Snatching satisfaction from the jaws of expense, I have tonight worked my way through the five items on the failure list from this morning’s MOT and fixed four of them myself. I have used WD40, a flat bladed screwdriver, more WD40, a 20p coin (retaining pegs on the fascia), a soldering iron, and lashings of WD40.
The offside fog lamp now works. The intermittent headlamp fault is no longer intermittent or faulty. The nearside brake light has a brand new soldered lead which looks horrible on the inside but at least lights the lamp effectively. And the windscreen washers finally live up to their name with enthusiasm.
I am basking in the knowledge that I am finally adept at something vaguely technical, and quietly delighted that the fifth item is something I could never hope to fix solo which means I can’t feel guilty for not trying.
The ageing red Peugeot which has served us well in the last two years will live to fight another year, provided I can get the alternator replaced sometime soon and the final MOT fault is fixed on Monday before a retest. And we’re only 600 miles from 200k. Not bad for an old lady. Whose cambelt seems to be fine. Which was a pleasant surprise.