Re: Active cornering enhancement (ACE)
As you are aware this thread is about problems with the ACE on my
disco and the loss of the ACE fluid. I sure that we've all had days
like mine started today so I'll share it with you.
During the night I had the brain wave that I could move some of the
fluid from the power steering reservoir to the ACE one. I was certain
that I had a syringe upstairs that I used for refilling ink cartridges
and if not there was one in the utilitity room. Well I searched up
stairs and couldn't find the syringe so went to the utility room and
you've guessed it that one was also missing. However, I found a piece
of pipe that I could use as a pipette. Initially, I tried putting the
pipe in the power steering reservoir and putting my finger over the
end of the pipe, but didn't manage to pick any fluid up. Another
bright idea (oh why do I have them), I know I suck the fluid up the
pipe. I can tell you that at 07:00am ACE fluid does not taste very
nice!!! NB the taste also lasts for a long time.
Oh and the day just gets better, as I'm spitting the fluid out, I
knock the cap of the power steering reservoir, which was balanced on
the top of the air filter. You'r quite right there's a gap between the
air filter and baulk head just big enough for the cap to slide down.
Never mind, I'll just get a screw driver and lift it out. Wrong my
screwdrivers are too short so I get two garden candles with long
sticks. By now I starting to panic about getting to work and the
traffic (remembering that I've got to drive very steady due to lack of
ACE fluid). I try to fish the cap out with the sticks, but after 10
minutes only succeed in knocking the cap where I cannot reach it and
there no obvious easy way of removing the air filter case. Giving up,
I put a piece of plastic over the top of the power steering reservoir
and hold it in place with an elastic band and head off to work.
Due top the delay in setting off to work I drive too fast around the
first roundabout and boing, boing .. red flashing ACE light. I stop
the disco at the side of the road and stop and re-start the engine. To
cut a long story short I had to stop twice more in the next mile, but
then managed to do the next 20 miles without having to stop; well at
least for the ACE alarm going off.
At least my day got better I thought that I would have one more go at
recovering the cap from down below the air filter before starting work
and within 90 seconds I had my finfger on the cap......only to drop
it; the air was only blue for about 30 seconds. However, I another go
(glutton for punishment) and with 60 seconds it was not only in my
fingers, but I was screwing it in place.
Since then with advice from Marc and tigapiglet I've managed to find
out the source of the leak; just got to get it fixed now!
I trust that you've had a good laugh at my misfortune (I am as I sit
here with a pint writing this), but I hope that you day has been
better than mine, but at least mine did improve as it went on.