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by bigboystoy
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Thanks for the suggestion on the possible problem. As I recover from a knee reco, how hard is it to get to the temperature regulator. Just wondering if its something that can be done whilst I'm layed up. Is it straight forward or one of those PINA jobs requiring reasonable flexibility and mobility i...
by bigboystoy
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Ok, so got the MTC valve. Picture speaks volumes for the quality of the item. The bulge in the mesh I had to move around in order to get the small washer to sit properly. Valve Quality.jpg The other issue I discovered was the size of the main washer on the MTC valve. Mine measure 31mm in diameter Vs...
by bigboystoy
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Hey thanks, great diagram. Ok, so the system works on each component using the -neg as switching. Easy enough to understand. It now has me wondering if the readings I'm getting as described previously are correct. I should be seeing an earth on the BN/GRN wire but I'm not. Maybe I'm not testing corr...
by bigboystoy
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

So while I'm waiting for the valve to arrive I've been trying to test the wiring for the valve. My car is a 1986 and the wires to the valve are brown/green (BN/GRN) and green /black (GRN/BLK). When ignition is on, and testing just the wires to the valve (but NOT connected) my readings are: Dial on f...
by bigboystoy
Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Wow. Ok. Didn't even think of Amazon. Here Amazon has no automotive products on their local site, and for a lot of things Amazon US will not ship to Aus so didn't look.

Assuming their pricing is USD, better paying $35 AUS.
by bigboystoy
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Yes, the joy in living in the land down under. The $30 USD MTC part from Pelican Parts turns into $100 AUS by the time you factor in the exchange and shipping. Even with the complete valve, the $300 USD turns into $450 AUS even with free shipping. Whichever option is going to hurt the hip pocket.
by bigboystoy
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

That repair kit I haven't considered, but it seems I have two issues. The first being the no heat over 80kmh (suggesting loss of spring tension), and now heat all the time (because the rubber collar has completely torn. I'm leaning towards the MTC as I still have to consider postage (why is postage ...
by bigboystoy
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Re: Heater valve repair

Ok, good start. What your saying seems to mirror what's on all the forums. Its just seems strange that a supposedly simple repair can be plagued with such failures. Its certainly not that valve failures are an isolated fault, so how can the repair be so hit and miss. Still happy to hear any other co...
by bigboystoy
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Heater valve repair
Replies: 19
Views: 680

Heater valve repair

Been doing a lot of research on this topic and all the forums seem to just come to an end with no suitable conclusion. My issue started with no heat over 80kmh but after dismantling the valve to see what the issue was, I've now got heat all the time. Bugger. I thought the solution was to install an ...
by bigboystoy
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: AC blower refresh
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: AC blower refresh

That's a flap from the fresh air/air conditioned divider. Mine broke a pin and ended up in the bottom of the evapoartor just like yours.

Before putting the evap unit back in, stick your hear under the dash and look up. You should see this if one of the flaps is missing.
Flapper.jpg
Missing flap
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Good luck.
by bigboystoy
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Memory seats not working and loose
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: Memory seats not working and loose

Not sure on the loss of memory functions but when I bought my 635 I too had rocking seats. Turned out the screw that held the back in place had fallen out of both drivers and passenger side. Just remove the plastic covers on both sides of each seat and make sure everything is in place and tight. Loo...
by bigboystoy
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Speaker Pod Repair
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Speaker Pod Repair

Just remove the old vinyl covers, carefully, clean the metal surface and foam back and glue back down. If the covers are lifting it means the original glue has failed so you should be able to separate the the vinyl and metal without too much drama. I used a steel rule to assist the separation. Here'...
by bigboystoy
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Speaker Pod Repair
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Re: Speaker Pod Repair

Very good question. From the info I've been able to find, the durability is extremely good for their latest range of glues. Their cloth tape is unbelievable so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Its water and heat resistant but a cars interior, especially under the back window, is extreme. Sti...
by bigboystoy
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Speaker Pod Repair
Replies: 12
Views: 1008

Speaker Pod Repair

Firstly, this job would not have been considered without the brilliant write up back in Jan 2010 by Brucey on this forum. My covers had suffered the ravages of sun and time and had the usual distortion at the front and rear of both covers (forgot to take pictures). Separating the vinyl from the meta...
by bigboystoy
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

So, now that the car is all back together again and the weather certainly won't require the a/c to be used for cooling, it raises the question of how to use the a/c for defogging. After reading the owners manual, yes I did dig it out and read it, it doesn't mention the a/c at all for clearing the wi...
by bigboystoy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Centre console removal
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Centre console removal

Sorry to hear the install didn't go as planned. I've just today completed my a/c project and put the interior back together again. Putting the console back in was a case of push, lift, squeeze, swear, hit and repeat until it finally gave in an jumped over the shifter gate and big cable connector. Lu...
by bigboystoy
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

So, sorted out the pressure switch by having to re-thread the drier. Not what I was expecting to have to do. In the end it probably didn't matter as with the R134 gas, a hi/lo pressure switch was needed so this was put into one of the new hoses. It will save the compressor if something goes wrong. A...
by bigboystoy
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

Before this project started I purchased the necessary TX valve, pressure switch and drier from Pelican Parts. Now I've come to fit them I find the drier and the pressure switch have different threads. Anyone else experienced this. Seem strange. Pressure switch P/N 64-53-1-386-971-M325 Drier P/N 64-5...
by bigboystoy
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Centre console removal
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Centre console removal

Candycj1, brute force was the only way, being careful about the black undertray (it flexed alot more than I thought it would). The round wiring connector I managed to pull apart but the half connected to the metal bracket, I bent back to make more room. The hand brake was a problem but lifting it up...
by bigboystoy
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

Bhart, here is good ol Australia, R12 is a big no no and we don't have the luxury of going to the local auto or parts store to purchase cans of whatever. Its a very regulated industry we deal with, so R134a is what we have access to. With regards the ac's in Volvo's, I believe they installed them on...
by bigboystoy
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

So after a weekend considering all the things I could make a new 'pin' out of I decided to try the ball point pen shaft. I discovered that not all shafts are the same diameter so I took the smallest one possible (2.83mmdia) and notched it so it had a flat edge for alignment and glueing. With the fla...
by bigboystoy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

Correct. Pin is broken off. I thought I might have been lucky and found it in the evap area with the flap. Only found car park ticket and gum wrapper. :-k Exploring the idea of a ball point pen ink shaft. Its very close to the size and if I shave down one side it should line up properly and attach s...
by bigboystoy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: A/C abilities
Replies: 26
Views: 2656

Re: A/C abilities

So, after some time I've gotten around to removing the evap unit from under the dash. What I discovered was not pretty but it did explain why air flow was very questionable. MissingFoam.jpg It was also discovered that one of the counter balanced flaps was inside the evap unit so I somehow need to ge...
by bigboystoy
Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Centre console removal
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Centre console removal

Thanks. 2 seconds and it was off. Very easy with the right guidance.

Now onto the next part.
by bigboystoy
Thu Jun 13, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Centre console removal
Replies: 8
Views: 966

Re: Centre console removal

Ok, so with no quick answers I charged back in this afternoon and managed to wrestle the console out far enough to disconnect the cigarette lighter but have now got stuck on the wire plug for the OBC. How does it unplug. Because the access is tight, I don't want to force anything but I'm unable to s...