17th November 2008 – Next event.. more repairs

Yesterday saw the return to active duty for the Lancer after it’s round of hasty repairs. A couple of annoying issues appeared early on, firstly, the wider front track was causing the tyres to rub on the guards and at one point, grab the lip and bend it outwards. Some hasty panel beating was completed to minimise the issue, but there was still signs of tyre contact at the end of the days proceedings, so flares will need to be fitted to ensure they clear. Secondly, the u-bolts came loose after a few runs of the motorkhana, they were tightened but came loose again at the end of the day. Extra lock nuts will be fitted to keep it tight.

Most annoying of the issues was the alternator seizing and snapping the fanbelt. This caused an early end to the day much to my annoyance, but I was glad it was noticed when the car was sitting still, not going along a circuit straight! After pulling apart the alternator, this is how the bearing and pulley looked, complete with part of the fanbelt attached…

 

a new bearing has been purchased, along with locknuts and front and rear flares, hopefully they will all go on smoothly before next weekends track day at Wakefield.

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