Tin worm attack ...
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Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Pre-MOT checks and annual service
So MOT due at end of June ....
Following replacement of front pads and discs, and two new tyres prigress today has been slow but productive.
Firstly two new rear Meyle HD drop-links as there was slight play in one. All went to plan until I tried to fit n/s and ball-joints turned ... didn't do that on o/s ... these don't have torx/hex holes so several mins lost trying to find a thin open ended spanner that would hold threads while tightened nuts.
Air filter was next and usual screw problem. Two were ok but one at front would not turn so battery, and battery tray had to come out to get the housing out the top. I fitted the V6 pipe years ago and it came out easily as I'd applied a thin film of grease where it plugs into filter box. So two bolts out intact and one snapped head. Luckily the lid is a tight fit around the remaining sleeve so that went back with two well copper greased screws and put it all back.
Next up plugs ... all but two came out easily. Plugs in cyl 1 (nearest belts) were very oily from overspill even though I use a funnel. Small plug in three just wouldn't fit in socket and then noticed some broken black plastic at bottom. Dragged out using blob of grease on long screwdriver blade. Large plug in 4 was tight so worked it out but turning left then right a few times. Thread on plug looked ok and as well as I could see so was head. Copper grease on new threads and put it back slowly. Got harder towards end so backed off and tried again. Gently torqued all plugs to minimum spec.
Then bl**dy thing refused to start ... wiggled all the relays and eventually power ...
Next up oil and filter change and replace two short hoses on filter heat-exchanger as they both leak a bit from age. Nice new silicon hose going on with new hose clips.
Finally swap out from pad springs as one broke and other is pretty naff ... (ECP about £8 a pair including delivery).
More later ...
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Last edited by gazza82; 10-05-14 at 20:04.