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davetherave
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More work completed on the car this week!

She developed a leak in the n/s strut return pipe.
I had replaced the other one about a year ago and remember Jim saying it would be wise to do the other one (guess who wishes they had listened to Jim).
Replacement was simple with cable ties, luckily I found a reasonable one on some struts+tops I bought recently.

Yesterday I replaced my FDV with a reconditioned one from pleiades, :) Went ok although when I got it on I found that I had to Re-tap one of the bolt holes as it ws full of rust! But its working fine, althought the steering seems a bit heavier :? .

Then today I replaced my hydraulic pump with a reconditioned one, and found that the roller that the belt sits on was not bolted to the block and was just held in place place by the belt :o.
I sorted that out then put it all back together.
Im yet to see if that makes any difference as I only took it for a quick drive.

My text task is to see whats up with the back end as it seems up in the air and painfully hard whilst driving....
The work continues...
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I now have a delivery date for the Xm v6 :P :P
So the 2.1 will soon be booted out of its garage

and a few more details....
Its blue, and used to be a citroen uk car apparently, after which it was owned by the manager of duff morgan then the mechanic who I am buying it off.
Its had a fair bit of work done too. And thanks to dean I have a front end and wing to replace the missing ones!
Just need to learn how to spray paint.

Yesterday I had another crack at the ABS on the 2.1 and the light went off... untill it came back on today :(

I waxoyled it today too to protect it from the salt this winter, but it still needs a damn good clean!
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Post by red_dwarfers »

You must be one happy chappy Dave!!!
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davetherave wrote:I now have a delivery date for the Xm v6 :P :P
Wow 8-) Excellent news Dave. You're going to love a V6! The old PRV is a lovely engine...

Never got to grips with spray painting. One of those black arts I could never master and never will now :( The solvents would surely do for me nowadays :(

Washed my V6 today and was thinking i should get the old waxoyl going around it ready for the winter. Hope they're a little less enthusiastic with the old salt this year.

My old pal who drives gritters (he love 'em to bits!) is already on standby... Where's the year gone?
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^ Frost here last night, they were out scraping windscreens this morning (not me though, Oh No!)
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:shock: no frost here yet, not even close

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Well no one can say you dont get stuck in Dave.....to say your not a mechanic you do bite off some pretty big chunks :)

The V6 does sound good. Painting isnt too hard if you have the right surroundings and equipment. Other than that its sometimes cheaper to have a painter do a foreigner for you and spray a bunch of bits together. Ive been quoted £30 to paint my spoiler with a pro finish....something i will be taking up if the second hand one i need to get to isnt up to scratch.

Jim says.."where's the year gone"? I here you on that one Jim :lol:
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Our roads have been gritted around here this evening :? We'll be back to freezing mornings and snow before long :lol:
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Not looking forward to the grit on the roads :(
Gave the car a wash today so she is looking good again!

I will hopefully only be learning how to spray on this one! My friend has all the kit so he will be doing it all going to plan.

The car has been getting very weak starting this week, i traced the problem to a loose +ve battery terminal, its already been bodged before so I replaced it with a nice new one! It has a lot more juice to start now which should see it through the cold mornings once its forced out of the garage.

Im not getting to hopefull but the rear suspension does feel a bit better now I have spray greased the height corrector.
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Decent frost here this morning...

Now where did I stash the de-icer?
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I dont think id ever trust my skills to be able to paint a car, its certainly an art if you can do it with good results. I bet your looking forward to the arrival of your V6 Dave, you have so many projects on the go at the moment!

Well its very windy and my C5 is warning me of risk of ice as its only 3 degrees :snowman:
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I need tyres sharpish...mine are very low. Int eh snow they will be useless
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vince wrote:I need tyres sharpish...mine are very low. Int eh snow they will be useless
Snap! :lol: Uniroyal Rainsport 2s for me i think.
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Ive been trying to put tyres to the back of my mind! They all have good tread, but one of the rear ones has quite a bit of wear on the inside, which makes me think the rear arm bearings may be giving up :(
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I was hoping to be able to say that I fixed my ABS in this post, however sadly it is still bust.

I did a lexia session on the car, which said I had an intermittent fault with the usual front right sensor (this has been replaced repeatedy with various types. )

So today i managed to buy an original bendix sensor from WHM :o . I thought this would cure it, but sadly not :( .

Having closly inspected other sensors on the car, there is not single original bemdix one bar the one i bought today. I think perhaps it is this mishmash of sensors that is causing the problems.
However new bendix ones are ££££££.

I have managed to source two working ones, but they are still in there respective arms.
I am considering buying them and replacing the rear arm bearings + fitting a grease nipple and so killing two birds with one stone!
THats a helluva a lot of work though!

Having wasted half of my day off on the ABS, i decided to try and stop the car behaving like a sieve, i tested the sunroof drains expecting one to be blocked, but they all drain fine!

So happily I have actually found that there is no reason for any water to be soaking me whenI drive :D .... But it does :?

I did manage to give it an overdue oil change though!

Chloé's comment was... why didnt you just buy a hyundi coupe?
At the moment I wish I had!