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#331 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:35 AM

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#332 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:34 AM

To get this back on track, went out in the Bluebird this morning. Heater still lukewarm at best, but most often entirely cold. GR-8 4 DEMISTIN. Not aided by a sunroof that appears to leak...

 

I just cannot get the heater to be actually hot. I reckon there's air trapped in it, because I can hear bubbles when I rev the engine. Then I'll get a little bit of heat, but it doesn't last long. I tried parking it nose-up, and burping the heater pipes. Both pipes felt warm, but no warmth. Hoping I haven't just got a borked heater matrix as that's a job I really don't fancy.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:01 AM

Disconnect both hoses and flush it through with the garden hose.

Then connect one of the hoses and put the garden hose on the other until water comes out of the disconnected hose. Reconnect hose.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:05 AM

reckon that the heater matrix is bunged up. find the to and fro pipes in the engine bay and back flush it. possibly find that the water just dribbles out of the other end.

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:06 AM

I completely and utterly blocked the matrix on my 190e.  Like - properly.  NOTHING I did could get it unblocked.  When the headgasket was done, I moaned to the garage about it - and it came back to me roasting hot.  From memory they reversed the hoses and chucked something inside to breakdown the gunk.

 

No idea what it was sadly, but a quick google search comes up with a few ideas.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

Thanks chaps. Have a video to edit up, but I'll give it a bit of flushing action later.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

Actually, sod it. The video can wait. I think it's actually stopped raining!


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:59 AM

Dishwasher tablet can be used to descale a matrix, or caustic soda if you are very brave



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:29 PM

Just a simple flush seems to have done the trick. Washed out a lot of horrible silt. Heater now hot again. Toasty!
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:54 PM

Amys corsa responded well to that. I had the puma at the time and she basically stole it from me and left me the corsa, which after a few weeks I didn't mind so much as it was more economical for me... Heater never worked until I took the hoses off the matrix, put the hose in, nothing happened so I put the hose in the output, nothing happened for about a minute until loads of sludge shot out! Toasty heaters after that!

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 03:41 PM

So, emboldened by the good folk of Autoshite, I did some matrix flushing.

 

I also needed to attend to the passenger headlamp. The adjusters were seized on the old one, and the reflector was also loose in the casing. Was passed on the understanding that I'd get it sorted pronto, and before driving the car in the dark. I also wanted to straighten out the trim beneath it.

 

For reference, it was quite bent.

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The strip-down begins. So easy to work on.

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And back together again.

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I also adjusted the passenger wiper down a bit. I still didn't like it, so after watching the tennis, I did it again.

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The passenger wiper blade is still too small, which is annoying. Not that it really affects the driver, but I may have to do something about that. I'll have to get the headlamp aim checked too. I suspect the new lamp is too low, which is at least better than too high.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:15 PM

yes the wiper is pleasingly within the black zone, please have 5 bonus points


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:24 AM

yes the wiper is pleasingly within the black zone, please have 5 bonus points

 

Can I have five more when I actually have the correct sized blade fitted? The wipers work fine. They clear the screen, and I can see, so naturally I've ordered a pair of new blades.

 

I have also done more video stuff.


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