Thursday, 5 November 2009

Price Update!

Petrol seems to be on it's way back up again.

Many places selling it at 106.9 or even 108.9

Gas however seems to be holding steady (for a change). Only 49.9p at Shell Haydock Island (just off the M6) and also Asda at queensferry.

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Monday, 3 August 2009

Mostly all sorted now

Took the car back to Warrington Autogas for it's service a couple of months ago.

It turns out that the service is less of a service and more of a "safety inspection" with a gas filter change.

As an amateurish mechanic I could have done this myself, possibly not conduct a thorough and professional gas inspection, but certainly change the gas filter, which I found here for £14, so I don't think I'll bother with the services in future.

However, one positive thing that came out of the service was that Andy, flashed my ecu with the latest map. From what I could see happening, it appeared that the new map for the lpg ecu allows it to communicate with the car's ecu more effectively.

Anyway after this new map, there was no stalling, no kangarooing, no loss of power anywhere. The car runs perfectly on gas now, just as if it was on petrol. In fact, sometimes after i've filled up and am still running on petrol, I forget becuase it runs so well on gas now.

In short it's good news, but it should really have run like this from the beginning, given the price. I suppose the main thing is that its fixed now and running perfectly! Now all I need to do is sort out the water leak!

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Monday, 23 March 2009

As a little update, having lived with the LPG conversion for about 9 months I can safely say the following

1) I would NOT recommend warrington autogas for a conversion. My slightly unusual car was enough to completely fox them and require many trips back to get it running right. Possibly they have no trouble with standard 1.6 focuses and normal astras, but one slightly different (and my engine isnt even that unusual) car like mine and there was no end of problems.

2) If Warrington Autogas are the best of a bad bunch, I hate to think what the worst of the bunch are like.

After repeated trips to Warrington Autogas I still have the following:

A) Lumpy idling. This does not happen on petrol.
B) Intermittent stalling. Every now and then you'll just coast up to a junction and find you have to restart your engine, again, doesnt happen on petrol.
C) A gauge which is neither use nor ornament. All indications of remaining LPG are to be done through the trip counter. Repeated attempts to have this fixed bore no fruit whatsoever. Not only that, the gauge wasnt glued down, so comes loose, that will be another job for me to fix in time.
D) The car is still dropping water somewhere. It wasnt doing this before the conversion, so again this is another job i will have to fix.

3) In all honesty, bearing in mind Warrington Autogas were given repeated attempts at fixing my car, they really should have been taken to court for their poor workmanship. All I had in way of compensation was one lousy free tank of gas, which they tried to charge me for anyway before i argued with them.

Andy and the guys at Warrington Autogas are lovely blokes, but there are lots of lovely blokes around, few of whom I would trust to perform extensive and complicated work on the fuel system of my car. Andy and his colleagues are now firmly in that group.

Look at the engine bay after the install.

Note the gas distribution block not secured in any way and free to roam the engine bay.