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by alviseven
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Headgasket
Replies: 25
Views: 481

Re: Headgasket

I get quite a bit of light brown sewage coloured sludge on the underside of my oil filler cap on my astra engine. Water level never drops but the winter is much worse - the car does quite a few short journeys and only gets properly warm when taken to London or similar on a long run. Decided long ago...
by alviseven
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: What cambelt change intervals do you use?
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: What cambelt change intervals do you use?

Astra belt broke on me and smashed 6 out of 8 valves but had new head swapped to run again to 285K but that and a poor chain on a old Alfa Sud makes me sweat whenever the cambelts are in the mix. I do not worry about changing them and getting that deep into the engine at all but I still do not like ...
by alviseven
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: What cambelt change intervals do you use?
Replies: 5
Views: 164

What cambelt change intervals do you use?

I know the standard book value for cambelts - or can look it up but never trust it after had a astra belt go at 31K wrecking the engine (think it was a 50+K change regime!) - cannot afford this on the D16 216 engines I now run. So have always tried to changed them about every 20K or two years. Howev...
by alviseven
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?

just an update really - seem to have sorted the clock which was strangely a loose bulb in its holder. Not the holder in the socket but the actual bulb in the plastic mount. Checked the spring type connections and the illumination of the individual bulb and replace - did not make a huge difference - ...
by alviseven
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?

no mfu is fine. it is switch related and only affects the clock mostly and sometimes the dash illumination. intermittent but nearly always correct when car starts but then with travel - motion - switches off but then will often come back on not necessarily when going over bumps just when it feels li...
by alviseven
Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?
Replies: 4
Views: 301

illumination issues - key switch - possible loose contact?

Early phase one R8 hatch with D16 engine - I have on/off illumination with both the clock and the central console dash back light bulbs. It happens whether the side lights are on or not and it will happen mid journey and come back on again. Convinced it is not the clock illumination issues as I have...
by alviseven
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 216 D16 TC CRANK PULLEY
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: 216 D16 TC CRANK PULLEY

not sure there is any difference as I have used a DOHC pulley to fit to a SOHC - needed to change to a power steering fitted type. I have a non steering pulley version spare now if this is any help but suspect that your car will need the PAS pulley too! At far as fit is concerned pretty certain the ...
by alviseven
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Heavy graunching and creaking noise
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Heavy graunching and creaking noise

Graunching noise could be a stone trapped between brake disc and cover. Horrid noise but if your car is drums at rear who knows!
by alviseven
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Bodywork & Detailing
Topic: 216gti tailgate misaligned/higher than roof
Replies: 14
Views: 603

Re: 216gti tailgate misaligned/higher than roof

I have had this on a car that has lived outside all its life. like someone said earlier its almost certainly a bent hinge as a result of it becoming seized. If you have a replacement one they are not that much trouble to replace pretty much in situ but you need someone to help you hold the boot lid ...
by alviseven
Sun May 13, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Rover 416 gsi
Replies: 3
Views: 274

Re: Rover 416 gsi

Sounds just like the relay - solders real easy like Johnny says
Get it done and have a trouble free journey from then on
by alviseven
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: droning noise????
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: droning noise????

It is the cars way of greeting you. Our pair talk to you too - certain it is the tank breather nothing to worry about but took a long time to get used to. Means the cars are in use and ready to go. Long may they keep mooing!
by alviseven
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Fan Belt
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Fan Belt

assuming honda D16 216 engine then loosen the tightener on the alternator a little and then carefully put long pry bar or screw driver between the alternator and the engine block - not the camshaft belt as its plastic! Adjust and nip it up - need three hands but it can be done. No real need to be un...
by alviseven
Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Fan Belt
Replies: 7
Views: 512

Re: Fan Belt

assuming honda D16 216 engine then loosen the tightener on the alternator a little and then carefully put long pry bar or screw driver between the alternator and the engine block - not the camshaft belt as its plastic! Adjust and nip it up - need three hands but it can be done. No real need to be un...
by alviseven
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Technical and Diagnosis
Topic: Tourer brake problem
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Tourer brake problem

Whilst that pipe does not look that clever nothing a spot of rust killer and paint would not tidy up to make my MOT man a little happier however if it was not good enough it would be leaking fluid. ANY fluid loss you would know about rapidly either with no brake foot to floor scary senario or brake ...
by alviseven
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: I'm after a short two post Car Lift
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: I'm after a short two post Car Lift

Watch ebay carefully - four post ramps come up cheap and single phase sometimes - can be as little as £200 and working order. Not that hard to dis-assemble into a large transit but takes a day to strip them if you do. Better to drop the deck onto a car trailer and load posts on top. Pay more and get...