Ford’s feeling flat and deflated
Three wheels on James’s wagon – and there’s not a service station in sight
1994 FORD MONDEO 1.8 GLX
I’ve had very little to worry about since buying the Mondeo in November because it’s in fantastic condition for its age. I’ve been quite lucky with regards to reliability too – until now.
I set off for the Stibbington Diner classic car meet one Sunday morning and thought that the car felt a little more sluggish than usual – certainly, it felt like I was fighting it more than I needed to around roundabouts and corners. I put it down to nothing more sinister than dodgy Cambridgeshire roads and carried on to the classic meet.
As I arrived, I was immediately gutted to spot a Ford Cortina MkV exiting the car park. I would have loved to line the two Ford family cars up together – all we would have needed to complete the collection was an early Sierra. However, I was soon distracted by a Triumph TR7 convertible and a Lotus Elan +2 and their proud owners. I thought that they wouldn’t be particularly enamoured of my 1990s saloon, given their much older British metal, but they both shared their memories of how much the Mondeo had improved on the Sierra 24 years ago.
Associate editor David Brown then noticed that the Mondeo’s nearside rear tyre looked extremely flat, which would explain the sluggish drive on the drive to Stibbington. I didn’t think that the Mondeo would make it to a service station, worried that it would go completely flat en route. But before I could fret too much, David returned with a Ring Automotive air compressor, plugged it into the cigarette lighter socket and set the psi. It started pumping away and had the tyre back up to its correct pressure in just a few minutes. Much to my relief, it was still fine after I’d enjoyed a good feed in the diner.
Why, I was so impressed, I bought the compressor!
DB gets to work. The tyre was back to its normal pressure within minutes.
The Mondeo basks in the classic glow of a Triumph TR7 and Lotus Elan +2.
I’m not racing anything with go-faster stripes like that!