Soon I will be road-tripping around the North Island. I want to have the car in as good as possible condition. There where some little things that have been annoying me for some time.
After removing a broken cigarette lighter the lighter socket wasn't working. After taking it out I discovered that it had a fuse wire on the back of the socket which had burnt through. The fuse wire is not a very important wire because you have removable fuses protecting the same group. i removed the remainder of the fuse wire and put a copper wire in it's place. Now we have a working 12V outlet. Unfortunately the plastic housing was broken. Some measuring and 3D printing and now I have a "glow in the dark" outlet.
While working on the outlet I figured it was time to find out why my "reading" lights weren't working. After inspecting the light bulbs (which where fine) I discovered that it was the contacts that had corroded. So after cleaning them up I have perfectly working lights again. I will be replacing them with LEDs soon.
And last but not least, the glove compartment didn't latch particularly well. It required some taking apart, cleaning and assembling with grease to give it a second live.
I enjoyed fixing all these little things where everybody had accepted that it didn't work anymore. Looking forward to fixing the next thing that annoys me. Maybe the door latches (no more slamming the door shut!)
George Timmermans, Research Toolmaker, Software Engineer and Tinkerer