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Today I did something to my car (volume 2)



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    It's a solid brass valve that screws into your oil drain instead of the nut.

    It has a strong spring loaded lever that has to be pushed up and to the side to release. No chance of accidentally coming loose.

    Flip open, wait for oil to drain, flip closed. Job done.

    This is it in the open position.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,869 ✭✭✭ Slideways

    Ah right. I can see the appeal but wouldn’t be for me.

    My latest car has a plastic sump with no drain bung, what a stupid fûcking idea that is

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast


    Give us a look at the car please!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,029 ✭✭✭ MrCostington

    I did something not to my car, but for working on it. Been looking out for a cheap stand/tripod to hold my work light at a height. Plus, I've been looking for a bit of steel tube to extent the handle of my jack as it's very short for reaching in under the diff jacking point. Spotted a clothes rack in Lidl for €15 and an opportunity to kill two birds, with one clothes rack:)

    It's worked out better than expected and lots of handy tubing left over too. I got mine in East Wall but they didn't have them in other branches I checked.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,024 ✭✭✭ tanko

    Is it ok to put 205/55/16 wheels on a car that has 195/65/15 on it at the moment?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    Fire one on the front and have a good check. It's a slightly taller and wider but with a slightly lower profile tyre.

    Turn it to full lock in both directions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Here ya go. All shined up, just in time for todays rain.

    81,087 km

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    New Brembo pads.

    Painted calipers.

    New Saab wheel badges.

    New Vredestein 225/45/17's on the front.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Dash needed some cleaning.

    As good as new now.

    Wife's response to the pictures of my handiwork projected on the TV:

    "Is that MY car? No.... It isn't!!"

    Light APC solution on the dash & steering wheel. Followed by McGuires Ultimate Interior Detailer.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz

    Leather on the seats needed a bit of attention.


    Ran out of light. Will do the fabric tomorrow.

    Used CarPro Interior (leather & interior) cleaner on the leather.

    Will do another pass tomorrow and then finish off with some GTechniq Leather Sealant.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    She looks spotless, fair play. They're fairly rare these days, unfortunately.

    Best of luck with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,128 ✭✭✭ wandererz


    81,000 km / 50,000 miles.

    Probably the lowest milage one in Ireland. Certainly for its age.

    Heated seats, tiptronic, flappy paddle gears.

    Drives like a dream.

    I only use Liqui Moly oil and Ceratec engine lubricant. So hopefully it keeps going.

    Only problems have been regular headlamp bulb changes. The left side blew yesterday simply because I looked at it! Other than that, broken engine mount, broken spring and seized Caliper.

    One previous owner who lived in D4 and traded it in at Audi Ballsbridge at 8,000km.

    Rear seats looked like they had never been sat in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 623 ✭✭✭ v240gltse

    @wandererz. well done on keeping a nice looking Saab going.

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

    It's been flat out...

    Last week was Mrs Pigeons 520d. It sprang an irritating leak and with the temp going bananas at times I got a new stat (and housing) along with this sh*tty coolant pipe (€25 from BMW)

    It's a manifold off job to remove said pipe

    The pipe had split internally and wouldn't be copped from the outside. Manifold was easy to remove. Cleaning it out wasn't

    As some of you may know I used to set fire to the manifolds to clean them properly. Couldn't do that so well here!

    New coolant and all back together, the car is much quieter and easier on weasels

    Moving to Saturday, decided to start at the back of the E34 and work my way to the front, planning for the jacking points. Had to have a rethink when I scrubbed the boot!

    During this it pissed rain on me, so decided to have a look at a friends Passat that was wouldn't start. I'd been at it before, testing the fuel pump, checking lines etc (drove in after a return line sh*t itself and never started again). I then decided to try the cheap solution; fuel filter. Could have kicked myself, the old filter may as well have been made of lead. Fired right up

    Cleared any codes it had and after a short drive the remaining faults went away (power steering etc)

    Have more planned over the next few weeks, focusing on the E34 mainly as it has an upcoming event next year. Have a clutch change planned for the Volvo too, complete with solid flywheel and D5 gearbox (if you ask nicely I'll tell you what clutch I've bought to get this all to work!) and I may exchange the turbo for my own homebrew setup if I have the time...

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    It's been absolute Bedlhem in my pal's workshop, I've been helping out there for nearly two weeks now trying to squeeze my yoke in.

    Tomorrow morning it's going into the paint booth and I'm hoping to bring it back down to my own place on Saturday morning.

    It looks like it's gonna end up being both doors, both rear quarters and the rear bumper getting sprayed now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    Finally sprayed. Back to my place in the morning and straight back up onto axle stands so I can scrub all the crap off the bottom of it.

    The Lude life...

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,052 ✭✭✭ PsychoPete

    Cleaning an engine bay is always so satisfying

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    Finally got the car back to my spot this afternoon. I spent ages scrubbing the rear to get all crap off that had built up while it was in the panel beaters.

    I've a few new holes to drill tomorrow to get the side skirts back on and then I'm heading off for a long overdue spin, hopefully.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,544 ✭✭✭✭ wotzgoingon

    That will be some spin. I'd say you will be grinning from ear to ear after being down for so long and the sun will be shining too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    Fingers crossed anyway. I have to go easy on it for a few hundred miles to let the clutch and the belts break in properly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    It's home, I'm heading off for a good spin.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,265 ✭✭✭ passatman86

    Well done @Titzon Toast looks class

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,729 ✭✭✭ zg3409

    VAG with error code and check engine light for differential pressure. Reset error, drive around 300km up and down M1 waiting for light to come again and it did. While driving I was monitoring DPF with phone app VAG DPF and ODB dongle. The phone app was showing no differential pressure change, and a second phone app, ODB 11 app also said no change. Car was low mileage so I presumed DPF was ok

    Watched loads of YouTube videos and read forums. Visually inspected the hoses and checked the part numbers.

    I decided to order an aftermarket sensor from local motor factors who got it same day. Went to fit it and electrical connector was different. Who knew an 04L906051 is different connector than 04L906051G. Panicked as old sensor was off, rang VW and paid 100 versus 60 for sensor but it fitted and was in stock straight away. Performed relearning reset to say sensor was replaced and 400km later light has not come back on.

    Fault fixed, I hope. When I asked dealer do they often go wrong, he hesitated and said well we do sell them...

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

    Clutch change over the weekend! Wasn't much fun

    Not many photos to depict the pain in the arse job that is the Volvo P2 clutch change. Thank goodness this wasn't AWD

    It's actually very straightforward in terms of what you have to do, just everything is awkward

    The main issue is the subframe needs to be out. The engine sits exclusively on the subframe. There isn't much room on top to hang a bar/pole to hold the engine...

    But I got there, a few hours later

    Now just to further annoy me, I had planned on using this very exquisite clutch. However, I'd got sent the wrong one! Just too much lateral play, I had visions of the splines being ripped to shreds while the car shook itself to death trying to take off. It's meant for an Evo 10 I think, which isn't what I bought

    Pity. It was going to take some power through it....

    Shoved in the solid flywheel and clutch (850R clutch for my 21 spline box). The box itself is very easy to remove, using 2 different sizes of bolt which are obvious. No alignment tool and it shot straight in, one take. New borg and beck concentric slave too (primed before it went in)

    In the process of reassembling one of the subframe collars went missing... So I got hold of one from a Santa Fe, pressed it to match the Volvo collar and reamed the centre out with a file. This cost me another hour!

    The subframe didn't want to line up with the car. The engine didn't want to line up with the subframe. The engine on subframe didn't want to line up with the mounts. The rack didn't want to twist the right way. The clips holding the various hoses are inaccessible. The brackets to be bolted down are very hard to access. The driveshaft snap ring didn't want to let the shaft seat in properly. Everything was just miserable!

    Still, I got it done, the next day (7am Sunday start). Changed the balljoionts while I was at it too as one was floppy. Had visions of shoving in another silencer, that went out the window very fast with the time gobbled up already! Just one mishap to sort, copped a strange collar near the pedals, turns out the steering column bearing popped out leaving the steering very notchy (see here) which I'll sort some evening (just need to pull it off completely and reseat the bearing)

    The clutch and magic goop I put in the gearbox have completely transformed the way the car drives mind you, for the better! Clutch is so nice now and the gears so slick. Apart from bedding the clutch in and enjoying the car, I have to keep the next plans under the radar for the moment!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

    You have an outside ramp???

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

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭ Titzon Toast

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,869 ✭✭✭ Slideways

    I see a few comments about bedding in a clutch. If you use a new pressure plate and your fly wheel doesn’t look like a vinyl record there should be no reason to bed one in.

    Once it releases fully and doesn’t slip it’s a done deal

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,879 ✭✭✭ Tazzimus

    Not so much today as yesterday. New engine mounts for the festy, old ones had a good amount of movement in them.

    The amount that has to come out to get at the gearbox one is a pain, I also took the opportunity to adjust the gear linkage while everything was out of the way, which seems to have sorted the car randomly popping out of second shifting down after I fitted a short shifter.

    Took it for a spin yesterday and felt solid all round.