Well evening all - it's time for the 2015-16 Winter servicing / maintenance / repairs to begin on my Spider and wanted to log them here and maybe ask some further questions along the way...
List of things I will be tackling due to maintenance needs and advice taken from my recent thread about making the car even easier to use everyday now my Jag has gone...:
- Rear Discs and Pads and flush the brake fluid with fresh Pagid DOT4
- Cambelt / Balance Belt and associated tensioners / idlers, Waterpump, Plugs, Oil and Air Filter Service
- Flush the coolant
- New Wiper Blades
- Couple of remedial rust issues to solve - under rad, chassis strengthening pieces etc
- Leaking front window to adjust - hopefully not the seal just the driver's window alignment...
- Buy and fit some HIDs
Anyway, I began today by jacking up the motor at the back to start on the brakes... It took an age to get the calipers off - the pads had seized to the discs on both sides. I think the car had only been sat what, 2/3 weeks. So, a mallet and chocks of wood were resorted to in order to shift them.
Before fitting the new discs / pads I am thinking to remove the calipers and give them a freshen up with a refurbishment kit and some new red paint. I did them while on the car a couple of years ago and they could do with doing again but as I'm a little more adept at mechanical bits and bobs now (plus I'll be bleeding the brakes with new fluid anyway) I thought I might ask for opinions / advice on a) how to remove the calipers and b) how best to refurbish them and what kit to buy - I've seen the one on Ebay for about £45 but is there a recommended one or is this good enough:
I also need to ask if anyone has ever had a seized nut on the caliper carrier? One of mine has stuck down (the other three spring back out) and I don't know whether it will work free... Does anyone have a spare caliper carrier lying around that they don't need?
I look forward to any feedback and I'll report on any further progress!