29/8/08 - Brake efficiency

One of the first MOT problems was poor braking efficiency at the rear, I could not sort this one out. However a mention on the difflock site had Zukijimny mentioning bias valve.

The Jimny has a variable (automatically adjusts with load) bias valve location above the rear axle.

It is mounted to the body and attached by a spring to the axle.


Of course, for the MOT the car was emptied, including removing the spare wheel from the back door (because of concerns about obscuring the rear lights) meaning there was no weight (no seats, no tools, no carpets - nothing). With no weight in the back the bias valve is basically switching the rear brakes almost totally off. There is an adjustment on the valve but mine was almost fully adjusted already due to the spring lift. Therefore I loaded up the back with the spare wheel and tools - and passed!

Martin
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25/8/08 - Changing the Front Wheel Bearings

So following on from the KingPin bearings I have moved onto the wheel bearings. Again I have prepared a "How to" guide with the full details of the change so there is only an overview here!

The problem with the front wheel bearings is that they are hidden behind a special lock nut.....

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12/8/08 - Changing the KingPin Bearings

So if you have been following this website you will know my car failed the MOT and one of the factors were the Kingpin Bearings on both sides.

It was a fair decision and I have now changed them.

A number of people have offered advice on which bearings to use as some bearings do not seem to fit. I used bearings from BigJimny Shop which fitted ok.

As you can see the hubs were full of water, oil and grease....

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12/8/08 - Future Rust Problem?

One of the MOT failure points for my car was headlamp aim. Therefore I have pulled the headlamps out to clean and oil the adjusters and check the adjuster motors (UK Spec. models can have a headlamp leveling system).

The headlamps are pretty straight forward to remove, simply underdo all the wiring on the rear (unplug the lead from the main bulbs and twist out the indicator and sidelight bulbs,  prise off the headlamp adjuster power connector with a screwdriver) then undo the two screws (one top and one side) and then lever out the unit (this can require quite a push as there are two plastic locating pegs at the bottom rear that need to be dislocated).

With the headlamps removed I saw this........

 

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01/8/08 - Update on MOT

Just an update (I am preparing a full article!)

Took the front hub off to find it full of water/grease....

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