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Rover 214 oil leak

Posted 14-09-2015 at 21:30 by gnu

Oil leaks are a nuisance and often quite difficult to track down. The Rover 214 began to need top-ups in-between the annual oil changes, and on my pre MOT inspection I found out why; oil all over the lower half of the engine.




It really looked like a head-gasket failure, but there was not the usual loss of coolant associated with HGF on the K-series. I did...
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MG ZS Mk2 - Alarm Fault

Posted 06-07-2015 at 21:26 by gnu

For some time my MG ZS alarm had been misbehaving going off randomly (even whilst driving along!). I suspected the sounder, as these tend to ingress water. I had previously had it replaced under warranty with a new one about 5 years ago. The sounder is located under the coolant reservoir:



I took it out (with the car battery disconnected and wearing ear defenders)...
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Rover 214 - Alarm Fault

Posted 06-07-2015 at 20:57 by gnu

A few months ago the Rover 214s alarm started randomly going off after the car was locked and left. This was a little embarrassing, especially in the small hours of the morning. I hadnt had any trouble with the alarm before, despite the cars age. The car battery was fine, so I started fault finding by doing the easy stuff first:

Firstly, I tested the movement sensor in the passenger compartment was not faulty by at locking with the key (which doesnt activate it) this made no difference...
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Rover 214 CV / Ball Joint Gaiter replacement

Posted 23-08-2014 at 17:44 by gnu

I've not posted here for a while, as the zs and R214 haven't needed anything doing to them bar normal services; giving me more time for my current project! However, the R214 failed it's MOT on a split CV joint gaiter a week ago, so I needed to get out the toolbox again.

It had split really recently, probably after I'd done the pre MOT check with a service about a month ago, so the grease was still ok on the joint and it was not unduly worn. Thus I opted to just replace the boot with...
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Rover 214 Gearbox & Clutch Replacement - Picture Diary

Posted 25-11-2013 at 21:45 by gnu
Updated 03-12-2013 at 20:18 by gnu (typo)

Recently my Rover 214 developed a 'rumbling' noise at 50+ mph and on overrun. It seemed to be coming from the gearbox or drive shafts as it went once the clutch was disengaged, even if the engine revs were kept up. I checked the gearbox oil and it was the correct type and at the required level. There is no clicking from the cv joints at full lock, and minimal play in the drives shafts. After the usual consultation at mg-rover.org I suspected something in the R65 gearbox, perhaps input shaft bearings....
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