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    Lightbulb Post Hibernation Recommissioning

    I tried to start the engine after five months sat in the garage

    I did attempt to charge the battery first, but the engine turned over so slowly that it wouldn't fire

    Eventually I tried attaching a spare battery, and it did fire, squealed a lot, and then died about 2 seconds later

    It took me several attempts before I realised that the alternator was seized - I didn't think that would happen in a dry garage, even over the winter

    It took me some time to get some oil sprayed in to it but that still didn't work

    I had to use a 24mm spanner to free it up, complicated by the fact that I have a couple of seized wheel nuts on that wheel, so I can't remove the wheel

    After all that it did start and run well, and the battery seems to be fine, so that's 50 I'm not going to have to spend

    However, I now have to sort out the Right Hand Passenger Door wiring loom issue that means I have no electric window, no door lock, and if I open the door with the engine ignition on, the main ECU fuse blows

    Any advice on where I should be looking would be most welcome

    And the MOT runs out tomorrow - DOH!
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Hi Paul

    Sounds like a wiring insulation fault at the door hinge where the wires go from the body to the door, probably chaffed through at some point.
    good luck

    Martin

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    Thanks

    Where should I start? Removing the door skin? Or somewhere else?
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Remove front panel and door skin. Then remove some black plastic protection just in front of door to expose wiring. This will be all clear once front panel is off.
    Drives a Smart Cdi - 65 to 85 MPG

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    Thanks both, much appreciated

    Not going to both to try to repair the door loom, going to try to find a used one instead

    Any suggestions welcome

    Looks like someone's been there before, I don't think it's me, I'm sure I'd remember



    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Just found one on eBay 22 - Result!
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Broken KYB front spring - fitted 2016 - not impressed
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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    Quote Originally Posted by UKKid35 View Post
    Just found one on eBay 22 - Result!
    I didn't look at the listing photos carefully enough

    I think I've managed to buy a door loom from a car without electric mirrors, as the loom plug is missing four wires

    I think I'll probably fit it anyway and then take my time mending the old one - oh well
    Paul
    Pure 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Feb 08 - sold
    Passion 2000 W, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Mar 09 - sold
    Passion 1998 T, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Apr 10 - sold
    Cabrio 2001 Y, LHD 599cc - Engine Rebuilt Jul 10 Replaced Oct 16

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