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  • 1961Nick
    1961Nick Posts: 2,070 Forumite
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    JKenH said:

    Toyota Has More Bad News for Vehicle Owners 


    A bit more news on the Toyota wheels falling off story.



    The vehicles have certain nuts on the rear axle assembly that can loosen over time, and, in some cases, fall off, potential causing an axle shaft sub-assembly to separate from the axle. If the sub-assembly completely separates from the axle, it can affect the vehicle's stability and brake performance, increasing the risk of crash. Toyota dealers will inspect and retighten the axle flange nuts and in some cases axle-related components may be replaced based on inspection results, a statement said.

    Looks like it's the hub bolts rather than the wheel bolts. The solution could be as simple as increasing the torque setting or even just torqueing correctly?
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  • JKenH
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    European Parliament votes to ban combustion engine cars from 2035


    Big day coming up on 28 June

    The final legal text now needs to be worked out in talks with the Council. Environment ministers are set to sign off on their version of the legislation at a summit in Luxembourg on June 28.


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  • JKenH
    JKenH Posts: 4,792 Forumite
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    1961Nick said:
    JKenH said:

    Toyota Has More Bad News for Vehicle Owners 


    A bit more news on the Toyota wheels falling off story.



    The vehicles have certain nuts on the rear axle assembly that can loosen over time, and, in some cases, fall off, potential causing an axle shaft sub-assembly to separate from the axle. If the sub-assembly completely separates from the axle, it can affect the vehicle's stability and brake performance, increasing the risk of crash. Toyota dealers will inspect and retighten the axle flange nuts and in some cases axle-related components may be replaced based on inspection results, a statement said.

    Looks like it's the hub bolts rather than the wheel bolts. The solution could be as simple as increasing the torque setting or even just torqueing correctly?
    Sounds a simple enough problem to solve. If what you suggest doesn’t work, then locking washers or  Loctite them?
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  • JKenH
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    New 2022 BMW iX1: 272-mile EV joins third-gen X1 line-up


    Due October. Unfortunately the price is expected to be over £50k compared to £35k for the ICE version (EV price not in the report but that’s what Carwow think). Under £50k and there will be a lot of interest. I suspect the TMY is bigger but more expensive. 

    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-2022-bmw-ix1-272-mile-ev-joins-third-gen-x1-line
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  • JKenH
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    Drivers warned of new electric car rules that kick in on Thursday - what you need to know


    Rather than quote a few lines and be accused of being selective I would suggest reading the whole article. Those of us with older chargers like my Zappi may have more control of their charging than than those getting the new smart chargers. 

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  • 1961Nick
    1961Nick Posts: 2,070 Forumite
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    edited 28 June 2022 at 9:02AM
    JKenH said:

    Drivers warned of new electric car rules that kick in on Thursday - what you need to know


    Rather than quote a few lines and be accused of being selective I would suggest reading the whole article. Those of us with older chargers like my Zappi may have more control of their charging than than those getting the new smart chargers. 

    I was talking to a chap who complained that it cost nearly as much to run his Model 3 as his previous diesel SUV. It turned out that he arrived home from work at 5.00pm & plugged straight in & had no idea what a TOU tariff was!

    An app asking what time he wanted his car ready by could have shifted the charge start to  time 11pm. Whether EV owners choose to pay full price or get a TOU tariff would then be up to them. This chap clearly had too much money.
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  • JKenH
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    Not everyone can get a smart meter installed atm (see my other post) to take advantage of TOU but Octopus are still doing installs. A lot of it though is educating people. 
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  • thevilla
    thevilla Posts: 305 Forumite
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    JKenH said:

    Drivers warned of new electric car rules that kick in on Thursday - what you need to know


    Rather than quote a few lines and be accused of being selective I would suggest reading the whole article. Those of us with older chargers like my Zappi may have more control of their charging than than those getting the new smart chargers. 


    So drivers are warned new chargers will attempt to save them money and the grid some gas but they can easily override those settings.  Is that news?
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  • Grumpy_chap
    Grumpy_chap Posts: 14,863 Forumite
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    JKenH said:
    Not everyone can get a smart meter installed atm (see my other post) to take advantage of TOU
    Indeed.  That is the case.
  • thevilla
    thevilla Posts: 305 Forumite
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    edited 28 June 2022 at 1:19PM
    Close to 21 million installed and 99.3% network coverage so far.   Policy can't be held back by those outliers to the detriment of the rest.  I don't live in a rural region so I hear far more people refusing meters as a result of "daily mail" style rumours than unable to get them.
    Of course work should continue to get everyone who wants one included but the benefits need to start paying for the enormous costs too.





    Edit: corrected network coverage.
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