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Egg's 95 Mazda 323 coupé - Washer fluid flush


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#91 OFFLINE   egg

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 02:16 PM

Yep, this Russian chap found a work-around here...(this is how I found out about the Kia equivalent thing)

 

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 08:00 PM

Cleaned up the other sidelight tonight, this one does have the captive nut in place, think it is a 'size 4'. Don't have one knocking about in my toolbox unfortunately.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 05:42 AM

Re the exhaust holts, could you not buy any M6 bolt and trim it to fit with a hacksaw or dremel?

 

Otherwise try a spares place or even Halfords, they might have a packet of bolts (Pearly Whatnots) that match what you need for a couple of ££


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 06:13 AM

Surely you have a Vegemite* jar full of useful screws, nuts and bolts saved for such occasions?

 

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 09:52 AM

I do! And a 'man tin'. But I've never known those saved back odds and ends to actually be useful!
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Posted 26 May 2018 - 03:55 PM

Changing tack on to different tasks today....

 

PCV valve change, as the old one looked original, and new ones from Freddie Fram are cheap...

 

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It is a remarkably easy job.  The PCV valve on the Zetec Mondeos is right under the exhaust manifold, and is not straightforward unless you have the car on a ramp. Here, it is just perched on top of the engine, simples. 2 min job.

 

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But, while I was there I popped off the PCV pipes and cleaned some gunk out of them.

 

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Job done.

 

Also, the door courtesy lights (a new one on me, such luxury) didn't have bulbs in.  Not sure why, hopefully not some weird electrical drain. Anyway, a couple of 5w wedge bulbs were sourced, and now seem to be working and turn off when doors close.

 

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 05:24 AM

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Posted 27 May 2018 - 08:12 AM

Excellent! Looks like a base model too.
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Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:04 AM

This loose trim on the rear seat back was annoying me, luckily the clips could be pulled out and reused with pliers. Might not work forever, but fixed for now.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 11:59 AM

I love how 'wrong' this car looks, perfect for on here. The 323F is a bit too cool for Autoshite. This however is perfect.

Will be watching out for a roffle..
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Posted 28 May 2018 - 01:35 PM

Popping off the radiator cover reveals the extent of the bend in the rad! Umm. Managed to get one more exhaust heat shield bolt out, but the other two still siezed solid :-(

Might be time to (slowly!) hacksaw them off...

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 01:37 PM

I love how 'wrong' this car looks, perfect for on here. The 323F is a bit too cool for Autoshite. This however is perfect.
Will be watching out for a roffle..


A roffle that, if it happens, could be getting too expensive the way its going!
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Posted 31 May 2018 - 01:30 PM

I've just asked dmb if they can recreate my GLX stickers. I've removed one already, this is the better one, which I've sent as a template...

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 02:23 PM

I've just removed the charcoal canister to improve access to the fuel filter. However it looks like the bottom pipe from the canister wasn't connected to anything, and is in fact split. What's going on here?

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 03:05 PM

answered my own question, apparently the pipe should be split, and it does just vent to the atmosphere.  This seems different from the MX5 set-up which is more commonly discussed online, and where the bottom pipe is connected.


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 04:56 PM

Ok, so got the top pipe off the fuel filter, with only a few drops of fuel lost, plugged the line with a pencil!

But getting the bottom fuel pipe off is an utter sod. Called a halt for today, as that clip is deep in the engine bay. May need to remove the fuel filter bracket itself for better access.

This is fun!

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:28 PM

And I thought I had a battle royale with The Volvo's fuel filter today!  :shock:


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 05:45 PM

I got the filter bracket off now, which improves access, but I just can't see where to put the pliers down there. I need a better working light...sure this would be a lot easier on a ramp!

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 03:57 PM

Ended up taking the battery off to get more access. I think I've done it. Re-assembled and no immediate leaks. A bit of pez around the place...caused the paint to come off the top of the new filter buy hey ho.

 

No pics b-cos exhausted.

 

Yawn.

 

(forgot to put the battery cover back on, damn)


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:37 PM

Just been for a run down to the seafront and back, car seems to be running fine, can't see any leaks, so a tentative success. I'm not doing that again.

 

Folk on the 323f forum said it would be a faff.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:39 PM

And here's how I'm doing against the project job list...notice how I'm focusing on the tasks in priority order, lol.

 

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total project costs to date = £415 (purchase price + MOT and associated fixing)

parts spend = £45.75

total costs = £460.75

 

High priority
Entire new exhaust (looks like can source from Germany via ebay for at least the middle/rear box) - including a check on the manifold
Oil and Filter change
Deal with 2 worst rust areas

Medium priority
Air filter change - done 17/5 (cost £5)
Pollen filter change - kinda done 16/5 (cost £11)
Fuel Filter change - done 2/6 (cost £6)
Get a spare key
New Tyres
Cambelt and aux belt
New Rad/Coolant change

replace screws on exhaust manifold heat shield

Low priority
A general go over with the G3 scratch remover - one side done to limited effect 31/5 (cost £0)
new wiper blades
paint wiper arms - rear wiper done 8/6 (cost zero - obviously some materials, but not worth costing!)
Bulbs for door courtesy lights - done 26/5 (cost £2.75)
Square front number plate
Refurbish/replace wheel trims
Replace GLX side badges - done 15/6 (cost £8.75)
Change gearbox oil (would be nice to do filter)
Clean/replace PCV valve - done 26/5 (cost £3.25)
Underneath rust prevention

new captive nut for side light - done 21/6 (cost £2)

Paint battery clamp

PAS fluid (oil cooling will need replacing long term - twosmoke has suggested bypassing them - and this could be done when the radiator is replaced) - done 9/6 (cost £6.99)
Soundproofing....


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Posted 04 June 2018 - 12:45 AM

Looks a bit like my priority lists, just with costs added as well. I don't think I'd be able to continue the way I do if I'd add mine, the numbers would be too scary to know...


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 08:43 PM

Wiper arms need repainting, this is how the rear one came off the car...
 

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Using some paint/gasket stripper, got it to look like this..
 

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But still leaves some areas that are tricky to get back to metal...
 

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Bit more fiddling in the morning and then to rattle can it with whatever I have lying around.  Not a Bentley after all...!


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 12:10 PM

3 coats of Halfords primer, bit thick in places, I'm no Trigger...(yes, I did sand it first)

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 04:22 PM

And now top coat...

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Posted 08 June 2018 - 06:27 PM

And back on the car...

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 03:17 PM

PAS fluid looked a bit old, so a partial flush was attempted.  Just sucked out what I could from the top....

 

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Sucked out about 600ml, not sure of the total capacity. Popped out to get some new fluid (£6.99) topped up, bled by turning the wheel from lock to lock, went for a quick drive, and seems a little better (placebo effect).

 

Anyway, the elephant in the room is the PAS pipes are rusting out (small leak on the higher pressure pipe?) in a very similar way to the Mondeo ones as it 'appens!  I thought new fluid might at least help a bit in the short term.

 

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 05:56 PM

New GLX stickers arrived today. DMB couldn't quite get the exact colour, but who is rivet counting on 90s Mazda hatchbacks :-). I've applied one successfully...£8.70 for the pair.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:43 PM

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:53 PM

Quirky looking little thing - good man on saving it.
DMB sure do seem a decent bunch - under a tenner for accurate looking, one-off transfers seems darn good to me.
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