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  1. isetta

    Gearbox removal

    I have not closely looked at one of those particular seals, but in the past for oil seals in general which need to be pulled out I have heard people say drill a small hole in the seal near the outer edge, screw a wood screw in a bit and then pull with pliers. for stubborn ones do a second screw half round from the first
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    Oil light question

    OK, thanks, that's reassuring.
  3. isetta

    Oil light question

    2004 Lupo 1litre base model. When turning ignition on (without starting engine) , an oil light comes on (amongst other lights) as expected. But after a couple of seconds it goes off. Normal behaviour on others cars is that the oil light stays on until engine started and oil pressure up to correct pressure. So, is there something strange about how the oil light works on a Lupo (1 litre)? if it goes off before there is any oil pressure then is it ever going to do the job of warning that there is low oil pressure? I know in theory that if I keep the oil level correct there should never be a pressure problem. Having had two cars in the past that suffered oil pressure suddenly going (Ford Granada 3 litre -the hexagonal oil pump drive shaft wore out so it became round and stopped turning the oil pump , Triumph TR7- the spring broke in the pressure relief valve) I would like some assurance of having such an important warning light functioning properly. Comments please
  4. isetta

    Brake Light Switch

    have you put a circuit tester on it to see if it is connecting the two terminals when the switch is not pressed. Recently my sister's Ford KA had no brake lights working. I found it was because the contacts in the switch were burnt. I cleaned it up to get working again and it was fine. It did not look like it was going to last long term but the car only had two weeks MOT left and had so much rust in the sills etc that we were not going to MOT it again.
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    cheap oil for sdi owners...

    trust that negative feedback will be left saying they are dishonourable. If they were honourable people they would source more stock to fulfill the order even if they lost more money on the deal. That's if they cared about their customers and reputation.
  6. isetta

    Brake light comes on with clutch?? *HELP*

    does the clutch pedal have any kind of separate switch? when you press the clutch pedal down does it cause the brake pedal to move slightly due to play or twisting of the shaft (I assume brake and clutch pedal share a shaft but not sure as never examined a lupo pedal box). is the brake light switch adjustable? does it need adjusting so it needs the brake pedal to move further before it activates ? Re EPC light. In the new MOT manual which comes into force in a few days time i think it says the tester has to check light comes on with ignition and then goes off, so as to verify it has not been disconnected or hidden like yours. When I read the proposed draft of the new manual it said that but I have not checked it again to see if final version was altered. I think this is going to be a problem for a lot of cars as I think it has been common place for years for people to hide the illumination of the light. Good new for sellers of OBD port fault code readers
  7. isetta

    sucking noise around throttle body?

    "stick some pipe in your ear". I had not thought of that. It's the sort of thing I would have done 30 years ago when I was doing a lot more work on cars, but I am a bit out of practice and forgotten a lot of these methods. perhaps I'll have a go at the weekend
  8. isetta

    sucking noise around throttle body?

    took it all off again and still can't find what's wrong. But I did achieve something, I found the bulkhead grommet for the clutch cable was not fitted properly. Now I have fitted that properly, I do not hear a big chuff inside he car when I change gear. Out of ear shot, out of mind
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    cheap oil for sdi owners...

    bearing in mind shipping cost they must have to pay, it does seem a bit too good to be true. also bearing in mind some of their feedback it looks like they may just say it is out of stock and refund buyers. I see on the purchase history someone bought 10 in one transaction. Did you buy any Mk2? let us know what happens
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    sucking noise around throttle body?

    I tried using some catfood as bait to get the badger out but no sign of him
  11. isetta

    sucking noise around throttle body?

    yes there is a rubber seal there. I did not realise the separate seal was there, I thought that was part of the plastic air box moulding. I have removed seal and checked it and it seems ok. I can't find anything else wrong. The brake servo pipe is good . As far as I can tell the seal where the servo pipe joiner goes into servo is good. With air box off I can't really tell due to sucking from throttle body intake. with air box on you can't get to anything or see anything. But the thing is whatever you do with the throttle you can't keep the sicking noise there, it is just for a second, more light a 1 second chuff of sucking. Never did this before I changed timing belt, it must be something to do with me removing the air box and refitting it. all vaccuum pipes checked for splits and ends on properly. Got my wife to reluctantly sit in car and keep jabbing throttle to make the sucking noise while I had me head under bonnet. All I can say is it sounds like it is somewhere under the airbox. Does not really affect driving of the car, but very annoying noise and I don't know if it will adversely affect the emissions at MOT in August
  12. Lupo 1litre petrol. 2004. Today I changed the timing belt on my lupo. To do this I had to lift up the air filter box to get to engine mount bolts and top part of timing belt cover. It's all back together now and running but when i touch the throttle pedal I get about one second of sucking noise as the revs rise. If I jab the throttle the sucking noise is accompanied by the engine faltering before the revs rise. It seems to drive ok but I do hear the suck when I put my foot back on the throttle when I change up gears, only for a second each time. I have since removed the air filter box twice and checked everything (the pipes I took off and put back on when working on car were one thick one on drivers side of air filter box, this has a horizontal attachment. And two narrow ones on passenger side of air filter box with vertical attachments.) The only thing I can think is wrong is where the air filter box goes onto the throttle body. It is impossible to see this go on, but I am sure it is fitted correctly. Is there supposed to be some kind of rubber seal here? is this a known problem area?
  13. isetta

    Broken instrument cluster

    if not a fuse it could simply be something like the cable plug on the back of it needs reseating (disconnecting/ reconnecting with a bit of a twiddle to ensure good contact - and check the connector terminals look clean and not corroded)
  14. isetta

    New Lupo Owner - Steering Help please!

    have you jacked it up and spun the wheel round to see if it is bent (look at both sides of the wheel) or if there are bulges on the tyre (look at both sides of tyre) have you got alloy wheels? they are more easily damaged by potholes because a) the metal is weaker and B when you have alloys the wheels usually have lower profile tyres on which means the pothole hits the wheel more easily
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    How is CV joint held on shaft

    hadn't really thought of water going in, I can see how once in there it will not drain out. So just ordered on ebay 2 x stretch gaiters with the clips and grease and one cone for £7.99 including postage. seems ridiculously cheap. I only need one at present but I thought I may as well pay 7.99 for two instead of 5.49 for one . Watched a youtube video of one being installed (not on a lupo). Amazing how they can stretch that much. I will report back on how it went, but based on my lack of speed in getting around to doing things and the weather, it might be a few weeks. Whilst I was originally intending to do it the 'proper' way by taking joint off the shaft, these stretch gaiters seem to be cheaper compared to non-stretch ones.
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