A to Z of 'How to' guides, Pics and Videos.

6 years 3 months ago - 7 months 2 weeks ago #25321 by David Aiketgate
DISCLAIMER - PLEASE NOTE

These guides have been compiled to allow others to see what T-Bar members have done to their cars, or how they organise runs/meets. The 'How to' guides are intended to show the knowledge acquired, through text, pictures and video, and are purely for demonstration purposes. Use in any projects that you may carry out yourself is purely at your own risk. No responsibility for errors or omissions, in the information here is undertaken. Damage or injury is entirely at the risk of the individual. Hopefully the guides will be of benefit to MG owners as they were intended to be. We have tried to ensure accuracy, but if you note any error(s) please let us know.




ORGANISATION OF MEETS/RUNS

Plan a T Bar Run
Plan a T Bar Meet
How to have a Successful Day
Behaviour at T bar Runs
Advice for Participants


Do not attempt to carry out any work on your car, especially on vital parts, unless you feel competent to do so. Ensure that you carry out any work safely. Always think safety first, and never put yourself in danger.


Categorised A-Z How to fixes - Installation, Improvements, Servicing, Removal, Renovation, Replacement, Detailing, Cleaning, Guidance & Tips.
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Scroll down for the full Alphabetical listings, 'Bling mods' (Accessory upgrades) & Video 'how to' section.

HOW TO USE THE T-BAR, MGF FORUM & MGTF FORUM FEATURES - Explanatory videos.

ALARM
Alarm - Operating the self test system.
Fob, Alarm - Cleaning the fob switches.
Fob, Alarm - Fob replacement guide.
Fob Alarm, Extending Operating Range - How to increase fob operational range.
Fob Alarm Failure - Solder repair the key fobs battery cage.
Fob Battery & Keyfob Casing Replace and Resync - Replacement & resynchronisation guide with video.
Fan Fuse Alarm - Fitting an audible warning, fan failure device.

ANCILLARIES
Air Conditioning - Retrofit - Air Conditioning - Retrofitting guide.
Air throughflow vents improvement - How to improve.
Airhorn compressor upgrade - Airhorn upgrade.
Airscarf and defroster - Roof down warmth in sub zero temperatures and how to defrost and demist a frozen rear screen.
Airscarf warm air mods & Clingfilm tip - Warm air mod uses & screen freeze prevention tips.
Alternator Belt - Replacing a badly adjusted or loose alternator belt.
Alternator Belt - Adjusting an ill fitting alternator belt.
Alternator adjuster bracket upgrade
Alternator - Replacement guide.
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Centre Console - Replacement guide.
Clock adjustment video. - Changing the time display setting.
Clock, running slow (Solved). - MG Clock running slow fix.
Dog Safety Harness Fitting - Fitting guide.
Fan Fuse Alarm - Fitting an audible warning, fan failure device.
Fob Battery - Replacing the battery.
Fob, alarm - Cleaning the fob switches.
Fob Alarm Failure - Solder repair the key fobs battery cage.
Funnel (makeshift - touring) - Prevent oil and water spillage.
Handbrake gaiter - Replacement guide.
Heated rear Plastic window - Internal heater fitting mod.
Heated Windscreen Washers - Warming the washer pipes to prevent ice build up.
IACV - Removal, cleaning and replacing the valve.
IACV - Replacement guide.
IACV Reset - How to reset the IACV.
Instrument Binnacle - Repair guide.
Locking Wheel nuts - Replacement guide.
OBD-2 Bluetooth fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes via Bluetooth wifi phone connection.
OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes
How to read all obd fault codes for all versions of Mems.
OBD-2 Fault codes - Code explanations.
Side Air Intakes - Adding side air intake scoops.
Stepper Motor - Removal, cleaning and replacement guide.
Stepper motor - Replacement guide.
Windstop fitting advice - How to fit an OEM wind stop.
Windscreen wiper failure - Applying a temporary 'get you home', emergency fix.
Windscreen Wiper Motor and Linkages - Replacement guide.
Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.

BATTERY
Jump start battery change. - Changing the car battery without losing your electronic codes.

BODYWORK
Arch renovation, sanding and painting - Renovating guide.
Boot Hinge Replacement - Removal and replacement guide.
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Bonnet gas struts - Fitting guide.
Bonnet release remote - Bonnet catch maintenance.
Bumper Front - Removal guide.
Bumper Rear - Replacement guide.
Engine Access Panel - Removal guide (with hoops fitted).
Engine Access Panel - Removal guide.
Plastic-welding - Plastic bodywork repair guide.
Scuttle Panel - Removal and replacement guides.
Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.

BRAKES
AP Racing Brakes – How To Remove Seized Pins - Seized retaining pin removal guide.
Bigger Front Brakes Upgrade - 240 to 280mm Front Brake Disc Upgrade Guide.
Brake pad challenges - A cautionary tale - Good advice, worth reading.
Brake Disc Removal (stuck discs) - Removal guide.
Brake Discs AP Front - Replacement guide.
Brakes - Rear caliper replacement guide.
Brake Discs Rear - Replacement guide.
Brake Disc Wear - Brake disc wear and advice.
Brake Hoses - Replacement guide - stainless steel braided hoses.
Brake Servo Flex - Fitting a brace
Handbrake Cable - Replacement guide.
Handbrake Cables - Adjustment guide.
Handbrake light - Flickering display light remedy.
Handbrake Rear Callipers - Refurbishing guide.

CLEANING & DETAILING
Cleaning Front Arches - Removing built up debris from the arches.
Cleaning Products - Recommended products.
Coolant expansion tank clean up - Cleaning guide.
MG Tyre Valves - A light-hearted fitting guide.
Paintwork - Claying guide.
Paintwork - Cleaning guide.
Paintwork - How to achieve a polished 'Wet Look'.
Seat cleaning - Cleaning seat material (not leather).

CLUTCH
Clutch - Replacement guide.
Clutch Slave Cylinder - Servicing guide.

COOLING SYSTEM
Coolant expansion tank clean up - Cleaning guide.
Coolant system - Servicing guide - Bleeding and filling.
Coolant pipes and hoses - Sizes guide diagram.
Coolant Pipes underfloor - Replacement guide.
Fan Fuse Alarm - Fitting an audible warning, fan failure device.
Low Coolant Alarm - Installation guide.
Radiator - Replacement guide.
Radiator Fan Warning Light - How to fit
Thermostat (PRT) Pressure Relief - Replacement guide.
Thermostat replacement guide - Replacement guide.
Thermostat replacement pre 2002. - Thermostat replacement, older type, pre 2002.

ECU - ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT
Emerald ECU on MGF VVC mems 1/ 2 - Installation guide.

ELECTRICS
Adding 12V aux sockets - Fitting extra 12V aux sockets in your car.
Alarm - Operating the self test system.
Alternator Belt - Replacement guide.
Alternator Belt - Adjustment guide.
Alternator adjuster bracket upgrade
Alternator - Replacement guide.
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Cruise Control - Fitting.
Bulb List - Locations and the correct bulbs to use.
Bulb Number Plate Lights - Replacement guide.
Bulb Side repeater - Replacement guide.
Circuit Diagrams - Access guide.
Clock adjustment - Adjustment guide.
Fan Fuse Alarm - Fitting an audible warning, fan failure device.
Fob Battery - Replacement guide.
Fob, alarm - Cleaning the fob switches.
Fob Alarm Failure - Solder repair the key fobs battery cage.
Heated rear Plastic window - Internal heater fitting mod.
Heater Controls - Illumination guide.
Heater Motor - Removal and replacement guides.
Hesitation - Solution discovered.
LED 'how to' wire, resistors - LED wiring guide.
Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.
Low Coolant Alarm - A homemade solution.
OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes.
OBD-2 Fault Codes - Code explanations.
Sensors - Output readings.
Starter Motor - Remove/replace
Steering left - EPAS - Rectification guide.
Stepper Motor - Removal, cleaning and replacement.
Stepper motor - Replacement guide.
Windscreen wiper failure - Applying a temporary 'get you home', emergency fix.
Windscreen Wiper Motor and Linkages - Replacement guide.

ENGINE
Air filter upgrade installation - Air filter upgrade installation guide and original airbox removal.
Cam belt - Replacement guide.
Cam belt timing - Pics and tips.
Cam Sensor replacement MPI engine(mems3) - Misfiring solution.
Cam sensor replacement VVC engine - Misfiring solution.
Crank Pulley and gear replacement - Removal and replacement guide.
Engine Access Panel - Removal guide, hoops fitted.
Engine Access Panel - Removal guide.
Engine - Removal guide.
Engine Fan Test - Engine fan test video guide.
Engine mounting, Offside - Replacement guide
Engine options - MGF - MGTF Engine range.
Exhaust Backbox - Replacement guide.
Exhaust Daytona - Sound demonstration.
Exhaust Flexi Pipe - Replacement guide.
Exhaust Manifold and Flexi pipe - Replacement guide.
Headgaskets - by David Aiketgate
Headgaskets - by Russell Walsh
Hesitation - Solution discovered.
IACV - Removal, cleaning and replacing the valve.
IACV - Replacement guide.
Inlet Gasket - Replacement Guide.
Induction Kit - Fitting guide.
Low Coolant Alarm - A homemade solution.
OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes.
OBD-2 Fault Codes - Code explanations.
Sensors - Output readings.
Starter Motor - Remove/replace
Stepper Motor - Removal, cleaning and replacement.
Stepper motor - Replacement guide.
Sump Baffle Fitting - Fitting guide.
Temperatures - Engine and radiator fans - Info post.
Thermostat (PRT) Pressure Relief - Replacement guide.
Throttle body 48mm - Modification guide.
Throttle body 48mm version 2 - Modification guide.
Throttle Cable - Replacement guide.
Torque Settings MGF - Torque values.
Torque Settings MGTF - Torque values.
Torque Tamer - Replacement guide.

EXHAUST
Exhaust Backbox - Replacement guide.
Exhaust choices - What do they all sound like?
Exhaust Daytona - Sound demonstration.
Exhaust Flexi Pipe - Replacement guide.
Exhaust Manifold and Flexi pipe - Replacement guide.
Pipercross Viper Install - Installation guide.

EXTERIOR
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Bumper Front - Replacement guide.
Bumper Rear - Replacement guide.
Cleaning Products - Recommended products.
Door removal - Door removal guide.
Door Window Cheater - Replacement guide.
Door Mirror Glass - Glass replacement guide.
Door Mirror (Manual) - Replacement guide.
Door Window Seals - Adjustment guide.
Fuel Filler Cap Lock - Replacement guide.
Fuel Filler Cap - Polishing guide.
Grills - Replace and refurbish guide.
Locking Wheel nuts - Replacement guide.
Paintwork - How to achieve a polished 'Wet Look'.
Side Air Intakes - Fitting guide.
Spoiler - MGF - Spoiler fitting guide - MGF.
Splitter K&H - Fitting guide.
Windscreen wiper failure - Applying a temporary 'get you home', emergency fix.
Windscreen Wiper Motor and Linkages - Replacement guide.
Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.

FUELLING
Fuel consumption - Official figures - Fuel Consumption - MPG Chart & Fuel tank pic.
Fuel Filler Cap Lock - Replacement guide.
Induction Kit - Fitting guide.
MGTF LPG Conversion. - MG LPG Conversion pics and discussion.
OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes.
OBD-2 Fault Codes - Code explanations.
Syphoning fuel from an MG - Syphoning fuel from an MGF or TF.
Throttle body 48mm - Modification guide.
Throttle Cable - Replacement guide.

GEARBOX
Clutch - Replacement guide.
Clutch Slave Cylinder - - Servicing guide.
Gear Change - Improvement guide.
Gear lever Gaiter - Replacement guide.
Gearbox - Filling guide.
Gear cables - Replacement guide.
MGF Electro Mechanical - CVT - MGF automatic gearbox info.
MGTF Stepspeed Sports automatic gearbox info - (Steptronic Tiptronic). - Stepspeed Sports automatic gearbox info.
Mike Satur Slickshift gearstick - Fitting guide.
Stepspeed Sports automatic gearbox oil level check - Dipstick checking guide.

GENERAL
Buying an MGF or MGTF - What you should look for.
Engine options - MGF - MGTF Engine range.
Finding things on the car - Parts location guide.
Jacking up an MGF or MGTF car - Correct 'Jack up' points on an MGF or MGTF car.
Models of F/TF - MGF - MGTF Models list.
OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes.
OBD-2 Fault Codes - Code explanations.
Paint Codes - Paint codes with linked photos.
Paintwork - Claying guide.
Paintwork - Cleaning guide.
Paintwork - How to achieve a polished 'Wet Look'.
Part numbers - Finding part numbers.
Sensors - Output readings.
Service 15k - 15000 mile servicing guide.
Torque Settings MGF - Torque settings guide.
Towing - Towing advice.
Vin number - Explained.
Wandering - Rectification guide.
Weekly Checks - Maintenance guide.
Xpart Centre - Locations guide.

GUIDES - Members submissions
David Aiketgate.
CJJ.
Broon.
Adam Elphick.

HARD TOP - SOFT TOP
Glass Rear Screen - Fitting guide.
Glass Rear Screen Video - Fitting guide.
Hardtop fitting and removal information - Hardtop advice.
Soft Top - Adjustment guide.
Soft Top - Cleaning advice. Lichen, Moss, Mould, Removal.
Soft Top - Rear seal replacement.
Soft Top - Removal guide.
Soft Top - Replacement guide.
Soft Top Sticking - See video solution below.

HEAD GASKET
Headgaskets - by David Aiketgate
Headgaskets - by Russell Walsh
How to save a 'soft head' - by 'Luckymarine' Darren.

HEATING
Airscarf and defroster - Warm your upper back regions, defrost and demist a frozen rear screen.
Airscarf warm air mods & Clingfilm tip - Warm air mod uses & screen freeze prevention tips.
Heater Air intake - Upgrading guide.
Heater blower repair - Heater blower repair guide.
Heater Controls - Illumination guide.
Heater temperature control knob - Adjustment
Heater Motor - Replacement guide.
Rear window, glass heating element repair guide - Repair guide.

I.C.E - IN CAR ENTERTAINMENT
Door Speaker Renovation - Renovating the door speakers.
Mike Satur 'FX' Speaker Covers - Fitting guide.
Sumvision Cyclone Micro 2 media player - Installed pics.

IGNITION SYSTEM
Hesitation - Solution discovered.

INSTRUMENTS
Clock adjustment - Adjustment guide.
Instrument Binnacle - Repair guide.
Instrument Cluster warning lights - Display guide.
Instrument Cluster - Iluminated Needles - Fitting guide.
Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.
Lights Interior leds - Fitting guide.

INTERIOR
Air bag blank - Rover 25 Cubby box Fitting guide.
Airscarf and defroster - Warm your upper back regions, defrost and demist a frozen rear screen.
Carpets - Improving fitting guide.
Carpet troubles - Fitting guide.
Centre Console - Replacement guide.
Clock adjustment - Adjustment guide.
Doorcard Change, MGF to MGTF and vice versa - Doorcard Changing, MGF to MGTF and vice versa.
Doorcard trim holder fix - Fixing a broken door card trim, holder clip.
Door Pod Swap - Mk2 - Mark 2 MGF Door pod swap.
Door sheet replacement - How to make a waterproof inner doorsheet replacement.
Gear Change - Improvement guide.
Gear lever Gaiter - Replacement guide.
Handbrake gaiter - Replacement guide.
Instrument Binnacle - Repair guide.
Instrument Cluster warning lights - Display guide.
Instrument Cluster - Iluminated Needles - Fitting guide.
Lights Interior leds - Fitting guide.
Seats - Removal guide.
Seat Belts - Replacement guide.
Seats Heated - Fitting guide (heated pads).
Seats leather - Renovation advice.
Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.
Windscreen trim removal - Windscreen trim removal guide.

LIGHTING
Bulb List - Bulb locations and types.
Bulb Number Plate Lights - Replacement guide.
Bulb Side Repeater - Replacement guide.
Broken MGF front indicator clip fix - Repair Mod.
Daylight Running Lights - MGF - DRL, MGF Light Mod.
Fog lights and switch install - MGTF - Fog lights installation / electrical wiring guide.
Headlamp - Dipped Beam Headlight Bulb Changing - Headlamp - Headlight Bulb changing - MGTF H7 55W Bulb.
Headlamp - Main Beam Headlight Bulb Changing - Headlamp - Headlight Bulb changing - MGTF HB3a 60W Bulb.
Headlights - Improvement guide.
Headlights - Trophy headlight type Painting guide.
Improving instrument display illumination - Visible light upgrade.
Instrument Cluster Warning Lights - Display guide.
Instrument Cluster - Illuminated Needles - Fitting guide.
Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.
Lights Interior LED - Fitting guide.
Rear Lamp Protectors - Fitting guide.
Sidelight Bulb Changing Guide - MGF Sidelight change and upgrade guide.
Sidelight Bulb Changing Guide - MGTF Sidelight change and upgrade guide.
Tail light bulb upgrade - MGTF Tail light change and upgrade guide.
Vent illumination guide - Illuminated side intake vents guide.

LOCKS & KEYS
Bonnet release - opening MGTF - MGF - How to open an MGF - MGTF Bonnet.
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Emergency key access - EKA CODE - How to use the emergency key access.
Fob Battery - Replacement guide.
Fob, alarm - Cleaning guide.
Fob Alarm Fault - Solder repair the key fobs battery cage.
Fuel Filler Cap Lock - Replacement guide.
Lock - Boot key change advice - Boot lock adjustment. The 'One key, fits all' mod.
MGF glovebox lock swap - Changing the MGF glovebox lock.
Passenger Door Lock Jammed - Unlocking a deadlocked passenger door.

MANUALS
Gearbox Manual - Gearbox manual download.
K - Series Engine Manual - Engine overhaul manual download.
MGF Workshop Manual - MGF manual download.
MGTF Workshop Manual - MGTF manual download.
Stepspeed / Steptronic Gearbox Manual - Stepspeed gearbox manual download.

PAINTWORK
Arch renovation, sanding and painting - Renovating guide.
Cleaning Products - Recommended products.
Headlights - Trophy headlight type Painting guide.
Paint Codes - Paint codes with linked pics.
Paintwork - Claying guide.
Paintwork - Cleaning guide.
Paintwork - How to achieve a polished 'Wet Look'.
Steering wheel painting guide - MGTF 'Spark' Special Edition Steering wheel paint and refurbish.
Subframe Renovation - In depth front subframe renovation guide.

SEALS
Door Window Cheater - Replacement guide.
Door Window Seals - Adjustment guide.

SEATS & SEATBELTS
Seats - Removal guide.
Seat Belts - Replacement guide.
Seats Heated - Fitting guide, heated pads.
Seats leather - Renovation guide.
Seat Lowering - Seat lowering spring fitting guide.

SOFT TOP - HARD TOP
Glass Rear Screen - Fitting guide.
Glass Rear Screen Video - Fitting guide.
Hardtop fitting and removal information - Hardtop advice.
Soft Top - Adjustment guide.
Soft Top - Cleaning advice. Lichen, Moss, Mould, Removal.
Soft Top - Rear seal replacement.
Soft Top - Removal guide.
Soft Top - Replacement guide.
Soft Top Sticking - See video solution below.

SECURITY
Alarm - Operating the self test system.
Boot Release Remote - Internal boot release switch mod.
Fob Battery - Replacement guide.
Fob, alarm - Cleaning the fob switches.
Fob Alarm Failure - Solder repair the key fobs battery cage.
Fuel Filler Cap Lock - Replacement guide.
Lock - Boot key change advice - Boot lock adjustment. The 'One key, fits all' mod.

SERVICING & MAINTENANCE
15k Mile Service - 15000 mile servicing guide.
30k Mile Service - 30000 mile servicing guide.
Clutch Slave Cylinder - Servicing guide.
Coolant system - Servicing guide - Bleeding and filling.
Stepspeed Sports automatic gearbox oil level check - Dipstick checking guide.
Weekly Checks - Weekly servicing checks.
Xpart AutoService centres - How to find.

SUSPENSION AND STEERING
Alignment and tracking figures - standard figures
Anti Roll Bar bushes front - Replacement guide.
Coil Spring replacement for Hydragas spheres - Replacement guide.
Compliance washers MGF - Replacement guide.
Hydragas - Releasing fluid pressure safely.
Lower Front Ball Joint Replacement - Excessive play solution and guide.
MGF bottom shocker bushes replacement - Replacement guide.
MGF Brace upgrade - Fitting a TF brace to an MGF.
Rear Hubs - Replacement guide.
Rear Track Control Arm - Refurbishment guide (TRE / Bush)
Rear Track Control Arm inner bush- MGF
Rear Upper Suspension Arm (MGTF) - Replacement guide.
Steering left EPAS - Rectification guide.
Steering wheel removal and refit. - Steering wheel removal and refit guide.
Suspension - Balljoint -Upper front - Replacement guide.
Suspension Compliance Washers - Fitting guide.
Suspension - MGF Shocker lower bush - Replacement guide - Improving wear advice.
Track Rod Ends - Replacement guide.
Wandering - Steering checks.

TYRES
Tyre Comparison Sites - Locator.
Tyre Sizes and Pressures - Locator.
Tyre Wall Information - Understanding tyre advice.
Tyres for 15/17” wheels - Recommended tyres.
Tyres for 16” wheels - Recommended tyres.
Tyre size - Speedometer reading effects.
Wandering - Steering checks.

WHEELS AND HUBS
Locking Wheel nuts - Removal - Replacement guide.
Remove locking wheel nuts without key - Removal - Replacement guide.
Plasti-Dip Wheel Refurb. - Refurbish your wheels at home with Plasti-Dip.
Rear Hubs - Replacement guide.
Wandering - Steering checks.
Stuck wheel and wheel nut solutions - Removal tips and ideas.

WINDOWS AND GLASS
Door Window Cheater - Replacement guide.
Door Mirror Glass - Replacement guide.
Door Mirror (Manual) - Replacement guide.
Door windows - adjustment
Door Window Seals - Adjustment guide.
Glass Rear Screen - Fitting guide.
Glass Rear Screen Video - Fitting guide.
Heated rear Plastic window - Internal heater fitting mod.
Heated Windscreen Washers - Warming the washer pipes to prevent ice build up.
Windscreen wiper failure - Applying a temporary 'get you home', emergency fix.
Windscreen wiper motor and linkages - Replacement guide.
Windscreen wiper spring clip fix - Fitting a spring clip fix to the wiper arm.
Windstop fitting advice - How to fit an OEM wind stop.
Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.
Windscreen washer jet nozzle upgrade - (See video guide below).
Windscreen washer return valve removal - (See video guide below).
Windscreen wiper - Single arm conversion - Conversion pics and advice.

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Alphabetical list

Alignment and tracking figures - Suspension standard figures

Aerial Topper - How to fit.

Air bag blank - How to fit an R25 Cubby box.

Air Conditioning - Retrofit - Air Conditioning - Retrofitting guide.

Air filter upgrade installation - Air filter upgrade installation guide and original airbox removal.

Airhorn compressor upgrade - Airhorn upgrade.

Airscarf and defroster - Warm your upper back regions, defrost and demist a frozen rear screen.

Airscarf warm air mods & Clingfilm tip - Warm air mod uses & screen freeze prevention tips.

Air throughflow vents improvement - How to improve.

Alarm - How to use the self test system.

Alarm Fob, Extending Operating Range - How to increase fob operational range.

Alternator Belt - How to replace.

Alternator Belt - How to adjust.

Alternator adjuster bracket upgrade

Alternator - How to replace.

Anti Roll Bar bushes front - How to replace.

AP Racing Brakes – How To Remove Seized Pins - Seized retaining pin removal guide.

Arch renovation, sanding and painting - Renovating guide.

Bonnet gas struts - Fitting guide.

Bonnet release - opening MGTF - MGF - How to open an MGF - MGTF Bonnet.

Boot Release Remote - How to Fit.

Boot Hinge Replacement - Removal and replacement guide.

Brake Disc Removal (stuck discs) - How to remove seriously rusted on rotors.

Brake Discs AP Front - How to replace.

Brakes - Rear Calipers replacement.

Brake Discs Rear - How to replace.

Brake Hoses - How to replace with SS Braided.

Brake Servo Flex - Fitting a brace

Bulb List - How to find bulbs.

Bulb Number Plate Lights - How to replace.

Bulb Side repeater - How to replace.

Bumper Front - How to replace.

Bumper Rear - How to replace.

Buying an MGF or MGTF - Purchasing assistance.

Broken MGF front indicator clip fix - Repair mod.

Cam belt - How to replace.

Cam belt timing - How to.

Cam Sensor replacement MPI engine(mems3) - Misfiring solution.

Cam sensor replacement VVC engine - Misfiring solution.

Carpets - How to get a better fit.

Carpet troubles - How to get a better fit.

Centre Console - How to Paint.

Centre Console - How to replace.

Circuit Diagrams - How to access.

Cleaning Products - What to use.

Clock adjustment - How to change the time display.

Clock, running slow (Solved). - MG Clock running slow fix.

Clutch - How to replace.

Clutch Slave Cylinder - How to service.

Coil Spring replacement for Hydragas spheres - How to replace.

Coolant expansion tank clean up - Cleaning guide.

Coolant system - How to fill and bleed.

Coolant pipes - sizes guide

Coolant Pipes underfloor - How to replace.

Crank Pulley and gear replacement - Removal and replacement guide.

Cross-brace fitting from TF to MGF - Fitting guide.

Daylight Running Lights - MGF - DRL, MGF Light Mod.

Door Card(MK2 F & TF) - How to replace.

Door Card (Mk1) - How to Remove.

Doorcard Change, MGF to MGTF and vice versa - Doorcard Changing, MGF to MGTF and vice versa.

Door card trim holder fix - Fixing a broken door card trim, holder clip.

Door Handle - How to replace.

Door Removal - Door removal guide.

Door sheet replacement - How to make a waterproof inner doorsheet replacement.

Door Window Cheater - How to replace.

Door Lock Pins Alloy - How to fit.

Door Mirror - How to replace Glass.

Door Mirror - How to replace (Manual).

Door Window Seals - How to adjust.

Emerald ECU on MGF VVC mems 1/ 2 - Installation guide.

Engine Access Panel - How to remove (with hoops fitted).

Engine Access Panel - How to remove.

Engine - How to remove.

Engine Fan Test - Engine fan test video guide.

Engine mounting, Offside - Replacement guide.

Engine options - Across the F/TF range.

Exhaust Backbox - How to replace.

Exhaust choices - What do all these exhausts sound like?

Exhaust Daytona - Enjoyment of.

Exhaust Flexi Pipe - How to replace.

Exhaust Manifold and Flexi pipe - How to replace.

Fan Fuse Alarm - How to fit.

Finding things on the car - A guide.

Fob, Alarm - How to clean.

Fob Alarm Fault - How to resolder the battery cage.

Fob Battery & Keyfob Case - How to replace.

Fuel Filler Cap Lock - How to replace.

Fuel Filler Cap - How to Polish.

Funnel (makeshift - touring) - Prevent oil and water spillage.

Gear Change - How to improve the feel & remove sloppiness.

Gear lever Gaiter - How to replace.

Gearbox Manual - Gearbox manual download.

Gearbox - How to top up or refill.

Gear cables - How to Replace.

Glass Rear Screen - How to Fit.

Glass Rear Screen - How to Fit (video).

Grills - How to replace or refurbish.

Handbrake Cable - How to Replace.

Handbrake Cables - How to Adjust.

Handbrake gaiter - How to replace.

Handbrake light - How to stop it flickering.

Handbrake Rear Callipers - How to refurbish.

Hardtop fitting and removal information - Hardtop advice.

Headgaskets - by David Aiketgate.

Headgaskets - by Russell Walsh.

Headlamp - Headlight Bulb changing - Replace Headlamp Bulb MG TF - Headlight Bulb change - MGTF H7 Bulb.

Headlights - How to fix dull headlights.

Headlights - How to paint (Trophy-ise).

Heated rear Plastic window - How to have one.

Heated Windscreen Washers - How to make.

Heater Air intake - How to upgrade to a TF intake.

Heater Blower Repair - Heater blower repair guide.

Heater Controls - How to illuminate.

Heater temperature control knob - Adjustment

Heater Motor - How to remove or replace.

Hesitation - How to cure, (one solution).

Hydragas - How to release the fluid pressure safely.

IACV - How to remove, clean, replace.

IACV - How to replace.

Improving instrument display illumination - Visible light upgrade.

Induction Kit - How to fit.

Instrument Binnacle - How to Repair.

Instrument Cluster warning lights - Display picture.

Instrument Cluster - Iluminated Needles - How to Fit.

Jacking up an MGF or MGTF car - Correct 'Jack up' points on an MGF or MGTF car.

K - Series Engine Manual - Engine overhaul manual download.

LED 'how to' wire, resistors - LED wiring guide.

Lights Interior leds - How to fit.

Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.

Locking Wheel nuts - How to remove or replace damaged wheel nuts.

Lock - Boot key change advice - Boot key, lock modification.

Low Coolant Alarm - How to make one.

Lower Front Ball Joint Replacement - Excessive play solution and guide.

MGF Electro Mechanical - CVT - MGF automatic gearbox info - Electro mechanical CVT.

MGF, MGTF Emergency key access - EKA CODE - How to use the emergency key access.

MGF Glovebox lock swap - Changing the MGF glovebox lock.

MGF Manual - Free MGF workshop manual download.

MGTF Manual - Free MGTF workshop manual download.

Models of F/TF - A list of all the models.

OBD-2 Bluetooth fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes via Bluetooth wifi phone connection.

OBD-2 Fault code reader - How to read OBD-2 codes & How to access all Mems versions.

OBD-2 Fault Codes - Explanations.

Paint Codes - A list of Paint codes with linked pics.

Paintwork - How to Clay.

Paintwork - How to Clean.

Paintwork - How to achieve the 'Wet Look'.

Part numbers - How to Find.

Passenger Door Lock Jammed - Unlocking a deadlocked passenger door.

Pipercross Viper Install - Installation guide.

Plasma Dials - How to Fit.

Puddle lights - How to Fit.

Puddle lights version 2 - An alternative puddle light setup.

Radiator - How to replace.

Rear Hubs - How to replace.

Rear Track Control Arm - Refurbishment guide (TRE / Bush)

Rear Track Control Arm inner bush- MGF

Rear Upper Suspension Arm (MGTF) - Replacement guide.

Rear window, glass heating element repair guide - Repair guide.

Satnav mods - Satnav holders, advice and modifications.

Scuttle Panel - How to remove or replace.

Seats - How to remove.

Seat Belt Replacement - Removal and replacement guide

Seats Heated - How to fit heat pads.

Seats leather - How to renovate.

Sensors - Output readings.

Service 15k - How to Carry out.

Service 30k - How to Carry out.

Side Air Intakes - How to add scoops.

Sidelight bulb changing guide - MGTF Sidelight change and upgrade guide.

Soft Top - How to adjust.

Soft Top - Cleaning advice.

Soft top - How to replace rear seal.

Soft Top - How to remove.

Soft Top - How to replace.

Spoiler - MGF - Spoiler fitting guide - MGF.

Splitter K&H - How to Fit.

Steering left EPAS - How to Fix.

Stepper Motor - How to remove, clean, replace.

Stepper motor - How to replace.

Stepspeed Sports automatic gearbox oil level check - Dipstick checking guide.

Stepspeed / Steptronic Gearbox manual - Stepspeed gearbox manual download.

Stuck wheel and wheel nut solutions - Removal tips and ideas.

Subframe Renovation - Front subframe renovation guide.

Sump Baffle Fitting - Fitting guide.

Suspension - Balljoint -Upper front - How to replace.

Suspension Compliance Washers - How to Fit.

Suspension - MGF Shocker lower bush - How to replace or improve wear.

Suspension - MGTF springs and shockers - How to replace.

Starter Motor - Remove/replace

Syphoning fuel from an MG - Syphoning fuel from an MGF or TF.

Tail light bulb upgrade - MGTF Tail light change and upgrade guide.

Thermostat (PRT) Pressure Relief - How to replace.

Throttle body 48mm - How to modify.

Throttle Cable - How to replace.

Torque Settings MGF - Torque values.

Torque Settings MGTF - Torque values.

Torque Tamer - How to replace bushes.

Towing - Advice.

Track Rod Ends - How to replace.

Tyre Comparison Sites - How to find.

Tyre Sizes and Pressures - How to find.

Tyre Wall Information - How to understand.

Tyres for 15/17” wheels - Recommended.

Tyres for 16” wheels - Recommended.

Tyre size - How it effects speedo readings.

Vin number - Explained.

Wandering - Checks to make.

Weekly Checks - Weekly servicing checks.

Wheels Centre Caps - How to Replace.

Wheels - Alloy Wheel guide.

Wheel Bearings - How to replace.

Wheel Refurb. - Refurbish your wheels at home with Plasti-Dip.

Door windows - Adjustment.

Wind deflector fitting advice - How to fit an OEM wind stop.

Windstop height reduction - Reduce the windstop height, preventing window scratches occurring.

Windscreen trim removal - Windscreen trim removal guide.

Windscreen washer jet nozzle upgrade - (See video guide below).

Windscreen washer return valve removal - (See video guide below).

Windscreen wiper failure - Applying a temporary 'get you home', emergency fix.

Windscreen wiper motor and linkages - Replacement guide.

Windscreen wiper spring clip fix - Fitting a spring clip fix to the wiper arm.

Xpart AutoService centres - How to find.
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'BLING MODS' - Accessory upgrades & modifications to improve your cars looks.

Aerial Topper - To assist you in finding where your car is parked.

Bonnet Bolts and Washers upgrade - Rusty bolt and washer replacement.

Bonnet, Boot and Wheel Centre badges - Great looking gel badge replacements and fixing guide.

Boot vent grills - Vent grill meshing guide.

Centre Console - Priming & Painting guide.

Centre Console L.E.D lights - L.E.D lighting pics.

Dash Air Vent Respray - How to paint your dash vents.

Dash and centre console - Renovation guide.

Door lock buttons - Bling upgrade.

Fuel Filler Cap - Polishing guide.

Gearstick gaiter - Replacement guide.

Heater control knob changing - Removal and upgrade.

Interior door handle chrome surrounds from 75/ZT - Modding and Fitting guide.

Interior LED Lights - Fitting guide.

Interior MGTF Oil gauge and clock LED Lights - Fitting guide.

Interior Trim Painting - Painting guide.

Leather Interior Project - Fitting guide.

Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.

Meshing guide for TF front grill - Meshing guide.

MG Tyre Valves - A light-hearted fitting guide.

Plasma Dials - Fitting guide.

Puddle lights - Fitting guide.

Puddle lights version 2 - An alternative puddle light setup.

Rear bumper mesh / grill mod - Grill meshing guide.

Rear end refurb TF160 - Refurb guide.

Side Air Intakes - Fitting guide.

Sidelight bulb changing guide - MGTF Sidelight change and upgrade guide.

Spoiler - MGF - Spoiler fitting guide - MGF.

Tail light bulb upgrade - MGTF Tail light change and upgrade guide.

*Wheel and Whole Car Refurb - Refurbish your wheels and whole car at home with Plasti-Dip. The illustration below shows the same car, before and after plasti-dipping.

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VIDEO 'HOW TO' SECTION - Some for guidance, some for knowledge and some just for fun.





























































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Non MG guide submissions relating to members other cars.

Many current and former T-Bar MG community members have additional vehicles that they also work on. Some of them have done 'how to' guides that might be worth a look. Even if only for comparison purposes.

Vauxhall Astra Brake Replacement - Replacement guide.
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5 years 3 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #52841 by Leigh Ping
The 'Words & Pearls of Wisdom' Pages.

Often a T-Bar seasoned mechanic, modder, or member will say something that we should all sit up and listen too. When that happens, you'll find some of those words of advice elevated to this section of the T-Bar guides area.

'Words of Wisdom'
Whilst not 'how to guides' as such, they have enough importance to warrant a special mention:-

A cautionary tale by 'PQD44' Paul. - An MG meet which resulted in a car crash with injuries. Pictures included.
Battery terminals protection by Bryan Young. - Battery terminals maintenance discussion.
Coolant pipes diagram by 'Dieter'. - A detailed MG coolant hoses diagram.
Coolant hose split- an autopsy and shock discovery by 'David Aiketgate'. - Hose blockage dissected.
Cold air feed discussion by 'Tourbillon' Neil. - Cold air feed and improved airfilter document.

Compulsory european touring requirements table by 'Midlife Martyr'. - What you must carry in your touring car in europe.
Dying a soft top by 'Rich in Vancouver'. - Using 'Renovo' to revive your canvas.
Enlarging coolant waterways in a K-Series head by 'Luckymarine' Daz & 'Diesel Destroyer' Allen. - Improving coolant flow.
Homemade car dolly suggestions by 'Talking cars' & 'Tipper'. - Ideas for moving the car short distances.
K-Seal / Steel Seal emergency repair discussion by 'PQD44' Paul. - K-Seal, does it really work?

Lambda Sensors by David Aiketgate. - Lambda Sensors information.
MG Engine cooling down advice by 'DazLightYear'. - How to help prevent engine damage.
Oil, what is it all about? by 'PQD44' Paul. - A 16 step guide to liquid engineering.
Seat back cover replacement by 'Blow-in' Richard & 'KentJohn'. - Replacing a seat back cover - MGF.
Subframe work, painting and pics of a German MG car by 'DazLightYear'. - Pictures of professional subframe work.

Suplex suspension - My experience by 'David Aiketgate'. Suplex suspension jottings.
The Best Exhaust for the MGF / TF is - by 'PQD44' Paul. - Exhaust discussion and pics.
X-Parts Close Call Scheme by 'Pendle Lass'. - X-Parts Close Call Scheme to prolong the life of MG cars.
Xenon 'HID' Conversion discussion by 'Leigh Ping'. - High intensity discharge system lights discussion.

'Pearls of Wisdom'

Informative snippets that pop up occasionally in the forum:-

"If the roof is is down you should lock your car with the key to disable the sensor as this will prevent anything from setting off the alarm and yet it still immobilises the car." - Paulsmgf (Paul).

"The K series is a special engine, especially the 1.8 which started life as a 1.0 litre and was then bored out to 1.4 then 1.6 and then 1.8 for the MGF! The wet liners have got so big that there isnt much of the block left inside. Saying that it is a lovely engine if treated properly." - Bryan Young.

"The hood is made up of three layers; the inner and outer material and a middle waterproof rubberised layer." - PQD44 (Paul).

"A top tip is to take some pics using your digital cameras, then when you get back to your computer you can manipulate the pic, zoom in and see things the eye could not see given the normal conditions of viewing at the time.This is how I was able to read the invisible serial number on my throttle body." - Leigh Ping

"On our F the EPAS light come on after the emissions test on the MOT but clears once you drive properly." - TalkingCars.

"You should always disconnect the earth lead (-ve) first and reconnect it last. This avoids the possibility of a slipping spanner on the +ve terminal shorting out on any adjacent earthed metal parts/body. Shorted batteries can explode and cause serious burns! " - Tipper.

"You can get a key cut from the VIN number by an authorised locksmith. They do not need a pattern key or the car." - Stan_B.

"I use dielectric grease on battery terminals and every lucar connector on older British cars." - Mowog73 (Mark).

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"At 200 litres per minute the pressure on the radiator hoses will be maxed out around 2.5bar and that's on full revs! Remember flow is controlled by engine speed. Pressure can only be produced by a restriction to flow." - Dunga (Kevin).

"You should NEVER try to attach anything , especially Speakers, Amps, Sub Woofers and the like to the Rear bulkhead when fitted new ICE stuff. You'll go through the bulkhead and straight through the plastic fuel tank." - Gadget2466 (Gary).

"Remember just because you're losing coolant does not automatically mean your head gasket has failed but if you ignore the signs it most definitely will." - Russell Walsh.

"I strongly advise people to have european recovery cover when travelling abroad. Don't forget this normally covers accidents as well, whereas most insurance companies will only pay out to the value of the car. Also some recovery policies cover 'you' breaking down too. So, if you have a few too many and fall down the stairs breaking your legs, you can still get your car home." - P24hrSmith (Paul).

"One tip though, when fitting side air intake scoops is, at the lowest point and where it can't be seen from the outside, drill a small drain hole otherwise the little buggers fill up with water and dirt." - Bacchus (Craig).

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"Get the alternator inspection cover off and have a good root around before you go spending money on a new one. I had a problem, and it turned out to be that the bolts had worked loose and the belt was just slack. It is possible to do it all from the inspection cover - with some good ratchet spanners." - KentJohn.

"I am a huge fan of getting stuck in on jobs, however I do feel strongly that any brake work is overseen by someone experienced rather than relying on remote advice." - John & Sue.

"First thing I do when I buy a second hand car is an oil change. You never know what they have used or when it was last changed." - CJJ (Clive).

"The hardtop fits with the soft top folded down, If your soft top clips on then the hard top will clip on the same place. There are fittings for the hard top just behind the door." - Stan_B.

Regarding exhausts - Remember what Will Hay said; “There is no best, only current personal opinion and of course those that have bought a particular brand and can't possibly imagine it wasn't the correct purchase.” - PQD44 (Paul).

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"The alarm internal sensor is behind the centre of the T-bar. If you lock the car with the key not the fob, it sets the alarm but not the internal sensor." - David Aiketgate.

"The Glovebox light only works when the lights are on and the heated mirrors are on 24/7." - Leigh Ping.

"The OBD/phone interface sounds interesting but owning a pre-OBD MGF, one is not in my future." - Rich in Vancouver.

"On my work experience at focus I was chief sticker remover and found that hot water and sponge did it best. Or wd40 for stubborn ones." - BenSewell.

"Before an mot check all the basic stuff: tyres, all lights, wipers, horn, seat belts etc. check spare wheel, then whip the wheels off and check pad thickness and disc condition. While the wheels are off the ground check for play in bearings and bushes. Check for play at 6 & 12 position and 9 & 3. Also steering play. Check for any serious corrosion and brake pipe condition. Road test the car to check the brakes pull up in a straight line. Find a quiet stretch of road, drive down the middle and apply the brakes firmly whilst holding the wheel lightly from about 20mph. Repeat with the handbrake. If you're happy with those checks, you've only really got the emissions to worry about." - John & Sue

"If you are checking inside the car for leaks here's a good little cheat. Use some old fashioned blotting paper it will show up pink when you dab the carpets." - Jon Norris (Rough luck racing).

"Many sump plugs are magnetic as standard. If not you can magnetise yours by stroking it with a strong magnet . Or fit a small circular magnet to the plug via its own magnetism." - John & Sue.

"Top tip, if you take a front wing off for whatever reason then do the hinges at the same time. You can leave the door shut and the hinge bolts are easy to get at taking the complete hinge off." - John and Jake the dog.

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3 years 10 months ago - 5 months 3 days ago #132503 by Leigh Ping

'BLING MODS' - Accessory upgrades & modifications to improve your cars looks.

Aerial Topper - To assist you in finding where your car is parked.

Bonnet Bolts and Washers upgrade - Rusty bolt and washer replacement.

Bonnet, Boot and Wheel Centre badges - Great looking gel badge replacements and fixing guide.

Boot vent grills - Vent grill meshing guide.

Centre Console - Priming & Painting guide.

Centre Console L.E.D lights - L.E.D lighting pics.

Dash Air Vent Respray - How to paint your dash vents.

Dash and centre console - Renovation guide.

Door card inserts upgrade - Renovation guide.

Door lock buttons - Bling upgrade.

Fuel Filler Cap - Polishing guide.

Gearstick gaiter - Replacement guide.

Heater control knob changing - Removal and upgrade.

Interior door handle chrome surrounds from 75/ZT - Modding and Fitting guide.

Interior LED Lights - Fitting guide.

Interior MGTF Oil gauge and clock LED Lights - Fitting guide.

Interior Trim Painting - Painting guide.

Leather Interior Project - Fitting guide.

Light and wiper stalk upgrade using Rover 800/Freelander control stalks - Fitting guide.

Meshing guide for TF front grill - Meshing guide.

MG Tyre Valves - A light-hearted fitting guide.

Plasma Dials - Fitting guide.

Polished Gearknob and Gaitor Ring - Polishing guide.

Polished Petrol Cap Ring - Polishing guide.

Puddle lights - Fitting guide.

Puddle lights version 2 - An alternative puddle light setup.

Rear bumper mesh / grill mod - Grill meshing guide.

Rear end refurb - TF160 - Refurb work.

Side Air Intakes - Fitting guide.

Sidelight bulb changing guide - MGTF Sidelight change and upgrade guide.

Spoiler - MGF - Spoiler fitting guide - MGF.

Tail light bulb upgrade - MGTF Tail light change and upgrade guide.

*Wheel and Whole Car Refurb - Refurbish your wheels and whole car at home with Plasti-Dip. The illustration below shows the same car, before and after plasti-dipping.

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