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    bigfella2 reacted to bunglebus in Now the MGF Bob the builder thread   
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    bigfella2 reacted to SiC in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    Will be some Mannol Pink G12 coolant I have left over from the Boxster radiator, tank and pump job I did. Coolant in the system is already pink stuff and I'm not doing a full flush of it. So some of it is still in the radiators. 
    Not sure what's so special about the Renault coolant over the other Long Life stuff you can get. Apart from it's a very impressive luminous green!
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    bigfella2 reacted to paulplom in The Doctor's travels through time - It's back! Ow. My back!   
    Your car. You can paint a cock and balls on it if you want. ?
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    bigfella2 reacted to 0ldCh0d in My New Daily - Contains 2003 Mercedes S500 content.   
    Because it’s a facelift model, it’s a 7g transmission, I also thought that it was a 5 speed when I first bought it, but I had the VIN number decoded on a Mercedes website & it is a 7g transmission, which was a pleasant surprise. That’s when I also found out that it was an L (long wheelbase) model also.
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from 0ldCh0d in My New Daily - Contains 2003 Mercedes S500 content.   
    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. 
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from mk2_craig in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    You know that's only 6 months of receipts for a Clio sport?
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    bigfella2 reacted to SiC in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    Now something I need to admit I was wrong on. I was always a believer that the genuine Renault timing tools was bit of a farce. Really expensive (even for OEM timing tools) and it's only needs to be a bit of laser/water cut steel in the right size with a cut down bolt for the TDC pin.

    However I didn't have the cam pulley locking plate. You can buy it aftermarket but I decided if I got genuine, I should be able to easily flog the tools on again later. So they arrived today.

    They really are substantial pieces of kit in comparison. Way heavier and machined from much harder steel. I guess tool steel.


    Last night I changed over from the Laser tools to Renault. The Laser crank pin fitted in easily like this with barely any movement of the crank.


    However the Renault pin would not fit with the crank in the same place!


    When you eyeball them side by side they look identical size.


    I know you risk getting the crank in the wrong place and putting the pin into the wrong part. Like this:


    According to the service manual, you can verify its in the right place by looking at the keyway on the end of the crank. It should be in the middle of the two casting webs on the cover. Which it is on mine.


    After a lot of fighting, including going way past the original markings and trying to find the correct place again, I managed to get it in. Ended up quite a battle and I was worried I'd not find it. Especially as the pulley and belt was off at this point. I resorted to making small movements on the flywheel with a screwdriver and rechecking. The Laser pin actually came in handy here as it allowed me to lock it when close, then small adjustments until I could get the Renault pin in.


    So you probably can time up your engine just fine with the Laser tool. However you won't be getting it anywhere near as close compared to the much tighter tolerances of the Renault tool. I don't think you'll do any damage with the Laser tool but if you're after spot on performance then you need the Renault tool. Especially as these are both sensitive to timing but also not that quick nowadays, so useful to get all the performance you can.

    I'm looking forward to getting this all done and giving it a drive. I'm intrigued to see how much quicker (or potentially not!) it is and if that idle has smoothened off.
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    bigfella2 reacted to SiC in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    I reckon this was last done by locking the cams and crank together, replacing the belt+tensioner and then pulling the tools out. However as you get variance in belts and their tension, this will leave it to be out. The neat idea of these floating cams is that you can't be a tooth or two out. As they are free moving during the tensioning phase, they are effectively infinitely adjustable and you can get them bang on. Providing you do it correctly of course.
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    bigfella2 reacted to busmansholiday in Domes shonky autos-XJ40 brake system overhaul.   
    That sound brings back fond memories of my F reg Daimler Sovereign version that's now a luxury fridge.
    Injectors would flood it quite often if you tried restarting it hot. Had to pull the plugs and disconnect the injectors then crank it for a bit before replacing and starting. Got quite good and quick at it.
    Never got to the bottom of the abs warning light problems, but fortunately, Maplins did a neat little timer kit that was designed* to replace the abs relay and put the warning light on for just the correct length of time when you started it so it flew* through a few tests.
     
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    bigfella2 reacted to dome in Domes shonky autos-XJ40 brake system overhaul.   
    Baws, turns out it was my fault. I ordered the pads while still in bed half asleep and didn't realize I'd picked the Jazzs reg number on the euro autofill instead of the Accord. Bollocks!
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    bigfella2 reacted to DodgyBastard in FOAD's fleet   
    Another quality vehicle purchased, I paid less for this than the Riva I just sold.

    Needs a bit of de-twatting but seems to drive ok.

    Sent from my moto g( power using Tapatalk


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    bigfella2 got a reaction from Split_Pin in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    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.
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    bigfella2 reacted to dome in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    Shudder. That day was one of the reasons I went epas on the kangoo. Feel isn't bad at all once you're off the straight ahead position. It's not for everyone to be fair.
    Which, handily, means I've got all the old aux belt/ps gubbins if @SiC needs any of it?
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from dome in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    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.
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    bigfella2 reacted to 320touring in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    6 hrs for 6 bolts. Needed crows foot spanners, Gearbox mount off too. All to change 1 power steering pipe.
     
    It went from the rack right rear of engine - along the back, over the gearbox and round the front to under the alternator.
    @dome was not pleased he offered to assist
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from BorniteIdentity in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    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.
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from SiC in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    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.
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from blackboilersuit in 2002 Renault Clio II 172 - Slowest ever Cambelt change!   
    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.
     
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    bigfella2 reacted to w00dy in Does it exist? 55mpg, reliable, not tedious?   
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-Megane-2-0dCi-175-Renaultsport-new-mot-full-service-history/164324644788
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    bigfella2 reacted to colc in My beige Rover   
    MY TT appears to have done 170k on the original belt?. It's a bit slack [being changed tomorrow] but still seems to be fine.
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from 155V6 in The Doctor's travels through time - It's back! Ow. My back!   
    Even though we take the piss out of rovers they pioneered this look first with the streetwise.

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    bigfella2 got a reaction from timolloyd in The Doctor's travels through time - It's back! Ow. My back!   
    Even though we take the piss out of rovers they pioneered this look first with the streetwise.

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    bigfella2 reacted to L fallax in Skoda Felicia GLi   
    I’ve been considering making a topic for progress with my Felicia for a little while, I want to reflect on what’s been done in a more organised fashion compared to flicking through photos on my phone. 
    I’ve had a keen interest on older generation Skoda for quite some time (100series-Facelift Felicia), I bought this 1999 T reg Skoda Felicia mid April. Would of loved to buy the pre-facelift model but sadly most seem to have been scrapped, however mine does come with the 1.3 OHC engine -the same used in Rapid 136’s, albeit slightly modernised and with Bosch fuel injection producing a whopping 67bhp. 

    First pic after a wash. Missing headlight trim, dinged rear OS door, NS fender is a bit bashed in as the original owner must of had a bit of a bash, the whole bumper sits a little lopsided. Hopefully can get the bodywork pulled at some point.

     
    This is my first car that I’ve bought with my own money, so naturally wanted to put in the effort to get her running smoothly with some maintenance: new oil & filter, air filter, coolant flush, wipers, bulbs, spark plugs, valve cover gasket etc.
      
    Engine bay needed multiple washes to clean up, looked a right bombsite when I bought it, some neglect was evident from past owner!
    Three and a half months later and my Felly is now road legal (due to issues with DVLA and V62), what a jolly little car to drive though! The exhaust blows like a wet fart when you press the accelerator but it’s very comical. (Obviously will fix this when I’ve the money, haha.) 

     Driving around aimlessly I’ve covered around 160 miles in a couple of days.  I decided to drain the gearbox and refreshed it with some 75W90 SS Gl4, after a few embarrasing car park CRUNCHES into reverse gear enough was enough, definitely was well overdue a change and now it’s silky smooth. 

    Blue Lagoon Metallic is the colour for anyone wondering.
    (Removed the faded Skoda badge and sprayed the 3D Favorit badge and grill black - perhaps not to everyone’s taste but it’s my car ?)
    Next to do is fit new brake discs & yellowstuff pads which have been sat in the boot for a couple months, need to file the edge of the pads down a tad and find a way to remove the locking pin screw from the disc- I can’t seem to get them to turn using an impact screwdriver but perhaps I just need to hit harder!
    The goal is to fit a few unnecessary modifications,  just some stiffer lowering springs and alloy wheels with good tyres. Nothing too crazy. The ride is pretty good, very little body roll, the strut brace seems to work well. A very throwable and responsive supermini, town and rural road driving is an awful lot of fun. 
    If anyone has some Favorit "Skoda" mudflaps let me know as I really would like to replace the ones that are fitted!
    Updates to come.
    All welcome to share thoughts and stories alike ? 
     
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    bigfella2 reacted to bub2006 in Another diesel French fancy   
    Good morning folks. I have acquired another french diesel. This one I've owned now for a couple of months now and had a few issues but now rectified.
    Some may remember I had a 54 plate picasso. The diesel pump started leaking so i set to looking for a spares car to sort all of its issues. On way back from derby something went wrong with a brake line and brakes became very intermittent so I said screw it and set to looking for a car to replace it with as the pic had a fair few issues and brake failure was the final straw. Nothing cheap locally so ended up picking this 406 up from Coventry 

    was advertised at £550. I got it for £380 because if some issues not mentioned in the ad like a weeping rocker gasket ( they all do that sir) faded paint on passenger wing and door ( looks like it's been parked in the same position for a fair while) and a sticking rear offside caliper. Mot history  is clean with only 2 fails,nearside rear caliper not very old either. 
    On the drive home I noticed the caliper wasnt working barely at all, it had a strange judder which felt like a misfire at around 16 to 1800 rpm on light throttle the main beams were disconnected and also the indicator stalk was worn. Folk have said parts on bsi cars are not interchangeable but I can say from experience that's not the case!
    Onto the issues. first thing was to see what to do with the stalks. The coms unit was a dav brand,picasso was a delphi. Also the Peugeot has auto lights controlled by a button on indicator stalk and wipers control by an auto setting on the stalk which the picasso didnt have. No matter,fitted it to pug and lo and behold it functions fine and everything works even the auto functions which I thought was odd. Auto lights come on and can be overridden by the light switch but they cant be disabled because of the stalk having no function and the wipers work on auto by flicking it to what was intermittent on the picasso.  Now that sorted the issues began. First up was a sudden loss of pressure on the brake pedal. Turns out the master cylinder had leaked into the servo. New servos aren't available. I had a functioning servo and master cylinder on the driveway in a picasso. Will it fit? Let's find out.

    The studs on the picasso were longer due to going inside the car where as the Peugeot mounted on a bracket under the bonnet. Spacers were made and it fitted up nicely. The picasso master cylinder had to be used because offset studs on the front of servo which in turn meant different locations of brake pipes to abs block so new pipes made and fitted and braking was resumed back to normal.
    Next up was the rear caliper and abs issue. ( think it's a given from experience that all Peugeot and citroen like abs faults!)

    big red stop light on dashboard also. Rear discs and pads changed and the offside caliper along with offside hub,bearing,abs ring and sensor. That issue was now rectified.
    By this point financially I'm a bit scuppered as I now have my son living with me and because we need 2 cars in this household the main car was the Peugeot and motability car is the secondary car due to fuel economy reasons. Heres to hoping nothing else went tits up. I was wrong. 
    The car was still juddering at certain rpm. I swapped a few known good sensors off the picasso,fitted new engine mounts but yet it persisted. finally last week the clutch gave out in wragby. In returning home my friendly mechanic came to fit a new clutch to it. When it was stripped we found a few issues. 
    1) the crank seal had been weeping so possibly contaminated the clutch. 
    2) something odd with the crank sensor

    how it was still running I dont know
    3) the passenger side driveshaft came off In 2 pieces. Strangely it had no knocking or clanging,only a bit of drive shunt

    new driveshaft,sensor and clutch fitted. Seems to drive a load better. Still confused on what's happened with the sensor but hey ho.
    Anyway the car seems fine now,lots more power ( subjective in a 90bhp 406 which has a 0 to 60 of 14 seconds!) All in now the car owes around 600. Looking at the market I couldnt get anything near this with 7 months Mot and the work done to it already. Also financially the car has to stay for other reasons. Thanks for reading and take care. 
     
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    bigfella2 got a reaction from TheDoctor in The Doctor's travels through time - It's back! Ow. My back!   
    Even though we take the piss out of rovers they pioneered this look first with the streetwise.

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