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This time with the car.

The new-to-us Mondeo has a duff boot release switch, you know the touch pad on the tailgate.

A quick investigation shows the microswitch has terminal internal corrosion - all internal contacts fell to bits as soon as I touched them :(



There are no suitably sized replacements on the bay of e or Maplins & heaven knows how much Ford would charge for the complete unit..?
A bit of a ponder then a rare lightbulb moment.... a quick rummage in the garage turns up a pack of small round waterproof switches sourced from China for another project (I was going to fit a carb/fuel pump prime to the vfr & Vara)

Utilising an existing hole that was blanked by a grommet, the new switch fitted perfectly & quite unobtrusively

Internal view, also showing the fitted switch, a spare switch next to the defunct item and cut off loom ready to be soldered:




External view:



I just need to solder the wires, heatshrink & lather the lot in Waxoil :)

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Thank god there is done other lunatic out there :D

I did this with my wife's Micra. Boot wouldn't work. Got micro switch from Maplin.
The cover for the genuine is rubber, so fabricated my own from inner tube. Worked a treat.

Turned out to be the connector elsewhere in the end!!

Good job though Phil, Scrapheap a Challenge next.
 

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great job and it makes it more your own when you work on them . I was only looking at diesel ford mondeos on donedeal.ie im half thinking of buying one around 03 or that lovely looking comfortable car and parts are cheaper for fords than the likes of Toyota .
 

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Cheers for the comments all :)
if i was to do a round the world trip, i would want an ugly shandy drinker and a windmill on the trip :)
impressive ingenuity.
Cheers, I dunno about ingenuity, tight more like :)
great job and it makes it more your own when you work on them . I was only looking at diesel ford mondeos on donedeal.ie im half thinking of buying one around 03 or that lovely looking comfortable car and parts are cheaper for fords than the likes of Toyota .
I was a diesel man through & through, modern common rails are great - till they go wrong then they are just expensive!
Liking the idea of a fuel pump priming switch after a few days lay off.
Yeah, not got round to doing it but shoild be great for bikes used infrequently.
 

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if i was to do a round the world trip, i would want an ugly shandy drinker and a windmill on the trip :)
impressive ingenuity.
I just like to try things, I'm no where near as clever as some of the fabricators on here.

Reminds me though of my honeymoon. We were in a minibus on a short safari and they discovered a hole bigger than a pencil in the bottom of the petrol tank. I asked the women on the bus if any had a lillet. This would have worked perfectly and swelled to fit. Alas no lillets, so a bit of cloth cloth was jammed in to limp home.
 

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Do you really think any self respecting female would rummage in her hand bag for that!

Switch soldered, all fitted and working a treat, lets see if it does another 12 years :)

 

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At it again! For a moment I thought you meant something else Phil. ;):D


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Older Ford's any good ?

I drive a 2003 Golf estate (PD engine, 130), love it to bits but VW's are overpriced expensive to repair and maybe not as well built as people would lead you to believe.

I just can't bring myself to buy a Ford :rolleyes:
 

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I'll say it again Phil ---- are you sure you haven't got Scottish blood in your veins ????? :D


Nice one sunshine :thumbright:
I believe there may bit of Scottish ancestry in there, mix it with a dollop of Yorkshire & an agricultural upbringing. It ain't going to end well is it ;)

Older Ford's any good ?

I drive a 2003 Golf estate (PD engine, 130), love it to bits but VW's are overpriced expensive to repair and maybe not as well built as people would lead you to believe.

I just can't bring myself to buy a Ford :rolleyes:
Older Fords any good?

Dunno, ask me in a few years'!!!

It does drive beautifully but it seems you can get a good 'un or a bad 'un of pretty much anything nowadays irrespective of age or brand, Transalps excluded of course ;)
I (well several of the family) put 240k on a fiesta 1.6 diesel a few years' back, it only ever let us down once - when a cv joint collapsed about 30 yards from the house! My bro was using it quite a bit at the time and it 'just happened' no warning nothing - aparently.... :/
Ford wouldn't honour the warranty after 220k.
B'stards.

The engine was untouched & perfect.
I replaced it with a 1.8 Escort TD which was truly dreadful (not from a build or reliability point) so was moved on rather quickly.....
I always liked the Audi 80tdi but every one I looked at (~4 yr 90k) had issues - rumbles & whines & generally felt a bit doggy so bought a 1 year old ex hire Rover 220 diesel which never had an issue after 120k, don't think the same could be said of an Audi starting at 90k.
That and a few other 'things' have put me off German stuff in general but hey ho.

Anyway, I'm rambling & talking crap now,
I thought you loved the Golf anyway?

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I believe there may bit of Scottish ancestry in there, mix it with a dollop of Yorkshire & an agricultural upbringing. It ain't going to end well is it ;)



Older Fords any good?

Dunno, ask me in a few years'!!!

It does drive beautifully but it seems you can get a good 'un or a bad 'un of pretty much anything nowadays irrespective of age or brand, Transalps excluded of course ;)
I (well several of the family) put 240k on a fiesta 1.6 diesel a few years' back, it only ever let us down once - when a cv joint collapsed about 30 yards from the house! My bro was using it quite a bit at the time and it 'just happened' no warning nothing - aparently.... :/
Ford wouldn't honour the warranty after 220k.
B'stards.

The engine was untouched & perfect.
I replaced it with a 1.8 Escort TD which was truly dreadful (not from a build or reliability point) so was moved on rather quickly.....
I always liked the Audi 80tdi but every one I looked at (~4 yr 90k) had issues - rumbles & whines & generally felt a bit doggy so bought a 1 year old ex hire Rover 220 diesel which never had an issue after 120k, don't think the same could be said of an Audi starting at 90k.
That and a few other 'things' have put me off German stuff in general but hey ho.

Anyway, I'm rambling & talking crap now,
I thought you loved the Golf anyway?

Phil
Oh feck off:rolleyes::cool::D
 
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