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Old 19th November 2023, 19:17   #11
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Thanks for suggestions, how do I activate digital display?
Like this, see test 7.0

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Old 19th November 2023, 20:16   #12
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Sorry I could not see the post on electrical problems. What# was that?
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Will have a good check of pipes etc tomorrow as we are forecast some dry days, so will put the ark back in the garage!

Any thoughts about my bulb warning dashboard light, as mentioned all bulbs working, could the very damp conditions have triggered this?
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Old 23rd November 2023, 18:31   #14
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Failed at first hurdle trying to check temp…… there is no button to press on my instrument panel, I guess it was lost, and someone wedged a blanking plug in, which I have not been able to remove, as there is nothing to get hold of. Would never have noticed.

All hoses seem hot to touch, and coolant is up to level, checked using bleed point.

So I guess I have a bunged up matrix, or there is a thermostat problem.

But for now will leave it, as the car runs great, I love it, and don’t want to start cutting hoses etc, in case I get stuck.

Got my wife a big pair of fleece boots for an early Christmas pressie! So she is toasty in the car and…We are all happy!
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Old 23rd November 2023, 19:17   #15
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If you can't use the onboard system then a cheap alternative of monitoring the engine is Torque Pro with a wireless OBD socket, lots on eBay for around £10. I've got an Android headunit in the car and use Torque Pro rather than pressing lots of buttons. Available on various different platforms, Android, IOS, even something called Windows

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Failed at first hurdle trying to check temp…… there is no button to press on my instrument panel, I guess it was lost, and someone wedged a blanking plug in, which I have not been able to remove, as there is nothing to get hold of. Would never have noticed.



All hoses seem hot to touch, and coolant is up to level, checked using bleed point.



So I guess I have a bunged up matrix, or there is a thermostat problem.



But for now will leave it, as the car runs great, I love it, and don’t want to start cutting hoses etc, in case I get stuck.



Got my wife a big pair of fleece boots for an early Christmas pressie! So she is toasty in the car and…We are all happy!
You have a tripmeter right? The button to reset the mileage, that's the one

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Thanks for suggestions, the tripmeter push is not present, that is why I cannot test the temp, and there is a blanking plug wedged in the hole, looks good but I can’t remove it.

If car is running well, but is at wrong temp, is that likely to be an issue, should I fit the inline thermostat from DMRGS as a way to ensure temp will be correct.
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If car is running well, but is at wrong temp, is that likely to be an issue, should I fit the inline thermostat from DMRGS as a way to ensure temp will be correct.
You have a catch 22 problem, you first need to know what temp the engine is after a good 10 miles drive, the needle will stay at the 9.00oclock position weather it's 75c or 100c

If after the drive you are only getting a temp of lets say 75c to 80c then yes the inline stat will help, because the original stat is opening to early which is how they fail start opening to early for the engine to get to temp.

You need to re-instate the trip meter push button, or at least remove the blank plug and see it you can use something to activate it.

What IPK do you have fitted.
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I really appreciate your comments and suggestions, however finding out the running temp will, I think, lead me to recognise the need to either fit the inline thermostat, or not. Will fitting it cause any problem even if coolant temp is low. It also might change the working of the heater, but probably won’t as it is probably full of sludge.

I am limited in what I can do… age etc!, I can’t get the blanking plug out, and would need to remove the instruments to achieve this. So I do think this is an achievable task for me. I think I can fit the thermostat.

The car is running very well, so if coolant temp is low, will that be a problem. Tha car is in good general condition, no sill rusting yet, paint work and interior good. I love driving it around the Island with my dogs on board. Went through MOT recently with no issues.
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