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 on: August 01, 2018, 05:49:48 pm 
Started by TELBOY - Last post by TELBOY
Will do Pete. Thanks for advice

 on: August 01, 2018, 09:42:25 am 
Started by TELBOY - Last post by suffolkpete
My car was the same, the emergency lifting cable was missing altogether so I bought a lorry engine stop cable, I think from Car Builder Solutions and cut it down to size, I used the bit left over to re-make the heater water valve cable.  For your safety cable, get a length of piano wire, 1.2 mm should do.

 on: July 31, 2018, 11:55:54 pm 
Started by ernst - Last post by BeaterBlogDave
Hi Ernst,
Yes, there's a drain centrally located fairly deep in the dash.  I bet your drain pipe is blocked, cracked, or disconnected.

See page 62:

 on: July 31, 2018, 06:56:25 pm 
Started by TELBOY - Last post by TELBOY
Bonnet safety release cable.
When stripping EOW one of the first things I had noticed was two broken cables coming from the light lifting mechanism. In my early days I did not know what these were but after starting the rebuild and spending hours reading about Murenas I found these to be the emergency light lift cable and the mechanism to stop you from opening the bonnet when the lights were in the up positions as they do not have enough room to do so and could cause damage. Now that I am into the rebuild I am obviously repairing and replacing broken items. Now I was thinking about not bothering to replace the safety cable but then I thought it would be best to as it couldn't take that long and was designed to have one so better but one on.
Matra have conveniently put an inspection cover on the underside of the release catch and upon removal (drilling out the rusted screws) it was evident that the mechanism had rusted or frozen in place and when the lights lifted it just snapped the cable at the bottom of the cable where it meets the lifting bar. the cable is a "solid" type that enables both pushing and pulling and just goes into a simple bent strip of metal so when the lights are up it simply blocks the bonnet release mechanism. When the lights are down the cable pushes the lever out of the way so the bonnet mechanism can be operated without obstruction. The first two pictures show the relevant positions when the lights are down and the second two show the positions when the lights are up.

 on: July 31, 2018, 10:17:28 am 
Started by ernst - Last post by ernst
Air conditioning in my Espace 139 ps from 2001. Condenser water from evaporator has begun running out in the right foot room. There must be a drain where the water will usually run out, but I can not find it.
Is there a drain?

 on: July 30, 2018, 05:01:13 pm 
Started by bloofer - Last post by bloofer
I have a 2001 3.0L Privilege.  I took it on a long trip and did the usual checks before setting off.  The day before starting back it would not start and the indicator on the dash told me to check oil.  There was nothing left although I know there was plenty when I checked before.  I put in 5L and it started almost immediately.  On the way back I took a break and checked the oil but again nothing (below min line).  I put another three litres in and carried on.  After a short while the engine wasn't running smoothly, the temperature rose to way past it's normal setting, there was white smoke coming out the exhaust and eventually it started losing power.  I called in the breakdown truck and they took me to a car hire to get home and the car to a dealership.  I had to abandon the car as I had to get home which is over 500 kms away.  I have to wait a week before the dealer can carry out diagnostics.

What is likely to be the issue and is it likely to be an expensive repair?

 on: July 24, 2018, 05:19:41 pm 
Started by TELBOY - Last post by TELBOY
Not too shabby!

 on: July 23, 2018, 04:34:31 pm 
Started by Artisans5 - Last post by Jon Weywadt
PLEASE. reduce the size of your photos and re-post.  Shocked

Sorry Jon, took me a while to get back to this. I had thought the pics would resize automatically when I uploaded them and once I saw they didn't resize, I didn't spot the "modify" button Embarrassed

If they're still too big let me know and I'll redo it again.

Thanks. they are perfect now.  Grin

And... Good job. It looks good and just like the fix I made.  Grin


 on: July 19, 2018, 05:13:23 am 
Started by Classicman - Last post by Classicman
OK, so it looks like the engine will need to come out.  The end of the tensioner has come out and is lying loose up against the chain.  That will explain the timing rattle before the gasket blew.

I managed to get the water pump out, but I see that it is virtually impossible to remove the crank pulley and timing cover in the car.  There is just not enough space! Will have wait for the weekend now.......

 on: July 19, 2018, 01:00:42 am 
Started by Classicman - Last post by Classicman
Thanks for the advice and links, guys.

I will try getting more tension on the chain first, if not, will follow the procedure to get the waterpump, timing chain cover and head off in the car.  Then I may assess pulling everything out anyway.

I'll update you on my progress later today.


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