Maintenance guides

As I fix up and perform general maintainance on the car I want to record and share the what I've done in the hopes it might make someone elses life a little easier! I've used many, many online resources for each maintainance project I've done and feel it's only fair to give back in some way.

All these tasks I've done myself with only ordinary hand tools. The only 'specialty' tools I've purchased are a hydraulic jack, jack stands (highly recommend for safety) and a cheap electric rattle gun (similar to this one).

In each guide I have tried to give an idea of the cost and time involved as well as links to where I bought the replacement parts online.

Note I am not a mechanic, these are just guides as to how I went about doing these things.

Engine and Transmission

Replace rear transmission/gear box mount.
Adjust idle speed on 1.8lt injected engine.
Replace idle screw O ring.
Replace in-tank/lifter pump
Replace fuel filter
Change transmission fluid (5 speed manual)

Steering and Suspension

Install lower strut brace.
Replace rear springs and shock absrobers


Remove front seats.
Replace broken window crank/winder.


Repaint damaged plastic wheel arch.