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MOT Failure

Post by Sunfly » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:51 pm

Flying Machine let me down today unfortunately but nothing too serious! A split boot on a track rod joint and a fist sized hole in the back box. I was beginning to notice the sound of the exhaust more, but nothing bad to speak of.

Of more interest and importance so far as I am concerned was that Paul confirmed that all engine mounts were new, so that was not the cause of my lurching gear-changes. With everything else having been renewed, he came to the same conclusion as me, that it had to be a dodgy clutch.

I got it from Probe store, so it wasn't OEM. I didn't much like the rubber dampers when I saw them as rubber degrades with age, but it looked OK so in it went. Paul (who fitted it a year ago) tells me he thinks it was made by a company called National and he has stopped fitting them as he has had similar problems since (I was pleased to hear that). So maybe we are on the right track with suspecting the clutch.

Fortunately, and thanks to Malcolm's generosity I've got a brand new OEM clutch on the shelf at work so I will need to sort something out with Malcolm now I know I'm going to fit it and get it put in. So if a club member is in need of a clutch that's only done 1500 miles and isn't bothered about the slightly jerky gear-changes, (being picky is in my engineering DNA I'm afraid) then its free to a good home.

With a new back box fitted, my old soft shockers refitted and a non jerky clutch - its going to feel like a new car. I'm looking forward to the summer.

Thanks Malcolm!

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Re: MOT Failure

Post by jrh » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:23 am

The split boot syndrome.
In many cases caused by the rubber sticking to the 'rusty' surface film on the static part and having to twist for every
change in direction.
Especially on the lower wishbone ball joint where it also has a gap in the clamping surface to deal with.
I have taken to fitting a very thin stainless steel washer between the rubber boot and the 'fixed' point.
No problems since.

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Re: MOT Failure

Post by mojo98 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:28 pm

:shock: Mot, couple of easy fixes, I'm sure your mechanic will have it sorted in not time, :D :D
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Re: MOT Failure

Post by Sunfly » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:05 pm

mojo98 wrote::shock: Mot, couple of easy fixes, I'm sure your mechanic will have it sorted in not time, :D :D
Both done now and MOT cert issued! Johns idea sounds sensible!

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Re: MOT Failure

Post by mojo98 » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:48 pm

Sunfly wrote:
mojo98 wrote::shock: Mot, couple of easy fixes, I'm sure your mechanic will have it sorted in not time, :D :D
Both done now and MOT cert issued! Johns idea sounds sensible!
Excellent news :D :D
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Re: MOT Failure

Post by Slick » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:56 pm

If recently bought from the store I wonder how long it’s been sat on the shelf....?
Years probably :roll:
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Re: MOT Failure

Post by BEEGEE » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:03 pm

Congratts on the mot pass.
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Re: MOT Failure

Post by Jon G 24V » Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:44 pm

Well done Bob 8)
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