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Today I did something to my car (volume 2)



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,833 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon

    You could, but for my own sanity I'd rather err on the side of caution, especially with this one as I do not want to do this again in a hurry. Been at this too long to know when to tread carefully to avoid doing an awkward job all over again when its avoidable; in certain aspects I'm set in my ways. I've another clutch to do this weekend and a tractor in a few weeks and I'll be taking my precautions as always during testing. No skin off my back if people want to skip the bedding phase or take shortcuts

    Speaking of said Volvo, the steering issue where it would tighten after 90 degrees of rotation has been fixed during the week. Exactly as I described, the bearing wasn't sitting flush allowing additional lateral movement

    This is how it should look like normally

    Clean, re-grease, re-seat, re-install. Problem solved. Very simple and often overlooked when troubleshooting this issue. Installed new droplinks too

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,833 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon

    Wasn't joking about the clutch change... Done in a shade over 3 hours. My mothers 2007 Fiat Panda

    2014 i30: general tidy up, rear pads changed. May or may not have had to resurface the disc in the process

    2012 Passat: rear spring replacement. Failed NCT for a broken spring. Big shout out to KilianManning for sorting me with a set of springs

    2003 Santa Fe: help isolate a brake fluid leak (wonkey copper washer at one of the calipers)

    Note: None of the aforementioned vehicles are mine, just happened to take up the Saturday on me!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,833 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon

    2007 Panda: Timing belt. Was cracked and the water pump squeaking, done in about an hour

    Misfire on coil bank a, stopped short of ripping out the loom to find the errant wire at fault (plenty of troubleshooting beforehand) replacement sourced today

    2012 520d: engine fan replacement. 10 minutes start to finish. Genuinely, it's that easy

    Water pump, not so much. And to add insult to injury, after getting to the water pump I have one for the older N47, so it doesn't fit!

    I'm not looking forward to doing this one again...

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,833 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon

    I've been doing a lot more in the background, but this time my own stuff for a change!

    In between changing cab mounts as you may see in the background, I swapped my headlights as they were fuzzy and in typical E34 fashion the full beam cover was seized in situ (since I got the car and goodness knows how long they were stuck beforehand!)

    It's an easy, but fiddly process to remove the lamps. The set of lamps I've had for at least 15 years... Are different, naturally. From a 94 TU if anyone is wondering

    But it's all back together and working well. Just need a new switch inside and that's spot on. I hope

    I changed the parking shoes on the S60 but have no pics of it. The retaining springs are miserable to remove and Volvo in their infinite wisdom decided not to have the shoes adjustable so have a solid bar instead of an adjuster. But it's done now and ready for the test in that area anyway

    Annual service for the S60 too, with the company director supervising the operation. He's not impressed with the bullsh*t cone filter I put in as a stop gap but knows I have something else in mind...

    Takes 5.5 litres, or 5.8 quarts if you speak fluent freedom and bald eagle. At least he is more enthusiastic than last year... Which is in the same spot somehow!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,833 ✭✭✭ fancy pigeon

    Serviced the work van (NV200) Straight forward apart from the fuel filter, which isn't the worst once you know how to remove the element (stick a bolt up it's arse and hammer the f*cker off your work bench or vice). The fuel filter had done 30k km and was jet black...!

    During servicing the van I got into an altercation with said van (involving it's oil filter and the bonnet) and rendered myself out of action for some of the heavier jobs I'd planned, however no rest for the wicked. The show must go on, so I decided to troubleshoot the weird elec issues on my E34 (thankfully only 2 for now)

    • Lights (dips) rarely working
    • Speedo pixel backlight staying on

    After reading up on both, both issues are due to soldering cracking over time. We'll start with the speedo. Due to the 3 spoke wheel I can remove this easily without any adjustment (of which there's no adjustment) or removing of the wheel. The very first time I removed this (a long time ago I must add) I noticed the 2 screw mounting points were broke along with one of the retaining tabs for the plugs missing. Not suspicious at all!

    Pull it apart. Looks like some muppet was here before, as 3 of the 4 white plug covers are missing

    Split the board from the cover. You need to remove the plug inserts from the outside along with 6 screws

    Due to time constraints I couldn't inspect the board or tear the pixel display apart where I wanted to, but gave the board a damn good scrub with contact cleaner. You might be able to see above just how much corrosion is on the board. Interestingly most of the components on the speedo board are from about mid 1987, guessing this board is from an E32 if that's the case (the speedo itself is 1989 in most places)

    Wallop it back into the car, the speedo is much clearer and not faded or flickering! But the original problem of the pixel display illuminated at all times still persists. I'll come back to it another day as it's a parasitic drain on the battery

    Moving onto the lights. The E34 uses an LKM (or light control module if you want in english)

    Pulled it out, opened it up and was pleasantly surprised at how simple the setup is with basic components, similar to the speedo

    Most of the trouble is with the relays (you can see them on the left near the connector block) and after looking at it through a magnifying glass I could indeed see cracks. Out with the soldering iron


    One less thing to worry about. I hope the next update for this thing is a bit more interesting as I have accumulated parts for it over the years that are finally getting the opportunity to be fitted and it needs a bit of welding in the boot (surprisingly not the jacking points, as a lot of these were it's weak point) along with it's timing belt, and general service (have to check tappet clearances too)

    Then after tyres (ugh...) and an exhaust (I am in my f*ck making up one of my "specials" for this as I have enough welding to keep me busy for months, off to souhans it goes) it may have a chance at the NCT. Once it passes (rather if it passes, I'm being optimistic it doesn't produce a telephone book of advisories and defects) we'll freshen up the bodywork (well, mostly my father as he's the bodywork specialist of the 2 of us, I really need to learn more from him on this). Then I can finally rewire the radio, tidy up the interior a bit and see about getting it fully road legal. Too long in the making!

    Plates will get the bin in due time, only seems like yesterday I bought these in 2007...