DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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Re: DIY Car Maintenance with function over finesse!!

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Oh, that's looking much, much better Mick :D Great work!

And enjoy Thruxton :D I love that track and would dearly love to do another duathlon there!
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"sanded it with 1200, 1500............."

WOW, that is aggressive !
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The spoiler was in a pretty bad way Alisdair, I was tempted to start with 800 but decided against!! I ran over the bumper with 3000 and it came up ok, could be better, but good enough for now as I was running out of muscle power! :-D
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On the way home from Thruxton I detected the aroma of coolant and when I got home I had a look to discover a miniscule weep from the radiator top seam. Given that the actual rad is in very good condition I decided to try using K-Seal which has got me out of trouble in the past. I found some in a local Factors yesterday and put it in last night and took the car for a 20 minute run with no sign of the leak when I returned. This morning I took it out for a 25 mile drive and it had no issue whatsoever with the seam being bone dry on my return. =D> =D>

However I experienced one odd characteristic since putting it in and sealing the leak. Presumably the cooling system is now holding its pressure because you could hear a faint hissing from the seam when turning off before the K Seal but it is silent now. The odd characteristic is that the car seems to be running smoother with a noticeable improvement in acceleration!! I cannot think why that should be, the only thought I have had is the steam from the leak was getting on the ignition electrics and causing partial earthing or something but can't say I believe that! :? Any other ideas? :)
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That's a puzzler Mick... Must think about that one...

I passed Thruxton yesterday on my way home from Somerset, brought back some good memories...
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Finally got round to sorting the remaining major body issues on the MX3 today. That being the surface rust in front of the rear wheel and the horrendously faded wing mirrors. I still have to polish the works but the initial results look very promising and perfectly good enough for me: :-D

Wheel arch before:
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Wheel arch after:
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mirror before:
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mirror after:
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I just need to give the whole car a wash , wax and polish and it will be ready to show!! :-D
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I had an early rise today to get a job done before the heat sets in. Basically a reasonably easy replacement of the A/C condenser in SWMBO's Suzuki Celerio. She had a mobile aircon chap come to do an A/C service a couple of weeks ago and he detected a leak in the condenser. He quoted £548 to supply and fit a new condenser which I thought was too expensive. I found an OEM condenser for £80 and the O rings for £10, given that I had to go to Bedford to collect, and got up to do the job today.

A matter of removing the front bumper held in place by 4 bolts, 2 screws and 12 pop fasteners, removing the cowling, 7 pop fasteners, and then disconnect the two pipes, remove the four mounting bolts and lift out the condenser. Replace the O rings lubed with A/C oil, install the new condenser and reverse the procedure above and all done in time for morning tea!!

I only remembered to take some pics after the new one was in and I'm afraid the light has spoiled them but you get the idea!! :-D
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MTM Original - Top mounts
MTM Original - old condenser with leak in the bottom corner
MTM Original - old condenser with leak in the bottom corner
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Excellent work Mick and I know SWMBO will be delighted :D Definitely the best time of day to do the job!
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Following the new condenser install SWMBO took her car to our local garage who look after our MOTs for a regas. Unfortunately they were unable to do it as it was showing a 'low pressure fault'. Not surprising to me in view of the condenser change but I was surprised that they were not able to clear that to deal with it! However in view of the current hot spell I have brought it to Hilton Suzuki in Spellbrook where it is currently in the workshop being sorted (I hope!!)
So you find me in a very alien place this morning, a main stealer service reception area with free wifi and a TV for company. So I thought I'd post this just remind other like minded members what a main stealer looks like! :-D
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That will be me next week Mick, the Zoe is due for service and MOT, the options are Bristol Street Motors in Gloucester or Ponthir Group Renault just my side of Hereford, I'm giving the Hereford one a go this time, neither is really convenient but needs must. :(
I'm going to see if Ponthir are less secretive and will let me see their workshop or even a mechanic instead of just the receptionist.
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Reminds me of the time a few weeks ago I went with Robyn to collect her Clio after its service at our big Renault main-dealer.. It was both interesting and quite a culture shock!

Hope all is now good with SWMBO's car Mick :)
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CitroJim wrote: 15 Jun 2023, 16:04 Reminds me of the time a few weeks ago I went with Robyn to collect her Clio after its service at our big Renault main-dealer.. It was both interesting and quite a culture shock!

Hope all is now good with SWMBO's car Mick :)
Indeed it is thanks Jim, car has ice cold aircon and was hoovered, washed and polished to within an inch of its life!! I'd reconsider my opinion of main stealers if they were all of the same service level that I experienced!! Maybe times are changing for when I had settled the bill and got back in the car I actually felt that it had been reasonable value for money. It actually brought the total cost of my DIY replacement to £239.35 which has to be compared to the £548 SWMBO was quoted for the specialist aircon firm to complete the work!! :-D
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That's an excellent result Mick :D
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Our local Citroen main dealer is superb. The boss is also chief mechanic. Took the 407 in a couple of years ago for a regas, he told me to leave it with him for an hour while he vacuumed the system and then refilled. When I got back he told me there is a leak, he can't empty it. We spent another 1/2 hour putting dye in and he found the problem to be the condenser. Cheers I said and asked how much I owed him bearing in mind it had been connected up to his machine for nearly 2 hours........nothing he said. I took it away, changed the condenser, took it back and he regassed it. 60€. Also small parts that I get new like gearbox o-rings etc. are delivered the next day.
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Just to follow up on the cylinder head. It now looks like this
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Instead of this
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And the paint used is a rattle can.
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