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#91 OFFLINE   barefoot

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:48 PM

Time for another update of much dullness.
After being switched on permanently for the last three months, the air conditioning has decided not to bother conditioning any more. Took it back to DC who replenishished it last time, they managed to extract 199g of refigerant confirming that there is indeed a leak. Last time they added ultra violet dye to reveal the source of the leak, but were unable today to find any trace. Chap tells me that this will be a micro leak in the condensor.
It's booked in for a condensor and a recharge on Monday.
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Posted 27 July 2017 - 11:17 AM

And now for a mildly more exciting one with a picture...

 

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Air conditioning condenser replaced on Monday, the first time it has got up to temperature since & the radiator top hose popped off, just as I was joining the motorway. Rather than stop on the single lane slip road or in the roadworks section, I continued for a few hundred yards to the very wide bit at the end.

Nice bloke from Auto Aid was out with a container of water within the hour, and the drama was all over.

 

I suspect it was down to a bit of shitty tightening by the air-con folk, I'll have a quiet word with them next time I'm passing.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:06 PM

A word was had and they told me that the lad hadn't needed to remove the offending radiator hose to get to the condenser.

 

That means that the same hose has blown off, with a different securing thing, twice in about six months.

Chap has suggested that maybe the hose has become internally worn and a brand new one has been ordered.

But is there likely to be something else causing a massive build up of coolant pressure, sufficient to dislodge hoses?

 

I am a little concerned.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:10 PM

That does have a whiff of HGF about it doesn't it? Does your local garage have a 'sniffer?'


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:30 PM

My Caprice did the same thing every six Months or 25,000 miles, whichever came first.

After flying off three times, I always gave in and replaced it, which gave me peace for another 25k miles.

Fucking made in Taiwan hoses after 1986, not worth shit.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:47 PM

It did it to me a at least once, I just resecured it and refilled the water.

 

I did have to replace the water pipe that runs down the centre of the 'V' as this one had become crispy with the heat. largely due to the routing.

 

I think that replacing the offending pipe will most probably solve it.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 01:58 PM

Did you have your 'jaguar outfit' including cravat on this time?
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Posted 31 July 2017 - 02:28 PM

That does have a whiff of HGF about it doesn't it? Does your local garage have a 'sniffer?'

 

 

It was checked the first time it did it & the oil still looks like new & the water/coolant is clear & doesn't vary in quantity.

 

 

 

I think that replacing the offending pipe will most probably solve it.

 

So do I, it's been on & off more times than a whore's drawers.

 

Did you have your 'jaguar outfit' including cravat on this time?

 

Sadly no, Mr Burrows did frown at my toes a little though.


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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:16 PM

New hose and new spring clips (not jubilee clips) and I'd be tempted to replace the pressure cap in the expansion tank.If the cap isn't releasing the pressure it builds up and blows at the weakest point.

The cooling system expands and contracts and the worm drive of a jubilee clip doesn't which, IMO, is the biggest culprit of cracked plastic housings.



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 03:48 PM

Is the spigot that the hose goes onto quite long? Does the hose get stretched with the engine movement? Perhaps the hose is too far onto the spigot. If its not, and there's room, put two clamps on. We always use two clamps on the below the waterline fittings on our boat - you don't want one of those pulling off and sinking the boat.


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 09:38 AM

OK, car having new hose/anti-freeze/expansion cap today.

 

In vaguely related news my neighbour, the one who owned a Ferrari, a Maserati coupe and currently a Mercedes Coupe with 63 on the back, asked me to pop down for a word. Turns out he's doing some kind of charity road race 2200 miles with a £500 budget per car. He bought a 50,000 mile Focus, then decided that'd be a bit dull so bought an 52 plate XJ-8 instead. Wanted me to have a bit of a drive in it to tell him how it compares to mine.

Very similar, but the gear-change was noticeably smoother so I'm booked back in with David Marks for an overdue fluid change.

(Heater/air-con fan was irritatingly noisy though).


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Posted 02 August 2017 - 01:44 PM

A 52 plate XJ for £500? Where on earth did he get that?
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Posted 02 August 2017 - 02:02 PM

No idea, it had 120,000 miles, worn shocks, a noisy fan & a short MOT, but drove well enough.


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:15 PM

A little bit of excitement a couple of weeks ago when the exhaust started blowing, a little bit through the off side catalyst.

 

Took it back to David Marks for a secondhand replacement and a long overdue transmission fluid change.

It is now quiet again, but better than that, it changes gear so unbelievably smoothly.

If the gear change were a sound, it would be mellifluous.

 

Chap said that the fluid should be clear/amber/golden and it was black.

Black, but not gritty and didn't smell burnt.

 

I am happy.

 

Here's a pic for all you folk that like to see shards of bearings/gears/other gearbox crap stuck to sump magnets and surrounded by filth.

 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:31 PM

Looks surprisingly clean.

I'd bath in that.


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 03:57 PM

Here's the stuff that was tipped out.

 

 

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Posted 30 August 2017 - 07:02 PM

Where is the turkey?


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