This past Winter, I noticed one of the rear license plates light flickering. Uh oh, hopefully a flaky bulb (LED… supposed to last..) and not a flaky connection. Then I noticed that one of the rear brake lights was if not out, quite dim. Oh joy. And after a particularly nasty bought of the “Will it start” game, the Li-battery pack wasn’t charging via the main charger port.
A couple nights back I had a night off and went looking into the brake light issue. Swapped ‘bulbs’ left to right and vice versa. The problem moved. This was a relief. New bulbs are less annoying than tracing wiring flakiness. Replacements were ordered, and arrived yesterday (despite checking the box for slower shipping and Monday delivery). This this past night, the new bulbs (LED again) were put into service and the one good old one kept as a spare.
Went to look into the license plate light situation… and dark all around. Crap. This meant either both bulbs failed or the wiring did. Voltmeter time. And I’d been meaning to check the Lithium pack charger with a meter as well.
Results: Lithium pack charger was dead. No voltage out at all. Hrmm.. is the ‘lighter’ plug fused? Why, yes, yes it is. And the fuse tested bad – infinite resistance. Alright, simple fix, IF the charging circuitry isn’t fried and blowing fuses. On to the plate lights. Voltage! Nearly 12 V. Car isn’t running, other lights and things are on, so “almost 12 V” is good. Dig out an old bulb and try it. It works. The only problem is that it’s been so long since dealing with ANY filament device that I overlook that the dang things get HOT fast and managed to.. well, maybe it’s not a burn, or at least not a bad one, but I’m feeling it. The one bulb will do for a few days. Replacements ordered…
And then came Orvan’s Quest For Fuses. As this is a thing in a lighter plug, it’s the mini cylindrical style. Convenience stores (cigarette stands that sell motor fuel, and a few other things, on the side) only carry the blade style fuses. So, out to the truck stop, which tends have almost anything automotive that is somewhat user-replaceable… at convenience store or greater prices. Found the kind needed in a 2-pack, and paid IMO a bit too much, fully expecting that the replacement would be burned out instantly. Hallelujah! The expensive fast-blow fuse survived!
There’s more work to do. The cabin climate control fan needs replacing (I have the replacement, what I need is time, room, and decent weather) as it tends to either whine or scream. A new battery and new tires are probably both Good Ideas. And I recall the battery tray is fine, but the clamp (to the tray, not the posts) needs something. But I can look into that another night. For now, things are at least legal, if perhaps borderline.