1994 Rover 414Sli

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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#376 Post by Vulgalour » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:26 pm

Another long old slog to Maidstone and back completed, another 600ish miles on the clock and the only casualty were the wiper blades which basically just wore out on the way back. Replaced today with an identical pair for a tenner, really can't grumble. Still returning mid-40s mpg too. Really cannot grumble at all.
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#377 Post by crepello » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:06 pm

Vulgalour wrote:
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:26 pm
Really cannot grumble at all.
Better turn the News on then!

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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#378 Post by Vulgalour » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:07 am

Yet again, not a lot to report. The very cold weather has meant my alternator belt is chirruping on starting up, which is a little embarrassing because it sounds like a much worse problem than it really is. If it weren't for me changing the clutch on the Princess I'd already have this fixed. Daily duties have been going uneventfully really, even extra duties helping out the Wolseley Six that has had some earth issues, now hopefully resolved.
Image20180125-09 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Fantastic old machine really, that Six, and a lovely thing to follow. It's off for an MoT tomorrow and given its mileage and overall condition it should do well. Very low mileage and a fairly original, unmolested car, just needs some more regular use to wake it up properly. It's going to be a very nice car for someone since it will be up for sale once it's got an MoT and had a few desnagging runs to make sure it's all in rude health.
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When I've finished the clutch job on the Princess, which I nearly have now, it will take over the bulk of the daily duties so I can shake that down before the MoT is due in April. Foolishly, I've managed to get the Rover's and Princess' MoTs organised a week apart so one of them may end up going in a little earlier than April to try and spread the cost a little. I honestly can't think of anything the Rover would fail on but I know there's still a couple of electrical gremlins to chase out of the Princess and an exhaust blow to resolve properly before it will pass cleanly.
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#379 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:42 pm

The alternator belt on the Rover has been quite noisy since we got the cold weather and unlike the Princess where it's a case of undoing a bolt or two, pulling the alternator to the desired location to tension the belt and then doing the bolts back up, it's rather more involved on the Rover. First, jack the car up and get it on an axle stand, then unbolt the undertray. My undertray has been split in the centre so you don't have to take the whole thing off, which is handy.
Image20180206-01 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Looking up from underneath the car you can see a long rusty looking bolt to the bottom right of this image. That's the tension adjuster bolt. I need to adjust that because the alternator belt has gone just slack enough to screech when it's really cold which is one of the most embarrassing noises an old car is capable of producing.
Image20180206-02 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

Access is not great. You sort of have to feed a 10mm spanner in behind the front crossmember to get to the bolt. You can get a good amount of turn if you can get your hand and the spanner around the oil filter and if the engine is cool enough that you don't burn yourself on the exhaust manifold, which is what I ended up doing. You can't do this from above because you can't even see the bolt, goodness knows why they put the adjuster underneath like this. You can just make out my white-gloved hand and the head of the spanner either side of the crossmember. That's really as much visibility as you get for this job.
Image20180206-03 by Angyl Roper, on Flickr

With that tightened up and proper tension restored to the belt, it is pleasantly quiet again. I'm guessing there's just been enough miles on this new belt to stretch it a little, exacerbated by the cold weather since it did shut up once everything had warmed up under the bonnet. I just consider this routine maintenance, really.
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#380 Post by ROVER-25X » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:28 pm

Lady hands a must then ?

I'm sorted for when I do mine *laughs*. :laughing2
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#381 Post by Vulgalour » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:14 pm

I can just about get my shovels in there to do but ladyhands would make it a lot easier!
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#382 Post by ROVER-25X » Thu Feb 08, 2018 7:44 pm

:laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#383 Post by Vulgalour » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:24 pm

Has been a bit chilly here lately...

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Happily that has been a good test of whether or not I'd tensioned the belt okay and I can report that I have and it's quiet. Current niggle is sluggish front windows, they were like this when I got the car and a deep clean of the windows and channels sorted them but this time it hasn't. They're not sluggish every day either, just sometimes, I suspect either dirty contacts in the switches or something is wearing out. It's otherwise fine, nothing to report, keeps doing its thing without fuss. That weird misfiring issue hasn't reappeared either so I've no idea on that one.
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#384 Post by ROVER-25X » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:02 pm

Not half mate, check this bad bout out ! :blink




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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#385 Post by 1234dist » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:59 am

If you get frost i get snow :mope
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#386 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:29 pm

I have a light breeze here, you have a hurricane. :laughing2
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#387 Post by Vulgalour » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:49 pm

The Butterfly Effect in action. Does that mean if 25X wins a fiver on the pools, Dist wins the lottery?
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#388 Post by ROVER-25X » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:52 pm

No that has already happened in a way, me poor, he rich, he got no garage, me getting a big one. :laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#389 Post by 1234dist » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:50 am

:twig
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Re: 1994 Rover 414Sli

#390 Post by ROVER-25X » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:01 pm

*laughs* :laughing2 :laughing2 :laughing2
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