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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!

Task switching

Posted on : 26-09-2012 | By : Mark | In : Computer/Gaming stuff

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Easy way to hop between tasks via the right hand lower icon, scroll up or down as required to running task.

I need to tidy up

Posted on : 26-09-2012 | By : Mark | In : Computer/Gaming stuff

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Some off the apps automatically installed that I think I should weed out some of the clutter amassed

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Note these posts have all been performed on my N7

Video screen grab

Posted on : 26-09-2012 | By : Mark | In : Computer/Gaming stuff

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Even whilst watching a video screen grabs are a sinch

Just playing

Posted on : 26-09-2012 | By : Mark | In : Computer/Gaming stuff

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A quick example of the browser in use on the N7, screenshots are a doddle.

Still alive

Posted on : 25-09-2012 | By : Mark | In : Computer/Gaming stuff

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Typically I’m being a slacker, work and home none based stuff taking priority over computer stuff, until now that is, I’ve had a ten year work gift and treated myself to a Blockedls?id=nexus_7_16gb" target="_blank">Google Nexus7 a bit easier doing site updates than on my Galaxy S.

A painless operation getting started, switched on signed into my Google account and it setup up with my existing apps.

Easy quick, a few differences with its hardware, like no mass storage devices but MTP gotten around after two hours of playing with the device and installing drivers on my PC! whereas others have not been able to activate for file transfer, effectively the unit is seen as a media device when connected via USB.

Case on order, more info as I work with it.