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So after the mechanism has been replaced or somewhat as doing so I noticed the mid section of the exhaust drips water I could not locate the hole but it must be really small or its not at the bottom rear end where I was looking this however is where the droplet was forming.
maybe I can get away with filling it with a cement type material for the time being then replace if it gets worse.
its interesting to find because the exhaust does get a strange note after the car begins to idle so that could be the problem.
I also noticed after reinstalling the pipe the flow at rear seemed to be more free flowing that before it was removed.
 
Just gave her a good wash and cleaned the interior up as it was starting to look dusty over the dash and door trims.
That and it was dust covered again.
The outside gets a lot of dust and tree pollen within a matter of a day.
Looks much better to say its my version of a quick wash..

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I'm wanting to order the hub centric spacers.
Have asked questions already to see what they say about the following.
The bolt length these are longer than the original.
The ones I have are a lot shorter.
Would be nice to know if they will just screw all the way in without bottoming out and not having to buy a different set.
Other than this I would have to take measurements of the bolts threads through the wheels.

The only answer I have so far gotten

Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Thread Pitch: M12 x 1.5
Thickness: 20mm
Centre Bore (mm): 60.1
Please check your car's PCD and wheel specs BEFORE purchasing

This does not give me the answer to do these bolts fit with my alloy wheel and will they tighten down properly.
Safety first over rushing into installing a aftermarket item that may or may not fit properly..


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I'm wanting to order the hub centric spacers.
Have asked questions already to see what they say about the following.
The bolt length these are longer than the original.
The ones I have are a lot shorter.
Would be nice to know if they will just screw all the way in without bottoming out and not having to buy a different set.
Other than this I would have to take measurements of the bolts threads through the wheels.

The only answer I have so far gotten

Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Thread Pitch: M12 x 1.5
Thickness: 20mm
Centre Bore (mm): 60.1
Please check your car's PCD and wheel specs BEFORE purchasing

This does not give me the answer to do these bolts fit with my alloy wheel and will they tighten down properly.
Safety first over rushing into installing a aftermarket item that may or may not fit properly..


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I have the identical ones on the rear of my K12 and the longer bolts that they supply do the job perfectly:cool:. AFAIK the bolts that they supply are just 20mm longer than the original ones that held my 16" alloys on....
 
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My only gripe now is they are 17mm socket size so I would have to carry an extra socket or get a full set of bolts.
they would be worth while being replaced anyway.
Will get the black ones as this way they will match the drums and also the combination of paint that is plan for the wheels:)

These are from same place 20mm

From what I have seen so far it is good measure to install them and run a few decent miles then re-check the bolts are to spec torque.(not listed in the description)
Also to apply some copper grease to the faces to prevent them binding. And lastly possibly lock-tight to the threads although i think this is more suited to the multi bolt spacers that fit other vehicles.
Edit :- With 15in alloys we have around 30mm from the outside of wheel to the arch in the rear and looked like hardly any in the front.
Not sure how proud that will make the rear should be much closer to the limits though.
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Have given the interior a wash this seemed to be over due so I had to finish the plastics after the carpets got done a few days ago.
I'm still left with the seats on my to do list they are really dusty.
The mats seem to still be also even after hoovering them down.
Probably my hand hoover isn't picking up properly.

Also hit the headlights to get rid of any remaining hazyness.
They came up alright for the time being.



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My Sport + with 16" x 6J wheels and 20mm spacers.
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The small plastic spats are not necessary, but do look nice......
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Without the 'spats'....
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Just topped the tank up this micra is getting star treatment that I didn't think it would ever get.
Spacers are coming soon probably Thursday or friday.
Can't wait to get them fitted.

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Just topped the tank up this micra is getting star treatment that I didn't think it would ever get.
Spacers are coming soon probably Thursday or friday.
Can't wait to get them fitted.

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My daughter is currently out in my Saab Turbo, topping it up with fuel, as I'm being 'good' (for my own benefit) and staying self isolating...... 🤭
 
We all have to isolate here for the sake of my dad.
Hopefully it will clear up shortly and things will get back to normal.

The gear shifter performed brilliant on the first trial. Almost has the feel of a new one.
And the exhaust held up well with the mid pipe join. I had to use a liquid gasket seal. as the over sized gasket was useless and the seller is ignoring my messages.
I do have a ring gasket. unsure if this just fits over one of the flanges then crush fits snug in middle or if its supposed to fit inside of the pipe.
Since they are one time use I still have this part handy,
So that is a good thing.

Going to try and get a few drives out. To see if I can to catch back up on the lessons that I was about to book before the lock down started.
Was planning to do the intensive course to hopefully pass in a few weeks.
For the time being its key workers only and we the public get little information on when we can resume.


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We all have to isolate here for the sake of my dad.
Hopefully it will clear up shortly and things will get back to normal.

The gear shifter performed brilliant on the first trial. Almost has the feel of a new one.
And the exhaust held up well with the mid pipe join. I had to use a liquid gasket seal. as the over sized gasket was useless and the seller is ignoring my messages.
I do have a ring gasket. unsure if this just fits over one of the flanges then crush fits snug in middle or if its supposed to fit inside of the pipe.
Since they are one time use I still have this part handy,
So that is a good thing.

Going to try and get a few drives out. To see if I can to catch back up on the lessons that I was about to book before the lock down started.
Was planning to do the intensive course to hopefully pass in a few weeks.
For the time being its key workers only and we the public get little information on when we can resume.


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Good luck with the driving test, I passed my car test in 1967 :eek: (and run foul of one of the countries very first radar speed traps within a week ☹) and have driven well in excess of 3/4 million miles since then, in quite a range of vehicles, a very sobering thought as especially as I've personally paid most of the fuel cost! (mind you, it was possible to buy four gallons of 5* 101 octane leaded petrol in 1967 and get change out of £1, but when you are an engineering apprentice on about £6 for a 42 hour week that doesn't mean a lot!)
 
Before and after hub centric spacers.
Will look nicer when the suspension settles.
They are easy to set up and install would definitely recommend them to other micra drivers.


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Working on the alloy wheels today. Giving them a sand down. At the areas that have paint bubbling/paint flakes.
After inspection closely. The two wheels at the rear have a lot of bumpy areas. Where someone has previously. Made a half hearted attempt at refurbishing alloy wheels.
I have so far removed as much of this as possible. In the pots and edges of spokes.
The fronts also have a bit of paint flake on them around the bolts areas etc.
Will be doing this in steps. Taking time and trying to make them much better, Longer lasting paint job. Than the previous touch up that had been done by last owner.

Will take photos of them before painting. Not bore everyone with the details of sanding. However I will definitely not be cutting corners. On preparations. As this is definitely the key to a great Finish.

Photos will be added here later.

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Working on the alloy wheels today. Giving them a sand down. At the areas that have paint bubbling/paint flakes.
After inspection closely. The two wheels at the rear have a lot of bumpy areas. Where someone has previously. Made a half hearted attempt at refurbishing alloy wheels.
I have so far removed as much of this as possible. In the pots and edges of spokes.
The fronts also have a bit of paint flake on them around the bolts areas etc.
Will be doing this in steps. Taking time and trying to make them much better, Longer lasting paint job. Than the previous touch up that had been done by last owner.

Will take photos of them before painting. Not bore everyone with the details of sanding. However I will definitely not be cutting corners. On preparations. As this is definitely the key to a great Finish.

Photos will be added here later.

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Make sure you use etch primer on the wheels for good adhesion to the aluminium.....
 
This is the second pass of sanding in using 120 160 and 400.
To reveal the filler that was not sanded back correctly.
Remove curb rashes that are plentiful on at least 2 of the wheels.
And lastly the corrosion that you can see the worst of on the rear drivers side.
They are all scuffed up atm to give me a better key.
A few high spots still need hitting with the palm sander as lightly as possible to avoid over sanding.
This is a long process and is rewarding at the end.
It must look worse before it can look better.
The wheels will be taken off one at a time so I can give each one more detailed sanding later.
Mainly the areas I need to get at are the bolt holes because paint flake etc.
I will be painting them later with the tyres in place off the vehicle they will also be taped up properly as my tyres are still new.
 
All 4 wheels have so far had at least an hour each of prep and will most likley have at least another 30 mins to an hour to bring them to a flat sprayable surface.
The plan is to clear off all the flaked paint remove the flaking from inside the bolt hole areas that look really bad on at least 2 or 3 wheels
going to try with a silver paint from Upol along with Upol etch primer so they match properly and do not splutter paint at the end of the tin like in my first attempt.
Also I'm going to test out adding some filler to the huge scab in the lower portion of this wheel then prime and paint that area to see what kind of a finish I can expect.
The rest is mainly curb rash that I'm not too concerned about although it will still need to be made as flat as possible to make things look neat again when the job is done.

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Test coat on the worst wheel I know this isn't flat and there are a lot of problem with this wheel.
I decided to spray down a few coats to see what happens definitely needs a bit of flattening down and filler in certain areas.
however I now know that the paint is going to make a big difference.
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Front driver side has just had its basic sand and rinse down it looks almost like I'm wasting my time painting this one.
Shows that the sand paper could bring them back if they are lightly pitted?
Edit:- today have sanded back as flat as I could get the filler (some high spots remained). Then I added some filler to the worst looking sections of the wheel. Re sanded till I was happy with the flat surface to prepare primer.
This time I will put 3 coats of etch then see if I can sand back more later.
The wheel has bumps still.
I hope that I can flatten them out to a degree that is acceptable from a few feet away..
My idea is to sand it back more. After the primer coats have been layed. That way I can concentrate more on the high spots. Gives more viewable pointers to what I need to remove.

(Need some Sunshine)
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Have so far manage to paint two wheels they are not that great to look at close up.
However I seem to be getting the hang of it now and am gaining some experience in the process.
I could say the wheels were really in bad shape. Though now I have one side on the car and they do look a lot more tidy than they did.
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Wheel number tree,Got sunshine this time and am just adding filler.
Messy job and this one was badly curbed.
Although in good condition overall for passenger side front.
Note to self take more time masking and don't make it look like its a ussd eBay item
Will post side shot of what they look like on car. However the car probably needs a good rinse down yet again.
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Here we are at half time I'm pleased with the drivers side looks much better than it was.
I am now looking at the last wheel than may try the 5th I have stored away so they all match.All done now just waiting for the dust caps to dry as one messed up towards the end. Only left to put last wheel on and think I will leave the 5th wheel for another time.
(Probems encountered)
Nozzle blocked on one tin of the etch so annoying.
Couple of runs here and there.
Lessons learned
Sand carefully and don't over do it.
Use cling film and tape to wrap the tyre..
This worked out so much quicker than the paper I was using from Amazon packaging.
Yes I collected lots.
And did not have any problem using first time around.
The cling film sticks to the tyre really handy in you want instantly wrapped tyres in a matter of a few mins..(forgot to take a picture of the wrapping when it looked good)
Lastly don't touch the wheel cause you think the paint has dried..

Edit:- My shots are all blurry I have just noticed I was taking lower res images because they won't upload from phone the next time I will use higher and upload manually from the web page....
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Now that the wheels are done and all back on the micra.
I have to wait for the paint to cure nice only thing is the seagulls (or inland seagulls) seem to use my windscreen for target practice ..

Planning on washing after the paint hardens and binds as best it can to the wheels best not to fire the power washer at it yet I think.

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Going to replace the rest of the wheel bolts that are oxidized and look really nasty..
plus this will be a good idea as I want all the bolts to match instead of having to swap tools each time for a different wheel I guess I just want to keep things simple in that respect.
Will also be adding a Steering wheel cover as I have been wanting one for such a long time and I do think this will look and feel nicer and will help protect the wheel from wearing out in the near future.
Just a few little details makes all the difference.

Something I noticed while I was changing the wheels over.
I was using my 15 inch steel wheel and it looked really good at the rear with the spacers as well as at the front. (The arch gap did not look that bad)
if i had a set of 4 of these i would totally be running them cause and the higher side wall profile did also look cool.
My only dislike for them would be how the wheel bolts curve and only make contact with partial amount of the bolt holes this just did not look very good. (Don't think I took a snap of the steel wheel on the micra) maybe next time..
 
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So I have heard that changing the spark plugs can give better fuel consumption,mileage..
Am considering looking to see if they should be replaced soon.
And also having a look at the throttle body to check condition possibly clean or replace in future.
Today I gave the panels a buff with colour enhancer.
This has been done only once before with a machine this time I had chosen to try it out manually.
It has brought back some shine and makes the panels look smoother.
Happy with the result so far I'm just left with the roof to do another time when I get chance.
Will Post a shot tomorrow..

:- Something I forget to add I have checked my oil to see if it still looks okay and its pretty clean still.
While I get spark plugs im going to also grab oil and air filter as a kit not sure what exactly to get yet or where I might pick up the best deal on this.
it would be nice if I could get one that also includes the cabin filter that way I can check if it needs renewing.

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Picked out some bosch sparkplugs for the change over I think they will be okay and if anything this way I will have matching parts oil filter and air filter
 
The long awaited interior upgrade has arrived.
Steering wheel cover.
This are pretty good quality and it feels nice.
Very tight fit.
Definitely isn't going to move and should
last awhile.
The brand is Heyner German brand. Quality product..
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And next up is the wheel bolts that really let the team down.
I'm sticking with one locking, Each side even though this won't match and they still don't look to bad. Ideally one on each of the rear would be a good idea but I doubt I will find long ones that will match the original so would make a mismatch.
Plus they are essential.
So now the all match apart from those and that the front ones are slightly shorter matching the original bolts.
And I know the paint isn't flat on this wheel also noticed I had missed a couple areas in other side the finish on that one is much better however.
I got 10 got 4 spares that may be handy.
Along with the set I removed.
This worked out at 12.99 same as buying 6 so I got 4 for free.
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Following my service last year I decided to match and use Bosch plugs since the oil filter is good quality.
Can't wait to see the condition of the plugs that will soon be removed.
These should be more than okay for my needs.
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So I have finally received the obd 2 Wi-Fi adapter plugged it in and it connected right away..
I have decided since the car is running okay. I'm going to leave the plugs for a later date.
They may improve things a little but I'm not really experiencing any excessive stalls or juddering so I think it would be best to keep them stored for when needed.
When testing I scanned for error codes since this is what I originally wanted the scan tool for.
It returned zero codes..
The product is a street wise obd2 WiFi you can get them in euro car parts and car parts 4 less.
And its safe to know the product is not a fake from EBay....

Edit :-
Now I know I have a sparkplug socket. I will eventually swap them out.
The first tool I found was a lot bigger and would not fit on the plugs


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Today I am taking a look at an idea for a permanent repair for the air intake breather.
My first thought was to buy all the parts and copy the improved air-intake.
That is shown here and others have already followed and gotten great results.
For me though I can see this as being costly for what it is.
However I do not doubt that it is improved.
And have even started listing all the parts I should require if my idea does not workout.


Anyhow this is what my idea is so far and its really simple.
Also it may be possible that it can be done for free if you have the parts laying around.
Now I have not tested it out or fitted it up to the air intake filter housing or pipe.
But this is the basic idea.
I'm going to try adding a rubber sleeve or hollowed out bung.
Fitting this over the intake and then hopefully as I usually say...
Mounting it to the filter box with clamps.
For me the clamps being the only item I would have to buy along with maybe some Adhesive glue to make the sleeve fit.

So here is an image of what I plan to test out. The sleeve measures 55mm inner diameter. Also quite Flexible and can easily be cut making it possible to fit onto the intake. Far enough to have good contact and not fall away with the engine movements. whilst in use.
So here is what I'm looking at for the time being. Should you have the same problem this may also work for you.

On the left is the one I'm working with. At the right is a flexible plastic that could prove useful. For air box spigot. Giving a little spring action to the intake although I doubt this will be needed.
The second image is something I plan to buy if the inner side of my item shown left doesn't seal or fit nicely.

In case you are wondering the first item in showing is from a stepper machine that was disassembled for parts. I have 4 of these rubber feet so can try again if it goes wrong.
And the other is from a computer swivel chair.

The other item I do not have yet. Will work better as there is no thread on the inside.
The threaded inner, Might not be ideal for this purpose.
My other solution is to buy a coolant hose and cut it to a desired size making a similar fit to what I'm trying to achieve here.
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When I started out on this thread. I was going to add a heatshield that is still sitting around.
I seem to jump to different tasks and this has gotten left behind as it did not go to plan.
now that I have some decent knowledge and have viewed the exhaust from front to rear I know that there is an issue with the (Bolt connection) to the catalytic converter.
After finding that the scan tool will connect I have more confidence to remove the items I want to work on.
While im in the process of picking the right items I have to remember that the car is a 2005 and the engine is the 2008 model
 
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