Gremlins

or “The Joys of Classic Car Ownership, Part 2

No, I haven’t added a Gremlin to my collection.  It seems one moved into the Beetle, though.

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As anticipated, yesterday’s commute home was interesting.  It culminated in a complete failure of the turn signals, warning lights, and gas gauge.  When I got home, it was time to dig out the Compleat Idiot’s Guide.

After much investigation, I learned something interesting.  The VW uses ‘Euopean’ style fuses.  Unlike a traditional automotive fuse, these feature an exposed copper conductor stretched over a plastic frame.  This allows a possible intermittent failure mode, where the fuse can blow but not fail completely.  Hence, the problem would resolve after a few good bumps.

One $0.20 fuse.  Grrrr.

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