Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Sat Sep 03, 2016 5:52 pm

Hello everyone,

time for an update on my life with the howling green a.k.a. la bête verte...

I had a chat with the guys from the garage about the howling diff - though they understand my... "mixed emotions" about the result of their work, they still say that (at least from their point of view) there is not much more they can do to improve the situation. So we agreed that I continue driving for a few more miles - and then I would pass for an oil change to check the diff's behavior. The rendez-vous was set for next Monday.

Friday I had a chance to do this picture in front of my gym - Mr. Muscle obviously wanted to join me on a ride:
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Saturday (today) I took the Scim out for a drive through the Gers in order to get some more miles on the speedo. Following a thourough check (oh, the engine needs some oil... OHH, the tyres REALLY need air...) I headed west in the direction of Auch. After ~30 minutes I realised some smell, which obviously was coming from the camper driving in front of me. When checking the rear view mirror I was wondering about the foggy view... NOPE, that smell was NOT coming from the camper - la bête was smoking way worse then "'Vert Soleil" at the SouthOFrance 2015 !!! Next stop area I pulled over...
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When I stopped, a lot of smoke was coming out of the ventilation louvers in the hood. It quickly dissapeared, but I could not see anything wrong when checking from the top.
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When I looked under the car, the source of the smoke was pretty clear: oil was dripping on the exhaust:
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But where did it come from? There is obviously no oil line in this area. But I found way more oil in the front:
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You can see that the front axle is now well preserved against corrosion:
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My guess (or better: my hope): as la bête verte is equipped with an oil cooler, and the hoses are running on the left side of the engine, either a seal has given up or a connection has loosened - spilling oil on the axle, forced by the airflow to the wheel arche and then dripping on the exhaust. At least it should not be an internal failure in the engine - and the oil level was still above Minimum when I checked. We will see Monday... how good I already have a "rendez-vous"...

So another time (and again in September) I had to call for "assistance depannage" (and don't ask me about my experiences with my assurance hotline)...
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...just to be left at the bar of a hotel to wait for the taxi to drive me home...
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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by DARK STAR » Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:28 pm

Oh dear oh dear, these Scimitars aren't really so Reliant are they.
Hope it's a simple fix.
I had a similar problem on my Marcos and eventually traced it to the dipstick which wasn't properly pushed in (yes, by another dipstick - me)


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:38 am

Yes, the dipstick was my first suspect too...



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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:50 am

Oil pressure gauge pipe?


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by tanuki » Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:53 am

Oh gosh ... what is La Bete Verte doing :oops: ?
The Sortie is just 3 weeks away from now ... good luck with the garage !!
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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:42 pm

philhoward wrote:Oil pressure gauge pipe?
Forgot to check the oil pressure before shutting down the engine...



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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 04, 2016 2:53 pm

I'm not sure if you've ever told us if it's automatic or manual? Auto have a gearbox oil cooler as standard. I recall you had an aftermarket rear anti-roll bar, so a previous owner may have fitted an engine oil cooler too?


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:56 pm

It's a manual, and yes, it's got an oil cooler - and I hope that we will find the root cause there.



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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:01 pm

landschrabbler wrote:
philhoward wrote:Oil pressure gauge pipe?
Forgot to check the oil pressure before shutting down the engine...
When they go, oil can go absolutely everywhere - and very quickly!


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:21 pm

This afternoon la bête returned to the garage. We took off the (?) spare-wheel-plate to get access to the oil cooler:
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Not much wrong here, the underside of the oil-cooler was dry, even though one of the lines seemed to be not torqued completely... I guess - because it moved rather easy.
Still, the (?) braided hoses where wet - and most of the oil-spray could be found underneath the battery tray:
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So we started the engine to find the source of the leak...
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...and as you can see we succeeded to polute the environment even more :roll: but on the plus side we found the evildoer:
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One of the hoses is leaking - and it is NOT the result of chafing where the hoses are going through the hole (what I could have imagined).
It's just leaking somewhere on its way up to the oil filter, where it is a bit curved... and it is NOT bend too much... no obvious reason... :?: :?: :?:

Maybe we find an explanation when the hoses are removed.



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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by scimjim » Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:43 pm

That's the problem with rubber braided pipes, they hide cracking until it's too late :-(


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:59 pm

Hoses delivered to the shop which will build me some new ones "custom style" 8)
Should be ready Thursday for pick-up - if the garage plays along, the beast should be back on the road the weekend... :D



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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:34 am

Just picked up the new hoses from the shop - they are now Teflon. With the same inner diameter as the old ones, the outer diameter has decreased - the Teflon hose is a lot thinner then the old rubber hose.
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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:28 pm

Very smart, that should do the job.


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Re: Ma vie avec "la bête verte"...

Post by landschrabbler » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:20 pm

So the new hoses are installed, some other small things are fixed... and finally the garage found some play in the diff they are now trying to adjust -
fingers crossed that stops the howling :?



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