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Chris M Wanted a V-10

Even more joys of self-spannering

So, a few weeks back I was forced into transporting an "oversize load" on the roof (bars) of the C-Max (a double mattress that my delightful (?) other half had delivered to our house but which was for younger daughter and partner in Harrow; first "fail" since parting with the Galaxy. On the way there, despite 2 sets of straps supposedly securing it, and a stop after a mile to check all was OK, it moved backwards and sheared the radio aerial off, pulling the threaded part of the base out from the moulded plastic bit




Yesterday I prised out the 2 clips holding the rear of the headlining, carefully eased the headlining out from the tailgate seal and freed off the trim for the centre rear seatbelt in the roof.  This gave me just enough room to get a hand it to release the single securing bolt and perform a swap-over with a second-hand assembly off e-bay..... then re-fitted everything.  Under an hour in total from start to finish; well pleased with the outcome !
gonnabuildabuggy

Loose heat shield on MX5 catalytic converter.

Found the largest jubilee clip possible in the plumbing section of the local ironmonger (Wilsons for Martin's benefit, they really do stock everything, and cheaper than sheds too) and found it fitted nicely around the lot, tighten it all up, rattle sorted.

Also fitted new steering wheel this week and re-fitted bucket seat and harnesses. De-cat pipe will wait until post track day as I fear it will take me over the noise limit.
Roadsterstu

New front discs and pads done yesterday. Fairly hefty discs and calipers for a moderately sized, sensible estate. Will do the rears in the next couple of weeks and then pop the car into the garage for the fluid to be changed, as I have no idea when it was last done.
PhilD

Roadsterstu wrote:
New front discs and pads done yesterday. Fairly hefty discs and calipers for a moderately sized, sensible estate. Will do the rears in the next couple of weeks and then pop the car into the garage for the fluid to be changed, as I have no idea when it was last done.


Seriously impressive! Mine need doing and there is zero chance of me get the spanners out.
Resident Spanner

PhilD wrote:

Seriously impressive! Mine need doing and there is zero chance of me get the spanners out.


Ah, you're fitting yours by the old hammer + screwdriver method?
I think they use that technique at Halfords and Quick Fit...
PhilD

Resident Spanner wrote:
PhilD wrote:

Seriously impressive! Mine need doing and there is zero chance of me get the spanners out.


Ah, you're fitting yours by the old hammer + screwdriver method?
I think they use that technique at Halfords and Quick Fit...


BIL just had his brakes done by Halfords and last Sunday (the day before we all set off for a family trip to Paris) they caught on fire!
gonnabuildabuggy

PhilD wrote:
Resident Spanner wrote:
PhilD wrote:

Seriously impressive! Mine need doing and there is zero chance of me get the spanners out.


Ah, you're fitting yours by the old hammer + screwdriver method?
I think they use that technique at Halfords and Quick Fit...


BIL just had his brakes done by Halfords and last Sunday (the day before we all set off for a family trip to Paris) they caught on fire!


I trust myself more than I trust HF or KF to fit stuff, though how brakes can actually catch fire is a bit of a suprise.

Changing discs and pads is usually a doddle, the only caveat is rusted up screws on the discs can be a real pain and they aren't the easiest to drill out.

I need to do the MX5 at some point though the pads seem fine for another 10 yrs based on present mileage.
Roadsterstu

How old is the car, Phil? The danger is seized or sticking calipers. I removed the slider pins, cleaned them and lubricated them but that still doesn't take into account any corrosion or dirt in round the piston that can start to stick. Once they are at that point they need stripping down and cleaning or replacing. Pushing back the pistons to install the new pads can exacerbate any of these issues and the brakes then start to seize up, the pads are not released from the discs and they overheat.
The hardest part I find is removing the bolts to get the caliper off the bracket. Not always necessary with just a pad change but it is with discs.
I do rather like the sight of nice new discs behind the wheels.
RS, what is the current advice on bedding in new pads? I'm going on the take it easy for the first 100 miles or so and gradually build up braking pressures. They do feel to have bedded in quite nicely now.
PhilD

Roadsterstu wrote:
How old is the car, Phil? The danger is seized or sticking calipers. I removed the slider pins, cleaned them and lubricated them but that still doesn't take into account any corrosion or dirt in round the piston that can start to stick. Once they are at that point they need stripping down and cleaning or replacing. Pushing back the pistons to install the new pads can exacerbate any of these issues and the brakes then start to seize up, the pads are not released from the discs and they overheat.
The hardest part I find is removing the bolts to get the caliper off the bracket. Not always necessary with just a pad change but it is with discs.
I do rather like the sight of nice new discs behind the wheels.
RS, what is the current advice on bedding in new pads? I'm going on the take it easy for the first 100 miles or so and gradually build up braking pressures. They do feel to have bedded in quite nicely now.


I like that you think I would even attempt this!  

car is getting on a bit as it's a 06 plate with 50k on the clock.
gonnabuildabuggy

PhilD wrote:
car is getting on a bit as it's a 06 plate with 50k on the clock.


10 yrs and 50K miles (look at Martin's mileage for comparison) is hardly getting on a bit  


That's not even run in yet.

I don't think I've changed pads & discs on a car that young ever. Last set of pads I did was the E39 (12 yrs old?), annoyingly you had to clear the codes down after so needed a code reader otherwise you were scuppered.

It is a Fiat though so perhaps corrosion would be in line with a 50 yr old Ford?
PhilD

gonnabuildabuggy wrote:


It is a Fiat though so perhaps corrosion would be in line with a 50 yr old Ford?


Indeed!

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