15 days after my last writings, I present to you some fairly fundamental fleet changes.
First up, the replacement for the Lupo was sourced.. What better than another VAG product?
Step forward a 2004 Skoda Fabia 1.9TDi Elegance.
151k miles on the clock, with MOT til Sept 2017 and even 4 decent tyres!
When I bought it, it had a couple of things that needed fixing. Firstly, an intermittent electrical fault apparently meant that it’d cut out on occasion. Secondly, the fuel gauge went the wrong way.
In its defense, it has a 100bhp PD lump with service history til 2014, and being the elegance model, it also has heated front seats:)
To sort the intermittent issue, a scan revealed issues with the camshaft sensor. Midweek, I popped over to my mate Brian’s house for a “Fabia Fondle”.
We pulled the engine cover off, and disconnected the EGR Pipe. This gave access to the cambelt top cover, which was removed by undoing the 2 spring clips.
This revealed the Cam sensor – and the 10mm bolt that holds it in. Incidentally, the cambelt looked in decent condition, and the history shows it was replaced in 2012. No doubt it’s about due another one, but that can come once she’s not grumpy.
Removal of the 10mm bolt showed that the sensor and wiring appeared in good condition.
You can just about see the nick..
A look at the loom side of the connector showed that one of the wires was nicked, so we taped it up. I’ll seek a replacement connector and wire off of a car, and get it soldered in – potentially leaving a bit more length on the connector.
Next up, it was time to sort the fuel pump and sender. The pump fitted made the gauge read in the opposite direction – moving further up the gauge the emptier the tank got. Additionally, the low fuel warning buzzer and light did not work.
This means that the car is almost empty
Lurking under the rear seat we find the culprit
It’s pretty much the same set up as the Octavia I had last year, with a collar that screws down to hold the pump in the tank.
The fuel pipes clip off, and need to be pushed out the way to allow the pump and sender unit to lift out.
Fitting the new pump is the reverse process, and once done gave a low fuel warning, fuel light and the correct reading on the gauge.
The car, however was not too keen to start – and I traced it back to a fuel line that wasn’t quite clipped home. That resolved , she was away for her first full tank. I’ll keep you upto date on her progress.
With the Clio 172 being dug out a while back, we needed to make room for it to come back into active service. This meant that the Vectra had to depart.
I saw fit to dispose of it in a time honoured process on the beige forum, and the lucky buyer Mike came to collect it last week. We conducted a horrific double Woollard to celebrate the change of ownership.
Wibbly Wobbly Woollard!
She was a damn good steed, reliable and cheap to run if somewhat uninspiring. The new owner put it in for an MOT and it only needed some minor work (a front spring and Rear ARB bush) to be legal for another year.
I’d recommend it to anyone after a sensible daily brief that lacks hassle – I’d have another if I needed to!
OMG RACECAR MEGANE
Mid- November, an ideal time to attend a track day at Knockhill in Fife.. nevertheless, I made the trek north to attend an all day session last Sunday.
The Burd gave me a lift in the Vectra (one of its last missions) and I was duly deposited at my mate Will’s Mother-in-Laws. This was where my racecar for the day was stabled.
Sweet Dreams are made of these..
Will is an avid pilot of the Starlet seen in front of the Vectra, but I was to be racing the Megane in front of that. 1.6 16v of raw french power. With an ABS fault. Watch out Jean Alesi..
We took a run to the circuit where it appears that all the Panda owners in Autoshite had turned out for the day
100HP and unpronounceable tyres- should be a right laugh..
Half the power but twice the spins..
First session out saw my co- pilot John doing the driving – the Megane proving more than a match for the circuit. Sufficient power for the weather conditions meant that the car was sure footed where more powerful vehicles had to tread lightly.
Highlight of the first session was a full spin by the driver of the gold Panda above- you can marvel at it in all its glory at the following link Here
My session was to be the last of the day as a heavy fog put paid to any notion of sessions in the afternoon. Despite this, the Megane is likely to see another outing this year at my hands – it really is ludicrous fun for what is supposed to be a mundane family hatch. The engine revs beautifully, the gearchange is positive and the steering and front suspension communicate significantly more that then daily driver Skoda introduced elsewhere in this blog.
Before you ask, no the Toledo was not taking part in the track day
Until the next Blog!