Sometime after my last post it occurred to me that having had to add so much PAS fluid, perhaps I should've bled it - so, mental note not to be too surprised/disheartened if, in the morning, it still siighs & groans. In fact, it wasn't 'til the 1st small roundabout (i.e. several lock changes in quick succession) that it made any sound at all - but, I'm getting ahead of myself.
Day dawned damp & dismal - again! However, unlike working on a car in it, wasn't going to let it stop my regular Saturday morning jaunt - particularly as an extended road test might prove informative. Brakes were put to the test very early on as the 1st set of lights on the Ring Road changed when I was closer than I'd like, given past experience of mud tires on wet tarmac (in fact, pre-MoT prep, when I, effectively, reinstated the back brakes) I would've been concerned. In fact, came to an undramatic halt with plenty of room to spare - & with no bad messages from the pedal!
Off the Ring Road it was much wetter, with puddles reaching the middle of the road BUT, approaching Princetown I could see snow in the distance & then I was driving among it, not just in the lee of walls/ hedges but in ditches & hollows &, turning off to the village, strewn across the road. Entering the village I was greeted by the sight of parked cars still covered with snow. Really not prepared for that, not only at the end of March - but after several days of steady rain!
After all that, breakfast & back in Torbay after 55 miles of fairly testing roads for brakes steering & cooling system this morning - nothing untoward at all: the temp. gauge behaved exactly as it should, e.g. krept up a little following a quadbike up hill for, 5 mins or so, but as soon as I resumed 40 mph, it dropped back. Had thoughts about that since - to which I'll return.
On the Riviera, at least, it has actually stopped raining & the ground's starting to dry out, so - time to brave the cold & tackle some of these issues (really needed something requiring more exertion than electrical trounle shooting on the Eldorado). No trace of any coolant leaks, & for the 1st time, could check underneath. Mixed blessing that - 'cos if there's still a loss . . .
Remembering - or, rather, constantly being reminded about, the brake warning light, of course it could be nothing more than the microswitch on the handbrake sticking/ou of adjustment - but why, suddenly & what a pain, having to get under that console again. Something nagging me about the sensor in the master cylinder - not in the reservoir as one might expect, but the distibution block. Another weird Jeep locking electrical connection, this time a cap with with 2 sprung legs that latch onto the socket in the top of the sensor. Manage to get that free - but cant'd pull the plug out the socket. Hmmm, maybe tackling the console might be easier!
While in that under-bonnet area, not why (or, rather, how) get sidetracked into dealing with battery terminals: amazed that, since swapping batteries, it's not failed to start. Manage to get the +ive clamp tight with the aid of shimming the post & use of ratcheting ring. -ive requires a bit more effort/initiave: by dint of installing new isolator (conveniently languishing in passenger footwell of the green one NO, don't ask - it's a long story) thus turning the clamp through 90* I can use a socket on the nut (+ open ender on the head, 'cos the register on the clamp won't stop it turning) & actually get it tight enough. However these clamp bolts are much (3/8" ?) too long & with it now vertical, decide to trim off the excess too be sure it doesn't foul the underside of the bonnet.
Start it up & roll underneath to investigate the rattle I noticed a couple of weeks ago: it's the exhaust, 2 of the mountings have sheared! That's a welding job, so I'll have to speak to someone; I know who i'd like to do it - but don't think he'll be very keen, especially in January (which it might as well be).
Finally get to use my rattlegun in anger (so to speak) - never got a wheel off a Cherokee so easilly! Will need pads, surprised to see how much they've worn - but not enough to explain the fluid loss. Have to see what CP4L can do - otherwise it'll have to wait 'til I'm back from USA.
Shift it forward, so back wheel's by dropped kerb & with a bit more of a performance (see my Lidls' post), wheels off - & the drum: cylinder needs new seals but I knew that & had decided that if it got through MoT it could wait for better weather (mind you, I sort of had Easter in mind then). Definitely needs shoes now though - that's what comes of having them making some contibution to the braking effort!
Having put everything back, came in for a hot drink, then decided, as I had, finally, got something done, it was too cold to start t'other side (please God, the rain doesn't return tomorrow) so, as it had had time to cool down, checked coolant level: there was a little in bottom of overflow, whereas previously it'd been empty. Hopefully that's progress, so will add antifreeze tomorrow. Turned it round, so otherside is by dropped kerb AND it's parked in the direction of traffic - is it only me that's concerned with that now?
Which brings me back to the temp gauge; is the engine running cool - or, do I have a lazy gauge? Either would explain it usually registering one notch under 100* BUT, if it is the latter that would explain why I've fondly believed it's never over-heated (also the fan cuts in at a lower indicated temp. than I'd expect). Thinks, time to swap over the sender from the green one!