Berlingo battles and DRKpers

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Post by Northern_Mike »

How should they be adjusted?

They have manual adjusters on them. One for each shoe. So, I adjusted the trailing shoe so it was binding then backed it off slightly, then did the same for the leading shoe. The drums have no lip on them, they're actually pretty good but it has only done 10,000 miles in the last 14 years, and 3,000 of those have been in the last 9 months.

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northern_mike wrote:How should they be adjusted?

They have manual adjusters on them. One for each shoe. So, I adjusted the trailing shoe so it was binding then backed it off slightly, then did the same for the leading shoe. The drums have no lip on them, they're actually pretty good but it has only done 10,000 miles in the last 14 years, and 3,000 of those have been in the last 9 months.

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ok thats a different story then,
maybe still air in the system then?????
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If it's all drum, it probably should have a check valve in the master cylinder or lines.

I'm thinking it also needs a whole lot of bleeding, have had more than one car where it's been required to bleed over a pint of fresh fluid in order to get 98% of the air out.
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It's now all bled, and surprised me by stopping properly when I pressed the pedal.

Back in March, I went up to Jim's in it with the intention of checking the brakes out. It rained after he'd finished whatever he was doing, so we didn't. I'm glad, or he'd have not let me drive away in it with the brakes in that state.

Tomorrow providing it's not raining, I'll fix the electrics that I broke fixing the new throttle cable, try and fix the ridiculous exhaust/manifold join (it's one of those stupid ones that simply has a clamp that holds the 2 pieces together, nothing else, no flange. Rubbish) and reseal the exhaust at the silencer join. I might even check the gearbox oil and decide to put some in if I can remember what it takes. I think addo told me in the past, but I can't find the thread. I might even change it!

Then I need to buy a new hydraulic jack to get under the rear end and check the rear brake/get the wheel off/lie under it fiddling and replace some wiring while I'm there for the MOT - exposed wiring now has to be checked for the MOT, and I was warned some of it was looking past it's best at last time, so I'd better do it before the weather goes too cold.
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Mike, that's really excellent progress on the DRK. Well done =D>
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I took the Berlingo for it's MOT today, expecting it to fail on *that* knock - for the third year running.

Of course, it passed. Advisories for both front tyres, and a ticking off for the horn working in a strange manner, but I knew that and was holding off getting them done in expectation it was going to fail expensively on other items.

Being the responsible owner I am, I'm posting this from outside the tyre place while it's having two new Toyos fitted. I'm finding more variety and better prices for tyres in 195/65/15 H rated spec than in the standard 185/65/15 Berlingo spec. It's also booked in to have an aux switch for a standard horn fitted next week.

So, hopefully we'll get at least another year out of the old beast before anything too nasty goes wrong.

Curiously the MOT man reckons the knock might be caliper related as the left is slightly down on the right and is heading towards imbalance. Pads moving about or caliper not situated quite right. Haven't got a decent jack to lift it with to check for a week or so though. Last time the brakes were worked on is about 20 months ago.
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Excellent news on the MOT Mike :-D
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Think I'll give it an oil change this afternoon before I put the undertray back on. I've left the undertray off as I thought it would fail the MOT.I'm going to cable tie it on.

As the service indicator only has 3000 miles to go before the next oil change, I'll do it all today before winter and cold comes, and get the undertray back on to keep winter crud out. I don't want to be doing that when it's freezing cold and damp, and at current mileage it'll need an oil change in the depths of winter. It's not likely to get one..

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northern_mike wrote: and a ticking off for the horn working in a strange manner,
what were that then Mike, you lean out the window whilst holding the horn button in shouting ou ou :twisted: :-D :lol: :rofl2: :rofl2: :rofl2: :wink: , or is it a hand held air horn :yikes: :wink:
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It only makes a noise when you turn the sidelights on.... wiring fault somewhere, but just about passable.... In that he moves a switch and the horn sounds.

On another note - people always tell me to support my local motor factors and avoid Halfords and the like.

Well, I went to two local factors to get a fuel and air filter for the Berlingo today. NEITHER had them in stock. I could understand if I'd asked for the tappet bucket off an Alfa 33 16v or similar, but this is basic servicing items for one of the most common diesel engines in the world. So sod them, I went to Halfords and bought them straight off the shelf.

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I like that Mike, so French. Sound the horn by turning on the sidelights. Priceless :-D
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I now a fully serviced, ready for winter, Berlingo with 13 months MOT. Well, it needs a set of wiper blades but I've ordered them online.

Things of vague interest...

I used the sucky-pump thing to get most of the oil out then took the drain plug out anyway and put a 1 litre measuring jug under it. Less than 100ml came out so I'm happy the vacuum pump method is ok for the 8v 2.0HDi.

The sucky pump thing is a great way of emptying the diesel filter without mess or fiddling with drain taps. It's also very easy to suck any detritus out the filter housing with it rather than use a rag to wipe it out etc.

Cable-tieing an undertray on is a total pain in the backside. I'm pretty sure it's not coming off in a hurry though!

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CitroJim wrote:I like that Mike, so French. Sound the horn by turning on the sidelights. Priceless :-D
Having had plenty of Saabs Jim, I'd be tempted to say it's more Swedish.
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Result on the MoT Mike =D>.

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bxzx16v wrote:Result on the MoT Mike =D>.

Mark
Thanks Mark!

I was expecting the expensive one this year. It's got to have one sooner or later. That's 4 MOTs I've put it through now, and it's not failed one yet.

I'm aware not all places would pass the horn..