Managed to get a few jobs done over the weekend. Couriering caddy has been knocking at the back end - new droplinks again. Went with the Meyle HD stuff as it seems to last a bit longer than anything else.
Rattly old and shiny new, fairly straight forward to replace, not much room on the drivers side due to exhaust and heat shield, so you go at it with a spanner rather than a socket, as is usual where it bolts on to the anti roll bar it wouldn't budge, I've learnt not to fight and just go straight for the angle grinder.
Quick blast round the block and the annoying knocking noise has gone - happy days.
On to daughter No 1's floppy top Beetle, had an advisory for track rod ends at the last mot, drivers side fought like a bastard, passenger side came off a piece of piss, only difference was the passenger side had longer to absorb some penetrating fluid, maybe the stuff does work?
Erm can you tell which one put up a fight - horrible things.
While doing this I noticed the cords coming through on the inner edge of the front tyres, I'd got a set of pretty new stuff an Toyota rims, so off to the local friendly tyre place who popped my tyres on and sorted the tracking - car drives better now, apparently it was shaking above 60, I really wish my kids would tell me this stuff sooner so I can sort it out.
Anyhow once done it was on to the misfire, its a 2.0 AZJ engine, it had misfires showing on cylinders 1 & 3, I changed the spark plugs last week, which improved things but it still wasn't right, a lot of things have to be removed to get at the plugs, mainly the inlet manifold and a few other things to get at the bolts to remove the manifold.
So time to change the coil pack, looks straight forward, not so much stuff to remove, shouldn't take long, famous last words......
I was really gentle pulling the leads off, gentle twist and gentle pull, first two came off eventually, third one snapped in two pretty much straight away, I ragged the last one off in temper.
I'd better take the inlet manifold off again, FFS. This happened Saturday evening, got the new coil pack in, removed the manifold again and hoped I'd be able to pick some leads up from one of the few local factors open on a Sunday and put it all back together, no joy, best I can get is midday Monday. I even moved the location around most of the midlands and South Yorkshire on ECP site to try and find some in stock.
Daughter No 1 was due at work 8am this morning, thankfully Mrs Popsicle took her and daughter No 2 picked her up, she's pretty gutted about the car being off the road and I feel bad about it for being a bit to ape like pulling the leads off, hopefully Monday it will all be sorted.
Is there a knack to pulling the leads off coil packs? I can usually tell when something doesn't feel right, but the bugger snapped really easily, I've predominately ran diesels for the past 20+ years or older stuff with dizzys, non of this new fangled coil pack lark.
At least the new coil pack fits.