A few minor gremlins fixed

I mentioned the faulty front parking sensors in an earlier post.  These have been faulty since collecting the car but have now, finally, been fixed along with another recurring issue.

Before continuing, let me put things into context; these are minor issues and have not detracted from my enjoyment of the Ranger.  I have now covered nearly 3000 miles.

The front parking sensors are a Ford approved accessory.  Surprisingly there is no standard factory fitment sensors for the front despite these being available on most Fords and being standard on the new 2016 Ranger.  The kit is made by Xvison and was installed by the dealer before I collected the car.

Right from the beginning they were intermittent, at best, and most of the time just didn’t work.  It seemed as if they were interacting with other systems on the car (mainly the brake lights) and the interference was stopping them from ‘beeping’.

The first attempt at fixing them involved rerouting much of the wiring.  The second attempt involved moving the ‘earth’ to a different point.  Nether of these ‘fixes’ work.

On Wednesday I took the car back in, to the dealer, and after consultation with the sensor manufacturer they have finally sorted it by running independent live and negative feeds to the module rather than taking them from other ‘shared’ resources.

My first test involved edging ever closer to another car, in their car park, until they started to respond.  Thankfully I can report that I didn’t hit that car.  Neither have I hit anything else I have park ‘nose-on’ to since.   😀

Some may say that these are unnecessary and they may well be right.  However they don’t half make parking a lot less stressful 😳

The second minor glitch was the odd appearance of the ‘Powertrain’ warning light.  In the last two months it has come on 6 times.  Each time was first thing in the morning and each time it disappeared after I restarted the car.

Because this was an intermittent fault I knew that it would be difficult for the dealer to diagnose.  This is where the diagnostic ‘App’ came in handy.  The last time the light came on I ran a scan and made a note of the fault code (ECU ECM Engine control $7E8).  Armed with this information they immediately diagnosed the problem as a faulty sensor linked to the turbo waste gate solenoid and promptly replaced it without quibble.

Any other problems? Nope 🙂

So all in all I’m a happy bunny.

I saw a ‘meme’ on facebook today; aimed at Land Rover drivers it said:

“If you can walk away from your landy without looking back……………………..you bought the wrong vehicle”

I can state that it applies to Rangers too.


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