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    Nope I'm not trying to steal one! My brother bought one yesterday but unfortunately we missed a couple of problems - the driver's door external handle doesn't work, nor does the rear wiper! Fairly sure I can sort the wiper, but I've been concentrating on the handle so far. I've taken it all apart and the problem seems to be with the lock, rather than the handle. Without the lock pushrod off it will open and close fine, and with it reattached it will until it's locked. Then the pushrod doesn't seem to move far enough to unlock it again. I'm going to have another look tomorrow, but has anyone had a problem with this before? I'm not sure whether it's the barrel or the pushrod, I'm hoping i'ts not the barrel...
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    Your BROTHER bought a Ford Ka? Sorry, but LOL!!!
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    Not sure but it is a common problem with Fords, the garage sorted it out very cheaply, it wasn't the barrel but the problem was with the linkage.

    The rear wiper probably just needs the contacts on the tailgate cleaning, again a common Ford problem.
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    Not my choice! Wish I could get a quote of £585 with no NCB on whatever I end up buying though! Just reread your post Ryan - yeah whatever car I get has to be able to tow a Laser 5000 sailing dinghy, nicknamed the 5 tonner! Defender 90's probs what I'll be getting!

    Cheers, if it's something to do with the linkage it shouldn't be too hard to sort out, I was running out of light earlier. It's not a complicated mechanism! I haven't had a look at the wiper yet, though I did notice the contacts were pretty mucky, I'll clean them up tomorrow.
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    Laser 5000!? Nice! I race Laser 2000s at Rudyard Lake in Stoke On Trent for Keele University. Awesome boat, i would love to sail a Laser 5000 tho, i don't think they are as quick as the 2000 but still, they are an awesome boat!

    Where do you sail, how long you been sailing for? I have been sailing for about 7 years now. Best hobby, ever.

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    Hope you're kidding mate, the 5 tonner will cream the 2000! Twin trapezes, racks, and a ton of sail (my crew went through the main last time out, d'oh!). The 2000s are a good boat though, was teaching from them last summer up in Scotland. Off to Minorca in 9 days for 5 months of teaching/sailing I'm currently at Grafham, but moving around a bit. Most of my time sailing was at a club in hertfordshire, tiny little pond though. I've been sailing a lot for the last 6 years, started a little 2 years before that. Are you team racing? I've got a friend at Sheffield on their team. 2000s are a very nice boat to have at uni though!
    Edit: Just had a look at the PY numbers for the 2000 and 5000, on average the 5000 should be 25% quicker than a 2000!
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    ah, won't be giving you a race then! lol!

    Really want to sail a Laser 5000 now tho! Twin Trapezes and racks!? Oh yeh! Serious fun!

    We have a 2 mile long ribbon lake at the bottom of a valley to sail on. Its awesome, unless the wind is coming from the East because it bounces of the steep sides and bascially you get vortexs in the middle of the lake and the wind constantly changes. Literally you cannot sail in it...then again we hardly ever get easterly winds so thats alright!

    Yeh i am Team racing, my mate and i take it in turns to skipper and crew, although recently i have been doing more crewing as we seem to work well like this. Plus hanging out the boat on a trapeze is great fun! Yeh, we are lucky to have 2000s, we have 2xLaser 2s, a Wayfarer, a Lark and the brand new (literally less than 3 weeks old!) Laser 2000 which is awesome.

    Have fun training in minorca! Is that with Sunsail/RYA or something? Sounds amazing, i so want to do that!

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    Yeah 5000s are great, and a lot of boat for the money now! There's a couple of pics of them out at Garda here and here - the second one's my boat now
    Grafham's a great place to sail cos it's very very big, lots of good boats and people too which is a big bonus! The wind's good too cos the country round there is very flat. I've had those wonderful swirling winds before though! Teaching anchoring in the summer I had a 180 degree windshift in 2 seconds, which isn't helpful!
    I'm off to a company called Minorca Sailing, lots of great boats out there Have you done much in the way of certificates or anything? I'm an instructor so can hand out certificates (through a centre) even though I've not done most of them :p:
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    (Original post by Ryan)
    Your BROTHER bought a Ford Ka? Sorry, but LOL!!!
    ditto (hehe)
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    I have a KA and my back window wiper is so tempermental! It actually worked yesterday for the first time in weeks!
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    Hey I don't have to drive it... but since I wrote off my 306 don't have a car at all! Cleaned up the contacts but still no rear wiper, I'll have to get the multimeter out tomorrow.
    As for the lock I'm a bit puzzled.. the pushrod doesn't seem to be bent or anything, and i can operate the lock mechanism and everything works when the barrel pushrod is disconnected, and it seems to have enough movement when the pushrod's free, but put it all together and something seems to stop it moving... Have to have another look tomorrow..
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    (Original post by CurlyBen)
    Yeah 5000s are great, and a lot of boat for the money now! There's a couple of pics of them out at Garda here and here - the second one's my boat now
    Grafham's a great place to sail cos it's very very big, lots of good boats and people too which is a big bonus! The wind's good too cos the country round there is very flat. I've had those wonderful swirling winds before though! Teaching anchoring in the summer I had a 180 degree windshift in 2 seconds, which isn't helpful!
    I'm off to a company called Minorca Sailing, lots of great boats out there Have you done much in the way of certificates or anything? I'm an instructor so can hand out certificates (through a centre) even though I've not done most of them :p:
    Sounds Awesome! I have got RYA Level 1...got that when i first got into Sailing and never really got back into it. An RYA Instructor at my club said i was more like Racing 2 or something now tho?! Kinda taught myself, at school we had a 52 acre lake which i sailed on like every day for 5 years so i got quite a bit of experience from there.

    Have fun in Minorca, i might go into teaching sailing in exotic locations, sounds idealic!

    Graham
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    I'm not sure on qualifications to be honest, I've only done level 2 and that was 5 years ago! I know the current system as I teach it but it changed the year I qualified. Hopefully next year I should have 3 times as many Instructing certificates as dinghy certificates (Dinghy instructor, advanced instructor and senior instructor.. if I pass the courses!)
    I worked in Scotland last year, not so great for weather but if you enjoy sailing it's still great, you get paid (a little!) to do what you want to do with a group of similar people and the evenings are normally pretty good too! You do work hard though, keep trying to explain this to people as I pack my bags or Minorca and they get ready for exams :p:
 
 
 
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