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  1. Ok, the manual says that the ATF is good for the life of the vehicle. Have any of you changed the ATF on a 2004-2006 facelift model LS430? I know it's easier to do on the 5 speed 2001-2003 model but the only transmission failures on the 6 speed 04-06 I have ever seen talked about are related to the radiator failure (water mixed with ATF) and solenoid failures at very high mileages. On the US site there are several pages about it and the procedure looks like being a right PITA unless you have access to a lift. I do know that our US cousins are obsessive about oil changes, even when they are not necessary, so is this just another case of that?
  2. If your MOT date is after the 30 March, then you have a 6 month extension on it. However, you are still expected to keep the vehicle safe for use on the roads but that is always the case. If you knowingly drive an unsafe vehicle you are liable for prosecution and your insurance company will refuse to payout if you have an accident.
  3. The money grubbing are just trying it on.Shop around. My recent renewal was a 35% hike on the previous year for no reason. I shopped around and ended up with a 10% saving over the previous year. My previous insurer asked me why I'd moved. I told them that I disliked their business model and that loyalty was a 2 way street.
  4. Covid-19 is just another variant of the Corona virus family. In fact it's the 19th to be identified. These viruses have probably been around since before Homo Sapiens. Bats seem to carry them but are not affected by them. Other animals catch the virus from the bat poop or from close contact with the bats and the virus then mixes with other viruses in the animals body and sometimes creates a hybrid that can infect humans. Some of them we label as the common cold (along with Rhino-viruses and others), some are misidentified as Flu (Influenza virus) and in most the symptoms are so mild that they are dismissed as "feeling a bit kack". As for it's supposed "man-made" origin,... bollox! Covid-19 can affect anyone, regardless of age, but it tends to affect those with breathing/heart problems (whether or not they were previously known), so affects the elderly more percentage wise. In the UK a 21 year old girl has died from it, and Great Ormond Street Hospital has several young children on ventilators because of it.
  5. 3 Friends have had it and recovered, all in their late 40s, early 50s. 2 other friends have just gone down with it. This weekend I will be repairing my shed and building a planter for my better half. After that I have some foot-peg lowerers to fit to my 1400GTR and 2 new smoke detectors to fit.
  6. Not your fault. Too many people (including our government) didn't understand which is why we now have the lock-down. When you catch Covid you are infectious for up to 7 days before symptoms show. Once you actually fall ill in a healthy person you will have a few days of fever and dry cough and recover. Once fully recovered you are no longer infectious but you can still infect people by grabbing a doorknob that has the virus it on it, and then shaking someones hand who has not yet been infected. For the 10% or so of our population who have underlying lung/heart health issues the fever is dangerous. Say the NHS has for example 25,000 ventilators so can handle 25,000 bad cases at a time. That's 25,000 people who would die without those ventilators.Some will die anyway, but most won't. With social distancing/lock-down we reduce the level of simultaneous infections to the point that under 25,000 are needed at a time. We also give ourselves time to build new ventilators so that next month we can handle 30,000 simultaneous, and the month after that 50,000, etc. Why do you think car manufacturers are converting production to Ventilators and F1 teams are assisting with design and prototyping? That's just one example. Also applies to hospital beds, numbers of doctors/nurses, antibiotics (for secondary infections like Pneumonia) and other stuff. If we had carried on as normal in 6 weeks the whole of the UK would be infected. With a death rate of 1% and 66,000,000 people infected we would need 660,000 ventilators and only have maybe 35,000. That's 625,000 dead people because no ventilators for them. If the death rate reaches Italy levels that's 6,600,000 dead or 1 in 10. In Italy at the moment 10% of those who catch Covid are dying because they can't cope with the numbers (older population, underfunded healthcare). That should drop soon as their lock-down starts to take effect. China coped better because their people are used to doing as they are told and they managed to confine the outbreak and they kept their death rate down to 4% of those infected. If we can keep our death rate at 1% it'll be a miracle. If we'd started preparing when China announced how bad it was, we probably wouldn't need the lock-down for anywhere near as long. The scientists also don't know if this is one of those bugs that succumbs to higher levels of ambient UV. Hopefully as we head into summer the UV will kill off the virus on outdoor surfaces and slow the infection rate.
  7. I'm realistic and I know that this virus will never be gone, but by mid to late summer most of us will have had this variant and recovered. If we slow it down enough (once the idiots realise that STAY AT HOME means just that) then the NHS will be able to cope with the lower rate of infections, and therefore lower rate of seriously sick people who need ventilators and IV antibiotics, and that means that very few will be killed by it, and by "few" I mean 5,000-20,000 for the UK. What this whole debacle has made clear is that Boris can't manage his way out of a wet paper bag with a scalpel, and that the UK is populated with a very high proportion of selfish idiots. As for the effect on the economy and people's livelihoods, most will cope, some will not. Nobody wants to be in that last group but the alternative is that we carry on as normal and someone that you know or love is killed by the virus. It's not the first and will not be the last virus to spread like this has. Hopefully next time it will get acted on sooner and people may take it more seriously, but I doubt it.
  8. I used these rubber surrounds for the front door ML system 6" speakers. Worked a treat. Glued them on with this
  9. You will need to fit an accessory lead directly to the battery and run it through one of the grommets in the firewall and then fit a connector somewhere on the inside. Either that or else find a wire somewhere in the car that is permanently live and use that to connect the solar charger to. It will need to be a substantial cable as it needs to carry the current the solar charger produces depending on what charger you buy (100W = 8.5 Amps). If you pick a wire that's fatter than the cable that the charger comes with you'll be fine. Oh, and unplug it BEFORE starting the engine or fit a relay that disconnects it when you turn the ignition on. Otherwise you will probably end up buying another solar charger.
  10. When you get them refurbished, get the spare done as well. My spare doesn't match the others and looks awful enough that I put it back in the boot as soon as the punctured tyre is repaired/replaced.
  11. Sorry, but they won't. Current petrol cars produce just as much (if not more) water than Hydrogen powered engines or fuel cells. When you burn petrol or diesel you put out a lot of water vapour which quickly condenses onto the road. What you see coming out of exhaust pipes in cold weather is water vapour. When you burn Hydrogen (or better yet run it through a fuel cell) you get 2-3 times as much energy per Kg (or lb) of fuel burnt so you actually produce about the same amount of water for a given power level. Fuel cells are also more efficient as they don't waste as much energy as heat like you do in combustion engines. Fuel cells put their waste out as liquid water but it will be a dribble coming out, or if that does become a problem on the roads, you just store it on-board until you refill the Hydrogen tank and empty the water tank. Better yet, you can use the water to clean the car or water your garden. 😀
  12. Dang, I've done 10 miles by 05:50 Monday morning. 😁 My 430 gets £80 worth of petrol per week for 400 miles on average. Insurance costs me £320 for the year which is pretty reasonable for my 20k miles per year and includes business use. My insurance renewal went up 30% with no claims, windscreen or otherwise. It's just their crap marketing model. Rip off existing customers but give discounts to new customers.
  13. It makes no difference to your premium at renewal because they all seem to ratchet that up by 10-30% at the end of the first year now whether you claim or not. I am now so bored of it that I just use a comparison site every renewal now, for car, house, and motorcycle insurance. Likewise for energy supplier. This year the LS insurance ended up 20% cheaper than last year and nearly 40% cheaper than the renewal quote. Loyalty is a 2 way street, something insurance companies (amongst others) seem to have forgotten. Could have saved yourself £200 but glad that yer sorted 😀
  14. On the 430 there are 3 CATs. One each side that bolts to the headers and the Y-pipe, and one in the middle of the Y-pipe just after the 2 sides join. The Y-pipe looks like this and the CAT is boxy bit. The Y-pipe is all one piece and is stainless but would be a bitch to remove at the side of the road. Getting at the other 2 CATs would require removal of the Y-pipe, so I think you're safe, unless you park over an inspection pit,... and they use angle-grinders. 😀
  15. UK LS430 and Japanese Celsior of the same year should have identical windscreens.