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I have decided to change the engine oil and filter again this weekend.

The car has done about 30 odd miles now and get up to temperature 3 or 4 times. My thinking is that during these runs some of the old deposits and sediment will have been disturbed and I want to get those out .

To make this as effective as possible, I am going to add some STP engine flush prior to a nice run.

I'm hoping that this also might have some effect on my oil pressure gauge that is still misbehaving. Perhaps the sender/sensor is gummed up with old, 20 year old deposits?

We shall see.
 

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Both seat belts are now sorted after a problem refitting the screw caps. A member of the OMOC provided some excellent pointers and now we are good to go - another example of how Forums can help!

The first one (Passenger side) went straight on, but the Drivers side took about ten attempts. Once you know the 'knack' its actually OK, probably an unnecessary faff, but OK***

I'm very happy with how the belts have turned out - both are now very clean and recoil fully without any 'persuasion'.

Onward!
 

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Early start today as its lovely and Sunny here.

After moving the rest of the fleet around (which is quite a task in itself these days!), I had created the space to get the Cav out of the garage. The idea being to take it for a run to get it warm, add the STP engine flush when I was at the half way point, the poodle back at about 2 - 2.5K revs. The STP instructions say dont use it in the engine when you run the car, but to just have it warm and add it for 15 minutes of fast idle. My thinking was that the route I took only has 30 and 40 mph speed limits and with my auto that is 2000 to 2500 revs max - which to my tiny mind is about the same as fast idle. Anyway, whats the worst that could happen?! :)







Interesting, the oil pressure gauge was showing signs of coming back to life on the return route. It was quite frequently coming back to just under half way and then about half way (depending on the revs) of the scale. As soon as the revs went above 2.5K it just shot straight back up to the max reading and stayed there until the engine revs dropped again. However, I do view this as progress for this little niggle.

Anyway, once I was back home it was time to drain the oil and whip off the filter. Considering the oil had only done about 40-50 miles tops at this point, I think that my decision was probably a decent one. Here is the stuff that came out:







And a smaller sample in a glass - note the bit I 'swished' up the side to give a better indication.







So then of course it was time to stick the new stuff in. New Copper washer for the sump plug, lovely new Bosch oil filter that I had squirreled away for this event and the liquid gold itself:















All good and purring nicely.



Now the bad news!

1) I have an oil leak from the NS of the rocker cover. There has been slight weep there for a while and nipping up the bolt has done nothing to cure this at all.







I bought a new gasket a few days ago, but does anybody have any pearls of wisdom to help me understand why it is leaking just at this one point? Warped or bent cover, misaligned gasket?







2) The even bigger problem is that on two occasions, when accelerating up a slight incline from lower revs I had, what I would call in a manual car, clutch slip - Doh! - not good and deeply depressing. Any thoughts and ideas on this folks. Torque converter? Low fluid? (I haven't checked that one yet)


There were various rattles and knocked during the extended drive to get it up to temperature this morning, most of which I think I can probably track down and cure. However, I am left with a bit of sinking feeling right now. After investing so much time and energy into this car, it isn't rewarding me at the moment with anything satisfying.
 

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For the rocker cover leaking, it might be misalinged gasket, or slightly warped surface. If persisent after new gasket, you can help yourself with sealing paste from loctite or similar.


For clutch slip feelong, I would go for inspection of fluid and everything which must be inspected before you jump onto conclusions. I know the feeling, but lets check things first.
 

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To my mind. 'Clutch slip' on an automatic can only be attributed to ATF. Think about it. There's no physical connection between the engine and the gearbox. It's the fluid that makes the connection in the torque converter.



I suspect that ATF of today isn't the same as it was 20 years ago.
 

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Today I made a little investment that will allow me to undertake my Autumn / Winter project - making new seat covers...

So here it is, courtesy of a nice lady on Facebook Marketplace:







I'm determined to teach myself a new skill set and I detect that this will not be easy. First things first though and I managed to get it threaded up and joined two pieces of material together!







**​​​​​:)
 

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No I havent, what should I do?
It's a bit brutal. Brakes on, in drive and Rev the engine. It should start to struggle and eventually stall. Personally I wouldn't go as far as the engine stalling but it will give a good indication to the condition of the converter.

Obtw threading sewing machine needles is a bit of a dark art.
 

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On a slight upwards incline in drive without reving the engine an automatic should sit there without moving forward if the incline is not too steep it may crawl slowly forward. If it starts to roll backwards there is something seriously wrong
 

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This evenings update:

I’m generally feeling more positive tonight as I have just been out to the garage to check the ‘cold’ auto trans oil level - and it was low...

Basically, I had to add around 0.5 Litres to get it to the required mark on the dipstick. I haven’t been out on the road with it yet, but already it feels nice to find a fault.

Fingers crossed!
 

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Thanks Barkingdog and Dert - as always, your help and advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Tonight's little adventure was to try to find out why I had an oil leak from the passenger bulkhead corner of the rocker cover.

Everything looks normal externally as you would expect:







Then with the cover off, everything suddenly comes into focus:







So Mr Clumsy strikes again - it was just operator error!



The cover looks pretty good, apart from a slight kink in that area. I will probably try to straighten that just a little with a hammer and dolly:







Its probably going to be tomorrow now before the new gasket is fitted. Fingers crossed I dont make the same mistake again.

Have a nice evening all*
 

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A tiny bit more done just now...

The mating surfaces have now both been cleaned up and the small kink in the cover straightened out nicely:











Unwrapped the new gasket and that looks (and feels) good quality, its just a tad under 4 mm thick too which I am happy with:







I then*thought I might as well go ahead and fit it, but sadly I have not got enough Red Hylotyte sealer - typical!
 

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Popped into my local motor factors today to get some Red Hylotyte and they were out of stock. However, they were very quick to recommend an alternative (from their own experiences) - this is it:







Even the image on the front was appropriate, so decided to follow their advice.

The instructions said to apply a thin film to both surfaces, so away I went:















And with the cover refitted - no time to test it tonight unfortunately, but it cant be any worse than it was....



 

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I am afraid that there is a really good chance of nothing being done to the Cav this weekend. This is because my Wifes Cooper S needs some attention...

Remember that Mr Clumsy rammed it backwards through a hedge and fence? - well it turns out that the exhaust took the brunt of things and both rear hangers are shot and one of the pipes to the OS silencer box is cracked at the welded joint.

So this weekends job is to:

- Remove the system from the cat back, which looks lie this:







- Clean everything up.

- Try to reweld the fractured joint

- Replace the two broken rubber mounts/hangers (Red in the above image) with these little fellas:







- Bolt it all back up and hope that its gas tight and all lines up again...



Happy days*- still at least there is only one person that I can blame!
 
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