Feb. 11th, 2009

girlyswot: (doom)
Well, I took the advice of the flist who unanimously decided that I should attempt to mend the indicator rather than get it replaced. I decided that I would walk into town this morning and buy some decent transparent waterproof tape. So before I set out, I checked the thing to make sure it was in repairable condition.

Um, that may have been a mistake.

Anyway, it turns out that not only was the glass bit broken, but so was the mirrored panel behind. So when I poked it, everything suddenly disappeared down a black hole leaving just the bulb itself hanging precariously from a wire.

I went to buy the tape anyway, on the basis that it would still be better to have the thing vaguely watertight. I'm a bit nervous about what damage this might do to the paintwork, but there was really nothing else to stick the tape to, so that's what I've done.

I've also been looking for replacements. I can get the whole unit for £15 on eBay. Does that sound like a vaguely sensible thing to do or should I go to a place? Bear in mind that I'd say there's almost no chance that I will be competent to put it in myself (given my inability to so much as change my own windscreen wipers), so I'd have to pay someone to do that anyway.

I wish cars just worked.

Also, because I realise that some people are confused, this is what my car looks like (only dirtier):

The indicator light which is broken is the little bit underneath the headlights where the black strip is, so it is completely self-contained. Adopt one today!


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