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How to Cruise Control a 2017 Renault (Reno)

Can’t quite seem to figure out how to operate the cruise control on a 2017 Renault (Reno) car? Yeah, I couldn’t figure it out, either. The button placement isn’t remotely intuitive.

The switch you want is just below the gear stick.

The rocker switch for cruise control for a Reno is just below the gear stick

The rocker switch for cruise control for a Reno is just below the gear stick

You want to push this button away from the gear stick. This will enable cruise control on the car. If you push the button in the other direction (towards the gear stick) you will turn on “speed limiting” mode. Don’t do this.

Push the button down away from the gear stick into cruise control mode

Push the button down away from the gear stick into cruise control mode

On the dash board, between the two meters, the display should inform you that it is in cruise control mode.

The display will inform you that you are in cruise control mode, and a green cruise control icon will light

The display will inform you that you are in cruise control mode, and a green cruise control icon will light

(Note if that green icon is lit in orange instead then you’ve turned on speed limiting mode by accident. Try rocking the cruise control switch in the other direction.)

Now you can set the cruise control speed by pressing the + button on the steering wheel. You can cancel cruise control by pressing the O button on the steering wheel. You can restore your last set speed by pressing the R button on the steering wheel. Finally, while driving on cruise control, you can use the +/- buttons to increase/decrease your speed slightly.

+ sets the speed, O cancels cruise, R restores the last set speed, and +/- change speed slightly

+ sets the speed, O cancels cruise, R restores the last set speed, and +/- change speed slightly

Aldi WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill and Batteries

Aldi, today (2017-04-22), had for sale the cordless hammer drill titled “WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill”. I spent some time searching the Internet to try and find out the manufacturer but I was unable. As this is the first time I know of that these products have been released to market I am writing this post with pictures of the boxes and products for others.


Battery Pack

Let’s start with the battery pack because without the battery there is no appliance.

The battery is titled “XFinity Plus 20V Battery System XFinity Li-Ion 20V 2.0AH Battery” and the battery purchased had a capacity of 2.0 amp hour (AH). The following is the view of the box from different angles:

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Front View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Front View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Right View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Right View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Rear View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Box Rear View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Manual

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Manual

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Bottom View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion 2.0AH Battery Bottom View


Battery Charger

A battery isn’t much good unless the battery can be charged. So a charger was purchased. The charger is titled “XFinity Plus 20V Battery System XFinity Li-Ion 20V Quick Charger”. The following is the view of the box from different angles:

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Left View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Front View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Front View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Right View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Right View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Rear View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Box Rear View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Manual In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Manual In Plastic Bag

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Top View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Bottom View

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger Bottom View

When power is applied the green LED is lit.

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger With Green LED Lit

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger With Green LED Lit

When a battery is charging the red LED flashes. When charging is complete the red LED stays lit and does not flash (one must remove the battery when the red LED is steady according to the manual).

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger With Red LED Flashing During Battery Charge

XFinity Plus 20V Li-Ion Quick Charger With Red LED Flashing During Battery Charge


Cordless Hammer Drill

The cordless hammer drill is titled “WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill”.

According to the box the technical specs are:

  • voltage: 20Vd.c.
  • no load speed: 0-380/0-1400/min
  • torque setting: 21
  • maximum torque: 28Nm
  • chuck diameter: 13mm
  • LED worklight: yes

The model is PT160103, version number 0001, product code is 56226, and the date is listed as 04/2017. After sales support line is given to be 1300 777 137 with an e-mail of service@actionspares.com.au.

Contents are listed as:

  • 1 x Hammer drill
  • 1 x Belt hook
  • 1 x Double ended bit
  • 1 x Auxiliary handle
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • 1 x Warranty certificate

The box states “made in China”.

The following is the view of the box from different angles:

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Top View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Top View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Left View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Left View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Opened

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Box Opened

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Bottom View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill Bottom View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill With Battery Pack

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Hammer Drill With Battery Pack

According to the manual there are 3 function types:

  • (icon of drill bit) regular drilling setting for drilling wood, plastic, metal
  • (icon of hammer) hammer drilling setting for hammer drilling masonry
  • (triangular-ish icon) driving setting for tightening or loosening screws

The torque setting is from 1 to 21, 1 being the lowest torque, 21 being the highest.

The speed setting on top of the drill is 1 (slow/low) or 2 (fast/high). High speed has less torque.

The product claims to adhere to technical standards AS/NZS 60745.1, 60745.2.1, and 60745.2.2.

The drill has considerable “whine” – a high pitch tone that changes in pitch depending on how far in the trigger is pulled.

Sadly the first drill I bought failed to observe any of the torque settings (it would drive regardless of how tight it became). I took it back and replaced it with another that now correctly observes the torque setting.

Impact Driver

The impact driver is titled “WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver”.

The technical specifications on the box are:

  • input: 20Vd.c.
  • chuck size: 6.35mm Hex
  • no load speed: 0-2,300/min
  • impact rate: 0-3,200bpm
  • max torque: 140Nm

The following is the view of the box from different angles:

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Top View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Top View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Left View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Left View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Bottom View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Bottom View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Open View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Box Open View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Front View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Rear View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Right View

WorkZone Titanium+ XFinity Li-Ion 20V Cordless Impact Driver Right View


Setting the Time on the Clock for the Blanco BSO422W Oven

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left.

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left

Press and hold the 2nd button from the left

Continue holding the 2nd button down.

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left.

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left while the 2nd button is still held down

Press and hold the 3rd button from the left while the 2nd button is still held down

Continue holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left down.

Twist the knob left and right to set the time you want.

Twist the knob to set the time while holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left

Twist the knob to set the time while holding the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left

Now you can release the two buttons you’ve been holding down.

Hyundai Sonata Won’t Start In Drive, Locks Up

I blew my (mental) gasket today in a tense situation in peak hour traffic when I stopped my car (intentionally) but couldn’t get it to start again.

When you turn the engine off while in Drive (D) you can’t actually turn the keys all the way to the “lock” position to remove them. In this situation:

  • the transmission is in D (drive) and can only be moved into N (neutral)
  • you cannot move the transmission into P (park) even with the foot brake applied
  • the keys cannot be removed from the ignition
  • the keys can be twisted into the “start” position but the car won’t start while the transmission is in D (drive)
  • the car will only start again with the transmission in N (neutral)

It is only when the car is running, and the foot is on the brake, that you can put the car in P (park) and switch the car completely off removing the keys.

Believe me, this is so frustrating.

I don’t know if my car has a fault, or if Hyundai want to just put unsuspecting drivers in impossible situations in heavy traffic.

Adjusting a Sliding Door’s Wheels

So you have a mirrored sliding door and you want to put it on the tracks for the first time; but it doesn’t seem to quite fit. Ideally the wheels should go down and something needs to secure the door to the track above.

First step is to identify the top and bottom of the sliding door. The wheels are at the bottom. We’ll come to the top later.

The wheel looks like the following picture:

Sliding door wheel

Sliding door wheel

What we want to do is twist the screw (left or anti-clockwise to raise, right or clockwise to lower) until the wheel is at the height we want it.

The screw head pushes against the plate to give the wheel height

The screw head pushes against the plate to give the wheel height

So get a plus screwdriver, if that is the kind of screw fitted to your door wheel mechanism, and give it a twist until you get the height you want.

Twist the screwdriver anti-clockwise or left to raise the wheel, clockwise to lower

Twist the screwdriver anti-clockwise or left to raise the wheel, clockwise to lower

Note that if you want to make your door lean you can raise or lower just the one side of the door. The following diagram should make this clearer:

Raising the right wheel makes the door lean left

Raising the right wheel makes the door lean left

Now for the top of the door. You can identify the top of the door by a sliding mechanism designed to push up and fit into the track above the door.

Sliding mechanism at the top to fit into the track above

Sliding mechanism at the top to fit into the track above

Quite simply push this up until you hear a click and the mechanism has settled into place in the elevated position.

Push up the sliding mechanism until you hear it click

Push up the sliding mechanism until you hear it click

It should stick in the elevated position. You can lower it when it comes time to take the door out (for cleaning or replacement).

Sliding mechanism on top of door should stay in place in elevated position

Sliding mechanism on top of door should stay in place in elevated position

Nissan Primera P12 2.0 Diagnostic Tricks

No responsibility is taken from any problems that may occur from following any advice in any part of this post.


Programming Key Fobs

This is necessary after putting a new battery in a key fob.

Switch ignition-switch exactly six times from the “LOCK” to the “ON” position within 10 seconds and return the ignition switch to the “LOCK” position, key may be removed from the ignition. After 2 seconds the hazard lights will flash twice!

For each key: Press and hold the unlock button (black) while pressing the lock button (red) 3 times. Then release the unlock button. The hazards should flash once! Do the same for the second fob.

Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” position. The hazards should flash twice! The only keys the car will accept are those you just programmed.


Getting into Maintenance Mode

SELF DIAGNOSIS and CONFIRMATION/ADJUSTMENT MODE

  • START ENGINE
  • TURN AUDIO SYSTEM OFF
  • WHILE PRESSING THE INFO SWITCH,TURN THE VOL CONTROL 30 CLICKS OR MORE (dosen’t matter which way)

When self diag and conf/adj mode is started a short “beep” will be heard.

  • Select CONFIRM/ADJUSTMENT
  • Select SERVICE

You should be able to reset and make any adjustments on the screen displayed. If you need to go back a screen at any stage, use the “PREV” button.


Obtaining ECU Engine Codes

  • make sure your foot is off the accelerator pedal
  • twist ignition key to engine on (but don’t actually start engine)
  • wait 3 seconds
  • press the accelerator pedal to the floor and all the way back up 5 times in quick succession
  • wait 7 seconds
  • push pedal to the floor, count to 10 (by the time you get to 10 the engine light should come on), release the pedal when you see the engine light on the dash

The engine light will communicate error codes. It will flash n times for a digit of n (10 times for a zero). The slow flashes indicate the first digit. The rapid flashes will be for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th digits of a code.

Credits

Information taken from www.nissanhelp.com.


How to Remember What Flashing Lights Mean When Locking

When you press “lock” on your key fob the indicators flash one long time. When you press “unlock” on your key fob the indicators flash twice.

What’s a good trick to remember whether two flashes means lock or unlock?

Say the word as the indicators flash. Lock has one syllable. One flash. Unlock has two syllables. Two flashes.

“Lock” (flash)

“Un…” (flash) “…lock…” (flash)

Easy!

You Can Use A Sky Dish For Freesat Indoors

So I found myself with a Sky dish and a LG flat screen television with a satellite connector on the back.

I wondered if I could try out the dish indoors (before going to the trouble of having it installed outside).

It turns out that, yes, I can receive satellite transmissions indoors.

I put my Sky dish on top of a cardboard box (to give it height so I could put it out the window) and a wooden stick to elevate the dish as follows in this photo:

Using a Sky Dish Indoors

Using a Sky Dish Indoors

Next I tried getting my television to auto-tune the Freesat satellite. The Freesat satellite around London is ASTRA 28.2E. That has the following details:

  • LNB Frequency: 9750/10600
  • Transponder: 10714,H,22000
  • LNB Power: On

I had to wiggle the dish to a position where it actually picked up programs. It seems rather sensitive to being moved either sideways or vertically. Different satellites may be right next to each other – so be warned, the position of the dish is very, very sensitive! But once I got it programs started being found:

Television Finding Freesat Programs

Television Finding Freesat Programs

The LG TV has another useful function – after doing the automatic tuning then try selecting the manual tuning facility. It shows the signal strength!

Manual Tuning Reveals Signal Strength

Manual Tuning Reveals Signal Strength

The “signal quality” appears affected by my distance to the dish/cable – dropping from 100% to 70% as I walk towards it.

Questions

Would I Use The Dish Indoors?

Probably not for long. It is unsightly. And you need to be in a South-facing room high enough for a line-of-sight view of the horizon.

What Do I Think of Freesat?

Pointing the Dish Slightly Off-Target

Not many English-language channels. With 300+ to pick from it is a matter of luck whether I land on a channel I can understand – it’s almost not worth the effort.

Pointing the Dish in the Right Direction

There are hundreds of channels to choose from. A lot of them are different regional versions of the same channel for BBC or ITV. But there are a few others, and some high definition (HD) versions of channels that you can’t get on Freeview.

How Do I Flip Back To Freeview/Aerial?

On the LG TV press Guide, then the red button for “Programme Mode” (whichever is required).

Or press the “LIST” button, then the red button for “Programme Mode”.

New Samsung Fridge/Freezer Beeping Constantly

So you just had a new Samsung fridge/freezer delivered (e.g. model RL60GZEIH). The workmen are long gone having instructed you to leave it off for 4 hours (to let the compressor liquids settle at the bottom).

It’s the big moment! You plug in the fridge for the very first time! And flip the switch! It’s on…

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

What’s going on? Why won’t it stop beeping?

The display has the “speaker” icon on – and shows horizontal dashes or lines for temperature.

FEAR NOT: this is normal. In fact this is a “temperature” alarm to alert you to the fact that the fridge/freezer is too warm inside. This will usually happen after a power outage (according to the Samsung fridge/freezer manual) when powering on.

SOLUTION: press the “alarm” button to clear the alarm. If this doesn’t work hold down the “alarm” button for 3 seconds until the “speaker” icon disappears – this will disable audio alerts. You can re-enable them again once the fridge reaches operating temperatures.

Flashing Wash and Dry Lights on Bosch Dishwasher

I was using a Bosch table-top SKS51E18EU_IX model dishwasher.

When I turned it on I was confronted with the “wash” and “dry” lights (LEDs) flashing alternately.

First the wash light:

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX wash light

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX wash light

Then the dry light:

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dry light

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dry light

And then the wash light again and so on.

The cure? I had simply not selected a program using the dial (because I’d been twisting the knob to set the salt level earlier). Turn the dial until a washing program is selected!

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dial needs to be turned to select a valid program

Bosch SKS51E18EU_IX dial needs to be turned to select a valid program

Setting the Time on Technika Oven

Model B59MTI.

Here is what the front of the oven panel looks like:

Front panel of Technika oven

Front panel of Technika oven

To set the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left simultaneously and, to decrease the current time, press the – button as illustrated:

Hold down 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left and press the minus sign to decrease the time

Hold down 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left and press the minus sign to decrease the time

To increase the current time press the + button while holding down the 2nd and 3rd butons from the left simultaneously.

To increase the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left while pressing the plus sign button

To increase the time hold down the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the left while pressing the plus sign button

When finished let go of all of the buttons.