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DIY guides to keeping end of life vehicles running on a shoestring budget. A window onto the world of home mechanic'ing of cars everyone else would have given up on a long time ago


2001 Mercedes W203 - What is it with me and brakes? Parking Brake Palava

31 Oct 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

Recently the Mercedes has been behaving itself quite well,  however this all ended recently when a new issue developed on Sunday, releasing the parking brake the release lever jammed sort of halfway out and the foot pedal would ratchet down, but not...

A brief history of (my) cars

16 Oct 2023 5 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

I was musing the other day about the cars I have owned since I passed my driving test in 2003, and what the optimum point in my motoring career had been. I tried to look at this relatively objectively - i.e. what would a normal person think was 'me d...

2004 Daihatsu Sirion - Further adventures in Brakes

4 Sep 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

Our constipated postal delivery finally arrove tonight, including my new slider bolts and the Irwin bolt removers from my brother, so having dispatched a few other tasks I went out to have a serious look at this rounded off slider bolt tonight. I'd...

2001 Mercedes C-Class - ABS Woes & Troubleshooting

17 Aug 2023 5 minute read 2 comments Lawnmower

the Mercedes threw a bit of a wobbly last week, flashing up the ABS, ESP and BAS warnings on the instrument cluster on startup. While this wasn't terminal, it also wasn't ideal. However, I had a flight booked so YOLO'd it up to Heathrow & back for my...

General Fleet update - Fiddly things

8 Aug 2023 2 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

A bit of a status update, the AC in the Daihatsu got regassed and hold pressure nicely, and is nice and cool while on the move. It loses cooling sat in traffic as I don't think it has a fan for the AC radiator thing but its not a massive hardship.  I...

2004 Daihatsu Sirion - Brakes and Suspension

31 Jul 2023 2 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

When I was last working on the suspension, I noticed that the cotter pins that keep the lower suspension arms attached were falling apart, so I set to and ordered a box of assorted ones from eBay. The new cotter pins arrived and I tapped them in to r...

2001 Mercedes C-Class - "Bar and Grille"

24 Jul 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

I've (finally) ordered a new speaker grille for the passenger door to finally replace the one that broke when I was replacing the anti-bounce spring in the passenger door look about 3 years ago. The speaker grille arrove tonight so since it was sunny...

2004 Daihatsu Sirion - Breaking Bad

17 Jul 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

One of the ongoing bugbears with the Daihatsu is the slight warping of the drivers side caliper carrier. With it all fitted it works OK, but getting the top slider bolt out for greasing/tinkering is a difficult task - it'll unwind on the threads, but...

2001 Mercedes - The Brake Noise

10 Jul 2023 1 minute read 1 comment Lawnmower

An actually mechanically compentent friend over today to see about replacing the rear handbrake shoes to try and banish The Noise(TM). The suspicion was that the friction material had parted company with the metal of the shoe and was rubbing the insi...

2001 Mercedes C-Class - Exhausted!

5 Jul 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

The Mercedes MOT didn't go entirely to plan, with a FAIL awarded on two items. The first was the other front droplink. Last year the nearside one was an advisory and got changed, this year the offside one was a fail because the boot was ripped. These...