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Sunday, 8 March 2015

replacing Nissan Juke front fog lamps

Hello,


I recently bought a Nissan Juke 2011 and found the front fog lamp was broken.


Having read the potential costs of replacing a fog lamp upwards of £200 I decided to have a go myself.


Firstly, I purchased a part from the internet at a cost of £28.37 total. the company was www.wingmirrorsworld.co.uk.   Service was prompt.




The first thing you have to do is park your vehicle on a flat surface. Turn the wheel so that you can access the front bumper on the side you are changing. Take out the keys from the ignition for your own safety.


When completing this task, always consider your safety and that of others. If unsure, do not attempt as I completed this task by myself and with due regard to safety. Use a mat on the floor or garage mechanics trolley. I cannot be held responsible for your safety....... nor any damage to your vehicle. This is a recollection of how I completed the task.


Using a plastic implement, such as a spatula, or a proper motor trade fish bone, lever gently off the front wheel arch trim (Black plastic moulding) to approx. half way up the wheel arch. this will release 4-5 clips and allow I put the spatula between the body panel and gently worked up until I felt the resistance of the clips, then applied pressure to release the clips by levering out.


retrieve any fixings that are 'popped out for refit later,


Remove any bolts and clips from right underneath the bumper.


Inside the wheel arch, there are 4~5 fixings that are plastic and need to be prised out using a small, slim, flat-bladed screwdriver. If you shine a torch or have a good source of light, you will see a small recess in these clips, into which the screwdriver is inserted and then lever out the clips by working under the centre piece of the clip.


There is a further black clip and Phillips head screwdriver where the lower bumper is attached to the upper, remove these.


Complete this operation for the opposite side wheel arch.


when done, take 30 seconds to think about what is coming next.


Sit in front of the bumper and place your hands between upper and lower bumper. You will feel some 'tangs' or lever-type pieces of plastic which hold the two pieces of bumper together. Push these down and it should release the lower bumper one 'tang' at a time. If you do not get it right first time, play around somewhat by moving the lower bumper around, up and down, and they will come loose.


When the lower bumper becomes loose, rest it gently on the floor, on a piece of card or blanket, to prevent damage.


you should now see the lower bumper attached to the fog lamps wire harness. Simply press the 'tang, on the top of the harness connection and you should be able to remove the connection.


There is a housing covering the fog lamp, 10mm nuts which need to be removed. Put the housing and nuts to one side.


Remove both sides. Now, whichever lamp you are replacing, you will need to remove the main housing, which is 1 small screws, Phillips head, Remove these.


Now for the reassembly.


Put the new fog lamp and housing together, aligning the tabs and screw hole, screw in the securing screw.


Replace the lamp into the housing by aligning the two parts.


Place this housing back onto the bumper and tighten the 10 mm bolts. as required.


DON'T FORGET TO REPLACE AND RE-CONNECT THE WIRE HARNESS.


At this stage turn on your ignition and check that the lamp works.


Now, gently offer up the lower bumper to the upper which easily slides into place, once you have a couple of clips aligned, I started at one end to ensure I was aligned.


Once the lower bumper is clipped back in, you can start to replace the clips and screws underneath the bumper, the screw and clip on the inside of the wheel arch, holding upper and lower together, This should mean your lower bumper is now fully affixed to the upper. Reinsert the clips into the wheel arch liners either side. The clips expand when you put them in, so you have to 'open then up' by pulling the centre of the clip out before re-inserting. I used my teeth to do this, but I would not recommend you do this.


Finally, re-attach the wheel arch moulding, which is simply to clip the moulding back into place. align the clips with the body holes and gently push home on the outside of the moulding.


Job done and you have just saved your self > £200.


happy motoring.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Ode to the righteous

When we work for the protection of others, we are selfless'


When we comfort others we are selfless,


We fear no evil, nor hurt nor pain, when our spirit is extinguished,


There can be no more thought, nor fear nor longing, only peace,


As we look to shield others from harm, from hurt,


We become above the reality of life, the chaos that surround our differences,


Our blood is our own, and cannot be used for the furtherance of evil,


Our blood can be spilt, but will regenerate through the common thought of selflessness


When we look in the eye of the child and see the question, see the plea,


We selflessly respond and answer the question that cannot be claimed by the child,


When the light is extinguished, another is created through the transfer of good,


With the peace that arrives, there is no judge, only that of what we have achieved.

Monday, 24 March 2014

It pays - again - to complain

I am always surprised at the lack of energy that is applied when things go wrong. I am a serial complainer, not just to gain recompense for myself. Any service or product offering needs to satisfy the consumer that it is fit for purpose. Only by gaining continual feedback from their customers can producers and service industries improve. I know, because I work in a position where a product is created and sold. Thus, I have a fair idea how the customer may feel when they receive poor service. The things that I complain about are those that have affected me adversely. For example, I ate a chocolate bar that contained a piece of woody stalk from a plant. The producer admitted that it was not part of the product and created a hazard for the customer. I received a refund of £14 for a 70p candy bar...... Not all complaints get a return, but, it is better to have tried. The pen is mightier than the sword.. just put it in writing.


Regards

Monday, 26 November 2012

How to get rid of verrucas and warts

A pretty disgusting topic but, I guess we all get Verrucas or warts from time to time.....

In a previous post I mentioned covering them with duct tape, this works to an extent but will not clear you totally. I reverted to a very strong acid as prescribed by my doctor: Salicylic acid.

The regime that I have adopted is :
File the affected area with emery board;
Apply the Salicylic acid as per OME instructions;
Apply a normal plaster/band-aid.

The effect of the plaster is fairly dramatic as it keeps the acid applied to the affected area and softens the verruca or wart at the same time.

If you maintain this regime it may work for you, it has for me. The affects are noticeable after around two weeks. Please ensure you obtain advice from your doctor, my views are just of my personal experience and do not constitute medical advice.

Good luck....

Saturday, 17 November 2012

psoriasis cure and treatment warts and all

Hi all,

I recently underwent quite a transformation with regard to my health. In a previous post you can see how I dealt with hives, which made me think long and hard about how I was living my life.

So, it was a little surprising when I developed patches of psoriasis on my neck and knees. It is not extensive, but as I had lead a pretty trouble-free life with regard to my health, it was a surprise to be faced with such small, but actually significant issues.

When you have a skin condition, it can easily become all-consuming as it affects your self esteem, especially if the affected area is visible.

So, when I came across a 'free' sample of a treatment for psoriasis, I thought I would give it a go.

The following link will take you to salcura, https://www.salcuraskincare.com/sample which is the product that I have used, to great effect. The psoriasis patches on my neck and knees are virtually gone, as I followed the regime of daily application of Salcura dermaspray, followed by a Zeoderm skin moisturiser. The results were almost immediate and I was very relieved to be getting rid of psoriasis.

So for all the expensive treatments out there, then this is the one that works for me. Good luck. warts and all

p.s. my doctor recently gave me a tip to get rid of verrucas - cover the affected area with duct tape. so far so good, I think it is going to work.....

Monday, 12 November 2012

spend or save

Hey ho,

I have often wondered how my consumption affects the health of the nation...

Many esteemed economists have written on this, but surely, it is how the individual decides to spend or manage their money that matters.

Personal economic activity is surely affected by:
Experiential activity, how did my parents, peers or guardians manage their wealth?
What were or are the lessons that I have learnt about personal money management?
Societal influence aspirational and current peer pressure, keeping up with others
Lifestyle choices
Political persuasion
And of course, income and assets available;

Thus, my philosophy is one of:
Do not spend what you cannot afford to pay back;
Always have a buffer of a nominal amount that will get you out of trouble if you fall on hard times;
Spend only when it is necessary i.e. when an item breaks down such as a washing machine or dryer;


The lessons that I learnt very early on were that it is not a good feeling when you have nothing and there is a sense of jealousy and yearning when you see what others have.

Thus I have embarked on a mission of discovery, what makes the economy and/or the money markets tick.

I am shocked/saddened by the behaviour of individuals in corporate and public life so who can we trust??

My sense is that you can trust only those that you know. So, if I wish to invest, I need to know the company and the people/product.

I have been at the top table in a private company and it is a little scary that such (stupid) individuals were handling £34 million pounds and eventually losing it all.

And so, I must seek out a method of earning money and adding to society, which satisfies both of my curiosities.

The search is on for a venture that suits me. I will try out a loose theory of the following:
What I like doing, what are my values, how will any venture benefit me and society, how will I leave my mark on this world.

Let's go.
Likes:
self worth;
Positivity;
Helping others;
Not stealing the limelight;
Recognition;
Practical applications;
simplification;
Return on investment;
Relaxation;
Nature;
Earth materials.
Family.

Simple list, easy choices (not)  TBC
So, spend or save. Save what you can for rainy days, spend what makes you happy but is not wasted money.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

gas and electricity management

Hey ho,

There is a lot of talk about Gas and electricity prices in the UK right now.

I guess that they (the big energy companies) do not care about how each consumer will pay the increases? that ritually occur every winter. Essentially, in the end I think it will out that the energy prices are being rigged, just as LIBBOR was.

So, how to fight back..

First write to your MP complaining about the constant rises.

I did this today.

Secondly, write to your energy company, requesting the breakdown of how they are justifying the energy price increases under the freedom of information act.

The only way to beat the energy companies at their own game is to use less.

Try the following:

Switch off all sockets at the wall every night;
Wash and dry on economy seven,if it is available to you;
get free insulation if you haven't already got it;
Invest in warmer bedding so you don't need the heating on during the night;
Use hot water bottles to give warmth when first retiring at night.

Switch off heating 15 Min's before going to bed;
do not leave central heating on  during the day if you are out, try to use a low power oil filled radiator or similar to keep temperature at least bearable.
Lag your pipes;
Ensure the oven is full when you bake/cook, maximising the heat generated;

Don't turn on the heating unless absolutely necessary. I just put on a jumper.

I believe that we have been somewhat duped by the 'monry advice' experts. Unless you are living in a technological bubble, you should be on an OK tariff. try switching, the most you will save is around £80 p.a. Thus, a better approach is to ring or mail your supplier, asking for the best deal. Try it..

Many thanks