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#16 jeebowhite

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:36 PM

Thanks for all the (helpful) responses so far guys :D - to be honest, I was a bit more concerned given the nature it went pop!

I replaced the battery with the old and it lived, I took the battery back to EuroCarParts and they replaced it, the car has been fine since!

The only thing to do now is take it back and get them to put a working key / barrel combination on the boot!

I recieved the V5 today and saw 4 former owners :S shouldnt be anything to worry about im sure but will be nice to see the end of the niggles :D

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#17 jeebowhite

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:41 AM

well, Its irritating me again this morning. Its been fine for over a week now, then this morning, put the key in the trip computer was lit, turned to kick the car into life and blackout...

Theres something else here, its weird that the alternator is / was kicking out sufficient charge, so either my choice and trust im Bosch batteries is misplaced or something else is awry.

Taking the car back to the garage, and giving them three days to resolve it, as I need the car back on Thursday for a long weekend, I dont see how it could take longer than that to resolve the issue.

I suppose the next question is warranty based. They offer a three month warranty on Parts and Labour. however, my question is if they fail to resolve the issue, would I be within my rights to get the vehicle diagnosed by say a Ford Dealer / specialist and demand a reimbursement from the dealer...?

If this keeps going I sense a full refund under the sale of goods act...

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:42 PM

Well it took a while but I am finally starting to trust the car. so.... to start, it worked out that there was a few issues...

1) the battery was loose in the well... The battery was sliding around which meant that
2) the terminals where not overly secured to the battery electrodes in the first place, the battery slid, and this meant that the cables and the connectors where stationary, couldn't really move with it and so ended up slipping off the top of the electrode, with only about 20% contact and this meant it wouldnt charge
3) the reason that the car just blacked out, is because there was insufficient contact with the electrodes, the nut has vibrated loose, and subsequently the cable and its contacts had widened, reducing further the contact, but giving the appearance of being connected... When I got it jump started, the crimps were applied to the contacts and squeezed them against the electrode, applying full connection and it started up, then the vibration started again and killed it again.

The wiring has been sorted, the cables are now secure, the nuts have been well and truely tightened, and I am watching the battery position like a hawk, whilst finding a suitable block of wood sized and/or the appropriate battery slide to keep the battery in place.

I have now had the car back for two weeks, and its working fine! not a single glitch since, and they also found a few small issues that they sorted (wheel bushes replaced).

Finally the only outstanding issue (that I dont fancy paying ford £65 to diagnose and resolve) is the Trip computer light staying permenantly lit up... I am not too worried about it though....

So its come good now!


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