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307SW an adventure in spannernomics - MOT prep work

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#91 OFFLINE   rainagain

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:01 AM

So more giffer fixes after visiting the scrappies, swapped the self tapper for the proper fixing. 

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:22 AM

The small things are always the most satisfying! This is why I took as many little silly bits from my old laguna when I still had it for the new one, to save having to obtain it all later (or just not bother, which is what would have happened...)
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:23 AM

I started the 307 recently and the 'whisper quiet' engine was a bit less whispery than normal. It sounded like an Ewok was trapped under the bonnet and was attempting to hammer their way out. I opened the bonnet and found the aux belt tensioner was jumping up and down like an excited child who had just been promised their body weight in chocolate.

 

A quick google suggested it could either be the aux pulley breaking up or a failure of the one way bearing in the alternator. I used a screwdriver on the alternator's fan to try and get it to freewheel and found it was seized.  Thirty five quid later I had a replacement winging its way to me from ebay



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:27 AM

Once the alternator arrived it was time to swap it out, I disconnected the battery and moved onto removing the aux belt. You need to use a 15mm spanner to push the tensioner away from the belt and then insert a 4mm drill, nail, etc to hold it. I was struggling to hold the tensioner back and get my hand in, so enter go go gaffer tape spanner

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:40 AM

Once the tensioner was out of the way I removed the belt, luckily I had ordered a new belt just in case as despite looking ok when the fitted the old belt was knackered

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

Removing the alternator was where the fun and games really started. I was hoping to just remove it from the top but Peugeot had other ideas. The wiring connections came off easily enough as did the top bolts. However the bottom bolt required the inner arch liner to be removed. I also had to nip to Halfords for a 24mm deep socket to get the bolt out. 

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:47 AM

Even with all the bolts out it was a struggle to remove it, once out I found out why, there is a pinch bolt at the bottom shown below which the HBOL kindly didn't mention. 

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:52 AM

With the pinch bolt loosened the replacement dropped in ok, I refitted all the other bolts, the new belt and reconnected the battery. Worryingly the first time I tried to start it, it wouldn't start, however it started ok the second time and the tensioner no longer banged up and down. :)

 

I also painted the brake pipe that the arch liner was cleverly rubbing through

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:25 AM

With the hot weather I noticed the air con would stop working when the car stopped moving, Peugeot Planet also reported the fan wasn't working on high speed. A quick google suggested the wiring rather than the fan, the HBOL said you had to remove the bumper to get to the fan wiring, I found I could remove an access plate below the radiator and just about get my hands in to inspect the wiring.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:27 AM

Luckily the section of wiring could be unplugged to allow me to fix it on the bench, can you see what's wrong with it

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:29 AM

I was able to trim it back and find somthing I could solder to once I've cleaned off the oxidation. I also found damage to the lower current signal wire, which again I managed to repair

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:31 AM

It was quite obvious why the wiring had failed, Peugeot had positioned it right behind the grill so it was constantly fed a stream of water whenever it rained. I thought I could do better than this so an old sandwich tray was cut up

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:32 AM

The wiring was given a quick spray with WD40 and then the plastic plate tie-wrapped in place

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:08 AM

Of course after being not used for so long the fan decided it didn't like turning around again so promptly died. Luckily like the wiring, I was able to squeeze an ebay replacement fan into the gap.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:11 AM

With the MOT rapidly approaching I gave the car a check over and found the N/S sill was as rotten as the O/S

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:13 AM

With kind thanks again to FOAD I was able to replace the destruction caused by the rust worms.The welding was very tricky as the metal at the top part of the sill had rusted from behind so was incredibly thin whilst the metal at the bottom was heavily oxidised even after trying to clean it up.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:18 AM

Ever since I got the car it had a juddery clutch, I read this could be caused by soft engine mounts. I noticed the lower one felt a bit soft and you could rock the engine by hand. For the sum of just £6.99 I had a replacement from ebay, however the HBOL says you have to remove the O/S driveshaft to get the mount out so you can press in the new mount. Bugger that I thought so I made up the tool shown below which would allow me to change the bush whilst leaving the mount on the car.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:21 AM

Things got off to a good start and I was able to use my Lidl air saw to the get the old rubber centre out, I then used the saw to cut through the old shell followed by a cold chisel to knock it out.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:24 AM

I then installed my patented bush pusher in tool and started winding the nut. However it became clear I had vastly underestimated the forces involved as the pieces of steel at either end collapsed. I swapped the end piece for a thick piece of steel that I had cut two holes in to allow me to space it off the mount, this too bent.

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:27 AM

I then swapped his for an even thicker piece of steel, this managed to stay straight long enough to wind the bush in. Although as you can see this too ended up badly bent, however it meant I was able to replace the bush without having to go through the fun of draining gearbox oil, splitting ball joints and removing the axle so I'd consider that a big win :)

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 10:32 AM

Whilst I was I down in the pit I thought I'd give it a quick oil change, normally I put a couple of planks across and put the used oil collecting tray on top of these. This time I thought it would be quicker to just have the tray on the floor of the pit, after all what could go wrong?

 

Oil lots and lots of oil everywhere is what went wrong, but I suppose I don't need to worry about the pit rusting anytime soon.

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