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My pic is looking down just behind the cooling fan, the pipe extends to the heater matrix (inside the car via the rubber pipe ) and has the bleed valve in it, it splits right beside the engine block to the rad entering the block above the oil filter
Well bugger me, I do have a pipe there! It just looked vastly different in my mind to how it looks in reality!
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Look what myherpes (not a typo) brought today.

Should get them fitted tomorrow or on the weekend at least. Will take it out for a drive (private test road of course) to make sure all is good and then itís actually going to sit for a little while, weíre off to Spa for the 24 hours next weekend and then Iím off for 2 weeks. I also want to get the condenser replaced and the air con system regassed, so it might be mid August by the time I get it back in the road officially.
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Couple of photos to give you some data to go on.

Shoes after 90,000+ miles. Plenty of meat left on them, but I donít use the brakes much.
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Clutch after the same amount of time. Probably at least another 50 if not 90 thousand miles left in it.

Pressure plate and clutch release bearing were both in very good condition also.

Have always maintained that Iím a mechanically sympathetic driver and I think that backs it up. I thought Iíd taken comparison photos of new and old, but I havenít.
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Re: Showing my car some love

I had the same with my punto, I changed the clutch at around 110k miles as I was worried it might let me down soon and the amount of wear was hardly noticeable next to the new clutch. Changed the brake shoes about the same time, original fiat shoes most likely on it since new as I’d had the car from 3 years old and never changed them and it was fairly low miles when I got it.

I generally don’t slip the clutch and I use engine braking all the time so these things get little wear.

The one bad habit I have is sitting on the clutch in traffic instead of taking out of gear, so I have killed a release bearing once (although only had that car a couple of months so don’t think I can take all the blame for that.

I get very annnoyed following people who brake all the time for no apparent reason, and you get a face full of brake lights for every car going the other way, a cat walking along the path or a plane flying over at 30,000 feet.
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Couple of photos to give you some data to go on.

Shoes after 90,000+ miles. Plenty of meat left on them, but I donít use the brakes much.
Plenty of meat?
Bar the dirt and that they look basically new 😮
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Plenty of meat?
Bar the dirt and that they look basically new 😮
Just a bit! Like I said though, the cylinders on one side leaked as soon as I touched one of the seals though, so maybe 5 miles or 50,000 miles later the brakes on at least one side were screwed 😀
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Just a bit! Like I said though, the cylinders on one side leaked as soon as I touched one of the seals though, so maybe 5 miles or 50,000 miles later the brakes on at least one side were screwed 😀
Only one of my shoes where worn during a a cylinder not retracing fullly due to being clogged up with dust and dirt a good clean up it's now moving find and new shoes and adjusters put on today due to having chewed up teeth
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Have always maintained that I’m a mechanically sympathetic driver and I think that backs it up.
Driving a car with mechanical sympathy makes a huge difference. My Panda is now almost 8yrs old with 85k on the clock and the only things I've replaced apart from fluids & filters are two sets of tyres, one set of front pads & discs & three wiper blades. Everything else on the car is still original.
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Son of a bit...

Tried to do the timing belt last night. Canít quite get the two bottom bolts off the engine side of the engine mount. Need more persuasion. So close, so so close.
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So, two bolts are undone now!

The timing belt is changed and tensioned, the water pump is changed and sealed up (hopefully!)

Still got a few things to do, but it should only be a few hours more work.

Oil, oil filter, air filter.
Refit the engine mount,cambelt covers, seal up the cam cover and make sure all the associated bits in the engine bay that you have to detach to get at the timing belt and cam cover.
Remove the front bumper and have the condenser replaced and system regassed.
Chuck the battery in and crank her over
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Re: Showing my car some love

Are you changing the pollen filter? Apparently that's a fun job!
Full of admiration for your efforts, it's the sort of thing many of us had to do when I got my first car in 1973. Wouldn't fancy tackling a modern complex car, haven't got the tools or knowledge (or to be honest, the inclination!)
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And maybe have it MOT'd after all that.....
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And maybe have it MOT'd after all that.....
Might do, itís not moved in about 19 months
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