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#1 M0U5EY

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:08 PM

Hi guys,

Having just had most of the engine and gearbox seals replaced (yikes), I would like to start staying on top of maintenance, oil changes, greasing ball joints etc. a little bit more. Is there any well defined time/mile marker schedule where different parts of the car should be checked or even replaced? Its a 1998 MPI with high/lows. 

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#2 MatthewsDad

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:24 PM

Lindsay Porter's mini service guide (not the restoration manual) is a good reference point. It covers spi models not sure about mpi but many of the basics are still applicable.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:38 PM

Go back to cars from the fifties and greasing ball joints (or any joints) was a weekly task!

 

Then someone came up with the idea of sealed for life ... trouble is no one bothered to work out whose life that was measured against .. :-)

 

 

 

Might help:

 

http://www.theminifo...al#entry3349036


Edited by gazza82, 08 April 2019 - 03:41 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 03:53 PM

I grease the nipples every 1000 miles,
full service every 3000.

So change the ignition consumables.
Engine service (including valve clearence)
Check the brakes, wheel cylinders etc for fluid leaks and adjust/ replace as needed.

Edited by cal844, 08 April 2019 - 03:58 PM.


#5 M0U5EY

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:04 PM

I grease the nipples every 1000 miles,
full service every 3000.

So change the ignition consumables.
Engine service (including valve clearence)
Check the brakes, wheel cylinders etc for fluid leaks and adjust/ replace as needed.

Would you mind elaborating on ignition consumables? Is that just the plugs?



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:50 PM


I grease the nipples every 1000 miles,
full service every 3000.

So change the ignition consumables.
Engine service (including valve clearence)
Check the brakes, wheel cylinders etc for fluid leaks and adjust/ replace as needed.

Would you mind elaborating on ignition consumables? Is that just the plugs?

Sorry, the full list is:
Plugs
Leads
Distributor cap
Rotor arm
Points
Condenser

Check the vacuum advance pipe and ends for splits

#7 M0U5EY

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:56 PM

 

 

I grease the nipples every 1000 miles,
full service every 3000.

So change the ignition consumables.
Engine service (including valve clearence)
Check the brakes, wheel cylinders etc for fluid leaks and adjust/ replace as needed.

Would you mind elaborating on ignition consumables? Is that just the plugs?

Sorry, the full list is:
Plugs
Leads
Distributor cap
Rotor arm
Points
Condenser

Check the vacuum advance pipe and ends for splits

 

Perfect, cheers!



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 05:00 PM

Just plugs and leads. It's an MPi.

The Haynes manual details the service schedule and mileage / time frames.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 05:04 PM

Just plugs and leads. It's an MPi.

The Haynes manual details the service schedule and mileage / time frames.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 02:41 PM

 


Sorry, the full list is:
Plugs
Leads
Distributor cap
Rotor arm
Points
Condenser

Check the vacuum advance pipe and ends for splits

 

 

Given some of the quality issued faced today with cheaply made parts .. often in expensive, branded boxes ... I'd only change these when they are proven to be faulty. Changing parts for the sake of it can give you more problems than you started with.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:22 PM

You really don't need to be changing plugs and leads so frequently. If you've bought decent quality items they'll last for 10k+ miles. Plugs just need cleaning and gaping, and check the leads for damage and general condition.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:57 PM

OP here's the schedule / dealer service checklist for your car....

 

https://imgur.com/HukQkPL

 

not just useful for guidance .....



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 09:01 PM


Sorry, the full list is:
Plugs
Leads
Distributor cap
Rotor arm
Points
Condenser

Check the vacuum advance pipe and ends for splits
Given some of the quality issued faced today with cheaply made parts .. often in expensive, branded boxes ... I'd only change these when they are proven to be faulty. Changing parts for the sake of it can give you more problems than you started with.

Not really if one uses quality parts, i use Intermotor for the dizzy parts, NGK plugs. I always change spark plugs every second year regardless of mileage. I usually keep the old plugs in the boxes in my toolbag just in case I have any problems.

The issue is the cost difference of quality parts compared to cheap junk

Edited by cal844, 09 April 2019 - 09:04 PM.





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