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12000 mile (20000 km) yearly service.
This service is to be carried out every 12000 miles
(20000 km) or every year, whichever comes sooner.
The car must also recieve an MOT test (in UK), or the
equivalent elsewhere. This will check certain items
(operation of brakes, emissions, lights, rust), but is
not a guarantee of condition.
This service could be carried out before MOT test
time, to ensure all items work, and the car should pass.
Remember the MOT. Driving without one is illegal and
|Carry out 6000 mile service:
||6000 mile (10000
and adjust valve clearances.
|Adjust both rocker arm clearences to 0.2
mm (0.008 in).
If using lead free or low
octane fuel, adjust to 0.25 mm (0.010 in).
condition of fan and fanbelt.
Clean oil cooler fins.
Check engine cowling, condition of
|Fan pulley, belt and oil cooler are exposed
when changing points.
Replace fan if blades
are missing or damaged. Replace belt (to
alternator) if cracked. Should have 3/4 in or 2
cm free play.
Oil cooler is vital to prevent overheating.
Remove all dirt and clean fins (I blast it with a
hosepipe, but there is probably a better way).
Cardboard tubes should be in good condition,
and securely fastened. Cowling should be free
from blockages etc.
ignition points and condenser and adjust.
Replace spark plugs.
|Use BOSCH W 5A or equivalent and set gap to
0.7 mm (0.029")
Contact breaker gap
should be 0.4 mm +-.05mm
Dwell - around 65%
Use ignition timing hole in flywheel
(disonnect coil). Points should open as soon as
timing hole passes hole above left cylinder. If
engine runs badly or pinks (pings), check timing
|Check, clean and lubricate:
Door, boot and bonnet (hood) hinges
Heater, throttle and clutch cable
|Rear door, bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk)
hinges slide out. Clean and lubricate with thick
Door locks may seize up. Lubricating
with WD40 will stop the problem, but wash out any
grease, so the problem will return. Lubricate
with thick oil, or dismantle and grease barrels.
Seat runners are often troublesome, and can
bend and distort.
Heater cables can come out of adjustment.
Check both heat exchangers come on/off together.
Clutch cable free play about 3/4 inch or 2 cm.
|Check for wear or play in:
Kingpins, wheel bearings, steering
system, track rod ends, suspension arms, CV
Condition of driveshaft and C.V.joint
|Should be checked as part of MOT. Wear in
steering or king pins often causes steering
shudder on corners, which is not condusive to
safety, especially as severe vibration can cause
further damage or wear.
Worn wheel bearings
often rumble, Worn C.V. joints click, especially
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