Yesterday I told the car, with a diag tool to find the clutch bite point. Rather weird sitting there, hitting a button, it starting up and then actuating the clutch back and forth. Apparently the clutch drag point is 26%. No idea if that's good or bad?!
One thing it has done is massively improved the driveability. It'll never be a slush box, but its very capable of crawling really slow now (while I assume its slipping the clutch). Also the gear changes themselves are massively improved. Lightly pressing the accelerator you can't feel the changes. You can still feel them when accelerating harder (lurch forward and then back as it changes), but much quicker than it was before. I know not everyone likes the gearbox & its changes, but I feel it does add to its quirkyness. To be honest, if it was a BMW Msomething with a SMG box, people would forgive it.
With the wet weather today, I've been fairly limited on what I can do. One of the biggest things I could check in the rain is...
Leaks! Many, many leaks. More leaks than a sieve. These are just a few highlights. The floor and foam underneath is sodden wet. I really need a dry day that I can pull it all out and give it a really good dry. I was hoping that I could start fixing the leaks today, but rain stopped me getting any further with leak repair.
Speaking of leaks, there is one thing that all Roadster owners fear more than leaks ... leaks onto the SAM (body computer).
This thing that lives under the steering wheel:
According to the seller, Mercedes declared this as faulty. Despite it not having any problem. Anyway, I thought I better pull it apart to check for corrosion:
Looks good to me! What does one that has been water damaged?
Definitely nothing like that. Admittedly that's a very bad case, but I can't see any damage on mine at all.
This is really good thing! As a replacement from Mercedes is around the £700 mark. Even a second-hand unit is a good £150-200. Also shows why you have to be careful when you let a dealer mechanic diagnose your car. It looks likes someone has been at the SAM before too, as a mounting screw was missing from the SAM and the side plastic mountings were missing all their trim tabs.
Next thing to fix was the bonnet. As the engine is in the back, the bonnet is a main storage/transport area. Unfortantly this required an almighty slam to get it to close. First step was to clean up the catch. I forgot to take the picture before, but it was filthy. Full of oily, gritty crap.
It started off as very stiff. The catch wouldn't flick back and forth. After heavily dousing it with GT85, it all started clunking back and forth.
Still didn't fix it.
Removed the bump stops. Closed perfectly. Tried adjusting them but unfortunately they're solid. Hmm.
Ended up cutting the rubber bump stops down with a Stanley. Now closes perfectly.