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Post by MarydollC Mon Dec 27, 2021 5:14 pm

Hi, new to this forum!
On inspecting recently purchased 2002 Ford Rienza we have found two AA batteries connected to something but are located in the toilet waste compartment.
Does anyone have any idea what these power?
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Post by rogerblack Mon Dec 27, 2021 7:56 pm

These are designed to power a level system using a reed switch and magnetic float in the cassette. There will be a lamp in the loo to warn you when the cassette is nearly full. (On our manually flushed C200 it's to the right of the flush pump handle).

You will find many people don't bother with this as it is very simple to tell how full the cassette is by simply looking when the flap is open during/after use. It's better not to let the cassette get too full anyway, as it gets quite heavy and cumbersome; best to empty it regularly. I'd also suggest removing the batteries to prevent them leaking and corroding.


PS. Just noticed this is your first post.  Welcome to the forum, we're usually over in the East Neuk of Fife but are currently down in Berkshire enjoying our granddaughter's first Christmas.  Why not nip onto the new members section and post an introduction, you'll get some more welcomes.


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Post by mikethebike Mon Dec 27, 2021 9:34 pm

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Post by Dave 418 Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:05 pm

Hi there fellow Rienza owner. The numbers of owners are growing on the forum with yet another Ford base.
I can’t remember seeing a battery holder in our cassette locker and the full light works as it should when the cassette is getting nearly full. Maybe they changed the cassette on latter models ours being a 55 plate or batteries have lasted six years.  I will have a look next time we move away from the hedge.
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Post by Paulmold Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:32 pm

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Later ones were wired off the van 12v system

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Post by Dave 418 Mon Dec 27, 2021 10:57 pm

Thanks Paul. Typical good service from other forum users. There’s not much we don’t know between us. allthumbz
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Post by MarydollC Sat Apr 16, 2022 3:52 pm

Hi, and thanks for reply - agree that don’t think it’s necessary.
Thought we would share experience we had after being on approx 5 trips we started getting very loud noise from engine especially in higher gears. Had booked into local garage but as I took it there the van totally broke down - in gear but no movement. 
After much toing  and froing with garages , the agent we bought van from agreed to look at it - apparently something called the clutch flywheel was broken - fortunately we had warranty through Momentum and the garage identified issue and it was covered by warranty.
We now have our Rienza back and heading to Newquay area next week.
The East Neuk is a lovely area and you should try Upper Largo Park when there - very open location but wonderful views and lovely meals and beers in the hotel in Lower Largo.
Take care all, Steven and Mary
rogerblack wrote:These are designed to power a level system using a reed switch and magnetic float in the cassette. There will be a lamp in the loo to warn you when the cassette is nearly full. (On our manually flushed C200 it's to the right of the flush pump handle).

You will find many people don't bother with this as it is very simple to tell how full the cassette is by simply looking when the flap is open during/after use. It's better not to let the cassette get too full anyway, as it gets quite heavy and cumbersome; best to empty it regularly. I'd also suggest removing the batteries to prevent them leaking and corroding.


PS. Just noticed this is your first post.  Welcome to the forum, we're usually over in the East Neuk of Fife but are currently down in Berkshire enjoying our granddaughter's first Christmas.  Why not nip onto the new members section and post an introduction, you'll get some more welcomes.
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Post by Dave 418 Sat Apr 16, 2022 4:20 pm

Hi Steve and Mary. So sorry to here about you’re troubles. This has got me a bit concerned about our Rienza. I have heard of duel mass flywheels breaking up on older higher milage Transits that have not been treated well. I believe Transits belonging to breakdown fleets had a normal flywheel fitted when the original one failed.  
Glad you eventually got things sorted. From memory it’s a lot easier to sort a Transit clutch than some other unnamed makes of base vehicle.
We are heading south west next month if all goes to plan. I have mentioned elsewhere about our travels but nothing too exciting like going abroad until later in the year.
Safe travels both of you.
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