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Old 08-04-2016   #1
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Glopsy

Here's my new Multi,pictured on the day I picked her up, resplendent in what looks like a years worth of road grime

I've serviced her, fixed numerous electrical issues including getting the remote CL working again and got her through an MOT a few days ago.

Next up is a drive belt tensioner change, as mine makes a real racket, bleed the clutch to see if I can get a better pedal, change the gearbox oil and then try and find a pair of roof bars before our holiday in May
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Today was a good day

I managed to change the aux belt tensioner this morning, without having to remove the crank pulley and it has cured the awful racket coming from that end of the engine Checking through the service history that came with the car, the tensioner and belt were changed less than 20k ago, and although I appreciate they are both consumables, I'd expect a bit more than a couple of years of driving out of them

I also attempted to change the gearbox oil, but couldn't get my 12mm hex socket in the drain plug, and the biggest allen key I had to hand was 10mm. I'll pop over to a local hardware store this weekend and pick a 12mm one up and cut it down to give access to the plug. I did however check the current level, which was so low it took just over a quarter litre.

Also ticked off the list was to replace all 3 wiper blades.

Next up will be the ARB droplinks, when I can work out whether it's the front or the back making the noise.

All in all, working on the Multi has proven fairly straightforward and even without a workshop manual most things I've had to do so far have not been too taxing
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They are such great cars. and so fun to work on. Most things are extremely easy to get to and pretty much everything is so cheap to replace even with uprated parts. The only thing that annoys me is fiat's obsession with Allen bolts rather than standard bolts.
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Another couple of jobs ticked off today, which has resulted in a much quieter and nicer drive

First up was a new N/S wishbone, replacing a completely worn out one that had seen better days, shortly followed by the ARB drop link. To make sure all was well after the new bits went on I had the tracking checked and the front wheels balanced.

Hopefully now I can have at least a couple of weeks before something else needs doing
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Re: Glopsy

Glad to see you getting things sorted, they can seem daunting at first, but taken one job at a time soon puts the 'glow in the cheeks' of a job well done.

I am a tad OTT when it comes to servicing, I tend to change stuff before the recommended interval has elapsed, I haven't suffered a major breakdown yet and can only assume that what I do is for the good.

In my opinion people don't spend enough time and effort on their beloved car, but are not slow to criticise it when it eventually says 'enough is enough' and dies on the side of the road, which is guaranteed to be at the most inopportune time.
Regarding looking after a car or bike, my father never tired of telling me: 'you get out what you put in' and he's never been proved wrong.

Keep up the good work and it'll pay you back
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Thanks George.

My next dilemma is whether to get the air con regassed, as it currently doesn't work and from previous experience it's rarely just new gas that's required.
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Managed to have a couple of hours to myself this afternoon, which is a rare occurrence at the moment so I had a go at cleaning Glopsy. I even managed a quick polish too as well as treating the plastics to some linseed oil to bring them back to black
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Evening all,

Just back from a short holiday in Clacton with the family. Glopsy got us all there, top box and all without any issues and proved to be a very versatile vehicle for such a trip
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Re: Glopsy

Hello again,

Just a little update on life with Glopsy, who has just returned from a 4 day trip to Devon with our little family and did us all proud. We even pulled alongside another exact model on the M5 which made everyone in both cars smile

I finally dropped into a little garage on my way home from work with her this afternoon to see if a re-gas would bring the air-con back to life, although deep down I had little hope that that would be all she needed. They plugged her in ,vacuumed out the system and then filled her up, holding the pressure for 5 minutes to see if there were any leaks in the process.............

To my amazement, having been in this situation before with other vehicles of the same age, Glopsy's aircon sprung back into life and is working as it should

This now means that everything on her works, which for a 13 year old Fiat with 90k is wonderful

Next up, in a few weeks is a trip to North Yorkshire.... wish us luck
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I'm on my fourth Multi now (a 51 plate 1.6) and it's the 1st one with actual working air-conditioning, it's a real joy, coz those large windows are like driving a greenhouse 😰
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Re: Glopsy

We've managed without air-con for quite a few years now but it niggled me that it was the only thing left to try and get working and I needed to find out whether it was just a case of getting a re-gas on something more involved.

Unlike my previous car, a 406 HDi estate, which was re-gassed at a so called Peugeot specialist only for it all to leak out hours later, the Multi has at least held onto it for more than a day now

One thing that the mechanic who did the work yesterday mentioned was that the sometimes horrid rattle I get when first pulling away, which I half cured by fitting a new tensioner could well be being caused by a stretched drive belt, so there's one on the way to me which I'll fit over the weekend.
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Re: Glopsy

The car looks great (well, for a Multipla !! ), glad that your efforts are being rewarded with an enjoyable drive.

As I understand it they were the last models built on the Tipo platform from the late 80s, it did really well being evolved into the Coupe, Brava / Bravo, Marea and finally the Multipla.

My well used-and-abused '95 Tipo is working towards yet another MOT! I wonder if yours will see 21 years??
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Re: Glopsy

All the front wishbones, drop links etc. are notorious wear points on this family of cars....

Check your subframes for rust also, and paint your sump!
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I've already done the NSF wishbone along with both front drop links and I have a receipt in the service history for the OSF wishbone from 15K ago so all should be good for a few more miles.

What's the idea behind painting the sump, as I'm fairly sure it's alloy ?

The next job really should be a clutch/DMF change, as my pedal is almost on the floor
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Sump on the 1.6 petrol is steel.

Strictly speaking the Multipla is of spaceframe construction (unusual in a 'modern' car) and it has an almost perfectly flat floor front-to-back (again, very unusual) that's level with the TOP of the cills, so the body structure has very little in common with Tipo, Bravo/Brava etc. A lot of the running gear and subframe structure is either the same as or very similar to them though (and the Alfa 147).
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