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Everything posted by Alfashark

  1. Thanks! No biggie for me, as I'm replacing the belt anyway but just curious since there's a growing number of electric/electro-hydraulic steering setups now.
  2. Wof-men: Is a cracked serpentine belt a wof failure of it's own accord? Has been crossed as a fail under the Steering Components section, however the car has electro-hydraulic power steering with absolutely no belt or engine connection.
  3. No doubt, but there's issues with the metal in the components too. I wouldn't willingly own a hand grenade like that, but hopefully he avoids any issues.
  4. That and they were just absolute fucking dogs - Of all the Mk2 Fabia RS in the UK, there's less than 10% still rolling around with the engine they left the factory with, and a substantial majority on their 3rd or 4th engine.
  5. Nice work on the shifter! My Audi, although a difference linkage setup, had the same ball/spring/dome setup in the pivot. The ball was effectively gone, leaving the spring to fall to the bottom of the lever with no feel as to exactly where it was or what gear you were in. Added to that the shifter knob was almost flush with the center-tunnel surround as a result. I attacked a yellow poly bush in a lathe to make a ball, fitted that and ended up with a very stiff but rifle-bolt sharp shift - That loosened up to a comfortable level after a few weeks use though.
  6. Alfashark

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    Remap - It's not a VAG product, so unsure of the usual suspects to deal with down here but give these chaps an email and see what they can do.
  7. Or just use the remote to switch off the sweeping louvre function? Probably stripped a tooth on the actuator.
  8. @V8Pete How did you find the owner of that plate you bought for the Fez?
  9. Other alternatives which may be a bit easier to source than the A-class would be a 99-07 Skoda Fabia or VW Polo of the same era. The Fabia option is definitely remote reservoir, sitting on the opposite side of the car.
  10. Not extending enough to make contact with the flywheel, or flywheel missing teeth.
  11. Correct, my Superb had all that jazz... As for GT Mechtronix, try emailing them in a week or two. Seems like they have a remote office offsite and one little geezer doing all the leg work at the workshop itself, so he's probably taking a well earned rest.
  12. Awesome result! I can wholeheartedly relate with your issues when I had my Audi - I never personally got as balls deep into playing with the control pressure as you have, I sent the car to a chap that knows more about the system than Bosch do...
  13. Coarse-pitch prop and one of these is what you need...
  14. Like @00quattro00 said, I wouldn't be pulling it apart. See if you can lay hands on a spare one and either play with that or swap it in and see what happens. Either the injector insert sleeves or the o-rings will be rooted through age and heat cycles. Mine turned to powder when removing...
  15. My 5-pot Audi did very similar things once upon a time. Since I had time to clean everything possible, just about all of the fuel and ignition side came out and was put back together after replacing only a few vacuum hoses that were well expired. Between that and reseating all electrical connections and relays, the problem disappeared so I never had to chase it further.
  16. Also, it escapes me right now but do these use a tachymetric relay to keep the pump powered up when the engine is running?
  17. Being a lazy bugger, I haven't checked your progress thread but when you pulled the pump/accumulator out, did everything go back exactly how it was to start with? Possible you dislodged some crap and it went into the line post accumulator which could be starving supply at the metering head?
  18. Lush! Old enough to be terribly British, young enough to still have reasonable access to parts. Looking to EFI convert, or just bring the K-Jet up to scratch? If you can get past the usual Barry-bodges made by the uninformed, K-Jet does a pretty good job really.
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    EGT gauges... Overrated.
  20. Possibly old moulds that Italeri have acquired from somewhere. Not car related, but I got my hands on an ancient Frog 1/72 Beaufighter kit a long time ago. The moulds were past their best by the time that kit rolled off the line, and it took a lot of work to bring it up to scratch... Fast forward 5 years and one of the no-name brands that popped up in the mid 2000s released a Beaufighter kit clearly made from the same moulds as the Frog kit had been nearly 50 years earlier - Same flaws in the same places, but magnified further by the extra age.
  21. Try and find someone involved with the Mainland Muscle Car series - I remember from my long nights working in a servo, I read a bit in Aussie Muscle Car mag about how the various teams in the 70s in the Aussie Touring Car champs would tweak live axles using the methods Adoom mentioned above.
  22. Alfashark

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    Yes. The Fabia, in 180,000km and 12 years of ownership has cost about $1500 for the 12 routine oil+ filter services required by the manual in that time. Maybe another $200 for the cam belt and water pump.
  23. Define small. Have a look at that list and check each one's spec out for CCA vs Dimensions. A DIN55 is a smallish battery in my books - 175H x 175W x 242L.
  24. A mate had one and was convinced that both the VS and his VN were around the 2T mark... He quickly ran out of places to attack with a hole-saw in the pursuit of weight reduction. And achieved fuck all in the process.