I'm off work for 2 weeks now as of yesterday, and it was bonus month at work. So, with my £300 extra pounds, I got the tyres sorted, then bought some service items to ensure this things lasts the year as I can't afford another car now!
However, first order was the fuel gauge, which was shit tbh. From the red light I could get about £28 in before the pump clicked... And the last time I did that a fiver's worth pissed out of the top where the cracked retaining ring had stopped retaining the seal in... So handily the light came on as I was nearly home on Tuesday so with low fuel, I had it all out
The first thing I did was clean the ring right up, and take a pic of the part number incase I needed a new one. I then Q-bonded the shit out of it!
And set it on the boiler to dry for a few hours. Next, I looked at the lift pump/sender/whatever it's called itself
The contacts didn't look as corroded as I'd imagined tbh
The pump contacts looked proper grubby though
I popped the float off
Then separated the two parts. The pre filter looked a bit grubby
This was full of petrol when I removed it, so whatever dirt was in here probably came out with that when I tipped it upside down on the road so it's quite clean
These are the float contacts
Gave them a tickle with the wire wheel in the dremel, and bent the spring bit a tad too for better contact
And done, with only one left over part, a little plastic bush that fell out of the bottom tank...
The ring held up too
Before I fitted it, I was curious to see how full the tank actually was, so gave it a dip and got an inch. No idea what that means to be honest
All that refitted, I fitted the new fuel filter, which was quite easy as the system was not pressurised, just the dribble of fuel in the pipe to deal with, and with some quick connecting action and the rubber bungs fitted for shipping minimal loss occured. New
It needed packing out with a bit of foam that I found blowing around the road as it's smaller than what was there before
Loads of muddy petrol came out of the old filter too, and the old filter doesn't look original which is nice to see. Probably didn't need changing, but won't do it any harm, especially since all the filters this car needs cost me £15...
However, the magical test! Do I actually have 1/4 a tank of pez?...
No. Oh well. I also snapped a picture of the odometer too, the reason will become apparent in a sec.
58,422 miles. Because I also bought a cambelt kit! So off with the wheel and arch liner, which handily was already held together with cable ties so nice and easy. The lower aux belt tensioner locking bolt was rounded out though, no idea if whoever Bub got to fit the belt did it or it was done before but some hammering action and a hex bit got it shifted
Then off with the belts (I have 2, one to the alternator and one to the power steering pump) and off with the cambelt covers. All nice and simple so far!
I had both a print out of the hbol and citroJim's guide printed out and blowing about the place and before long had the engine timed up with Mally's donated brake pipe and bolt, it took about 12 rotations of the engine to get the holes aligned and I've properly torn up the back of my hand whilst turning it on the chassis leg, but eventually the tensioner could be loosened, the belt ripped out and the tensioner itself removed
It felt properly fucking rough! Waterpump next, and before this I wasn't sure if it was the original belt or not, at 58k it could well have been. But the lashings of silicone around the pump confirmed that it has seen a belt before, which is good to see
Again, dry as anything!
New shiny stuff was lobbed on
And I lobbed it all back together and turned the key and... it ran! Sounds fucking silent too, all those noises have gone! Then I started smelling warm belt (I smell this alot doing the vacuum cleaners) so turned it off and backed the tensioner off a touch, which was fairly easy as only the alternator belt has to be removed to get the covers off. Was more easy to turn the belt 90 degrees than before, I struggled with the tensioner tbh as I lacked anything appropriate to turn the square hole in it, used a wide flatblade stubby screwdriver in the end...
My workshop was looking a mess
I started to refill the coolant and bleed it through, although stopped after 15 minutes so it didn't all get too hot. Plus the bottle I found in the recycling was fucking shit so needed to find something better
Old belt was starting to perish too I noticed
Ah well, time to drop the oil (hence why I stopped bleeding it so it wasn't red hot). Took the breaker bar to turn the sump plug... But the oil that came out didn't look horrific. old, but not ancient
The breaker bar was needed to shift the filter too, the bone dry seal screeched for several revolutions before giving up
New filter was fitted, and new oil was poured in. Lovely. Air filter next
And again, not terrible but not spotless either
Plugs next. I worked from L to R on the engine, as the first 2 were the trickiest because they were under the throttle body, although tbh they still weren't that tricky
Splashed out £15 on fancy plugs
2nd one was oily
last 2 were fine though
Last one was well easy
And again dry and worn looking. All NGK so been changed as a set way back when
So, service done! (hence the odometer pic, this is the service history!). What followed next was 45 minutes of bleeding the fucking coolant! I found a tropicana bottle, and coupled with a bit of bin bag provided an adequate seal. But it wouldn't fucking bleed! After 20 minutes it got hot enough to sent the temp gauge to max and put the light on... Still nothing. Then it cut out. Gr9. Then I remembered the front was still up on the stands so put the arch liner back with more cable ties than before and popped it's wheel back on and it fired right up. It took anouter 25 minutes of revving and idling and topping up before eventually coolant came out of hte bleed valve and I had heat from the heaters! What I did do though was grab the exhaust fully with my hand thinking it was the bottom rad hose because yes, I am that stupid. That fucking hurt.
Then, everything got tidied away, the car double checked and I went off to get some fuel. I got 500 yards out of the estate when it conked out and I glided to a graceful halt in the entrance to the showground. Ah. It did restart fine, but after where I was stopped any more unplanned stoppages would have caused chaos, so I walked home and Amy took me and a can to the BP, from where I returned to the car
Got it off the light and drove back to the BP much to the amusement of the same cashier I'd seen 2 minutes before and lobbed £30 in, which took it to 3/4 a tank, much better than before. It's so bloody odd to drive, it was properly noisy before, at revs and idle and sounded like a bag of shit, now it's whisper* quiet, the pump or tensioner must have been very shagged. It also didn't explode which was nice, although sadly doesn't feel much faster. What was even better was the retaining ring was fixed and it no longer fucking STANK of unleaded inside, nor pissed out of the top and all over the forecourt. Result!
Got to go to the tip tomorrow so will check that all the coolant hasn't pissed out of the waterpump join or etc because on Saturday I'm off to Peterborough to see my dad and I'd rather it not shit itself on the A1 or anything.
Fingers crossed. The slight tick tick tick is still there, but I have not done the tappets yet, partly because I frankly couldn't be bothered, I was knackered after all that, partly because I didn't want to disturb the rocker gasket and have it start to leak before I can afford to buy a new one and partly because I've never done it before and became a bit unsure. I'll do that another day.
Should make it last the year now hopefully!