306 N5 electric windows, help.And inner tie rod end
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    Default 306 N5 airbag light stays on. Fixed the rest.

    Richie picked her up yesterday and is very pleased but there are a couple of issues.
    The windows stopped today, with passenger one down and drivers up.
    There are lights to the switches and with the switch out there are various voltages between terminals. There's one at 12V two at 6.5V and one at 3.67V. No corrosion in passenger terminals, a little in a couple on driver's side.
    So the question is where to start? Is there a secret code involving turning things on or off or holding the switch down for thirty while your significant other dances widdershuns round the car chanting the ten commandments backwards?

    The other issue is a bit of movement in the passenger side inner tie rod end. I've ordered the bits from Caravelle including a new boot. Just wondering if there are any tips or advice for the changing therof?

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    Doesn't anybody know about these things ? Please give me some info before I rip it apart today.

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    for the window issue (I'm assuming the N5's have the same wiring plug as the N3) unscrew the connector on the door where the wiring loom enters and give both the plug and the socket a good spray with contact cleaner, then put it back on. That fixed my weird intermittent window problems.

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    edit: this is the one that I use: http://crcind.com.au/co-contact-cleaner1
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    Thankyou very much, Tony, that worked. I didn't have any contact cleaner so I used a toothbrush dipped in metho. There was a lot of corrosion on the driver's side and a bit on the passenger side.
    That was much more betterer than ripping off the door liners.

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    Right, fixed the windows thanks Tony.

    But can anyone give me the benefit of their experience with changing 306 inner tie-rod ends? Do you need a special tool?

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    No special tool required. There is a lockwasher between the rack and the tie rod which is supposed to be replaced. Last time I bought one, it came with a new lockwasher.

    The tie rod itself simply screws into the end of the steering rack, sometimes they have a flat on the inner surface of the tie rod end that you can get a (narrow) spanner onto, otherwise a pair of large vice-grips or stilsons will get it off. To quote every haynes manual ever written, installation is the reversal of the removal procedure.
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    Thanks Scotty.

    Next question.
    The airbag light stays on , on the dash. A small annoyance I know, however,
    I've read that this could be caused by dodgy connectors under the seat, or fixed by cutting and resoldering these wires. Can anyone vouch for such remedies or suggest a better one?

    We fixed the windscreen washer motor today by pulling it apart and unsiezing it, a bit of lanox in the works and hey presto. It's really a good little car but hasn't had much serious attention from anyone, least of all the dudes who were supposed to be caring for it. This girl had it from new I think but the mechanics gave it a pink slip to sell with no washers and a clunky tie rod, so I assume they weren't capable of fixing same.
    It's a funny old world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luthier View Post
    Thankyou very much, Tony, that worked. I didn't have any contact cleaner so I used a toothbrush dipped in metho. There was a lot of corrosion on the driver's side and a bit on the passenger side.
    That was much more betterer than ripping off the door liners.
    excelent glad that it was a simple fix

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