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Title: MOT was done today!
Post by: KingyMAK on December 08, 2020, 11:30:49 PM
And the old girl failed...


OSF Wheel bearing.
Rear reg bulb.
2 front tyres (which I knew about and supplied for the mot anyways!)
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: johnnyroper on December 09, 2020, 04:32:49 AM
Nothing too drastic and difficult to sort out then which is always nice.
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: KingyMAK on December 09, 2020, 12:07:01 PM
I tell a porky!
MOT guy told me it was rear reg bulb, but states on MOT failure about bulb aim being off, never mentioned that one!

Letting him tackle the wheel bearing, Iím not rolling about the car in this weather or cold when heís got a garage & press at hand.


But knowing my luck, the daft shit will Jack up on my new chassis rail... 🤦
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: SirDavidAlhambra on December 09, 2020, 05:57:32 PM
Looks like a clean bill of health then!

Tyres are just consumables and a bulb is nothing.

Wheel bearing is an easy fix for a garage that has the right equipment (big angry apprentice with a big hammer hehe)

I would be inclined to put some labels on the car to make sure they jack it up in the right place. Better safe than sorry.

They are such good cars, well looked after they just go on and on.

May I ask which app that was you used by the way, it looks really good.

 cheers
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: brianh on December 09, 2020, 06:05:42 PM
That probabbly doesn't need a new bulb, it looks more like either the bulbs haven't been installed properly (not clipped in the right way up for example) or the aim needs adjusting. The only other possible cause might be if LED bulbs have been fitted, which it seems are a bit of a lucky dip as to if you get ones that spread the light correctly (depends what market they have been made for seems to be the key there).
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: KingyMAK on December 09, 2020, 11:33:02 PM
And it doesnít rain, it pours for me!

The mechanic doing the bearing rang at 8pm to say the pinch bolt had snapped a few mm down the head of the bolt, so couldnít get the hub/bearing carrier off.
Needs a replacement carrier or a decent drilling out...
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: SirDavidAlhambra on December 13, 2020, 12:37:00 PM
Shouldn't be too difficult, just get a good condition new drillbit on it and push quite hard. Make sure the drill doesn't slip (remember your personal safety is paramount here, nothing - and I mean literally nothing - is more important when doing a job like this as I'm sure u don't want to hurt ur knuckles if the drill bit slips) and give it some welly. You'll have that thing out in no time.
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: johnnyroper on December 13, 2020, 03:44:11 PM
Last thing you want to do is push quite hard,let the bit do the work rather then trying to except too much pressure or you just overheat and kill the drill bit.
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: SirDavidAlhambra on December 13, 2020, 04:23:32 PM
Ah, in that case donít push too hard actually hehe

Also is it better with fast or slow rpms or somewhere in the middle

I always use max rpms and push as hard as I can, maybe thatís where Iíve been going wrong with this drilling lark
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: TFG on December 13, 2020, 06:32:57 PM
If it hasn't snapped off too far into the hole, I find starting things of with a percussive punch to spot the centre, then a centre drill works well - the lathe type (are they also known as a Slocombe drill?) with a short stub of a small diameter twist drill that quickly widens out to a solid shank. They don't whip or flex, so they are much easier to control when trying to get the hole started and keep it on the centre of the bolt.
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: SirDavidAlhambra on December 13, 2020, 06:40:13 PM
Good tips, especially about using the punch to keep it steady!!
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: KingyMAK on December 13, 2020, 10:58:58 PM
I managed to get a new hub/knuckle/carrier piece at a local scrappy to fix this baby this year.

The old one was completely seized, and by seized, we tried heating, freezing, hammering/percussion, drilling it out, etc.

It was in solid so had to grind out the rear where the bolt is and Iíve replaced it with the same style (but longer) bolt, but with a nut to help prevent any further sticking hopefully!
Title: Re: MOT was done today!
Post by: insanitybeard on December 17, 2020, 07:24:14 PM
I wasted a day earlier in the year trying to drill out a sheared knuckle bolt on my Mk2 when I needed to get the front struts out for repair. I eventually succeeded after the death of a thousand cuts, but what a nightmare. Part of the cause is that from new on these vehicles they used knuckle clamp bolts which are threaded along their entire length even though it's only the last 15-20mm of the thread that's actually engaging with the thread in the knuckle. The remaining unused portion provides a lovely surface for all of the rust to progressively build up in (aided by the split clamp in the knuckle which allows water to get in part way down the thread) eventually seizing the bolt solid into the knuckle. It's hard to drill completely square to the bolt without using a pillar drill or similar and I took some of the thread from the knuckle in the process, so even though the remaining thread took the recommended torque once I'd cleaned it up and fitted a new bolt, I fitted a longer bolt with a nut on the end as a belt and braces approach. I doubt the car has enough years left in it for me to ever need to disturb the front suspension again!

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