Posts Tagged ‘Rear’

8v Under the Knife

Posted: 9th January 2013 by asteriskr in Rallye 8v
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Rallye 8v

After a summer of (occasional) use the Rallye was SORNed in autumn and has been hiding out in the garage. As I’m selling this one on this year, it was time to do a few little jobs before putting it in for a new MOT and getting it on the market. First job to sort out the rear arches.

Near side:
Rallye 8v

Off side:
Rallye 8v

Started on the near side first, things are always worse than they look when it comes to the rot – wheel arch side:
Rallye 8v

Paint and underseal off:
Rallye 8v
Chopping out:
Rallye 8v

Patching underway:
Rallye 8v

The exhaust heatshield has seen better days. The next job is to take that off and check the whole seam of the boot floor to wheel arch join to work out if more chopping out is needed.

Every Little Bit

Posted: 18th June 2012 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Removed some more surplus bracketry from the car – these were the rear seatbelt reinforced mounting points.


8v Update

Posted: 2nd October 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 8v
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Dropped the back box off (snapping the bolts on the clamping brackets in the process) and set to work cleaning up the brake pipes and unions. Over the last few days I’ve dosed it a few times in penetrating spray and have two out of the four brake unions loose and both the bolts that hold the compensator to the beam. The two unions that won’t come undone are the rear two which have narrower spanner flats than the others, so the brake union spanner doesn’t get so much purchase on them. Left them soaking a bit more, will try them again when the new parts arrive.

Brake Compensator


Posted: 28th September 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 8v
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So fitted the new catalyst, adjusted the headlights and having re-bled the rear brakes and ensured the compensator valve was free and moving, I thought that I had sorted the problem with the brakes, so dropped the car back in for the MOT retest on Monday. I found that I had slightly over filled the oil so I also dropped some excess out of the sump, which I knew should also help on the emissions side as it would have been burning a bit more oil than it should have.

The Rallye passed on the emissions re-test, but performed even more badly on the brake test rollers than before falling from 45% efficiency to less than 1%. Also one of the headlights still wasn’t correctly aimed and also wouldn’t adjust to the required level. Bugger.

Came home scratching my head and knowing I was going to find it hard to find time to solve the issues. The headlight turned out to be relatively simple, the adjuster ball had just popped out of its socket inside the light fitting so I reconnected the two and it now adjusts on the electric height adjusters and has proper manually adjustment too with a 6mm hex key.

The rear brakes were more tricky. I stripped both the caliper yokes off, cleaned them up and ensured the pads were free to move. I also checked that the calipers were moving freely on their sliders and that the pistons were sliding okay (which they are apart from needing new dust seals). After all this pushing the brake pedal resulted in no movement at the piston, so I moved back to the compensator valve and immediately found the problem:

Compensator Valve

Compensator Valve

The compensator valve lever plate has sheared off where it is formed around pivot on the pin at the top. The bottom half of the plate has then just fallen off the bottom of the pin. As there is no pressure on the plunger at all there’s no fluid going to the brakes. There is no way of fixing the broken part as the pivot pin is non-removable from the compensator body and also the plunger cannot be removed for the lever plate.

I phoned around various motor factors and tried Peugeot parts but couldn’t get a replacement. In the end I ordered a replacement from 106 parts for £25 less than Peugeot wanted. Once it arrives I’ll get it fitted and the brakes bled again. What are the odds on getting all four brake pipe unions undone and the two bolts holding it to the beam off without drama? Answers on a postcard please.

8v one job down…

Posted: 7th September 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 8v
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Bit more progress tonight. Finished drilling out the two of three sheared torx screw bits that hold the discs to the drive flange hubs. One more to do tomorrow, I just ran out of time tonight. Most of the time was spend sorting the sheared rear anti roll bar end plate bolt. Drilled and tapped it but had to faff about taking off the disc protector back plate etc to be able to get the position I needed. Still it’s a job off the list…

ARB End Plate