Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Mondeo II Ghia X saloon.
I have RTFM but a some unanswerd items to date.

1.The internal fuse box appears to be behind the glove compartment. How do I access it? I am guessing that the glove compartment bin is released some way. I just want to know how to access it now not to fix a problem.

2.There is a a 7inch slightly bent rod with a hook on one end that resides on a little purpose built shelf in the boot just by the O/S rear light. I cannot find any reference to its purpose.

3. I am considering updating the headlamp bulbs.
Is it a case of just prising off the three buttons that hold the cover over the grill access screws? The manual does not show this cover.
Thanks
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Make that 3 basic questions.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Adam {P}
HI Henry. Can't answer anything definitely but is the glovebox not the same as the Focus? That is to say open it, push both sides in and it shoudl swivel down.

Hope that helps but I hope more that you never need to do it!

Cheers

Adam
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - NARU
Isn't the funny shaped rod the handle for the jack?
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - NARU
Scrub that ref to the jack handle - no way would that be right at 7"! Could it be the towing eye? My Pug 406 had a screw-in towing eye about that size.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Galaxy
henry k,

1. I've read on a Mondeo forum that you empty the glove-box and then squeeze the sides in so that the flap drops to the floor. However, I've never had to get to the internal fuse box on my Mondeo, so have never actually done it.

2. I can't quite work out what you mean by this, I'm afraid, and I've even had a special look around the O/S rear light on my car to try to understand. I can only see two things in the vicinity which could loosely be described as a "bent rod with a hook".

One is the cable which actuates the remote fuel flap release, this being above the light. The other is the cable for the boot release which is below. I can't really see anything else in the area.

If it isn't one of these perhaps you could try to give me a further description.

3. I presume that you are talking about the black cover under the bonnet which is held by three push-in black fasteners. Yes, just carefully raise each one with a screwdriver underneath the fastener. It's then just a matter of fiddling the cover out from around the bonnet release catch, and the retaining "clips" at the front.

If you've got fairly small hands then it's possible to remove the headlamp bulbs without removing the headlamp assembly. I myself haven't so find it much easier to remove the whole thing; it only takes a couple of minutes to do this, but mark the position of the brackets first so as not to upset the headlamp alignment.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
2. I can't quite work out what you mean by
this, I'm afraid, and I've even had a special look around
the O/S rear light on my car to try to understand.
If it isn't one of these perhaps you could try to
give me a further description.

Thanks for replies to date.
I am familiar with access to the Focus fuse box. I guess I was not brave enough.

Re the mystery piece of rod.
Vehicle is a 98 Ghia x Saloon.
There is a little pupose built in shelf that projects 3 inches out (into space) in the spare wheel well. It is at the very rear of the boot just near the O/S rear light cluster.
On this rests said bent rod beautifully following the contour of the shelf. The hooked end of the rod goes through a hole in the shelf. It is obviously its storage position. My only thoughts are Is it an aid to undo the spare wheel retainer which screws though space saver spare into the boot floor?

The towing eye is brilliantly positioned UNDER the spare wheel.
So empty the boot and get out the spare in order to get at the eye. Minor rant over.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Galaxy
henry k,

I've just had another look at mine.

Yes, I have the small shelf that you describe, but, alas, no bend rod!

So, sorry, but I don't know the answer to (2).
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - John S
henry

Yes, or it may be to tighten the towing eye.

JS
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Yes, or it may be to tighten the towing eye.
JS

>>
I too thought it might be for the towing eye but the manual clearly shows the L shaped wheel nut wrench being used just as a lever through the eye to install it.

My trusted Ford spares dept could not answer my question so the search continues.

>>Galaxy
>>Yes, I have the small shelf that you describe, but, alas, no bend rod!
Including a little hole for the hooked end to fit in?


Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Galaxy
henry k

Yes, my small shelf also has the little hole in it but, as I say, mine doesn't have the bent rod.

As another contributor has mentioned, the towing eye is clearly shown in the handbook being tightened by the wheelnut brace, so that isn't the answer, either.

The mystery continues!

Galaxy
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
I have discovered how to access the fuse box behind the glove compartment.
Open the glove compartment and just pull it upwards at about 45 degrees and it pops out of its pivots.

Any answer to the bent rod question?
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Cyd
If the fixings you are refering to in 3) have a slot (rather like the head of a standard screw) then they may be what are known as quarter turn fixings. if they have a slot use it to turn them through a qtr turn and they will just lift out. If there is no slot they are probably just standard fir trees, in which case carefully lift them out with a large flat blade.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
If the fixings you are refering to in 3)
If there is no
slot they are probably just standard fir trees, in which case
carefully lift them out with a large flat blade.

I like your description of what I have. I have attacked them as you suggested and Hey Presto on to the next challenge.

Thanks
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - volvos60T5SE
Could it be for removing wheel trims?

Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Could it be for removing wheel trims?

Thanks for the suggestion but it is not.
Trims have a 3/4 inch narrow slot and the handbook shows use of the other end of the wheel wrench.
Guess what? Said wrench is of course under the spare wheel so it is a large screwdriver most of the time.

The hunt goes on.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - cheddar
Hooked rod, I guess for lifting out spare wheel.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - Adam {P}
I have one of those on my Focus which when I got it it was loose but it's meant to go through the spare wheel, then the jack, and into the base of the boot.

Does it have a thread on Henry?
Adam
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Adski
Sorry no thread on it. The spare is retained by a proper threaded fixing rod (with a triangular handle on it).

Cheddar
>>Hooked rod, I guess for lifting out spare wheel.

It is located in the right sort of location for this use.
The straight end fits in my grip with the bend outside my grip.
The rod is only half the thickness of a traditional wooden pencil and with nothing to stop it slipping out of your grip.
It is very crude if this is its role.
I have never had a problem lifting a normal spare wheel by putting fingers throught the hole for the hub.
I have only a space saver spare so not that heavy.

The hunt goes on? Maybe
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Any more guesses /suggestions?

All on my lonesome, I think I have worked out what it is and am feeling quite pleased as it was annoying me not knowing its function. No mention of it anywhere and no answers from the Mondeo boys.

I may be wrong but I will post my theory in a a couple of days.
Mondeo II- 2 basic questions. - henry k
Standard emergency items are located in the boot by Ford.
Towing eye, Wheel nut brace, jack and spare wheel.
This got me thinking along the same lines.
Bearing in mind my car is an automatic.
I think the rod is for actuating the \"Emergency park postion release lever\".

The manual says there is \" an aperture is located in the lower area of the centre console on the front passenger side\"

\"Insert a pen or similar object to move the auto selector out of Park\".
This procedure is required for towing.

Now with this in mind, holding the rod with the hook end around my little finger it seems an ideal tool for this job.

So that is my theory until someone says otherwise.
In the meanwhile I will stop asking about it.
Thanks for all the inputs.
 

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