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Old 05-03-2018, 01:24 PM   #61
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Saturday

MOT Day! Eeeek!

As you all know, I picked the car up last Sunday and MOT was due 7th of March. By any stretch this was a risk...I did all I could when looking at the car but you can only check so much without a ramp.

So I thought I'd sling the car in for MOT asap and that happened to be Saturday. Nearly a full week after buying the car.




Something that was apparent very obviously, failed the car pretty much immediately

Cacking myself... the MOT progressed.



Thankfully the MOT tester and garage I went to, were very friendly and know how much hassle it is to come back another day etc.

The car failed on....Front Tyres. He let me go and get 2 new front tyres and I wanted to get alignment done too. Only place available at that time on a Saturday morning with the right size....Kwik Fit Unfortunately the alignment machine was playing up, so I'll have to go back another time.

I hadn't noticed the tyres as both fronts had worn a band of less than 1cm down to the cords on the inside shoulders. My own stupid fault, when looking at the car, I could see and feel the tread was brilliant on the 2 fronts and I didn't put the car on steering lock to have a good look...if I did...I'd have seen it. Lesson learned, I know better than that so, kicking myself, otherwise it would have flown through.

Went back to the garage and bingo PASS! WOOP WOOOOOOP

There was an advisory, Brake pipe down the drivers side and the one that goes across the rear need replacing as they're corroded. So I'll get them sorted ASAP. He did comment on rear number plate bulbs being out, I said I know they're dim but not out, I showed him, they're led and only have the diodes on one side and they've spun around so aren't doing the best job they could.

What a relief!

The MOT tester was really sound, although I know loosely what they test on an MOT, he took me under the car and showed me exactly what they tested, how they tested and what they look for. Also showing me the computer system and how they do the emissions tests and he made a comment mine was well at the 'clean' end and a clean running engine. I noticed the lambda sensors were new so this could have something to do with that.

Now I know the car is good, I've got my official go ahead to start tinkering and spending money on it.

The car has an exhaust rattle and it didn't concern me as I knew I'd be changing it due to the modification that had been done to it, under the car the MOT tester said I bet you have a rattle or a squeeking from the exhaust, I said yup. The bracket that holds the mid section right where it meets the cat has a clean line snap. So when it heats up, the 2 bits of metal rub causing the horrendous noise. New bracket needed when I swap the exhaust.

First up...as it seems these always get left, cabin filters. I'm sure there is engine bay odour coming into the car so did all the 'usual' things to stop this...

There are 2 cabin filters on these, top right and top left...



Opening the lid I could see they have been in a while but actually...not that bad. They are carbon filters so should be grey but they were darker than the replacements so had been doing their job.

When I took the other side out...I noticed this one was kinked so wasn't sealing properly in the housing and.....both were in the wrong way up.



Normally...you would put them in with the airflow going from top to bottom, but on these...the airflow goes from bottom upwards, so they basically should be put in upside down. No idea really how this affects the performance of them, I guess the carbon activated bit doesn't work as well as it should if they're not in the right way.



The trays were full of leaves and debris, due to their design, the crud sits below the filter rather than on top of it..probably a good design to keep the filter free of leaves etc... the drain plugs for these trays though...

Completely blocked both sides. If enough rain water got in there...it'd come flooding into the car.






All cleaned out and drain tubes unblocked.




New filter facing upside down, the correct way.




Fitted


To target the odour that may have residual smells and nasties in all the airways I bought an odour bomb..



Give it a little shake, stand it up in the box in the passenger front footwell...



Then set the car to recirculate, lowest temp, all vents, A/C Off.


10 Minutes later, turn off the car and open a couple of windows. The interior smells fresher and the air out the vents has improved...but after driving about a bit yesterday...I think there is still engine bay smell coming into the car. This requires further investigation. I guess it could only be 1 of 3 things.

Either, 1.) The boots that go from the filter housing and connect to the bulkhead aren't sealing properly. 2.) The rubber sealing strip that should seal against the bonnet when it's closed isn't doing its job somehow. 3.) It's just residual stuff in the air vents that will clear over time.

Sunday

This weekend was quite fun as I picked the car up last Sunday, drove it home and haven't had much time to play, tinker and really see the 'detail' of the car to pick out what I needed to do to it. I'd been waiting like a kid at Christmas all week!

First thing that bugged me was glue residue and a bit of plastic still stuck on the windscreen from where the Tax Disc Holder was.




2 minutes later with a tiny pot of low odour thinners...


Much better. Although the previous owner had his car 'valeted' on their weekly shop (Yes I know, shudder) there was mud all over the back of the front drivers seat...



Cleaned off with a bit of APC. I also cleaned all the seats with the last remaining bit of AB Leather Cleanse that I had.

You can see where it's not quite got right down in the textured plastic but..much better for now until I give it a full detail.



It doesn't look like that in real life, I think the camera and flash picked up areas you can't see with the naked eye.

I was itching to do something to the paint, so I dried the bonnet (as it had been chucking it down) and put on some AB Cherry Glaze just for the sake of it. The weather wasn't right for a full detail with machine polish, so I was just messing about really.



Whilst doing the glaze, I remembered I need to buy a new badge.



So that's on the list, along with restoring the headlights...


The postman is hopefully bringing me some new LED number plate full units today, they should have arrived last week in time for MOT but the snow put an end to that.

I need to find some pure white LED bulbs for the interior, the ones that have been used on this are cheap and nasty and all have a blue tinge to them which I absolutely hate and gives the car a very cheap modified look.

That's all for now, thanks for reading.
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:27 PM   #62
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Hurdle of the MOT over - phew !

Pity about the front tyres

Onwards and upwards - sound car in need of some new love
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Old 05-03-2018, 03:48 PM   #63
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I've fallen foul of the front tyres when buying a car.
You only do it once.

This thread isn't helping with me wanting a E39.....
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Always good to get the 'ticket'

Be aware that when you come to replace the brake pipe across the rear, you need to drop the fuel tank for access - I've yet to read about anyone who's found another way.

Iirc, the tanks are plastic.
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Great news on the pass and a very good read
Looking forward to seeing the progress you make with it. Great looking car even today.

IF itís similar - Iím not sure - on my e46 I had a rear brake pipe fail. And again, i got told you need to drop the tank to replace it.
This was at a bmw specialist & they wanted about £400 iirc

Went to another garage I often use and they re-routed it around the tank and re-motíd the car for me for about £80.

I donít want to get flamed or people saying you canít do that or whatever.
It passed and it was at a price I was more than happy to stomach.
Just a thought mate as may save you some £££ or hours laying under a car
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Always good to get the 'ticket'

Be aware that when you come to replace the brake pipe across the rear, you need to drop the fuel tank for access - I've yet to read about anyone who's found another way.

Iirc, the tanks are plastic.
Oh poo, I didn't know this. Hmmm....

I think best to give my local Indy a shout and get a quote.
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Great news on the pass and a very good read
Looking forward to seeing the progress you make with it. Great looking car even today.

IF itís similar - Iím not sure - on my e46 I had a rear brake pipe fail. And again, i got told you need to drop the tank to replace it.
This was at a bmw specialist & they wanted about £400 iirc

Went to another garage I often use and they re-routed it around the tank and re-motíd the car for me for about £80.

I donít want to get flamed or people saying you canít do that or whatever.
It passed and it was at a price I was more than happy to stomach.
Just a thought mate as may save you some £££ or hours laying under a car
Yes it looks like It's going to be a bit of a pig. I've emailed the local Indy and will see what they come back with.

You're not the first person to get done what you did looking around on forums, so I'm no going to write it off if the indy comes back with a £400 quote for 1 brake pipe.
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What tyres did you stick in the front? Good shout on the cabin filter drains. Iím going to check mine!
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Hooray for fresh mots lol.

Well done chum. This is going to be stunning - loving the updates btw.

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