Well at least I found out now rather than on her first outing on the A19 at about 70mph. If that had happened that 41th auto box would be a killer as the car would be going straight to the scrapyard as you can't get them easily over here!
Until I post other wise I am now looking for a replacement so please let me know if anybody finds something suitable. Thanks.
Even with the oil spills with moving the engine and box around when putting it in and pulling it out etc I haven't left marks on the drive like my father's landrover discovery, my nickname for dad's is the exxon valdez!
Sorry about no updates, I've been snipped on ebay when bidding for oil cooler radiators for the past week!
As a temporary measure, I've got a second hand Transmission cooler off a later model Voyager coming. I know it is far too big and will just be placed behind the coolant rad.
It will be here in a day or two, so I can get the bad old BMW one out and try and get to starting the car up or finding out why she won't! It will then give me some time, to find a more suitable oil cooler rad. I want to get the temporary one in before the weather changes and it gets too wet. I don't want the moisture getting into the transmission!
The second hand Voyager oil cooler radiator arrived a couple of days ago. However I screwed it up when trying to remove the brass hose grips om it! I neglected to put the block part of the radiator into vise.
I have another oil cooler radiator coming from the USA off ebay. This one is 10 X 15 inches, this will be a nice tight fit fitting between the upper and lower tanks of the coolant radiator i hope!
The last info I have for the tracking number is: First-Class Package International Service Depart USPS Sort Facility September 12, 2013 INDIANAPOLIS, IN 4624
I have no idea where it is now or how long it will be before it gets here!
The oil cooler radiator was taken to the sorting office and had to be collected. So after getting back in mothers volvo I opened the packaging to check on it!
Guess what, Parcel Farce strikes again!! :ireful: (Parcel Farce = Parcel Force) With past problems from them I didn't bother complaining as I would be better doing a Shirley Valentine and talking to the wall! (good film that)
So I headed off to a place that I know that deals with and makes pipes and hoses for hydraulic stuff. I have only been to Northern Hose & Hydraulics once before, which was for the fuel rail connections, but the gentleman remembered me. (Is that a good thing, I have no idea hopefully it was! and for good reasons)
The gentleman tried but couldn't help me with the problem but pointed me in the direction of another company who deal with metal fabrications and hydraulics. T.A. Flavell & Son Ltd of Thornaby.(www.taflavell.co.uk/contact.html)
Rather than have the radiator so it can have the compression fittings used to adapt the connections to take the smaller diameter hose. Those compression fittings would make it thicker and harder to place the radiator where it needs too, also making it more likely for the pipe holding the fittings to get damaged again (this time be me rather than parcel farce!)
As new pipe needs to be aluminum welded to the radiator to make the radiator useable for any scenario, Flavell's will fit pipe with the correct final size, so I can just push the hose on and use a jubilee clip.
Flavell's will call me when it's ready, I have said to the chap there "there is no hurry for it, so do it when you can" One of the reasons being as the weather forecast isn't good to be working on the car.
To get ready for the replacement oil cooler I removed the old one, and fitted a bit of pipe I bought during the week. The pipe is to stop the transmission unloading it's vital fluids all over the drive while I wait for the oil cooler.
I then started back on the wiring and found a couple of blatant fails I caused most likely when having a serious colour blindness day!
I temparally connected the switched live feed to the ecu to direct power and tried he! The Voyager ecu is out/to bin/unuseable/waste of space, the intrepid ecu is what is being used. I just forgot to disconnect the lead attached to the voyage ecu case so thats what you see me removing!
There is a leak in the pipe connection on the top of the power steering pump, so that is another little thing to fix!
As the car hasn't moved under her own power for a while(about 3 years) wheel bearings and brakes need freeing up a little as she as like me when I'm left in one place for too long, stiff and hard to get going! Also as the leak on the power steering with just moving her the screatching in the last video is from that!
A GOOD 20min later and she sounds a little sweeter. But when I left her and came back after leaving her to cool down for a good few hours she was rough. I guess that is down to spraying the penitrating oil directly into the cylinders and removing the lubrication that had probably built up over the years!
I did have a go at the leak on the pipes to the power steering pump today!
I got a smell from the fluid that wasn't right as though it had been cooked! So with a bit of clean pipe which I used as a pipet I removed the oil that was visible in the top of the pump. All I can say is Yuck! and that is supposed to be red.
After it had started to get dark I went back to the car to check on the lights, so much better at dusk than in the brightness of the mid day sun. looks like a number plate bulb that needs replacing. Rear side lights okay.
Rear fog lights look like they are shining into the indicator sections of the rear lights, I hope that isn't an MOT failure even though it wasn't the last time she had a test 4 years ago!
Front side lights and front fog lights ar okay but that led bulb in the drivers side light looks wrong, another one to change over later. The head lights work but aren't correctly aligned as they have been on and off the car a few times (something for the garage to do when they do the test!)
The indicators will be checked, when I have another go at sorting the reverse lights out. Although not a legal requirement, I still want them to work again.
After the leak was sorted and some fresh oil was added to the power steering, she was started up again. She was easier to start along with sounding a lot sweater. Yesterday I had to rev the engine to push her to move as she had seized up a bit, today she eased a bit more and when I put her into drive taking my foot off the brake she moved off without me touching the gas. She went forward and backwards on and off the pit without me touching the gas, she is slowly waking up!
HOWEVER!! the power steering pump is shot it was screaming like a banshee after the car had been running for 5 minutes. There is a spare pump in the shed, but it has been sat for about 4 years so I have no idea if that if fecked as well!
I will be trying to sort the power steering pump out tomorrow. The car is back on the pit so I don't leave an oil slick on the drive. The oil cooler radiator should be ready some time during the week.
That little devise that takes a little power from each of the ignition coils caused a bit of a problem. It's supposed to send a signal to the instrument cluster, instead it was burning the circuit board! So all the movement and starting the car up yesterday and today was without the instrument cluster then with but without the rev counter working. The speedo works, it was getting off bottom of the dial when she was going off the pit. Temperature gauge is not working, it might be a lose connection or another of my screw-ups? Fuel gauge is working, and I need to get so more petrol for the old girl.
The camber on the back wheels needs doing as they re at different angles Doh!
But most importantly I need to bolt the drivers seat back down, BEFORE I take her for a spin around the garden again! (yes it was a little hair raising the last time when I got down the bottom of the garden!)
Sorry for rambling, but now you know roughly whats ahead of me!
Today is a none starter as it is, with thick fog. Add the harpooning I had yesterday at the medical centre(taking of blood, injections etc) I am amazed I managed to do what I did afterwards in what time was left!
I found and pulled out the box containing the power steering off my previous neon which I think has been sat in that box for over 4 years, a couple of which were where it was sat without a lid under the caravan(still in it's own juices) So I spent some time taking the pulley off the shaft.
I do have a good few yards spare of the clear hose, so I used this to connect into the power steering system.
Then I started the car up so the pump will do all the work for me in draining the system of the old oil. And for some strange reason after screaming like a banshee on Sunday, the pump was quite till all the oil was out! Any ideas on why?
I haven't pulled the pump off the car, as my back was starting to grumble, and my legs were starting to go! The temporary hoses removed and the old system was reconnected so as to stop any further oil spills.
Oh and the drivers seat is bolted down now, but I think the chrysler seat might get changed to that of a volvo (the correct colour of course) as mothers hasn't aggravated my back and is more cumfy on the long trips down to the Yorks Yanks Club meet. (it's a thought for later and not definite yet!)
When I was getting the intrepid ecu from the USA I managed to get two seats of plugs for the ecu. So Now I know the intrepid ecu is staying I will leave the adapter the way it is and cut the old voyager ecu plugs off and fit the intrepid ones(saves having a mess of wires under the bonnet)
Well!! the fog was as thick as ever till after 6pm but the damp weather had well and truly set in! (great for my arthritis NOT)
I called Flavell's, and the oil cooler radiator was ready. I picked it before I went and did the weekly shop, and forgot about the radiator and put bags of shopping on top of it. So I will spend some time straightening the fins back out before I fit it into the car.
The pipes have been left long so I can trim them down if needed.
I'm chomping at the bit to get things done on the old girl, but this weather is holding me back!
Okay today went well till lunchtime, the power steering pump came out with no problems. The belt tensioner loosed off and was easy to do.
The afternoon was spent trying to remove the plastic pulley off the shaft of the power steering pump, emphasis on the word 'trying', as after three hour of trying to get it off even making things to grab a hold of the metal lip to try and pull it off after the pulley pullers I had didn't fit or work!
I had a bad turn, hen my knee ad back went and things got knocked off the bench. The pulley is now missing part of outer edge and there are cracks near to the shaft.
I have ordered a replacement, which is coming from the States, so I will be waiting on that coming. I will try to sort the tranny cooler out tomorrow and start back on the wiring if the weather is good enough.
More delays on getting this girl back on the road!!
Today I removed the aluminum U pipe connecting the oil cooling pipes, and connected up the oil cooler radiator. I put the brackets in for the old oil cooler & used some tie/cable wraps to hold the oil cooler radiator in for the moment.
I will be getting some pipe clips/brackets at the weekend when I'm out to hold the oil cool radiator properly. But otherwise it's a nice snug fit and the full height of the radiator body between the tanks.
Oh I have also ordered a proper pulley puller suitable for alternators and power steering pumps, along with a new set of Neon car mats after something rather pungent was spilt on the front ones.
Sunday I will be not be working on the old girl, as I will be popping down to Hartlepool marina as there is a car meet (all types of vehicles)
The pulley is coming from Bloomington CA The alternator/power steering pulley puller came in the post. It's brand new in the packet.
So I popped outside to the old power steering pump to see how well it fits onto the pulley.(I kept the old one just to do this!) As you can see from the photo the bits that are supposed to go into the groove are way too thick.
I didn't want to disturb the parents with the grinder so I will do a little work on the puller with the grinder on Monday when they are at work. So by the time I've finished they will be a perfect fit! Things are never straight forward are they!!!
Just gotten back from Hospital. After pushing myself yesterday, and slightly too much insulin at lunch time and being late to get too tea which I missed as I ended up in Hospital due to a serious hypo. I have already said enough, but the doctors wanted to run more tests on me than was necessary so I said I don't need them and discharged myself. So I will be taking it easy for the rest of the week. (Yes I scared my parents to death!!)
Here is what I did this afternoon before the health scare!
Here are the two clamp arms of the pulley puller, the left is how thick the bits are on both ends before being trimmed with the grinder. The right is the end result. I have only done one end as this can be used in in a few ways.
I had to put the main block of the puller in a visa so I could use it as I don't have good enough strength to hold it and turn the socket.
I did get the pulley of the pump. The new pulley could be here anywhere between the 5th and the 15th of October. I will clean the old pulley to see how bad it is, I may use it on the other pump temporary to see if it is okay.
Power steering Pulley update it is now at Hebron, KY 41048
Although not too clever, I connected up the battery to the car and knocked the ecu adapter. One or two cable broke connection so when I started up the old girl to move her infront of the garage from the inspection pit she wasn't firing on all cylinders!
I need to get the front right wheel off to get to the belt as it has dropped and come off it's run! Also with the car in it's new position I am less exposed to the north sea blast, and don't have to worry about falling backwards when working on the electrics.
I may have mentioned this in the past, but not necessarily on this thread about the use of dishwashers to clean or degrease car parts! I did mention to my mother that I have done this in the past (or she could have killed me!) but as I dug out the second set of intrepid ecu plugs, I noticed that there was some dust and dirt in there so I asked her if she wouldn't mind me putting the through a cycle in the dishwasher!
She agreed and I mention that some people use the dishwasher for engine parts, her reply was"I put the horses bridle through it every so often!" you could have knocked me down with a feather!
Anyway, the plugs are drying out on the radiator, so I can do a bit of work on the old girl tomorrow depending on health and weather.
Well the only dry hour or so on Thursday I re-did the mounting of the Oil Cooler Radiator on the back of the main Radiator. I replaced the tie-wraps with rubber insulated 'P'clips bought of the internet as nobody locally had the size I was looking for! Even when trying not to damage any of the fins, I still mange to bend them!
There are no oil leaks from the connections, so that is another thing crossed off the list!
The power steering pump pulley is somewhere in the UK with some unknown courier for delivery! The question is when will I get it?
The devise that takes a feed off the coil pack supply to give the revs for the tach was accidentally connected to the temp signal to the dash. I Knew I had smelt the circuit board burning!
I had another instrument cluster with damaged housing to take the board from and replace the original. So I spent a little time doing that. The engine was running yesterday without the water pump and I foolishly knocked the coolant pressure cap on the inlet and got myself the engine bay and phones steam cleaned!!!!!
I think that either the temperature sensor has had it, or the connection to the ecu was damaged. As the amount of hot water and steam should have set the ecu to engage the rad fans and it didn't!
And to make matters worse I know I have at least 3 multi meters and I can't find one!!!!
As it was a good day, and over the next few days the temperature is supposed to drop down to 10 degrees C. I made a start on the wiring loom removing the adapter and the voyager ecu plugs, and at the same time connecting the intrepid ecu plugs.
This how I left the wiring at 2pm to go do some errands and get supplies. The wiring is correctly put together temporally.
I made a start on soldering each connection and using heat shrink isolation over the joins and to isolate the odd not needed wire.
To give you an idea this half way through the soldering.
I need to apply heat to about 7 of the wires tomorrow to finish off the change over of the plugs. I stopped only because the light was going and my back and legs already had! The worst bit is done now as it would have been worse for me to do it in colder weather.
During the process of checking the plug wiring I noticed something that makes me think I screwed up or something! There are 2 separate wires for fan relay control. So I may have had it connected to the wrong one?
(pm your email address if you want to see the connecter wiring details so somebody else can check my wiring please)
There is still a fair bit of wiring to sort out, solder and tidy up in that corner of the engine bay! But with sitting hunched over the engine bay, I have done myself a mischief, so tomorrow I will be taking it easy.