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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 C-Class Gearbox Oil Change

27 Sep 2021 4 minute read 2 comments Lawnmower

Some more work undertaken today, the Mercedes received a gearbox oil change, probably for the first time in its history. Getting the car up in the air was a piece of cake with my new lift from CJ Autos. This is a tilting lift with worm drive gearboxe...

2001 Mercedes C-Class - Wheels & Tyres

20 Sep 2021 7 minute read 3 comments Lawnmower

Ok I'm going to just come out with it. I'm not a huge fan of alloy wheels, especially 20 year old ones which are a pig to keep clean and in good condition. Add in a couple of previous owners who weren't hugely keen on keeping all the original bits of...

Fleet Servicing Time!

13 Sep 2021 3 minute read 2 comments Lawnmower

In a fit of Corona-virus-self-isolation-crawling-up-the-walls-with-boredom I ordered in some bits from a local motor factors the other day, which duly arrived this morning I R XCITE An air filter each for both cars, and new spark plugs x8 of two di...

2004 Daewoo Lacetti Brake Caliper Overhaul

6 Sep 2021 6 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

Having driven the Daewoo to the hospital recently, the front drivers side brake is binding a bit. The wheel is VERY warm to the touch after a 70mph run down the motorway (like too hot to touch for more than a second or two) but oddly it'll pull along...

2001 Mercedes C-Class Star Emblem Replacement

31 Aug 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

Fresh from the MOT I decided that I had cash to burn and wanted to make some final cosmetic improvements. As with so many Mercedes' some joker has snapped the star off the bonnet, leaving the circular chrome plinth with a grotty hole in the middle. I...

Daewoo Lacetti 2004 - Brake Slider Greasing

23 Aug 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

The sun shone today and I set to with myriad jobs including the Daewoo brakes. The MOT man suggested that there was a slight binding in the front brakes, more than likely due to the brake sliders needing a re-greasing. I bought a tin of silicone grea...

Paintwork Rectification on 2001 Mercedes W203

16 Aug 2021 6 minute read 1 comment Lawnmower

New update on £19 car. Having given it a service, my eye was drawn to a couple of the cosmetic challenges that the car was suffering with. Being a 2001 Mercedes, unsurprisingly its afflicted by the replacement of oil-based paint in the production pro...

New Chapter Begins - £19 Mercedes

9 Aug 2021 4 minute read 2 comments Lawnmower

Today is the start of a new chapter in my vehicle ownership - a raffle Win Mercedes. I won this fully working vehicle in a raffle on a car forum, the back story is the previous owner bought it on ebay for £500 to drive to his 2nd home in the sount of...

End Of The Road For My Saab

2 Aug 2021 4 minute read 1 comment Lawnmower

To close the Saab chapter, it ended on a sour note. My brother and I took it to Germany, to a music festival near Hannover. It made it to within a mile of the campsite before blowing out a spark plug, snapping the coil pack that sits atop it in half,...

2004 Daewoo Lacetti ATF Change

26 Jul 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Lawnmower

Having got up at 6.30 this morning to take my youngest to swimming classes then dispatched the shopping and home by 11am, the sun came out and I thought it'd be a good time to tackle the ATF change. A 5 litre bottle of JWS3309 compliant ATF arrived w...