good or bad.
  7. Thank you Les. I'll go and give a shot now. EDIT: Perfick! All worked a treat. Thanks Les
  8. Hello folks, I have just acquired a new phone and have gone from an Android to an iPhone 7+. Can anyone tell me if I need to do anything regarding its use in my NX or, does the in-car system just recognise the phone number which I have retained. Many thanks.
  9. I recently changed all four tyres on my NX and I am really pleased with them. I can't remember what was on the car previously, I think that there was more than one make though. The Michelin are spot on, the ride is excellent and they are certainly not 'noisy' See the link to my original post above.
  10. Brilliant! Thank you John, (Britiprius) much appreciated. Thank you too John (royoftherovers) Unfortunately I can't put my hand to the manual, I think that her indoors may have put it somewhere 'tidy'😀
  11. Many modern cars have an option/switch whereby the angle of the dipped headlight beam can be adjusted. This is generally used to lower the angle of the beam when you have say a full complement of five passengers and a boot full of luggage causing the dipped headlights to be too high, thus dazzling on-coming cars. Anyone know if such an option is on the NX. If there is, I haven't found it yet! Many thanks.
  12. glynp1, did you see my post of December 20th in this thread? It would have been worth a look before you went to Lexus for your update.
  13. Following a number of recommendations from fellow members, I have replaced all four of my tyres with a set of Michelin Cross Climate's. I have to say that I am really very pleased that I did. I have had them for just over one month now and the difference over what was on the car previously is quite amazing. A big thank you to all who provided input. Happy New Year to everyone.
  14. Merry Christmas to everyone. Have yourselves a great time, be safe and drive carefully. Sincere good wishes to all you wonderful, helpful members. Best Wishes too for a Happy and healthy 2020.
  15. Have a look at this site Gareth, they are amazingly helpful people. Also have a read of this thread, it's not very long