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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

Before those it is better to run relays from battery for the headlights.
On both mk1 and mk2 the dipped beams run from stalk, mk2 has just one relay helping the situation when hibeams are on.
Higher voltage on bulb -> usually more light.
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I've been looking at the night breakers. Just want something a bit brighter. My main beams are superb. The dipped beams are poor. Maybe just old bulbs but I wouldn't mind trying something else.

Fit the new light this morning anyway. Good as new. Love how easy it is on older cars compared to newer ones. 2 bolts and its out. Took me all day to replace the headlamps on my partners old polo 6n2. Bumper off job...
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

No update as such but gave the bravo a good hoover and clean this afternoon.

Been a great car the last 5 months. Seem to average 30-33mpg commuting in it so not ideal but could be far worse!

Still yet to fit the new door handles...
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Another off the phone from this morning
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

Such nice looking cars with all the HGT bits on.

Just emphasises how revoltingly ugly and stupid the Alfa Mito is....

So much for progress.
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

Very nice hgt you got there
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

Day off, the suns out, what else is there to do except finally fit those door handles

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The condition of the old handles. Looking pretty shabby. The previous owner removed the rubber from around the key section as it was so poor, leaving only the rubber on the handle section.

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After lots of fiddling and swearing.. No handle!

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After lots more fiddling and swearing.. New handle!

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Car and cat on the drive

So finally, after having them sat here for 4 months, they're done! Told you I would do them eventually

Bit of a downer after fitting though. I rolled the car back down to the flat section of the drive and noticed a small patch of fresh oil on the drive .. Quick look under the car and there is a small patch of pooling on the bottom of the gearbox. Sump is bone dry so I'm assuming coming from the join between the gearbox and block.

I checked the oil (probs first time in over a month) and it's still on the level I recall it being last time I checked. Also I've checked the road area I usually park (and where the car was parked prior to putting on the drive) and there is no oil there. There is also no new patch under the car after being rolled down the drive onto the flat section

Oh well.. I've cleaned up the bottom of the gearbox as best I can and will keep an eye on oil level and the condition of the bottom of gearbox and tarmac under where I park, see if I notice it again
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

sounds like rear crank seal, or its housing, or both. Bit of a nightmare job really - not hard as such but anything that involves dropping the gearbox and flywheel off is considered a nightmare in my head. Of course it could just be from the sump up that edge but sods law states it will be the harder more involved job
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Re: Fiat Bravo HGT 155

Yup, pretty much what I was initially thinking but there's no oil under the car this morning and no fresh oil on the gearbox. Been out for about 10 miles and left the car sat again and so far nothing new at all

Just gonna keep an eye on it.
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fair one, i was under my car the other day and saw classic crank seal leakage - as of yet its not dripping on the ground though and level hasn't dropped so i am doing the very same thing.
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Cars looking great! Those door handles are a pig of a job, so fiddly.
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Bit of an update for the Bravo.. Been a very hectic week

First off I decided I would do an oil change on the old girl. Realised I had been topping up with the wrong grade (5w30) and I had no idea what was in it already or how old it was.

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Old oil drained, new 10w40 semi synth oil and filter in... sorted

That was the easy bit though. Ever since I've owned the car, the windows have misted up when having the heater on. It's always only been minor so I just ignored it, but the last 2 weeks it got a lot worse. Windows misting instantly when the heater came on and the smell of coolant flooding the car ... Heater matrix time...

I wasn't really looking forward to the job as the only other time I've replaced heater matrix is in a MK1 Punto... A job that required removing the entire dashboard and heating system to do it... Fortunately, Fiat thought about the design on the bravo and luckily, there's a little hatch in the drivers footwell to access the matrix

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Old matrix out next to the nice shiny new one

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New matrix in it place, all plumbed in. As easy as the hatch is to access, it's a bloody fiddly job. Very little room to move down in the footwell

I refilled the cooling system with fresh coolant and bled the system. All good to go until ... Spotted a drip coming from the back of the car

Under further investigation, it was slight petrol coming from what appeared to be a join in a fuel hose coming from the tank

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^ that one to be specific. My first thoughts was that the leak was coming from the join. I thought it odd that there was no clip securing the join so I assumed it must have worked it's way loose over time. Attempts to push the join further together didnt get me very far so I attempted to fit a jubilee clip to see if it would seal the join... Nope.. made it worse... much worse...

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Not much I could do at this point but sit back and let the fuel tank drain... I had only just brimmed it the day before too ...

About 15l later and the leak stopped. The level in the tank dropped below where the hose joins the tank... Nothing else to do now but get the hose off and see what I could do...

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The offending hose... Wasn't the join afterall... the hose had been rubbing on the ARB for so long that it had worn the wall down and created a hole

I decided it would be best to just replace the whole hose so I purchased a length of fuel hose and plumbed it in this evening..

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New hose attached at the tank end, and routed differently this time to avoid the ARB as much as possible

Been out for a shakedown run this evening and all seems well. No petrol leak and the heater in the car works a treat. No misty windows or stinking coolant!

Been meaning to get out and get some nice piccies of the HGT too at some point but I just never seem to have the time, or when I do, it needs a clean... I did get this pic the other week near my work though when my HGT met it's younger, lowerspeced brother

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Interesting stuff, I don't know much about the heater matrix so I learnt something
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you so need to bring this to Stanford so i can have a butchers Chris.
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I have got Stanford in the calendar but don't know if I'll make it or not... Depends on the weather.. Dragging kids around a car show in the rain won't be much fun!

Quick pic from today off the phone. Desperately needs a clean!
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