Saturday, July 26, 2014

Steering Rack Gaiters

When I got the last MOT certificate back, although it passed there was an advisory that both steering rack gaiters were in poor condition. So while the car was up on stands anyway with all the drivetain overhaul work, it seemed like an ideal opportunity to replace the gaiters and tick this job off the 'to-do' list.

Looking at them, I have to agree they had seen better days.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Calamitous Caliper Capers

Having spent some time recently overhauling the front brake calipers, I can safely say that they are one of my least favourite parts of the car to work on. I'm not sure if this is down to the disastrous results I managed to achieve or just the fact it's such fiddly and infuriatingly difficult work..

The reason I started to look at the brakes was partly down to curiosity, but there was a real problem with them also. The passenger caliper was rubbing on the disc causing the car to drag to the left. So I decided to go the whole hog and go for a complete strip and rebuild.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Drivetrain Overhaul

For a while now there's been a slight crunching, grinding noise coming from the offside area when driving along, nothing too bad just one of those noises that leads you to think there's something not quite right that will need fixing someday. However when the car started pulling to the left while driving and then pulling sharply to the right when braking recently, I concluded that 'someday' had finally arrived.

Apart from the pot joints, I decided to take the whole drivetrain out along with the brake calipers to see what was going on and hopefully learn a few things along the way.