Today I experienced my second breakdown in 5 years. I was with a friend in his Superspec which was handy.
On the journey we were lucky that we saw the A1 was stationary as
we drove over it, so we changed our plan and came back through
Grantham. I took the opportunity to fill up at Sainsbury's but when I
came to drive away she just wouldn't start. Cranked at full speed but
absolutely nothing happened. Luckily we could push her out of
everybody's way to a corner of the forecourt while we discussed it.
was also lucky that Andy was there as we could bounce ideas of each
other. We quickly figured out she was not getting any fuel and the
fuel pump wasn't running up when I turned on the ignition. So first
check was the fuses but I have replaced all the fuses with ones that
have an LED on them that lights up if the fuse has blown. And none of
the LEDs was lit up. So the next step was the relay, and Andy
confirmed he couldn't feel it click when I turned on the ignition. So
I removed the relay and plugged in the horn relay instead and this time
he felt the click and the engine burst into life. So I drove home
without a horn Moral of the story is to carry a spare relay in the
So that's my second breakdown and both times I've managed to fix it at
the roadside and I haven't had to call out the breakdown service. Fingers crossed.