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Chapter 9 - Electrical System

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Chapter 5 - Rear Axle Propeller Shaft

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Chapter 9 Electrical System

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Chapter 18 - Preparation for the Big Day

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Setting up

Fill the petrol tank and then raise the car to sit on railway sleepers on its wheels. Work the suspension to level out the ride height. Weight the car as recommended in the workshop manual or ask some nimble people of similar weight to sit in the car. With the torque wrench set at the correct readings, tighten up all the suspension nuts and bolts that were left loose previously. Return the car to the ground and check the ride height with the heights quoted in the workshop manual.

Before you do anything else, check all around the car for the obvious things you may have missed. Double check that all hoses are tight and that there are no petrol leaks. Connect up the battery and remove the spark plugs from the engine. Turn the engine by hand with a spanner on the engine pulley bolt, ensuring that all is free. Remove the spanner. spark plugs from the engine. Turn the engine by hand with a spanner on the engine pulley bolt, ensuring that all is free. Remove the spanner.

Under the bonnet. All finished and ready to fire up

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Chapter 5: Suspension and Steering

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These shafts contain two universal joints and a rubber flexible disc coupling and most are getting a bit ragged now. Like a prop-shaft front coupling, the disc is made by SGF Jurid of nylon-reinforced rubber. Eventually the rubber perishes and can break, leading to very vague steering. Control is maintained, but only just. You have two options when this happens. The expensive one is a new shaft assembly from BMW. The cheap option, costing about six pints of beer and two hours work, is an SGF coupling repair kit containing a new rubber disc and four nuts and bolts. The repair disc differs from the original because it is fitted with steel sleeves for the bolts.

Taking off the shaft can be difficult. Remove the top and bottom pinch bolts and nuts, wedge an old screwdriver into the expansion slots in the top and bottom joint and give it a good hammering. This loosens the joint from the rack and the column. Now soak both joints in penetrating oil and go and make a cup of tea. After five or ten minutes go back and get the shaft off. Using a hammer and a long bar, drive the shaft down onto the rack but go carefully hit it too hard and you might damage an expensive steering rack. Plenty of penetrating oil and moderate taps are all that is required. After a while, the shaft will drop away from the column. From underneath, tap the shaft back up off the rack and free.

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