A bit of a silly statement where Land Rovers are concerned, and something I’m sure my friend, over at Just Land Rovers will agree with.
Yesterday, I noticed my brake/tail light wasn’t working, so, on arriving home, I grabbed a spare bulb ready to swop it with the faulty one. ‘Five minutes’ I thought, job done, go inside and get my dinner……….. ha!, that was a laugh……….
My discovery has the side facing dickie seats in the back. No problem I thought, I’ll just pull the seat forward, and get in from behind.
‘Oh no you won’t’, says Mr Land Rover designer, ‘This is a Land Rover, they are sent to test you’
There has to be an easier way………….hasn’t there?
Just a small screw held the cover on which I managed to remove, leaving an opening big enough to slip my hand into………… Yeah 🙂 !!
I couldn’t see where I was putting my hand, as the seat was blocking my vision, but I gingerly put it into the opening, and grabbing a bulb holder, I twisted it and pulled it out.
Ha Mr Land Rover! I said under my breath.
My excitement soon faded, as I checked the bulb, not only was it intact, but it was only a single filament type…………..I’d only gone and pulled out the indicator bulb 😦 Aarrgghh!!!!!
Replacing this bulb back into it’s socket I groped around in the opening searching for the brake light bulb (logically, it should be the next one up), my finger tips latched onto what felt like another bulb holder, but it wouldn’t move, perhaps it wasn’t. Thinking I’d better check first, before I remove something I shouldn’t, I grabbed my torch and shone it into the opening, but I couldn’t see where it was shining, or what I’d got hold of. Struggling, with torch in one hand, and almost doing a headstand in the back of my motor, I eventually saw I was holding the correct bulb.
I struggled for over half an hour to remove the bulb, I couldn’t get enough grip on it, and it wasn’t budging…………….. by which time it was getting dark, I was getting hungry, the dogs needed a walk…………..
………………and I’d acquired a nice bruise on my wrist.
I decided to leave it for another day 🙂
I stewed over the problem overnight, deciding the only way, was to remove the dickie seat, it looked like it needed a special allen key to undo the bolts 😦 which I didn’t think we had, but decided I’d face that problem as and when.
A lovely sunny day, so bright and early this morning I set about my second attempt to change the bulb.
After mentioning it to T, I was led to his secret stash of allen keys…………..and hey ho! one that fits too 🙂
Just two bolts, which amazingly were very easy to undo.
and the seat dropped forward.
The cover, held on by a screw, came off in seconds.
Leaving me plenty of room to put my hand into the opening. Within ten minutes, I’d removed the old bulb from the holder, and put a new one in.
I’m puzzled as to why there is a cross on the bulb holder, it’s not as though I could see it easily until I got access into the opening, and once inside, it is obvious which bulb it is. Perhaps it’s Mr Land Rovers joke……. ‘It’s here’ 😈
Putting it back together was simple, I replaced the cover, and bolted the dickie seat back into place…………..not before I’d checked to make sure the new bulb was working properly 😉
Feeling quite proud of myself, I had a bit of a chuckle…………
Wander amongst a group of Landy owners, and mention a tale like this, they’ll all shout in unison…………………….
IT’S A LAND ROVER THING!!!!!