not sure that's the recommended method but all power to you for giving up (been there, know how hard it can be)
It works with her because she's not the sort you would admit that you've failed if you know what I mean Ainslie
It is tough and this week has been especially difficult but still going strong
Project Activa has taken another small step forward
The last episode of this blog ended on a cliffhanger where the rear suspension would not rise from low on its own and would only come up if the lever was set to high first... It would not correct an height changes either. Most odd.
Well, it was not the height corrector mechanism
Changed that, no better.
I then thought the height corrector itself might be bad or full of gunge, especially after seeing the state the roll corrector was in so I removed the height corrector for overhaul. Someone had been there before me and all the hydraulic union flare nuts were rounded right off
I had to resort to pipe grips to undo the very tight unions
I expected to find the height corrector full of dirt but after stripping it I found it pristine
In fact it looked recent...
This is it coming apart.
I gave the corrector a good clean and check and it was faultless. Back on, the fault remained
The problem actually turned out to be something very simple. The height adjustment on the ARB was so far out that the only reason the car was at near right height in the normal lever position was that the lever mechanism was over-riding the ARB mechanism. After moving the clamp a fair way, the height now corrects as normal
Even that was difficult as the clamp bolt was a bit corroded and very, very tight. Plus-Gas to the rescue again
I was really lucky, I moved the clamp to just test the hypothesis that it was a mile out of adjustment and the amount I moved it was just about right!
Goodness knows how the height adjustment was set so wrongly. I know now the car had a lot done to the rear a while back, including a new ram. The height corrector was obviously removed at the time but it seems whoever did the job totally cocked up the height adjustment and landed in a situation where the height looked more or less OK but was totally wrong. It now responds a treat and the rear suspension feels distinctly softer
Provided the front ram repair holds, that's the suspension work done now.
It raining here, especially to test my sunroof leak repair..
Work now moves inside, reassembling the interior and sorting out all the electrical gremlins stemming from the corroded loom connector...
An MOT beckons