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With the summer coming to an end I thought it was time to address the non functioning drivers window.

I had previously taken the door card off and delighted in the six wires that ran to the motor!

Electrics are very simple on window motors when there are two wires, unfortunately this was not the case.



Wtf is all that for!

Anyway I went on Insightcentral and followed a link in the frequently asked questions bit.

This led to taking all the bolts that hold the motor and window in place. Then I stripped the motor, cleaned the commutator and the brushes and put it back together.

With the plug on the side of the motor removed I used the power probe to test and it worked!

Then I lubricated the channels and reassembled everything.

Even the one touch works so @sdkrc switch fix worked well.

So for the first time in a little while, possibly two years, this is possible.


Chuffed to bits with that!

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With the Insight being my reliable daily transport for getting to and from the place I get paid to be at I thought it wise to have a back up plan other than the Diesel Civic so this was dug out and driven somewhere


It has done huge* mileage since last year's pass.


Good enough for me.

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40 minutes ago, Tickman said:

With the Insight being my reliable daily transport for getting to and from the place I get paid to be at I thought it wise to have a back up plan other than the Diesel Civic so this was dug out and driven somewhere


It has done huge* mileage since last year's pass.


Good enough for me.

Starting to have major want for a 205 again, that looks perfect

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2 hours ago, Stinkwheel said:

So its potentially for sale still?


This was the for sale thread, I ended up buying it so my eldest had some cash.

It has been well used in the time since doing 81 miles between the two MOTs and the round trip to the MOT station is 28 miles!

As with everything it is always for sale, except the Minor and probably the Insight!

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The grid charger for the insight does not have facility to run the fan in the pack so I thought I'd have a look to see what was in there and see if I could wire something in.


It is all a bit above my head but easy enough to sort a connection for the 12V fan.

Then I freed off the sticky front brake on the 205 and brought it home while the Insight has a day of rest. Here is a fantastic* picture of the 205. Think this is one to keep for the future for sale thread.



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I received pictures from Chuck regarding the exhaust on the Rexton deciding to loose integrity so today was the day to see what was involved. It was pulled in so I could get the Insight out.


I wasn't going to rely on the lift to get it in the air so once the insight was moved we positioned it here and up it went.


We then jacked the back up and put axel stands in place. This is what greeted us.



That's not getting patched with the dog food can I brought...

A quick look around the workshop and a check of the pipe size produced the old downpipe from the 940 proving me right that you should never throw anything away.

The flange was removed from the silencer and some pieces of pipe were stuck together.


Quite happy with how they were going together we carried on.

The two pipes were offset and the spare pipe I had was very offset so it became a cut and weld fest but eventually we got this.


Which is solid, has a hanger and doesn't bang off the floor or the prop.

Cost of temporary* repair was £0

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Aygo blower motor replacement was today's fun*

Dash top off, 10 minutes.

Find the motor 15 minutes, YouTube has a special thank you here.
Test the old motor in position 10 minutes, power probes are great.
Remove clutch pedal 30 minutes.

Remove old motor 20 minutes, this included dropping the steering column.

Remove wiring loom in the way of the new motor going in, old motor came out in more than one bit. 15 minutes.

New motor fitting 20 minutes, clutch pedal back on 10 minutes, all random bits removed back on 10 minutes, dash top refitted 15 minutes, speakers were a bit fiddly as it has tweeters in the A pillars. Connect the battery and test the motor 5 minutes.


The little pocket on the right is crucial to getting the motor in and out.

If they had given 10mm more room then it would have been a LOT easier.

Quick check of the brakes, squeeky brake report, shows the brakes are ok but the front left wheel bearing is grumbling, yay.

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. 205 up for sale so I can spend lots of money on a battery!
  • 2 weeks later...

Grumbly wheel bearing day so this was brought in.


This is getting nearer to the usual weather for working in the workshop.


This is an after picture, I said never again when I did the one on the red C1 but it wasn't too bad.


I then did a reshuffle and a little more tidy up so this got put here.



Looking quite empty with just the Minor and Marianne's old bike in there with the rest of the junk.

Brake judder on the Aygo is still a thing to a full strip and clean is going to have to happen, probably tomorrow...

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  • 4 weeks later...

A few things have been happening here.

First off I was looking for a petrol more door car to use as transport instead of the Civic.

I had been checking the local area and a Polo appeared with 12 months MOT. It was very local as it took about 3 minutes to walk around the corner and see it.

There was no history with it but it drove nicely. I priced up the bits for doing the cambelt and said not for me due to wanting to get the cambelt done first and the extra money was a no at present. He responded with an agreeable counter offer so I walked round the corner and collected the keys.

A quick check of the cambelt that is fitted shows it in good condition so no need to change it!

This was the Sunday. 

Fast forward to the Wednesday and I get a message from @Jim Bell saying congratulations on winning the Astra.

I stuck the Civic up for sale and @Flat4 stepped in for that.

A couple of weeks later a willing assistant in the shape of @320touring and the Astra was collected. This was the Friday when the county of Angus, where I live, was basically fucked by the storm. The west coast was lovely and sunny.

We headed down and collected this magnificent machine.


It was parked up at a train station near @320touring and I carried on home.

A few days later I was back.


Since then I have been using it carefully due to the sticking front brake. One side compared to the other. This was after about half a mile after pressing the brake.



A caliper was ordered and last night job was replacement.





Bit of vaseline on the threads of the bleed nipple to seal the threads while bleeding.


This is rather new as well.


Seems to be sorted but time will tell.

Currently about 400 miles in and it is a decent car.

That's enough for now.

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  • Tickman changed the title to Tickman's stuff. Lots happening

So as seen elsewhere this left today


And because I'm a massive idiot this arrived


It was only on the lift as there was nowhere else to park when I was unloading and then loading again.

I've not looked at it, just driven it.

I'll deal with the issues as they come or throw the towel in, time will tell which outcome.

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  • 2 weeks later...

The Clio has still been plugging away, I'd code read it with my cheap reader and got this.


This valve has been replaced previously and when turning the ignition on it doesn't appear to do anything at all.

It got plugged into a decent scanner that @320touring has and this provided a lot more information, most of which I have no idea what it means.

There is a plan of action when time permits but until then it is still providing service. Yesterday it had four 2.4x1.2 sheets of plasterboard in.


Which then got put up in the house.

Little car is currently a trooper.

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