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    Default Did a few jobs tonight

    As it was such a nice day, I got the Veccy back from the garage that are refurbing the alloys so that I could crack on with some of the jobs that I'm wanting to get done.

    I have the difficulty in engaging 1st or reverse when cold so the first job was to flush the clutch fluid. The old stuff was manky! Check the pics below to see for yourself.

    I've noticed wee puffs of black smoke when booting it so next up was the EGR valve. I got a good secondhand one from andy.l (cheers Andy!) so that was duly fitted in place of the old sooted up one.

    Whilst I was in the area I removed and cleaned the boost sensor, again it was fairly manky.

    Last up was the air filter and airbox mod. i removed the plastic trumpet and cleaned out the air box (again manky) and then fitted a new BMC panel filter.

    Actually when shutting the bonnet I noticed the catch was a bit tight so I cleaned up the latch and mechanism (yes you guessed it, manky) and adjusted the bonnet plunger and rubber adjusters. Much better.

    Took her for a drive to make sure everything was ok. Instantly noticed the gear change is greatly improved when cold, still not perfect but I intend to change the gearbox oil for fresh fully synth soon and that should see further improvements.

    As for the engine, it feels smoother and quieter. Very much so in fact for a four pot diesel. There's also a nice sharpening of response too, though I haven't reset the ecu so I imagine it will get better.

    Oh yes, some pics.

    The first shows my bleed pipe coming off the bleed nipple. The ezibleed kit is off screen and is connected to the brake/clutch fluid reservoir and is pressurised using an old spare wheel I have lying around.








    \/ A closeup of the bleed nipple with my bleed pipe attached...\/









    \/ Here's what came out! \/









    \/ By comparison, this is what eventually (1/2Lt later) came out... \/









    Unfortunately I ran out of daylight so had to stop playing. The story continues tomorrow.
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    what garage is doing your wheels mate

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    AMT in Forres. Family run firm.

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    Good job done there matey.
    Is your clutch action better for the fluid change?

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    I have a slight issue with the quality of the gearchange on my Vec C.Its better when its hot but, notchy when cold IMO.
    I'll be interested to hear how the oil change helps.
    Have you considered adjusting the selector rods too?
    Keep in touch
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    nice write up - havent heard manky for years(from my early army days) didnt he used to hang around with gopping as well

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    Interesting,my gear change can be notchy on the odd occasion,might have to do the same,great write up,it would be a good idea to submit this as a HOW2..........

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    Cheers guys, thought about doing the how2 but I was a bit short of pics. Maybe I'll have a re-write and submit one.



    Quote Originally Posted by Readster View Post
    I have a slight issue with the quality of the gearchange on my Vec C.Its better when its hot but, notchy when cold IMO.
    I'll be interested to hear how the oil change helps.
    Have you considered adjusting the selector rods too?
    Keep in touch
    Cheers
    John

    The fluid change has definately improved the clutch action. You notice it most when cold; I don't have to fight with it to go into 1st now, however a gearbox oil change will improve matters no end. Fluid flush is very easy and quick and should be first thing to try for those with difficult cold changes. Just watch your bodywork!

    The last thing I would try is playing with the selector rods, in most cars they can be a b*tch to setup and are generally best left alone unless absolutely necessary.



    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    nice write up - havent heard manky for years(from my early army days) didnt he used to hang around with gopping as well

    Haha, can you tell I'm in the military... yeah that spag-bol in the mess was gopping!

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    I thought I read on here somewhere that a fix for the notchy cold gear changes was to have slightly less oil in the gearbox than the quoted figure....... the exact amount is on here somewhere..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    I thought I read on here somewhere that a fix for the notchy cold gear changes was to have slightly less oil in the gearbox than the quoted figure....... the exact amount is on here somewhere..
    You are right Dan. Its a VX fix for notchy changes. I find it hard to believe as the gearchange is fine ( although not up to Ford standard if you know what I mean ) when the box is hot...and in the summer
    Still that's what VX recommends

    I'll try the fluid changes first.

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