duminică, 18 septembrie 2022

Check Engine - Citroen C5 2.0 2010 - how to solve it

I will start by saying that this way of solving the Check Engine error on Citroen C5 2.0 2010, might have worked for me and there is a chance that will not work for you, but it is worth trying! 

Check Engine errors - Citroen C5 2.0 2010
Picture 1. Check Engine errors
- Citroen C5 2.0 2010
First of all, these are the errors which I had once I did a Fault checking with my Diagbox diagnosis device. 

P0171 - Mixture in the circuit.

P2562 - Variable resistance turbocharger.

P1497 - Variable resistance turbocharger.

P0487 - Air metering valve.

P1499 - Air metering valve.

P1445 - Additive adding. 

At the beginning I thought that I should clean the EGR, therefore I have asked a mechanic friend if he could help me with that. We started to take out all the parts around it and he notice that one of the two vacuum hoses is disconnected at the lower end (the hoses I am talking about are shown with green color, marked as number 2 in the below picture). He was 100% that was what have caused a few of the errors, therefore we connected it back and made sure it stays connected!

Boost Pressure sensor
Red Arrow - The orifice where
 the Boost Pressure sensor enters
Yellow Arrows - Oil and dirt
We have then took out the Boost Pressure Sensor (marked as number 3.) located on the top of the engine as shown by the yellow rectangular number 4. This was full of some kind of oil/grease! I must admit, I have never cleaned it till now! When I saw how dirty this sensor was, I have cleaned also the intake where those two big hoses combine (number 4). You can't believe how full of thick dirt this was! Prepare some rugs and brake cleaner, you will need a lot of them! 

After we put all the parts back, we have dismounted the MAF (Mass Air Flow sensor) and sprayed it with contact spray so all the dust will go off! This sensor can be identified as number 5, blue circle in the below picture.

Citroen C5 2.0 2010 - Boost Pressure Sensor
Citroen C5 2.0 2010 - Boost Pressure Sensor

Next step was to do another Fault Diagnostic with Diagbox and delete the errors (are under the Injection/Ignition menu).

After that I drove around 200 km, being sure that when the gears will change, the RPMs will be over 2500 -3000 so the turbine can start and the Check Engine error will pop-up in the dashboard but it didn't! I guess the problem was solved! 

Citroen C5 2010 - Shifting from a gear to another is a bit jerky
One more problem which I think was solved by this cleaning is the small "jerk/shock" that I was feeling when the car was shifting from 2nd to the 3rd gear! Now this shifting is way smoother! I can't even notice it! The engine runs also more quietly!

Of course if you have never changed the oil in your automatic gearbox, you should think of having an oil change after every 60.000 km.

Let me know if you have encountered the same problems and if this worked for you too! 

luni, 26 iulie 2021

vineri, 7 mai 2021

How to buy and register a motorbike in Germany?

Below I wrote the steps that you have to follow in case you want to buy and register a motorbike in Germany.

1. Contact the seller.

2. Check the motorbike to be in good condition (without a previous accident). As well to have a valid TUV, because that will prove that the motorbike is road worthy.

3. Step on it and ride it a bit, check if it fits to your body.

4. Negociate the price and finish the deal by filling one selling-buying contract in two copies (one for you, one for him). Be sure that the data filled is in conformity with the motorbike that you are paying. There are examples of such contracts online (ADAC for example)

5. He will unregister and will hand you all the motorbike documents.

6. Search for an insurance. (I did a seasonal one from March to October). They will provide you an eVB number which you will need for the below step 7.

7. Make an appointment at "kfz zulassungsstelle" in your city and go there having all those documents + eVB number + your ID and your Anmeldung paper.

8. At kfz zulassungsstelle you will hand the documents to the person that you are appointed and, he/she will ask you from which Bank Account will you pay the tax, if you want to register it just seasonal, what Licence plate do you want (preferential one costs more) and if it should be short or longer (it depends on the motorbike license plate support, I have short 15 x 20 cm).

9. The person at the office that you provide all the above will hand you a card and you have to go to the machine which is nearby and pay, return to that office with the receipt.

10. The same person from the office will now give you a small paper and a number and will tell you to go to the place where they print this license plates. Usually there are small shops nearby.

11. You hand that small paper to the person in charge, pay 15 EUR and return to the kfz zulassungsstelle but this time you go to another office where you will give the licence plate and the number received. Here they will stick some hologram on your number, and give you back the documents with your new motorbike number written on it.

12. You can now add it to your motorbike and ride.

luni, 15 februarie 2021

Cum sa transferi monede de pe Crypto.Com pe Binance.

  1. Intră pe aplicația Binance. Apasă pe Wallet - > Deposit. Caută moneda pe care vrei sa o transferi si când o selectezi o să îți apară o adresa (multe cifre si litere). Copiază adresa aia.
       2. Intră in aplicația Crypto.com - > apasă pe Accounts - > Crypto wallet - > caută moneda pe care vrei să o trimiți -> apasa Widrawal-  > External Wallet - > pune acolo adresa copiata din Binance si pune un nume gen "Numele monedei de trimis, spre exemplu BTC" - Binance - > confirma in Email ca adresa e corecta - > selectează din lista adresa de mai devreme care corespunde crypto monedei pe care vrei să o trimiți - > introduci suma pe care vrei să o transferi - > verifici daca totul e corect - > apeși Widrawal - > aștepți putin să ajungă in Binance și o sa o găsești in Wallet, la Spot. 

Pentru toate astea o sa primesti emailuri de confirmare de la ambele platforme, Crypto.com si Binance.

Refferal Binance Account

miercuri, 20 ianuarie 2021

How to transfer money from Bank to Binance Exchange?

This is not a financial advice and you should follow the below steps only if you are fully aware of what you are doing. This tutorial will teach you just how to transfer funds from an app to another, the amount, when and if you should send, is your decision. 

In this article I will explain how you can transfer money from your Revolut account or any other Bank account, to your Binance trading account (they will enter in the Spot actually). There are actually two ways of doing it. One directly with your credit or debit card, and the other one by Bank transfer (SEPA).  

First of all, you have to have a bank account and an Binance account :) If you do not have already, you can use my referral id and get 10% discount on your trading fees. Here it is : https://www.binance.com/en/register?ref=NRHIGSSB but I guess once you are reading this article, you already have both 😅.

 I have taken some screenshots where you can easily follow the steps and transfer funds from you Bank account to Binance, without any fees.

If you want to use the Bank transfer (from Revolut the transfer takes few minutes, for other banks might take longer or few days), below is a tutorial : 

1. Open the Binance Application. Go in the right-lower corner of the screen (for application) or right-upper one for the website. Press on the Wallet. 
2. Press on the Deposit button 
3. Choose FIAT tab 
4. Select the currency that you have in your Bank account and you want to transfer to Binance. 
5. Choose Bank Transfer (SEPA) 
6. Select the amount that you are willing to send. 
7. Press Continue 
8. That should be your real name and it will be the exact name as on your Bank account 
9. Confirm that you will send money from a Bank account which has you name. 
10. Payment details : Receiver should be Binance and there is the IBAN which you will have to fill up in the step Nr. 16 
11. The Reference code has to be filled in the step Nr. 21 We have finished with Binance. 

Now you will have to move to your Bank App (or Revolut).

12. Open the Revolut app (or any other Bank) and choose the currency that you want to transfer. 
13. We have to create a recipient and for this we have to Press Send button. 
14. Choose Bank Accounts tab 
15. Press on Add recipient 
16. I could not take a screenshot (the app did not allow me). Choose Business tab and fill up the fields. In my case, Binance gave me a GB (United Kingdom) IBAN in step Nr. 11 so from there I know what country to choose, then you will select the currency, then the IBAN (from step Nr. 11), Company Name : Binance 
17. Press Add Recipient to have Binance as receiver. 
18. Go back to Home Menu and Press Send button. 
19. Select Bank Accounts tab and choose Binance from that list. 20. Fill up with the amount that you are willing to transfer
21. Delete the "Sent from Revolut" text and write the Reference Code from step Nr. 11
22. Press send button.

The second way is to buy directly with the credit or debit card the cryptocurrency that you want, for example Bitcoin.
For that we have the below steps:

A. Open the Binance app and on the home page select Credit\Debit Card.
B. Choose the currency and fill up with the amount of money that you want to buy Bitcoin or any other crypto token
C. Press continue button
D. Fill up with the information from the card (do no share with no one these information other than websites and applications that are secured, otherwise smart hackers can empty your bank accounts).
E. Press next

I cannot show you what's the final step because I would have to do a real transfer for that, but I guess it is to confirm your info and Billing Address.

Trading can be risky, so be careful what you are doing with your money. First you Learn and then you remove the L!

Good luck! 

vineri, 11 decembrie 2020

Dark mode for Facebook in 4 steps.

Facebook is looking better with Dark mode activated, especially for people that are spending lots of time socializing. It brings a change in their lives :).

I did it and I will explain you here, in 4 steps how to set-up your Facebook to the Dark Mode option.

Step 1. Open Facebook App and press on your small rounded profile picture, located on the right top of your phone screen.

Step 2. Scroll down a bit and Press on the Settings & Privacy tab.

Step 3. You are almost there! Press on the Dark mode tab.

Step 4. Choose ON option and that's it! 

Now that you have Dark mode for your Facebook, enjoy it!  

joi, 5 noiembrie 2020

How to solve "Risk of particle filter clogging" error Citroen C5? Error code P1490

I will explain in this post how I got rid of the ''Risk of particle filter clogging'' error code P1490 on my Citroen C5 2.0, 163 CP, 2010.

I had to do the Periodical Technical Inspection here in Germany (TÜV) so I can still drive the car on the streets. I had an appointment at a service nearby me. They checked and tested all the systems, run the diagnostic with an OBD device, give me the papers and finish with the inspection. Everything went fine!

I left and went back home. In that evening I drove 60 km without a stop and with an average speed of 60-70km/h. Only 3 km in the city. While I was driving back from this location, the  ''Risk of particle filter clogging'' error popped up on my dashboard. I have the car since 2 years and a half and it is the first time when I see this error! I have heard on forums that other guys had it, but that's it, never encounter it with my Citroën .

I knew that the car has to burn that soot (ash) that gets accumulated on the Filter, and the way to do this is to drive your car constantly with a speed of minimum 60 km/h for more than 10-15 minutes because that facilitates the car to do the regeneration process. What is strange is that at that moment I was driving with a higher speed than 60km/h, and the only thing that ai could think of was to so to set the transmission in Manual mode and increase the engine RPMs. I did so for a while, but I advice you not to do it, because, as I found out after, it doesn't help.

Second day I was driving to work. The error pops up again. Even though I was near the working place, I still drove a few more kilometers just to get rid of the error. It disappeared! so I could stop the car now and go to work. Later that day, on the way back home the same problem occurs! I knew that the car wants /needs to do the regeneration, but I didn't know it can't do it. I have decided to check it with DiagBox, start checking the Exhaust Line Information (in the main Fault Findings menu). Looking at the amount of the Eolys regeneration liquid, I saw that this wasn't the problem, but a bit below I have noticed that the ''Authorization of regeneration' has the value set to ''No''.  Definitely this was the cause! But how to fix it? 

I could not change it because it was blocked as default, so I start looking into errors. There I found an error regarding the Filter, but was dated long time ago, when the car had around 54k Km, now it has 190k. I have tried to delete it. It asked me if I am willing to choose an ECU Zone. As I've been informed by the same dialog box, ECU has 50 zones and after you fill all those 50, you cannot delete errors anymore. I agreed and pressed OK till the end.

I went back to the Exhaust Line Information and looked at the ''Authorization of regeneration''. This time the value was set to ''Yes''. So basically now the car is "allowed" to do the regeneration, because, I remind you, before it didn't have autorisation! Whom set it like that, I don't know! 

Guess what! I drove to work. No ''Risk of particle filter clogging'' error appear! Drove back, no sign of any error! 

Now, I don't know if it is just a big coincidence that I have never had this error and it happened to come up just now, without any connection with the fact that someone in the service has used the OBD device, or those guys from the Service actually did something to stop the regeneration so I will have to turn back to them to ''fix'' it and take my money for ''reparation'' or, even more likely, for a new filter because ''this one is full''.
I am really waiting for your opinion.

The error that I have deleted in DiagBox :

sâmbătă, 17 octombrie 2020

How to change Instagram Theme to Black? Cum sa iti schimbi tema alba a Instagramului in cea neagra?

 I will explain in few steps how to change the Instagram Theme from the standard one (white) to the black one.

I have changed to Facebook and WhatsApp as well, and today, scrolling through Instagram's Settings, I have noticed that I can set my Instagram to a Black Theme! That's cool! It gives a better look and saves energy :) 

Let's start doing the change : 

1. Open the Instagram App and press on the small circle (bottom-right) of the screen. That will bring you to your profile.

2. You are not looking at your Instagram Profile. Press on those three lines (top -right) of your screen. This will bring you to the Menu of your profile.

3. Press on that gear (bottom-left). This will bring you tho the Settings of your profile.

4. Next step is to press the Theme button. You will be directed to the step number 5 where you can select the Dark Theme.

5. Select Dark and this will automatically change the color of your Instagram background.


O sa eplic in cativa pasi simpli cum puteti schimba tema Instagramului, din cea standard (alba) in cea neagra.

Deja mi-am schimbat tema pentru Facebook si WhatsApp si nu stiam ca si Instagram-ul are aceasta optiune. Astari derulam prin Setarile Instagramului si observ ca da, si aceasta aplicatie are o tema neagra. Imi plac temele negre, plus ca este ''eco friendly'' consuma mai putina baterie decat cea alba.

Haideti sa incepem a explica cum se schimba tema :

1. Deschideti aplicatia Instagram si apasati acel cerculet mic pozitionat in dreapta jos a ecranului. Veti fi directionati catre profilul dumneavoastra.

2. Acum va este afisat profilul dumneavoastra de Instagram. Apasati acele trei liniute situate in dreapta sus a ecranului. Veti ajunge la Meniul profilului dumneavoastra.

3. Apasati acel buton in forma de roata din stanga jos a ecranului. O sa vedeti acum Setarile profilului dumneavoastra.

4. Apasati pe butonu ''Theme'' sau ''tema'' in cazul in care aveti Instagramul in limba romana, si veti fi directionat catre pasul 5, care este si ultimul, unde puteti selecta tema neagra, sau in engleza Dak Theme.

5. Selectati Dark sau ''negru'' si asa ati reusiti sa schimbati fondul aplicatiei Instagram! 

sâmbătă, 5 septembrie 2020

Cum se schimba motorasele de la oglinda la Citroen C5

Am facut prostia si am vrut sa imi montez si eu LED in oglinda, ca sa vad cand isi face masina regenerarea filtrului de particule :)). Insa cand am desfacut oglinda, am rupt un culisaj care era montat pe unul dintre motorasele ce regleaza unghiul oglinzii. Nu faceti ca mine! :))

Sa va zic acum si cum va puteti repara oglinda electrica, in cazul in care ati rupt mecanismul ala cu motoras si cremaliera si acum intampinati aceeasi problema ca si mine.

Vorbim deci despre un Citroen C5, 2010, 2.0, 163 CP, cutie automata (insa acelasi mecanism,sa-l numim repair kit, este compatibil si cu alte automobile din gama PSA, gen Peugeot 206 207 306 307 308 Citroen C2 C3 C4).

Dupa ce am rupt mecanismul culisant, mi-am comandat imediat (din China) un altul. Apropo, timpul de livrare este foarte lung! In tot acest timp am pus niste bucati de cauciuc intre oglinda si carcasa (ca sa tina oglinda fixa in pozitia care iti ofera vizibilitatea necesara conducerii).

Acest mecanism, sau repair kit, este de pe AliExpress si puteti alege dintr-o multime de vanzatori, de unde vi se par preturile mai bune si timpul de livrare mai rapid.

Pasul 1 : Presupunand ca oglinda (sticla) este scoasa, desurubati cele trei subururi cu un torx de 10, apoi deconectati mufa ridicand acei clesti de plastic si impingand-o spre exterior cu o surubelnita mica.

Pasul 2 : Demontati partea rotunda de plastic trangand usor de papuceii aia care o tin blocata si impingand-o dintre oglinda spre exterior. (Sfat : 4 maini sunt mai utile decat doua :))).

Incepeti cu cei care va asigura o pozitie mai usoara de lucru. Dupa ce reusiti sa o scoateti putin, restul incepe sa iasa fara prea mare efort.

Pasul 3 : Conectati apoi mufa la noul mecanism si putem spune ca partea grea a trecut!
Dupa ce ati conectat mufa, puteti mecanismul in pozitia gaurilor (n-aveti cum sa gresiti) si insurubati cele trei subururi cu torxul.

Sfat : pentru a va asigura ca totul functioneaza, puteti tace un mic test de reglare pentru a vedea daca motorasele misca partea de fixare.

Pasul 4 : Acum cand sunteti siguri ca functioneaza, impingeti usor sticla oglinzii pe pozitie, inapoi in carcasa.

Drumuri bune!

duminică, 30 august 2020

How to install Revolut on Huawei Phone | Cum sa instalezi aplicatia Revolut pe un telefon Huawei

Yesterday I have encounter a problem which I did't have before, as well, I could not find any good article to guide me how to install Revolut application on a Huawei phone, so I have decided to write one by myself!

You know that some time ago, Google restricted it's services to the Chinese giant Huawei, so Google Play was removed and Huawei's users could not install the applications in the classic way as before. Anyway, there are methods of how to install back the Google play and run applications from it (I am sure there are a lot of articles on this subject) but the biggest problem you will face is when you search Netflix or, in this case Revolut, and you realise that they don't ever appear on Google Play Store!  This was also my problem! I haven't find it and even on Google if you can find it, when you are redirected to Google Play, it will show you a message that ''Your device isn't compatible with this version''.

Here is the solution : 

Some smart guys have created a website where you can download every version/update released of the (most popular) applications. The website is called APKmirror.com. On this website you will search Revolut and download which version you want. Curently, 30.August.2020, the latest version is 7.14.1.

Steps of installing Revolut on a Huawei phone :

1. Be sure you have previously installed Google Play on your phone. If not, check the internet and have it installed.
2. Go to the APKmirror and download the latest Revolut app version. Save it in a location (the default Downloads folder would be good) which you will know how to get to it later.
3. Go to Google Play Store search and download APK Mirror Installer. It looks like below : 

4. After installing APK Mirror application, open it and then press Browse Files.

5.By default, it opens the default Downloads folder and you can choose from there which version you want to install. At that moment 7.13. was the latest Revolut version. Press on it! It will pop up a screen where you will have to choose Install package.

6. The installation will begin and in a few seconds the system will tell you that it could not be verified by the Huawei AppGallery and you will be asked to search for it in AppGallery. You will press Install Anyway and then when the process is ready, you will be able to open the Revolut application and use it as normal.  

By the way, the same process works for Netflix as well.