I'm far from au fait with all the technicalities :), but I did think the existing battery going completely flat may have knackered it, so I put a brand new one in.
At the moment I'm pulling #1 fuse while the car's stationary, and the voltage is still holding steady around 12.7V...
Yes, that's basically what I did to find the source of the drain although I always disconnect the negative to avoid the possibiilty of a short to the body.
The parasitic draw is 40mA across fuse #1.
Having been away for a couple of weeks, I came home and went to start Occie, my Series 2 3500S, only to find the battery was completely dead. No voltage reading at all on the multimeter.
Managed, to my surprise, to get it back to seemingly fully charged using the CTEK charger in Recondition...
Richard's advice is good, but I've always gone for Castrol SMX.
But.....it's funny how progress never seems that way.......now rebadged as this mouthful....
Castrol Syntrans Multivehicle 75W-90 Car Gearbox Oil
Maybe it depends on the wheel diameter......
A titchy Halfords special might certainly struggle, but a beefy 3-tonner from a reputable company works just fine. Maybe that's why I have no problems at all on 60mm blocks.
I wouldn't be using steel plates, Pat, as steel on steel can slide. If you want to spread the load, use wood.
I usually put axle stands on 1" thick wood, and a short length of 1.1/2" - 2" square section between the underbody and the top of the stand.
Re the trolley jack, providing you're not...
Oh....go on then!
The descent to Applecross - including my mate panicking and dropping the camera at 02:50. :)
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In May 2018, a mate & I gave Occie's new 3.9 engine a shakedown on a 2-week, 1750 mile tour through Scotland.
Many absolutely stunning driving roads, the best of them being the Bealach Na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) which is an old single-track drovers' road built in 1822.
The Bealach rises from...
Given the gauge behaviour is a regular cycle, I wouldn't have thought it's an engine overheat.
I can't tell for sure from your post, but was the gauge behaving like this before you fitted the electronic regulator? If so, it would seem to point to either the sensor or the...
If you do have to replace the relay, consider going electronic. The quality of the "Lucas" items currently on offer ranges from fair to abysmal.
I fit them to all my cars for both indicators and hazards....constant flash rate, and reliably long-lasting. You do need to add a fly lead for earth...