Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends + wife)

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Xaccers » 06 Nov 2011, 19:11

Job done.
We had a slight problem with the release bearing alignment, but once Jim noticed he'd set it 180 degrees out :oops: the box slipped on pretty easily.
The old clutch was nearly worn down to the rivets, after about 80k.

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by CitroJim » 06 Nov 2011, 19:16

Xac wrote:Job done.
We had a slight problem with the release bearing alignment, but once Jim noticed he'd set it 180 degrees out :oops:
Very embarrassed :oops: Once it was aligned correctly the gearbox slipped home a perfect treat :)

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Post by Chris570 » 06 Nov 2011, 23:24

CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:Job done.
We had a slight problem with the release bearing alignment, but once Jim noticed he'd set it 180 degrees out :oops:
Very embarrassed :oops: Once it was aligned correctly the gearbox slipped home a perfect treat :)
It's important to check that it cannot be put on 180 degrees out. you were just making sure that there were no mistakes werent you jim.... :wink:

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Xaccers » 06 Nov 2011, 23:50

Goodness knows why they can't just use a disc on the bearing rather than that one sided shape.

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Nov 2011, 16:33

I had my breaker bar replaced today :-D Popped down to Bletchley Halfrauds and called into our local Stealer next door to to order some rear caliper bolts... I looked at all the new PSA vehicles on show, felt violently ill and raced back to the sanctuary of my HDi... The price of new cars :shock: :shock: :shock:

Interestingly, that lifetime guarantee on Halfrauds Advanced tools is not unconditional. It was a good job it was the forked part that broke as the 1/2" square part that pivots is not covered. Allegedly because it's a moving part and anything that moves is not covered... :roll:

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Chris570 » 07 Nov 2011, 17:45

so my ratchet spanners arent covered then

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Nov 2011, 17:47

Chris570 wrote:so my ratchet spanners arent covered then
On that basis no, because they have moving parts.

Mind you, it's likely they'd fail because the moving part stopped moving and therefore technically it would no longer be a moving part and therefore covered... QED!!!

Try it, go on....

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Post by DickieG » 07 Nov 2011, 17:56

CitroJim wrote:
Chris570 wrote:so my ratchet spanners arent covered then
On that basis no, because they have moving parts.

Mind you, it's likely they'd fail because the moving part stopped moving and therefore technically it would no longer be a moving part and therefore covered... QED!!!

Try it, go on....
Right then I will, pass me your Halfrauds ratchet ring Jim :lol:

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Nov 2011, 18:05

DickieG wrote: Right then I will, pass me your Halfrauds ratchet ring Jim :lol:
Can't do that.. Mine are made by a mob called 'Gear Wrench'

Xac has some Halfrauds ones though...

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Post by Xaccers » 07 Nov 2011, 22:15

CitroJim wrote:
DickieG wrote: Right then I will, pass me your Halfrauds ratchet ring Jim :lol:
Can't do that.. Mine are made by a mob called 'Gear Wrench'

Xac has some Halfrauds ones though...
that rusty one Cassy had been hoarding wasn't a halfrauds one was it?

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Post by CitroJim » 07 Nov 2011, 22:21

Xac wrote: that rusty one Cassy had been hoarding wasn't a halfrauds one was it?
Yes but not an Advanced one. Anyway, it's moving part was broken in that it was moving too freely...

Sadly it is now on its way to becoming a baked bean can. I dropped it off at the tip today along with 20 litres of old oil , a clutch, a ruptured sphere, some other bits AND A WRECKED LITTER TRAY :( :evil:

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by Xaccers » 07 Nov 2011, 22:24

I'm so sorry Jim!
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Post by Xaccers » 15 Nov 2011, 00:10

Well Cassy isn't happy, apparently despite changing her cambelt and clutch, she thinks we haven't been giving her enough TLC.
Since the cambelt change there's been a squealing from that area which clears when the engine warms up.
The crank pulley looked a tad iffy with a few dents I think from one of the cam cover nuts which was missing, so I've got a new one, and I suspect the noise is from the excentric tensioner.
On the way to my parents yesterday, she lurched as though she stalled, and the glow plug light came on and she fired back up straight away.
I had a look for any loose wires while I was at Maplins, couldn't see anything and carried on my journey.
She did it a couple more times so I pulled over (unfortunately on the edge of the badlands).
When turning the ignition all the lights came on except the glow plug light, she'd turn over but not fire.
A quick phone call to Jim and we tried a few things, on of which was to check the rectangular double relay by the ECU.
It controls the glow plugs and 12V to the immobiliser/stop solenoid, so should click when energized.
No click, just a horrible rusty hinge sound!
So either the relay was iffy, or the feed to it was.
With darkness closing in, I set to work removing the immobiliser and wiring up a 12V feed direct to the stop solenoid, it clicked perfectly.
I've got a cheapo set of jump leads in the boot, one had lost the clamp off the end, so I connected it up to the +ve and held the exposed wires end to a glow plug to energize them for about 30 seconds.
She started up perfectly and off I went for a lovely roast lamb dinner, without a working tacho, but then the glow plug light flashed and the tacho came back.
When I got home, the squealing had turned to a rasping so I've taken to driving Juliet until I can work on Cassy tomorrow night.
I'd forgotten how much fun Activas are :devil:
Apart from having to get up earlier to take into account the age that she takes to rise up, she handles like a dream, lovely and soft until she's thrown around :D
There does feel like a tiny misfire now and again though which I will have to investigate.

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends)

Post by CitroJim » 19 Nov 2011, 20:33

Time to hang up my spanners :oops: Xac's breakdown in Cassy was all my fault :oops: We investigated today and found the double relay was suffering a bad earth. The cause of the bad earth?

Me, it was the thinner of the two that earths to the gearbox by way of a stud. Guess who forgot to tighten the stud when we did the clutch :oops:

That and the release bearing 180 degrees out fiasco and a silly adventure with my V6 this afternoon is enough to convince me I need to take up a new pastime - stamp collecting perhaps...

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Post by Xaccers » 19 Nov 2011, 20:41

Oh I don't know Jim, the cups of tea more than made up for it :D
It was a good day, and re-affirmed my belief that old diesels are superior through their simplicity :)

Got home to find Danielle had cooked new potatoes and lemon herb marinated chicken which was delicious, followed by golden syrup sponge pudding with cream.
Took me two hours to come down from the sugar rush :D