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Well, someone up there hates me !
A month or so ago I had a problem with my alarm not setting and the rear lights not flashing. I think it ended up being a broken cable near the boot hinge. I moved it around a little and the problem went away - apparently not forever !
As usual, I drove to work today. Parked the car and left it for 10 or so hours - as usual. Get back to the car tonight, start it up and guess what, no power to the radio/CD player.
Then I have a look at the clock and notice that it stopped about 1 hour after I got to work. Strange.
Car started fine - so I figure it wasn't the battery being flat.
Only problem of no rear lights when arming the alarm has come back.
So, does this mean a cable is broken ? Would this broken cable effect my radio ?
|In the boot are a bunch of cables that run up in to the boot lid on the LHS. They are tightly fixed to the boot lid hinge. This cases then to break. When they break they ofter cause several fuses to blow.|
The Radio/CD and clock share the same fuse. If I rember correctly its the same fuse as the one inside the boot lid.
So time to fix the wires in the boot and check your fuses (under the steering wheel).
|Same again only this time after coffee and in English!|
In the boot are a bunch of cables that run up in to the boot lid on the LHS. They are tightly fixed to the boot lid hinge. This causes them to break. When they break they often cause several fuses to blow. The are wound up in side a black sleeve. You will need to open this sleeve (no tools required) and then you will be able to see the broken cables.
The Radio/CD and clock share the same fuse. If I remember correctly its the same fuse as the one that protects the light on inside the boot lid.
So its time to fix the wires in the boot and check your fuses. The fuses can be found under the steering wheel.
|Just what I was going to say Steve!|
Sonny, it does sound like one of the wires has broken, and the damaged section will require repair.
|<<Well, someone up there hates me ! |
Not really Sonny. It all come with buying a car with no quality control. What would you expect from a MG Rover produce?
|M E G A|
You are a star mate. You were right on the money. A 15 amp fuse had blown. Replaced it with a spare and all is good.
This I might spend a few hours on the weekend finding that broken wire.
MG Rover has no quality control..... how can you say that !!! ;-)
I guess that how the car gets its "character" = lack of quality control :-)
|Bet its more than one broken wire. When It happened to me 4 were broken!|
|>> Bet its more than one broken wire. When It happened to me 4 were broken! <<|
That's a bit Red Robbo-esque isn't it? One out, all out? ;o)
|Just a quick update. I decided to take a look at those wires. Out of 8 wires in the loome, 6 were broken right through. It's amazing any lights/alarms were working at all !|
15 minutes on the soldering iron - and all is now well.
Still can't get that damn boot light to work though. Even tested with a multi-meter and not getting the required 12 volts.
Oh well, better than it was I guess.
Also let off the strain. Shocking design by MG.
|You might want to check fuse 8 - this looks after the interior lights inc the boot and bonnet lights.|
|... and check the boot light switch contact at the locking mechanism.|
This thread was discussed between 28/04/2005 and 02/05/2005
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