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MG ZS Replacement Brake Caliper

Posted 28-02-2017 at 21:02 by gnu

Ever feel somethings holding you back? Well I had that feeling recently, and what it was quickly became clear when I got out of the car and smelt the burning brake pads. A quick touch of each alloy identified the lh rear to be unusually hot. This one had been sticky late last summer and I'd had it apart, lubed it and readjusted. I thought I'd better investigate:

  1. Chocked car and jacked up rear of car and put on axle stands.
  2. Spun rear wheels - lh wheel took a lot of force, whereas
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Rover 214 oil leak

Posted 14-09-2015 at 20:30 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 20:26 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 19:57 by gnu

A few months ago the Rover 214’s 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 hadn’t 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 doesn’t activate it) – this made no difference...
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Rover 214 CV / Ball Joint Gaiter replacement

Posted 23-08-2014 at 16:44 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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