TLDR: the Philips Ultinon Pro9000 LED bulbs produce a similar (and excellent) level of brightness, colour and beam pattern as the earlier Philips Gen2 LED bulbs. Now with CANbus compatibility and a smaller and simpler bulb package the new bulbs are a heck of a lot easier to install (although still not entirely hassle free).
Update: These bulbs are now listed on Amazon (you can preorder for when they will be back in stock on the 19th of December).
I have posted a number of questions to CTEK customer support over the last couple of years in regards to using my charger on different battery types (the user guide is light on info). Info on the web is also lacking, or sometimes incorrect (many car forums carry inaccurate info). So I compiled this guide as a personal reference and to help others. Whilst it is written primarily for the CTEK MXS 5.0 charger, much of the information will still be relevant for other charger types.
If your key fob is starting to look old and worn, it’s fairly easy to swap the gadgetry inside over to a brand new key body. I made a video, below, that shows the process and a text summary of the steps involved can be found below it, as well as a link to the key fob that I bought from Aliexpress.
Right now in ‘Lockdown’ many are finding the time to do the jobs that don’t usually get done. I’ve never seen so many of my neighbours cars looking clean. So here’s my contribution to getting your wheels sparkling, as well as making sure they are easy to maintain throughout the rest of the year.
This guide, in my humble opinion, strikes the right balance between ease and aesthetics. It requires an annual ‘deep clean and protect’ that gets them looking great and then a simple and fast way to keep them looking that way at each service wash, without the need for harsh cleaning.