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Yes there are loads of parameters you can set including for things it would be impossible to monitor at least on the 370z. On the 370z you can do it on the dash.

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All clean again - those windscreen and headlight washers do make a mess - except for the wheels, but they can wait until after tomorrow's trip out.

 

I also had a quick play with the 'Info' button on the satnav. It does take you to a menu for maintenance reminders, but, without further prodding or reading, it appears only to work on the basis of mileage - and there are four numbered reminders available too (which could almost make the white board I have in the garage redundant) - so it coming on exactly five weeks before the anniversary of last year's service a bit too much of a coincidence. The garage also sent me a reminder letter, but my phone call to the garage beat both it and the Zed's reminder by a few days . . .

 

One other thing that's come to mind is how weird it was hearing the Zed start up from the outside - as they hadn't quite finished servicing it when I returned yesterday - and how good too. Or rather how pleasingly fruity. I could almost be tempted to let others start it or drive it. Almost . . .

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All clean again - those windscreen and headlight washers do make a mess - except for the wheels, but they can wait until after tomorrow's trip out.

 

I also had a quick play with the 'Info' button on the satnav. It does take you to a menu for maintenance reminders, but, without further prodding or reading, it appears only to work on the basis of mileage - and there are four numbered reminders available too (which could almost make the white board I have in the garage redundant) - so it coming on exactly five weeks before the anniversary of last year's service a bit too much of a coincidence. The garage also sent me a reminder letter, but my phone call to the garage beat both it and the Zed's reminder by a few days . . .

 

One other thing that's come to mind is how weird it was hearing the Zed start up from the outside - as they hadn't quite finished servicing it when I returned yesterday - and how good too. Or rather how pleasingly fruity. I could almost be tempted to let others start it or drive it. Almost . . .

I remember playing around with the maintenance reminders a while ago and I set the 1st one for when a P1 service was due, the 2nd P2 and 3rd P3. Then the 4th setting for the 8000 mile restriction from my insurance company.

 

Then there are the reminders on the little screen to the left of the rev counter. I think these are more specific like oil reminder. I suppose you could set them if you like to do an oil service inbetween the main service intervals.

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I remember playing around with the maintenance reminders a while ago and I set the 1st one for when a P1 service was due, the 2nd P2 and 3rd P3. Then the 4th setting for the 8000 mile restriction from my insurance company.

Then there are the reminders on the little screen to the left of the rev counter. I think these are more specific like oil reminder. I suppose you could set them if you like to do an oil service inbetween the main service intervals.

Thanks, that's not a bad idea. If I get a moment and the inclination I might have another play.

 

The only real issue is that those are all the things I either know off the top of my head or I can find out more thoroughly very easily elsewhere if I can't remember the exact detail. And the white board in the garage doesn't surprise me by going "bong" out of the blue. ;) :lol:

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No surprises really, but since the midweek service (and MOT) the Zed has been behaving itself very well. The brakes had a few good tests today on a long-ish round trip, and even though they didn't receive any attention during the week they stood up very well. The gearshift is mostly agreeable. And, most unusually, since the service the Bose hasn't played up at all. The only explanation I can give is that mostly CD1 has been a CD I bought a week ago, and it was only released two days before that. I wonder if instead of cleaning the CD player I need to clean the CDs instead. Other than a very occasional bit of light dusting I'm not keen on CD cleaning, mainly due to the horror stories ten or fifteen years, but I might put my best glass duster into some greater gentle action.

 

The Zed also had its wheels cleaned this evening, and a bit of light dusting of the paintwork that received another monthly coat of wax yesterday.

 

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The Zed obviously isn't as big a fan of wasps as I've become this year, as I found this near the passenger's door hinge.

 

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It was thought that a trigger for the Bose playing up used to be the onset of colder weather, so maybe it's not been cold enough lately?

 

That was always my understanding too, but I've had it sticking on warm-ish days recently too. I always suspected that humidity played its part in conjunction with temperature, but maybe the age of the CD contributes too. Although continually having to buy new is not really a solution nor a saving grace for it. That's why I'm hoping it's triggered by dust, at least partly.

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Come to think of it, I believe the original owner's manual used to say 'don't use home-made CD's' (because they were thicker?) - but in my experience it made no difference. Your 'dusty/damaged CD' theory may be correct, but personally I still feel it's a feature of the system :)

 

I've always believed it was to do with the mechanics that move the laser and maybe lube (or a lack of it).

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Come to think of it, I believe the original owner's manual used to say 'don't use home-made CD's' (because they were thicker?) - but in my experience it made no difference. Your 'dusty/damaged CD' theory may be correct, but personally I still feel it's a feature of the system :)

 

I've always believed it was to do with the mechanics that move the laser and maybe lube (or a lack of it).

The difference with home made CD`s to retail CD`s is that retail CD`s are pressed as opposed the information being `burned` on.

 

Unless the CD player is compatible with CD R discs you should never use them as the laser will eventually fail as it isn`t configured to read the information from a burned disc.

 

I always thought CD R discs were thinner than retail CD`s too not the other way round.

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Back in the day when I had a 2x speed CD burner plugged into the parallel port of my laptop the blank discs were as thick as dinner plates. Now they don't seem to be any different in size to the pressed ones.

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'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Z* with a plethora of minor bespoke mods'

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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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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.co.uk/Funtime-Gifts-Worlds-Smallest-Blower/dp/B07C7WY8BM/ref=pd_sbs_229_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07C7WY8BM&pd_rd_r=287817dd-b412-11e8-9d19-530a15f05916&pd_rd_w=oIsir&pd_rd_wg=kPr6G&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_p=4fe8124b-f455-49bd-9e7d-c251837661fc&pf_rd_r=FEJ4F4J4G6XRRRV92D60&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=FEJ4F4J4G6XRRRV92D60

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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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'A standard limited edition Yellow 370Z* with a plethora of minor bespoke mods'

*one of 40 don't you know!

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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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...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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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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...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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