I've been driving and trying to do the odd job to maintain the various cars I've owned,for over forty years. Easy things like bulbs, oil changes, replacing the air filter, servicing the brakes, more out of necessity (cost) than ability. I even managed to strip an engine and gearbox on a 2 litre Triumph Vitesse and get it going again when cars were simple to work on. I have enjoyed it on occasions, but not when it's dark, pi**ing down and essential that the car is required at that moment. <?: prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
Last night I was trying to be a good samaratin and used my air pump to inflate my neighbour's tyres to the required pressure. I didn't think I would need to run the engine for this task as the automatic has a beefy battery, so I just used the cigarette lighter and battery to perform this gallant duty.
Went out to do some errands this afternoon and the car wouldn't even turn over. All I got was a clicking from a relay somewhere in the deepest and darkest left hand side of the footwell or engine bay somewhere. All the required lights came on, the radio as well, just not enough juice to turn her over.
Of course my son and daughter deny having my jump leads so no luck there then. No bother I'll just lift out the battery and put it on charge. Well it went from bad to worse, it started falling from the heavens didn't it, that's all I needed, oh well, let's persevere and get the battery out. Well, look at that, the battery is well hidden away back there, that's a great place to put it. There's another thing, how do you get the blo**dy thing out with that box it's in and the air filter? Surely I don't have to remove all that?
I ended up refering to the "Owner's Manual", nothing at all. That's good, let's try the forum. I did find a post which said I did have to remove all those things, but not how!!!! By this time I was ready to place the car on E-bay.
I went tomy new "Haynes Manual" and found out how to remove the battery, easy peasy..... It's not. What were Ford playing at, placing the battery in such a position. Their designers should be, in the words of the Great God Clarkson, "SHOT".......... Whatever possessed them to put a battery there, where it will cost you at least one or two hours labour at a garagejust to "CHANGE A BATTERY" for GOD'S SAKE?
Luckily another one of my neighbours hadrecovered after laughing so much watching me in the pouring rain, hetook pity on me and produced a set of jump leads, (possibly mine, but I couldn't prove it).I re-connected the battery, replaced the holding bar, replaced the air filter topand gave it a turn, thankfully it started. I gave the car a wee run along the dual carriageway towards Dumbarton and everything seems o.k. The EPB warning went out after a few minutes and all I have to do now is re-code the radio, I hope that's easy enough.
Well. I'm glad to have got that off my chest or I was ready to hit someone, what a stupid thing to do. Ford got that one wrong, very wrong, very very wrong. I wonder if my battery is going to last the winter. If I have to change the battery it might be touch and go if I replace the whole car with it.