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  1. m1tch

    ECU Programming

    Brumster, that’s amazing, thank you. I’ll drop you a PM shortly. Matt adjusted fuelling at all levels and it definitely runs much better, it’s purely the idle Im trying to change. I had a work dinner to attend last night so left my laptop at work as it wouldn’t last long In the boot of the zero. I will have the car and computer together again next Friday and free all weekend (subject to surprise plans from the wife). decided to range test the car last night and got from work to home on one tank. 167 miles at 70-75mph and it made it. Probably a bit risky at it was late and not done that range before but good to know it’s got it in the tank if it needs it. Still only took 25litres at the pump but the low pressure pump wasn’t happy
  2. I think this is the most relevant place to post….. my car was off the road most of the summer due to failing emissions on the MOT, financial constraints of getting it sorted and then having no time. Finally it’s back in the road following a bespoke map being written for it by GBS. When I left, Matt said to add 3 clicks of fuel and then compensate the ignition with 3 clicks of the +/ - at the end of the numbers row, that would make it run better as currently it sounds like it misfiring but is an MOT pass. as it’s been a few weeks since I was up there, I’ve forgotten the exact keys for fuelling (2 and 3, or 3 and 4) and I think this is what messed my emissions up so badly in the first place. my question is, can anyone give me a quick step by step on how to add the 3 clicks, program and save it and then the removal process for next years MOT please? thank you so much in advance. on the plus side to this new map I get much better mileage. I used to do 117 Miles to work and could hear the fuel pumps struggling. It would take 29-30 litres ish. To the new job today, I Did 110 miles today and filled up to be safe and it only took 18 litres. I think I could have done the whole 167 miles in a tank.
  3. ^^ nailed it right there. Probably not the answer you were looking for but that’s the sad fact of auctions
  4. Sooooo, after a long drive up to GBS today they had a look at my emissions problem and diagnosed it within minutes. I’d set the lambda up wrong, not given it any power and somehow the fuelling was a complete mess. Matt wrote a new map for me and within 30 mins it was running sweet and hit the MOT parameters with ease. It’s now booked back in on Monday for a test and finally it should be back on the road. while there, Richard popped out to say hello and have a look at the car and quickly asked how it handled. I could tell something wasn’t right so asked why and he pointed out I’d fitted the steering arms upside down! he nearly fainted Hearn I said it’s been like that for 5000 miles and 3 years! they changed it as it was dangerous and then sorted the tracking - quite rightly at cost. The drive home was unbelievable, it’s like a new car. After they explained why it was so dangerous I can’t believe I’ve not come off the road yet - neither could GBS!! Seems I’ve been lucky. from Monday I should be back on the road, although probably missed the summer now
  5. Wow, what a detailed reply. Thank you. I had my retest yesterday and although I got caught in the rememants of this weekends storm - it failed again. The return fuel pipe issue is fixed but was still hitting 7.8 CO2 at idle. It’s meant to be 0.2 -0.3 apparently. Anyone know if it’s being tested against the right values? it’s on an age related plate, 2.0l zetec engine, emerald ECU, standard GBS Plenum and exhaust. what’s the best was to mop out the foot wells which are under a good few mm of water…..
  6. Ah that’s a shame. mill post back after the MOT which is today or when it stops raining - probably in August
  7. I think you’ve nailed it! Blew it through and there was definitely something in the way. All back together and the pipe that was popping off now doesn’t. The temporary zip tie holding it in place is removed and the normal sound of returning fuel is back. The pipe from the HP pump doesn’t bulge anymore either. legends! Thank you. hopefully it gets through the MOT now. The garage might be able to get me in today
  8. So, fuel is getting round the system.but doesn’t seem like it’s as it used to. I used to be able to hear the excess fuel clearly entering the tank after it had primed, but now it’s barely audible. I’ve removed the regulator and considering a replacement as I’ve checked all the fuel lines and they all seem as they did when I built it.
  9. Great shout, thank you very much. I will have a play at the weekend
  10. That rings a bell. I will have a look at the weekend and post some pics or a video of my setup. Odd that this has happened with nothing being changed in my mind by I’m sure there’s a reason.
  11. Wow, some great questions there - way beyond my knowledge but I’ll see what I can do in terms of answers. lambda - was a wideband as I was under the understanding this is what would help with economy and fuelling? it was the idle speed that was over. But didn’t pass at any point, it was the idle that was most out. Cat. Not sure I have one? It’s the standard GBS Ford build and the MOT centre said I don’t have one this weekend - I thought I did as part of their exhaust? not burning oil as far as I’m aware. Still seems full 5000 miles in. I don’t think I’ve got any exhaust leaks but will check at the weekend. As for adding the lambda correctly, I assume not. I think this may be where I’ve messed up as it’s on the same map it passed it’s IVA with. thank you for the help and advice this far, I really appreciate it.
  12. Mmmmm, don’t think I have one of those! I did get a regulator from GBS but they then said I didn’t need it unless it’s built in somewhere? I will get some photos at the weekend. Looks like it’s going to be too wet to MOT this weekend now and I work away from home in the week.
  13. I don’t have a pressure regulator. Was told I didn’t need one when building so never fitted one. Have I messed up? im running a Ford setup, 2.0l zetec, GBS plenum and everything provided by GBS (except a few bulbs and interior trim)
  14. Today was my first MOT. After sorting other little issues before the test it sailed through - apart from on emissions. I think he said it should read 0.3 and it was on 8! It’s the same map as for the IVA (GBS EMISSIONS) and the only change is fitting a Lambda - which I thought helped things? anyone any idea apart from remove the lambda - although it’s been 3 years since I used the software so could do with a reminder on what to do
  15. Thanks Nelmo. Nothing has changed since IVA 3 years ago. Just under 5000 miles on it and runs and drives like a dream. I started thinking maybe blocked injectors causing back pressure but it runs fine so can’t work it out. in other news, failed the MOT with the GBS emissions map on. Needed a reading of 0.3 I had circa 8! Apart from fitting a lambda it’s as per IVA. Such a shame as it’s perfect weather for it this week
  16. Good morning all, I have a new problem which after a few weeks of trying I can’t resolve and wondered if anyone had any ideas. basically when I turn the ignition on and the fuel system primes itself, the pipe going from the high pressure pump to the fuel rail pops off the fuel rail. I tried a new clip and seemed to work for a week but yesterday same thing happened. yeaterday I changed the pipe so it’s now a new piece of pipe, new clips and it seemed ok. This morning it popped off again. As it’s MOT day I’ve secured it with a zip tie around the clip and the rail to hold it and it works but certainly not ideal or right. anyone any ideas please?
  17. Thanks guys, some interesting thoughts and options to weigh up there. Knowing how bad things get in south west Wales in the winter it is certainly going to need a lot of commitment - especially given the cost of the weather gear where I could easily buy a cheap car to get me through this financial shortfall. Decisions decisions ..... David, thank you for the offer, id love to see if I fit! Are you still Brockwith based? We’ve moved since we last met but only to longlevens
  18. Thanks for the replies, seem like it could be an option! I drive to work on the Sunday night normally ready for work on the Monday morning so would have plenty of time to get changed etc so that’s an option but not sure the interior of the car would stand up to some of the west Wales rain and wind with no cover for long. I’ll check out soft bits and heating / demister / heated screen options and let you know what I go with. Really don’t want to sell the main car as it’s never missed a beat but needs must
  19. A bit of a random question with a few sub questions but here it goes.... covid has hit us hard financially so looking to sell my daily car to pay off the debts. To enable this I’m considering heated seats, heated screen and wet weather gear for the zero and use it year round for my weekly commute. I travel to work on a Sunday and back on a Friday. First question and possibly the show stopper, but can full wet weather kit be fitted on a car with cobra hoops? If it can, will I fit inside? (I’m 6’2 with seat runners and lowered floor). does it keep the rain out on a motorway, I’m moving job in weeks few and 99% of the journey is motorway, dual carriageway and national speed limit country roads. The weekly commute will be 189 miles each way. Does anyone in gloucester / Cheltenham have wet weather kit I can have a look at to see if I fit inside, or is this a completely mental idea? thank you in advance
  20. This is what I did albeit with one rivnut and bolt. I also silkaflexed for a belt and braces finish.
  21. Gulf blue is a really light blue so think that's Oxford
  22. m1tch


    This is what I’ve got. Very similar, very bright and I got an MOT tester to check before IVA and he said they would pass an MOT. Swapped back for IVA though. these have the switch back feature for indicators and I love them.
  23. This is what I fitted. About £5 iirc and works a treat. Not had much of an issue with the coffee cup being a mini volcano either - it has happened but not often. Also good for a bottle of water in the summer and Doesn’t interfere with passengers legs either.
  24. Was really hard to find on my crate zetec too. It had disappeared in surface rust and GBS helped ID where it was so I could clean it up and see it off. Had to re-clean it up on IVA day as the inspector wanted to check it too
  25. White spirit / petrol worked for me.
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