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What have you done to your car today?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by mattyprice4004, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. norm

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 21, 2003

    Posts: 4,904

    Have you noticed the power steering fluid level dropping?

    Whining noises can be from air getting into the system, or low fluid levels, so potentially a leak?
     
  2. flinco

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 22, 2005

    Posts: 1,266

    Location: Australia

    The fluid level hasn't dropped in my ownership. I did drive in a circle in both directions in between the three fills of the reservoir. Maybe that got rid of air in the system.
     
  3. Kei

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2008

    Posts: 2,475

    Location: South Wales

    Decided to check the head bolts today as some people find them loose after 150k, particularly at the gearbox end. (claims of finger tight on bolt #10) Fortunately mine seem fine.

    I discovered when removing the cam cover that the gasket had past it's best as there was oil practically dripping off the bolts. It explains the rather oily state of the nearside front corner. Luckily I'd ordered a new gasket a few months ago.
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    Cam cover off revealed nice golden oily bits with no crud or excessive oil varnish. The timing end does seem to have moderate deposits but nothing too significant.
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    Chain is still nice and tight, running true with little sign of wear to the sprockets/links. Guides looked ok too. All said, pretty good for 22 years old with 190k on it.
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  4. badgeruk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 27, 2009

    Posts: 1,968

    Location: On the edge of a Cliffe


    Got a set of Woolies wheels and they*fit in the gaps perfectly. No small*gaps that are a pain to*clean on them.
     
  5. no idea what

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 9,025

    Location: Lincolnshire

    The head bolts definitely are common. When I took mine to bits at 114k the 2 gearbox end bolts were barely finger tight :o

    Proper good old engines though, a friend of mine is running a GT30 on one with well over 200k miles with the original chain and everything, running well in excess of 400bhp. Mine's currently sat in the shed awaiting a rebuild :D
     
  6. Kei

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2008

    Posts: 2,475

    Location: South Wales

    Mine were tight enough that I'd need a breaker bar to undo them. This one won't ever be seeing something quite as big as a GT30. At best a GT2860 but so far the T25 that's on it is doing a good job at stage 3. Just need to loose the heatplate from the inlet manifold and I should see about 275hp crank power.
     
  7. Tripperuk

    Associate

    Joined: Feb 5, 2017

    Posts: 4

    Took a look at the rear wiper motor of my MK5 Fiesta as it doesn't want to move. It makes a noise like it wants to move, but just doesn't unless you manually move it. I checked earth connections on the hinges as I know this is a common problem with this model, all seem to be fine. I think it just needs a motor replacement.
     
  8. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,233

    Location: Acme's chair

    Went at a single segment of a rear door with some T-Cut, and made it lovely and red again. 30 minutes later it had gone back to pink... :( :p

    Red t-cut is a con, it just stains the paint and then fades. :p
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  9. nath247

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 11, 2006

    Posts: 1,105

    I had this issue when I owned a MK5 Fiesta years ago, just a loud buzzing sound and the wiper wouldn't move. Getting one off a scrapped car at a breakers seemed to be the cheapest and easiest solution.
     
  10. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 14, 2005

    Posts: 17,348

    Location: Bristol

    You're doing it wrong.

    I returned a pink Renault 5 back to brilliant red and it stayed that way many years ago, cut it back properly and treat it, it'll stay looking good...unless you crash the car.

    I'm sure these days there are better ways of getting the colour back anyway.
     
  11. Tripperuk

    Associate

    Joined: Feb 5, 2017

    Posts: 4

    Didn't think about going to a breakers, was just gonna order a used one from ebay! Thanks for the suggestion :D
     
  12. nath247

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 11, 2006

    Posts: 1,105

    Always thought T-Cut should remain as that dusty old product collecting cobwebs at the back of a shed! You need a DA, sod that doing that by hand.

    I was the same, looked on eBay and at the time they wanted £20 or so before postage for one. Quick trip to the local breakers and got one for £8 :D
     
  13. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 10,470

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Silly question, but which one did you use?

    The red bottle "T-Cut original" or the red specific "T-Cut color fast"?


    The original should be good enough, but then obviously needs waxing or sealing to "lock in" the colour and prevent further oxidisation.

    T-Cut color fast is more of a polish / "filler" - similar in use to Autoglym SRP in my opinion, in that it has an extremely mild cutting action (e.g. for removing paint transfer etc), and has coloured fillers that will fill/colour light surface scratches, e.g. that show as white scratches - It won't cut enough to restore fresh paint.
     
  14. acemastr

    Mobster

    Joined: May 29, 2010

    Posts: 4,698

    Location: Tampa, Florida

    You'll never hand polish pink paintwork, it'll need to be cut with a rotary
     
  15. Clarkey

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 18,012

    What? Oxidised red paint is the easiest thing you could polish by hand, it's extremely easy.
     
  16. Acme

    Caporegime

    Joined: Jul 29, 2011

    Posts: 31,233

    Location: Acme's chair

    I used the colour fast one which is coloured red.

    I then cleaned the panel again, and went over it with expensive polish (auto finesse stuff) and it looked lovely and red afterwards, an hour later its peachy pink again. :(

    Need something more aggressive... It has been suggested that I wet sand it, but that sounds scary... :eek:

    Some of it has lacquer on where it has been sprayed in the past. It is these bits that are proving to be the main issue. The edge of one of the rear doors is brilliant red where the lacquer has flaked off, but the rest of it is pink and when I polish it, it just goes back to shiny pink...

    Whereas the bonnet for example has no lacquer, and it is coming up lovely.
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2017
  17. Armageus

    Don

    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 10,470

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    As per my post above - that one isn't any good for actual cutting - you want the original T-Cut (e.g. http://www.halfords.com/motoring/pa...air-paint-restorers/t-cut-original-500ml-2015), although I'm sure there is probably something a bit more sophisticated available these days.


    edit:
    looks good

    http://www.meguiars.co.uk/fifty-sha...ed-paintwork-with-meguiars-ultimate-compound/


    although depending on whether you already have a DA or rotary polisher, I would just get a local detailer to quote to do something similar
     
  18. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

    Posts: 20,458

    Location: West sussex

  19. Cleisthenes

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jul 29, 2013

    Posts: 7,522

    Location: TN1

    I used the G3 stuff on some small area on the GTV and it did a pretty good job. That was with scratches as opposed to restoring the paint but a polish was part of the process and it seemed to come up nicely.
     
  20. no idea what

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 5, 2009

    Posts: 9,025

    Location: Lincolnshire

    That's good :) I started off at stage 2 t25 circa 220bhp. Then moved on to a gt28rs running 356bhp. It had more to come out of it too as that was just a bench map running quite rich top end. But then turbo failed and I rebuilt it with aftermarket parts which did not last. So I sold it and now have a gtx2867r waiting to go on, hoping to see past 400bhp on that.