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renaultsan
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« on: May 31, 2015, 12:11:35 am »

A bit of essential maintenance before we put it in our workshop for a complete respray. Recently, the indicator lens on both sides fell out somewhere on the road, within days of each other. The cause was the adhesive Renault use to hold the lens to the lamp body failed after 25 years,helped by the extremes of heat we get here in Louisiana. The second problem, again due to a failing of adhesive, was the right hand headlamp glass was separting along the top edge and sides of the lamp body, allowing water to get inside.

 To fix the headlamp was a very simple process. With the right hand headlamp unit removed, a matter of disconnecting the electrics and the leveling devise, and removing the four nuts that hold it in place and pulling the complete unit out of the body (take care not to drop the ant0vibration washers or the four spacing washers, the latter to space the lamp body off the metal housing)
The glass was then completely separated from the body with a sharp knife, all the old adhesive removed from the glass and lamp body, finishing off with a clean using a soft cloth and Isopropyl Alcohol which leaves no residue.
The glass was then refitted using Permatex Ultra Black (a gasket maker) applied to both the glass and the lamp body rebate and left for 24 hours to cure off. Any doubters should note that we have used this solution on our 1978 Renault 15 MK 2 and one of our 3 Renault 25's, it works, goes off like rubber and sticks like .... to a furry blanket.

As for the two indicator lamps, we managed to find both, original Renault parts, one from our favorite dealer, Digbeth Renault in Birminham (the last one available from the factory and the second from a private seller in Austria.
Trying to find new Espace headlamps for a 1990 version is almost impossible in UK and our fix for the glass costs just the price of the permatex, $18 plus a little time.
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