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    Shirley Knott reacted to Blake's Den in Hyundai Santa Fe V6   
    Hello all
    I inherited this Santa Fe V6 about seven years ago. Shortly afterwards the fuel line split and the car was parked up. After towing it to parking locations (and after the rats moved in!) I've decided to get it running.
    It's too good to scrap (only 30k miles), too naff to sell so I've decided to get it running and have some fun with it. When I did drive the car years ago it was actually quite nice to drive. It's also got all of toys: sunroof, heated seats, leather etc.
    Here's a video of me trying to get it to run. Will it start?!
     

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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tepper in I have done something silly. C6 content.   
    I've just bought this. Came up on FB marketplace just down the road from my unit, couldn't say no! Do I need it? No. Will it cause me grief? Almost certainly yes. Is it a big majestic bastard? Absolutely. It needs a few bits and pieces doing, including spheres all round and some warning lights supposedly caused by an ABS sensor. My Lexia won't talk to it, so that's the first order of business. Wish me luck!



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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Many hands make light* work   
    Trailer collected and a quick stop at Asda taking up about 8 spaces!

    Then headed off to the collection address. Google maps took me down some narrow enough A roads then onto some winding B roads but it was no bother to the super Saab which didn't skip a beat!
    The thing was loaded and @jaypee and @320touring arrived at this point. Many straps were added and we headed off. Just as we were about to turn out of the driveway @Supernaut@sdkrc trundled past.
    We headed off to Forfar in a slow convoy and 90 minutes later we arrived. Then the fun was to begin.
    everything was unstrapped and the light* bits brought in first. Then the main event. I had an idea of a plan but Neil asked me to measure how wide the access road was, 2.9M the cargo was 2.8M. we went for it and ended up with great success!
    it went a lot easier than I had feared but it was hard work!
    Afterwards we went for some food.
    so what the fuck did I get?
    Why this of course!

    Massive thanks to @JimH for holding on to it for soooooooo long and loading it and... You get the point.
    None of this would have been possible without everyone mentioned. 
    I am really lucky to have some amazing friends. 

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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Many hands make light* work   
    Trailer booked.
    Bag of stuff sorted.
    Helpful friends roped in.
    Excitement tinged with worry about the logistics but it will be fine!
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Tickman in Tickman's stuff. Many hands make light* work   
    Did a few miles in this yesterday and it is excellent at overtaking a Honda Jazz doing 30 in a 60 limit without any effort.
    Gaps to pull out in are now big enough where in other cars it is worth waiting.
    After 15-20 miles there is definitely a coolant smell inside the car so UV dye ordered to try and track that down.
    Other news, incoming later today something practical to get some stuff done!
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Tim's Fleet - quit leaking. Please?   
    TBF I'm not sure I'd bother with a SH valve... 
    Re the MK1 Golf valve, fitting would be much simpler if you  were prepared to operate the temperature control by reaching under the dash, IE not cabling it up via the cabin control
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    Shirley Knott reacted to Cord Fourteener in Tim's Fleet - quit leaking. Please?   
    You did, which is why I'm still holding out for a spare. 
    Someone on the Volvo OC forum has promised my one when he gets around to stripping it out of his hearse.
    But as mentioned if I can get another then great, spares. 
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman in Tim's Fleet - quit leaking. Please?   
    I also mentioned this to the OP several posts upstream.
    It's true!
    I used a MK1 Golf valve, which sorted it in the end but did involve rejigging the whole cabling system to allow for the cabin controls to work. It wasn't a fun job at all, and being honest played a major hand in the decision to sell and move from the 700/900 platform to V70's...
    Volvo chopped and changed things seemingly willy nilly dependent on year/factory of production/what the weather was like that week. The consequent esoteric range of bits and poor parts availability really boiled my piss in the end.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Cord Fourteener in Tim's Fleet - quit leaking. Please?   
    I also mentioned this to the OP several posts upstream.
    It's true!
    I used a MK1 Golf valve, which sorted it in the end but did involve rejigging the whole cabling system to allow for the cabin controls to work. It wasn't a fun job at all, and being honest played a major hand in the decision to sell and move from the 700/900 platform to V70's...
    Volvo chopped and changed things seemingly willy nilly dependent on year/factory of production/what the weather was like that week. The consequent esoteric range of bits and poor parts availability really boiled my piss in the end.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Interesting re the shocks, I was just about to suggest they were nivomats, but clearly not!  Strange...
    Let me know how you get on with the HD rear coils- I fancy a set myself for the V70 but have read that they can make the car a bit bouncy when unladen.... That being said, these are opinions from the Volvo forums and they're a finicky/odd bunch at the best of times.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Parts ordered. 2 x rear shocks, 2 x rear springs. Opted for the heavy duty springs, slightly thicker metal and slightly bigger coils over standard. Mainly as it’s an estate so load carrying ability and I do tow with it occasionally. Standards would likely have been fine tbh but the price difference isn’t much.
    Just over £100 from a german supplier. Not bad!
    Had a quick look online at fitting, it looks like I can do this without a spring compressor. Two bolts on each shock, easy. Then use a jack to lower the axle down, remove spring retaining plate, pull out spring. Sounds easy! 
    Obviously then I just need to remove the old air pipes and the air valve/pressure gauge in the boot. That’s also easy.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to inconsistant in A Mini Adventure, part 4   
    Arrived. Will update shortly. For now you’ll be pleased, as I am, that this is what the road looks like under where it’s been parked for the last week

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    Shirley Knott reacted to inconsistant in A Mini Adventure, part 4   
    Time for another car to be collected. No poo count, no dodgy crumpet based breakfast, no early morning train from London to odd places, or Wigan, just my usual evening commute but heading a little further out of London, to the other side of the M25. 
    Hopefully it’ll still be light/dry/warm by the time I get there.
    Have a couple of photos to add some visual excitement…


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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    My measurements are a bit crude I suppose, more like ‘back of a cigarette packet’ maths! I think round about 37/38mpg would be fairly close. 
    As you say, not bad at all really considering! My old saloon was definitely lower though, despite being exactly the same spec (but a saloon!) but that one had done more than double the mileage than this one so I’ll cut it a bit of slack for that!
    I think with a little bit more work, this one should be a really good car. Not a show car but something old, interesting and definitely very useable.
    Im off to price up some springs & shocks!
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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Back home now. No issues whatsoever on the way home, tightened up the passenger wiper arm nut which has sorted the problem. For now at least. 
    Definitely need to get new rear dampers and HD springs though. The ones fitted are very old Monroe air adjustable shocks and they’re losing air pressure again. Pumped them up to almost max as I set off home, by about half way they’d almost completely run out of pressure. Unfortunately that set up is no longer available/spares unavailable.
    Anyway, 
    264 miles done = pretty much bang on half a tank of petrol used. Tank holds 60L so I’ve used about 30L, using a mpg calculator online says 40mpg, so being more accurate it’s likely high 30’s mpg. 
    It’s not 100% accurate* maths I’m doing here, but this estate is managing better efficiency than my old saloon was. Driving style etc notwithstanding. That was also using 99 octane super unleaded, which is going to burn better than the peasant petrol most use!!
    Doesn't seem too bad to me for a big old car (2.3 K-jet, slush box). 
    Most roads were big flowing A roads/motorway’s, but some local roads and single carriageway A and B roads, so a mix really. Kept the speeds to 60mph - 70mph absolute maximum.

     
     

    *disclaimer - my maths is absolutely shit so I might be wrong!
     
     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Twiggy in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Doh!
    Knott is a promising student, but is easily distracted and needs to pay more attention to detail
     
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Got here ok. Torrential rain on the M4 for a bit though, which was the same moment the passenger side wiper decided to slip on its splines though, made vision related things ‘interesting’. Didn’t help having some utter twat in a Stobart artic right up my arse at the same time I couldn’t see. Started working again not long after. Think the retaining nut just needs tightening.
    Used just under a quarter of a tank of fuel, though the car was loaded up! Should be significantly lighter on the trip home.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Minimad5 in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Doh!
    Knott is a promising student, but is easily distracted and needs to pay more attention to detail
     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Doh!
    Knott is a promising student, but is easily distracted and needs to pay more attention to detail
     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Don't keep us in suspense- How did you get on?
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Dan302 in Really really boring Focus Buyers Guide   
    I gave absolutely zero desire to own or buy a Ford Focus but still found this to be a great read. Props to @sierraman for taking the time here, a lovely clean write up that basically covers everything. 
    Is there any way we could make this a 'sticky' so as to avoid it disappearing down the page? If we could get enough of these written up for different vehicles, it might even warrant a sub section within the forum for buyer's guides? 
     
     
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    A- Almost certainly
    B- I'm going to stick my neck out and say mid 30's on a run
    A road trip in an old Volvo is a glorious thing and always feels like a bit of an event IMO, so much so that with the 940 I had I used to purposefully seek out longer family day trips/tours purely to indulge... I still do that to a certain extent with the V70 despite if being FWD and therefore arguably not 'proper'.
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    Shirley Knott got a reaction from Longbridge Apologist in Really really boring Focus Buyers Guide   
    I gave absolutely zero desire to own or buy a Ford Focus but still found this to be a great read. Props to @sierraman for taking the time here, a lovely clean write up that basically covers everything. 
    Is there any way we could make this a 'sticky' so as to avoid it disappearing down the page? If we could get enough of these written up for different vehicles, it might even warrant a sub section within the forum for buyer's guides? 
     
     
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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Well, it’s taken me some seven months, but today I could finally be arsed to get the trolley jack out!
    In fairness though, with lockdown, working on other cars and other crap... well that’s my excuse.
     
    Anyway today I did the diff oil. Jacked the cars arse end up for some space and scraped a bit of the crud off the back of the axle. This one definitely doesn’t have the drain bung. 
    I was expecting the level plug to be tight, often as the axle oil doesn’t get checked very often the plug seizes in, but this one was actually loose! It was almost hand tight. With the plug removed I expected a slug of oil to start pissing out but the level was actually a bit low. Given how much gunk and crud was around the plug I reckon it’d been weeping oil out for a while as there’s no signs of any other leaks.
    There was still a healthy amount of oil in the diff though so given no drain bung I opted to get my new extraction pump out and give that a whirl.

    Worked a treat! These are absolutely brilliant for doing gearbox and diff oils. I used to do it pissing about with a big syringe and length of plastic tube, not no more!
    Old oil actually didn’t look too bad. It’s clearly old and dirtier than the new oil but I’ve seen far worse. It’s almost certainly very old oil though and imho well worth replacing now. Although the cars not quite reached 100k miles yet it’s not like it’s been used heavily but with age oil does loose it’s lubricating properties and will naturally pick up dirt and moisture etc so after this long it wants doing. 
    The new oil is Millers EP90 GL5, as recommended in the manual. Getting the new oil back in was a pain in the arse. Well, pain in the thumb actually! The new oil didn’t come in the usual squeeze bottles with a spout but in old fashioned metal cans so I had to pour the oil into one of those oil cans with the thumb pump handle and fill the diff (slowly!) with that. 
    Roughly 1.4 L of old oil came out and 1.6 L ish of new went back in, which is what the manual said. 
    And now it’s all done I’ve tightened the level plug properly too so hopefully it won’t loose oil this time!
    Might do the PAS fluid too now I’ve got this pump. Should make it quicker and easier.
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    Shirley Knott reacted to danthecapriman in Operation Pig Iron: Volvo 740, Diff oil change, Pg 20.   
    Nothing much done to this since last time, other than going for its MOT which it passed no problem.
    Road trip Thursday though! Well, sort of! 
    Taking it up to South Wales where my sister lives for a long weekend there. I’ll be gassing up tomorrow then loading it up with stuff for the stay up there, and a shit load of tools and wood planks(!) as I’ll be building a big retaining wall type thing with my dad and brother in law in the garden while there. 
     
    Place your bets now;
    A: will I make it there and back!?
    B: how much fuel it’ll use!?
    Ive not done a longer run for a while and can’t remember how it did on petrol, but I don’t remember it being particularly good!
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