Saturday,24-July-2021

Kia Ceed wipers issue - fix

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The car in that topic is KIA Ceed model 2014 in case I need to be exact. The issue here was related with the wiper`s arm shaft.
And that is how it look:

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Sunday, 6-June-2021

KIA Ceed JD 1.6CRDi - disks and pads replacement

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In this article will present you something really casual. How to replace rear pads and disks on KIA Ceed.
That one is with normal handbrake not electric one. So, for it there isn`t anything special, or GDS used.
The theory starts here:
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Saturday, 9-January-2021

SIM800L GSM module + Arduino, my first test

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In that part, will try to explain my effort to do some primary test with GSM module SIM800L and arduino Nano.
Yes, in fact there are many ready library, ready tutorials or examples over the internet that show similar projects done. I did not discover the fire for everyone.. just small light for myself.

What was my initial intent?
To make some device that I cans send SMS to, with some commands and when it recognize it send some answer(if requested).
Some of the ready projects you can find request weather station data, or sensor`s data. In my test, it follow just base concept that can be made more complex if need.
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Sunday, 3-January-2021

Raspberry Pi - over voltage protection / Raspberry as “notebook”

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Will start with the second part of the title : Raspberry as “notebook”. Well, to be honest it come a bit misleading. It is not close to notebook, or tablet but more as : home DIY pc..
I have some Notebook TFTs at home, and they can be used as screen with proper driver. For that part Aliexpress have quite some offers and I order one HDMI (input) to LDVI driver. It come with control buttons, backlight control board, IR remote and LVDI cable. So far so good. It required 12V power supply of at least 2A. My switchable supply has 12V option with 5A output, and is perfect for the job.
Next in the list was DC-DC step down converter, and again you can buy half kilogram on reasonable price over the internet. When prepare it for mount, the pot I replace with 5.6kOhm resistor and the output was steady 5.1-5.2V, and that is perfect for the Raspberry. [Read More…]

Tuesday,29-December-2020

And yet another PS2 SLIM in repair..

EN That article will be dedicated to PS2 laser module repair. Well, repair no but replacement.
If you`re here reading this, maybe you get the same “Disc error” , or “No disc” on your play station 2? Yep, same here. My initial intend was to adjust a bit the variable resistor and give it some new “life” extend but unfortunately it didn`t went as planed.

The problem lie in that part:

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Sunday,20-December-2020

Raspberry Pi4 - NAS my version , and combined with Hamachi and 4G access

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There are many articles over the web, how to make use of Raspberry as NAS. Well, here is my story in “color” and hopefully it will help you in your project.

What I bought for that purpose:

  • Raspberry Pi4 / 4Gb ram version - probably 1Gb one will do the job just fine
  • SATA to USB board (mine is from Aliexpress)
  • 5V few ampers power supply (come with the board)
  • some raspberry cooler (probably work well even without it but just in case)

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Sunday,22-November-2020

Volvo V50 1.6 TDCi - alternator replacement

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The car in that topic is Volvo V50 1.6 TDCi. The problem: alternator didn`t charge enough, get overheated so and so.
Removing it, is not as bad as sound but get some time.
So,here we go:
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Sunday, 1-November-2020

KIA Ceed 1.6 CRDI 2015 - glow plug replacement

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That topic will be dedicated of changing 4pcs, glow plugs in my KIA Ceed 1.6 CRDI.
There isn`t actually nothing so much unusual or special compared to any other car. Just think will be fun to have some shots, and one can see details before start.
Keep in mind that the plugs are from the turbo charger side and is a bit tiny space there so have to be removed some extra parts.
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Small mod for Voltmeter - Thermometer from Aliexpress

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That story is dedicated to modification of small chinese produced voltage thermometer, which main purpose is to be inside the car. As additional option it have 5V charging ability which I think is highly unlikely to be good at.
My intent was to make it a bit more precise and to add some extra capacitors, so that I can measure some voltage drop during the engine start. That voltage drop is based on the fact, that all energy to additional sockets is cut off because of the starter motor need it.
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Wednesday,20-May-2020

Citroen C5 mk1 roof rattle soud - find and fix

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In that article will describe my “adventure” of finding the source of annoying sound from the roof rear area. Or at least that was the initial thought about it.
So here is the story: driving below 90km/h (sorry EU driver don`t know how much is in mph) have no impact or showing the trouble unless there was cross wind. Going above 100 or even 110km/h and start small rattling sound from the roof area.
More precise - somewhere above the rear right passenger seat, roof handle. Hope you can imagine the place. If not, then see the rear slot for roof bars and put about 15cm toward the rear. I believe you already get it that I speak for the hatchback version.
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