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Paul L 11th July 2020 17:23

It has been a while
Things have been a bit hectic lately on the working from home front.

I've also spend a lot of time digging holes for some new trees in the garden.

Which means I haven't been out for a drive since my last update in May. :icon_sad:

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New Car Cover
Holes had started appearing all over my old cover.

So I bought a new one from Ebay.

These covers all seem to last just a little bit longer than the 1 year warranty. :rolleyes:

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Firing up the engine
Last week, I finally had the chance to start the car.

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Belated Happy 40th Birthday
My donor Spitfire was 'born' in April 1980, so I'd missed her 40th Birthday a few months back.

My tax was due for renewal at the end of July, so I've only got 6 months this time, instead of 12.

As January 2021 should be when I can apply to switch into the Historic Tax class = £0.

I will also check the VHI rules again and see if I can apply for that too.

I still need an MOT for my insurance and would get one anyway for peace of mind.

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Electrical Problem
Today, I thought I'd try to get to the bottom of why my front driver's side indicator no longer works.

Although, as soon as I stepped outside, the dark clouds arrived.

So I figured I'd just unwrap the front of the car.

I'd already checked the bulb, so I knew that wasn't the problem.

I started looking at the connectors and found two wires had come loose. :icon_evil:

So I unpicked the connectors and reattached them to the wires.
(Sorry the photos aren't great.)

Unfortunately, this didn't fix the problem, so I kept looking and found another loose connection.

But this didn't fix the problem either.

Then I removed the indicator from the body shell so I could check the inside.

That all looked OK, so I connected this indicator to the wiring for the passenger side.

So the indicator housing isn't the problem, so I am currently stumped.

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Help Requested
Based on the following, does anyone have a suggestion of what I should check / try next?

Left indicator switch on:
- Both front and rear indicators light up and flash

Right indicator switch on:
- Rear indicator lights up, but doesn't flash
- Front indicator doesn't light up

Hazard lights on:
- Both front and rear passenger indicators light up and flash
- Rear driver's side indicator lights up and flashes
- Front indicator doesn't light up

Answers on a postcard to the usual address.


Paul. :)

molleur 11th July 2020 18:53

back to the original issue.
In the past I have installed indicator bulbs incorrectly, polarity reversed. They will go in either way.
try removing that bulb and re-install. Hope that helps.

wharfedale 11th July 2020 19:09

earth always with plastic cars !!!

wharfedale 11th July 2020 19:12


Originally Posted by molleur (Post 104757)
back to the original issue.
In the past I have installed indicator bulbs incorrectly, polarity reversed. They will go in either way.
try removing that bulb and re-install. Hope that helps.

bulbs work either way !!!

HouseMartin 11th July 2020 19:49

What happens when you remove the rear drivers side indicator bulb?
just wondering if the problem is the rear taking all the current, so the front does not light.

Paul L 12th July 2020 05:24

Molleur, Wharfedale & HouseMartin – Thanks for the suggestions gentlemen. :cool:

Bulb - The bulb is definitely working.
See last photo above where the driver’s side indicator bulb is plugged into the passenger side wiring.

However, the reason you can see the bulb is on is another failure mode I forgot to list. :rolleyes:

Front right indicator housing plugged into front left wiring and left indicator switched on.
- Both front and rear left indicators light up, but neither flash.

Initially, I thought this was due to the fact there were unconnected wires on the right side.
(Where I had disconnected the front indicator.)

When I reconnected both the front indicators to their original wiring, the left worked as normal.
(At which point I tried the hazard switch and got the result previously listed.)

Earth – I may have missed a trick here.
I checked the earth wire was still securely joined to the ‘ring’ connector at the earthing point.
However, I didn’t check if there was no break in the wire between the earthing point and the indicator.
I could also run a separate piece of spare wire to earth as another way of checking this.

Rear Light – I didn’t think to remove the rear bulb, but I will add that to my experiments.

And finally…
We have some friends coming around today for a socially distanced visit in our back garden.
(First time since lock down began.)

So, I might not be able to play with the car today, but I’ll try to get to the bottom of this during the week.

Given the fact I have already removed the front indicator from the driver’s side…
I might also remove the front passenger side too.
That way, I can swap them both around and then see what happens.

Cheers, Paul. :)

Paul L 20th August 2020 19:54

Nothing to see here
Over a month since my last post and I haven't had a chance to work on the car.
(Too busy WFH at the moment, which, overall, has to be a good thing in these crazy times.)

As least I've managed to start the car a couple of times, this was earlier today.

Hopefully, I'll get a chance to get back out on the road before the Summer disappears completely. :rolleyes:

Take care,

Paul. :)

Dpaz 20th August 2020 22:28

On my S1 landrover, I have an aluminium panel that is pop riveted to the body and is now not electrically connected. First rule of caravan (aluminium) electrics, check the earth. A lead from the battery negative-earth to troublesome fitting. As Wharfdale said it is always the earth, so check it first. If it doesn't work leave it on until you find the fault then remove it. It might be the earth as well. I know, I've been there! Good luck Stay safe.

Paul L 26th October 2020 07:50

Dpaz - A belated thank you for your reply. :cool:

I really need to pull my finger out and fix this now, as my MOT expires in a few weeks.

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2020 - What a year!
I can't quite believe that the last time I drove my car was back in May.

However, that would explain why the battery didn't have enough juice to start the engine the other day.

I also needed my wife's help to push the car back as the brake were sticking too.
(Need to sweep up all the leaves underneath it.)

Battery out for charging.

Rather than struggle to push it back, I just left it where it was.

With a fully charged battery, I was able to start the car. :cool:

I could also drive it back and forth on the driveway to free up the brakes.

I can't drive it on the road until I re-fit the front indicator.

Hopefully, by the time I've fixed the electrics, they will have replaced my driveway.

Anyway, I hope all is well.

I'll try to post some belated replies to other threads this week too.

Take care, Paul. :)

Dpaz 26th October 2020 08:56

Hi Paul, these days it sometimes seems too much effort to scratch your bum! If you battery is a bit inaccesible like my Locust, put a heavy lead from the battery to a terminal post. It saved me a lot of hassle with jump leads. Stay safe!

Paul L 31st October 2020 07:34

Dpaz - Thankfully the battery is very easy to get to.

Unfortunately, between work and the weather I still haven't worked on the car. :icon_sad:

At least I've finished this year's pumpkin.

Happy Halloween!

Cheers, Paul. :)

Lucky@LeMans 31st October 2020 09:14

That looks really good for all the wrong reasons !

CarNoob 2nd November 2020 08:55

Great pumpkin one of the most original

Paul L 24th December 2020 14:53

Hope you are all keeping well.

I'll post a proper update after Christmas, but I hope you can make the most of it this year.

Take care, Paul. :)

"This is only one more sleep 'til Christmas."

molleur 24th December 2020 17:40

Happy Christmas Paul. All the best to all!

Mister Towed 24th December 2020 18:26

Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy(er) New Year!

deni 25th December 2020 11:11

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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