At Okee we love retrofitting electrical add-ons, like; spot lights, reversing sensors, and dash cams. When the work is completed correctly these upgrades can be a good addition to your pride and joy. However sometimes we come across a poor installation and in this case, a potentially dangerous one.
Our Client was at her local supermarket when smoke started to pour out from under the bonnet and dashboard of her vehicle. She quickly exited her vehicle and called the RAC for recovery services. Once the vehicle had been towed to Okee it didn’t take long for us to find the cause - a poorly routed live feed wire had been trapped between a front spot light and its mounting bracket. Over time the wire had become exposed and shorted, and this in turn allowed excessive current to flow - melting all the relating wiring (see picture).
The original technician installed these lights without fitting a fuse, which is not recommended and something we would never do at Okee. We removed all the existing wiring and started again, making sure wires were routed safely and the system was fused correctly. Back on the road in no time!
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Our customer was fed up with frosted mirrors during the winter months... however, we were more than happy to provide a suitable solution. A few modifications were carried out to the wing mirror mounts to conceal the new wiring, then an extra wiring loom was made and connected through the existing door hinges. This meant no wires were exposed, and you’d hardly even know this modification had been carried out!!
Then the mirror glass was removed from its housing and a heating element fixed to the rear of the glass. Once the door wiring had been completed, we then had to supply the wing mirrors with power for the heating element to warm up. Instead of a separate switch being fitted to the dash we wired in a relay circuit from the heated rear windscreen, this meant that when the heated screen was activated, so was the heated wing mirrors. Genius! Problem solved!
Ben Grave, Mark Lawson