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Old 31-12-2009   #1
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Well, throughout the winter a progression of problems has slowly descended on me and my poor Bravo

The First Problem:

I noticed when the instrument panel went dark, also one of the back lights is out and the front fog lights don't work. I took it to the garage and they said that every time I used the front fog lights, it would blow the fuse which caused the other things to break, I have no idea why that combination is on one fuse mind.

So with a changed fuse, it was all fine as long as I didn't use the fog lights which I wouldn't need to hardly ever. But then, without using them it blew again

Does anyone know what is causing this? It's pretty hard to see what speed I am doing in the dark and I have already been pulled for the back light (Luckily my Dad is a Police Officer who used to work with the women who pulled me over.

The Second Problem:

The car slowly pulls to the left if I leave it to it's own accord, is this just a simple tracking issue? Is it worth fixing? It would be nice if it drove true and straight without me having to exert any pressure on the steering wheel at all. The tyres were brand new when I bought it so I don't think it could be them, although the front right wheel did have a nasty collision with a curb when an idiot pulled out in front of me and I had to slam the brakes on.

The Third Problem (And last ThankGod):

Since about 2ish week ago, a puddle has randomly started to appear in the drivers foot well, obviously when it rains quite hard. I've had to lay towels down just incase it does rain in the night. I can't seem to find where the leak is coming from, the windows, pedals, plastic trim all seem to be dry and sealing well.

Although, if I put my fingers under the ceiling where it touches the window, it does seem rather damp but I just thought this was from being in contact with the window, it's not like it's wet wet or anything. The puddle that forms is literally about 2 inches deep and all I can do is soak it up with a towel and place some bin bags down


If anyone even bothers to read this post I will be amazed lol, I will be taking it to the garage as soon as it opens back up but I just thought if there was a quick easy fix to any of them. All help is appreciated!
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Re: A trio of problems! Bravo SX 98 Please Help (:

You need to find exactly what you are doing when the fuse blows. Something is causing a short, could be a bare wire somewhere.

Get the tracking done. Hitting a kerb is bad news

Clean the dead leaves out of your heater box.

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Re: A trio of problems! Bravo SX 98 Please Help (:

The car was pulling to the left since I have bought it, not only when I hit the curb, should I still get the tracking done?

Also, where do I find the heater box
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Yup, get the tracking done.

Heater box under the scuttle.

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Re: A trio of problems! Bravo SX 98 Please Help (:

Hi, with respect to your fuse problem. Do you have the original stereo or have you fitted an after market one with the replacement facia? If so you might find that (and this is from memory) in the original loom there is a wire that lights the stereo when you turn on your lights. It may be that this wire has a bear end or is damaged and periodically shorts on the body of the car or even stereo. I have had this before and it took a long time to trace the problem and 30secs to fix (cover the wire, or put a butt crimp on it so it can be used again.

Definately get your tracking done.

Hope this helps.
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Re: A trio of problems! Bravo SX 98 Please Help (:

Come to think about it, I fitted a Ripspeed stereo out of my step-dads car about a month ago, before that nothing went wrong.

I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to the electrics and stuff, can you walk me through exactly what I should do please?
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Take the stereo out. Look at the loom, looking for any wire that may have got caught between the stereo and the cage.

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Re: A trio of problems! Bravo SX 98 Please Help (:

I took out the stereo and low and behold, there were about 2 wires that weren't connected to anything, the previous owner had also stripped some back and just twisted them around each other, probably because he didn't have any connectors.

I taped over basically everything, put a new 10amp fuse in and it's working, for now anyway haha. Hopefully it should have fixed it, but I have a bad feeling it's going to blow again, just have to wait and see (:
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