Fog Lights and a Horn

After many months of consideration the fog has lifted thanks to my good friend Dave. Yesterday I had to drive to Livingston to pick up a fax sent to me from Rancho Performance Transaxles in Fullerton. I asked my friend Dave if he wanted to come along with me and then we could get some lunch. He agreed so I drove out to his house, picked him up, and then we drove to Livingston. I got the fax (a bill of laden) and we picked up lunch and then drove back to my house. We went out to the garage and and divied up the food and waited for the truck to arrive. ¬†While we were waiting we decided to tackle the fog light problem. I hooked a battery up to the system and we “commenced a troubleshootin”. Of course we started at the fuse, good fuse. We checked the voltages on either side of the fuse 12 volts. We pulled the relay and exchanged it for another one we used a jumper to bypass the relay and got the lights to come on then we removed the switch for closer observation. It never occured to either of us that it could possibly be the switch as the switch itself has a light built into it which indicates the switch is on, this light also indicates there is power to the switch. Everytime, without fail the switch would light up when pulled. Anyway we found a loose connection switched two of the wires around and the fog lights came on, The fog had been lifted! Having such success we next tackled the horn. This was much easier as it was a bad relay. I must say that troubleshooting with a friend is so much easier then trying to do it alone. Dave was reading the schematic and I was taking measurements. That is two different sides of the brain. So because we didn’t have to stop and measure then go back to the cognitive we were able to unscramble the mess in fairly short order. Just a tip if you have a good friend… use them. Don’t worry! If they are truly a good friend, one day they will use you too.

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Lots of Work, So Little Time…

I have been working at my regular job for many days in a row. One of our nurses has been unable to come in and I have been filling in. Stuff has been getting done on the car, though painfully slow. I will be sending my transaxle to Fullerton CA next week for an inspection and possibly rebuild (the things only got 22000 mi on it) Fidel has come through and painted the rear hatch and the headlight covers, he had some issues with wind and plastic so he had to do the covers over again but man do they look great. I may be moving my shop to the foothills very soon so I am trying to get as much done before I move as I can. Many life changing things have been happening recently (all good things) so I am also still recovering from reeling. I have been offered a new job teaching at the college (or at least the prospect of a new job) I have made an offer on a house up in the foothills of the high sierras. BIG shop area. So while I am waiting to see what happens I decided to clean the so called “Hell Hole”. Its not so bad really once you get the ICE out of it. The lead acid battery reeks havoc on the passenger side right behind the firewall I am toying with the idea of mounting the chill radiator there… we’ll see. First I have to clean it, mount the motor and transmission and build battery boxes… then I can see how much room there is left to mount things. Still haven’t figured out horn problem… It just quit. I can hear the relay click but no horn. The horn itself works fine when shorted across a battery.. I will figure this out. The fog lights quit at the same time. Oh and one more thing… I found out from the Porsche Shop Manual the the directional light indicator in the dash blinks the way it is supposed to, both sides at the same time. This was a change made beginning 1973 as Forrest Gump’s momma would say “one less thing”.

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