It’s an elec­tri­cal storm

Practical Classics (UK) - - YOUR SHOUT - Jon Mercer, War­wick

Re­gard­ing Matt Tomkins’ ‘Start­ing Han­dle’ col­umn on ECUS (PC, Oct 18), he is right that the high cost of OE re­place­ment ECUS can write-off oth­er­wise per­fectly ser­vice­able modern clas­sics.

How­ever, I have found that there are a num­ber of firms now that will re­pair or ex­change ECUS for a rea­son­able cost. My daugh­ter’s Fo­cus MKI was suf­fer­ing from the very com­mon is­sue of the in­stru­ment clus­ter in­ter­mit­tently go­ing hay­wire and all the di­als drop­ping to zero with var­i­ous warn­ing lights com­ing on. The clus­ter is an ECU in it­self on the Fo­cus, with ev­ery­thing con­nected on a CAN bus, but most is­sues are caused by dry solder joints or sim­ple com­po­nents like ca­pac­i­tors or re­sis­tors fail­ing.

I sent it to a firm called ECU Test­ing who re­built it and sent it back for £80+ VAT, guar­an­teed for as long as I keep the car.

Dodgy ECUS are be­com­ing com­mon.

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