PH FLEET: MAZDA EUNOS ROADSTER
Dan's Mazda loses its horn just as the MoT man takes an interest
triple whammy of tax, insurance and MoT. These are all tedious things to talk about so I'll skim over the issue, pausing only to say that I've now staggered the VED to mid-summer annual renewal and having to re-insure the car with my wife as the named driver after surrendering my licence (big cheer to PH partners Adrian Flux for sorting that out so painlessly, complete with agreed value and barely a murmur about the mods) means that's now out of sync too. Which leaves just the MoT to wish me a happy new year.
I wasn't expecting too much difficulty in getting a ticket so wasn't too stressed about this. And then I remembered that the horn had stopped working a while back. It had been on my mind for a bit but even with a lock-up to store it in the idea of going outside and working on the car didn't really appeal through December. So in typical leave it to the last minute fashion I started ripping the facia apart the night before getting the car to the MoT station.
No genius with the spanners, I'm even more of a numpty when it comes to stuff involving wires and fuses. Even then I thought a horn would be within my wit. Nope. The button had a random wire on it not attached to anything which I assumed to be the earth but just tripped the fuse whenever it was touching bodywork. That's OK, I'll just nip over to the garage opposite to get a couple of replacements. Only this being the modern world of filling stations they sell enough to do the weekly shop but not anything you might actually need to keep a car running, fuel aside. A route march up the High Street and a nice man with a PH smiley tattoo on his arm at the local Kwik Fit dug out a couple of 10A fuses for me to continue my fiddling. I could hear the relay working and I found one of the horns had a loose connection but still no beep.
All of which goes to show that I'm a bit disorganised and useless, and even paperwork is best left to the pros. Which wouldn't be a problem, but I told them not to worry about changing the oil because I'd do it myself once the car was home. What could possibly go wrong?
Car: 1993 Eunos Roadster (JDM import model)
Run by: Dan Trent
Bought: January 2011
Purchase price: £1,250
Last month at a glance: Eunos loses its horn, thwarts have-a-go hero spannering and gets its MoT