Well everything I can do from down here has now basically been done. Made some phone calls etc and got everything sorted out with the Council and such. Will be heading up north over the weekend at some point (haven't quite figured out how yet, will work that out tomorrow), and then get things moving again.
Actually ended up with some spare time this evening (first time in forever that's happened!), so decided to give the cars some TLC.
First thing that happened was that I managed to unearth my Pela oil drainer...it was only moderately structural in the garage!
Got to love the lazy man's oil change...Literally didn't get *any* oil on my hands.
The "maintenance plate" of course was updated accordingly - air and fuel filters will be done tomorrow. This corner of the slam panel gets labelled whenever any maintenance is undertaken so I can at a glance tell whenever anything is due when doing my weekly checks. It's a practice I started doing years back. The embossed Dymo tape works best as the print doesn't fade if it gets contaminated with oil, petrol, diesel etc like the printed one does.
Saab then got the same treatment.
Both cars were done in less than an hour from start to finish.
Never fails to surprise me how much of a difference to the running of some cars simply having fresh oil in can make, the Saab being a case in point. Was slightly overdue by a month or two (never even gets close to being due by mileage!), but really surprised me how much better it's now running...
Air and fuel filters hopefully get done on the Xantia tomorrow, oil and filter on the 107 too. Saab might get the fuel filter done if I can figure out where on earth I put the O-rings...
One thing that is concerning me a bit is the state of the drive belt...This only went on a couple of thousand miles ago, and is starting to look rather worse for wear.
I have noticed in the last couple of days a regular quiet squeak-squeak-squeak noise when cold, but haven't had a chance to investigate yet. Idler/tensioner failing you reckon? I do have a new spring loaded one in the box here, so that could go on if that's likely the culprit.
Will have a closer look tomorrow, only first had a chance to look at the car today and noticed this when doing the check around after changing the oil.