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Posted on : 20-08-2013 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Just posting up some images from my phone to use on TRn

 

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Things to do

Posted on : 03-05-2013 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff, The Hound

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Not much to write about as of late!

 

Bit lazy!

 

Going to look at my trip computer some time soon see if can track down why clock looses time. So off to Maplins get some connectors etc see if I can power it up out of car.

 

Stuck Blaupunkt Bluetooth module in Audi, see to have lost my GALA control will have a head scratch on that one. May even get round to cleaning cars etc inbetween brushing the hound and gardening etc.

 

Must get on and do clutch guide for TRn, keep putting it off!

Clutch change day 3

Posted on : 14-11-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Bit more progress today.

Removal of Intercooler pipework

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Removal of Throttle body

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Intercooler fan removal

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Intercooler radiator and checked for pressure wear damage that can lead to loss of boost, I will bond some steel plate over the alloy which should be harder wearing.

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Air intake to Filter housing removed to allow easier access to intercooler scoop clips and screws

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Clutch actuator removed to allow removal of scoop lower portion.

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Gearbox connections removed

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Parts stored in Roady store room

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May take a break tomorrow spend more time with hound and catch up with TV

Quick bit of tool modification
Just finished shortening a 3/8″ 17mm socket for the flywheel bolts, I will see if it fits with torque wrench tomorrow (first attempt I hadn’t shortened enough!) prepping stuff saves me headaches later – I hope – credit to Sackis site for the socket idea.

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Clutch change day 2

Posted on : 14-11-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Small update

!st job decant old fluid before sticking elbow in it or kicking it across garage!

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Undo Crashbar

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Note to self treat rust before putting back on.

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Remove exhaust next

Undo nuts off studs at turbo – space not exactly generous, move bracket off studs

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Unplug lambda plug before removing exhaust

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Undo support brackets, then exaust almost falls off.

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Put bits out of way as space a bit tight

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Remove xmember strut thingy

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Found bush damage will need to replace!

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I put crashbar screws back in threads in car and xmember screws and nuts and bolts in a placcy bag, I almost got carried away with removing intercooler pipework etc, but thought 90 mins was enough for today seeing as I am on nightshift, tidied up ready for next steps.

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Clutch change day 1

Posted on : 14-11-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Have started tackling this job

 

No going back now

I have started, I’ll jot things down here as I go along and then do a proper article when it’s complete.

As this may take a while as I am not going to do it as a weekend job just the odd few minutes here and there to fit in around other things.

Panels orft the back, wheel nuts loosened to make it easier when removing them later.

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Where do I store them?? decided against leaving them in the garden just incase the wind picks up one day and throws them around the garden! So made a bit of space in my computer room.

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Roady in garage, parking biased to give more room on gearbox side

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Battery disconnected gearbox drained I guess I am serious?? I think the Fluid is about 3 years old (could be older though) still quite red in colour which is a good sign I guess?

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Next I guess maybe the crash bar xmember and exhuast – then the upper parts while still omn the ground so easier to reach.

More at some point yet to be determined as to whether the fancy takes me 

Maybe just maybe…

Posted on : 08-11-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Thinking of changing my clutch on the Roady.

I think my current clutch is what eats my actuators, so time to prove it one way or another.

I’ll be doing it in little bite sized chunks, so maybe I’ll spot any mistakes before disaster ensues! and it’ll be kinder on myself crawling around in a cold garage.

 

So watch this space

MOT sails through

Posted on : 23-10-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Got up early ish for 8:30 MOT at smart of Poole, the Roady sailed through without any advisories

Only comments were “you like copper slip don’t you?” and “is that the correct mileage?

Quite relieved if I am honest, even with all the precautionary work put in, something normally gets an advisory.

 

Then it was a quick jaunt to Protyre to get my wheel geometry checked out as I have felt that post the wheel bearing, suspension shock absorber and new tyres something was amiss, the car felt very keen to turn left especially at lower speeds at 60-70 in a straight line it was fine, also the MPG was down on what I normally get, at first I put it down to new tyres, release compound and moulding whiskers having an effect, but after a few hundred miles this was still evident, Sunday I discovered the two front tyres were imbalanced when cold the left being -2psi and the right +3psi on ideal setting, I corrected this and convinced myself yesterday that this had been the problem. Partly maybe, when I had my geometry checked today both fronts were excessively towing out causing drag and wierd low speed steering, once this was set properly the drive home there was a noticeable improvement in willingness to stay centred when required, also just on that short trip home, there was a visible increase in MPG, this was borne out by my commute to work this afternoon, hopefully that is that one put to bed.

Time to give my wallet a rest next on the agenda a B-service, then the Clutch replacement (DIY attempt!).

MOT looms

Posted on : 19-10-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Bit of an expensive time carwise!

Post Norway trip replaced Front Wheel Bearings had a bit of fun getting the one to bed in properly had to give it 120nm +90-180º extra turn (something about dished washer not sitting flush), also noticed shock rubber split obviously on one rear and tyres have seem better days, ones from trip had one front badly worn on inner rim, I’d switched to my set of Tracklines with 2004 Conti’s on them, loads of tread sidewalls looked in great nick, only I noticed that rain channels very badly cracked (Dried out?) in must of the channels.

 

Had to bite the bullet for the  sense of safety.

 

Tyres 4 x new 205/50/R15 Sportrac3 and 2 x 185/55/R15 Quadtrac3 to replace bearing damage and 40,000+ miles of normal wear for my all season set to be of any use.

I replaced all four shock absorbers to make sure they were giving even damping response all round, when I replaced the shock absorbers not only was the one rear had split rubber in the lower mount the nearside front when dismantled was found to be leaking fluid a little, I’d taken a risk and not got new springs (lack of funds more than anything) I also fitted new Shock absorber bearing and bearing seats at the same time the old springs had some of the coating missing but were refitted as still the full length all round £179 inc delivery not to bad.

 

I took a risk and looking at ball joints and drop links they still look okay to me, here’s hoping the MOT thinks the same!

 

As long as MOT passes – fingers crossed – next thing is Wheel alignment needs checking as I have a small amount of left drift, possible that with all the disturbance to the suspension and wheel bearing etc, something is out, equally it could be the new tyres wearing off the release compound and moulding whiskers. I think it has reduced my MPG figures too?

 

 

So if I get past that what next can go wrong? Well I have taken the decision to remove the Bonalume clutch completely as I have come to the conclusion that it is its pressure plate that is knackering my clutch actuators, I know I only had the friction plate replaced last year but enough is enough, oh last week I also replaced my broken actuator connector, talk about fiddly getting the pins out of the old connector intact and transferring to new connector shell! I will be replacing the clutch with a standard Sachs clutch, if it has issues with my remap then that will go back to standard too!

 

Due to slopey drive I will have to do the clutch in my garage which is very restricted for space so that could be fun/nightmare!

What’s occurring?

Posted on : 14-08-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff, The Hound

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Well it’s been a while since more than one liners and testing features for another site, about a month ago I sent my best wishes at Goodwoods festival of slow to, Andrew, Ade and Paul went off into the great unknown, I have been helping keep Andrews sporadic chaotic updates adding to the plot my posts feature on that site, the same feature I’ll be using on my impending Scandinavian Tour in a few days time.

On the Car front I have had my Roady back a few months now and it has been running engine-wise nicely after the rebuild, I have had a catalogue of electrical ancillary items fail since! namely Alternator-Over Volting, Clutch actuator – failing when Over heating fine when cold – lost count of how many that is now, even the Optigear modified actuator failed something is fritzing the motors possibly the ECU damaging it? Then the wiper motor packed up in heavy rain at 70mph which was a tad blurry I can tell you – can’t really say I am surprised though as it was almost ten years old and it appears that the gearbox was seizing up, none electrically I had a flat once again at 70mph on the exact same stretch of road! almost like the car is under a hex there!

On the hound front he has just turned five and is dependable and a great comfort as ever.

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That was Saturday after some fun in the river “No, Archie don’t go in the river…..” fell on deaf ears! He had fun so what the heck. Off to the vets for his annual check up and jab etc.

The next few days will consist of trying to remember everything needed for our trip and fitting it into the car………

Engine Progress

Posted on : 25-04-2012 | By : Mark | In : Car Stuff

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Just an update received from Mike at smart car specialist,

EGR ports were totally carboned up stopping flow to EGR valve – some folks remove these, in light of new MOT regs I am sticking to component functionality where possible.

I have been sent some piccies of the head now cleaned up.

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