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#41 A Pair Of Flabby Wings

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:19 PM

In short the manual says: don't use CD-Rs or CD-RWs; and, if it's cool and slightly damp and it plays up, stop it and dehumidify it (literally!).

 

I know you got three points (and now six points) for using a phone at the wheel, but I'd imagine wrestling with a dehumidifier is even worse - and borderline impossible to get into the slot - and I wouldn't fancy trying it on the move . . .


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#42 Chubbs

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:30 AM

In short the manual says: don't use CD-Rs or CD-RWs; and, if it's cool and slightly damp and it plays up, stop it and dehumidify it (literally!).

 

I know you got three points (and now six points) for using a phone at the wheel, but I'd imagine wrestling with a dehumidifier is even worse - and borderline impossible to get into the slot - and I wouldn't fancy trying it on the move . . .

 

That's really interesting. To the best of my memory, the earlier owners' manuals didn't include the 'dehumidify' bit. Presumably, good old Nissan thought the best way to solve the problem was to make it an official feature of the system, via a phrase in the manual.

 

Presumably it's down to condensation on either the laser lens, on the CD itself, or somewhere else in the system? I wonder what would be the best way to dehumidify the CD slot, while on the move. It must be worth a try.

 

I wonder if this item would help 'dehumidify', if you connected a short length of tubing to it and shoved it into the CD slot? - https://www.amazon.c...4J4G6XRRRV92D60


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:47 AM

You need a proper mod to hack into the head unit and direct a little of the airflow into it.  Michael - get your Dremel out!


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#44 A Pair Of Flabby Wings

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 09:50 AM

I'm not at home until late tomorrow, but I'll quote the relevant bits verbatim - although there's not much more to add to my above summary.  I think damaged/dusty CDs get a mention too as something to be avoided, but basically there's a whole page of dos and don'ts.

 

The way I've always understood it (and read it) is that it's mainly condensation on the lens.  If you had a hairdryer that plugged into the 12V socket - or something like that little dust blower - that might do it.  But what a faff, eh?  I think the accepted, and tried and tested, method of just waiting is probably the best unless you're stationary and/or at home.


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:02 AM

...I think the accepted, and tried and tested, method of just waiting is probably the best unless you're stationary and/or at home.

 

My problem with that solution used to be that most of my journeys would be local - 15 or 20 minutes, so by the time I'd waited for the CD to stop skipping, my journey would be nearly over. Really annoying - I feel for you.


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#46 Paul_S

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:18 AM

How about if you pop a CD into the toaster then put in the player whilst it's nice and hot to evaporate the condensation?

 

It's a plan that can't fail!!


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Posted 09 September 2018 - 10:33 AM

The microwave would be more entertaining...
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Posted 09 September 2018 - 01:57 PM

...I think the accepted, and tried and tested, method of just waiting is probably the best unless you're stationary and/or at home.

  

My problem with that solution used to be that most of my journeys would be local - 15 or 20 minutes, so by the time I'd waited for the CD to stop skipping, my journey would be nearly over. Really annoying - I feel for you.


Thanks. It's not so bad for me as most of my journeys are 25 minutes-plus, so I tend to give it ten minutes to warm up while I listen to the engine and keep an ear out for any odd sounds. Either that or just accept that the first song or two are going to sound like they've been remixed by Norman Collier.

And save the microwave for pot noodles and the toaster for, erm, toast.
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Posted 01 October 2018 - 08:17 AM

Sorned the summer toy - sleep well, for it will soon be spring :lol:


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 09:57 PM

Without wishing to wish our lives away, hopefully it will.

 

Mine will be getting similar treatment later this month.  I'm just hoping for a few more dry adventures before then.  Purely to save me having to give it a full heat cycle on the drive, of course. :D


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2011 Yaris 1.33 (my third Yaris) - With an extra 30cc and an extra gear it's become the S-Class of small cars.  Better gearbox though.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:17 AM

Without wishing to wish our lives away, hopefully it will.

 

Mine will be getting similar treatment later this month.  I'm just hoping for a few more dry adventures before then.  Purely to save me having to give it a full heat cycle on the drive, of course. :D

Mine got a 100 mile steady drive on sunday, then a check over, topped up petrol tank and then parked up :-(

I never wash it before putting away as you can never completely dry it completely so she went to bed nice n warm lol


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 01:51 PM

Mine got a 100 mile steady drive on sunday, then a check over, topped up petrol tank and then parked up :-(
I never wash it before putting away as you can never completely dry it completely so she went to bed nice n warm lol


Contrary to a lot of advice, neither do I. I don't know why some commentators (at least appear to) suggest washing a car before putting it away for a few months. I can't think of anything worse. Give it a decent wash a few weeks and a few good, dry runs before putting it away definitely - like you say - but not giving the damp a head start.
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Posted 02 October 2018 - 01:59 PM

Exhibit two in my claim that looking after your gearbox in day-to-day use pays dividends appeared today. I've just had a trip out in the Zed, and no graunching took place and there was nothing that suggested an obstinate dislike for any gear either. Great.

The Yaris was similar for the first year to eighteen months. Sometimes changing into or out of second gear could be a bit sticky, but with patience and persistence we got over it. It seems the Zed has been taking the same relationship lessons. Hopefully . . . :lol:

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2011 Yaris 1.33 (my third Yaris) - With an extra 30cc and an extra gear it's become the S-Class of small cars.  Better gearbox though.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 02:05 PM

Without wishing to challenge some more knowledgeable members most garages are not air tight would the draught not remove any moisture from a wet car over a short while

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 05:43 PM

It might, but ambient air isn't always particularly dry to start with - and sod's law is that you'll put it away wet and it will then rain for two weeks' solid. 

 

You are right that air movement is probably the most important and best thing to have in your garage, but  I'd much rather start with a dry-ish car and keep it dry-ish (with a bit of help from a fan and a dehumidifier) rather than have to struggle and wait to dry it out to begin with. 


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2011 Yaris 1.33 (my third Yaris) - With an extra 30cc and an extra gear it's become the S-Class of small cars.  Better gearbox though.


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 07:10 AM

I would rather put one away clean because I would kick myself it I damaged the paint by walking past too close and dragged dirt along it.  That said, I would rather it stayed rust free too!


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 07:23 AM

ooooh she's not dirty lol, just a little used ;)  :lol:  :P


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 10:13 AM

I would rather put one away clean because I would kick myself it I damaged the paint by walking past too close and dragged dirt along it.  (. . .)


In those circumstances I might have suggested Slimming World. But knowing you you'd probably disappear. ;) :lol:
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Posted 03 October 2018 - 01:32 PM

oh slimming world..... well having my summer toys to drive n ride I have neglected my fitness this year, so with them in slumber now, got 6 mnths of mountain biking to try n regain some lol :lol:  :lol:


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 06:08 PM

In those circumstances I might have suggested Slimming World. But knowing you you'd probably disappear. ;) :lol:

:lol:  But have you seen how narrow my garage is?!


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