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Old 30th March 2019, 09:42 PM
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Default What was in the workshop last week? Stephen's black Final Edition

I'm a bit late on this one since I just ran out of energy to do the thread while I was doing the car.

Stephen (Tintin) brought down his gorgeous black FE for a few jobs, namely fitting a Milltek exhaust, doing cam belt, engine service and tensioner pads, and a bit of interior fettling.

This is the task list:



The first challenge though was opening the bonnet, as the cable had snapped! With that done, I then set about removing 3 litres of rain water from the rain tray due to blocked drains.



In the process the sucky tool pulled out all sorts of gunge!



The usual build up of leaves and schmutz



Definitely something wrong here!



Someone has been in here before as the clips were all broken and the cables all routed the wrong way





A8parts supplied a replacement cable and I routed it the correct way

New cable ties in the wing



fixed in place with the proper fitting





Now on to the actual work
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Old 30th March 2019, 09:50 PM
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The passenger seat thigh bolster had come adrift





The seam which holds the leather to the base had just popped out so simple to fix with the seat out of the car



Remove two circlips and the thigh bolster slides off its mounting rails for easier access





Tuck the seam back in to the slot





Done



All back together



Someone had butchered the dash panels I didn't have time to fix this so I'll get this on the second visit.



As there had been a fair bit of water ingress I removed all the seats so I could run the dehumidifier inside while I was doing the mechanical work. It was also easier to clean and condition the luscious red leather while it was out of the car



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Old 31st March 2019, 12:05 AM
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Someone had butchered the dash panels I didn't have time to fix this so I'll get this on the second visit.
I've had this on my D2. I think some people just rip off these panels, and then find out afterwards how they're attached.

Looking forward to seeing Herman in all his red glory.
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Old 31st March 2019, 08:44 PM
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I've had this on my D2. I think some people just rip off these panels, and then find out afterwards how they're attached.
The perpetrator of this mess actually stuck the broken part to the back of the panel with masking tape for someone else to fix later

Next job - find out why the ECU won't communicate with VCDS. No continuity between the body harness and ecu connector...







Well, there's your problem! I unwrapped the engine harness and this wire just broke when I touched it.



Look at the bulges in the insulation! This wire, somehow, has corroded from the inside out. These bulges are all along its length apart from an inch at either end, so the water hasn't got in from the ends. It's been absorbed through the PVC jacket, but only this wire! All the others are perfectly fine



Cut out the bad wire and spliced in a new piece







Comms re-established, I wrapped the harness up again and put it all back to bed

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Old 31st March 2019, 09:11 PM
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Good grief thats in a state loads of problems there!

Excellent work
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Old 31st March 2019, 09:27 PM
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Well done Doctor

Good fix
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Old 31st March 2019, 09:38 PM
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Iím in awe of your work MJ.

Another great thread
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Someone knows their SH##! Sorry thatís the only way I could express.
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We all love these posts.
Not all of us may comment but we all love them. Especially when our own cars have been in this situation.
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Old 1st April 2019, 09:03 PM
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On to the tensioner pads. Front end off and locking tools in.



Removed the coil packs and wiring harness to get access to the cam covers



Started on the passenger side



Whenever I'm working on an engine with the belt off I cable-tie the locking bar to the cams so they can't move. The passenger side has a habit of jumping round 15 degrees when you're not watching!



Spotless inside This engine has been dealer-serviced to this point and fed almost exclusively on V-power or Momentum fuel and it obviously likes it. I've never seen an engine this clean inside (apart from my brand new one).



Still an oily mess on the outside though



New pads in place



Ready for the cover to go back on with a new gasket



That side done





Even in a spotless engine, the pads are still worn - the #1 cause of premature engine failure in D2s. Shown above the pad, the #2 cause - the hydraulic belt tensioner.

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