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#14221 OFFLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:04 PM

This is probably a really stupid question but it's stumped me so far.  

 

There's a lot of engine noise getting into my Hiace's cab and the main culprit is the rubber gaitor thing around the base of the steering column where it goes through the floor.  It's disintegrated and is therefore in dire need of replacement but I haven't had any luck finding one.  Main problem being, I don't even know what to call it...grommet?  Bush?  Gaitor?  I've tried everything I can think of and I can't even find a picture of it, let alone anywhere selling one.  

 

It consists of a metal collar and some sort of rubber bit but the original is so far gone I can't really tell what it should look like.  

 

Any clues?


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#14222 ONLINE   tooSavvy

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 05:36 PM

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#14223 OFFLINE   hhhugues

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

I hate to do this but I have to ask yet another boring question about my Mondeo. The alternator is toast. I'm considering getting a 2d hand one and attempting to change it myself because the car is basically worth £0 and that also happens to be roughly the budget I have to either get it sorted or find a replacement.

 

There isn't very much online to guide me through the process, but the couple youtube videos I have seen indicate that it could quickly turn into a total ballache. For starters it would involve taking off a tracking rod to gain access, which i'm a little nervous about. Bear in mind the extend of my experience as far as working on this car (or any other come to think of it), is basic oil/filter change, removing and cleaning the EGR, and changing the battery. I like shite to look at and drive (so to speak), not so much to fettle with.  

 

Essentially, my question is: Is it worth having a go, or am I just going to end up wasting a day before inevitably calling for someone to take the damn thing away? 

 

Thanks, and I promise to post about an interesting car at some point soon!

 


If it is worth nothing and you have the time plus don't need the car back asap then have a go.

Where are you located?

 

 

So I had a go. Went as far as removing the wheel and the protective panel behind it, and swiftly concluded that I had neither the tools or the patience / ability for the task. My local garage reckons they could put a used alternator (if i can find one) for £120. That sounds reasonable enough for labour i would think? 

 

On the other hand, another thing that made it a pain in the arse to work on the car is that the whole engine is incrediby dirty, and i don;t think its oil. If it's fuel, is that an automatic MOT failure? it's been like that for a while now. Given the state of the car, I really have to think twice about investing any money at all in this thing. Any advice on this welcome!



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 07:55 PM

My binoculars are not powerful enough to let me see into your engine bay from here.

 

Post photos.


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

Ha, good point. Will do that tomorrow. It's literally coated the whole engine and definitely doesn't have the viscosity of oil. 



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:14 PM

Why has an exhaust blowing slightly at the first joint lost me 1/2 a mile per litre? 4 strokes don't need back pressure do they?

 

Yes they do. You need a back pressure wave from the exhaust to scavenge the cylinder properly. hence why four branch manifolds etc for tuning as it's the first joint/box that causes the wave to return.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

What are the chances of getting a Capri cheap anymore?
I think I've left it too late. :(

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 10:35 AM

What are the chances of getting a Capri cheap anymore?
I think I've left it too late. :(

 

 

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:02 PM

So I sort-of just witnessed a hit and run.

 

I was sitting in my front room, when I heard a thud outside. I saw a silver mark 1 Focus with an L plate on the back reverse into my street from a side street, then fuck off at high speed.

 

I wandered round the corner and saw the front corner of a parked Peugeot 208 caved in. I knocked on some doors and found out who owns it, but there was no answer at that house. Do I put a note through their letter box? I didn't get the number plate of the Focus, unfortunately.

 

EDIT: Never mind. I've put a note through their letter box with a description of the car, explaining I didn't see the number plate though, and gave them my name and address if they want to speak to me.


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#14230 OFFLINE   dave21478

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 02:41 PM

What are the chances of getting a Capri cheap anymore?
I think I've left it too late. :(

Too late. Which is a massive pisser as I now want one too.

 

I was picking my nephew up from his Rugby training yesterday and as I was shambling through the carpark I heard a rare noise in amongst the usual diesel clatter that all cars make now....an old skool burbling. I spun round to see a lovely black mkIII Capri going past. It had that "looked after but driven daily" look to it. Only a 1.6L, but it was a really beautiful sight amongst the amorphous blobs that pass as cars these days.



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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:10 PM

My binoculars are not powerful enough to let me see into your engine bay from here.

 

Post photos.

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#14232 OFFLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:17 PM

 

Excellent work, Sherlock!  Well done, I would have been searching for months.

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...0-/321817159511

 

And lo and behold, a UK seller.  Marvellous stuff, thank you very much.


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Posted 19 March 2017 - 05:23 PM

Cheatterz sozz ;)

I have the 'back door' on a fuckoff humongous database of Toyota shizzle [I dig shit up for ToMM© using the VINchassis no].

Just reset for your rig.....


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

How do you look back at an ebay listing that's finshed?

Want to look at a car that has been on before and want to read original advert.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:49 AM

Browsing motors on swapz, one catches my interest so try to check out its history. It doesn't show up on the gov mot site or their vehicle check but it does show up on the car check app on my phone. Any ideas why?



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:50 AM

You do a search that would bring the item up (description or all items from that seller etc) and tick the Completed Listings box on the left.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:55 PM

Browsing motors on swapz, one catches my interest so try to check out its history. It doesn't show up on the gov mot site or their vehicle check but it does show up on the car check app on my phone. Any ideas why?


Could it have been wearing a private numberplate until recently?

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 03:00 PM

Could it have been wearing a private numberplate until recently?

 

That is the only conclusion that I could make and the apps update their info quicker than the Gov sites do.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 12:43 AM

This tyre is looking a bit iffy,
 
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That's what I get for running a sick ass low profile, I wonder if I can glue in a gaiter, maybe a piece of leather or seatbelt, and now a front caliper has broken, have I angered the Gods?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 10:43 PM

So I had a go. Went as far as removing the wheel and the protective panel behind it, and swiftly concluded that I had neither the tools or the patience / ability for the task. My local garage reckons they could put a used alternator (if i can find one) for £120. That sounds reasonable enough for labour i would think? 

 

On the other hand, another thing that made it a pain in the arse to work on the car is that the whole engine is incrediby dirty, and i don;t think its oil. If it's fuel, is that an automatic MOT failure? it's been like that for a while now. Given the state of the car, I really have to think twice about investing any money at all in this thing. Any advice on this welcome!

 

My binoculars are not powerful enough to let me see into your engine bay from here.

 

Post photos.

 

So here are some photos of the engine. Sorry it took a while 

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google...a3ZJNEI0c3lzWTg

 

Sorry also that I've forgotten how to post photos properly. The engine looks rather shiny from afar actually - not sure if that will be helpful..



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:44 PM

2 and a half year old battery, removed from a car before it was scrapped 18 months ago. not been charged since. Will it be kippered? Its on freecycle currently and I have a trickle charger, is it worth bothering with or will it be stuffed?


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:55 PM

If it was fully charged when removed it'll be ok. If it was left flat it'll be shagged. Depends how lucky you're feeling.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:52 PM

So here are some photos of the engine. Sorry it took a while 

 

https://drive.google...iew?usp=sharing

 

https://drive.google...a3ZJNEI0c3lzWTg

 

Sorry also that I've forgotten how to post photos properly. The engine looks rather shiny from afar actually - not sure if that will be helpful..

 

 

Assuming the oil cap itself isnt leaking and assuming its not old oil from previously careless topping up spillages, I would be looking at the injector return lines - the small bore plastic pipes that come from each injector and take excess fuel away....They are probably perished and seeping.

 

Otherwise, buy a couple of cans of brake cleaner and spray them all over the place to clean that crud off - dont do this on your immaculate block paved driveway - then once its dry dust it lightly with talcum powder and drive for a while to see if new traces are visible.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

If it was fully charged when removed it'll be ok. If it was left flat it'll be shagged. Depends how lucky you're feeling.

 

Since its free I shall give it a shot, worst case scenario is that its had it and I take it to the dump (where I'll be going anyway) - best case scenario I have a spare car battery.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:26 PM

Since its free I shall give it a shot, worst case scenario is that its had it and I take it to get weighed in - best case scenario I have a spare car battery.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 05:56 PM

Assuming the oil cap itself isnt leaking and assuming its not old oil from previously careless topping up spillages, I would be looking at the injector return lines - the small bore plastic pipes that come from each injector and take excess fuel away....They are probably perished and seeping.
 
Otherwise, buy a couple of cans of brake cleaner and spray them all over the place to clean that crud off - dont do this on your immaculate block paved driveway - then once its dry dust it lightly with talcum powder and drive for a while to see if new traces are visible.


Looks more like leaky injector seals to me, look at all the crap pooling around the injectors themselves, and the black carbon from blowby. You get a high pressure misting too which settles everywhere as a greasy film.
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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:00 PM

Looks more like leaky injector seals to me, look at all the crap pooling around the injectors themselves, and the black carbon from blowby. You get a high pressure misting too which settles everywhere as a greasy film.

Thanks both, that's all useful advice. I'm pretty certain it's not oil, so some sort leaky injector issue is more likely. I'll try the clean + talcum technique and see what it tells me anyway, assuming i can get the car started after a good charge.

In the case of either leaky pipes or seals, do you reckon it means a) MOT failure, b ) lots of money to put right? I have literally no idea, and that's really the two main things that will inform my decision to either throw more money at the car or weight it in.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:12 PM

Might fail for fuel leak if there are puddles around the injectors and on the rocker cover, might also fail a smoke test if the seals are badly gone. Leaky injectors are also costing you power and MPG and will get worse. Refurbed injectors and new sealing washers are the fix, but budget for at least £300.

Do as dave says first though, because leaky return lines will only cost a few quid to sort.

Edit - it's hard to start? It's the injectors.

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 10:23 AM

Battery collected and been on trickle charge for ~12h now and still going so we shall see what it looks like when i get home from work. Odds are as follows:

 

2/1 - Still charging

4/1 - Charger packed up

11/1 - Shed on fire

35/1 - Finished charging

 

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 10:36 AM

I've got round to buying a cheapo OBD cable for my Ibiza in an attempt to fix the bugger. VCDS lite is giving me these codes:

19464 - Camshaft Position Sensor (G40) - Signal out of range P3008

18027 - Glow Plug Relay (J52): Open or Short to Ground P1619

17932 - Fuel Pump Relay (J17): Open or Short to Ground P1542 - Intermittent

17957 - Boost Pressure Regulation Valve (N75): Open or Short to Ground P1549 -- Intermittent

 

ATD engine code.

 

The car starts fine, glow plug relay can be heard clicking on and off and started fine in cold weather, fuel pump primes fine, all it does is go into limp mode at random (and usually at the worst) times. Sometimes I can chug along up a hill at 50 in 5th without problems, other times it'll go into limp mode just as I'm about to go on the A47 in the outside lane. Any pointers would be appreciated.


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