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#1 Re: Maintenance » Injector removal » 2020-02-05 20:02:35

Yes they can, at least, on my Expert they could.

#2 Re: General Discussion » Knocking Under Acceleration » 2020-02-05 20:00:25

Thanks for the feedback Tiree. For the benefit of others, I had my front nearside wheel come loose twice.The first time was just a matter of tightening the bolts. The next time I thought I’d better have a closer look. It turned out to be a seized caliper causing the hub to get hot. Not enough to make it slow down, but enough to heat it up. Freed off the caliper and replaced the pads and all was well,.............until something on the other caliper meant that both needed replacing. Well, 270K wasn’t to bad a life.

#3 Maintenance » Wipers for Mk1 Expert » 2020-01-13 11:53:08

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I have recently fitted Bosch AR725S wipers. They have a spraybar so I bought some tube from ebay to extend the pipes from the horrid nozzles that kept getting blocked. They are the aero style, they fit, and they clean the screen better than any others I have tried (and that’s quite a few).

#4 Re: General Discussion » Diesel Additives » 2020-01-13 11:43:30

When I visited an injector specialist, he showed me what components looked like after running on veg oil. My van is too important to risk, it earns my wages, so I’ll take the hit with the DERV. 275K and it’s still going.

#5 Re: General Discussion » Mk1 rear suspension- advice needed » 2020-01-13 11:37:57

My Mk1 Expert clunked at the back and sagged under the load. I even got stopped as they thought it was overloaded. When I took it in for the MOT the following month, it failed because of broken springs. Two new springs and it was like a new van.

#6 Re: Maintenance » Spare wheel hanger » 2020-01-13 11:32:06

smile  Mine is just for work, so it’s important it keeps going as it earns the money.

#7 Re: General Discussion » DIY Welding » 2020-01-12 22:00:51

My understanding is you need much more than an £80 unit. If you’re welding 3mm + plate, ok, but bodywork needs something more sophisticated. I get someone to do my welding jobs, and he fixes something for £100 that I could make cost a lot more to fix. Great to learn welding, but vehicles are ok to do once you’ve practised on someone elses.

#8 Re: General Discussion » Remap & EGR Delete » 2020-01-12 21:54:49

If you delete the EGR it may be an MOT fail!!

#9 Re: General Discussion » Cylinder head » 2020-01-12 21:39:04

My 98 Expert had to have the engine dropped to do the head.

#10 Re: Maintenance » Spare wheel hanger » 2020-01-12 18:32:12

Looking at the rust under your van indicates some gloop might be in order. I have been using … r-care-kit and Fluid Film for treating rust. It’s lanolin based, so if you’re partial to sheep, it has a nice aroma.

I had an inner wing on a 405 welded up, just behind the front wheel. I coated it with the grease version, and warmed it up with a heat gun to spread it. In the following three years, if you scraped the steel with a fingernail, it was shiny steel behind. It’s ironic it later failed the MOT because of rust on the BACK axle. That was the end of life. Doh!

#11 Re: Maintenance » No anti roll bar MOT fail! » 2020-01-12 18:07:34

My 1998 Expert has no ARB. It passed its MOT in September last.

#12 Re: Maintenance » Serious cold starting issues » 2020-01-12 18:03:33

A problem I have is air getting in somewhere, so I have to pump the priming bulb until it feels solid, then it starts instantly,. Something else I use is “Fuel Set” It is something that causes any water in the tank to go into solution, and it breaks down any diesel bugs. After using this for a year or so, it went from coughing and spluttering at startup to a smooth idle.It’s mixing rate is 4000:1, so 15 to 20ml per tank full is enough. For a bit of credibility, some of the Deltic owners use it. To save filter cleaning so often, they are a real pain to clean.

#13 Re: Maintenance » Puff Puff » 2020-01-12 17:54:38

Mine does this. If I put it in 3rd and floor the throttle, it makes the people sitting on my tail drop back quite quickly.  big_smile

#14 Re: Maintenance » Clutch bite almost at floor » 2020-01-12 17:47:49

Mine is a 1998 Mk 1 van, and I have just had clutch number 3 fitted for the same reason, ie clutch bite almost at floor.

The test is can you engage gears relatively easily when the engine is stopped? Is it more difficult when the engine is running?

If the answers are both “YES”, then it is likely the pressure plate has reached the end of it’s life. OK, mine is a mechanical linkage, but when the first clutch caused the problem, I got the selector cables replaced. That worked for a couple of weeks, then it got really bad. I had to stop the engine, select gear, then start the engine. Interesting as you can imagine. Had the clutch replaced and all was fine until recently, when the same symptoms appeared. So I anticipated the failure, and had it changed. It’s like a new van now. As it has done 275,000 miles, I think nearly 140k per clutch is a reasonable life. It’s a case of bite the bullet I think. My outlook is if it works it is a useful tool for doing the job, if it doesn’t it’s a heap of junk. OK, the clutch costs more than the van is worth according to the insurers, but spending £2000 a year to keep it running is £40 a week, which is not bad, and up to now I am way under this. Additional benefit, it isn’t one of the fancy electronic thingys, so it mostly works, and is easy to fix when it stops.

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