[ROVERNET - UK] New P6 owner questions

Paul Smith Paul.Smith at auroraenergy.com.au
Tue Aug 8 00:35:11 BST 2006

1.) When doing rear brake work, would it be a bad idea
to unbolt the rear hub assemblies and pull the
complete axle & hub out sideways, rather than
splitting the DeDion tube? I really, really hate gear
oil and even though I will probably eventually need to
deal with the DeDion gaiter, seals, etc, I'd like to
take my unpleasantness is smaller doses. I assume that
there's no gear oil in the DeDion tube elbows, right? 

There is no need to touch the DeDion for rear brakes.
I reckon it is easiest to take the discs off, or drop the diff depending on scope of work. 
I have rebuilt quite a few calipers.

2.) I have to replace my brake servos. I gather that
this is a particularly difficult brake system to
bleed, but I suspect that finding an appropriate cap
for the master cylinder (dual circuit brakes) to use
with a pressure bleeder will be difficult. Any ideas?
Will p6s bleed out ok with the normal pedal-pumping
type procedure? 

Standard ones virtually bleed by leaving the bleed nipples open for an hour!  US dual servo ones I can't vouch for.

3.) When cranking the car, the starter motor will
engage properly and crank the engine fine-- however,
if the engine begins to fire, but does not catch, the
starter motor drops out of engagement and revs freely.
 I have to wait for the starter motor to come to a
complete stop and then try cranking again. Is this a
gummy Bendix drive? Something else? Normal for this

That happens, but not usually Every time.  If it is every time I'd look at the depth of engagement, by checking wear on the pinion teeth.  That means removing the starter, which is a pig job on a TC.  Consider removing manifold and carbs; a relatively easy job, and opens up access; also allows you to see if there are cracks in the headers.
BTW I strongly recommend a ballasted coil in place of the standard one.

4.) The trivial: Is the proper model name of my car a
"2000 TC" or a "TC 2000?" I see both usages, and I
have no idea which is correct. (I'm sure one of you on
this list will go off on a tangent about Cartesian
dualism or coracles upon reading this.)

2000TC is my vote.


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