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  1. mickburkesnr

    1.3 4E-FE Alternator Pivot Pin

    Yeah I had the same issue when I got to it. The Haynes manual was useless, as you were expecting it to be on the front of the engine when it was behind, and like you I had no idea. Glad you got it sorted, in my efforts I had to buy a new pivot bolt because from all the hammering I blunted the threaded end. Good luck with the rest of it
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    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    Small update. Since receiving the flywheel tool I also received the master brake cylinder repair kit yesterday. God willing on Saturday I'll be able to kick on, get the flywheel off, change the oil seal, refit the clutch and box back on the car this weekend. As an aside, I've removed rust from more bolts. This time the bolts responsible for the subframe and suspension. Yet again the vinegar and salt has worked wonders. So well in fact it's revealed this on some of the bolts: Lovely lovely pitting! Which was hidden by rust. There's two of these big bolts that have this in the same place, I'm inclined to replace them so I'll be going to Mr.T either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. I'm also waiting on some Zinc anodes and copper wire, so I'll be electroplating these bolts with zinc to prevent further corrosion. Fairly easy to do as well, so I'll keep you up to date on that too.
  3. mickburkesnr

    The Word Association Thread

  4. mickburkesnr

    Dangerous Aygo Windows pt2

    You're lucky, my 107 had the same recall and I took it to Peugeot and they didn't even bother cleaning the windows that they rebonded. Instead they told me my tyres needed replacing (they don't) and that my air con and coolant should be changed/recharged for £160. The air con needs regassing yes, but the coolant doesn't.
  5. mickburkesnr

    What a good idea!

    The colour is annoying me, but it's given me an idea to add to this. Wouldn't it be awesome, and totally over the top. to change the light behind there to represent the temperature the car is set to? Red for hot, blue for cold, yellow/orange for Juuuuuust right?
  6. mickburkesnr

    Wheely need help on this

    I can highly recommend putting the bolts in a vinegar & salt concoction to remove rust. I've done this on bolts for my Corolla and it gets rid of the rust really well. Then paint them maybe? Or electrolitically zinc coat them?
  7. mickburkesnr

    Corolla E11 steering shaft rattle

    The video doesn't load for me but the audio does. Sounds more like a trim rattle than anything else?
  8. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    Will check it out! Just an update on this. For once the cold didn't stop me, it was the clutch! Couldn't release two bolts of the clutch to the flywheel as the flywheel kept moving. Remembered I had to use a pry bar (which I found!) and push the flywheel when I turned the bolts. Managed to do all of that, only to be scuppered by not being able to remove the bolts of the flywheel. Tried everything, but nothing seems to work. I ended up gambling on as universal a flywheel locking tool I could get hold of. It's made by Sealey, product code VSE2394, and it arrived yesterday. Didn't really have much time to use it but I placed it on the flywheel and it lines up with the holes for the gearbox bolts to attach to. So I think this will help me loosen and tighten the flywheel! I wanted to get a universal one as after the Corolla is on the road I've another car to restore. So I didn't want to buy two flywheel locking tools specifically for different engines! This week I should be cleaning up more bolts, some of the suspension bolts are currently sitting in the vinegar/salt bath. Hopefully I'll be able to do the driveshafts this week too ready for the weekend.
  9. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    Yeah it is, it's just annoying me that the oil seal on the engine failed after changing all the seals on the gearbox and the clutch. But this is about as big a job as is needed really at this point, everything else is sound.
  10. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    I've been away from the computer since the last time, but not away from the car. Which makes a change! So on the Thursday, it was quite cold. -1 degrees outside. I don't think the car ever defrosted itself: I tackled the other driveshaft, and that came out with no bother at all. I tried to attack the other part of the driveshaft that was stuck in the gearbox but it wasn't budging. But here they both are anyway, sat on the bench ready for work: On the Saturday I attacked the gearbox. Took about 5 hours and I got to the point where I was going to take the gearbox out. It got dark, and even with 2 torches I couldn't find out why it wouldn't move. The lack of my long pry bar didn't help. But on Sunday morning I found my crowbar (close enough to my pry bar) and it came off within 10 minutes. Once it was on the bench I attacked the other part of the driveshaft with a block of wood and my lump hammer. And it FINALLY came off. Didn't have much time on Sunday so I turned my attention to a spot of rust on the gearbox. I remember seeing it last time I saw it, but I think it's gotten worse since. Either way I attacked it with a wire brush to remove the rust and loose paint. So it went from this: To this: Sprayed it with brake cleaner, but then I had to go. I checked it again this evening and it's still damn for something. Well it is cold, and I've no kitchen roll to dry it off, so that's going to wait until tomorrow. I've got some high temperature paint so I'll paint that on it when it's dry enough. One thing I've done since last Tuesday was taking the bolts from the brakes I took off and put them in a vinegar and salt solution and left them to soak until tonight. They started off like this: To this: For some context, here's one bolt that was rusted that I took out: Through to this after I brushed it: All I was ever interested in is removing the rust from the threads, as they were a bit difficult to get off. So I'm quite happy with the end result. For those playing at home, the tin to the right of my hand is water mixed with bicarbonate of soda, which is going to neutralise the acidity of the Vinegar and salt solution. The salt, by the way, is meant to increase the acidity of the vinegar. I've started another group of bolts, this time from when I dropped the gearbox off the car. Here they are to start with: Not too bad, but here they are in the other tin - same vinegar and salt solution although I think I've used more salt this time. The smell, with all of this, isn't pleasant. Imagine vinegar, strong vinegar, with a metallic smell to it. It's odd really. But it's quite cheap to remove the rust using this method, and not completely toxic either. Plus it's a good use for the bicarbonate of soda I buy and then forget about!
  11. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    I'm going to be delving in to that world of carbs soon enough. Won't be a Toyota this time but that's for another time 🙂 You know what it wasn't too bad on Tuesday, but it's turned today so I expect it to be a bit colder. But once I start working I just sweat and get too hot anyway even in sub-zero weather so I won't be too fussed! Everything's good man I hope you're good and had a good christmas etc too!
  12. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    You make a valid point about the weather, although I've been checking it and it's just going to be cold around me. That's always subject to change, but it'll be fine! The driveshafts are fine, it's just the boots that were cracking up. So it's just a case of taking the boots off, cleaning it up, re-greasing and using proper clips with the proper tools to secure them. All of it I've got, so it's just a matter of doing it. I think I'll attempt the wood, I've got plenty of that. Would love to know where my big pry bar has gone though.
  13. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    Happy new year everyone! So the deal is I bought another car, and the wife won't allow me to have it on the drive until I get rid of one. The Corolla's going nowhere, but it needs to be on the road. So here I am! Under torchlight - as candle light isn't recommended - I started to remove the driveshafts. Everything came off easily enough. Until it got to taking the driveshaft off. I gave it a pull and it just came off, like this: Because I was an idiot and didn't have the proper tools or clips, the boot has separated and now it's left behind in the gearbox. Think it's worth noting that the gearbox was drained of oil at this point. I think last time I used a pry bar to get it loose, but for the life of me I can't find it now. It's one of them where I've seen it but God knows where it's gone. So for all my effort and trouble, here's what I'm left with tonight: I'm busy tomorrow night but Thursday I'll have found the pry bar - or at least found an alternative - to get the other part off. Then the other shaft will be off and I can sort of the mess I made when I last worked on it. But it's good to be back under the car getting gravel rash! As an aside, my friend had his Corolla smashed up by his idiot next door neighbour. It's a long story, but it ended up that the insurance didn't want to know because the neighbour damaged the car on foot before he drove his own car in to my friend's car at 30mph - twice. The upshot though is that I helped him get the exact same Toyota Corolla, and he let me nab the clear indicator lenses from his scrapped car. So they'll be going on as well at some point!
  14. mickburkesnr

    1.3 4E-FE Alternator Pivot Pin

    I had this with my Corolla, if you look for the "Paddy the Corolla" thread you'll see my battle! It's a hateful fiddly job, but basically the pivot bolt is corroded in place. So it's difficult to extract. Spend a week or spraying it with PlusGas and working it forward and back. I then had to take a centre punch and a hammer to get the pivot bolt out. It can be done though, it's just very tight for space.
  15. mickburkesnr

    Paddy The Corolla - 1998 1.3 E11 3-Door

    Thanks bud! Yeah I looked at it over the weekend and found the bit of paper I made with what needed doing, and there isn't a whole lot left. I've the CV boot pliers and rings ordered so they should be with me by the weekend so I can at least kick off the driveshaft work again.