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Towbarman
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Member Since: 17 May 2018
Location: Scunthorpe
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Hello and allow me to introduce myself.

Hi alI I would like to take this oppertunity to introduce myself and my business's. My name is James and I am involved with a few automotive businesses that I hope will be of interest and help to people on here.

My background is in electronics and for the past 18 years Ive been involved in reprogramming, cloning and repairing many vehicle ecu's. About 5 years ago I got the chance to take over a towbar fitting business and this then gave me a unit to work from rather than a van. I still have the towbar business and form the unit have added a few other specialist automotive services such as carbon cleaning, DPF cleaning, key cutting and programming and transmission flushing to name but a few.
Over the coming days and weeks I'll add a few regular posts about individual services I offer in more depth. Below is a list of some of the equiupment I use which will give you some idea of the scope of work I get involved with.

My unit is based in Scunthorpe DN15 8DT

Some of the tools used - IID PRO, Abritus, Launch diagnostics, Snap On diagnostics, Autologic (no LandRover as yet though), CarProg, DP4, PicoScope, XProgM, SMOK, TerraClean, Fortron Carbon cleaner, Transmission flusher, Ultrasonic / Flash DPF Cleaner, Advanced Diagnostics MVP Pro, Zed Full key programmer, Miracle key cutter, Condor key cutter, Many specialist key programming tools for Mercedes BMW and VAG group.

If you have any questions my email is info@towbarman.com or you can PM me.

Thanks for looking and hope to work with some of you soon. James www.towbarman.com

Post #557144 Tue May 22 2018 8:56am
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SRE



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AKA dpfdoctor on the pikey forum In Spain - 2018 F Pace - Down and out's Velar
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Post #557156 Tue May 22 2018 1:59pm
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Tim in Scotland



Member Since: 30 May 2005
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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

Welcome to the forum 2018 Melting Silver Mini Countryman PHEV - a test car before Seeing if I could go to totally Petrol/Diesel free motoring
2015MY Corris Grey SDv6 HSE Dynamic, the best car I have ever owned, totally reliable only a cou0le of rattles in 3 years, now no longer in my care
Also in my garage is a 1996 TDi300 Defender 90 County HT made into a fake CSW

Post #557165 Tue May 22 2018 3:42pm
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Slim444



Member Since: 09 Nov 2015
Location: Huntingdon
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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

Welcome to the flock!

I have a question for you which nobody seems to know, or care about!

How much fuel does a DPF waste?

My mpg has reduced from 37mpg (indicated) to 35mpg a couple of months ago- almost overnight, and can't fathom why! Same 387 mile trip to Liverpool and back too, same speeds etc to get a real measure. Have checked tyre pressures, had the geometry checked and reset but can't find anything amiss. Wondering if the DPF is sucking power? Car has done 73k miles now...

cheers
Si You can't see the eyes of the demon until him come callin'

Post #568010 Wed Oct 31 2018 10:05pm
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Tim in Scotland



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2013 Range Rover Sport SDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

Slim, I was a regular M74/ M6 / M40 driver in both directions between Central Scotland and West London with my various RRS’s /FFRRs and Evoques, 4 or 5 times a year and I was never able to get as good a fuel consumption headed north as I got going south. I put it down to the southBound trip being mostly downhill but then going north I was climbing most of the way. Then I drove the trip over a stormy week....... going south fuel consumption going south was way more than going north with wind assistance ( even at motorway speeds wind assistance helps as you don’t need so much energy to achieve the cruising speed). I would say that even the ambient air temperature can cause a 2-3mpg consumption difference between directions. I would say that your small difference would be very difficult to put down to the DPF, it could be any of the things above. Another thing that made a really noticeable was roadworks............ often miles and miles of 50mph overseen by average speed cams though roadwork on only one side of the carriage way but in the opposite journey no roadworks so higher speeds could be made with consequent higher fuel consumption.
One other thing - did you use cruise control in one direction and not in the other? Cruise control is nowhere near as sensitive as your right foot when it comes to controlling speed! 2018 Melting Silver Mini Countryman PHEV - a test car before Seeing if I could go to totally Petrol/Diesel free motoring
2015MY Corris Grey SDv6 HSE Dynamic, the best car I have ever owned, totally reliable only a cou0le of rattles in 3 years, now no longer in my care
Also in my garage is a 1996 TDi300 Defender 90 County HT made into a fake CSW

Post #568024 Thu Nov 01 2018 8:53am
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Slim444



Member Since: 09 Nov 2015
Location: Huntingdon
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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Sport 3.0 TDV6 HSE Stornoway Grey

Interesting observations there, Tim, I've taken all that into consideration too. I used to go to Glasgow a fair bit (A14, M6, M74), although there didn't seem to be much of a difference between north and south bound. Always slightly better southbound as I was travelling in the evening with less traffic.
There must be a good 40 miles of 50mph road works on the M6 right now, in both directions, so that certainly improves things consumption wise. I use cruise as much as possible, to be honest, so my average speed will be pretty much constant- apart from last week when there was a crash on the M6, causing a 90 minute delay!
I've not found cruise control to be 'lead footed' in any way, hence the frequent use. Might try a trip without it to compare...
Next week I'm doing Liverpool, then Salisbury, then back home, a round trip of about 600 miles, so will see what the computer says about that! Going to brim her again at some point and do another physical calculation. Last results showed the OBC was over reading by 10%, although I'm not expecting any change.

Cheers You can't see the eyes of the demon until him come callin'

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