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  1. I'm sure it's probably the same as the pink stuff with a different dye in it, only reason I asked was because you have a very belt and braces attitude to your work, would have assumed you would have gone green just so it was correct. Every time I have done a cambelt change, I always have to leave it a day or two before I dare fire it up, just incase it all goes to shit and valves hit pistons, does anybody have 'the fear' or is it just me?
  2. Good progress, well done. What coolant are you intending to use? Are you going for the green Renault stuff?
  3. Great looking car, hides it's miles well. I would have thought a Merc 5.0 V8 of this era would have been a five speed auto.
  4. Your probably right there isn't much skill in doing the cambelt, but there is a skill in doing the cambelt and timing it properly as you have found, as the last person has cocked it up. Getting the timing wrong on these can lose you alot of power.
  5. PD's are renowned for lazy starters, usually if the starter is lazy it's takes a few seconds to fire because it won't fire the injectors until it spins over at 400rpm I think. Got a 130 Ibiza sat in garage that does this, and has done for last 8 years or so, but always starts.
  6. Does it take a long time to start?
  7. There is no way I would get under that, it looks like axle stands supported on some jenga blocks. I don't work with anything heavy like your horse box, not particularly keen on using axle stands at the best of times, but feel a lot happier going underneath anything heavy if it is supported on concrete blocks (not breeze) and a strip of wood on top to stop any damage to the underneath. Concrete blocks are only about £1.40 each from b and q.
  8. The power steering on these is terrible, just do what I did and fuck it off and go epas, also if the Aircon doesn't work, sling that in the bin at the same time. Looking at the £75 Volvo 440 that just sold, the alternator and brackets possibly could have been used to convert to epas and bin the a/c. Another job to add to list.
  9. I think there is a special tool to take the tension off the tensioner, but you can use a jubilee clip around it to compress it while you change the belt. Just be careful though, I've done it and still have all my fingers intact!! A man of your talent should have it done in half an hour, no sweat.
  10. My pump always got a bit louder at at the extremes of left or right hand lock, so at that point I imagine the pump is working quite hard. So as these are prone to the tensioner seizing I should imagine the belt is slipping on the pas pump cos the tensioner is seized and not pulling the belt tight enough and possibly the belt is a bit tired/damaged cos of that. Good advice from bbs above.
  11. Yes the early ones had the 1.4 d4d Yaris engine, then the later ones had thr 1.6 hdi engine. Then in approximately 2010 they went to the BMW engine.
  12. If you decide you want some UV dye stuff let me know and I'll send you an amp of it. I ordered one a few years ago and instead of sending me one, they sent me one box of six and I never used it. You will have to figure out the UV light though, can't remember what I did with it.
  13. Even though we take the piss out of rovers they pioneered this look first with the streetwise.
  14. For gearbox oil, just go for the genuine elf stuff, available off autodoc for not much coin. But if you look underneath you will probably see the box weeping from the selector shaft, but tadts. Maybe it's on the low side but easy to check and change. These suffer from the gearbox linkages not been adjusted properly, especially if the gearbox is removed and the linkage is separated in the wrong place. But as you have read the gearboxed are a weak link and it's probably a bit tired after 150k Regarding the speed and handling I couldn't agree more, I don't think they are that quick but
  15. Have you had a load test on the battery, is the battery healthy?
  16. I did a pair of c3 springs, but they are a like a pigtail spring i.e wider at top than bottom. The compressors same as the black ones above moved all about and really struggled to hold the spring because of the shape of the spring. When I needed the top mount changing I fucked it off to the local garage, wouldn't like to do another c3/c2 again. But surprisingly a Clio 182 front spring I would remove without a compressor as they are barely under any tension at all.
  17. What's the problem with the lower arms? Or have I missed something.
  18. Don't rule places out like autodoc, if you do a bit of research and part number crunching you should be ok. Ordered a new cup driveshaft for my 182, different to standard 172 and boggo 182, as it's longer, abs ring wider etc. Wasn't expecting it to be correct, even paid extra for safe order, but it looks same length, and fits. I haven't driven it yet so it could still shit itself at any moment.
  19. Grand tourismo it was called, forgot all about them until you mentioned it. Was a limited edition in the in the 136 only. Very smart looking car.
  20. Don't they say the engine has to come out to change the starter motor? Heard it's possible in situ but a massive pita.
  21. You must have a friendly not man, if you have xenon's you have to have washers fitted. The way to fix the dribble washer jets is to fit one way valves in the piping. Available from Halfords.
  22. Really is a handsome car. Have you tried the dye you add to the coolant then shine a UV torch at it to look for leaks? I have some but never had opportunity to use it.
  23. Central locking is a must, the only time I had a failure to proceed was due to the immobilizer throwing a hissy fit. To resync it required the ignition on and hit the central locking a couple of times. Only cost me £80 for the recovery truck to come out and show me!! Ffs
  24. A tired dephaser even when noisy generally doesn't cause any harm, but if you do the belts it would be crazy not to do it if it's 15 year old. You will get your money back at sale time cos that's what buyers want and will pay a premium for. Oh and by the way, congratulations on the purchase.
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