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Nelson

non breakdown erk

The Mondeo has developed a very random small fault but one where the part required is a tenner but labour will be 40

I noticed when Julie was reversing into a parking space as I was sat in my living room that my reversing lights weren't working, having to reverse slightly uphill meant I could discount her just placing the car in neutral and rolling back into the space, so I went out and checked and asked to put the car in reverse and behold no illumination from the rear lights

thinking it was just a bulb issue, I did query on the way to the garage why both had gone at once, where they linked to the same wiring if one blew could it effect the other, doubt it

So new bulbs duly acquired and mounted, but still no illumination.

A quick look at the fuse showed this wasn't the cause but a wiring test showed that there was no live feed to the particular bulb

As it turns out there is a switch/resistor whatever you call it on the gearbox housing which is prone to failure

Problem is getting to it. Garage informs me that they will have to remove the battery and the battery tray and maybe undo some connectors to get to the switch, won't take them long at all, but still for a simple fault it's going to cost me the best part of 50

Rather annoyed
gonnabuildabuggy

Re: non breakdown erk

Nelson wrote:
Problem is getting to it. Garage informs me that I will have to remove the battery and the battery tray and maybe undo some connectors to get to the switch, won't take me long at all, so for a simple fault it's going to save me the best part of 40 to do it myself

Feeling go about saving money


FYP.

Seriously it's about 30 mins to 60 mins work and you're not working full time at present.

What's to lose with having a go yourself?

None of that sounds complicated, and not requiring much in the way of tools.

Wait until you have to replace a headlamp bulb on a Focus, that's 15 mins work for something that used to be 2 mins. Ford designed out bulb replacement in 1998 I learnt but then it's either drive something billy basic like a 1985 Maestro or get the benefits of modern technology and crash structures.
Nelson

Re: non breakdown erk

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:
Nelson wrote:
Problem is getting to it. Garage informs me that I will have to remove the battery and the battery tray and maybe undo some connectors to get to the switch, won't take me long at all, so for a simple fault it's going to save me the best part of 40 to do it myself

Feeling go about saving money


FYP.

Seriously it's about 30 mins to 60 mins work and you're not working full time at present.

What's to lose with having a go yourself?

None of that sounds complicated, and not requiring much in the way of tools.

Wait until you have to replace a headlamp bulb on a Focus, that's 15 mins work for something that used to be 2 mins. Ford designed out bulb replacement in 1998 I learnt but then it's either drive something billy basic like a 1985 Maestro or get the benefits of modern technology and crash structures.


I like your FYP, funny, and sadly without my fault I am working less hours, which I am not proud of and wish my situation was different which is making me feel really low about myself, but I have all the technical ability of a blind one handed arthritic Baboon and all the tools of a Caveman.

I'm all too aware of how elongated and laborious changing a headlight bulb is now...on the Mondeo it's a grille off, headlamp out, connectors off, replace bulb and reverse
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Count yourself lucky.... on almost all the cars I have owned the reverse light switch has failed. On the Mk 1 Scenic, it's an engine-and-gearbox-out job to change it so I had to wait a good few years until the clutch needed doing before it was changed.  The garage doing the work didn't charge extra labour for the swap of old-to-new switch (I had already got the part but then found out that it was impossible to fit at home!)
Nelson

All fixed...had some more work done too

reversing light fault was caused by a faulty switch, handily located atop the gearbox, replaced at a unit cost of 11+vat and all working now

I also had the EGR valve removed and cleaned, won't do anything to improve performance but I can notice a difference at idle revs, the engine does sound a lot smoother

And finally, we have got to the bottom of the over cooling, more the temperature gauge that wouldn't read anymore than a third (just out of the cold zone) even after a good long run and some revs.

Turns out there is a thermostat on the oil cooler, not just the water cooler. The water cooler thermostat was changed last year and made no difference...so oil cooler thermostat changed and low and behold it works, gauge now stays steady at it's normal warm horizontal position after a few miles and the car runs smoother now. I can feel a positive difference. Coolant added, so total cost inc. labour came to 180.

It might be 11 years old now, but with only 88k miles it's still an incredibly capable car and perfect for what we want

4 new tyres in the summer and I think one of the rear wheel bearings in making a faint whine that I can just hear if I don't have the radio on so that will be attended to soon
Stuntman

That's the downside with older cars, bits wear out or drop off and it costs you.  The upside is they don't cost you very much in depreciation.  Glad you're still enjoying the car and I hope the financial pain stops for a while.

Keep looking after it and keep smiling when you drive it.

gonnabuildabuggy

Glad all sorted now. And for less the the monthly payment on a new Focus.
Roadsterstu

 Excellent. Still at the cheaper to repairr than replace point so carry on and enjoy!
PG

Sounds like a good outcome. When the bills run into potential thousands on an old car you maybe in trouble. But a few hundred here and there pales against the cost of a replacement.

Doesn't stop us all looking at Autotrader for hours a day mind....
Skyhook

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Humphrey The Pug

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