Take your point fellas, but I have a replacement engine which I intend to strip prior to fitting to check the clutch and do a head gasket replacement as well as timing belt ,clean etc, so fitting would be the reverse of the process...I can't see the point of making extra work disconnecting the brakes, suspension etc.
I agree with the comment of decorating the hall through the letterbox! But I have found access ok really. I just wish that the designers had made the cross brace at the back of the boot detachable as this is the one thing that makes top access trickier than it should be!
There is a very different noise coming from the rear of my F since shortly after I put it in for the MOT, I believe its a bit of a blowy exhaust probably following some over enthusiastic rust prodding by the tester.
Now, this is by no means scientific but I have noticed a pattern over the years...I take my car to a garage for say, an MOT. Within a week or so the exhaust is blowing, i take it to the garage they say it's rusted and needs replacing, I pay out. The last time this happened I said I wanted to see the replaced item as it was relatively new but it had been 'binned' .
I'm going to get some putty and fill the hole/s this time but is this just a female experience or can the men relate to this suspition that their Michael is being snatched? Read More...
Hello I great and wise collective brain, i seek enlightenment.
I have (and love) a 1998 F with just over the 100K on the clock. Bought a year ago having been garaged for 18 months. Very low suspension when bought that was re-gassed (fluid) and ride and handling were fine. The car went into my local MG specialist (who are honest enough to admit they don't really understand the F suspension) for a fair amount of work for one reason and another last month. Garage fitted 2 new lower suspension arms, 2 rear top ball joints 4 nylon lower shock bushes and pumped her up to 368mm.
The car rode so badly that my better half was reluctant to get in it (my chest hurts...and no she wasn't laughing). Having done some basic forum snorkling I thought it worth bleeding a little fluid to see if that would help. What came out was foam not fluid. Took the car back to the MG boys who drained it completely while scratching heads about the foam. They have said they think they may have used the wrong fluid (one hydrogas pump used for one thing only...how does it get the wrong fluid?) Anyway pumped up again and running at 368mm the car was long legged and bouncy and just not as comfortable as when I bought her. Ride height has dropped a little since I collected last week.
1/ Lowering knuckles have been fitted by a previous owner and the ride height is therefore set too high ( I have no idea what PSI they pumper her up to )
2/ Sphere failure
I have read various strings and many people mention "changing spheres" but not which ones. The car sits level, it bounces once when pressed on each corner but clearly something is wrong and I have no clear idea how to be sure if its front, rear or all four spheres that need replacement.
I have seen a lot of info on the "schrader valve weld in to re gas" option but is anybody with the skills and the tools now doing this with second hand spheres to create "reconditioned" units? I can get 2nd hand from Martin Smith but again no idea how to know if the units are any good.
Is there such a think as a simple step by step diagnostic process that can be followed in order to be sure of the fault and where it lies?
Any help, hints, photos and biscuits gratefully received Read More...