Its been relatively quiet with my fleet recently, the Goddess and VSX have been tucked up in bed under cover with the BMW and V6 working faultlessly. On Friday the additional heater fitted to the HDi threw another tantrum (or should I say glowplug) as it stopped working complete with a screeching/groaning noise. Fitting a new glowplug has got it going again but I'm now wondering whether the glowplug is the cause or the effect, was the groaning the electric venting motor failing or whether the metal gauze fitted around the glowplug is wearing thin (it works similar to the wick on a gas camping light)?
Over the past week I turned my hand to helping out a good friend with a knackered Suzuki Vitara by replacing the head gasket, what appeared at first sight to be a relatively simple task took a turn for the worst when I attempted to remove the camshaft (in order to get the head skimmed) as the camshaft retaining caps are retained by countersunk Philip screws which refused to undo even when using an impact driver. Luckily enough we had access to a good donor car so I removed the head from that car and fitted it after a good clean up.
Another job on the Vitara was to sort out a dragging front brake caliper and split driveshaft gaitor so I took the simple route and swapped over the complete O/S/F suspension assembly with the donor car. Yesterday brought good news with the car in that it passed its MOT with just one advisory of a small split on the passenger wiper
This weekend was a rather heavy affair for me with three days of
and eating out as my 50th birthday was on Sunday. Friday was
and curry night with a couple of mates from work, Saturday out for a meal with Dawn, Danielle and a few close friends for a meal followed by a gathering back at our house and loads more
finally getting to bed at 2.30am, followed on Sunday by popping down to Seaford to see my Mum, Dad and Sisters family for another meal and
, not surprisingly I'm feeling my age as I'm still in the process of recovering.
After collecting another job lot of spares and Peugeot workshop manuals at Linslade, I popped up to see Jim and drop off a trolley jack I'd picked up at Costco's for him, excellent value at just £70 for a very solid (and heavy) low entry jack, my garage is now stuffed full with car spares so I'll be spending most of the weekend listing them on Ebay if only for the space.