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Fitted a transparent section to my cam belt cover so I can keep an eye on the belt. If a bearing starts to wear the belt will move across the sprockets, giving me some warning of coming disaster. Well that's the theory anyhow. Thumb screws release the cover allowing the tension and teeth to be checked.
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where did you purchase this transparent cover and do you know if its available for the V6 engine. It would be a great way to keep an eye on the condition of the belt, one owner over here has just had one go and the repair bill is over $12000AU just on the cyl heads and labour.

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Hi RT,
where did you purchase this transparent cover and do you know if its available for the V6 engine. It would be a great way to keep an eye on the condition of the belt, one owner over here has just had one go and the repair bill is over $12000AU just on the cyl heads and labour.

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I've not heard of them being sold, so made mine. If you want to have a go: some polycarbonate sheet, a hot air gun to bend it, a jig saw, drill; and side and end cutters to nibble some of the original cover away. Rivnuts and thumb screws to hold it in place, hard 'rubber' as packing, and foam to fill the gaps. That's about it. I was pretty nervous, working around the belt, so protected it with strips of wood (for the drill) and paper towel (for the swarf).

With the engine cover on, it wasn't easy to judge if the belt moved sideways, so I added a gauge. When not in use it lives in the clip thoughtfully provided by AR on the header tank.
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Fitted LED sidelights after the front passenger one blew again, and cleaned my EGR valve & map sensor up!
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I've not heard of them being sold, so made mine. If you want to have a go: some polycarbonate sheet, a hot air gun to bend it, a jig saw, drill; and side and end cutters to nibble some of the original cover away. Rivnuts and thumb screws to hold it in place, hard 'rubber' as packing, and foam to fill the gaps. That's about it. I was pretty nervous, working around the belt, so protected it with strips of wood (for the drill) and paper towel (for the swarf).

With the engine cover on, it wasn't easy to judge if the belt moved sideways, so I added a gauge. When not in use it lives in the clip thoughtfully provided by AR on the header tank.
Thanks for that, I may give it a try.
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That car park is fantastic (as is your car!) is that 3 Mini's a Beetle and an Uno, did you park in 1990?
Hahaha...agreed. Great looking 156...what a lovely car that was. Also, don't want to be a pedant, but isn't that a Lancia Y10, and not an Uno??
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Hahaha...agreed. Great looking 156...what a lovely car that was. Also, don't want to be a pedant, but isn't that a Lancia Y10, and not an Uno??
Your right it is a Lancia, should put my glasses on
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Today, actually last weekend plus Monday I've spent replacing my power steering pump, nothing pleasant to report however, managed the job with the happy ending.

The thermostat is next on the list :-)

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Today, actually last weekend plus Monday I've spent replacing my power steering pump, nothing pleasant to report however, managed the job with the happy ending.

The thermostat is next on the list :-)

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Thermostat is a nice enough job, assuming you've never done one on a car where it's dead easy.
In the latter case you're wondering why on earth it needs to be that complicated...
I came freshly from doing one on a PSA 1.9 diesel lump and found it a tad frustrating.
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Painted the repair matt black and installed the plastic covers back on, now that the fix has gone through some testing.

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Checked and adjusted tyre pressures on all 4 corners, recent cold weather has had a big effect so go check yours now! Should feel a bit nice on the drive to work now at least!

Tread depth and pattern looks good at the front (Infinity Ditchfinders, still got 3-4mm left after about 40k miles!), depth is good at the rear (6-7mm) but wear pattern is extreme on the inner shoulder!!!

My own fault really.. I replaced the Pirellis at the back because of inner shoulder wear and a stepped pattern - classic signs of poor alignment... Never got the alignment adjusted, and now I've pretty much destroyed a set of Goodyears in around 20k

Also tried and failed to get the rear LHS numberplate bulb housing out.... Read a load of threads here, read the user manual too... Can't seem to slide nor pry one end out at all! Gonna get back out and have another go once I've warmed up... Got fed up and came in for a coffee... Anyone got any pro tips?

Still waiting on the bl**dy insurers to assess the damage to the front too... Even though I've offered on about 4 occasions to give them a detailed list of all the broken parts!!! Hastings Premium is so far a big let down!

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"Also tried and failed to get the rear LHS numberplate bulb housing out" _The_Editor_ said:

I remember taking mine off some while ago now and it can be tricky - iirc what e-learn doesn't show clearly is that you are aiming to push (horizontal) the lamp unit to the left (it's left for both lamp units) against a spring loading to then allow the right side to lower and thus release the lamp. There's a horizontal groove cut into the right end of the lamp that sits on the bodywork (you can't see this until the lamp is out), what you need to do is to move the body of the lamp to the left by about an eighth of an inch so the groove can clear the bodywork. As e-learn says the way to do it is to use a flat blade screwdriver. Not to lever it down but I placed it in the recess at the right of the lamp in between the edge of the lamp and the end of the recess. A quarter to half turn will push the lamp horizontally and let it drop at the right hand side.

I covered the screwdriver blade with a cloth to prevent scratches. And I sprayed the area with silicon lube to aid movement of the lamp. If it's like mine there'll be so much crud holding it in you'll need to pull it out once you've cleared the groove. I also found I needed to re-form the shape of the spring to get it to stay in when I put it back.
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Fitted a new thermostat to the wife's 147 jtd. It could have been so easy, but no, ended up being a pig of a job, but it's done now and all is well again, not that the wife will even notice! ;-)
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Had autolusso oil cooler fitted on Thursday after leak got a little worse. Everything seemed fine until I moved my van this morning to get the car out of garage and noticed a good 100 yard unbroken line of oil coming from the garage and stretching down the road!

Knew exactly what it was, so I maually got the car out of the garage just in case, and there was a nice pool of fresh oil just under the cooler

Had so much trouble lately that's it's becoming a bit of a joke. After 3 weeks of hassels and big expense i was finally looking forward to taking it out for a good blast without having to worry about anything going wrong.

I just thank my lucky stars that it wasn't raining and I noticed the oil, otherwise I would have drove straight out and carried on non the wiser ...

Car being collected tomorrow by garage to put right, hopefully.
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AA man came out to charge my GT's battery yesterday morning; lack of use and it went flat.. He spent the entire time commenting what a gorgeous car it was, he took a number of photos.. then asked for a passenger ride to see how it went/handled.. at the end of a short test drive he was most impressed by the GT...

So much so he phoned me back at 17:00 yesterday to say he'd found one on eBay and was heading out shortly to buy it!
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aa man came out to charge my gt's battery yesterday morning; lack of use and it went flat.. He spent the entire time commenting what a gorgeous car it was, he took a number of photos.. Then asked for a passenger ride to see how it went/handled.. At the end of a short test drive he was most impressed by the gt...

So much so he phoned me back at 17:00 yesterday to say he'd found one on ebay and was heading out shortly to buy it!
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Checked the scuttle drain and sorted out the scuttle trim which had never fitted properly. Jacked the front up as the car had felt a little 'vague' recently. Couldn't find any issues so cleaned the brake disk hubs and brake callipers and refitted the wheels. Gave the car a good wash and put a bit more air in the front tyres. Took it for a drive and seemed to feel much better so may just have been down to slightly low tyre pressures..... time will tell.

Did all that and then cleaned the wife's Clio too.....
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Still waiting on the bl**dy insurers to assess the damage to the front too... Even though I've offered on about 4 occasions to give them a detailed list of all the broken parts!!! Hastings Premium is so far a big let down!
Repairs approved!

Only took me calling them every day for 3 straight days to get an answer... Now won't be in the shop until next week whilst I'm away on holiday...

What are the chances it's not ready by the time I get back?
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