Arrived home last night to see a worrying looking patch on the drive where I park the car, popped the bonnet and could see fuel dripping from the filter.
Not the end of the world, I keep an eye out for service parts in between services and have a filter handy. When removing the connector for the 'water in fuel' sensor the little spring clip flew off never to be seen again.
The elearn process says to put the filter assembly in a vice to remove the sensor, dear God, how tight could it be? Undid it easily with just my hands which of course caused diesel to start coming out, so nipped it back up and snapped the bl00dy thing off in the filter.
Not having a good day here, looking at about £50 for a new one, have picked up a used one for a tenner off ebay with the clip.
Have temp left the plastic blank in the bottom of the filter, turned the ignition on and off a few times to prime the fuel system and it started fine, no obvious leaks, stuck my head underneath to see if I could see anything and heard a bit of a rattle. Not too concerned as it sounded very much like the aluminium undertray, have to nip up the rear bolts from time to time, but no, wasn't that. Maybe exhaust or heatsheild. So off with the undertray, disaster, coming from inside the bell housing, either clutch release bearing or DMF as the rattle goes when the clutch is depressed.
Well, the DMF is original and has now done over 150k miles so not so bad I suppose, clutch has done a good 100k miles.
Considering a solid flywheel conversion, need to save some pennies, just hope it doesn't leave me on the side of the road till I'm in a position to do it.
What a day!
All the best