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Author Topic: Something for the weekend  (Read 4383 times)

Offline Kawasaki-krazy

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Something for the weekend
« on: February 13, 2015, 09:14:56 PM »
Having driven my new Galaxy (new to me) for a few days now, I've found a few things that need attention. The cruise control is not working, the reversing sensors are not working, the wipers are hitting  the A post and the windscreen seems to have millions of small scratches which makes driving at night in the rain interesting.
After reading through the FAQ's on here and reading through the Haynes manual, I feel confident enough to tackle most of these but the one thing I can't get my head around is the demister system. It seems as though you cant direct a small amount of air towards the windscreen, it's either all or nowt. When I got the car, there was no owners manual, so I'm sure it's just me that hasn't worked it out yet. Does anyone have a spare owners manual they would like to part with for some pennies?

KK

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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2015, 07:56:54 AM »
As your Galaxy appears to be a Ghia it should have a heated front windscreen. You can easily check - there should be two buttons on the dash. One for the front and one for the rear. In addition there is a demist button ( which has a pic of a windscreen ) on the left of the heater controls. This directs heat to the windscreen for quick clearing - it also turns on the heated windscreen at the same time. If  none of these work then it may be possible that the heater flap motors have died.
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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 09:50:50 AM »
also be aware    when you press the button   it can take around 30 secs before the flaps change and the fan goes up to full speed. i found this a bit odd after years of a mk1 galaxy with manual heating controls when things were instant.
you do get full fan when its on that setting also.
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« Last Edit: February 14, 2015, 09:59:18 AM by marinabrid »
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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2015, 10:04:44 AM »
I think the OP means that when pressing the button on the climatic control all the air is directed to the windscreen on full power.

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Offline Kawasaki-krazy

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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2015, 12:00:31 PM »
Thanks for the replies, and yes, what I meant was that on cars with manual control, you can bleed a small amount of air to the screen (even after the car has warmed through) so that it keeps the screen clear in normal running whereas on the Galaxy it seems to think that once the screen is clear it doesn't need any more air and directs the air elsewhere. This is causing the screen to mist up when I have a car full. The heated screen is working (but I don't want to keep putting that on, fuel consumption will go up) and I can hear the air changing direction, so I'm sure that the flaps are working OK I just can't work out how to keep the screen clear in normal running.
Thank you for the link to the manual, I'll have a browse through that and see what I can find.

KK

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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2015, 12:55:53 PM »
My understanding of the climate control is that if it is set so that the airflow isn't being directed into any particular place (e.g, screen, footwell or cabin/ face as indicated by the arrows/screen symbol on the LCD display) then a proportion of the airflow should be directed to the screen anyway (if all is working properly), if the blower performance is sub par then maybe a pollen filter change would help, unless it's been done recently. Or, if you've had the water leak into the footwell (for example) and the interior is damp then that won't help misting up of the cabin. In short though, as it's a large cabin space I've never found the blowers to be fantastic and the cabin does mist up easily and take a long time to clear in wet weather (especially in town or at lower speeds), or if there has been a rapid outside temperature change. Or just having a car load of people will do it as you've got a lot of breathing out of warm humid air going on which condenses on the cold windows!
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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2015, 02:24:30 PM »
as said,  you need to check the pollen filter, if you just got the car  they seem to be neglected as they are tricky to change and tucked well away and it can have a big effect on the ventilation.
when the setting is on auto    usually a small amount of air should be coming from the screen vents,  it does on ours, they do tend to steam up easily, you can always try the  rain x   anti fog treatment    this seems to keep the mist at bay.
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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2015, 12:07:10 PM »
Thanks for the suggestion about the pollen filter, I hadn't thought of that. I've had a look at the library on how to change it ( https://www.fordmpv.com/smf2/ford-galaxy-reference-library/galaxy-pollen-filter-removal-and-replacement/ ) and that seems straightforward (if fiddly) but it's not explained how this can affect water ingress into the footwell. Is there a drain that needs clearing whilst I'm in there?

KK

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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2015, 12:59:18 PM »
Yeah, the whole area that filter lives in is a drain for the windscreen. This post : https://www.fordmpv.com/smf2/ford-galaxy-reference-library/galaxy-mk1-mk2-sun-roof-drainage/ shows the exits.
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Re: Something for the weekend
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2015, 07:30:19 PM »
Today was the first real chance that I've had to take a good look at this car, so here's how far I've got
I changed the auto box oil. From my previous topic you'll remember  :D it was struggling to find a gear when cold (sort of OK when warm), I added a litre of ATF which seems to have solved the problem. When I drained it, I only got that same litre back out  :o , although it wasn't the same colour of the stuff I put in. Refilling it (with the engine running) it only took about 2 litres before it was overflowing. Now I was expecting it to have taken about 3 and a half litres so I'm a bit stumped on that one, but the automatic box is working as I would expect and the gear changes are as smooth as silk so I'll let that one go and check the oil level next week I think.
The windscreen wipers are still causing me grief, banging on the A post. I tried to move them one spline further down and then they were banging on the bottom of the screen. I had 2 or 3 goes at this, moving it up and down, but with no success so I assume that there must be excessive play in the bushes on the actuator arms within the wiper linkage.
I also checked the oil level and the tyre pressures, the oil was fine (oil & filter change maybe later) but the tyres were 23 psi FR 28psi FL and 30 in the rears so by this time I'm beginning to doubt the garage stamps in the service history. This car certainly does not seem to have been a 'cherished' car.
Moving on to the pollen filter, this looks to be a bigger job than I had time for today, but a quick glance down the gap where the bonnet hinge goes gave me a shock. It looked as though a mouse had built it's nest in there. I tried to pull as much out as I could but access is restricted. Looks like I'll have to get a vacuum down there. It's certainly the next job on the list as I think that this is causing my demister problem.
Lastly, for today, I had a quick look at the reversing sensors. I must have looked pretty silly trying to listen to my bumper on my hands and knees in the road but I was surprised to hear clicking coming from the 2 outer ones but nothing from the 2 inner ones (I must admit I was sceptical about being able to hear them, I thought it was a joke and somebody would be round the corner with a camera, but, hey ho, fair play). when I looked underneath at the 2 centre ones, they both just came away in my hand so I'm guessing that this is my problem. I'll price up a set of 4 this week.

I'll have a go at the pollen filter and the cruise control next weekend.

KK

 

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