1994 FORD MONDEO GLX
I’m not one for getting my hands dirty when it comes to car maintenance, but I equally resent putting my hand in my pocket when I know I’m just about clever enough to do a job myself.
The Mondeo needs a service, so I set out to see if I could tackle the job one stage at a time – and how much money I could save. First job – air filter. I’ve no idea when the last one was fitted, so I decided to ‘air’ on the side of caution and buried my head in a Mondeo Haynes manual for a few minutes before deciding that it was an easy enough job to do myself.
Getting at the old filter simply involved releasing a collection of clips on the filter casing; this was already easier than some of the screw fittings I’d seen on other cars – great! Given the age of the car, the clips were quite corroded and I worried that one touch might be enough to cause them to disintegrate. However, they’re made of stronger stuff and I was able to get to the well-used air filter, albeit after almost losing one of the clips when it suddenly pinged off and landed perilously close to a drain.
Brimming with confidence, I drove down to my local motor factor and bought a new air filter for a piffling £4.99. Back home, I unclipped the plastic housing as before (having taken care to park well away from any drains), swapped the old dirty filter for the new one and clipped the lid back on. Easier than Lego.
Now a few of you are probably thinking just how easy it is to maintain your classic in such a way, but these are my first baby steps into car DIY and I’m loving it. Admittedly, this is probably the easiest job I’ll ever have to do on the Mondeo, but bring it on – I want to do more now, which is probably just as well, because the Mondeo still needs the rest of its service doing. But for now, part one of many is complete.
Spot the new filter – and less than a fiver!
Clips were stronger than they looked.