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#368902 Still Having Power Issues

Posted by Megadodo on 15 February 2017 - 03:56 PM

My gut feeling is that your "ignition on & engine off" draw is high even with both pumps running. I have no data to back that up, it just feels wrong. What is your measurement device?

#366350 Spare Wheel Cradle

Posted by Megadodo on 11 November 2016 - 09:12 AM

The "goo" has got me home in the past and yet it has also failed so I'd say its worth carrying as well as a spare! Personally, I like the look of the spare on the back, it's traditional!

#364318 Rear Diff And Lsd Options

Posted by Megadodo on 16 September 2016 - 07:45 AM

Blimey, never ever seen a 4X4 axle of a Sierra with drum brakes! Nobby, is it worth it you ask? Oh yes it most definitely is. Driving on the limit is so much easier. When mine starts to break away you can feel it happen and you can also feel the diff working to counteract it. Using the throttle and steering to then go where you want it to is not a reaction to a problem but just part of the process of going round a corner with a huge grin on your face.

#363859 240V Voltmeter

Posted by Megadodo on 06 September 2016 - 07:28 AM

There are some shocking responses in this thread...............................I'll get me coat!

#361664 Bmw

Posted by Megadodo on 15 July 2016 - 06:33 AM

Leaky BMW rocker cover leaks can be fun, shouldn't need any gasket sealant except at the corner of the half moon cutouts. However you must change the rubber washers that fit around the bolts as well as the main gasket and plug rings. I do tend to use a smear of sealant on the exhaust side on my own BMWs though. Check the cover isn't cracked as they can have a hairline one which can be difficult to see. Also the oil recovery system is blocked you can get crankcase pressure lifting the rocker cover up!

#361470 Handbrake

Posted by Megadodo on 12 July 2016 - 11:55 AM

The hydraulics move the piston up a threaded mechanism for normal braking. The handbrake mechanically pushes the whole threaded mechanism and therefore pushes the piston. So, although the handbrake is mechanical it wont work properly if the hydraulics aren't pushing the piston to the correct place. The hydraulics are the "self adjuster" for the handbrake.

#360524 Don't Make Them Like That Any More

Posted by Megadodo on 27 June 2016 - 10:42 AM

Ah! Mowing of stones, that's so familiar! I've seen our garden elf but we must have one as every time I mow I find yet another stone and loose yet more of my blade. I bet its not a garden elf, it must be the same elf who moves my tools and puts all the missing nuts, bolts and washers directly underneath the middle of the car!

#358949 Dole Money

Posted by Megadodo on 01 June 2016 - 07:03 AM

I truly believe it is immoral, wrong and just downright stupid to allow people not to work. Yes there should be a "safety net" for people who loose their job through no fault of their own but it should only ever be enough to keep the wolf from the door. As a society we should be pushing and if required, forcing people to do the work that is offered to them. Training to do the work that is available should be made available and compulsory for claimants. If they have to move to do a job, they have to move. Anyone who refuses this work must get NO benefits what so ever. If we ever get to a situation where there is no more work for people in an area and my "must move" comment above is actually impractical then to earn "benefits" claimants must do something for society. Litter clearance, public space renovation, something along those lines. If there are truly jobs that cannot be filled by residents of the UK (I'm not convinced that is ever the case) then society should look at growing that skill-set internally and only allow temporary visa based immigration to fill the void.

Society does not "owe" anybody anything, people must "earn" both reward and a place in society.

#358096 Trailer

Posted by Megadodo on 20 May 2016 - 06:31 AM

That's a real bargain!

#356926 7" Flanged Diff Or Diff Adjustment Tool

Posted by Megadodo on 05 May 2016 - 01:29 PM

I can't hear my diff above the sound of the exhaust, either my diff is okay or my exhaust is too loud......!

#356253 Garage Tidy

Posted by Megadodo on 27 April 2016 - 02:56 PM

I think he probably needs to reflect on that...........I'll get me coat.

#355009 Always Double Check And Don't Make Assumptions

Posted by Megadodo on 11 April 2016 - 10:42 AM

Here is an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. First some background, over a year ago I converted my 6 pot BMW to run on lpg. It all went well except I didn't quite plumb in the lpg injectors into the inlet manifold "as per instructions" as my sceptical head said it wasn't required and that a conventional install would be fine. As it happened, the car ran fine apart from an occasional stall after lifting the accelerator quickly approaching a stop, being an auto it was a slight  pain as you cant just turn the key to re-start! It was so intermittent though I could live with it!

Mistake number 1, follow the guidance of the professionals if recommended to do so.

When the car lost an exhaust valve over Christmas requiring a head removal I took the opportunity to plumb in the lpg injectors as I should have done. With this kit there are 2 banks of 4 injector wires that control the lpg injector rails. Being a six pot you use 3 from each rail. In the first installation I used A, B & C on cylinders 1, 2 & 3 and E, F & G on 4, 5 & 6 as the plumbing leant itself to a straight forward install. With me so far?

On re-plumbing with plumbing had to cross over itself and wouldn't sit nicely with 1, 2 & 3 all on the same injector rail. I had to plumb 3 to the rear rail and 4 to the front. No problem I thought swap the C & E control wires round, simple.

After the rebuild the car ran well on petrol but was slightly lumpy on idle on lpg, no issue I thought, its bound to need an lpg re-tune after re-plumbing. After a re-tune it was better but the idle still wasn't a smooth as it was before the rebuild. After a bout a week the idle became noticeably worse and I had to switch back to petrol but even that was lumpy, so much so that I thought the head had dropped another valve! Un-plugging the fuse for the lpg would give smooth running under petrol after a couple of seconds following a re-start. Plugging the the fuse back in would repeat the cycle of initial good running followed by deteriorating performance on lpg and then petrol.

I rechecked everything including specially looking at the lpg wiring as I knew I had altered it, A, B & E on the front rail. Noting that the rail wiring was indeed 2 swapped wires I carried on with my diagnosis. I didn't check the rear rail as clearly I would have wired that correctly! 2nd mistake.

Since then I have tried a different lpg ECU and a different petrol ECU all to no result. Further complicated by a failing prop-shaft leading to drive-train vibration that I assumed was engine problem related! 3rd mistake!

This weekend following the prop-shaft being repaired and re-fitted I had another go at diagnosis. I checked everything again This time I checked the rear injector rail as well expecting to find C, F & G only to find C, E & G??? WTF, checked the front rail to find A, B & F, WTF? No wonder the car was struggling under lpg, so much so that the petrol ECU would try and compensate by so much its went passed its limits to cause rough running under petrol as well! I don't know how I missed it (other than E & F are similar) but you always need to double check (if not triple check) everything after any work you do especially if a new fault appears after work to another problem!

I hang my head in shame.

BTW, the car is now running beautifully and I'm no longer thinking of removing the lpg install and selling her!

#354116 Which Amp Gauge

Posted by Megadodo on 29 March 2016 - 02:11 PM

Somehow that seems like cheating?

#354074 Robin Hood Bad Press!

Posted by Megadodo on 29 March 2016 - 07:10 AM

Ignore the haters, RHs are superb value for money. As a kit the 2B was poor, as a building challenge it was awesome fun, much more so than just bolting a Caterham kit together. Who reads instructions anyway?

I've never really worried about 0-60 times although mine is not much slower to 60 than my 343 BHP M3, it much more how it drives, feels and in gear acceleration. It's very different to my M3 but every time I take the 2B out I come back with a massive smile on my face and there a couple of corners on my local blast route than I can take quicker in the 2B than in the M3.

#353509 Do I Go Hid Or Led

Posted by Megadodo on 21 March 2016 - 07:52 AM

Its not so much the brightness that's the problem it's the height adjustment. I see so many cars with badly adjusted headlights, either one or both, its just so annoying. There is a problem with the brighter lights when the road has humps or is hilly but then the problem is transient. I have also seen the bulbs pattern go wrong over time causing problems, new bulbs fix the issue but as far as most drivers can figure out is "the light is working, there's nothing wrong!" My other pet hate for lights is dual filament stop & tail bulbs fitted the wrong way round (how can they not tell?) so the brake filament is on with the sidelights!