SE5a rebuild/ rolling restoration - 2 questions

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SE5a rebuild/ rolling restoration - 2 questions

Post by Jpwill7675 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:12 pm

Hi- thanks for your advice so far whilst I get my SE5a (VUL445M) back on the road again. I have recently rebuilt the engine, improved the gearbox selection and reinstalled the engine/gearbox. Of course I had a few setbacks/learning experiences on the way. The engine now starts and runs really well. I did have a couple of isssues.

Firstly, the car has been laid up for 6 months after a shoulder operation. On restart, there were no oil or fuel leaks but there was water pxxsing into the footwell. I don't think the leak was from the metal pipe to hose connection. How do I identify the leak source? Do I need to remove the heater matrix? ( I have temporarily bypassed the heater)

Second question. There is a leak from the differential, I suspect the the pinion oil seal. I can see how to drain the diff but access to the refill plug seems to be obscured by another suspension (?) arm. How do I get unfettered access to the refill plug?

Thanks for your help,

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Post by scimjim » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:55 pm

Could be the heater valve? Behind the panel by your left knee.

Refill plug on the diff needs the watts linkage disconnecting on some diffs.

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SE5a rebuild/ rolling restoration - 2 questions

Post by nickm » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:10 pm

I chopped the end off a 1/2" extension and used an open ended spanner to undo the diff plug.
Easier than removing the Watts linkage arm.

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