Discussion in 'Members Rides' started by Rocky, Sep 23, 2008.
Awesome Lorraine, THank you so much for bringing ROcky back to life.
After 2 days of chasing oil leaks and feeling pretty chuffed with myself for defeating most of them, disaster has strucK
Along the way, I changed 1x complete driveshaft, with 2x new CV joints. These felt good, moved well and looked to be very well made, having bought them from a CV and driveshaft specialist last year.
On the test drive, i was very happy to report that the oil leak was no more and we could head home with confidence, the only noise being a clunk from that new CV shaft when moving around Left hand bends.
The second last left hand bend was as far as we got, the clunking carried on, but was now coming from the gearbox and not the CV joint.... no more drive available in any gear
So I can only guess that the new CV joints are to blame.... I guess that means I am to blame really for fitting them.
I would advise any of you out there to use standard CV joints supplied by a vw specialist to safeguard against issues like this.
I am now having to pay for a replacement gear box (or rebuild) just because I fitted that damn drive shaft!
Oh well, the oil leaks are all but fixed......
So in SA we will remain for a bit of extra time, lucky my parents have a nice big shed to hide in for now!
Oh no! That's terrible news Chris
Yep, feeling pretty angry with myself right now, but it is what it is....
Ordered an exchange box from Mick Motors, so tomorrow drop out the engine and box and get ready for it. I'm off to Sydney for a few days so will be trying to forget about it, then back to Adelaide to install and continue the adventure. Lifes great, but I can't help kicking myself when the dramas occur.
I know exactly how you feel Chris - Little Red is doing the same to me
When removing the drive shafts this morning in prep for removing the gearbox, the outer left hand CV simply fell out of the boot in many pieces!
The sound of the grinding and reason for no drive revealed!!!!
Again, I was disappointed in myself, I am normally methodical and check everything before assuming the worst, but was a bit time-poor and made the completely wrong call. Fortunately, the gearbox had not left the warehouse yet, so I was able to easily cancel that transaction and instead, rush around Adelaide to find new CV joints.
A bit shout out to 3x VW businesses who helped out over the past couple of days to solve the problem:
GHR of Daws Road, Adelaide,
VolksCare of Windsor Gardens, Adelaide,
Mick Motors of Brisbane.
All 3 of these businessed in different ways gave firendly and professional support for which I am very thankful.
All said, it has been a huge few days sorting oil leaks and CV problems, but we appear to be back on the road. The CV joints did take a little time away from the main goal of sorting oil leaks, so the push rod tubes will leak on until the next effort, but the biggest leak was repaired, so not all was lost.
Altogether, we avoided spending a lot of money today, so it ends happily!
lucky you found it before the box left.
And thank goodness for easier solutions
I must reitterate my advice based on what I've learnt over 14 years of kombi ownership:
Do not be lured by the false economy of cheaper aftermarket parts.
DO NOT BUY cheaper alternative CV Joints
DO USE GENUIINE PARTS wherever possible...
Whenever I have veered away from my own advice, I have generally come unstuck....
escept for a few special well researched exceptions!
problem is getting the info sometimes . or an alternative part that's not identified properly . or the only part avail is a poor copy.
the hoarding of NOS will increase
Fire Protection is finally here for Rocky....
All along, I have replaced fuel lines regularly, used good quality fittings and clamps, checked regularly for chafe, leaks and other signs of trouble. But we had never installed anything extra to perhaps limit the damage should a fire ever occur.
Having seen more and more examples of burning kombi vans had me increasingly concerned so recently we did something about it.
Not wanting to go to any great length installing a complete system, I looked into other options, coming up with the Firexit FKO(Fire Knock Out) unit from www.firexit.com.au
I have to say that the price is very fair, the installation is super simple and the service from the company is quick and easy.
When I ordered the FKO unit, I also ordered the heavy duty mounting bracket. This bracket makes for a very simple installation, requiring only two screws and the job is done. So 7 years late, the installation took around 10 minutes including a few minutes trying to decide on a position!
I sincerely hope that I never need to find out how well this unit works and I will continue to maintain the fuel system of Rocky as we have done so far... But having this installed has helped to give me a little more peace of mind that should the worst happen, we have a much better chance of limiting the damage to Rocky...
This was the simplest place to install it in Rocky's engine bay - the paper cover is a little damaged but this has nothing to do with the operation...
Below are a couple of pics from the brochure and installation manual...
Oh so true but some continue to listen and do not hear
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