18 April 2015: a good start!

Mini at Ace Hardware Avon Lake on 18 April 2015
Mini at Ace Hardware Avon Lake on 18 April 2015

Today Allen (son)  arrived and we set out on objectives:

 1 first spring start up and run
 2 resolve oil leak
 3 adjust ride height, so we
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o swept out the garage

before
before
mini in corner
mini in corner

o moved Mini out of corner

out of corner
out of corner
o jacked up car and wiped off any old oil from underneath
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o with air gun blew out area around spark plugs

o removed plugs and squirted oil into each cylinder

 o added about 1 pint of 20w50 engine oil

o ran engine on starter with ignition off until oil pressure registered

o installed plugs, and turned on ignition, let float bowls fill, set choke, and pressed starter switch

o fired right up – always a good sign!

o running about 2000 rpm, let coolant temp come up to 40C (it runs well with choke off there)

Went for test drive – all well, except bottomed out left front on full lock.

Back home, we let it set and consumed the noon repast. A bit of oil leaked onto garage floor, and we could not find source – seems to be near engine front, and below cylinder head.

Allen replacing left front
Allen replacing left front

We worked on ride height, set type pressures, and then went for another test drive – bottoming out reduced.

matched suspension travel to design curve
matched suspension travel to design curve

 

After another several hours wait, only a bit of oil still leaking.  Could it be residual?

Next step: clean engine below head with Very Hot water – avoiding electrics – and then drive, park, and observe.

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