Sonic has on quite a few occasions given trouble starting. This has involved the bendix on the starter not being thrown out when the key is turned. It is completely unpredictable so after one occasion where it didn't even want to work after being persuaded with the jack handle (the usual what is handy tool) I decided I better have a look.
With the front up on ramps access to the bottom bolt is very easy and with the top being almost as easy from above it took a short amount of time to have this on the bench. First I cleaned 45 years of muck off it and had this:
I was quite surprised by the spacers and locating plate as I haven't seen one like this before.
Testing the movement of the bendix by hand I could feel it was notchy. I had some Graphite lubricant in a spray from Lidl and used that to get smooth movement. I know that I cannot leave it wet in any way as muck from the clutch will stick to it and make it just as bad if not worse so I cleaned off any residue that had not evaproated with a dry cloth and movement was very smooth still.
I put it back in and it seems to have made a difference, as if it is meshing better with the flywheel. It turns over more consistently and doesn't do some of the things that I had put down as being 'Triumph' so I am happy with that.
Next was keeping it stopped, Chuck has been having trouble with the handbrake, this is mainly not being able to pull it on enough to keep the car still on real hills (of which we have a few in Dundee) so I had another look at this. I managed to adjust the cables and now it holds much better, I think a little backing off of the cables is required to get a comfortable height.
I checked the fluid in the master cylinder and it was a cloudy mess. This was all new last year but the car has had quite a baptism of fire regarding use level compared to the semi retirement it has been used to. I sucked all this out with the oil pump thing and flushed about 750 ml of fluid through the whole system.
I wish I had done this months ago as it has made a massive difference to the feel and performance of the brakes.
Next on the fleet list is an MOT for Malcolm the camper closely followed by Sonic's second MOT with me.
Until next time (which will be hopefully sometime next week)