So last night, after typing away for 1/2-hr or so, the page suddenly minimised itself & I was left staring at something else. Hastily hit the icon on the tool bar & back it came – but 3 pages earlier!
Tried the couple of tricks I knew to retrieve lost text in such circumstances, but to no avail. Still it's an ill wind & all that, as while too much of my time had been completely wasted, many of you will probably be grateful – as I'm certainly not going to start all over again.
Pretty sure no fault attaches to the forum this time, almost certainly a hardware issue: what passes as a wrist rest on this laptop does, sometimes, seem to be as sensitive as the mousepad, with oddest, sometimes disconcerting, results.
Summarising the lost ground:-
Been looking forward to a drive out over Dartmoor almost since touching down at Heathrow the previous Sunday – yet come Saturday morning, just couldn't get up; late onset jet lag?
Eventually emerged, went out to the red Cherokee - & it started, after almost as long an interval as the C15. Sooooh, 2 down, 1 to go.
Bit later, tried the key I'd had cut in America, man in the hardware store said it'd unlock, but not start it, because it's not chipped. In fact it would start – but not run! Still, at least I can't get locked out now.
Even later Saturday afternoon, started the Eldorado: bingo, hat-trick! - & not even sure when it was last started, but don't think it was last weekend in April. Went shopping in Paignton in it where, whatever the previous owner said about how much attention it attracted (in Manchester), no one batted an eyelid (but then, I think it's actually quite unremarkable – except, possibly, from behind).
That's about as far as I got, so now I can bore you all with a bit more detail:-
Tried to buy a tyre on line, to match a new one I have in the garage; found only one site that listed it in the right size - but the earliest fitting appointment they can offer is June 25th! I need it Friday week, so thought I'd have to see what I could achieve on the phone on Tuesday. Actually, nothing: must be a premium number 'cos the call was blocked. Sent e-mail (lunchtime today – as at 7:00 this evening, no response (fortunately, I do have a Plan B)
Got a result with the new f. indicator/sidelight bulbholder I picked up on my travels as the listed one wasn't readily available but instinct & a lot of time studying pictures on a computer screen, meant that one that looked the same (but for the colour) was triumphantly produced from stock (a good bit cheaper too) - & it DOES fit. Take a bow, Ray at Reilly's Autoparts, in Two Harbors, MN.
Finally got my trip out over the moors in the red Cherokee on Sunday: a wonderful combination of heavy mist & far more livestock on the roads than I'm used to. The cattle seem to loom out of the mist quite suddenly – but, largely, stay put, whereas you see the sheep sooner – but there's no telling what they'll do.
Remembered that I had the new hazard switch for the Eldo (bought on American eBay) with me, so thought I'd go out, sit in the sun & fit it. I say "switch" but (just as described in the manual) it's just a screw, the centre button, a spring & a collar: the whole thing looks like a boss on the steering column shroud, just in front of (as it appears), i.e. behind, the ignition switch (being nearer the front).
Now the problem was, while the system worked, the button didn't lock in the on/in position - so the lights would only flash while it was held in. As I started to undo the centre screw, the pressure turned the flashers on BUT now they wouldn't go off! Working fairly quickly because (a) the clicking was driving me mad & (b) I know how quickly these lights can drain a battery, I removed the "switch" fitted the new one &, with a bit of fiddling, turned them off. Then, with renewed confidence, took it all apart again & reassembled it using the old collar, simply 'cos the new one wasn't the right colour.
Still not sure about the operation though, as had assumed this was a push,push switch but now it as working, it was clear it wasn't. Checked the handbook which stated you press button to turn on - & pull out collar to turn off: wrong! you actually have to turn the collar to turn the hazards off! Now this is a very clumsy movement & given our main use for hazards, them only working when button is held in is really quite good. I'll see how I get on on next long journey but now I know I can easily have them working correctly for the MoT, I might revert to the old switch for everyday use.
So, not quite the disaster Easter was (to which I'll have to return) but, truth be told, all those little warm glow inducing achievements, which seemed to occupy the entire weekend, could probably have been achieved in a fairly relaxed couple of hours. AND, really there were more pressing things (like the Cherokee's front prop & back brakes (b-t-w, wanted to get wheel cylinder rubbers but as was pointed out to me, a cylinder's only about $10 – wonder how much they'd be here – mind you, too late, I realised they're Chinese, so it remains to be seen how well/long they last. Of course, if they're genuine spares for the version still being built there, rather than cheap pattern parts, I might be OK.)