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  1. 4 points
    I also gave a try then gave up after 5 or 6 attempts, for the same reason. The only thing I will regret is the nice brass quatuor music you can hear when you deflate.
  2. 3 points
    Honking the horn - right way 1 or 2 quick short beep - friendly way to remind the driver to gain attention if he is lost on mobile on redlight while it turns green 2 short beep + 2 short beep is enough for some annoying driver to give them a chance to start behaving on road Long constant horn is outright rude and it should be only used to avoid a collision or in some extreme cases The correct way to use headlights 1 or 2 quick flashes is enough to let the car ahead of you know to clear the way from overtaking (passing) lane Constant flashing is considered rude and should only be used when you spot something seriously wrong in the car in front of you If someone does constant flashing behind you means pull over and check your car from all sides unless you were blocking them Brake light signaling 2 to 3 quick brake light signals if someone is too close to you to tell them back off in a civilized way 2 to 3 brake light signals followed by constant brake light means slow down fast as traffic ahead is moving slowly Constant brake light means to hold your steering tight and slow down very fast as traffic ahead is not moving at all Turn indicators - correct usage You should use them at least 20 - 30 meters ahead of your turn You should use them at least 40 - 50 meters ahead of changing lanes You should NOT use left turn indicator on the fast lane to intimidate others Flasher or double indicator - the real meaning Only to be used in case of emergency stopping or slowing down suddenly on the fast-moving road for a short while Can be used one quick blink to say thanks for sharing the lane, hi and bye to your friends and family on the road NEVER meant to be used on rainy or foggy days, as it will not let you indicate your turn intention and cause accident
  3. 3 points
    What if they don't behave, and understand these subtle signs....? I have seen adamant driver driving at 80 on the fast lane of 120 and refuse to move away because you flashed them (gently) and hurt their egos, so they will pile 200 cars behind them to suffer. If I can legally switch on my offroad light for such bruised ego characters I would love to do that.
  4. 3 points
    @Barry you do have a point on not cutting the wiring loom, but @Jocreative solution serves as the switch inside the car than stepping out, stopping the convoy, open the hood to flick the fuse button, still time-consuming and involve some work before and after each drive. Steering switch is classy. My two cents.
  5. 3 points
    On more recent cars the fuses are now smaller, so inserting the male spade becomes a bit difficult. You can take a spare or new fuse, break it open, and use these spades to solder your wires on.
  6. 3 points
    Nice solution but there’s an easier way without cutting into the vehicles wiring loom. Pull the fuse, insert 2 male spade connectors into the fuse holder and connect them to a toggle switch via an external fuse holder with the same sized fuse. Same result but easier to remove and return the car to standard with no damage to the wiring loom. Works on any car.
  7. 2 points
    It's really very well done and documented for beginners as every offroader need this info for installing a kill switch for ABS and Traction control to enjoy real offroad in UAE desert. Best 30 Dhs ever spent. Maybe someone next can improvise this idea by installing the toggle switch like Barry mentioned and then pull a wire like you did to have a steering switch without cutting the loom.
  8. 2 points
    True. Could work as well. I have seen there are other accessories like fuse taps that can also be modified to do the same thing. This is more of a one-time fix and like @Gaurav said, it's convenience. Agreed, we do have to get out of the car to do many things before we get off-road, but if there is any thing that can help make life easier, then why not I think off-road garages charge AED 300-400 for this fix. I just wanted to put the info out there to show it can be done at no cost and a little elbow-grease. BTW, I sourced the parts from these small accessory stores (the ones that do tint-filming and audio-video accessory stuff normally found in Dubai or Sharjah side roads). They lend me the switch, wire, spade connectors and even soldered the wire to the switch for 30dhs.
  9. 2 points
    Following the introduction of a new number plate design last year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has now kicked off a campaign urging all motorists to upgrade to the new plates, ahead of mandatory upgrades from July for select codes. The upgrade is currently available for all types of distinguished and special number plates across all codes, and from May it will also be available optionally for unowned (allotted randomly through vehicle registration) plates. A guide on how to get a new Dubai number plate According to RTA, over the next couple of years, all categories of vehicle number plates will have to be replaced. As the RTA presses ahead with its new plates regime, unowned car plates with codes A, B and C will be among the first to be up for mandatory replacement from July. The new number plate design that includes either a black and white or colour Dubai logo, depending on the amount you pay, was launched last year after the introduction of double codes necessitated a redesign. “The RTA has developed a new strategy for number plates resulting in a new generation of number plates with double codes. This has accordingly resulted in the whole design for the number plates to be changed to adopt the single and double codes with the same design language,” said Sultan Al Marzouqi, director of RTA’s Vehicle Licensing. The double codes are being introduced as the RTA is running out of single codes, as the number of vehicles continues to rise at an alarming rate in Dubai. According to RTA, over the next couple of years, all categories of vehicle number plates — whether purchased online, bought in an auction or allotted through the vehicle registration process — will have to be replaced in phases. In the next phase, beginning January next year, plates with codes D, E, F, G, H and I will have to be replaced, while in January 2020 replacement for codes J, K, L, M, N and O will start and following that in January 2021, it will be the turn of all unowned plates with codes P to Z as well as other types of plates. Depending on the size of the plates and colour of the logo, the prices of the plates vary. A regular short number plate with a black and white logo will cost Dh35, while a long number plate in the same category will cost Dh50. For those who already own number plates with colour logo of Dubai, the replacement for the long and short plates will cost Dh35 and Dh50, respectively, while those who want to buy a new plate with coloured Dubai logo will have to pay Dh400 irrespective of the plate’s size. As for the distinguished or special number plates, the replacement will cost Dh500, with the process to be completed mandatorily by the end of this year. Al Marzouqi said motorists with owned number plates willing to get the plates replaced can either proceed immediately to any of the RTA-affiliated vehicle testing and registration centres or get it replaced at the time of their scheduled renewal, while those with unowned number plates can wait till May to do the same.
  10. 2 points
    Nice topic and indeed you covered almost all type of deflator except one more which I have used: Staun. People love their automatic deflation to precise psi you set them, but I couldn't master that PHD after months and lack of patience made me choose stem removal - fast, easy and F.Cheap. Carry valve stem whole strip that has 20 (i guess) and it cost 5 AED. After little practice, I stopped losing them and hardly replace new stem ever. If someone or Staun can set their deflator to 12 psi and ship them, I wouldn't mind trying them again as they sound too good to be true, but yes time-consuming.
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    Brilliant DIY with detailed steps, pics, and 3 disclaimers - way to go, dude, 👍
  15. 1 point
    I'm super smiling since last few months, seeing so many AWESOME photographers like @jibransayed, @BIG T, @hossein, @Jocreative, @Frederic Nuyttens, @Panda82 and many more.
  16. 1 point
    Our Grand Cherokee`s battery died last year. Car was 6 years old and mechanic said this was the original battery.
  17. 1 point
    Hahahaha, I totally agree, but this was definitely fake as my Pajero is an off-road car only and not daily driver which get used only once a week. This could have died much earlier in daily driver. Or may be those warranty engineers uses some time base alarm clock than actual usage.
  18. 1 point
    Congrats @Barry for reaching 1000+ likes in Carnity. First ever Car enthusiast's to set this record. Many thanks for your valued contribution and truly appreciate your "car community" spirit, to help others with your knowledge and experience.
  19. 1 point
    What better way to start the 2018 season, by having a full day drive at Al Wagan on 12th Jan 2018. It will be the first drive to Al Wagan for Carnity Group and hopefully the first of many more. The plan is to meet up on Thursday evening at Al Wagan around 10 pm and camp there for the night. We shall start our drive early morning on Jan 12th. The drive will be split in two sections, with the first being one stretch of dunes. We shall return via the sabkha area back to Al Wagan town for the Friday prayers and also to finish our lunch. We would then return to the desert via the sabkha area and head towards more deeper wagan, as per time permits. This is an Intermediate level drive, so no newbies and fewbies are advised to join. This requires the best of the driver and cars so please sign up only if you are 100% confident. This drive requires a lot of dedication, discipline, and commitment to continue driving in rigorous off-road terrain and keep the convoy moving at all the times. It is very important to reiterate to everyone to ensure that your car is in the best of condition with all necessary fluid checks done, air filter check is done, 5 good working condition tires, etc. Further, due to the nature of the area, I do recommend that to carry only the essentials that are needed for the drive to reduce the weight in your car. Time and Date: 7 PM, 11 Jan 2018 Meeting point: https://goo.gl/maps/JdSnTEv3jN72 - Emarat Petrol Station at Al Ain Road Deflation and Wagan Entry Point: https://goo.gl/maps/g9uegbtfkAJ2 (23°35'32.0"N 55°24'24.8"E) ADNOC Fuel station near entry point + Mosque: https://goo.gl/maps/S9u6EQusFgC2 Breakfast: 7 AM, 12 Jan 2018 and pack cars and start off-road drive by 8 AM Optional: Members who don't want to do overnight camp, can join at above deflation point by 8 AM. Friday Prayer and lunch Break : 12 PM – 1 PM at Al Wagan town Ending point: https://goo.gl/maps/3HhxuWTF6yt (hopefully by sunset) - Next fuel station at 70 - 80 km range. Checklist: Each and everything will be verified at the meeting point before starting Your 4x4 should be well serviced and all lubes and fluid should be topped up 20 Liter fuel jerry can 20 Liter water can or equivalent water bottles "5 WORKING INFLATED TIRES" Air compressor, tow rope, 2 rated shackles, proper shovel, flag, jack and wooden plank Fire extinguisher, first aid kit, radio with charger, mobile with car charger, emergency light/torch Camp to sleep overnight, warm clothes, In case of emergency - contact number printed Enough food for 2 days for yourself and others to share - MUST Disposables plates and glasses would be better to lighten the load for the drive Dry food, energy bar, cookies, nuts, crisp to munch while driving Stand-alone GPS unit or mobile GPS app that works offline (MotionX for IOS and Geo or GPS tracker for Android) Please RSVP on the below calendar
  20. 1 point
    Haha always ready to help...let'ss start with the digging and it's the starting step :). Once I get my license I will find some slaves for me
  21. 1 point
    Here are some pictures to go with the story
  22. 1 point
    Let me start by saying, what a challenging day and well managed by everyone. This trip report will keep you glued as it has all the makings of a thriller not anything less than a roller coaster and a few lessons to be learned. It all started on a chill Friday morning with crisp morning breeze, a fantastic tea by Mujtaba to start our day. We were a bit delayed as we waited for a couple of cars to join in and we were on our way. As the drivers briefing was given and convoy numbers being handed out by Gaurav Bhai, we were off to a terrain I must have been to 100s of times, but with the rain and sand storms the face of the desert had been changed yet again. This route being used by a lot of desert safari vehicles and most of the desert clubs is normally filled with tracks all over the place and it is very difficult to find any virgin dunes. But this Friday was different, most of the tire tracks had been covered with the recent weather. As we drove on some hard sand due to the rains, but under that hard surface were soft patches which could be seen after a couple of vehicles had gone over a path, this was expected. With not a single stuck we reached the base of Pink Rocks and it was time to gas up and see what the drivers could manage along with their rides. I must say it was impressive and all vehicles made it to the top on the first go. On the top we were greeted by some hard blowing winds that could have easily flown any of us away. The group had managed well and it is heartening and encouraging to see that everybody was managing so well on their only second trip in similar terrain. We managed to get some shelter behind the Pink Rocks where we stopped for breakfast and some well-deserved drinks, thanks to Gaurav Bhai for the Aloo Paratha’s (potato embedded bread), Laban and some cold drinks, Ravi had got Poha, and Joseph had a bag full of sandwiches, with a little Carrot Halwa from my side to end the breakfast session. The best part of our trips so far has been to stop midway, relax while having some food and drinks and the discussion of the trip till that point. Somehow you can gauge the excitement of the trip as a whole with the great excitement of having learned and managed the terrain up to that point and gives us the energy to move on. As we drove past the Pink Rocks there were a few refusals and slowly we managed the refusals and got everyone up to a point from where we would be heading to our playground at the Big Red in Badayer. Half way through we were treated with some cold hard blowing winds and once again the tire tracks had been all covered as we slowly but surely made our way through. It was about that point that I was made aware that we had one of the cars flip and I rushed back to the scene. Gaurav Bhai being the sweep had a very clam head on his shoulders and handled the situation well asking the gentleman to switch off his engine and use the sunroof on his vehicle to make his way out. As we walked around and came to a decision on how to get the flipped beast on to its belly and find out the amount of damage and how to manage it from there. An agreement was made to tie the car to mine and I would try to flip it back to its belly, challenging as the conditions were, while trying to pull the vehicle I got myself stuck as it was some very soft patch. However as Gaurav bhai looked around he noticed that there was some hard ground, now Gaurav Bhai’s beast was connected to my vehicle which was connected to the affected vehicle. As Gaurav Bhai slowly but surely pulled me out, I could feel my car come out of the soft stuff and I could see the affected vehicle come back to its own 4 wheels from my rear view mirror. Part one of the recovery was done, as we looked around we thanked God Almighty as the damage was not all that bad as the car had just tipped over very slowly and it had not rolled, and the main thing to thank God all about was that the driver was unharmed. As we started the car we saw some white smoke, a bit concerned we knew that some of the oil had gone in to the plugs and this is what was burning up. We tried to reach and open the plugs to be able to get the oil out of the plugs area, however we soon realized that it would take some doing as to reach the plugs we would have to open a lot more than just the cover on the engine. So the next step was to get out of the desert in the shortest and least challenging route, with just about 4 kilometres to the tarmac we started and accomplished the mission within 20 minutes. As all others said good bye and left with smile, the affected vehicle, Gaurav Bhai and myself headed towards Madam to inflate our vehicles, get something to give us energy, we continued to the Police Station to help get the Police report and as we left I was glad to see this gentleman with enthusiasm saying, I am in for the next drive, the only thing is I would be hitching a ride if I don’t get my vehicle by then. Great to see such a wonderful spirit. As we tried to learn from him, his recollection of the events that caused the flip, this is what we found out: He was out of place in the convoy, he was assigned number 3 position in the convoy, at the time of the flip he was behind me, that means, he was number 2. I would like to emphasize to stick to the convoy discipline by keeping your number in the convoy and each position has a significance. The 3 most important positions in a convoy are the lead, second lead and Sweeper. The lead car trying to make a safe route through the unknown to suit the level of the convoy, the second lead has to be also experienced person as just in case the trip leader falls in to any difficulty the second lead can take over and avoid the obstacles that lie ahead, and the sweeper who not only keeps the convoy moving but also makes sure that all cars ahead of him are safe at all times. Second mistake was he came too close to me which did not leave him the space to manoeuvre his vehicle in case I got stuck, as I slowed down to make up my mind which way I was supposed to go he was very close to me and he did not have a chance to take evasive action. I would again like to emphasize the importance of distance in a convoy and the approach to any dune, the distance between any vehicle should be at least 3 to 4 vehicles at any time, while approaching a dune make sure the car ahead of you has climbed and gone over before you make your way, leave some gap between a dune and yourself to gain momentum before approaching a dune. Nobody is going to leave you behind, the sweeper will take care of that, he is the last car in the convoy. As he lost momentum when he tried to slow down as he came close to me, his car fish tailed to the left, since I went right, he tried to defy gravity by trying to force his car to the right when his car flipped. Once again the lesson to be re-taught here is do not fight gravity, it is better to be stuck than to be lying down on your side. As promised a trip full of excitement and thrills, but at the same time an incident to learn from. As Gaurav Bhai puts it, learn from others mistakes. Let’s continue to have our fun and avoid incidents by learning from this experience. The desert is an open terrain and one can easily get carried away after doing well for some time, but in this open environment it is more important to follow simple rules and convoy discipline to avoid such incidents. The weather could have been wet and sandy and cold, but the spirits have not been dampened, in fact spirits are high and enthusiasm for learning out in the desert is undying. All in all a challenging trip, well managed by all and thanks to everyone’s effort at every step of the way that reinforces the feeling of the building of a very strong team. Thanks to all who joined for being a part of one of the most challenging drives I have ever faced.
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    Here comes the beautiful pics clicked by @evoboy2016.
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    Thank you Rahimdad and Gaurav for letting us play in your sand box. Thanks everyone for a very warm company and me and Dindin loved the time, even though short, with all of you guys. Such a wonderful experience. Sorry for leaving early but just like you guys who had to drive back to the Mosque for Friday prayers we had to go to church and it was a busy day for me. Initially I was already expecting getting stuck at least a couple of times considering my ride is not really a real offroader. I did get a couple of refusals but because of the great tips from our two wonderful and generous hosts, I was able to manage to extract my self. After the briefing on top of fossil rock we decided we would leave after breakfast, but changed our minds when we heard about the second phase of the drive and pushed through with the more challenging stuff, and boy I was glad I did it! It would still be a dream to be able to drive to Liwa but I doubt my trusty Explorer would be capable enough for that drive. Happy weekend every one.
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    Listing below car batteries in order of good to average and also most expensive to cheapest. I have tried 6 out of 10 batteries in last few years. Energizer (Made in EU and offers 18 months warranty) Amaron (Made in India and offers 18 months warranty) Duracell (Made in Austria and offers 12 months warranty) Bosch (Made in EU and offers 12 months warranty) Varta (Made in Germany and offers 12 months warranty) Exide (Made in India and offers 12 months warranty) Trane (Made in Thailand and offers 12 months warranty) Solite (Made in Korea and offers 12 months warranty) AC Delco (Made in Saudi Arabia and offers 12 months warranty) Zeetex (Made in Korea and offers 12 months warranty)
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