Mondeo provides new light
The windscreen washers give up the ghost, followed by the reversing lights
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.