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Instument light.

Discussion in 'Problems, Fixes, Tips...' started by dinko, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. dinko

    dinko Copenworld Newbie

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    Hello, I asked earlier if the instrument panel on the 1.3 Copen is illuminated when ignition is switched on or is it only lit up when lights are switched on. The radio and milometer lights up with ignition but no light to speedo or tachometer. Crazy but we have had the car from new and only found this out as my sons new car the instruments are lit when ignition is on.
    Dinko
     
  2. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    The instrument cluster will only illuminate if you turn on the lights, copen is not that fancy :D personally I like it better when it does not light up automatically
     
  3. dinko

    dinko Copenworld Newbie

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    Thank you for your reply Salieri. Now I know.
    Dinko
     
  4. dinko

    dinko Copenworld Newbie

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    Thanks Salieri, Just a little more information.
    Now I have to find a new pair of rear shock absorbers or perhaps 1 second hand one as one has started to leak. Have been quoted from Daihatsu £110 each plus vat. Thanks to this forum I now understand no alternative shocks are available for the original Showa ones in the UK.
    Also have 2 new discs to fit along with pads in the spring. I have both but decided to do the job after the winter salt leaves the roads here. As a matter of interest this will be the 4th set of discs to be fitted. Original ones plus another 2 sets under warranty. Major corrosion on inner side. Been told my wife and I are not doing enough miles and not braking severely to clean discs. Original brake pads still on car but now ready for replacement at 29,000 miles. A dealer mechanic told me he found an after market disc set lasted a lot better from corrosion than the Daihatsu discs. I have also been told being a keen motorcyclist this is common problem as most riders are gentle on car brakes.
    Apart the discs and shock absorber and a broken fog/indicator lamp caused by a stone which I replaced the car has performed faultlessly at regular 48mpg. When touring up the west coast of Scotland each year over 50 mpg is normal. Would we buy another new Copen if available? Of course we would.
    Dinko
     
  5. Salieri

    Salieri Copenworld Veteran

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    You might want to try german made ATE brake discs and pads, they are renowned for their high quality.
    I have no idea which brand brake discs and pads are on my copen, they were already on when I bought it 5 years ago and they are still good :D
    As for the shock absorbers, 110 is expensive, but at least you have a possibility of getting them. Is this MOT relevant? Otherwise I would just keep the old ones

    Here are 2 ebay links to pads and discs, they are painted so there should be less rust buildup

    2x Bremsscheibe Bremse original ATE (24.0117-0107.1) | eBay

    Bremsbelagsatz Bremsklotz Bremsklötze Bremse Bremsen ATE (13.0460-5887.2) | eBay
     

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