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Member Since 13 Jan 2010
Offline Last Active Feb 15 2010 12:11 PM

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In Topic: Wing Nut Misery

04 February 2010 - 12:55 PM

Yeah, it already happened. After braking a plastic clip and struggling to remove the butterfly clips for 30minutes at -5°C, I must admit I gave up and went to the dealer (€30) - very dear bulb. So I was determined to replace the lower bulbs myself.


You sound like you had as much fun changing the bulb as I did.

Wait until the large brake light on the boot goes, what a laugh, be warned be careful removing the clips.

In Topic: Frozen Washer pipes - or not?

24 January 2010 - 12:53 AM

I know how you feel. It's the time it takes too to get to the dealer during work hours, waiting, getting a replacement car etc, etc.
But your dealer said they checked it out and it still isn't working, then it's their problem too. We pay alot of money for our Smax's so we should get our money's worth.

In Topic: Wing Nut Misery

24 January 2010 - 12:46 AM

Success - :P
Replacing the lower brake light bulb on a Ford Smax is far easier than on first inspection. As the owners manual states both panel covers beside the brake light need to be removed but what the manual doesn’t tell you is that a grey plastic foam panel behind the larger panel must also be removed (careful as it is easy to tare). This comes out easily as there no clips etc holding it in. Now two white plastic wing nuts should be visible both behind the small panel. The first wing nut is accessed via the small panel opening, and the second wing nut is accessed via the much large opening once the large plastic foam panel is removed. The wing nuts once unscrewed come away (i.e. do not stay in place) so be careful you don’t lose them into the interior of the wing. The whole lamp must now be removed. This is very easily achieved by gently pushing on the wing nut screws you have just exposed. Once the lamp unit is free on the exterior, the short electric cable to it, needs to be disconnected by pressing on the top release. To expose the bulbs, the single screw on the bulb holder needs to be removed. The brake bulb is a 380 12V 21/5W. Price €3.70 for a pair in Halfords. Take care not to touch the bulb when inserting. Follow these instructions in reverse order to replace the unit.

In Topic: Frozen Washer pipes - or not?

22 January 2010 - 10:06 AM

The washers on my Smax have frozen up quite a bit during this Artic spell but have always freed up and back to nornal after a general thaw. However during the cold snap I noticed that after considerable drive when I would have expected the washers to thaw out due to engine heat - it hadn't - granted the external temp was minus all the time.

My washers have returned to normal now - so I would say if the ambient temp in your area is 5 and + and you are not getting a full spray, then something else is going on.

Are you still under warranty?

In Topic: windscreen crack

18 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

That add got heavy air-time this side of water.
Never was convinced about the silicone repair - felt it was an appeasement to the insurance companies (who don't like paying out for anything).
Yeah it must slow the crack growing but man it's got to be just as distracting.