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Old 20th November 2023, 18:21   #14331
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Today got it through its MOT Hurahhhh! Re-test as 1st time around it failed due to BOTh back springs broken (in 2 places) and the air bag light on. It was the passenger side that was the prob and when I had removed 3 bottles of soft drinks, a box of tissues and part of a road atlas the light went out! Suppose the debris was putting a strain on the wires under the seat. Thanks to DMGR for rapid dispatch of parts and this site for inside/experienced knowledge and tips for removing/re-fitting springs without spring compressors etc. I just hope I have done up all the nuts and bolts I removed. The garage stinks of WD40, underseal, waxoyl and grease!
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Old 20th November 2023, 23:05   #14332
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You were right, and it proved to be one MOT failure out of a reasonable list of crimes.


So, on the job list is:


Broken spring OSF
Droplinks OSF and NSF (see above for prediction!)
NSF ball joint boot
Handbrake confirmed as rubbish
ABS light on
Oh and the tester poked a nice hole in the NS sill, aft of the jacking point.



And the maybe's...

Rear tyres borderline
Number plate light out (just one)
NS ball joint slight play
Corroded spring NSF


All-in, could be worse for a £500 car, and I can do it all except the welding, provided the front legs come out without too much aggro.
When you fitthe new drop links, cut the thread at the top of the link down to 18 mm. This allows you to get a ring spanner on the nut at the top .
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Old 24th November 2023, 18:41   #14333
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Fitted a replacement fuel pump and filter assembly to the 1.8 today, fingers crossed that it will start tomorrow!

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Old 27th November 2023, 20:50   #14334
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Took the pooch out to the dog park for a run today, only to find that with the cold weather the tailgate lift cylinders have lost their stay-uppedness.
This is particularly irritating as he has decided he no longer likes to ride in the back and I have to lift him in.
Another small job to add to the winter list.
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Old 28th November 2023, 23:59   #14335
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Decided to put a gallon of petrol in the 2.5 this morning, and start it up. Just above a quarter full tank now. Started straight away after a month standing still. Put the air con on to clear any damp out, but air con not working. Will have to investigate that.
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Old 29th November 2023, 18:18   #14336
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Took the 75 in for a three-axis, four-wheel alignment, following a badly degraded* front offside tyre. I don't recall it being realigned during my twenty years of ownership.


Ellis Motors, Burgess Hill, found that none of the wheels were within tolerance on any axis. Their technician had a serious job releasing the rear adjusters without damaging anything. Fortunately he persevered and now the car is transformed. Time for new tyres all round.


Derek.


* Inside shoulder down to the fabric over a width of about 20mm! Road legal over most of the remainder, which is why it wasn't noticed sooner.
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Old 1st December 2023, 19:32   #14337
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Well after 9 years, she finally started today.

Fuel tank cleaned out, new fuel pumps installed, fresh fuel and a charged battery.... started first turn.

Only ran for 2 mins as I want to flush the engine and give her a good service before running up to temp.



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Old 1st December 2023, 19:54   #14338
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Well after 9 years, she finally started today.

Fuel tank cleaned out, new fuel pumps installed, fresh fuel and a charged battery.... started first turn.

Only ran for 2 mins as I want to flush the engine and give her a good service before running up to temp.



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Old 1st December 2023, 20:29   #14339
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Thatís a result Andy.
Definitely Bob, I expected to be chasing a few faults before she ran, I'll get all the other stuff (brakes, service, brake pipes, tyres) Done over winter then all will be good!

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Old 1st December 2023, 20:56   #14340
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I took Banana for a good run today, unfortunately the radio stopped working but it was good to hear Bananas engine in full song. We even wound the elastic band up a bit and got into 3 figures, 69.9mph (ish!).
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