Mon­deo pro­vides new light

The wind­screen wash­ers give up the ghost, fol­lowed by the re­vers­ing lights

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - JAMES SADLIER MAN­AG­ING EDI­TOR

Just when I thought I’d have a trou­ble­free week with the Mon­deo I’m was struck with two is­sues – one mi­nor, and one that would fail an MoT.

My first prob­lem was that the wind­screen washer noz­zles on the near­side weren’t spray­ing – some­how they’d ended up blocked. So I man­aged to find a nee­dle and be­gan to poke away at the clogged noz­zle. Af­ter a few at­tempts I fi­nally man­aged to get some washer spray­ing – in the di­rec­tion of a few peo­ple stand­ing not far from the Mon­deo. To pre­vent an­gry wet peo­ple de­scend­ing on me, I quickly re­aligned the noz­zle to spray in the di­rec­tion of my half-dirty wind­screen. Suc­cess! Af­ter all the test­ing I re­alised that I’d ex­hausted all the washer fluid so I topped up the tank and moved on to the next job.

When park­ing the Mon­deo re­cently I’d no­ticed that the near­side rear lamp clus­ter wasn’t il­lu­mi­nat­ing. I ques­tioned whether my car only had one re­vers­ing light but peel­ing back the panel re­vealed a very burnt out bulb.

I drove down to Hal­fords in search of a re­place­ment – a sim­ple job you might think. To my shock there was a sea of vary­ing light bulbs for sale, so I had to ask one of the shop at­ten­dants to help me lo­cate the right one for my car. Such a sim­ple thing...ap­par­ently one bulb does NOT fit all! £2.50 later and I had the cor­rect item. I dashed back out to the car to get it fit­ted, and in the ab­sence of a handy re­flec­tive win­dow, the kind peo­ple at Hal­fords were able to in­form me that it was work­ing. Great, I’m now able to re­verse legally.

Chang­ing a bulb isn’t ex­actly an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge, but does go to show just how sim­ple some of these jobs can be on older ve­hi­cles. The staff at Hal­fords in­formed me that the same job on a mod­ern ve­hi­cle would take much longer be­cause the cur­rent fit­tings are much more com­plex

So there you have it – clas­sic cars: 1, mod­ern cars: 0!

One burnt-out bulb in need of re­place­ment. The rear light clus­ter with the panel de­tatched. Get­ting to the failed bulb was easy. Fi­nally fluid flows. Af­ter a a quick fid­dle it was even point­ing at the wind­screen... All that trial-and-er­ror drained the fluid tank. A few pints later and it’s topped up.

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