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Which Diff Oil?

19 September 2017 - 06:14 PM



so book says i need SAE90 hypoid gear oil for my diff. Eurocarparts does an EP90 http://www.eurocarpa...776132&&cc5_868which does specify ' best used for hypoid differential ' and a GL5 rating.


Is this what i need? is it just a newer spec that exceed SAE90?


any advice appreciated



New Led Street Lights

10 September 2017 - 09:05 PM

They have replaced most of the street lights around where i live with new LED ones. Whilst i think this is good for using less energy i am finding they are taking a bit of getting used to.


They are a very white light whereas the old ones were the typical orange light. I am finding that the light is now the same as car headlights so in the past i was able to see that a car was coming around a bend as the orange light was broken by the white car headlight. Now they are the same colour there is less of an indicator. 


I find it most difficult when out running at night as it constantly looks like there is a car coming up from behind. I'm sure at some point i'll get complacent and assume it is just the street lights and cross without properly checking and get run over by those silent killers, i mean an electric car. Killed by a renault twizy can you imagine  :blink:  (actually just found this pic and now i want one http://cdn1.autoexpr...1-action-2.jpg)


May be just another of those first world problems.



Found The Missing Obd2 Port On My Bmw...kind Of

10 September 2017 - 08:50 PM

So my car failed it's mot and i need to have a look at some fault codes. Easy enough you would think ...connect up a obd2 reader to the obd2 port and jobs a goodun.


So i had a look where the obd2 port should be on a bmw 316ti (under the dash near the accelerator pedal) and there was the hole but no port??? I'd looked for it in the past and given up as i hadn't really needed it back then but now i do. 


So i just took the trim panel off to have a look and for the life of me couldn't see anything that resembled a obd2 port. Felt around the wiring and eventually found a bit tucked into the soundproofing on the panel. Looked like it was taped up but on closer inspection the wires were all bundled and cut ends showing.


I assume some idiot in the past had removed the panel and yanked it to get it off and had broken all the wires off the port connector.

Found this pic http://cdn4.pelicanp...small/pic04.jpgon a guide to replacing a brake light switch and the colours match up. Perhaps the brake light switch had been replaced and thats when the cables were broken and the mechanic or whoever couldn't be bothered to fix the damage they had done.


So now i have the problem as i currently don't have the port to connect it to  :diablo:


Thinking about it as i type there is a chance it is bouncing around in there somewhere so might have a quick look in the light but failing that i'm going to have to go to the local scrappy and see if they will cut one off for me so i can solder the wires back on. 


Another job to add to the list  :80:

What Valves For A 1600 Pinto Eco Max

21 August 2017 - 12:24 PM

So having diagnosed a bent valve i need to buy a replacement. I've seen a few that say they are not suitable for the eco max engine. I thought i had an eco max but i am not sure now.


I've measured the removed valve...


head - 42mm

stem - 8mm

length - 113


which seems to match the std valve from burtons http://www.burtonpow...6mm-ft1025.html


Valve diameter: 42.16mm.
Valve length: 113.13mm.
Valve stem: 8.03mm.
Ford SOHC Pinto

  • Ford Sierra 1.6 1982-1984 (not E-max)

So it seems like it is the same size as what i need but i thought i had an eco max which it says is not suitable for. Perhaps i don't have the eco-max after all. I have the 165 block and unleaded head as it was a 1991 engine.



Can i assume that as long as those measurements are the same it will be fine?

Bmw E46 N42 Timing

04 July 2017 - 09:05 PM



so i've had a problem with my bmw 316ti for a while now which i believe is the timing chain has jumped a tooth. This seems to be a common problem and there are a few websites i've seen explaining the replacement. The problem is it seems to be a big job and requires sump removal and a few specific bmw tools.


In hoody style can i not just slacken the tensioner and force the chain back a tooth (on the exhaust side)?


At the end of the day the car is basically worthless so i'm looking for a quick fix. I half wondered if an entire engine swap would be easier.


any thoughts appreciated