Did an oil and filter change on the V6 this morning as a nice, gentle introduction to a busy day. I took a good look at the pinion valve return hose and was pleased to see it nice and dry following the replacement of the perished pipe a few days ago.
This was the end of the old pipe where it slips over the end of the metal pipe. You can see the cracks that were weeping LHM.
Alex, and old friend of mine and erstwhile owner of a Peugeot 309GTi Goodwood dropped by this afternoon with a pair of Peugeot 106 front struts under his arm. He needed the wheel bearings replaced. Did he just
They were nearly seized!
They were well rusted in and just getting the retaining circlips out proved quite a challenge, being firmly rusted in their grooves.
The hydraulic press made short work of extracting the old bearings but we were both quite surprised to see a force of almost 7 tons being needed to shift them from where they had been for the past 18 years!!!
The old bearings were full of rust and not a trace of grease left in them. Speaking about it to Dad, he thinks the car might have been stranded in floodwater at some time in its life.
The new bearings slipped home nicely, needing only about a ton and a half of force to settle them in.
All this talk of tons of force needed to do the bearings makes me wonder if Haynes ever actually tried this job using the vice method they suggest in the BoL for removing and replacing them. Perhaps on a new car it might have worked but on a J plater with 140,000 miles on the clock, no way!