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.
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.