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Re: Car battery goes flat overnight

by planetc ¦ Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:45 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: ICE and Electrical ¦ Topic: Car battery goes flat overnight ¦ Replies: 1 ¦ Views: 66

Probable cause is a poor secondary contact on the drivers door switch. In all the years I worked with them I only saw one that wasn't and it had damaged wiring.

Re: Engine fades out over 3 seconds.

by planetc ¦ Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:36 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: ICE and Electrical ¦ Topic: Engine fades out over 3 seconds. ¦ Replies: 4 ¦ Views: 79

Fuel relay is a tachometric relay, not impact sensitive. They do fail however.

First visit for a while, looks like I've missed a bit!

Re: Over heating problem

by planetc ¦ Fri May 27, 2016 12:35 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Other ¦ Topic: Over heating problem ¦ Replies: 30 ¦ Views: 734

When it's hot is it circulating, rev it and you should see the water traveling through the expansion bottle from the small hose on the top. If you haven't got that then worth a closer look at the pump, although the rad could be partially blocked restricting the flow. Just have to work through the po...

Worth a read, might be irrelevant but interesting all the same http://www.ecutesting.com/vauxhall/astr ... mt35e.html

Re: Jury service

by planetc ¦ Mon May 23, 2016 11:17 pm ¦ Forum: General Chat ¦ Topic: Jury service ¦ Replies: 12 ¦ Views: 208

I did it nearly 30 years ago when I was an apprentice. With the paid expenses I was better off there than at work, and doing shorter days too, so got friendly with the jury officer chap and managed to do an extra week. He did his best to put me on the most drawn out case he could but alas it had to ...

Re: Over heating problem

by planetc ¦ Sat May 21, 2016 4:21 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Other ¦ Topic: Over heating problem ¦ Replies: 30 ¦ Views: 734

..... and to bleed, fill the system, run with the cap off until the thermostat opens, at which point it will almost boil then burp and swallow the water. Top it back up and put the cap on, that's it, no other trickery required.

Re: Over heating problem

by planetc ¦ Sat May 21, 2016 4:18 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Other ¦ Topic: Over heating problem ¦ Replies: 30 ¦ Views: 734

I'd agree with the suggestion of a dodgy stat, it sounds like it doesn't have enough flow through the rad.

Re: Camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor

by planetc ¦ Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:25 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: ICE and Electrical ¦ Topic: Camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor ¦ Replies: 21 ¦ Views: 354

If you keep getting that light with code 92 check the timing belt tension.

Re: Clutch pedal stopper

by planetc ¦ Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:15 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Mechanical ¦ Topic: Clutch pedal stopper ¦ Replies: 4 ¦ Views: 154

The end of the spring does indeed locate in the same hole as the cable, and this is what prevents the cable popping out

Check the voltage at the pump when cranking, it won't do anything until you crank. If it's been dry a while it might be that the pump is stuck, worth clumping it. You can check the current draw of the pump if you have voltage, normal is around 2.5-3a, less than two suggests no fuel or an impeller sp...

I'm a numpty, didn't read properly and thought I'd seen the mention of a carb. The centre pin trick works with the old distributor type ignition systems.

Do the centre pin thing, you can check the entire system in one hit doing that. First thing I always do with the 3 wire distributor setup.

Quick check, pull the plug off the dizzy and poke a wire in the centre pin of the harness. Flash it to earth briefly, each time you hit earth with it you should get a spark from the king lead. If you do then the hall sensor in the dizzy has likely died, or it's not going round (check cambelt and diz...

Re: Mikes 2.0 Gls

by planetc ¦ Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:11 am ¦ Forum: Projects, Restorations and Runabouts ¦ Topic: Mikes 2.0 Gls ¦ Replies: 1060 ¦ Views: 14455

That hose is a good contributor too, unmetered sir will weaken the mixture, causing the system to chuck as much fuel in as it can to bring it back

Re: Your favorite 80s tracks

by planetc ¦ Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:01 am ¦ Forum: The Discotheque ¦ Topic: Your favorite 80s tracks ¦ Replies: 29 ¦ Views: 1193

Under his nose was a dream come true, been there all the time and he almost knew. Never actually figured out those lyrics.

Re: Camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor

by planetc ¦ Sat Mar 26, 2016 12:02 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: ICE and Electrical ¦ Topic: Camshaft sensor or crankshaft sensor ¦ Replies: 21 ¦ Views: 354

Cam sensor signal loss will not generally stall the engine, it's very common for cam sensor signal to show up as a code from a loosely adjusted cambelt tensioner, so that's worth looking at. The only one I ever had that had repeated problems with it had a leaking windscreen, straight down the loom i...

Re: Brakes not working right

by planetc ¦ Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:57 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Brakes and Suspension ¦ Topic: Brakes not working right ¦ Replies: 24 ¦ Views: 653

You still have hoses mate, from the body to the rear beam

Re: Brakes not working right

by planetc ¦ Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:12 am ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Brakes and Suspension ¦ Topic: Brakes not working right ¦ Replies: 24 ¦ Views: 653

Fair chance the master has died then

Re: The 80s cars targetted by thieves

by planetc ¦ Wed Mar 23, 2016 10:02 pm ¦ Forum: General Chat ¦ Topic: The 80s cars targetted by thieves ¦ Replies: 10 ¦ Views: 246

Vauxhall introduced a lot of those features because of the abysmal record with the previous generation of Vauxhalls. Stolen recovered repairs were an everyday job in the late 80s early 90s in the main dealer.

Re: Brakes not working right

by planetc ¦ Wed Mar 23, 2016 9:58 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Brakes and Suspension ¦ Topic: Brakes not working right ¦ Replies: 24 ¦ Views: 653

Air in system, a leak, or a master cylinder failure. Was it a problem prior to changing the wheel cylinder? Old master cylinders quite often fail when manually bleeding brakes as the seals fold with the additional travel of the pedal.

Re: Carlton C20ne

by planetc ¦ Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:13 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Mechanical ¦ Topic: Carlton C20ne ¦ Replies: 10 ¦ Views: 244

I really would try to get the problem diagnosed if I were you Mike, you'll be even more gutted if you put an engine in it and find it's still drinking fuel.

Re: Carlton C20ne

by planetc ¦ Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:37 pm ¦ Forum: Faults and Fixes: Mechanical ¦ Topic: Carlton C20ne ¦ Replies: 10 ¦ Views: 244

Sump is also different

Re: How do I tell R or S chassis?

by planetc ¦ Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:20 am ¦ Forum: General Chat ¦ Topic: How do I tell R or S chassis? ¦ Replies: 6 ¦ Views: 148

You have answered your own question :-) The letter signifies the model year, S being '95. Also worthy of note that the new model year started to come through from the factory in about October or November of the previous year, so for example, a' 95MY s chassis car might have been registered in late '...

Epic

by planetc ¦ Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:46 pm ¦ Forum: Photography and Camera Equipment ¦ Topic: Epic ¦ Replies: 0 ¦ Views: 257

Yep, I'm feeling pretty epic this evening as I have managed to get one of my website pages listed higher on Google than one of the leading names in the genre! Happy chappy.
ps, you could help me out by searching for the f lyball photos website or flyball photography and seeking out my pages.