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Post by Gareth Wales » Sat Jan 06, 2007 4:44 pm

Everything now seems dry and serene following my recent PAS leak, but during the interesting time I have spent underneath the car I have discovered another potential leak point which I'd welcome advice and identification on.
Its at a single rubber-steelpipe junction just in front of the front sub-frame, and adjacent to the gear box.
The joint is secured with an unusual looking "jubilee" clamp - unusual in that instead of the coventional securing screw, there is a splitpin which tightens a thin steel band over a rubber "saddle". at the joint point.
Now what is this, and importantly, where does this high pressure rubber pipe terminate. I'd like to renew the whole pipe as it's at least 12 years old.

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:35 pm

I think that may be the other end of the return line from the security valve you are describing there Gareth, the one you fixed under the nearside wheelarch, if I am correct then maybe relax a little, ts a thick bit of rubber, if not then perhaps a photo might help.
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Post by Gareth Wales » Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:58 pm

Thanks Stewart - will photograph it tomorrow.
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Post by Gareth Wales » Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:17 pm

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Post by Ian_Fearn » Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:41 pm

email them to me Gareth and i'll post them for you
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Post by Gareth Wales » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:14 pm

The above picture shows an LHM lead (at the point of the jubilee clip - centre picture).
Has anyone any idea what this rubber/metal pipe is and where it terminates.
(The picture comes with grateful thanks to
Adam and Ian for help in the truest Club traditions in the aid and rescue of the bewlidered and obtuse.
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Post by Gareth Wales » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:16 pm

I of course meant LEAK not Lead - see wor I mean?

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:01 pm

That looks like a repaired strut return pipe. I have not been under my BX for a while though.
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Post by DLM » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:43 pm

I agree - strut return pipe.

If there is flow enough though the return for this repair to be leaking then the inner strut seals are on the the way out (by no means uncommon ) - though how may people on the forum have paid for a new set of front struts or inserts?
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Post by DLM » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:48 pm

Find an illustration of the "large" octopus to see how much pipework is missing (if any) - for the thicker rubber part of the pipe is part of that larger beastie.

From memory, I think most return pipe fitments in that area are push-fit.
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Post by jeremy » Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:09 pm

I've had to replace both front struts through excessive leakage - in fact well worth doing as the improvement in ride is significant.

Both blew the return pipes off - and new return pipes wouldn't cure the leak. - so new struts - fortunately one at a time - although had I know the improvement the second one would make I'd have paid up for the second one originally.

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Post by Stewart (oily!) » Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:22 pm

I have a spare strut if needed Gareth, Its from my old motor and was fine when removed.
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Post by Gareth Wales » Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:06 pm

Stewart (oily!) wrote:That looks like a repaired strut return pipe. I have not been under my BX for a while though.
Stewart
spot on as usual Stewart. And also many thanks to all those who metaphorically held my hand - although being two miles from the nearest main road with a BX sitting there arse- flat on the ground like a naughty pup is a bit nerve-wracking. On Stuart's advice via Skype video conference (how uber smooth is that), I lifted the car incrementally by driving onto a brick, then two bricks and so on until I could jack and safety stand it and then effect a pretty simple repair (cut off split rubber).
Thinks I have learnt: Not to use crap market-stall jubilees which cut into rubber pipes; threading rubber over steel is much easier when youve used liberal amounts of brake cleaner; LHM Total total capacity is four litres (not 3.5L and to be daily thankful to Le Club
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