Athena

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Re: Athena

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:37 pm

Personally I think if you were to keep the alloys I would go plain silver as in my opinion the grey and the Gold don't really go

You can get paint less dent repair done easily and fairly cheaply, both my cars have had that done.
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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:45 pm

Yeah it would probably be a bit cheaper as well.....some of the dents and marks are too bad for paintless removal....also the front passenger wing has been colour matched by a partially sighted, colour blind paint spayer.....I think it will be doors and wings on the passenger side to do, both bumpers and the driver's side doors.

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Re: Athena

Post by Meter rat » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:43 am

The fan control has a cable connected to it, to operate the air control flap. Without it connected, the flap will not open and close in proportion to the fan position, and you will only get a dribble of air. Been there done that.

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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:22 am

Thanks Meter rat.....handy to know. I've ordered drop links, the heater control panel and that's it for now......I will see how I get on unsticking the tap before I take it to bits.

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Re: Athena

Post by rutter123 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:44 pm

A tip on removing drop links, don't faff around trying to get the nuts off just cut the nuts away with a grinder, makes the job a lot quicker and easier
2nd tip check your new ones are the same length as Yr old ones as interweb buys do vary by up to an inch longer
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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:19 pm

rutter123 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:44 pm
A tip on removing drop links, don't faff around trying to get the nuts off just cut the nuts away with a grinder, makes the job a lot quicker and easier
2nd tip check your new ones are the same length as Yr old ones as interweb buys do vary by up to an inch longer
Cheers...yes I had to cut the drop links off my recent Alfa Romeo so I'm not averse to firing up the grinder. I will check them before I start messing.....the same thing happened with the Alfa actually....the ones that turned up were an inch longer and they then sent another set of the correct length for free....so I have a set of brand new ones with no idea what car they fit. BX drop links are seriously expensive compared to othere.....my VW daily costs under £20 a pair....the BX was nearly double.

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Re: Athena

Post by rutter123 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:17 pm

£20 a side is about right for fairly good quality ones, think I paid that for QH drop links which did match the o/e on length. I also have another pair from an unknown source which are 30mm longer but what more would you expect for £10 a pair??
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Re: Athena

Post by Rom0788 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:02 am

The brakes will bolt up more promptly if the tires are exceptionally old.

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Re: Athena

Post by Rom0788 » Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:13 am

Hi and welcome!

Brisk answer is that it's probably going to be various issues. Held onto warmer taps are sensibly normal, get to is clumsy under the dash by the controlling segment on a RHD vehicle. There is a string in the Tech FAQ segment on the reasonable justification of the blower disappointment.

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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:07 pm

I have the dash to bits now and the cable for the heater control is solid.....so now I need to get to the tap! The fan is also dead so I will take that out and apply direct power to it and see if it's the motor or something else.

The motors very rarely fail, its normally the earthing or connections.

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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:15 pm

The 2 Bowden cables going to the fan and vent control knobs have metal clips to hold them in.....what holds the temperature control one in? On my original control panel it was held into a broken plastic bracket by some black gunk (not very successfully)

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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:24 am

I've established the heater fan works and there is live at the fan.....so from this am I right in thinking it's probably the earth to the control in the cabin? The middle of the 5 wires? I did consider the transistor but according to the guide it would probably stick in the flat out position rather than the not working at all one?

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Re: Athena

Post by Jaba » Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:01 pm

Its often the power transistor in the speed regulator. Its earth strap can become loose or corroded, worth a look while you are there.
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Re: Athena

Post by petergar » Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:02 pm

I found that an earth to the left hand of the 5 terminals made the fan work.....but just at full chat.....the middle terminal made no difference at all. I realise I have a lot of questions but I am getting there :D