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Title: Niggly little faults
Post by: Django Williams on July 29, 2018, 07:14:35 PM
Hello. I purchased my first Ford galaxy (2004 1.9 TDI ghia 115bhp auy) it was cheap but I have a growing family and needed something more substantial than an Astra lol.

I'm new to this forum aswell.

The car itself is great but it has a few things wrong and the mot is coming up.

I have a grinding noise when I turn left or right (possible driveshaft/cv joints)
Airbag light on (just need to reset the warning light I think)
The parking sensors are knackered (one high pitched tone then nothing)
Clutch pedal sometimes doesn't come all the way up (no slipping or high bite point I just think it needs bleeding)

Also the rear wiper does not move (got a new motor)
Rear passenger window doesn't work (got a new regulator and belts)
Drivers door lock is seized so I have to unlock via boot (new lock on it's way)
I've put a new battery in it.
The handbrake button at the end of the lever is missing so I've just got an aftermarket handle with button - can't take the handle cover off because I simply do not know how lol.

Now the previous MOT had zero advisorys and it appears work has been done on previous MOTs.

Now I paid 600 quid for this car but as it was my late fathers it has sentimental value so I would like any advice anyone can give as I know I want to keep it going until enough is enough.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my shopping list of problems that are easy fixes for people with more experience with working on cars. But for me....I haven't a clue but I intend to learn lol
Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: johnnyroper on July 29, 2018, 09:14:17 PM
First of all invest in a cheap kkl lead and download vcds lite as that will prove useful for the parking sensor and airbag faults.

Window not working check the wiring in rubber gator between post and door before you start changing bits as they are notorious for breaking

Clutch pedal not returning try a bleed and a live of the pedal pivot point first and see how it goes.

My old gal had button missing on handbrake but I just got a replacement lever off a breaker.

Rear wiper motor check wiring between car and tailgate as like with doors they are prone to breaking.



Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: Django Williams on July 29, 2018, 10:56:09 PM
Thankyou johnyroper.

My missus said "why bother just get a newer better one" so I asked her why does she put make up on #leadballoon lol.

I've also ordered a new brake light switch because I keep getting the bulb failure warning light come on. Press brake pedal and it goes
Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: Chrispb on July 29, 2018, 11:45:56 PM
That's normal operation of the bulb failure light.
If it stays on when you press the brake pedal that's when you have a problem.
Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: Django Williams on July 29, 2018, 11:53:06 PM
Thankyou chrispb. I honestly thought "oh god another warning light" lol
Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: brianh on July 30, 2018, 06:53:13 PM
As long as you mean it comes on with the ignition, then goes off with the first brake pedal press and stays off its fine.

If it is coming on, then it isn't likely to be the switch, more likely either blown bulbs, bad contact on the bulbs (corrosion if water has got in) the wrong bulbs fitted (unlikely but possible with someone heavy handed enough to jam the wrong bulb in the socket) or broken wires in the gaiter. Most likely either the bulbs or the wires though.
Title: Re: Niggly little faults
Post by: Django Williams on July 31, 2018, 08:30:45 AM
Yeah the bulb thing stays off after 1 break pedal push :)