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Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 17:25

I changed Z3lda's engine oil and filter the other day. 7 litres of Castrol fully synthetic £59.98 inc VAT and delivery from Opie Oils. Bargain!

I always remember a tip given to me by an old timer tech way back in the dark ages. After removing the sump drain plug for an oil change, place it on the cap of the new oil container. Do that and you won't forget to fit it back before putting in the new oil. He also said before removing the drain plugs of the gearbox or diff, make sure you can undo the filler plugs first!

Many of us must have some quick tips to pass on. How about ;

Keeping a hair pin or piece of wire in the fuel cap recess, so that whenever you fill up you can check that the drain hole is clear.

When getting into the Z3 make sure you don't scuff the side bolster with your backside.


Okay, who's next?

:cheers,

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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby BladeRunner919 » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 17:29

Always wear stockings and suspenders in case you need to replace the fanbelt.
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby peter2b » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 18:09

I keep a wire down the hole in the fuel recess, every refuel up I give it a wiggle
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 18:39

BladeRunner919 wrote:Always wear stockings and suspenders in case you need to replace the fanbelt.


I once thought a fanbelt was a female jockstrap. :shock:
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 18:43

peter2b wrote:I keep a wire down the hole in the fuel recess, every refuel up I give it a wiggle
peter2b


That doesn't count! That tip has been mentioned before. :head: :dunce: Haven't you got any tips of your own? :shrug
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Boosh » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 22:36

As with my previous cars, I keep a needle pin pricked into the door rubber seal, usually near the hinges, as a handy tool to clear possible blockages in screenwash jets. It's simple, and any issue can then dealt with on the spot.

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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby John Wilson » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 23:09

Not for z's but, I used to own an old MG Magnette which had an electric fuel pump at the side of the boot. The points on it used to sometimes stick causing the engine to splutter and stop. I used to have a spanner hanging in the boot by a string. When I could feel fuel stavation happening, a small jiggle of he steering wheel would cause the spanner to hit the fuel pump and restart it. (I eventually found some new points and replaced them).
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Robert T » Thu 09 Mar, 2017 23:31

To clean or replace the wiper blades, use the flick-wipe (short downward press of the stalk), then turn the ignition off as the wipers begin their downward stroke. You can then work on the wiper blades without them fouling on the bonnet. When you turn the ignition on again, they will park themselves.

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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 00:48

Just remembered this. After you have filled up with new oil, remove the fuel pump fuses. Then you can prime the system by turning the engine over on the ignition key. :thumb:

:cheers

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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby gookah » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 23:49

Always duck tape a house brick to the boot, in case you lock the keys in the car.
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby gookah » Fri 10 Mar, 2017 23:53

Bonzo wrote:7 litres of Castrol fully synthetic £59.98 inc VAT and delivery from Opie Oils. Bargain!


You share my wife's idea of a bargain...
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Mon 13 Mar, 2017 00:15

gookah wrote:
Bonzo wrote:7 litres of Castrol fully synthetic £59.98 inc VAT and delivery from Opie Oils. Bargain!


You share my wife's idea of a bargain...
:shock:

That not a good price then?
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Bonzo » Thu 16 Mar, 2017 18:59

Nick some of your significant other's E45 cream, massage it liberally into your leather seats and other leather bit on your Z. Leave it overnight to soak in then go over it with a microfibre to remove residue. I heard somewhere that the top leather guy at Aston Martin does this.

:cheers

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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby Vic-Z3 » Sat 18 Mar, 2017 20:31

I keep a ball point pen in the glove box, don't know why I am just like that ..... :wink:
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby John Wilson » Sun 19 Mar, 2017 16:35

Nick some of your significant other's E45 cream, massage it liberally into your leather seats and other leather bit on your Z. Leave it overnight to soak in then go over it with a microfibre to remove residue. I heard somewhere that the top leather guy at Aston Martin does this.


It was just on the news about the dangers of paraffin based creams like E45. Apparently, people have been rubbing them into themselves, having a cigarette and then bursting into flames. The residues can build up in fabrics causing them to become flammable. I dont personally think its much of a problem and I dont let anyone smoke in my Z anyway, but just keep the hood up on bonfire night.
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby wonderloaf » Sun 19 Mar, 2017 20:30

Vic-Z3 wrote:I keep a ball point pen in the glove box, don't know why I am just like that ..... :wink:

I do the same, only gets used twice a year to alter the centre console clock.
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby bertiejaffa » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 23:20

John Wilson wrote:
Nick some of your significant other's E45 cream, massage it liberally into your leather seats and other leather bit on your Z. Leave it overnight to soak in then go over it with a microfibre to remove residue. I heard somewhere that the top leather guy at Aston Martin does this.


It was just on the news about the dangers of paraffin based creams like E45. Apparently, people have been rubbing them into themselves, having a cigarette and then bursting into flames. The residues can build up in fabrics causing them to become flammable. I dont personally think its much of a problem and I dont let anyone smoke in my Z anyway, but just keep the hood up on bonfire night.


They do say that smoking kills so they can't say they weren't warned :lol:
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Re: Helpful Tips?

Postby bertiejaffa » Tue 21 Mar, 2017 23:25

Since having the zed I have learnt that quite often the jack wont go under the sill to get to the jacking point - especially if you have a flat and are using the factory one.... keep a number of thin planks under the boot mat. side by side they dont take up much boot room but on top of each other they are sufficient to lift the car enough to get the jack under.
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