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February 10th, 2016

I received a box of chocolates today [so there's a massive hint!] ; but I’ve changed the greeting, so you can work it out because there is a hidden message there!, so it’s not so obvious, because I’ve not openly as yet blogged about this yet. Close friends and family, may know!

This blog is just a placeholder, for a Big Thank you to - Karen, David, Kate & Matt for the chocolates! For cheering me up, in these dark times!

 

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HOW TO Publish from Microsoft Word to Wordpress

February 8th, 2016

I’ve wanted to publish/write articles for Andysworld! For many years, directly from Microsoft Word (offline), and then hit a button to publish. I never noticed that Microsoft Word has this incorporated!

You select:-

  1. File > New
  2. Blog Post > Create

  1. Select your Account (blog)
  2. Select a category
  3. Type something.
  4. Hit Publish

Simply! Done!

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I’m a VMware Expert 2016, that’s six years in a row! @vExpert

February 8th, 2016

Last week on Friday 6th February 2016, the latest list of vExperts for 2016, was posted here.

So let the fun begin…

Andy

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HOW TO: Post a URL to Google+

February 8th, 2016

I keep forgetting, how to post a URL to Google+, simply just put the following in front or your URL

https://plus.google.com/share?url=PUT_YOUR_URL_HERE

Your blog may do this automatically, but mine does not!

Simply!

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BB-8 - This is the Droid you’re looking for from @Sphero

February 5th, 2016

A little board, so need some more gadge!

To add to my existing collection of robotic gadgets from Sphero… let me introduce you to BB-8, this is the droid you’re looking for!

BB-8

BB-8

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Grumpy Citroen Xsarsa Phase II and MAF (Mass Air Flow sensor) - Fixed ?

January 25th, 2016

Now I have access to real time parameters from the sensors on the engine, rather than just a list of unhelpful engine management faults, I’ve been able to track down, and hopefully fix the issue with my grumpy Citroen Xsarsa Phase II (facelift), when starting from cold in the mornings.

I’ve had an ongoing issue with the MAF (Mass Air Flow sensor), for many years, could this be the reason for the grumpy Xsara. The MAF has been disconnected from my car for many years.

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If I connect it, the car engine, is put into limp home mode, and the engine speed will not exceed 2,000rpm, as a safety measure to protect the engine. When left disconnected, the engine runs fine. But if you look at the following parameters in the above measurement, Air Temperature is fixed at 50 degrees C and the Measure air flow is 535.3 mg/cp when the sensor is not connected.

If the engine is setting itself up for a 50 degree C external air temperature, it’s of no surprise, that it’s running poorly, I also found on checking the MAF it was incorrectly fitted, and it was reversed, (you can see this here on may car, if you know what to look for HINT - look at the air box with K&N filter sticker! )the MAF has an arrow on the sensor, to show which way round the device should be fitted, e.g. air must flow the correct way through the device, to correctly report air flow and temperature.

Citroen Original Siemens 5WK9623 MAF

Citroen Original Siemens 5WK9623 MAF

MAF twins, the one of the right is the original

MAF twins, the one of the right is the original

MAF twins, the one of the right is the original

MAF twins, the one of the right is the original

I knew I had the original Citroen part in my garage, and not this cheap OEM part fitted on the car, so I fitted the original part Siemens 5WK9623.

Correct temperature and air flow from MAF at idle

Correct temperature and air flow from MAF at idle

and noticed immediately, it was reporting measured air flow and temperature correctly. On taking the car for a test drive, the engine is running much more smoothly, and performance is better.

Engine speed 1799, Air Temp 10 degrees C, air flow 623.5

Engine speed 1799, Air Temp 10 degrees C, air flow 623.5

Engine speed 2249, Air Temp 10 degrees C, air flow 600.5

Engine speed 2249, Air Temp 10 degrees C, air flow 600.5

Engine speed 2795, Air Temp 11 degrees C, air flow 905.9

Engine speed 2795, Air Temp 11 degrees C, air flow 905.9

Engine speed 2988, Air Temp 12 degrees C, air flow 923.5

Engine speed 2988, Air Temp 12 degrees C, air flow 923.5

Not sure if it was my imagination this morning, but the car seem to warm up quicker, and was better starting, but it certainly performs better, it has got warmer in the last few days, so I need a cold spell again, to check it this has truly fixed the issue! You can see the data from above, on this mornings drive to work, the temperature, measured air flow, against engine speed.

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Friday Citroen Xsara love, replace missing engine bay covers

January 22nd, 2016

Happy Friday, and remember it’s POETS day!

My poor Xsara has been naked for many years, with missing engine bay covers, I’m not sure what these do, whether just look pretty - a cosmetic addition, or do they keep the warmth in, and keep the cold/frosty damp weather out.

They were only a few quid on eBay, so worth a punt!

BEFORE fitting

Before:- HDi Engine bay without covers fitted

Before:- HDi Engine bay without covers fitted

Before:- HDi Engine bay without covers fitted

Before:- HDi Engine bay without covers fitted

AFTER fitting

After:- HDi Engine bay with covers fitted

After:- HDi Engine bay with covers fitted

After:- HDi Engine bay with covers fitted

After:- HDi Engine bay with covers fitted

They cover up my nice new shinny expensive battery I purchased last year, I just need to get some clips, so they’ll clip in place!

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Citroen Xsara love discovering my engine faults with a DiagBox 7.15 “Lexia v3″ and Actia PSA XS Evolution

January 19th, 2016

This winter my neglected Citroen Xsara Phase II (facelift version) has been rather grumpy, when starting from cold, once it has reached optimum temperature at around 78 - 80 degree C, it’s running fine, the issue is, until then it’s rather smokey, juddery, and it takes me about 6 miles (15 minutes) to get to the nearest fast A road in the morning.

Lindsey says it’s a bit like Uncle Bucks car from the film Uncle Buck

I’ve known for a long time, the only way to check the faults from the cars computer (ECU), is to plug in a ODBII reader, these can be purchased cheaply online, and they work with most modern cars, e.g. I purchased one for £5, and it works with the Suzuki Swift with no issues, and can read the cars ECU, and show the faults. However, I believe the European ODBII protocol, was only implemented after 2004, and certainly on diesels it was not implemented on the Citroen Xsara Phase II, confusingly it has an ODB socket, on the right near the steering wheel, but this will not work with an ODBII generic reader. You need something called DiagBox or Lexia v3, this is just the software component, the dealerships have a black box they plug you car into. The black box actually consists of three parts, a computer running Windows XP, the DiagBox software, and an Actia PSA, which is a USB/serial device which connects to the cars ODB socket. Thanks to low cost manufacturing in China, these PSA are available as clones.

I’m going to add here, if you are NOT GOOD with computers, do not even think about purchasing one of these devices, this has taken me approximately 40 hours to get working, and that’s much longer than implementing some of the Cloud Network, Storage stuff, I do on a regular basis.

 Actia PSA

Actia PSA

 Actia PSA and ODB cables

Actia PSA and ODB cables

Here are the error codes from the ECU

ECU faults

ECU faults

Here is a gallery of screenshots I created from the Diagbox/Lexia application

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New Year Citroen Xsara love - complete set of @Michelin 195 / 55 R15 89 V CrossClimate

January 18th, 2016

My first blog post of 2016, so a Happy New Year, Prosperous One, Good Health, and all that….

Time to give my banger some tender, love and care - so I’ve purchase a complete set of Michelin 195 / 55 R15 89 V CrossClimate for the car, to replace the rubbish, I’ve been driving with for a few years (4 years!), I used to drive on Avon ZV5 tyres, these were badly worn on he front, and illegal, so these were replaced with some cheap Marshalls budget tyres, and then a back tyre was replaced with a hockey cokey 9000, and then another back tyre was replaced with another  hockey cokey 9000 tyre last Oct 2015, just to get me on the road legal for the MOT, the garage I take my car to did advise, hey you are still running on that crap!

I got another puncture over the Christmas break, and I needed to get a tyre for the Swift, because it had a nail in the tyre, which it past an MOT with, I decided to get two front tyres for the swift, and the local tyre centre.

I’ve been debating over All season, Winter tyres for the last couple of years, so the New Michelin CrossClimate look ideal, one set of tyres that work well, in summer, winter - all year!

First report, it’s like driving a new car, very low road noise, better handling. I need to make a note of my mileage on the receipt, and see how long they last, not a cheap tyre, but as my Dad said “driving around on Formula 1 technology”, I better slow down then!

tyre pattern on Michelin CrossClimate

tyre pattern on Michelin CrossClimate

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Andysworld! Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 21st, 2015

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As we enter Winter today, with the Winter Solstice, Merry Christmas readers and subscribers everywhere! - Andy

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