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A relative had this Mondeo, it’s been off the road six months and is a bit green. It also had two flat tyres. On the upside, it’s a 2.0 TDCi, six speed manual and in posh Titanium spec with the heated/cooled seats.

Interior benefitted from the attention of a wet and dry cleaner to remove the mould:

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This is also an issue:

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Its electrically dead. I did have it running at my relative’s house the other day, but that was off a big booster pack. The battery itself registered less than 1v on the meter, so the charger/conditioner is on it to try and recover the battery. Priced a new one up just in case, £80 isn’t too bad for one. 

Plan is to put it on the road and daily it for a while, hopefully it just needs a couple of droplinks, a battery and a damn good clean on the outside before chucking it through a test. After that the Fabia will be surplus to requirements, so very definitely for sale.

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1 hour ago, sierraman said:

Once a battery has dropped to that level it’s fucking fucked. Top tip, I’d syphon the PAS fluid out and make sure the filter is clear, common fault with them. 

That’s pretty much what I reckon, but before I go spending on a battery I’d at least like to try and get it running and moving without a jump pack permanently attached, just to check for any other issues before I start spending on it. The idea is free fixes first, make sure it’s viable, then make a shopping list.

PAS - now therein lies a story. I’ve known the vehicle since it was almost new and over its life the car has had a couple of racks and pumps - not ideal for a car with less than 150,000 miles on the clock. Last time around the pump, rack and pipework all got replaced and is theoretically now good.  However, I don’t know if the reservoir was changed. If it looks even remotely dirty it’s getting swapped for a new one and a full fluid change just to make sure.

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New battery in, success:

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Well, sort of. Got to work out why the ABS light is on, and fix some of the minor issues like lights that are apparently malfunctioning but appear to work fine (maybe not CANBUS compatible) and low screenwash (even though the tank is full) - probably the sender unit is stuck. 

Spot the difference:

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Quick scrub with some degreaser, don’t like working around a dirty engine bay.

Need to buy some mould remover too:

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55 minutes ago, 83C said:

New battery in, success:

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Well, sort of. Got to work out why the ABS light is on, and fix some of the minor issues like lights that are apparently malfunctioning but appear to work fine (maybe not CANBUS compatible) and low screenwash (even though the tank is full) - probably the sender unit is stuck. 

Spot the difference:

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Quick scrub with some degreaser, don’t like working around a dirty engine bay.

Need to buy some mould remover too:

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You may even find that once the car is moved the ABS light will go out of its own accord.  With no stored data because the battery has been flat to refer to it may want to see a valid speed signal before it will declare the system good.

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Took it for a drive on a private road, didn’t clear the ABS/TC lights. Maybe a sensor has corroded or failed. Needs chucking on a diagnostic machine.

DPF - er, yeah. Less said about that the better, but it shouldn’t be causing any issues.

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A minor diversion from the Mondeo. I’ve been aware for a while of a squeaking/rubbing noise of some sort from the back of the Range Rover. Obviously I waited until the temperature was fucking freezing before deciding to do anything about it, but with the impending OMG SNO KAOS and the distant possibility that I might actually need a vehicle more capable of dealing with 3mm of icy slush forced my hand. 

Some gentle trundling back and forth revealed that the noise was from the o/s/r wheel, but not related to the discs or pads. So, wheel and disc off and investigate. 

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Oh dear. What the picture doesn’t show is the remains of the locating pin from the shoe nearest that fell out as soon as the disc came off, and the fact that the other one was held in place with a speaker screw and clip on the outside of the backplate. None of the local factors seemed to have anything suitable either as replacements, which is a bugger.

Into the big box of random fixings then, for two M6x40 bolts plus four nuts. Obviously the intention wasn’t to clamp them in place, but the slots in the shoes were massaged with a small file and the last 5mm of thread at the head end of the bolts treated similarly. They were then slotted through the shoes and the backplate, and two nuts on each locked together to allow movement of the shoes. It’s not a perfect fix but it works:

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Lastly, shout out for these:

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They are all of the ossum for working on stuff - great feel and warm. I got mine from here: https://badobsessionmotorsport.co.uk/product-category/mechanix/the-original-range/

Probably not the cheapest supplier but I don’t mind supporting them.

More Mondeo nonsense over the next few days. Probably.

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On 1/16/2023 at 4:07 PM, sierraman said:

Failing that get it loaded on Forscan. Will want a good run to clear the DPF, if it’s still there... again Forscan will tell you this. 

@sierraman, where is best to get Forscan from and does it need any extra hardware? Seen a load of different options on ebay but no idea if they're the right thing or not. Most seem to come with a USB plug on one end, normally these sorts of thing don't play nice with a MacBook and most of the adverts aren't clear on whether Forscan will or won't. 

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That’s a bugger, I’ve not got any old laptops - got rid of my old computer stuff years ago. 

I’ll get a generic code reader, all I want is to read the ABS codes. The DPF shouldn’t be an issue.

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Mondeo progress delayed due to Amazon fuckwittery. I ordered a code reader to be delivered to my local Amazon collection point, which is the local shop according to Amazon. Checked the order this evening to find it had been rejected and was being returned for a refund. Went down the shop to be told 'we're not an Amazon Hub, never have been because we don't have the kit to scan the parcels in' so now I've got to wait for the parcel to be returned for a refund in hopefully 2-3 working days. Fucking awesome.

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2 hours ago, 83C said:

Mondeo progress delayed due to Amazon fuckwittery. I ordered a code reader to be delivered to my local Amazon collection point, which is the local shop according to Amazon. Checked the order this evening to find it had been rejected and was being returned for a refund. Went down the shop to be told 'we're not an Amazon Hub, never have been because we don't have the kit to scan the parcels in' so now I've got to wait for the parcel to be returned for a refund in hopefully 2-3 working days. Fucking awesome.

Never had that b4. To the door, local store or locker (preferred). No problems so far 

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5 hours ago, High Jetter said:

Never had that b4. To the door, local store or locker (preferred). No problems so far 

Oh it gets better.

Tried to do an online chat with Amazon to see if it could be resolved that way, maybe get the parcel redirected. I don’t think the person at the other end understood me at any point in the conversation. I got sent info and help links for how to use the Amazon lockers (it was sent to a post office), then they tried advising that it was me who rejected the parcel, then that it was rejected because I selected an incorrect address… 

Finally seemed to get some sort of acceptance that it was an Amazon problem rather than anything I’d done, so I asked if the refund could be done immediately. They offered to try and process the refund within 5-7 working days (the Orders page says refunded 2-3 working days after the parcel is returned), so that was a waste of time too. Gave up in the end, and this morning woke up to an email from Amazon with a user guide on accessibility for their Locker service which isn’t the fucking problem because I didn’t use the locker service. I wanted it delivered to the local shop half a mile from my house because that was the most convenient place they offered. Given that they have all the details of how the order was placed and where it was ordered to, it’s a bit of a shitshow all round.

Bah. Fuck Bezos and his stupid fucking ‘worlds most customer-centric company’. It’d be a lot more customer-centric if they actually understood the customer.

 

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5 hours ago, 83C said:

Oh it gets better.

Tried to do an online chat with Amazon to see if it could be resolved that way, maybe get the parcel redirected. I don’t think the person at the other end understood me at any point in the conversation. I got sent info and help links for how to use the Amazon lockers (it was sent to a post office), then they tried advising that it was me who rejected the parcel, then that it was rejected because I selected an incorrect address… 

Finally seemed to get some sort of acceptance that it was an Amazon problem rather than anything I’d done, so I asked if the refund could be done immediately. They offered to try and process the refund within 5-7 working days (the Orders page says refunded 2-3 working days after the parcel is returned), so that was a waste of time too. Gave up in the end, and this morning woke up to an email from Amazon with a user guide on accessibility for their Locker service which isn’t the fucking problem because I didn’t use the locker service. I wanted it delivered to the local shop half a mile from my house because that was the most convenient place they offered. Given that they have all the details of how the order was placed and where it was ordered to, it’s a bit of a shitshow all round.

Bah. Fuck Bezos and his stupid fucking ‘worlds most customer-centric company’. It’d be a lot more customer-centric if they actually understood the customer.

 

I've had exactly the same problem with EVRI (Hermes). Turned out the courier was rejecting it because he knew the shop wouldn't accept it. A right fucking farce getting my parcel (last one was a code reader), you have my sympathy.

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