My first 2 cars were used VW's in the 12-year-old range when I owned them. After several years of driving them, my autonomic nervous system was well trained: Whenever (choose any one) the lights would dim, the wipers stopped, the radio cut out . . . My left hand would automatically reach out up under the dashboard and gove all the fuses a little spin. Usually, whatever corroded contact would get whiped clean, and the offending electrical component would run properly again.
Vintage British cars have long been famous for electrical problems. Who, in a cold, damp country, would put these kinds of fuses in a fender well???? (A) A British autombile engineer.
That's even better that the old practice of putting newspapers under your british car in your garage: itf you see a dry spot you know something is out of oil (including the piston damper in the aptly named "constant depression"carburettors).
And yes, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt the "Prince of Darkness" is why the Brits drink there beer warm!
I won't make any Lucas jokes, but I have to say that I really like the design and lines of the Lotus Esprit S2. It's a sweet looking car!
Of course being an American, I'd want to throw an LS1 V8 in the back of the thing, but they are sweet cars. The Pantera is another one of those really neat cars that I'd also like to have, or at least drive someday.
VW used this same style of fuse holder but didn't seem to have this problem. Perhaps they used a better grade of phosphor bronze for the contact clips which maintained better spring force. The only thing that happened to VWs is that occasionally the contact surface would tarnish and go to high imepedance. The fuse block was easily reached under the front hood, out of the weather. One could reach in and spin each fuse a couple of turns without even getting dirty.
I don't understand why the author went to the trouble of replacing these fuseholders when he could have simply stretched a strong rubber band across each one.
I agree, Chuck. The maddening part of this problem is that it will certainly happen again and again because of the fuse-holder design. This isn't incidental. This will happen every time the fuses are taken out and replaced.
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