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What have you done to your Landie today.

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by madfrank, Aug 26, 2008.

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  1. Brown

    Brown Well-Known Member Full Member

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    I'll need an MOT test sometime soon so I've started looking at all the things that might make an MOT tester say something. I put new windscreen wiper blades on it, checked that the lights and the horn worked, jacked it up and attempted to wobble the wheel bearings, steering and suspension linkages and checked nuts and bolts for tightness. The only thing that seemed to be awry was the top end of the front nearside shock absorber, which I could rattle. Right, I'll just take the nut off and add another washer to squeeze the bush down a little more. Not so simple of course. The nut undid a couple of turns and then seized onto the shaft. The shock absorber itself still has some life left so I didn't want to butcher it, so I ended up cutting the nut off carefully to minimise collateral damage. It turned out to be some sort of weird metric fine thread so I don't have a replacement. However, the rubbers were fine - they just needed squashing down a little more. I've ordered some 12mm by 1.5mm and 1.25mm nuts in the hope of finding something to fit.

    Anyway, everything else looks OK. Tyres have some tread on, and what's more, it's wearing evenly. Brake pipes don't look corroded or chafed, there's some meat on the brake pads, and the discs seem to be wearing evenly too. I have a new driver's side seat belt to put on because I keep slamming the existing one in the door. I won't swap them over 'til the day of the test because the likelihood is I'll slam the new one in the door too. Also on the day of the test I shall discharge a whole can of brake cleaner over the underside of the engine and gearbox and wipe it with paper towels so it doesn't look too oil-leaky. Oh, and I've tightened the handbrake too.
     
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    Brown Well-Known Member Full Member

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    More MOT preparations. I've discovered that the thread on the end of the shock absorber is not M12 x 1.5 or M12 x 1.25. Surely it can't be UNF? I ran a 1/2" UNF tap down one of the nuts and it screwed straight on. So I've got some 1/2" UNF nuts ordered from Ebay, because my improvised nut probably isn't a very strong fix, having been tapped out to two different thread patterns. I took the wheels off and did a bit more pressure washing underneath. It's not mission critical, but I think it creates a better impression if it's not too filthy. I'll pop some injector cleaner in the tank and take it for a bit of a drive tomorrow so as to get it through the injectors. Snake oil perhaps, but I don't want it getting too smoky because fixing that on a TD5 could end up being expensive.
     
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    Good luck, Brown. Have you got it booked in yet? Mine's due on the 12th December, so I'll have to take your lead and do some prep.
     
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    Yup, it's going to the garage on Monday. I thought I'd better do it now, because all the bits they check seem to be working and I want to get it out of the way before anything else breaks.
     
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    Fingers crossed then mate, I'm sure it will be fine :)
     
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    MOT passed this morning. So that's all OK for another year. I like to look at the smoke test report because that's one thing that could be a problem but I can't do very much about. There's not much you can adjust on a TD5 and new injectors would be expensive. However, there's no smoke test report in the paperwork. It must have been OK because they would have said something.
     
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    Goodness me - all those 'likes' for an MOT pass! Feels like some sort of celebration is in order.
     
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    I always celebrate an MOT pass, it is another milestone achieved :)
     
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    Moment of carelessness, rushing to get the new turbo in, all excited read the torque setting as 35NM (not the 25NM it should have been), got upto the 30 mark and thought "this seems tight" - BANG - bowl arks unt buggeration (I exclaimed)...

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    Well, if it's simply overstretched (rather than being forced against the bottom of the hole), the remaining stump may come out OK. Maybe it'll even come out with a stud extractor without it snapping.
     
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    Fitted a CSI electronic distributor, new coil and ht leads. Dialled in a super advance curve and my 109 has never gone so well dizzy.jpg
     
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    Looks like mine needs a little more investigation. Despite the MOT pass yesterday it seems to be developing some electrical problems. I came back from visiting a friend in the Market Harborough area in the dark just now and the headlights were flickering. So I'll have to do a bit of fiddling about before I next attempt a long journey in the dark. Maybe it's the switch on the steering column deteriorating. This happened on a friend's TD5 and I've seen it written about on Landyzone too. The switch gets hot and the plastic distorts. I have a spare switch so I might put that on and see if it's any different.
     
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    I may have solved the flickering light problem. I put a new switch in, and the beam seems much steadier. I went to Wales on Saturday and had the lights on through the various squalls of rain and sleet along the way, and came back this evening in the dark and they seemed OK. The headlights are looking quite bright at the moment - almost the same colour as my LED sidelights.
     
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    Well done, mate. :cool:
    Mine is in for the MOT tomorrow (fingers crossed emoji)
     
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    Hope it all goes well. It doesn't seem that long since you rebuilt it so a lot of the bits and pieces are virtually new. At least it's unlikely to fail on chassis rust!
     
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    Seven years, but chassis is as new :D
     
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    Time's going a lot faster now that I'm getting older. Christmases are flicking past like Sundays.
     
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    Me too. I struggle to look back and say how long ago something happened. The Mrs is still spot on though, it's really annoying :rolleyes:
     
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    Passed the MOT. No advisories :)
     
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