Sunday, 10 May 2015

General Maintenance

After a long return trip to Folembray (which was superb by the way) there were a couple of general maintenance things that cropped up to do.

Firstly the aero screen mirror mount cracked, so a new one had to be fitted.
Cracked aero screen mirror mount
Cracked aero screen mirror mount
This was a straight forward replacement.  Remove the old unit (as pictured above) completely unscrew the grub nut holding the ball into the socket.  Remove the ball from the mirror stalk, then it'll drop out of the bottom of the mount.  To refit reverse the above, and it should look something like this picture below:-
New aero screen mirror mount fitted
New aero screen mirror mount fitted
Whilst replacing the aero screen mirror mount, I also wanted to change the length of the bolts that were according to Caterham 'correct length' to some that didn't look wrong in my opinion.
The 'correct length' bolts for the aero mirror mounts... According to Caterham that is...
The 'correct length' bolts for the aero mirror mounts... According to Caterham that is...
I ordered some stainless steel M5 countersunk bolts that are 10mm in (total) length, and they fit perfectly - and don't look like there's too much bolt left over, unlike the Caterham sized bolts (which I think are 16mm).
Stainless Steel Countersunk M5 10mm bolts used to fit aero screen mirror mount
Stainless Steel Countersunk M5 10mm bolts used to fit aero screen mirror mount
I also noticed one of the rear boot cover poppers had broken, so this needed replacing.
Rear boot cover popper broken off
Rear boot cover popper broken off
 Quite an easy fix as I had some spare poppers.
Rear boot cover popper replaced
Rear boot cover popper replaced
The exhaust also looked a complete mess after the soaking we had on the way back from France, so I decided to remove the exhaust and take it to a local polishing company for a 'spruce up' details of which I'll continue on the next post.
Exhaust can, cat bypass pipe and manifold pipes removed for polishing
Exhaust can, cat bypass pipe and manifold pipes removed for polishing

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