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MG Car Repair: 1978 MG MIdget Hood, screw driver, release cable
screw driver, release cable, mg midget: Hi Angel, The hood release cable pull is on the left under the dash. If the cable is broken or missing and the hood is latched you can take a long heavy screw driver and insert it into the grill in the center up high and use the screw driver to trip the...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MGB Electrial, brake failure, glovebox
brake failure, glovebox, heated seats: Hi Dennis. What a wierd problem. I presume you have a 1978 MGB made to USA specification. This has all sorts of extra wires compared with a UK car. My immediate reaction is that a relay is sticking on, providing power when you cut the ignition. However,...

MG Car Repair: 1979 Mg carb. running lean, intake manifold gasket, intake leak
intake manifold gasket, intake leak, vacuum hose: If you get the smooth running and faster idle by restricting the air intake, that is a sign you have an intake leak or a vacuum leak in a vacuum hose. So you must start testing to find out what is leaking. Just trying to tighten some bolts is not the procedure....

MG Car Repair: Electronic Ignition, positive earth, vacuum unit
positive earth, vacuum unit, earth version: Hi Gary. I fitted an Accuspark kit to a V8 two weeks ago, and I was very impressed with it. These units would appear to be excellent value for money. Before you purchase one, check the polarity of your car, because they do not make a positive earth...

MG Car Repair: follow up on carb rebuild, adjustment screw, shims
adjustment screw, shims, gasket: Hi Steve, You adjust the float level by adding or removing shims from under the float needle and seat. As I remember the float level is 17mm holding the carb up side down and measure from the gasket surface of the float bowel to the highest edge of the...

MG Car Repair: gas gauge, gas gauge, earth ground
gas gauge, earth ground, gas tank: Hi Pete If the gas gauge does not read at all, then you probably have a minor wiring fault. If the gauge only reads some of the time then the sender inside the tank has failed and you need to fit a new sender. Try removing the wire from the sender and touching...

MG Car Repair: MG TD Gear Box - excess float on 1st gear, mg td, roller cam
mg td, roller cam, mg car: You seem to have painted yourself into a corner. You need a good strong first gear. I like the idea of improved splines. Also, get the inside of the laygear polished and fit two rows of needle rollers at the tail end. You will also need a layshaft without...

MG Car Repair: MG TF Spark and E10, fuel consumption, ethanol
fuel consumption, ethanol, mg tf: Hi Peter. There should be no problem using a modern MG TF with E10, but you will experience an increase in fuel consumption of around 4%. If higher levels of Ethanol (above 10%) are introduced, then you will need to make some modifications to your car...

MG Car Repair: pinon gear, pinion gear, drive train
pinion gear, drive train, differentials: Hi Pete, How did you decide that the pinion gear was bad? Either way, if someone needs to replace a pinion gear the whole differential needs to be gone through. I don t have a flat rate on the TD but most all differentials are about 10 hours at what ever...

MG Car Repair: Rear springs MG TF 1954, US converted to RHD, mg midget, engineering shop
mg midget, engineering shop, interleaf: Hi Alan. The rear bushes are removable rubber items. They should come out without any problems. The front bushes are Silentbloc items. They are a one-piece bush made of rubber but with a metal insert and wrapped in a metal sleeve. Take the springs to...

MG Car Repair: Vacume advance on carb 1979 MGB-LS, manifold vacuum, vacuum advance
manifold vacuum, vacuum advance, advance system: Hi Steve, Yes, a advance system not connected can change idle speed but first you need to ID the distributor advance system as a vacuum advance unit or a vacuum retard unit. It is easy to do on an MG, just look at the vacuum port on the diaphragm. Is the...

MG Car Repair: vac on the carb., poor vacuum, vacuum gauge
poor vacuum, vacuum gauge, manifold vacuum: Steve, there is only one big plastic cap on top of the carburetor. remove it and it will have a long pin attached with a piston on the end which sits down in oil. lift it out and put the long end of a 3mm Allen down into the oil and see if there is a socket...

MG Car Repair: vin no and chassie number, heritage motor centre, chassis number
heritage motor centre, chassis number, uk exhibitions: Hi Dan From the chassis number GAN4-U-64500G I can tell you that this is an MG Midget made in 1967-68 for the North American Market. Negative earth, 1275cc engine. The batch started at 60460 and ended at 66225 so I would estimate that it was built sometime...

MG Car Repair: wiring 1972 MG Midget, mg midget, colour code
mg midget, colour code, schem: Hi Brad No, it is not exactly the same, but it is sufficiently similar that you can use it with confidence. There may be a few items on a 1978 Californian specification 1500cc car that you do not have on your 1972 1275cc car, but the colour code didn t change....

MG Car Repair: 1966 mgb, 6v batteries, 12 gauge
6v batteries, 12 gauge, dc generator: Jacky, You re not reading what I am writing. IF YOU HAVE AN ALTERNATOR, YOU MUST HAVE NEGATIVE GROUND!!!!! THERE ARE NO POSITIVE GROUND ALTERNATORS. You connected the battery up backwards and you may have fried the alternator along with the wire to it....

MG Car Repair: 1974 MGB, starter solenoid, good shape
starter solenoid, good shape, instrument panel: Hi Oronzo, You are going to have to explain a little before I can even guess what may be wrong. what do you mean it won t turn over ? The engine is locked up and won t turn over? The starter spins free and won t engage the ring gear? The Starter solenoid...

MG Car Repair: 1974 MGB speedo and screenwash, windshield washer, trip recorder
windshield washer, trip recorder, screenwash: Hi Jack. I hope you have small nimble fingers. These jobs are best done lying on your back with your feet in the air and your head in the driver s footwell. You will also need a torch (flashlight). The long thick metal cable is the speedo drive. It...

MG Car Repair: 1974 MGB (USA), internal illumination, bad earth
internal illumination, bad earth, ring terminal: Hi Mac Either the power to the tachometer is faulty or it has a bad earth. The earth to the tach is via a ring terminal on a black wire going to one of the mounting lugs - it may be disconnected. Turn the sidelights on and look to see if the internal...

MG Car Repair: 1975 MGB battery hookup, mgb roadster, starter solenoid
mgb roadster, starter solenoid, battery cables: Hi Westyn, The color of the cables does not mean anything. The cables most likely have been changed more then once and any color cables could have been installed. MG never had a blue cable. Most were black on positive and negative originally. Your 75...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MGB Tourer / Electrical problem, windshield wipers, turn signals
windshield wipers, turn signals, proof method: Hi Wayne, That could be anything of a hundred things but I can tell you a 100% fail proof method to fix it. First you need a wiring diagram and a test light. I learned in the dealerships I worked in to pick ONLY one circuit of several failed circuits...

MG Car Repair: Brakes don't work on 1975 MGB, flexible brake hoses, brake servo
flexible brake hoses, brake servo, rear drums: Hi Kevin. If you have lost a lot of brake fluid, then either it is leaking or it is being consumed by the engine. Firstly, check the brakes visually, especially the inside face of the rear brakes which can be inspected by looking under the back of the...

MG Car Repair: Dashboard removal, thumb screw, crows foot
thumb screw, crows foot, mg midget: Hi Corey, The removal of the dash is a large job as compared to taking out a choke cable and a oil/temp gauge. The choke cable housing is held in with a 5/8 nut (a crows foot wrench works well) and the gauge is held in with a thumb screw. Undo the...

MG Car Repair: fuel pump leak 75 mgb, burlen fuel systems, axle stands
burlen fuel systems, axle stands, replacement fuel: Hi Dermot The overflowing carb means that the needle valves should be replaced, otherwise this will keep happening and gradually get worse. The leaking fuel pump is more serious. For safety, I would fit a replacement fuel pump. Also, modern fuel contains...

MG Car Repair: MG MIDGET 1500 1979 UK RESTORATION, cam followers, drive shaft
cam followers, drive shaft, triumph spitfire: Hi Howard. The engine in a 1500 Midget is basically a Triumph Spitfire unit. The relevant part of the workshop manual can be found via this link: http://vintage.mitchell1.com/PClubData/chassis/enis73/V2I735493.pdf The cam followers should just lift...

MG Car Repair: MG Midget, Suspension, wiper fluid and reverse lights., oil leaks, screenwash
oil leaks, screenwash, exchange units: Hi Fergal. If the front end bounces, then probably the front shock absorbers are not working. They should be full of hydraulic oil, so take the threaded bung out and check. If they are empty, go to a farmer s supplier and buy some hydraulic oil, preferably...

MG Car Repair: MG Wiring mess, hot shows, would make sense
hot shows, would make sense, color coding: Hi Bruce, No, nothing odd about the wiring. In fact it is one of the best as the color coding is very uniform and easy to follow. You need to give me the year and model of the MG and what circuit you are tracing for me to try to help. Only pick one...

MG Car Repair: mga wiper motor, permanent magnet motor, wiper motors
permanent magnet motor, wiper motors, correct combination: Hi Mark, I have had many of those wiper motors apart because back in the days of the MGA we did not always have a new motor in stock to replace one with so we use to take them apart to try to repair them. As I remember on the two speed motors there were...

MG Car Repair: Pumping oil through the exhaust, leak down tester, mg midget
leak down tester, mg midget, leak down test: Hi Todd, If it is blowing blue smoke out the exhaust and has condensed oil in the tail pipe You need to first look at the PCV valve and look for over filled oil pan and if they are ok run a dry compression test and then a wet compression test as a test...

MG Car Repair: Rear Hub, rear axle seal, shaft collar
rear axle seal, shaft collar, wheel cylinder: Hi John, As I remember you first need to check the thickness of the C clip in the groove to see that you have the correct parts, then put the cylinder into the backing plate so the bleeder valve is on top. then start the C (or E clip as some are called)clip...

MG Car Repair: signal lights just stopped working, hazard warning switch, signal switch
hazard warning switch, signal switch, turn indicators: The speed of the turn indicators is governed by the two-wire relay unit clipped to the bulkhead. This is an old mechanical design. You could try fitting a new turn indicator relay. Personally, I would fit a modern 3-wire relay. These have a transistorised...

MG Car Repair: 1966 mgb, 6v batteries, 12 gauge
6v batteries, 12 gauge, dc generator: Hi Jacky, The 66 MGB has the remote mounted solenoid and if the large battery cable melts the insulation as soon as you connect it to the solenoid then that solenoid is for sure shorted out. You also have a DC generator and not an alternator. This has...

MG Car Repair: 1972 mg midget electrical problems, coil wire, light key
coil wire, light key, test light: Hi Mike, How did you test the points and condenser? You scare me when you say appear to be good and assume . The test procedure is to first confirm 12v at the coil, then rotate the engine until the points are open and test the points arm with a test...

MG Car Repair: 1973 MGBGT USA cutting out, mgb gt, fuel pumps
mgb gt, fuel pumps, mgbgt: OK Adam. Sounds like carb icing to me. This has been happening more and more in recent months. The next time the engine starts to die, pull the choke control out. If the engine picks up again, that confirms it. Once the engine has warmed up, it should...

MG Car Repair: 1973 mg mgb, drain plug
drain plug : It is just above the distributor, slightly to the left. Early cars had a tap, later cars like yours had a plug. See part #2 in this diagram: http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=28976&SortOrder=2 You could fit a tap...

MG Car Repair: 1977 MK 4 midget gearox, british car repair, car repair shop
british car repair, car repair shop, input shaft: The only way I know is to search the Internet as there are many more parts suppliers then Moss out there. I am not sure if the distance between the idler shaft and the main shaft are the same on other model spitfires or not but if you can locate a local British...

MG Car Repair: '73 Midget jumping out of 3rd gear, hub assembly, shift lever
hub assembly, shift lever, transmission mounts: Hi Dave, There are several things that can cause that. It can be a bent shifter fork or a worn shifter fork. Also a worn out spacer on the main shaft. Another common item is the teeth of the spline on the sliding hub assembly and the teeth on the gear (3rd)...

MG Car Repair: My classic mini vibrate, austin clubman, torque bar
austin clubman, torque bar, cv joints: Hi Lionel, I worked on quite a few minis back it the dealerships I worked in and the only things I remember causing a problem taking off in low gear was the anti torque bar that stabilized the engine had soft rubber along with soft or broken motor mounts....

MG Car Repair: MGB Exhaust smoke., valve seals, revs
MG Car Repair: MGB Exhaust smoke., valve seals, revs

MG Car Repair: intake bolts, intake manifold gasket, lotus engine
intake manifold gasket, lotus engine, jensen healey: Hi Rudy, Many engines have the same problem of access to the lower intake and exhaust manifold nuts. I have rebuilt many 1500 Spitfire engines but I don t remember which wrench I used but as best I can remember I used a long 1/2 in Snap-on wrench that I...

MG Car Repair: losing spark, air gap, first test
air gap, first test, midget: Hi Dave, When you loose spark after warm-up, you need to run a few small tests. All tests MUST be run in it s failed mode. (when there is no spark) First test to see that you nave 12v to the coil with the key on, then feel the coil to see if it is...

MG Car Repair: MG Midget Gearbox issues, slave cylinder replacement, clutch master cylinder
slave cylinder replacement, clutch master cylinder, clutch hydraulics: Hi Angie. That confirms my suspicions. Your clutch is not operating. I would start by checking the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder. If the cylinder is empty, the hydraulics have failed. Nine times out of ten it is either a failed slave cylinder...

MG Car Repair: MGA ride height, ground clearance, measurements
ground clearance, measurements: Sorry Dan, I worked in several MG dealerships over the years of the MG, but never seen the ride height quoted, nor ground clearance. It is not adjustable so all you can do is replace the springs if it seems to be low. I do remember measuring right to left...

MG Car Repair: MGB Exhaust smoke., worn bores, mgb roadster
worn bores, mgb roadster, exhaust smoke: Hi Aidan The short answer to your question is yes. A rich engine will smoke, usually blue smoke rather than black. Set the carbs and see if it goes away. If the smoke persists, then you probably have worn valve guides or worn bores. My next test would...

MG Car Repair: MGB Rev Counter, mgb gt, electrical faults
mgb gt, electrical faults, bad earth: Hi Robert. Strange electrical faults such as this are usually due to a bad earth. Turn the sidelights on and check that the gauge illuminates. If all the other gauges glow in the dark but the rev counter does not, then the gauge is not earthed properly....

MG Car Repair: MGB squeaking in left front area, john blaine, eyes and ears
john blaine, eyes and ears, time john: John, I can t help you unless you answer my questions. 1. Is the car disk or wire wheel? 2. Is the noise any different going fast or slow? 3. Does the noise change when you turn left? 4. Does the noise change when you turn right? 5. Does the...

MG Car Repair: MGB transmission, engine temp, fresh oil
engine temp, fresh oil, gear oil: Hi Dan, Most likely it is a worn syncro ring on 4th gear. The syncro rings are small cone shaped clutches that get the gear and a sliding hub spinning at the same speed before engaging. When a syncro ring gets warn the two splines are not spinning at the...

MG Car Repair: new fuel pump not pulling fuel, radiator shops, mg midget
radiator shops, mg midget, suction side: Hi Rick, First confirm that the pump has some vacuum on the suction side then if it will not pull any fuel from the tank you probably have something in the tank obstructing the pick up. Sometimes you can open the filler cap and use compressed air to...

MG Car Repair: removing oil /temp gauge from 72 Midget, capillary tube, dual gauge
capillary tube, dual gauge, illumination system: Hi Jim Here is a photograph showing the back of a dual gauge. It is called a dual gauge because it is actually two gauges sharing a single casing. The gauge is held to the dashboard with a U-shaped bracket. The bracket is attached to the gauge by...

MG Car Repair: 1976 MGB, blown head gasket, coolant level
blown head gasket, coolant level, oil light: Hi David, Wait until it is cold and check the coolant level and fill it up and leave the cap off and start the engine. If it blows coolant out right away or the level raises right away shut it off. You would then need to run a combustion pressure test....

MG Car Repair: 1976 midget will not start, starter fluid, cause fire
starter fluid, cause fire, timing light: Hi Steve, When someone brings me a car that will not start I have to first check the compression to see that this engine can run. It must have from 125 PSI to about 170 PSI on all four cylinders with very little difference between cylinders. If it don...

MG Car Repair: 1977 MGB, fuel gauge, temp gauge
fuel gauge, temp gauge, electrial: Hi Rick, Any time you have an intermittent electrical problem with several items at once, you should try sanding and cleaning the fuses and fuse retainers. It is close to impossible to locate a fault when it is not there, so you must test while it is...

MG Car Repair: 1977 mgb, mgb car, starter solenoid
mgb car, starter solenoid, voltage coil: Hi William, Your symptom narrows the problem down to only a hundred possible causes. You need to run some tests to narrow it down a little further. It is a waste of time trying to guess what it might be so the first test is to turn the key to Ignition...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MG Midget wiring, time howard, test light
time howard, test light, trace one: Hi Dave, I learned a long time ago not to attempt to work on an electrical system without a wiring diagram in front of me. You said ,engine starts but will stay started did you mean not stay running ? Will it keep running as long as you have the...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MGB start problem, coil wire, high tension
coil wire, high tension, distributor cap: Hi Gerri, Water has very little effect on any part of the electrical system of the car except the secondary of the ignition system (coil, high tension coil wire, distributor cap, rotor, plug wires and spark plugs.) The only other thing you can wet under...

MG Car Repair: 76 MBG wont start, starter solenoid, brown wires
starter solenoid, brown wires, tracer wire: First listen under the hood while someone tries to start the engine. Do you hear a Click from the starter area? If not, take a 12v test light and put it on the white with a brown tracer wire on the starter solenoid and have them hit the starter again. If...

MG Car Repair: fuel gauge & electrical problem, fuel gauge, air gap
fuel gauge, air gap, trouble light: Hi Pete, All I can tell you is what the car was suppose to have as far as ignition. Many people changed from pointed ignition to electronic ignition thinking it was some kind of advancement. While pointed ignition does have some draw backs like the points...

MG Car Repair: gears grinding on my mg midget, clutch master cylinder, clutch disk
clutch master cylinder, clutch disk, grinding gears: Hi Gary, A rough way to test the clutch hydraulic system is to push the clutch pedal down with your hand. It should move freely about an inch then it should get hard to push and as you push it down to the floor it should feel just as hard all the way down....

MG Car Repair: MG Battery Replacement, replacement battery, battery replacement
replacement battery, battery replacement, plywood: Hi Al I have never heard of this before. Why did the walls bow inward? It sounds to me as though the replacement battery is fatter than the one that came out. Perhaps you have bought the wrong battery. If you are sure that this is just a matter of returning...

MG Car Repair: MGB Quits on hills, fuel pressure gauge, vacuum gauge
fuel pressure gauge, vacuum gauge, street engines: Hi John, The hardest fault to find is an intermittent problem, however to find a problem you must do the testing when it is in the failed mode. (not starting) You can t rule a coil out but that is unlikely the problem as a coil does not know if you are...

MG Car Repair: mg midget 1975, dot 4 brake fluid, clutch release
dot 4 brake fluid, clutch release, slave cylinder: Hi Justin First look in the master cylinder reservoir (next to the brake reservoir) Add fluid (only DOT 4 brake fluid) If it was low, pump the clutch in slow long strokes to see if you gain a pedal. Recheck the fluid level and fill again if necessary....

MG Car Repair: mg td, back axel ratios, john fay, crown wheel
john fay, crown wheel, mgtd: Hi John To be honest, a 1250cc TD would have great difficulty pulling an MGB rear axle - 3.9 is a bit too low. On a main road, even a slight hill would require you to change down to third gear, and around town it would be very slow getting away from traffic...

MG Car Repair: Problem, starter solenoid, starter problem
starter solenoid, starter problem, timing light: Hi Michel, Don t replace any more parts until you do some tests and find out what is wrong. You must have the car in a failed mode to do the tests. If the starter spins the engine and it don t start, you need to put a timing light on the coil wire (not...

MG Car Repair: red light on dash board wont go out, mgb roadster, ohm meter
mgb roadster, ohm meter, starter relay: Hi Paul I presume the red light on the dashboard is the ignition warning light. Normally this indicates that there is a fault in the alternator. However, the situation is complicated because when you apply the handbrake the starter operates. I would...

MG Car Repair: Speedometer & others!, turn signal switch, speedometer needle
turn signal switch, speedometer needle, roadster factory: Most of the MG parts suppliers have them but don t purchase one until you confirm that is what is broken. With the plastic cover off you can watch the cancel mechanism operate and thus see what is broken and possibly repair it. If you need one you should...

MG Car Repair: sending unit poping out, radiator cap, lori ann
radiator cap, lori ann, air bubbles: Hi Bob, If it were mine, I would first pressure test the radiator cap and put a lower pressure cap on if it is tests higher then 7 PSI. The pressure can be too high even with the correct temperature. Also get the retainer clip for the thermal sensor. ...

MG Car Repair: voltage stabilizer, generator voltage regulator, informative directions
generator voltage regulator, informative directions, analog meter: Pete, I told you you need a analog volt meter (one with a needle) to test it, not a test light and it needs to be connected to the gauges. Yes, it cuts the power down to 10v but it does it like an old DC generator voltage regulator so when you try to use the...

MG Car Repair: 1973 standard MGB starting, new tank, contact breaker
new tank, contact breaker, flexible pipe: Hi Ralph. I very much doubt that you need a new tank. You just have a partial blockage somewhere. Before you buy anything, there is a filter that you may have missed and a test that you can do. Inside the fuel pump there are two valves. They are...

MG Car Repair: 1974 MGB turn signals, haynes book, turn signal flasher
haynes book, turn signal flasher, fuse box: You are correct. The power to the heater blower switch is Green/Pink. Use a Scotchlock connector to take power from this wire directly to the turn indicator flasher unit - a small cube of metal with 2 wires going to it. The flasher unit is clipped to...

MG Car Repair: 1976 mgb zenith stromberg 175cd carb, zenith stromberg, moss motors
zenith stromberg, moss motors, carburetter: Order the jet from Moss Motors, and when it arrives have a look at it. From memory, I think it is a press fit, not a screw fit. You have got to extract the old jet and press the new one in. I must admit that I have never done one. If you do it wrong, you...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MG midget, stromberg carburetor, zenith stromberg
stromberg carburetor, zenith stromberg, intake manifold gasket: If the build up of carbon on the intake valves is excessive the only good way to remove the carbon is to remove the head and do a valve job. If the valves are just dirty looking, there are fuel additives that can be added to the fuel that will clean them over...

MG Car Repair: 1980 mgb usa version loss of power, vacuum test, manifold vacuum
vacuum test, manifold vacuum, hose connections: Hi Mike, You need to run two tests. Both need to be run until the failure. One is a intake manifold vacuum test. The other is a fuel pressure test. Most vacuum gauges have a small section for fuel pressure so you can alternate the same gauge for both tests....

MG Car Repair: 76 MG B, charcoal canister, vent hose
charcoal canister, vent hose, manifold vacuum: Wow! that is a Type HIF SU carburetor. Not normal on a 76 B . I like SU much more then Stromberg. The HIF SU was the type used on the early (fast) E-type Jaguars. That is a good conversion from the single Stromberg it had originally. You still need to...

MG Car Repair: A series crankshaft bearing sizes, main bearing, british engines
main bearing, british engines, mini 1275gt: The clearances are machined into the bearing shells when they are manufactured. Standard main journals should be 2.0017 inches diameter, but due to manufacturing tolerances they can be up to .0005 of an inch (half a thou) less than this. If your machine...

MG Car Repair: Dialling in a camshaft, crankshaft pulley, crankshaft bearings
crankshaft pulley, crankshaft bearings, timing chain cover: My reply is based on my knowledge of the MG Midget, which has a conventional front cover. The Mini is slightly different, although they both have basically the same 1275cc A-series engine. I am sure you can work out how to modify my instructions to suit...

MG Car Repair: distributor oiling felt, engine oil, lubes
engine oil, lubes, lubricant: Hi Al, I don t think I ever seen any official statement on what to use and I have seen a lot of different lubes put on them over the years. I always use just a few drops of engine oil so it would soak into the felt. I seen some cars come into the shop with...

MG Car Repair: door switch, wiring loom, door switches
wiring loom, door switches, earth return: Hi Mike. The light works when you switch it on manually, so there is power to it. The switches operate on the earth return circuit, and that is where your fault lies. Before you do anything else, unplug one of the switches and rub the bullet connector against...

MG Car Repair: engine will not stay running, jumper wire, mgb
jumper wire, mgb, fusebox: Hi Matthew It could be a worn out ignition switch. They can fail after nearly 40 years of usage. There are 4 fuses in the fusebox. Make up a short jumper wire and join the bottom 2 fuses together. Now start the engine. If it runs ok, then this confirms...

MG Car Repair: Fuel Gauge, fuel gauge, moss motors
fuel gauge, moss motors, bad earth: Hi John. I cannot remember ever having a bad fuel gauge. They are virtually bullet-proof. Normally, a problem with the gauge is either a) A faulty sender unit inside the tank b) A bad earth (ground) which should be attached to the sender unit. c) A...

MG Car Repair: hydraulic clutch, clutch plate, hydraulic clutch
clutch plate, hydraulic clutch, clutch pedal: Hi Tim. I regret that the answer is probably no, once the clutch loses all free play and starts to slip you need a new clutch plate. However, I have seen cases where the clevis pin that goes through the operating fork underneath the car is badly worn....

MG Car Repair: MG Midget Rear Brake cyl clip, straight blade screwdriver, channel lock pliers
straight blade screwdriver, channel lock pliers, brake cylinder: Hi Doug, I do remember them being a pain. As I remember I would just force it in enough to get it started and then I think I used a straight blade screwdriver as a punch and bumped it the rest of the way on with a hammer on the screwdriver. Later I bought...

MG Car Repair: MG B 76, float chamber, carburetor
float chamber, carburetor, clue: The float is in the base of the carburetor but you should not attempt to go into the carb until you have the service manual in hand. You need the SU manual because the MG manual will not cover the HIF carburetor as it was never used on the MG here in the US....

MG Car Repair: MG B Anti-run-on Leaking Gas, crankshaft bearings, carburetter
crankshaft bearings, carburetter, evening air: Hi Wayne. The anti run-on valve is attached to the inlet manifold. When the engine is switched off the valve should open, flooding the inlet with AIR (not gasoline). You have a real problem here. I think something has failed inside the carburetter...

MG Car Repair: MG B HIF SU Carb, haynes manuals, bentley manuals
haynes manuals, bentley manuals, jaguar dealership: Any auto parts store that handles Haynes manuals should be able to order the SU book for you. Or some book stores can use the ISBN number to order it. There are also Haynes distributors in the US that should be able to send it to you. ISBN 0 85696 299 6...

MG Car Repair: MG Midget Fuel leak, float bowl, mg midget
float bowl, mg midget, carburator: Hi Mike, First put a fuel filter in line just before the carburetors and test the fuel pressure. It should be from 1.5 PSI to a max of 3 PSI. Then install new needles and seats in both carbs and set the float levels. That is what most shops would do with...

MG Car Repair: MGA 1600 1960, crank case breather, piston ring
crank case breather, piston ring, cylinder test: Hi Raul, Excess oil from a breather pipe can be several things. First check that the oil level is not too high. If that is ok then you need to run a dry and wet compression test. Also, have someone drive the car quickly from a stop while you watch from...

MG Car Repair: MGA 1960 Wiper motor problem?, tracer wire, wiper motor
tracer wire, wiper motor, hi ed: Hi Ed, First remove the black w/green tracer wire off of the wiper switch when you turn it off to see if the switch is at fault. If it still runs, most likely it is the cancel (park switch) in the gearbox of the wiper motor. (unless you have a short in...

MG Car Repair: mgb batteries, 6 volt batteries, test meter
6 volt batteries, test meter, electrical test: Hi Colin. It depends where the cutout switch was wired. For now, I would wire the car without a cutout. My guess is that you have drilled a hole for the new 12 volt earth wire, but you have not scraped any paint away underneath the head of the bolt. The...

MG Car Repair: mgb electrical, regulator problem, tracer wire
regulator problem, tracer wire, test light: Hi Dennis, The IGN light is a charge light not an ignition light. Normally when the engine is not running the regulator connection where the IGN light is connected is a ground. But when the engine is running and the alternator is charging that ground...

MG Car Repair: pushrod coming off rocker arm, 2 quarts, radiator cap
2 quarts, radiator cap, adjustment nut: Hi Jim I think the combination of hot weather, slow traffic and low oil level has caused you car to overheat badly. Your engine should never need 3 pints of oil, because more than half of the heat generated by the engine is normally dissipated through...

MG Car Repair: Pushrod coming out from underneath rocker arm, 2 quarts, radiator cap
2 quarts, radiator cap, adjustment nut: Hi Jim, You need to do several tests right away. First with the engine cold remove the radiator cap and look at the coolant level and have someone start the engine and let it idle while you watch the coolant level. The coolant level must not rise. Then...

MG Car Repair: Rear axle leak, moss europe, mg midget
moss europe, mg midget, brake shoes: Hi Neil. Yes, the driveshaft just pulls straight out (and all the oil runs out). Remember to keep that side higher than the other side. As regards the fan switch, it should just pull out, but be careful that you don t damage the crackle finish paint...

MG Car Repair: Rear axle leak, moss europe, mg midget
moss europe, mg midget, brake shoes: Hi Neil. Yes, the driveshaft just pulls straight out (and all the oil runs out). Remember to keep that side higher than the other side. As regards the fan switch, it should just pull out, but be careful that you don t damage the crackle finish paint...

MG Car Repair: Sputtering 75 MG Midget, fuel pressure gauge, weber carburetor
fuel pressure gauge, weber carburetor, triumph 1500: Vapor lock is caused by heat from the engine but it is usually when the line going TO a fuel pump gets too hot. The fuel s boiling point is lowered by the lower pressure caused by the fuel pump trying to draw fuel from the tank. Once the fuel starts to boil...

MG Car Repair: Steering rack assembly, thrust washer, clever tips
thrust washer, clever tips, rack assembly: Hi Alan. Soak the felt in EP90 gear oil, then place between two small planks of wood and squash it in a vice. Do a trial fit. You may need to trim it slightly with scissors. It should go in easily (so long as you are quick). You could use an O...

MG Car Repair: SU Fuel Pump, rubber hoses, replacement pumps
rubber hoses, replacement pumps, moss motors: It really depends where it is leaking from. Modern fuel contains Ethanol, and older rubber hoses cannot cope with the stuff - they dry out and crack. Check whether the problem is with the pump or with the hoses that connect to the pump. Check the two large...

MG Car Repair: Transmission, worn clutch, clutch pedal
worn clutch, clutch pedal, hydraulic problem: Hi Hugh, To give the clutch a rough test as we use to do in the dealerships. First push the clutch pedal in with your hand. It should move not more then an inch free play and then the pedal should be hard to push and if you push it all the way to the floor...

MG Car Repair: 1977 mgb no power in ignition circuit, test light, road map
test light, road map, wiring diagram: John, Tracing a circuit is done with a 12v test light. You need a wiring diagram and a test light to trace the ignition circuit. I always start at the load (the ignition) and trace back toward the source (the battery) If you do that, you can not fail to...

MG Car Repair: 1980 (and 1971) Fuel Gauge Problem, check gauge, voltage stabilizer
check gauge, voltage stabilizer, fuel gauge: Glad you got it fixed. I found my sending unit and measured it and got 22 ohms in full position and 7.69 K ohms in empty. The sending unit looks like new inside and I couldn t tell if it was an aftermarket unit or not. It had to be 10 + years old as I tore...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB headlight problem, tracer wire, high beam
tracer wire, high beam, test light: Hi John, There is only one wire going forward to operate the high beam and one for the low beam so when one light operates and the other don t it has to be a wiring problem between the two lights and that harness runs along the inside under the hood. The...

MG Car Repair: 78 mgb starts for 2 sec. then dies, weber carburetors, haynes manuals
weber carburetors, haynes manuals, stale gas: Hi Mohammad, If the engine is flooding with excess gas you can see black smoke out of the exhaust and if you remove the spark plugs they will be colored flat black. The gasoline should not be colored like that. It can be stale gas and/or rust in the...

MG Car Repair: brake bleeding, air traps, bolt nut
air traps, bolt nut, down stroke: Hi Jim, I am not convinced you have air in the system. When there is a lot of travel in any of the cylinders fluid moves rapidly and can sound like air moving. A soft pedal can come from too much movement in any part of the brake system so you need...

MG Car Repair: Front brake cylinders 1955 MG TF, brake cylinders, backplates
brake cylinders, backplates, steering arm: Hi Dennis. Either the kingpin assemblies have been put on upside down, or the brake backplates have been fitted to the wrong sides (they are handed). Have a good look at the backplates. The holes for the cylinders are slightly offset, and the offset...

MG Car Repair: bringing out of storage, mgb tourer, zenith carb
mgb tourer, zenith carb, haynes manual: Hi Alison. From what you have told me it sounds like the fuel (petrol, gasoline) has gone stale after sitting in the tank for 2 years. I would syphon all the old fuel from the tank and then put say 2 gallons of fresh fuel in. It may be difficult to start...

MG Car Repair: clutch master cylinder, clutch master cylinder, slave cylinder
clutch master cylinder, slave cylinder, bellhousing: Hi Joe. This is a common problem. I find it best to remove the slave cylinder from the bellhousing, pull the pushrod out of the gaiter, and allow the cylinder to dangle downwards on its flexible hose. Then use a blunt Philips screwdriver to push the piston...

MG Car Repair: Engine ID, ID plate has been removed, smog equipment, moss motors
smog equipment, moss motors, rolling chassis: Join the two together with an oil-tolerant rubber hose, but cut the hose in two and join the halves together with a rod through which you have drilled a 3mm (1/8) hole. Not wide enough to cause gunking, but enough to suck out some of the nasties. By...

MG Car Repair: 78 mgb starts for 2 sec. then dies, vent line, clear tank
MG Car Repair: 78 mgb starts for 2 sec. then dies, vent line, clear tank, odd color

MG Car Repair: Hand brake adjusment 1965 MGB, learned fellows, real humdinger
MG Car Repair: Hand brake adjusment 1965 MGB, learned fellows, real humdinger, british leyland

MG Car Repair: idle problem, vacuum advance, pcv valve
MG Car Repair: idle problem, vacuum advance, pcv valve, intake manifold

MG Car Repair: Fuel sending unit, gauge wire, fuel gauge
gauge wire, fuel gauge, fuel sending unit: Frank, both need a ground so add a ground wire to the sending unit before any thing else. If it still does not read correctly jack up the right side of the car high enough to not loose gasoline and remove the sending unit and plug the hole with a rag or such...

MG Car Repair: Hand brake adjusment 1965 MGB, digital vernier caliper, mgb roadster
digital vernier caliper, mgb roadster, wheel cylinders: Sorry, Charles, but your question is not easy to answer. They made 4 different cables. Depends whether your car is an early 1965 or late 1965 because that was the changeover year from banjo axle to tubed axle. If it really is the wrong cable, you can...

MG Car Repair: headlight & Ignition switch, steering wheel, steering column
steering wheel, steering column, mgb: Hi Chuck. I am not aware of any video or pictures. Changing the headlight switch is straightforward, but you have got to drop the steering column in order to undo the 4 screws that hold the cowl around the column, and you may have to remove the steering...

MG Car Repair: Idle problem, vacuum advance, intake leak
vacuum advance, intake leak, vacuum cleaner: Al, I don t know what you are doing wrong with the uni-syn unit because if you run the center disk all the way in it will choke that carburetor off. Air has to be going into the carburetor or it wouldn t be running. Tell me in detail exactly how you are...

MG Car Repair: Idle problem, stop screws, haynes manual
stop screws, haynes manual, throttles: Something is wrong with your gauge since you know air is entering the carbs. You need to set the throttle stop screws backed out more to get the idle down. After you get the idle down below 900 RPM, then balance the two throttles with the hose method since...

MG Car Repair: Idle problem, carburetor linkage, vacuum lines
carburetor linkage, vacuum lines, throttle cable: Al, there are some basic facts and one is that no engine can run at 1000 to 1200 RPM without sufficient air and fuel to do so. That means that air is going past your throttle plates or entering someplace else. You need to confirm that the throttle plates...

MG Car Repair: idle problem, propane bottle, manifold gaskets
propane bottle, manifold gaskets, accelerator cable: Hi Al, Hunting at idle or surging when driving as a steady speed is a symptom of a lean condition (among other things) However, propane in the intake, and an idle smoothes out or slows down is a sure sign of an intake leak. I found for the most part...

MG Car Repair: Leaning to the right MGB, 6 volt batteries, nylon spacers
6 volt batteries, nylon spacers, paving slabs: Hi Charles. I like the bag of cement idea. I have used paving slabs in the past. After 3 months it is worth swapping the rear springs over. Check the front wing-to-tyre gaps are the same, then check the back ones. Keep a record of the gaps for future...

MG Car Repair: MGB loses power / no response to gas pedal, fuel pressure gauge, vacuum test
fuel pressure gauge, vacuum test, manifold vacuum: Hi Lieta, If it were brought to me in a dealership I would first connect a T in the fuel line close to the carburetor and run a long hose out from under the hood and place a fuel pressure gauge under a wiper arm so I could monitor fuel pressure at the...

MG Car Repair: MGB stalling issues, british sports cars, stale gas
british sports cars, stale gas, throttle control: Hi Justin, Your symptom does not pinpoint the problem so some tests and some work is required to find the problem. From what you say it has been setting for a while and probably has stale gas in it. You need to drain the fuel and put fresh gas in it and...

MG Car Repair: MGB Starter circuit, starter solenoid, jumper wire
starter solenoid, jumper wire, long jumper: Hi Brian, BLM and/or Lucas Made a monkey puzzle out of the starter circuit on the late MGBs. At this point it is a waste of money, tossing parts at the problem so you need to find out what is wrong first then if you need to purchase a part you will at least...

MG Car Repair: mgb tachometer fault, black signal, power suply
black signal, power suply, rev counter: Hi Barry. The wiring to a 73 rev counter is very simple, and all the wires have different terminal types so you cannot wire it wrongly. The green wires with a Lucar terminal provide a power supply. The White/Black wire with a female bullet connector...

MG Car Repair: Oil Pan Gasket Replacement, crankcase pressure, pan gasket
crankcase pressure, pan gasket, oil leaks: Hi Wayne, The front bolts are a little difficult to get to and on some B s I have had to loosen the motor mounts and raise the engine just a little to get a pan off. You should also check the crankcase vent system to be sure you are not building too...

MG Car Repair: Removal of 1977 MGB Turn Signal Switch, turn signal switch, steering wheel
turn signal switch, steering wheel, wiper switch: Hi Phil, When I needed to pull a steering wheel I never had a wheel puller. The difficult ones I sat in the drivers seat and because my legs are long I was able to apply force to the bottom of the wheel with my legs while I had the nut flush with the end...

MG Car Repair: replacement keys needed, steering column lock, replacement keys
steering column lock, replacement keys, locksmith: Hi Vicki, When the car was new the dealer use to log the key numbers and put them in with the owner s manual but that is probably long gone so all you can do is to remove the steering column lock assembly and a door lock assembly and take them to a locksmith....

MG Car Repair: Replacing Speedometer cable in 1973 MGB, speedometer cable, thumb nuts
speedometer cable, thumb nuts, rubber grommet: Robert, you need to push the grommet out of the firewall with a screwdriver and if the new cable don t have a new grommet, you need to split the old grommet with a knife or such and put it on the new cable. To remove the choke cable you need to loosen...

MG Car Repair: Rough engine...sometimes, twin carbs, float chamber
twin carbs, float chamber, timing light: Hi Bob, Your symptom does not pin point what is wrong. It only tells you that you must run some tests to narrow the problem into a smaller area. It does sound like it is related to one of the carburetors. First you need to run the tests while it is in...

MG Car Repair: short in brake lights, brake light switch, corroded
brake light switch, corroded, tail light: Hi Bill. I do not think you have a short in the brake light circuit, otherwise it would just blow fuse #3. If the wires are getting hot, that is where you have a problem. For example, if the wires to the brake light switch get hot, this normally indicates...

MG Car Repair: Speedometer, trip odometer, speedometer
trip odometer, speedometer, odometer: Hi Frank, If the odometer is working and the speedometer is not, it means the cable is driving the unit and the speedometer head itself has failed. If you are mechanically inclined you may be able to open it up and find what is wrong as the speedometer...

MG Car Repair: Sputtering 75 MG Midget, fuel pressure gauge, weber carburetor
fuel pressure gauge, weber carburetor, triumph 1500: The carburetor has no control to stop a pump (mechanical or electric) from pumping. If you did the test correctly. For a mechanical pump pull the line off of the carburetor and put it into a jar or can and have someone spin the engine. For an electrical...

MG Car Repair: Sticking Choke Cable, carburetors, mgb
carburetors, mgb, carburetor: Hi Bryan, The choke linkage at the carburetors is difficult to move even when it is working ok. First disconnect the cable from the carburetors linkage and operate the choke by hand at the carburetor and if it is too hard to operate you need to lube all...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MGB Dieseling on shut off and losing power, combustion chambers, combustion chamber
combustion chambers, combustion chamber, dieseling: Hi David, When an engine diesels after turning off the ignition it is a sign that the combustion chamber is over heated to a point that the fuel explodes rather then burns. This is destructive to the engine and it causes a loss of power. Unfortunately...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MGB Distributor cap, dieseling, distributor cap
dieseling, distributor cap, kids toy: The cap should fit correctly with a tooth that locates it in the correct direction and at that time the two clips should snap into place. When installing the cap and you locate it in the tooth you should be able to hold it down hard and not be able to...

MG Car Repair: Clutch and battery, clutch disk, type clutch
clutch disk, type clutch, transmission shaft: I worked in MG dealerships for most of the life span of the MGB and clutch release bearing jobs were common and I would do as many as 5 to 10 a week for many years and some were driven with the carbon completely worn down and the metal of the release bearing...

MG Car Repair: Cooper 'S' distributor, vacuum advance, advance mechanism
vacuum advance, advance mechanism, fuel consumption: Hi Yahaha. The Cooper S distributor has a very good advance curve for the A series engine. The engine will feel more responsive, but the lack of vacuum advance will mean that fuel consumption is not very good. On a racing engine, fuel consumption is less...

MG Car Repair: fuse panel on a 1979 mg, fuse box, fuses
MG Car Repair: fuse panel on a 1979 mg, fuse box, fuses

MG Car Repair: Instrument failure, exact problem, fuel pump
MG Car Repair: Instrument failure, exact problem, fuel pump, fuse

MG Car Repair: fuse panel on a 1979 mg, fuse boxes, fuse clips
fuse boxes, fuse clips, fuse panel: Hi Ryan, The fuse panel is under the hood (bonnet) on the right hand fender (wing) inner wall under a plastic cover. Lucas fuse boxes are noted for bad connections so not only look for a blown fuse be sure to test the connections of the fuse to the fuse...

MG Car Repair: Hazard turn signals, turn signal switch, left turn signal
turn signal switch, left turn signal, wattage bulbs: Hi Bill, You can use 14 gauge wire for all of the turn signal wiring. You only need one flasher unit (not really a relay) The flasher unit works on the resistance of the bulbs in either the right or the left turn signal lights including the turn signal...

MG Car Repair: Instrument failure, voltage stabiliser, fuse box
voltage stabiliser, fuse box, instrument failure: Hi Ron. Unfortunately they used the same colour for these two Brown/White wires. One of them is very short and just goes from the relay to the fusebox. The other one is the actuator wire that comes from the ignition switch. The plain Brown wire provides...

MG Car Repair: MGB Starter problem, voltage drop test, starter solenoid
voltage drop test, starter solenoid, jumper wire: Hi Laurie, The tests for a negative ground and positive ground car for the starter are the same when using a test light and if doing a voltage drop test on cable you just reverse the test leads on the volt meter. A Click on an attempted start can...

MG Car Repair: Misfire After changing head gasket, head gasket, uk spec
head gasket, uk spec, compression test: Hi Jon. If the gasket was leaking then usually that means the head is slightly warped and it needs skimming. You may get away without it, but you should test it with a steel ruler to check that it is perfectly flat. Often there is a problem with a burnt...

MG Car Repair: noise never heard before, wheel bearing, gearbox
wheel bearing, gearbox, overdrive: Hi Doug. I need more information. What car are you driving? How loud is the noise? How do you know it isn t a wheel bearing? Where does it seem to come from? Does it only happen with the overdrive switched on (or off)? Any particular gear? What happens...

MG Car Repair: no oil pressure, hydraulic gauge, cam lobes
hydraulic gauge, cam lobes, cam bearings: Yes, I have seen a mechanic in one of the shops I worked in build an engine and he lubed all the bearings and forgot and put a clean dry pump in and could not build oil pressure even spinning the engine before fire up with the plugs out. All the mechanics...

MG Car Repair: Rocker Shims, rocker shaft, shims
rocker shaft, shims, racing engines: Hi Wayne. The rocker shaft is clamped into the 4 rocker pillars and must not rotate. These shims introduce a very slight bend into the shaft to aid the clamping and prevent the shaft from fretting in the pillars. For road-going engines, you should insert...

MG Car Repair: steering lock assembly - 1977 MGB, steering column lock, shear bolts
steering column lock, shear bolts, grub screw: Hi Rick. These locks do wear out and they do tend to stick instead of returning cleanly. You may get away with replacing the electrical lock and short wiring loom. These are available separately, and they contain the return spring. The switch is the black...

MG Car Repair: SU vs Zenith carburetor, zenith carb, outright power
zenith carb, outright power, emmision: Hi Nicholas. I agree with you. In standard tune, an 1800cc MGB engine with twin SU carbs produces about 100 bhp and has a wide spread of torque. With a single Zenith and all the emissions equipment, a late USA spec engine only produces 76 bhp. For outright...

MG Car Repair: turn signals don't flash, flasher units, hazard flasher
flasher units, hazard flasher, indicator lamps: Hi Jim. The fact that the hazard unit is capable of flashing all 6 bulbs (including the 2 on the dash) tells me that the lamps are all ok. If the turn signal works and then stops, it sounds like a faulty flasher unit to me. I would replace it with a different...

MG Car Repair: Valve adjustment, wolf creek oregon, mg midgets
wolf creek oregon, mg midgets, valve clearance: Hi Charley, The 59 to 61 MGA was .015 hot intake and exhaust but the 62 MKII was .017 hot intake and exhaust. I worked for many years in MG dealerships and often wondered about hot vs cold so I checked several MGAs, MGBs and MG midgets and even Healeys...

MG Car Repair: 1976 MGB emissions, zenith stromberg, facet pump
zenith stromberg, facet pump, crane cams: To be honest, it would be much better to remove everything and fit twin SU carbs instead. This would increase your power from about 70 bhp to 100 bhp, the car would run much sweeter, and you would never have problems with the emissions equipment in the future....

MG Car Repair: 1976 MGB, zenith stromberg, barrel carburetor
zenith stromberg, barrel carburetor, crane cams: Hi Paul, I learned early when working in MG dealerships that symptoms may lead you to a section but for the most part are useless. Testing is the ONLY method of diagnosis that works 100%. The easiest engine to fix in the world is one that won t run....

MG Car Repair: 65 mgb, 6 volt batteries, rear bulkhead
6 volt batteries, rear bulkhead, moss motors: Hi Rick. The 65 MGB has two 6-volt batteries. Basically these batteries sit in open cradles on either side of the transmission tunnel. there are no bolt-in panels, just the tunnel, the rear bulkhead, and the inner wings. If you are worried about dirt,...

MG Car Repair: Battery problems, overdrive switch, 12 volt battery
overdrive switch, 12 volt battery, magnet motors: Hi Dave, There is a procedure to go through to test for that. First you must test the voltage across the battery (12v +) Then with the voltmeter still on the battery start the engine and set the RPM at about 1500 RPM and read the battery voltage. It...

MG Car Repair: clutch problem?, clutch master cylinder, clutch release
clutch master cylinder, clutch release, clutch pedal: Hi George, It sounds like you have a clutch release problem with the hydraulics. Do this test, push the clutch pedal down by hand. You should feel no resistance for the first half to one inch then the pedal should be firm and hard to push right away...

MG Car Repair: fuel pump voltage, volt power supply, voltage drop test
volt power supply, voltage drop test, volt meter: Hi Tom, When you know that you have a low voltage at any load you need to lay out your wiring diagram and start at the load (your pump) and do a voltage drop test on the wiring. Since you have already tested the pump connect the negative test lead of...

MG Car Repair: ignition lock, instrument light, car harness
instrument light, car harness, question thanks: Hi Rick, The Ignition switch should only have five wires to the harness and only one of the five wires in the harness (car harness) has two wires going to one of the plug connections. I don t know of any inline fused wire extra. Normally in any MG a...

MG Car Repair: MGB core plug size, frost plugs, core plugs
frost plugs, core plugs, head gasket: Hi Ron. There are 4 core plugs on the 18V engine block. They are all Imperial size, 1 5/8 inches. There is no suitable metric equivalent. Yes, there is one at the back of the block and they regularly rust through. The most common leak on an 18V...

MG Car Repair: MGB Fasteners, unf thread, phillips driver
unf thread, phillips driver, head screws: Hi Walter Just about every nut, bolt and washer that you are likely to need is listed on page 125 of the (free) MGB catalogue available from Moss Motors in the USA. Your biggest problem will be cross-referencing everything. Also, their prices will be...

MG Car Repair: Poor running, vacuum distributor, combustion chambers
vacuum distributor, combustion chambers, bucket of bolts: Hi Ron, In the dealerships we learned early to not bother checking items when an engine fails in any manor. You need to test functions first. All engines only need three items to run and run correctly. Compression, Fire and Fuel with conditions on each....

MG Car Repair: No running lights, side marker, prince of darkness
side marker, prince of darkness, fuse box: You shouldn t disrespect Lucas by referring to him as a little Imp He commands respect as the Prince of Darkness . and when he teamed up with Opus to make the Opus/Lucas ignition system he earned the additional title of Duke of NoSpark . Howar...

MG Car Repair: Sprite / Midget master cylinder adjustment, flexible hoses, disk brakes
flexible hoses, disk brakes, wheel cylinder: Hi Bill. Both of the adjuster rods should be adjusted so that there is a little bit of movement before they start to operate. Check that you have at least 4mm of free play at the pedal rubbers. If you have over-adjusted a rod, then the master cup cannot...

MG Car Repair: Stuck Distributor, auto transmission fluid, typical storage
auto transmission fluid, typical storage, screw driver: Hi Dave, The distributor clamp is a separate piece and it is held to a third piece that is in the block. First remove the two small bolts holding the clamp to the sleeve in the block and see if you can move it. If not, remove the long pinch bolt and with...

MG Car Repair: 1976 MGB Gauges, starter solenoid, jumper wire
starter solenoid, jumper wire, tracer wire: Hi Danny, When you have several failed circuits in an electrical system it is a waste of time to try to diagnose the problem by symptoms. The only way to correct the problem is by testing and you should pick the easiest circuit to test and only one circuit....

MG Car Repair: 1977 MGB, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder
clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder, clutch disk: Hi Tracy: Congratulations on the MGB! If the car has been sitting idle since 1980 - or 31 years, there s a lot to do. First, if it was put away wet , i.e.,with gas in the tank, fuel lines,fuel pump, and carb the whole fuel system will need flushed out and/or...

MG Car Repair: Choke cable, antique vehicles, dash panel
antique vehicles, dash panel, restorer: Hi and thanks for the question. There would only be two ways the choke cable could be attached to the dash end. Most common - and as you have described, is with a nut and washer from the rear of the dash panel- yes, difficult to get to and you may have to...

MG Car Repair: fuel gauge stays at half full, fuse block, spec cars
MG Car Repair: fuel gauge stays at half full, fuse block, spec cars, deflection

MG Car Repair: fuel gauge stays at half full, coolant temp, gauge needle
coolant temp, gauge needle, gas gauge: Hi Terance, First test is to turn on the ignition key and have someone watch the fuel gauge. You go back to the right side of the fuel tank and remove the wire (green w/black tracer) (not the black wire) from the flat spade connector. The fuel gauge needle...

MG Car Repair: Fuel Tank, bolt head, mounting bolt
bolt head, mounting bolt, rubber strip: Hi Robert, Sometimes when using new rubber strip packing it will be tighter so just put a longer bolt in or you might just put a length of angle iron next to the bolt head and use a floor jack to force the end of the strap up close enough to get the bolt...

MG Car Repair: mgb 1980 uk, rotor arm, axel stands
rotor arm, axel stands, supply pipe: That all sounds good, Martin. If you remove the plugs from the engine for half an hour, that will allow any liquid in the cylinders to evaporate. Whilst out, clean the plugs with a dry cloth, then wrap them in tinfoil and pop them in the oven for a few...

MG Car Repair: mgb short, fuse, alternator
fuse, alternator, cigarette: Yes. All the items you listed are powered off the bottom fuse. Obviously, you should first check that the fuse has not blown. If it isn t the fuse, then the other side of the fuse is a thin BROWN wire that is connected to the alternator. Perhaps you have...

MG Car Repair: vacuum/emission connections, zenith stromberg, 1978 mg midget
zenith stromberg, 1978 mg midget, triumph spitfire: Hi David. Does this help? http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29286 Also, remember that this system is basically the same as the 1500 Triumph Spitfire, so this may help you: http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=33009...

MG Car Repair: Wiring Short in MGB loom, alternator problem, brown wires
alternator problem, brown wires, slow drain: Hi Jim. I would start by unplugging the alternator. If that stops the battery from draining overnight then you have blown one or more of the diodes in the new alternator. If you still have a drain with the alternator unplugged then you will have to trace...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MGB, spec car, winter project
spec car, winter project, glovebox: Hi Jim. On a 1978 Canadian spec car there is a diode in the brake warning circuit. If this fails (and they do) then the engine will not shut off unless the handbrake is fully off. You have to stop the car on the footbrake, switch the engine off and THEN...

MG Car Repair: 1979 mgb relays, turn signal switch, fuse panel
turn signal switch, fuse panel, turn signals: Hi Fred, Why did you change the switch if the turn signals and horn worked correctly? Why did you try to replace a relay and what do you mean by tried to replace ? I found that when working on any electrical problem is it best to pick only one circuit...

MG Car Repair: Disconnecting the Master Cylinder Hose, haynes manual, flexible hose
haynes manual, flexible hose, slave cylinder: Hi Morice - Thanks for waiting. I cannot find anything relating to the clutch on page 109 of my copy of the Haynes manual, so I presume you have a different version to mine. I gather that you are trying to separate the joint where the flexible hose joins...

MG Car Repair: flooding cylinder 1&2, carbs, seals
MG Car Repair: flooding cylinder 1&2, carbs, seals, carb shop

MG Car Repair: flooding cylinder 1&2, piston rings, fresh oil
piston rings, fresh oil, ring seal: Hi Al. I presume you have the later HIF type SU carburetters. There is a shaft inside the carb that rotates when you pull the choke cable. This shaft has an O-ring seal, and your symptoms are all consistent with a failed O-ring on the front carburetter...

MG Car Repair: headlights, inner rim, chrome rim
inner rim, chrome rim, headlamp glass: Hi Neil. Strictly speaking, the headlamps need professional alignment after replacing. However, do the job indoors, turn the old dipped beams on, and mark the wall where they shine. After replacing the headlamps, you can then align the new dip beams where...

MG Car Repair: Ignition Light comes on and off, brown wires, hi chris
brown wires, hi chris, warning light: Hi Chris. This is a tricky one because it could be so many things. The fault sounds electrical. A red ignition light coming on usually means the alternator has an internal fault or the fanbelt is slipping, but neither of these would cause the engine to...

MG Car Repair: MGB rough SU HS4 carbs, float bowls, float chamber
float bowls, float chamber, needle valve: Hi Paul. Your compressions are good and the Pertronix conversion is a good idea. That leaves two possibilities. Either you have an ignition problem with cylinders #1 and #2 (unlikely) or you have a fuelling problem. I do not think that jet centring is...

MG Car Repair: mgb starting problem, volt power supply, ballast resistor
volt power supply, ballast resistor, ballast system: I would do nothing until you fit the 12 volt (non-ballast) coil. There is a White/Green wire that is connected to the smallest terminal on the starter motor. This wire is only powered whilst the starter is operated, and it will be redundant when you fit...

MG Car Repair: MGB Transmission Vibration, clutch disk, clutch repair
clutch disk, clutch repair, haynes manual: Hi Don: I doubt that changing the clutch MC has anything to do with the vibration you sense. I would as you have already thought about, check the engine and transmission mounts as a bad mount could cause this problem. I also doubt changing the trans fluid...

MG Car Repair: mgb will turn over but wont stay running, wiring loom, starter motor
wiring loom, starter motor, fusebox: Hi Perry. There are two main possibilities here, plus a third one. When you turn the ignition on without starting the engine, does everything else still work, such as the wipers and the heater motor? If these are also not working then the problem is...

MG Car Repair: Sealing core plugs, core plug, core plugs
core plug, core plugs, thin smear: Hi Peter It s not a bad idea to put a thin smear of epoxy glue such as Araldite on the inner surface of a core plug to stop it rusting, but there is no need to use any sealant. Most classic cars have convex dished core plugs, and all they need is to be...

MG Car Repair: Trans controlled spark adv system, manifold vacuum, vacuum diagrams
manifold vacuum, vacuum diagrams, vacuum source: Hi Scott, On the 79 MGB you should have a Opus/Lucas distributor with the box mounted on the distributor with the vacuum retard unit on it. All vacuum retard units use straight manifold vacuum which will not be on the carburetor but should be on the intake...

MG Car Repair: Wiring/fuel pump, No power to fuel pump
No power to fuel pump: Hi Sebastian. The top 2 fuses in the fusebox have no power until you turn the sidelights on. Fuse #3 is the one you need to check out. It should come live when you turn the ignition on. It powers the fuel pump and other circuits including the ignition...

MG Car Repair: wiring issue, fuse box, ok check
fuse box, ok check, side markers: Hi Frederico, The side markers are connected to the parking lights so if the parking lights are out also, go to the fuse box and check the end fuse that has the red wires on one end and green w/red tracer on the other end. If the fuse is ok check for power...

MG Car Repair: XPEG Tappet Cover & Breather Assembly, fastening bolts, rtv sealant
fastening bolts, rtv sealant, ring seals: Before you fit the cover, please check that it is perfectly flat by placing it on a flat surface and going all round it with a .020 feeler gauge. If it is warped, it will never seal properly. Use a big hammer and a blunt chisel to flatten it if needed. ...

MG Car Repair: 1954 MG TF brakes, mg car club, chassis number
mg car club, chassis number, fixing cars: Hi Gary. This is a nasty problem. Basically, the brake shoes are stuck to the drums with rust. You have got to free them without doing too much damage. You can try rotating the drum using a BIG socket on a long bar. The nut on the end of the halfshaft...

MG Car Repair: book " Maintaining an MGB in the 21st century, moss europe, mgcars
moss europe, mgcars, mgb: Hi Pierre. Yes, my MGB book is available through the MGB Register and they will send it to you by Airmail. Click on this link: http://www.mgcars.org.uk/mgccmgb/MGB_Register/MGB_Shop.html Alternatively, my book is also available from Moss Europe:...

MG Car Repair: installation of thermostatic switch in radiator, pep boys, retaining clip
pep boys, retaining clip, grommet: Clifton: It s hard to say if the hole has been worked on. You could try a larger generic grommet - try a local auto store like Pep Boys, Advance, etc. Failing that, you could install with some permatex non-hardening gasket sealant (#2 I believe). Good...

MG Car Repair: MGB Brake sticking, valve piston, fluid cylinder
valve piston, fluid cylinder, wheel cylinders: Brian: I would say the problem is likely the result of sticking in the servo air valve assembly. If the air valve piston sticks in the open position (after brakes are applied)pressure will not be released from the servo and brakes will stick. The reason...

MG Car Repair: noisy rumble/knocking from rear., stainless steel heat, heat shields
stainless steel heat, heat shields, swift reply: Thanks for the feedback. Your hot restart problem sounds like fuel evaporation due to high under-bonnet temperatures. As an experiment, please try filling up with BP Ultimate or Shell Optimax petrol next time you are getting low. No need to fill the...

MG Car Repair: Rover battery light pops on while driving, vacuum booster, booster systems
vacuum booster, booster systems, volt meter: Hi Chibuzor, I don t know your car at all, but electrical problems are diagnosed about the same on all cars (except the new cars that use computers to do everything) The charge light on most cars is also the exciter power for the alternator or generator....

MG Car Repair: sae oil for carb damper, automatic transmission fluid, pep boys
automatic transmission fluid, pep boys, weight oil: Hi Sandy: Most big box or specialty auto stores, like Advance, Pep Boys, etc., should have straight (no additives for multi-viscosity) 20 w oil. Failing that, use any light weight oil. Motorcycle fork oil, automatic transmission fluid also works. The...

MG Car Repair: Tuning the SU Carb type H, split pins, arrow points
split pins, arrow points, clevis pin: Wow. That s quite a big question you are asking, Sandy. There is some controversy here in the UK over modern gas with added Ethanol. It would appear that older cars with carburetters are suffering from rough running, especially when they get really...

MG Car Repair: SU Carbs, cable knob, cable wire
cable knob, cable wire, hard time: Charles: The outer cable covering doesn t move. It is clamped on the choke end/ bracket and only the inner cable moves back and forth when the knob is manipulated. If the inner cable is not moving then something is wrong - but I m understanding that you...

MG Car Repair: SU Carbs, moss europe, moss motors
moss europe, moss motors, hs4: Hi Charles. On a 69 B you should have SU carbs type HS4. Here is a diagram: http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=224 The linkages fit like this: http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=219...

MG Car Repair: tail light wiring, mgb roadster, wiring loom
mgb roadster, wiring loom, purple stripe: Hi T.V. The original Lucas rear lights had a plain green wire to the turn indicator, red wire to the sidelight, and green with a purple stripe to the brake light. The wiring loom had plain red for the sidelights and red/purple for the brake lights. ...

MG Car Repair: TD/TF gearbox, mg car club, gearbox repair
mg car club, gearbox repair, thrust washers: Hi Richard. My DVD is only available through the MG Car Club T Register at www.tregister.org Here is a link to the REGALIA section: http://www.tregister.org/regalia/index.php?act=viewCat&catId=4 Your problems sound like worn thrust washers and worn...

MG Car Repair: 72 MGB headlight wiring, low beams, direction indicator
low beams, direction indicator, hi bob: Hi Bob: In the wiring you find each wire with a color and a tracer color along the wire which identifies what it control/hooks up to. First color is the main color, second is the tracer color. In the case of your headlights: headlamps - plain black...

MG Car Repair: 77 mgb, webber carbs, ballast resistor
webber carbs, ballast resistor, engine cranks: Hi Brian. Given that your MGB has a Weber carb, it may have other modifications, such as an electronic ignition conversion. I am basing my reply on the assumption that it still has the original ignition setup. A 1977 MGB has a ballasted ignition coil...

MG Car Repair: 77 mgb, fuse box 12v, webber carbs
fuse box 12v, webber carbs, engine cranks: Brian: O.K. Replacing the distributor with another has some fair amount of considerations, like vacuum advance timing curve, etc. The Lucas 45DE4 Electronic Distributor was unreliable in service though if yours has lasted this long it might be a record....

MG Car Repair: Electronic ignition, electronic ignition systems, deep pockets
electronic ignition systems, deep pockets, mg club: Hi Andre, There are Pros and Cons to electronic ignition over the pointed ignition. Here is my two cents on the subject. Pros = Most electronic ignition systems supply a hotter and some cases a longer spark thus ensuring a combustion when conditions...

MG Car Repair: lost key, legitimate owner, lost key
legitimate owner, lost key, john jenkins: Hi John. Please send me another question, and make it PRIVATE. In your question, please tell me the registration number and the VIN number of the car. These will be on the V5 which you should have. If you answer my questions correctly, then I will tell...

MG Car Repair: MG B GT 1975 Petrol Cap Key, replacement petrol, mg b gt
replacement petrol, mg b gt, ebay: Callum: I suppose you could give a go at trying to pick the lock yourself but it is likely to be frustrating and non-productive, but you have nothing to lose except your time and temper. An auto locksmith would be your best bet in my opinion. Sorry, no other...

MG Car Repair: mgb wiring to transmission, mgb roadster, decent shape
mgb roadster, decent shape, yellow lead: Rick: Probably not going to be much help however, you have already done the right thing by getting a wiring diagram and (trying) to follow it. One of the best things you can do. Regarding the reverse switch- shouldn t matter which way it s hooked up unless...

MG Car Repair: Missing key, lock smith, british cars
lock smith, british cars, john jenkins: Hi John, I don t know any easy way to access the car. You can either just drill out the center of the door lock checking the button every so often to see if the drill has rotated the unlock assembly or have a lock smith do it. There were not that many different...

MG Car Repair: 1970 midget Mk III, thrust bearings, main bearings
thrust bearings, main bearings, clutch release: Hi Alastair, When you depress the clutch on most cars, it applies about 400 lbs thrust on the end of the crankshaft and that plus the drag of the clutch release bearing tends to slow the engine a little but should not stall the engine. Do this first,...

MG Car Repair: 1975 MG won't start without starting fluid, bio ethanol, carburetter
bio ethanol, carburetter, volatile substances: Hi Kim Sounds like stale fuel to me. Unfortunately, modern fuel (especially unleaded with bio-ethanol in it) contains all sorts of volatile substances which don t like being stored for 4-6 months. My guess is that if you rig up a bottle of fresh fuel and...

MG Car Repair: 78 mg midget exhaust leak, vacuum hose, exhaust manifold
vacuum hose, exhaust manifold, deceleration: Hi Richard, While it is difficult to access all the points that could be leaking you can usually pinpoint a leak by use of a piece of small hose like a long piece of vacuum hose. Just put one end close to your ear and use the other end as prob to find the...

MG Car Repair: ignition, moss europe, steering column lock
moss europe, steering column lock, copper plates: Hi Brian Unfortunately, the ignition switch on a 1970 MGB is not designed to be taken apart and reassembled. You need a new switch. It is part number 35 in this diagram: http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=456&SortOrder=40#top...

MG Car Repair: MG Midget, e mail address, exchange engines
e mail address, exchange engines, triumph spitfire: Larry, I was not doubting your reading of the number. I needed to see what the engine looked like as I have rebuilt several late model Midget engines and I can at least ID that it is a late Midget engine if I can see the engine. From 1975 on to the last...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MG Midget overheating, zenith carb, meat thermometer
zenith carb, meat thermometer, metal expansion: Hi Cherie, I can t tell from your picture but there should not be a connection between the two chambers in the water pump housing that go into the cylinder head. You may have to remove the water pump housing from the head and look closely at the two chambers....

MG Car Repair: 73 midget, shock absorber, air velocity
shock absorber, air velocity, fuel mixture: Hi Brian, When you say backfire do you mean backfire out the exhaust or a cough back out the carburetors? Points are the least likely in either case. If you mean it coughs back into the air filters, it is most likely that the chokes are not set...

MG Car Repair: 75 MG Midget, crankshaft seal, oil leaks
crankshaft seal, oil leaks, seal area: Hi Clyde: Compared to most more modern (newer) cars, the run-of-the-mill MG does, and will,leak oil even when new or newly rebuilt. Not much, but they do leak. Having said that if I were you I d clean off the motor really good, particularly the bottom...

MG Car Repair: alternator, mgb, pulley
mgb, pulley, good luck: Hi Layton No, depending on how much you d have to remove, I don t think a small bit of filing would do any harm or lessen the strength of the bracket/mounting link. Having said that I would probably try to find out why the alt fan is contacting the link....

MG Car Repair: Alternator Replacement, brown wires, loop wire
brown wires, loop wire, numbers work: No need to apologize. I can see exactly what you are suggesting, and it sounds good. I found the following in a Lucas manual: At first, when the ignition is switched on ... a small pilot current from the battery passes through the ignition warning...

MG Car Repair: dash removal, speedometer cable, plastic glue
speedometer cable, plastic glue, dash pad: Hi Kerry, The dash pad or cover is the dash and to remove it you have to remove all the instruments with it. There are 3 screws along the bottom and 4 nuts at the top in behind the dash. You also have to remove the choke cable and heater control and speedometer...

MG Car Repair: Alternator Replacement, loose connection, voltage regulator
MG Car Repair: Alternator Replacement, loose connection, voltage regulator, alternator

MG Car Repair: Master Cylinder, port valves, master cylinder
MG Car Repair: Master Cylinder, port valves, master cylinder, piston

MG Car Repair: Fuse #3 Circuit, overdrive switch, instrument failure
overdrive switch, instrument failure, electrical diagram: Hi Joe - sorry for my delay in response. I was away on vacation and haven t checked e-mails for awhile. Anyway. Fuse #3 and the white wire. I don t believe you mentioned the model of MG you re looking at, but I ll assume an early MGB for this purpose. There...

MG Car Repair: Master Cylinder, brake warning light, vacuum bleeder
brake warning light, vacuum bleeder, brake failure: Hi Craig I presume that you have a rubber bumper MGB with the servo mounted on the end of the master cylinder with 3 pipes coming out of it and an electrical switch underneath. Firstly, let us deal with the basics. Have you fully filled the master cylinder...

MG Car Repair: mg, head gasket, fuel drive
head gasket, fuel drive, wire mesh: Hi Russell: Just running out of gas would not ordinarily effect the head gasket. If not already done, make sure the cylinder head is/was re-torqued after the engine was first run after the installation. This is to make sure the gasket makes a long lasting...

MG Car Repair: MG Midget 1979 Too Much wiggle in the Arm of the High Beam Flasher., high beams, aluminium tube
high beams, aluminium tube, roll pin: Hi Albertine. The dip/flash mechanism is held into the body of the switch by a roll pin that acts as a pivot. There are two bits of black plastic that bend and act as springs. My guess is that one of these plastic springs has snapped or melted. This sometimes...

MG Car Repair: MGB 74 Clutch master ( US), clutch master, rubber seals
clutch master, rubber seals, replacement cylinders: Hi Paul So long as the bore of the cylinder is not badly scored or corroded it is much more economical to fit replacement rubber seals than to buy a new cylinder. On the other hand, the reservoir is a tin can and they do corrode badly. Modern replacement...

MG Car Repair: MGB 74 Clutch master ( US), clutch master cylinder, clutch slave
clutch master cylinder, clutch slave, workbench: Hi Paul. The clutch master cylinder is only held in place by two bolts and a rigid fluid pipe, so I always remove it because it is so much easier to do the job on the workbench. Also, if there other are problems such as a badly scored bore, you would...

MG Car Repair: Rear Suspension, shock absorber, shock absorbers
shock absorber, shock absorbers, rear spring: Hi Joe No, Armstrong lever arm shock absorbers do not provide any lift. When you jack one side of the car up, the spring leaves slide against one another and temporarily hold that side up until they settle down again. The real problem is that you...

MG Car Repair: Starter Connections, brown wires, chassis number
brown wires, chassis number, negative earth: Hi Joe. If you have the early alternator with 5 terminals, then there should be 4 brown wires attached to the main thick terminal on the starter. These are all labelled N (for browN) in the attached wiring diagram. The thick brown wire goes to the...

MG Car Repair: suspension problem on 1976 mgb, polyurethane bushes, grease nipples
polyurethane bushes, grease nipples, rubber bushes: Hi Terance This could be serious. If you are not an experienced home mechanic, then you should go to a garage as soon as possible and get them to perform a basic safety check on the front suspension. There are several things that can go wrong with the...

MG Car Repair: 1972 MGB Starting problem, battery connections, mgb
battery connections, mgb, alternator: Hi Bruce. The fact that the car can be started with jump leads proves that the problem lies with the batteries or their connections. Each battery has 2 terminals, so it is important to check that all 4 terminals are really tight. If you have the original...

MG Car Repair: 1977 MG Midget starting problems, zenith stromberg, carburetor rebuild kit
zenith stromberg, carburetor rebuild kit, fuel intake: Hi Travis, Over the years working in dealerships I received many cars that had been stored for different lengths of time and often hear the same as I heard you say. Any time you have an engine that will not start you need to try to clear your mind of...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MGB GT- wont start properly., head gasket, mgbgt
head gasket, mgbgt, valve clearance: Hi Tyler. Your MGBGT has twin SU carbs type HIF. It sounds to me that you do not have a fuel supply to the main jets. These carbs have a totally separate enrichment device supplied via the choke spindle which only works with the choke pulled out. I think...

MG Car Repair: 1979 mgb temp guage, bench test, fuel gauge
bench test, fuel gauge, temp gauge: Hi Chuck, Before you buy a new gauge try a few little tests first. Use a analog volt meter and test the out put voltage to the gauge from the voltage stabilizer (light green w/green tracer wire) with the engine running and with the engine not running. It...

MG Car Repair: 78 MGB Wiring Harness, visible signs, mgb
visible signs, mgb, wiring harness: I would have no problems fitting a good used loom, but I would check it carefully for any visible signs of damage, and I would check that the wires to the alternator and to the coil do not have dry / brittle insulation. There is a UK company called Autosparks...

MG Car Repair: 79 midget fuse box and wiring, fuse box, high beams
fuse box, high beams, blade style: The fact that the light goes out when you unplug the alternator proves the alternator and /or the internal regulator is bad. The way the system works is the dash idiot light is powered by the ignition switch and the light is grounded by the alternator when...

MG Car Repair: 1979 mgb temp guage, fuel gauge, fuse box
MG Car Repair: 1979 mgb temp guage, fuel gauge, fuse box, fuel sender

MG Car Repair: MG Clutch bleed problem
MG Car Repair: MG Clutch bleed problem

MG Car Repair: MG starting problem, first refusal, lad
MG Car Repair: MG starting problem, first refusal, lad, mate

MG Car Repair: Signal flasher location, heavy duty truck, auto zone
MG Car Repair: Signal flasher location, heavy duty truck, auto zone, lucus

MG Car Repair: where do hoses go, exhaust gas recirculation, vacuum unit
exhaust gas recirculation, vacuum unit, vacuum pipe: Hi Cherie I didn t know you had a 79 Midget. That was a strange car with basically a Triumph Spitfire engine, not an MG unit. Here is the carb diagram: http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29283 and here is the...

MG Car Repair: MG Clutch bleed problem, slow strokes, clutch pedal
slow strokes, clutch pedal, vapour lock: Hi Paul, There are several methods used to bleed a clutch as it can be a pain as you have found. There are even two methods using a pressure bleeder but most individuals don t have this equipment so we will cover the other methods. The standard method...

MG Car Repair: MG starting problem, bright sun light, starter fluid
bright sun light, starter fluid, electrical problem: Hi Ray, You are confusing me so we need to get our terminology in sync. When you say The starter cranks strongly I take it that you mean it spins the engine strongly? But then you say but it won t turn over which to me says the engine is not spinning...

MG Car Repair: MGB Hot restart problem, aluminium foil tape, stainless steel heat
aluminium foil tape, stainless steel heat, colortune: Glad to help, Mike. I am surprised about the 1975 cutoff. I won the argument with a 1978 Land Rover last month. As regards fast idle, set it so BOTH carbs hit their marks at the same time, and when you fully pull the choke out you might get 1,300...

MG Car Repair: overheating, degree thermostat, meat thermometer
degree thermostat, meat thermometer, overflow pipe: Any time I receive a car with an overheating complaint I first determine if it really is hot and to do that I first find out if it boils over meaning does any coolant blow out the overflow pipe. Then I remove the thermostat and look at the number stamped...

MG Car Repair: Signal flasher location, signal flasher, mgb
signal flasher, mgb, turn signal: Hi Johnnie: While my memory may not be correct, I believe it is located under the driver s side dash - up behind the dash a bit. Look for a small squarish silver relay. It may even say Flasher Relay on the outside. Usually two or three connections. ...

MG Car Repair: Transmission vibration, oil leaks, universal joints
oil leaks, universal joints, drive shaft: Hi Robert, A vibration can be transmitted anywhere in the drive train so you may have to have your friend look at several items. Check the rear transmission mounts to see that they are not broken and check the drive shaft universal joints. Another common...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MG fuel pump not running, disposable rag, naked flames
disposable rag, naked flames, necessary voltage: Hi Brandon. If there was a blockage on the suction side, the pump would continually try to suck fuel. It only stops when it has pressurized the delivery side. Perhaps you have a blockage in the line to the carbs. Have you replaced the inline fuel filter...

MG Car Repair: BRAKE CYLINDERS -1954 TF1250., stainless steel inserts, quality wheel
stainless steel inserts, quality wheel, wheel cylinders: Hi Mike The short answer to your question is NO. I am not aware of any good quality wheel cylinders on the market. I had a set of 6 original cylinders re-lined last year with stainless steel inserts, and I am delighted with them. It is expensive, but it...

MG Car Repair: mgb steering wheel puller, wheel pullers, steering wheel
MG Car Repair: mgb steering wheel puller, wheel pullers, steering wheel, search university

MG Car Repair: fuel pump failure, charcoal canister, circular object
charcoal canister, circular object, metal bracket: Hi Terance, The can in front of the right rear tail light is a vapor trap to attempt to trap fuel vapor and condense it before it goes to the charcoal canister up under the hood. This is a sealed tank. The mounting of the fuel pump (depending on the...

MG Car Repair: fuel pump failure, auto parts stores, wheel car
auto parts stores, wheel car, mgb: Hi Terance, It was a common failure of the MGB to have the fuel pump quit. The standard procedure for the earlier models that had the pump mounted just below the battery cover on the far right, was to take the hammer (if it is a wire wheel car) and drive...

MG Car Repair: fuel vapor lock, electric fuel pump, vent system
electric fuel pump, vent system, brand cars: Thanks for the feed back. I spent most of my dealership experience in Florida, so we had heated fuel problems on several brand cars. I noted that we had more problems with the Morris Minor then with the 1275 cc Midgets (which had an electric pump back by the...

MG Car Repair: master cylinder and booster, smooth pavement, master cyl
smooth pavement, master cyl, first signs: Hi James, The first signs that a booster is going bad is that you have good brake pedal but it requires extra pressure to slow the car down. It acts like you have to put both feet on the pedal to slow down. A quick test is to go slow and hit the brake on...

MG Car Repair: MGB rough idling, combustion chambers, stromberg carburetor
combustion chambers, stromberg carburetor, rich mixture: Hi Hugh, It does sound like a carburetor problem but you can t assume anything. First run a compression test to confirm that the combustion chambers are ok (125 PSI to 170 PSI on all cylinders with little difference between cylinders) After you do...

MG Car Repair: mgb steering wheel puller, thread repair kits, bsf thread
thread repair kits, bsf thread, speciality tools: The MGB speciality tools were all made by Churchill in the UK. I don t think they do them anymore. You could try these people: British Tool Company 709 Marietta N.E. Grand Rapids, MI USA Tel: 616/363-6666 Contact: Robb Nortier Recommended...

MG Car Repair: Oil pressure on gauge drops when rpm increases, oil pressure gauge, defective gauge
oil pressure gauge, defective gauge, grade mineral oil: Hi Joe. This not an easy question to answer. A sudden drop in oil pressure is something that should not be ignored and you are correct to be concerned about it. You don t say what MG you have, but this is such a general question that I can give an answer...

MG Car Repair: Starter motor, voltage spike, starter motor
voltage spike, starter motor, starter relay: Hi Darryn. In order to answer your question I need to know the model and year of the MG that you are having trouble with (for example 1976 MGB). I did have a problem like this on an MGB a few years ago. The starter would kick in occasionally when the...

MG Car Repair: 1969 MGB - Starting Issues, starter solenoid, jumper wire
starter solenoid, jumper wire, tracer wire: The next test of the solenoid was to take a large screw driver and short between the two large posts of the solenoid and it should spark and the starter motor should spin. If it don t, then test for voltage at the battery post on the solenoid at the time you...

MG Car Repair: 1972, high tension wires, carb adjustments
high tension wires, carb adjustments, valve rocker: I would check the distributor timing and ignition points first. Make sure the timing is correct and that the points are gap set properly, clean, and not burned. Then check distributor wiring (low tension from the coil to dist, and high tension wires from...

MG Car Repair: '55 MG seat dimensions, captive nuts, metric screws
captive nuts, metric screws, stock seats: Hi Dave The driver s seat in a 1953-55 TF is indeed 17 inches wide, and the backrest is 20 inches wide. The height of the seat is such that you can spread out a little in the centre of the car, but not a lot. The frame of the seat is welded, so the angle...

MG Car Repair: '70 MGB Oil Gage, oil gauge, voltage stabilizer
oil gauge, voltage stabilizer, pressure gage: Hi Jim, You first need to test to see what is wrong before buying parts. First thing to look at is the power supply which is 10v not 12v. Also you need to confirm that the gauge in the dash has it s ground on it and it is a good ground. Next thing to...

MG Car Repair: brake booster unit, inner fender, booster unit
inner fender, booster unit, clevis pin: Hi Ralph, Remove the pedal box cover under the hood and you need to remove the clamps holding the brake lines to the inner fender well. Remove the two nuts from the master cylinder and move it out of the way. Remove the clevis pin from the pedal. Remove...

MG Car Repair: broken hood / bonnet release cable, car ramp, mg midget
car ramp, mg midget, release cable: Hi Hap. This is a nasty problem. There is no easy answer. You have got to operate the lever located immediately behind the hood catch. I would start by putting the vehicle on a car ramp or over a pit. It may be possible to operate the lever from underneath...

MG Car Repair: broken hood release cable, mg midget, release cable
mg midget, release cable, stiff wire: Yes...this is difficult under any circumstances. You may have to go through the front of the grille. Sorry, I don t have much for you on this one. It is hard in any event. You may be able to hook the end where the cable attaches with a stiff wire... and pull...

MG Car Repair: electrical - bendix won't disengage, starter solenoid, gear teeth
starter solenoid, gear teeth, starter button: Hi Hap, You are right to test but you are jumping around with your tests. You need to just follow the path the current takes in the starter circuit. You have already done some of the tests necessary to ID the problem but you need to take a test light...

MG Car Repair: broken hood release cable, midget, hood area
MG Car Repair: broken hood release cable, midget, hood area

MG Car Repair: missfire after running, coil ignition, resistor
MG Car Repair: missfire after running, coil ignition, resistor, 12 volts

MG Car Repair: fuel pump leak, fuel pump, fuel tank
fuel pump, fuel tank, leaks: Hi Kenneth. If the original pump leaks, then either the leak must be fixed or the pump must be replaced. If you install an aftermarket electronic pump leaving the old leaky pump in place, then you will have other problems, depending where you mount it:...

MG Car Repair: MGB battery charging problem, brown wires, ground connections
brown wires, ground connections, electrical ground: I would check all the electrical ground connections. Common for dirt/corrosion to build up. Make sure all connections are clean and tight. The ground connections are to the body of the car from the Neg. side of the system. I have seen cars with this problem...

MG Car Repair: mgb fuel pump problem continues, weber carb, systematic procedure
weber carb, systematic procedure, quick test: Hi Terance, If you had fuel up to the carburetor and it will not start, you need to not try to think what it may be that is preventing it from starting. It only requires three items to start and run. Compression, Fire and Fuel. So one or more of those three...

MG Car Repair: missfire after running, dirty tank, line tank
dirty tank, line tank, dirty fuel: Yes, it is possible that their is some heat related issue. How hot is the engine running after 10 min. of driving? Have you only noticed the problem in the summer temps? I have had heat related issues on a T series in the hot summer after stopping the car...

MG Car Repair: solenoid, starter solenoid, mgb parts
starter solenoid, mgb parts, moss motors: Hi there! I don t know about trying to repair the solenoid. I would first put 12 volts directly to it to see if it energizes/closes - you should hear it click if it is working. If not I d just purchase a new one from Moss Motors. I believe it is a white/red...

MG Car Repair: No Start/Water In Oil, plug gap, head gasket
plug gap, head gasket, plug holes: As you use an engine you get ring blow-by and some of that is unburned gas and it condenses in the crank case and thins the oil out. If however your oil got thin in a short time you may have gas entering through a vacuum hose from the vapor system which may...

MG Car Repair: 1959 MGA clutch, foot clutch, clutch fluid
foot clutch, clutch fluid, clutch pedal: John - The operating rod from the clutch slave cyl must move ( 1/4 to 3/8 ) with the operation of the clutch pedal. If it does not, then you have a problem with the clutch master cyl, or the slave cyl, or possibly the rubber hose that goes to the slave cyl(rarely)....

MG Car Repair: 1973 Midget, wiring components, mg midget
wiring components, mg midget, fuel pump: Hi Brian: Check over all of your ignition system wiring components and connections, particularly the grounding points and the ground strap from the engine/trans to the main frame of the car they should all be clean and tight. If you hear the fuel pump clicking...

MG Car Repair: 1975 MGB Master Brake Cylinder, master brake cylinder, ap lockheed
master brake cylinder, ap lockheed, piston assembly: Hi Walter. I think I understand what you are referring to. There was a change in the design of the MGB master cylinder during 1974. I have a small leaflet which AP Lockheed inserted into their repair kits a few years ago. It clearly shows two different...

MG Car Repair: 1979 MGB ELECTRICAL, stainless steel mesh, moss motors
stainless steel mesh, moss motors, fuel gauge: Hi George. Before you fix the electrics you need to stop the water coming in via the air vents each side of the transmission tunnel. Outside the car, between the wiper spindles, there is a large chromium plated air intake grille covering a big hole....

MG Car Repair: 74 12 ignition mystery, mg midget, temp gauge
mg midget, temp gauge, sole cause: Hi Paul, I will be glad to post the diagram but you will need to tell me if this is a MG Midget or a MGB. Since your temp gauge is also reading wrong it is most important that you test the charge rate with a volt meter. A high charge rate makes gauges...

MG Car Repair: 74 12 MG ignition mystery, puff of smoke, volt meter
puff of smoke, volt meter, electrical problem: Hi Paul, Any time I received a car with an electrical problem I would try to isolate the problem into a small area. In your case you need to start by running a charging system test. You will need a volt meter to run the test. Put the volt meter across...

MG Car Repair: 74 12 MGB ignition, alternator problem, regulator problem
alternator problem, regulator problem, volt meter: If your car was brought to me in a dealership, I would first test the alternator. Put a volt meter across the batteries (or battery if you have converted to one 12v battery) and read 12v +. Then start the engine and set the throttle at 1500 RPM and read...

MG Car Repair: 78 MG B Oil Pressure gauge not working at all, oil pressure gauge, hydraulic gauge
oil pressure gauge, hydraulic gauge, loose bolts: Hi Rae, Oil pressure to the bearings is the same as blood pressure to your body. If you were to loose oil pressure while running the engine, major damage occurs in seconds. So it is very important that oil pressure be maintained at ALL times. Any time...

MG Car Repair: Camshaft replacement, valve rocker, valve gear
valve rocker, valve gear, pushrods: Hi Tim: I am not unfortunately 100% sure - but more like about 95%. Yes, I believe you can do it, but it is a lot of work as you have noted. In addition, you will need to remove the lifters, so this means removing the valve rocker gear, pushrods, and lifters...

MG Car Repair: Changed generator, jumper wire, starter solenoid
jumper wire, starter solenoid, pig tail: Hi rod, Here is the test sequence. First put a volt meter across the two batteries or across the two posts if you have a single 12v battery. Read battery voltage. (12v +) leave the volt meter attached and start the engine and hold the idle to 1500 RPM and...

MG Car Repair: 74 12 MGB ignition, pins connection, plastic connector
MG Car Repair: 74 12 MGB ignition, pins connection, plastic connector, pin plastic

MG Car Repair: Overdrive, speed limits, solenoid
MG Car Repair: Overdrive, speed limits, solenoid, overdrive

MG Car Repair: Handbrake 1951 MG TD, handbrake cable, grease fittings
handbrake cable, grease fittings, rear attachment: Hi! Could be a couple of things. First each handbrake cable is adjusted at the bottom of the handbrake handle with a nut. Each cable is attached to an equalizing bar at that location. Another thing is to make sure the offending cable is not seized up (rusted)-...

MG Car Repair: heatshield, aluminium spacers, mg td
aluminium spacers, mg td, register website: Hi Harry. I can supply a heatshield for your TD. It is made from 0.9mm thickness stainless steel and laser cut. Yes, you need the aluminium spacers, which I also supply. The manifold studs are 10x1.5mm metric, which you should be able to source in Holland....

MG Car Repair: ignition warning light, jumper wire, tracer wire
jumper wire, tracer wire, hi doug: Your welcome, glad I could help. It is still possible that the problem is the internal regulator and not the alternator itself. With a volt meter and a jumper wire you can test the alternator by bypassing the regulator in a test. (If it is a Lucas alternator)...

MG Car Repair: MG TF Radiator, mg car club, b18b engine
mg car club, b18b engine, replacement radiator: Hi Bill. That s quite a list you have asked me: 1) In the UK there is a company named Serck that keeps all the engineering drawings for every radiator for every MG. Perhaps they would sell you the necessary elbows? Alternatively, I would obtain two...

MG Car Repair: MG Turn Signal triggers Hazard Lights, turn signal switch, left turn signal
turn signal switch, left turn signal, turn signal flasher: Hi Richard, Go to http://mg-tri-jag.net/76MGB1x1.jpg for the diagram and change the suffix to 76MGB21x1.jpg for the index to the diagram. The 76 and 77 MGB is the same diagram other then in 77 there was a added circuit for over-drive. If you need that...

MG Car Repair: mgb shifting problems, clutch master cylinder, dot 4 brake fluid
clutch master cylinder, dot 4 brake fluid, clutch pedal: Hi Frank, It sounds like a clutch will not release. First check the clutch master cylinder for fluid (DOT 4 brake fluid) Then push the clutch pedal in and note how much free play the pedal has. It should not be anymore then about an inch. Then the pedal...

MG Car Repair: Overdrive, overdrive switch, wiring loom
overdrive switch, wiring loom, wireing diagram: Hi Joe. Unfortunately, overdrive was an optional extra on 1972-3 MGBs. MG only made one wiring loom for 1972-73 USA cars, so you could well have the switch and the wiring but no overdrive. The easiest way to tell if you have one is to look underneath...

MG Car Repair: Run on valve wiring, marvel mystery oil, hot point
marvel mystery oil, hot point, schematic diagram: Hi sorry about my delay in reply. I am not very knowlegable about the ROV circuit. I would first suggest that you obtain a full car electrical schematic diagram. It will certainly help answer your question about how the ROV is wired and to what points. If...

MG Car Repair: stromberg carb piston position, accelerator cable, engine emissions
accelerator cable, engine emissions, botom: Hi Scott. By adjusting the tickover screw you should be able to completely close the butterfly. If it will not visibly shut, then something is keeping it open. Could be a tight accelerator cable or a mis-aligned butterfly. If it completely closes and the...

MG Car Repair: Water control valve confusion, gear teeth, stock engine
gear teeth, stock engine, water control: Hi Dan, You should disconnect the cable from the control valve and operate it by hand. I should operate by hand but hard. If you look at the valve arm is in a groove that is at an angle so when you move the arm it moves on a ramp to push and to pull the...

MG Car Repair: 1973 mg midget, spark plug wires, electronic tach
spark plug wires, electronic tach, accurate response: Sounds like an electrical problem - mostly, i.e., when it runs intermittently. The clang I have no idea. I would check all of your spark plug wires and spark plug connectors. Also, as you have already said, recheck all of your low tension (12V) wires to...

MG Car Repair: 1973 MGmgb 4cyl, voltage drop test, starter solenoid
voltage drop test, starter solenoid, auto parts stores: Hi Richard, First charge the battery and then check the battery voltage. It should read 12v +. Leave the volt meter on the battery and try to start the car and watch the voltage. As it spins the starter it should not drop below 9v and should stay above...

MG Car Repair: 1977 MG Midget stalls, vacuum gauge, spark plug wire
vacuum gauge, spark plug wire, master mechanic: Hi Miguel, There are hundreds of things that can make an engine stall or quit at random times. It is impossible to guess which one or more then one that does it. However, there is a method to pin point what is causing it. First you need to clear your...

MG Car Repair: alternator, brass pins, rectifer
brass pins, rectifer, mgbgt: Hi Laurence. I don t think the alternator is at fault. For the fault to lie with the alternator, the red light should COME ON with the ignition and STAY ON when you start the engine. I note that the fuel pump has stopped working. Can you check that...

MG Car Repair: Battery not holding charge, digital volt meter, fuse box
digital volt meter, fuse box, meter check: Shouldn t be doing that! Must have a drain in some component, I ll suspect the diode in the alternator. However, you can go to the fuse box and preferably with a digital volt meter, check each branch controlled by each fuse to see if there is a drain. You...

MG Car Repair: Tandem Brakes, banjo bolt, differential switch
banjo bolt, differential switch, brake master cylinder: OK. This type of master cylinder just has a plastic reservoir on top. There were several different designs. If you look inside the reservoir you should see a separator. My guess is that the fluid level is below the top of the separator, the section...

MG Car Repair: Buying an MGB, wiring loom, electrical faults
wiring loom, electrical faults, electrical shocks: Hi Kevin. If the HT from the coil was connected to the steering wheel that might tickle you. Perhaps the HT lead between the coil and the distributor is rubbing against the steering column? If everything works, perhaps the wiring just needs tidying up....

MG Car Repair: clutch, clutch pedal, dot 4
clutch pedal, dot 4, natural rubber: Hi Lee, You need to note the feel of the clutch pedal when it is not operating correctly. The pedal should have about an inch of free play then be firm to push and feel about the same firmness all the way to the floor. Another test is to pump up the...

MG Car Repair: clutch engagement, clutch release, dot 5
clutch release, dot 5, hydraulic system: Hi Allen, I doubt the clutch itself has anything to do with that. Most likely something is changing with the clutch release system which is hydraulic. You are not using DOT 5 fluid are you? As far as the hydraulic system it is considered the better system...

MG Car Repair: Defect clutch, clutch disk, clutch system
clutch disk, clutch system, clutch release: I believe your original problem was air in the hydraulic system thus you were unable to disengage the clutch and now you have corrected that and since you had to extend the slave cylinder rod to make it disengage and you get a noise when fully depressing the...

MG Car Repair: 1977 MG Midget stalls, carbon filter, carburetor
MG Car Repair: 1977 MG Midget stalls, carbon filter, carburetor, rpm

MG Car Repair: clutch engagement, dot 5, freeplay
MG Car Repair: clutch engagement, dot 5, freeplay, clutch

MG Car Repair: Fuel Delivery Problem, electric fuel pump, spare wheel
electric fuel pump, spare wheel, delivery problem: Hi Tom. The ticking noise that you can normally hear is the electric fuel pump. It has stopped working. You are lucky. On your MGB the fuel pump is accessible via an access plate inside the trunk. If you remove the black metal box behind the spare wheel...

MG Car Repair: Low maximum speed/rpm on 1968 MGB, transmission gearbox, clutch work
transmission gearbox, clutch work, overdrive transmission: Hello: Yes. You should be able to run it at 60 without being in the yellow or red zone of the tach. I would doubt that the transmission was swapped out- though I suppose anything is possible. I don t know of any easy way to tell from the outside looking at...

MG Car Repair: MG TD / TF Gear Box, replacement gears, followup question
replacement gears, followup question, mg td: Hi Bill. Thank you for your comments regarding my TD/TF Gearbox DVD. Turning to your question - the brass synchromesh inserts have several grooves machined into them. So long as you can clearly see these grooves they will be OK. If they have worn smooth,...

MG Car Repair: MG TF 1954 Instrument panel, mg car club, chassis number
mg car club, chassis number, australian delivery: Thank you, Stuart The actual VIN number of this TF appears to be HDH26/6098, which left Abingdon on 18th June 1954. The HDH2 prefix indicates a RHD export car, but with a body painted in primer. This was often done with CKD kits, which were Completely Knocked...

MG Car Repair: overheating mg midget, head gasket, cylinder compression
head gasket, cylinder compression, cracked head: Steve- You are right to think that white (smoke) coming out of the exhaust is usually steam - most likely from a bad head gasket, but could be a cracked head or block - though those are much less likely. I would do a few things. First, find out why it s overheating....

MG Car Repair: TD Gear box Cluster, needle rollers, lay shaft
needle rollers, lay shaft, gear noise: Hi Richard. You are correct. The slots in the layshaft slightly overlap the ends of the needle rollers, which seems to cause premature wear in the shaft. Perhaps a shaft without slots would be an improvement. After all, oil can easily run between the needles....

MG Car Repair: 1973 mg mgb, bright sun light, pencil lead
bright sun light, pencil lead, combustion chamber: Hi Richard, 1.5 PSI on fuel was ok. I like to see from 1.5 to 3 PSI. However, there is a order in testing an engine that don t start and you checked fuel first and that should always be the last thing tested. An engine must first be a good engine to...

MG Car Repair: 1973 mg mgb, plug holes, combustion chamber
plug holes, combustion chamber, compression check: Thanks for the feed back and sorry to hear it is so major. Stuff happens. Seen several Jaguars that way, plug holes are at the bottom of a funnel shaped head on them. MG s usually get foreign objects like extra bolts, nuts and washers from one hiding in the...

MG Car Repair: 68 light problems, purple trace, mgb car
purple trace, mgb car, mg 1100: The red wire gets it s power only with the lights turned on and from the light switch as does the same red wires to the front parking lights and all the instrument lights. The green w/purple wire gets it s power from the brake light switch only when the...

MG Car Repair: 69 MGB - Rough Running After Storage, summer siesta, piston head
summer siesta, piston head, carburetter: Hi Mike. After 41 years you probably know your MGB very well, and you would immediately recognize if something was wrong with her. The good news is that your compressions are all within 5psi. That confirms to me that you do not need to take the head...

MG Car Repair: 74 12 MG rough, cylinder head gasket, rpms increase
cylinder head gasket, rpms increase, compression issue: Hi Paul. The fact that the problem relates to cylinders #1 and #2 usually means that either (a) you have a problem with the front carburetter or (b) the cylinder head gasket has blown between cylinders #1 and #2. If you have a compression tester you can...

MG Car Repair: 74 12 MGB Electrical Hot engine, voltage drop test, negative probe
voltage drop test, negative probe, negative cable: Not always, but often when I received a car with several odd problems they all stemmed from a single problem. Too often symptoms lead me down wrong roads so I keep symptoms off to one side and only use them to test systems or sections rather then parts....

MG Car Repair: 78 MGB Brakes, differential switch, brake caliper
differential switch, brake caliper, warning light: Hi Jonathan. The short answer to your question is YES, you can undo the bolt to bleed the brakes. However, this is only a quick fix. Please remember that the brake differential switch is a safety feature. It operates a warning light to tell you that...

MG Car Repair: electrical problem, oil pressure gauge, 30 amp fuse
oil pressure gauge, 30 amp fuse, amp fuses: Hi Jim, A 30 amp domestic fuse will work. You can even use a lower amp rating in most positions in the fuse box. The smaller wires in an 80 MGB are 14 ga. and a 30 amp fuse will blow before damaging a harness. You need to clean the small side clamps that...

MG Car Repair: Electronic ignition vs points, electronic conversion, advance mechanism
electronic conversion, advance mechanism, electronic ignition conversion: Hi Paul. The original distributor fitted to your 1974 MGB worked perfectly well when it was new. You must regularly check the points, keep them gapped and lubricate the advance mechanism, but so long as you did this the system would be OK. However, after...

MG Car Repair: flasher switch removal on mgb, directional signals, emergency flasher
directional signals, emergency flasher, turn signals: Hi Terry, The switches in a lot of the MGB s that have that em switch held them to the dash or console with a plastic piece that went around the whole switch and clipped in on both sides in the middle. As I remember you insert a small screwdriver in from...

MG Car Repair: Fuel level in SU HIF4 Carburetor MGB 1973, metal ruler, carburetter
metal ruler, carburetter, float chamber: I have seen the pictures, and they confirm that you have done everything correctly. However, it is still possible that you have adjusted the jet so it is too high. Can you show me the top of the jet? The best way to photograph it is with the dashpot and...

MG Car Repair: inoperable light, fuse box, electrical meter
fuse box, electrical meter, dash light: Hi - No there is no other fuse box (unless one was added by the goofy former owner!) I would check the alternator to see if it is indeed, putting out a charge. If not start there. If all of the lights don t work then also look at the light switch itself....

MG Car Repair: MG Midget Dashboard, brake warning light, oil gauge
brake warning light, oil gauge, fuel gauge: Hi Santiago, The center sw/light is the differential brake warning light. If one of the two brake circuits fails when you step on the brakes that light will light up. The lower switch part of the light is a test switch to see that the bulb circuit is ok....

MG Car Repair: MG wiring mystery solved!, ballast resistor, jumper wire
ballast resistor, jumper wire, 12 volt: That s great, Paul. My guess is that the label says Use with a ballast resistor . The only way to confirm this is with an accurate digital ohm meter. You need to disconnect the wires before you start. If the resistance between the two small terminals...

MG Car Repair: MG wiring, fuse box, uk cars
fuse box, uk cars, usa spec: Hi Paul. Diagram 17 only covers 1973-74 MGBs to USA spec. You would be better off looking at diagram 18 which covers 1975-76 UK cars. The resistive wire is clearly shown between fuse #3 and the + terminal of the coil. Without this wire the engine will...

MG Car Repair: MGB ignition switch doesn't start the car, starter solenoid, fuse box
starter solenoid, fuse box, starter relay: Hi Robert. Before you start crawling underneath the car, it would be worth checking the starter relay. They often fail. The starter relay is a small round canister (usually black or blue) attached to the inner front wing just behind the main fuse box. ...

MG Car Repair: MGB wiring question, left turn signal, voltage stabilizer
left turn signal, voltage stabilizer, volt coil: Hi Paul. The strange red wire that you describe is shown on the wiring diagram as a zig-zag. It is the resistive wire providing power to the coil while the engine is running. Your car has an 8 volt coil and this resistive wire drops the supply from 12...

MG Car Repair: re sizing brake cylinders, brake cylinders, mgtf
brake cylinders, mgtf, sleeving: Hi Garey. The 1953-55 TF brakes have alloy cylinders and steel pistons. The bore size is 7/8 inches. It is possible to get cylinders sleeved in stainless steel, but this is a recent development and there are no standards for the thickness of the sleeving....

MG Car Repair: Rear main seal leak, main bearings, rear seal
main bearings, rear seal, white shepherd: Hi John: There is no rear seal - per se, on the MGA engine. Only a scroll-type arrangement. If the main bearings are wearing then some more leakage is to be expected. You can try the Shepherd Stop leak, or a thicker oil, like a 20-50w, however I do not expect...

MG Car Repair: rebound strap, moss motors, mossmotors
moss motors, mossmotors, hobby knife: Hi Frederico The bottom bolt is welded to the axle casing. You must cut off the old bolt and get a new one welded on. Replacement bolts are available from Moss Motors: http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=59697&SortOrder=1...

MG Car Repair: Speedometer Error, chrome bezel, fit line
chrome bezel, fit line, mgb: Hi Denny. You have the correct speedo for your MGB, but the zero setting needs adjustment. This requires the removal of the instrument from the car: At your workbench, rotate the chrome bezel until the lugs at the back line up with slots in the casing....

MG Car Repair: 1954 MG TF Gear Box Rebuild, sliding dogs, spring washer
sliding dogs, spring washer, paul thanks: Hi Paul. Thanks for the fork data. Yes, parts from a YB gearbox will fit a TF, or you could just fit the womplete gearbox using the TF remote. If the 3rd/4th hub doesn t have a hole right through, just omit the seventh (locating) ball. Or you could...

MG Car Repair: 1971 MG Midget-generator to alternator, jumper wire, small pig
jumper wire, small pig, gauge wire: Hi Mary, I will tell you both. First to polarize a generator first loosen the belt and remove it off of the generator. Now make up a jumper wire out of 12 gauge wire long enough to reach the battery. (heavy wire like the brown wire) At one end put...

MG Car Repair: 1977 Tach input cable, chrome bezel, moss motors
chrome bezel, moss motors, screw driver: Hi Dave, It is sometimes necessary to grab the plastic part of the bullet connector on the male and the female with a pair of pliers to pull them apart. As for repairing the tach, it does take a little mechanical skill to make the repair but it can be...

MG Car Repair: Carbuertor oil, stromberg carburetor, shock absorber
stromberg carburetor, shock absorber, constant velocity: Hi Larry, The oil in the top of the Stromberg carburetor is just a shock absorber for the piston and you don t need any special kind of oil. Engine oil works just fine. The Stromberg and the SU are constant velocity carburetors and they don t have an...

MG Car Repair: MGB fuel gauge, resistance wire, blue glue
resistance wire, blue glue, alligator clip: Hi Mike. Unfortunately, the resistance wire is not copper-based so solder will not stick to it. Super glue is not conductive so that won t work either. You could try soldering a small length of copper wire to the stud, wrap the end of the resistance...

MG Car Repair: Mgb wiper motor, mgb roadster, small screws
mgb roadster, small screws, disposable gloves: Hi Pete. I use a 7/16 socket and a 4 inch long 1/4 drive extension to undo the two bolts that hold the motor to the bulkhead. There is a BIG nut on the end of the motor that you must undo. Remove both wiper arms from the spindles. Unplug the electrical...

MG Car Repair: RPM Fluctuation 1979 Mg Midget, intake manifold gasket, vacuum leaks
intake manifold gasket, vacuum leaks, auto parts stores: diba This is a difficult one for me so you may want to resubmit your question to the Question Pool and see if anyone else may have some ideas. Without actually examining the car this is tough. I would say if there are no vacuum leaks on the intake side of...

MG Car Repair: Speedometer, screw driver, speedometer
screw driver, speedometer, mgb: Hi Mick, With the cable housing removed from the speedometer pull the inner cable out of the housing and examine the end to see that the square is on both ends. If it is good on the ends then go to the connection on the transmission and put a small screw...

MG Car Repair: 71 MGB squeaking front right
Hi: First we need to determine if in the suspension or coming from your alternator or water pump, or other part connected to the engine via the fan belt. Also the fan belt itself could be loose or worn. You don t have power steering. Does it happen when you...

MG Car Repair: Transmission, 1970 MGB
MG Car Repair: Transmission, 1970 MGB

MG Car Repair: Gas in Oil?
If you stop parking nose down then the gas in the sump will evaporate when the engine gets hot, so you may find the oil level drops. Keep an eye on it. You cannot re-seal the manifold rings satisfactorily once they have blown. Do it properly. If the...

MG Car Repair: Transmission, 1970 MGB
John The clutch is fluid operated. For it to go out so suddenly...I d check the fluid level in the clutch master cyl. Check for leaks and for a bad hose and connections. You could ( most likely) need a complete clutch system rebuild if it hasn t been touched...

MG Car Repair: anti-run-on valve wire connectors
Mike Not sure what type of connectors are on the valve.....possibly what was called the Lucar type, which are similar to the readily available slide on flat blade connectors. You may have to modify some available connectors with small needle nose pliers...

MG Car Repair: cooling fan motor switch
Hi Mike, If you are trying to keep the original Lucas connectors you can check with Engel Imports, Moss Motors or Victorisa British to name a few. If they don t have what you are looking for just contact a local shop that specializes in British cars. They...

MG Car Repair: XPAG tappets and valve seals
Hi Joe. What an excellent question. The original O ring served two purposes. It stopped oil dribbling down the valve stem and it retained oil in the valve cap where it acted as a reservoir to lubricate the tip of each rocker. If you have fitted...

MG Car Repair: Burnt out ignition warning light on 67 MGB, positive earth, point gap
positive earth, point gap, vacuum unit: Hi Larry. Sorry I did not pick up your follow-up question. I was not notified by the system and I can find no trace of it. Have you checked the ignition warning bulb? If the bulb has blown, then the charging system will no longer operate properly. The...

MG Car Repair: Burnt out ignition warning light on 67 MGB, headlights
MG Car Repair: Burnt out ignition warning light on 67 MGB, headlights

MG Car Repair: Hot MGB will not start, leave for 10 mins. OK, mg car club, shell optimax
mg car club, shell optimax, high octane fuel: Hi Peter. This sounds like a classic case of fuel vapourisation. Do you still have the original heat shield fitted between the carbs and the engine? On later cars they were made from a pressed material that eventually crumbles and falls apart. I see...

MG Car Repair: MG TF heatshield, speed gearbox, carburetter
speed gearbox, carburetter, heatshields: Hi Mark. Yes, I am happy to sell them to TF owners in the USA. I have received many reports from T-type owners complaining about vapour lock when using modern fuel, so I designed this heat shield to protect the carburetter float chambers from the heat...

MG Car Repair: Seat Belts on a 1955 TF, seat belts, mg tf
seat belts, mg tf, shoulder harness: Hi Matt. There were no provisions for seat belts on a 1955 TF. The bodywork consists of a flimsy wooden frame with thin sheet metal wrapped around it. This is not strong enough to take the stresses from a shoulder harness, so you will need some extra brackets...

MG Car Repair: Squeeky front suspension on MGF / MGTF, grease nipples, mg tf
grease nipples, mg tf, t claim: I don t claim to be an expert on the MGF and MGTF. However, I am aware of this problem and it is usually due to inadequate lubrication of the front suspension. There are grease nipples at the front and I would recommend that you use a grease gun on them...

MG Car Repair: trans conversion, clutch slave cylinder, t5 gearbox
clutch slave cylinder, t5 gearbox, barrie jones: Hi Stan. Well done. I admire what you have done. The MGB gearbox that you removed had a TCSA switch built into it. Unfortunately, the T5 gearbox does not have any provision for such a switch (unless you can fabricate one). I would recommend...

MG Car Repair: 1957 MGA brake hydraulics questions, clutch slave cylinders, wheel disc brakes
clutch slave cylinders, wheel disc brakes, dot 4 brake fluid: Hi Dan, A larger volume of reserve fluid is not the problem. A larger volume of fluid from the brake master cylinder piston will be the problem. Even though the pistons in a caliper don t move very far they do displace and use a large volume of fluid and...

MG Car Repair: 1978 MG Roadster Ignition Timing, mg roadster, vacuum pipe
mg roadster, vacuum pipe, specification cars: I assume that the full engine number is 18V893-27566. Your timing should be set at 13 degrees with the engine speed steady at 1,500 rpm. Then speed the engine to 2,000 rpm and verify that the timing has increased to between 20 and 24 degrees. Finally,...

MG Car Repair: fuel tank drain plug on a 1972 MGB, moss motors, 6v batteries
moss motors, 6v batteries, gas stabilizer: Randy: The following is from the Moss Motors web forum. The part numbers such as 241-040 etc., are Moss Motors part numbers. Since the car is already 12V and you are not changing the ground of the car electrically, there is nothing else to change or worry...

MG Car Repair: heat shield, ebay co uk, carsparts
ebay co uk, carsparts, heat shields: Hi Matt. I manufacture heat shields for the 1948-55 T series MGs, but nothing for the modern Midgets. They are available from time to time on eBay. Have a look at this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MG-MIDGET-AUSTIN-HEALEY-SU-Carb-Heatshield-STAINLESS-PART-No-12G1460SS-/251240417930?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3a7f188a8a...

MG Car Repair: Petronix for MGB, rotor arm, vacuum advance
rotor arm, vacuum advance, advance mechanism: You should have received a small zip tie as part of the Pertronix kit. It is essential to clip it tightly round the cables just inside the distributor where the wires exit through the grommet. This stops you from accidentally pulling the wires tight, when...

MG Car Repair: red light on dash board stays on, amber light, light oil
amber light, light oil, warning lights: Gene, You still have not told me what year and model car this is. I take it that because you are in the MG section it might be an MG but there are many different kinds of MGs. Some MGs had oil warning lights and some had oil filter warning lights and many...

MG Car Repair: 1954 MGTF Brake Master Cylinder, brake master cylinder, chassis number
brake master cylinder, chassis number, rear cylinders: Hi George. The master cylinder should never spurt fluid upwards. Sounds as though it is shooting out of the return port. If the master cylinder is correctly assembled, the return port gets covered by the main cap after it has moved about 1mm. If you...

MG Car Repair: 1972 mg wiring, jumper wire, fuse box
jumper wire, fuse box, gas gauge: Hi Jim If the fuse is good then the problem could be due to corrosion or a bad connection or a broken wire. However, everything was working OK until the wipers stopped. As a test I would temporarily fit a jumper wire to bypass the fuse completely....

MG Car Repair: 75 MG Midget starts then stalls, charcoal filter, mg midget
charcoal filter, mg midget, british cars: Hi Patrick, You have done a lot not to have received good results. Working in dealerships most of my life I have a clear procedure to correct a bad running engine. I have received cars where much was done before it was brought to me. And it just so...

MG Car Repair: 75 Midget blinking alternator light, starter solenoid, mg midget
starter solenoid, mg midget, regulator problem: Wait Patrick, before you buy anything do this, put the bulb back in and put your volt meter across the battery posts and read battery voltage. (12v +) and then start the engine up and read battery voltage again at a fast idle (1500 RPM) and you should see...

MG Car Repair: 75 midget steering column, upper shaft, slide hammer
upper shaft, slide hammer, wheel hub: Hi Patrick, The steering column mesh is there so it will compress in an accident. The steering shaft itself is a two piece unit that will telescope in case of an accident. First look at the column mounting bolts under the dash. You will note that they...

MG Car Repair: 75 MG Midget starts then stalls, vacuum gauge, charcoal canister
MG Car Repair: 75 MG Midget starts then stalls, vacuum gauge, charcoal canister, vacuum line

MG Car Repair: MGB 74 SU HS4 flooding causes?, diaphram
MG Car Repair: MGB 74 SU HS4 flooding causes?, diaphram

MG Car Repair: headlight switch, mgb roadster, british leyland
mgb roadster, british leyland, moss motors: Hi Martin. This is not an easy question to answer because it is difficult to describe what you have to do to assemble it. It can be done, so long as none of the plastic lugs that hold it together have snapped off. Also, it is essential that you have...

MG Car Repair: MG 74 SU HS4 flooding, overflow pipe, charcoal cannister
overflow pipe, charcoal cannister, mg 74: Hi Paul. Are you sure you have HS4 carburettors? I just checked my parts manual, and from 1972-74 USA and Canadian MGBs were fitted with SU carburettors type HIF4 not HS4. If you have separate float chambers on the side of each carb then they are type HS4....

MG Car Repair: MG TF Distributor, advance curves, vacuum advance
advance curves, vacuum advance, petronix: Hi Paul. My table of Lucas distributors gives the following data: 41427 45D4 9 @ 2000 5/13/10 MG MGB HC So, you have an MGB distributor for a High Compression MGB, and the vacuum data agrees with your numbers. However, according to my chart the advance...

MG Car Repair: MGB 74 SU HS4 flooding causes?, overflow pipes, rotor arm
overflow pipes, rotor arm, open bowls: Hi Paul. From your pictures I can see that you do have HS4 carbs. Perhaps the North American cars continued to use them after they changed over to HIF4 carbs in the UK. Anyway, it makes things easier for you to check out the float chambers. I can confirm...

MG Car Repair: 1974 MG midget, british car club, mg midget
british car club, mg midget, british cars: Hi Karen: Sorry to hear about both the husband and car. If you have spark at the plugs, then it is not likely the distributor as that is a big part of spark at the plugs! Don t know what you ve had done to the car already....so very hard to comment. Certainly...

MG Car Repair: 74 HS4 carbs flooding saga, brake servo, throttle linkage
brake servo, throttle linkage, intake plugs: Hi Paul. No, I don t think you have a vapour lock. My guess is that you have a problem with the inlet manifold. If it is not airtight, then the car cannot suck in the correct mixture to fire and run properly. If you look at the inlet manifold it is...

MG Car Repair: 74 MG electronic ignition, crank pulley, rotor arm
crank pulley, rotor arm, haynes manual: Hi Paul. At this stage, the purpose of the exercise is to get the engine running. To do that, there must be no air leaks into the inlet manifold. Once you have got the engine running, then you can set the timing more accurately using a stroboscope....

MG Car Repair: Breaklight, brake light switch, brake master cylinder
brake light switch, brake master cylinder, brake caliper: Hi Miller, First thing to do is to step on the brakes and get the brake lights to come on and then check to see that you have about an inch of free play in the pedal when you release the pedal. Then open a bleeder valve on the brake caliper and watch...

MG Car Repair: idle problem, throttle linkage, adjustment screw
throttle linkage, adjustment screw, speed adjustment: Hi Al. I didn t think a 65 Sprite would have any anti-smog equipment. Yes, it could be your problem. The valve is supposed to remain shut at idle and low speed. If it were to open it would cause a drop in the idle speed. I seem to remember it sits on...

MG Car Repair: Mgbgt, engine tone, cam shaft
engine tone, cam shaft, reconditioned engine: There are several possibilities. It is difficult for me to diagnose. Rocker sounds to be OK. No, you cannot open a valve by hand, it should be held shut by a spring (which is stronger than you are). Does the troublesome valve look to be the same height...

MG Car Repair: once at temp engine cuts out .... help, starter solenoid, compression gauge
starter solenoid, compression gauge, fuel compression: Hi Chris, I am gussing you have a MG Midget not a MGB or any of the other kinds of MGs? Cuts Out meaning it missfires when up to normal temp? Or does that mean it stops running? Any time a car is brought to me in the dealership, I had to do the exact...

MG Car Repair: turn signals, turn signal switch, turn signal flasher
turn signal switch, turn signal flasher, emergency flashers: Jeff, looking at a plug connection tells you nothing. You MUST test the plug terminals with a test light to see if power is getting to there or not. !2v test lights are available at any auto parts stores and are very inexpensive. The test light and a diagram...

MG Car Repair: windscreen replacement on 1974(USA) MGB, 2 nuts, windscreen frame
2 nuts, windscreen frame, sun visors: Hi Jim. Before you start, please disconnect the battery and remove the sun visors. I confirm that you only need to move the fascia sufficiently to gain access to the 4 bolts that hold the windscreen pillars to the A posts. Undo the 2 bolts that...

MG Car Repair: Wiring issue, starter solenoid, moss motors
starter solenoid, moss motors, fuse box: Hi Donald, Have been faced with that type of problem many times in dealerships when a new harnes was not exactly like the one we were replacing. It made it necessary to use a In-line fuse between the battery and the battery cable. It can be put on...

MG Car Repair: 74 MG carb follow up, jet needle, flow gas
jet needle, flow gas, fuel level: Hi Paul. No, the jet needle is only a metering device. It should never touch the jet, not even when the engine is switched off. The fuel level should be below the top of the jet, so fuel only flows when the engine sucks it out of the jet. If fuel is...

MG Car Repair: 74 MGB cooling, control cable, heater core
control cable, heater core, coolant: Hi Paul. Yes, you can join everything up and have hot air coming permanently out of the heater, or you can block the pipe at both ends and have cold air from the heater. I would recommend that you to fit a new heater control cable and give yourself...

MG Car Repair: 74 MGB SU carbs, fuel pools, seat valves
fuel pools, seat valves, ring seal: Hi Paul. You have HIF4 carbs. They have an O-ring seal on the choke spindle. If the O ring fails, the carb will flood internally, with fuel pouring from the inlet. Sounds like whoever reconditioned your carbs failed to replace the O rings - both of them....

MG Car Repair: battery, 6 volt batteries, positive earth
6 volt batteries, positive earth, negative earth: Hi Aidan. Only the very early MGBs were positive earth. The changeover was in 1967, so if your car is a 1969 it will be negative earth. Your MGB was fitted with two 6-volt batteries which are joined together to make 12 volts. The earthed battery is...

MG Car Repair: carburetor and gas feed, smog equipment, hex tool
smog equipment, hex tool, separation tank: Hi Patrick. I have several thoughts on your problem: 1) If you cannot turn the mixture adjuster then it is probably at the end of its adjustment. My guess is that it has been adjusted too rich, so it needs to be leaned off by turning the wrench anti-clockwise....

MG Car Repair: Tail lights, wiring diagram
MG Car Repair: Tail lights, wiring diagram

MG Car Repair: Mg misget 1500, hook ups, high beams
hook ups, high beams, light hook: You are right to check the fuses first. After that check the various grounds ...which are likely close to the lights in question. Also and maybe easiest is to simply take the light cover off and work the bulb back and forth...many times the connection is bad....

MG Car Repair: MG TF, classic car collector, knowledgable folks
classic car collector, knowledgable folks, john nagy: Hi John. Sounds good. There were two TFs the more valuable is the 1500 model with the 1500 engine. There is a wealth of info and knowledgable folks on the MG TD-TF list serve. I suggest you pose you question to the list members. Go to: http://www2.mgcars.org.uk/cgi-bin/gen5?runprog=mgbbs&access=&mode=tlist&subject=8...

MG Car Repair: MG TF1500, classic car collector, head turners
classic car collector, head turners, john nagy: Hi John. Thank you for the opportunity to advertise my book - The Essential Buyer s Guide to the MG TD, TF and TF1500 . It is available in the USA through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/MG-TD-TF1500-1949-1955-Essential/dp/1845843525 These cars...

MG Car Repair: MGB, amazon co uk, local battery
amazon co uk, local battery, 12 volt: Hi Gillian In the UK batteries are identified by a 3-digit code. You need a type 031 like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exide-Premium-Battery-Type-Guarantee/dp/B006TF10HC It is a standard 12 volt battery with round posts. If your local battery...

MG Car Repair: MGB compression damage?, rod bearings, compression damage
rod bearings, compression damage, wet test: Hi Paul, That s not a good sign but don t consider that the end yet. Run the compression test again but be sure to open the throttles wide open during the tests. Then put about a table spoon of engine oil in each plug hole and run the test again (called...

MG Car Repair: no power to the instruments 78 mgb, fuse block, electrical problem
fuse block, electrical problem, test light: Hi Seth, I learned that you should forget about trying to diagnose any electrical problem by symptoms. Concentrate only on ONE circuit that does not operate. I always start at the load (item that does not operate) and with the diagram take your 12v test...

MG Car Repair: Tail lights, electrical failure, test light
electrical failure, test light, american model: Hi Warren, Any time you have an electrical failure it requires only two tools, A wiring diagram of your car and a 12v test light or vltmeter. I always start testing at the load (item that don t operate). Using the diagram test a connection joint at a...

MG Car Repair: 1972 MGB Hand Brake, hand lever, brake drum
hand lever, brake drum, brake lever: When you pull on the hand brake you pull the laft brake. But due to the cable housing not being fastened to anything solid the housing just moves toward the left wheel. But the cable housing is in the pivot lug on the compensating lever so the lever and the...

MG Car Repair: 1975 MG B, front wheel bearings, kelly blue book
front wheel bearings, kelly blue book, google map: Hi Dan, The best would be to have a shop run a compression (Dry and Wet test) and an oil pressure test and check the thickness of the brake pads in the front and the condition of the disks and even look at the rear shoes and check the fluid levels and pressure...

MG Car Repair: 67 sprite clutch bleeding, austin healey sprite, phillips screwdriver
austin healey sprite, phillips screwdriver, clutch slave: Hi Konrad. I think it was a mistake to re-route the pipe over the firewall. There must be no loops where a large bubble of air can collect. If possible the pipe should be a continuous rise from the slave cylinder to the master cylinder. Sometimes there...

MG Car Repair: Engine ajustment, bright sun light, many different things
bright sun light, many different things, cylinder test: Hi Miller, When a car came to me in the dealership, with a complaint like that, I had to go through a test procedure as that could be many different things. A miss or caugh under load does not pin point the problem so you need to follow my procedure...

MG Car Repair: ignition, buzzer sound, inline fuse
buzzer sound, inline fuse, volt ohm meter: Hi Cris, There are several things that activate the buzzer, seat switch over the seat diaphragm, seat belt switch and as I remember it even activated the buzzer if the door was open with the key in the ignition. I have had several submerged cars from hurricanes...

MG Car Repair: Mg TF 1500 Gearbox, clutch plate, clutch pedal
clutch plate, clutch pedal, input shaft: Hi Kol. The design of the TF gearbox is such that the input shaft and the laygear are permanently connected to each other. So long as the input shaft is spinning, then the laygear will also be spinning and you should be able to hear it. Put the gearshift...

MG Car Repair: MG TF wire wheels, chrome wire wheels, moss motors
chrome wire wheels, moss motors, wheel adapters: Hi Ted. The original TF hubs, brake drums and wheels are all available as a kit from Moss Motors. If you want to go down the bolt-on adaptor route I am not familiar with the market in the USA, but I do know that the adaptors are sold by Motor Wheel Services...

MG Car Repair: MGB overheating, ballast type, electronic ignition system
ballast type, electronic ignition system, lifting pins: Hi Paul. It sounds like you are slowly solving your problem. It is important to make one change at a time, otherwise you cannot tell which change has had an effect. I am concerned that 94 octane is a bit low, so I agree that 15 degrees advance at 1,000...

MG Car Repair: A+ Series Oil Prfessure, oil pressure gauge, pressure relief valve
oil pressure gauge, pressure relief valve, austin metro: This is a most unusual question. Normally the problem is insufficient pressure but you have too much. 20psi is fine at idle but 75psi on the motorway is excessive and could indicate a restricted flow rate on the pressurised side of the pump. I am particularly...

MG Car Repair: windshield wiper motor replacement, windshield wiper motor, windshield wiper motor replacement
windshield wiper motor, windshield wiper motor replacement, inner fender: Hi Fred, The factory says to remove the two bolts holding the strap over the motor to the inner fender well and remove the large nut holding the cable housing to the wiper motor wheel box. Then remove the wiper arms and blades and remove the motor with...

MG Car Repair: zenith carb, zenith stromberg, charcoal canister
zenith stromberg, charcoal canister, float chamber: Hi Daoud, The spitfire has a mechanical fuel pump so when the engine is shut off the pump stops. However, the pressure that the pump produces to keep the carburetor float bowl full is supplied by the return spring in the pump not the stroke of the cam that...

MG Car Repair: 1970 MGB, mgb car, starter solenoid
mgb car, starter solenoid, moss motors: Sorry, Michael, I forgot that we talk of earth wires here in the UK, not ground wires. I don t think your car needed to be converted. The design of the MGB was changed from positive ground to negative ground in 1967. The changeover was in the Fall of...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB LE Running Hot, upper radiator hose, emission control equipment
upper radiator hose, emission control equipment, vacuum leak: Hi Dave, It sounds like you have done a lot so I will just tell you what I did each time I got a car with over heating complaint. My first question to my customers was Is it loosing coolant? If not I agree with your using a temp gun to measure the...

MG Car Repair: SU Electric Fuel Pump, electric fuel pump, banjo bolt
electric fuel pump, banjo bolt, float chamber: Hi Sandy. Try removing the upper flexible points from the pump and inspect them carefully. Here is an eBay ad for some points, so you can see what they look like: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-SU-Petrol-Pump-double-point-set-/200616124544?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2eb5a72080...

MG Car Repair: Fuel Pump????, rubber diaphragm, dual points
rubber diaphragm, dual points, roller pin: Hi Sandy. Maybe I described it badly. When you press the diaphragm the points will normally throw over. Turn the diaphragm until the points will no longer throw over, then back off one hole (1/6 of a turn) and they should now throw over but with a fair...

MG Car Repair: Lighting problem, flasher units, light bulbs
flasher units, light bulbs, lighting problem: Hi Check your fuses first. Also check ground connection is for the lights and make sure the light bulbs are good and also that their contacts are clean. I don t know about blown flasher units as I ve never heard of that happening, however if one or more...

MG Car Repair: MG front end noise, brake pads, squeal
brake pads, squeal, pliers: Hi Paul The most likely cause is the brake pads just touching the disc instead of retracting properly. Try retracting them with a large pair of pliers, remove them, clean and replace them. Remember to pump the footbrake before you drive the car or else...

MG Car Repair: MGA oil pressure, water temp gauge, hexagon nut
water temp gauge, hexagon nut, roadster factory: Hi Dan, The MGA has a hydraulic operated gauge (half gauge). It uses oil from the engine block pumped from a fitting on the block and oil is pumped through a small diameter pipe to the gauge itself. When the engine is running it pumps oil to the galleys...

MG Car Repair: MGB engine turns nicley, but does not fire, accelerator cable, bare wire
accelerator cable, bare wire, firing order: Hi Tom. That alters everything. Sounds like the ignition side is OK, although I would still fit a new ground wire inside the distributor. It sounds as though you have gas to the carbs, but there is no fuel mixture reaching the engine. First off,...

MG Car Repair: MGB undercoating, drainage holes, surface rust
drainage holes, surface rust, wheel arch: That totally depends on how far you want to carry a restoration. If you find that there are places so rusted that the metal has holes or cracks then you should remove the undercoat in that area until you find good clean metal to weld to. But if it is just...

MG Car Repair: midget 1275cc, oil filler cap, combustion gases
oil filler cap, combustion gases, wooden dowel: Hi Clive. When an engine is re-bored and has new pistons it takes a while for the new piston rings to bed in to the shiny new bores. During this time there is blow-by and the crankcase pressurizes with stale combustion gases. Your carbs are doing a good...

MG Car Repair: Octane levels and compression, fuel air mixture, high octane gas
fuel air mixture, high octane gas, high octane gasoline: Hi Paul, High octane gasoline burns much slower then Low octane gasoline so when you put High octane gas in a low compression engine it burns so slow that it is wet and burning while the piston travels down so it tends to burn the oil off of the cylinder...

MG Car Repair: Speedometer driven Gear, speedometer gears, speedometer drive
speedometer gears, speedometer drive, speedometer cable: Hi Emilio This is a very common problem with the MGB overdrive unit. Unfortunately, if the speedometer drive gear is stripped, then you will have to remove the engine, gearbox and overdrive unit in order to replace the drive gear. Here is an extract...

MG Car Repair: 1954 MG TF 1500 REAR SPRINGS, bump stops, oslo norway
bump stops, oslo norway, kristoffersen: Hi Jan. TF rear springs in good condition should be absolutely flat when the car is normally loaded. TD rear springs should curve downwards by about 12mm, so a TD sits higher above the rear axle. Yes, you can fit TD springs to a TF, but it will look too...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB Horn and Headlight problem
For the fuel gauge to operate all the time it is required to have power on the Green wire going to the voltage stabilizer which powers two gauges at 10 volts. The green wire is normally powered by 12 volts from the fuse panel. So it sounds like you have plugged...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB ignition steering lock with ign switch assembly instructions, shear bolts, switch assembly
shear bolts, switch assembly, key switch: Hi Bill. So long as you have bought a complete replacement lock, with switch and shear bolts, this should be relatively easy. The only difficult part is drilling out the two old shear bolts. First you must drop the steering column, which is held by...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB LE Two Cylinders Not Running, dual point distributor, zenith stromberg
dual point distributor, zenith stromberg, spark plug wires: Try this, after it is warmed up and idling rough slowly start to restrict the air flow into the intake with your hand. Do it in a progression and note if at any time as you slowly restrict more and more of the air supply it speeds up any at all or smoothes...

MG Car Repair: 63 gas tank, tank repairs, new tank
tank repairs, new tank, gas tank: Hi Phil. Sorry, but there is no easy option here. You cannot safely weld a used gas tank. It will be full of gas fumes and liable to explode. The later tank from 65 is a totally different design and will not fit an earlier car. I regret that you must...

MG Car Repair: 78 MGB will not stay running, fuel pressure gauge, stromberg carburetor
fuel pressure gauge, stromberg carburetor, fuel line: You have good fuel pressure so here is the next test. Get a can of starter spray from any auto parts store and spray it into the intake when trying to start it. If it starts but will not keep running unless you keep spraying then you have confirmed that you...

MG Car Repair: 80 mgb fuel tank sending unit wiring, sheet metal screw, silicone grease
sheet metal screw, silicone grease, fuel tank sending unit: Rick. Yes you are correct. The black wire goes to ground. Originally a wire ran to a rubber sleeve -multiple bullet wire end connector some where near the pump, or in or near the trunk - where the original ground connection was made. You don t have to use...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB LE Two Cylinders Not Running
MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB LE Two Cylinders Not Running

MG Car Repair: Fuel Pump????, volt battery, earth ground
volt battery, earth ground, good earth: Hi Sandy. Did you test the pump before you put it on the car? Just connect it to a 12 volt battery and check that it ticks. Perhaps you have a wiring problem. The pump requires a power supply AND a good earth (ground). Apart from that, I really...

MG Car Repair: MG-TD Gearbox Rebuild, thumb pressure, selector fork
thumb pressure, selector fork, needle file: Hi Kenneth. The first photo shows two sliders. We call them Striking Dogs. The Sliding Dog should slide easily onto the Sliding Hub, only the locating balls giving any resistance. The need for a mallet sounds excessive. I would examine the splines...

MG Car Repair: MGB alternator, reputable shop, prolonged periods
reputable shop, prolonged periods, volt meter: Hi Dan, The 3 wire alternators usually have two large posts and one small post and a few had one large post and two small posts. The three wire alternators with two large posts and one small post take two 12 ga brown wires on the two large posts which...

MG Car Repair: mgb fuses, blown fuse, fuse box
blown fuse, fuse box, blinkers: Hi Cindy The fuses should be located in a small fuse box with a removable cover...I believe on the passenger side, under the hood, on or near the firewall. You didn t state what year the car is but I don t believe MG changed the location on the later years....

MG Car Repair: MGB transmission swap, overdrive transmissions, starter solenoid
overdrive transmissions, starter solenoid, overdrive transmission: Hi Dan, look at your starter solenoid on your car. If it is mounted on top of the starter motor then the overdrive transmission is a bolt in replacement for the 4 speed. If however your starter solenoid is a remote mounted solenoid, then it is not a bolt...

MG Car Repair: SU carb. #6020, burlen fuel systems, magna charger
burlen fuel systems, magna charger, type h2: Hi Richard. The numbers you have quoted do not conform to the part numbers in my SU factory catalogue. The standard TC carbs were a pair of SU type H2 (with 1.25 inch outlet hole) and ES needles. The supercharged TC had a single SU type H6 (with...

MG Car Repair: Suspension ?, chassis rails, rough pavement
chassis rails, rough pavement, nuts and bolts: Hi David. I am worried that there may be something seriously wrong with your MGB. It should not shudder over a piece of rough road. If you have any doubts then please take it to a good auto shop and ask them to do a roadworthiness check on it. It could...

MG Car Repair: 1954 MG TF 1500
Hi Denny. The TF was originally built in 1953-54 with a 1250cc engine (type XPAG). In the middle of 1954 they bored the engine out to 1466cc (type XPEG) and renamed the car as the TF1500. About 3,000 TF1500s were sold to the USA before production ceased...

MG Car Repair: 1976 Midget
Hi Jack, The original Opus-Lucas ignition system failed often so several aftermarket electronic ignition systems sold a replacement. Some required a 12v coil and others used a 6v coil. What ever brand of electronic ignition system you are installing will...

MG Car Repair: 74 MGB- I can't remove the distributor
Hi Ben. The distributor on an MGB is only held in place by a clamp plate (item #19 in this diagram): http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29062 I presume that you have removed the two small bolts holding the clamp plate to...

MG Car Repair: Starter motor turns unaided
Yes, the solenoid does sit on top of the starter motor and do not try to open it up at this time. Get a 12v test light (available at most auto parts stores and very inexpensive) Then connect the clip lead to any bolt on the engine block or head (a ground)...

MG Car Repair: 1972 2M100 Starter
Hi Joe. The armature has many windings, and each winding terminates at 180 degrees from where it starts. Each winding should have approximately the same resistance, and the windings should all be insulated from each other. I cannot remember how many...

MG Car Repair: 1980 MGB 4 Speed Transmission
Hi Bill, It can be many things but it does sound like it could be in the shift tower and not in the transmission. The shift lever bushing (plastic) can do what you are experiencing. It is usually noted by a loose shift lever. Remove the chrome shift...

MG Car Repair: brake 5 way union
Hi James These switches are available from Moss Motors for $7.95 - see part number 46 in this diagram: http://www.mossmotors.com/Shop/ViewProducts.aspx?PlateIndexID=29302#top Don t forget that the brakes may need bleeding after you have replaced...

MG Car Repair: MGB speedo problem
Hi Paul, If the needle is pulsing in a regular pulse most likely it is a dry or bent inner cable. You should remove the cable housing from the speedometer and pull the inner cable all the way out and examine it for any kinks. If you find a kink in the cable...

MG Car Repair: Mgtf 1500 distributor
Hi Scott. If the steel shaft of your TF1500 distributor has come loose in the alloy casing, then I regret to tell you that the unit is beyond repair. I have heard that it is possible to glue it back together but you need a vacuum chamber to evacuate any...

MG Car Repair: Rear shock absorbers replacement
It is very difficult to remove the bottom nut with the bottom plate still attached to the car, because the spring will be in the way. If you take the bottom plate off the rear spring, then removing the nut is much easier and there is less chance of damaging...

MG Car Repair: MGB Oil Pressure
MG Car Repair: MGB Oil Pressure

MG Car Repair: MGB Oil Pressure
Hi Carl. I assume that you are using an engine oil such as 20W/50. (You must not use thinner oils like 10W/40 or 5W/30 in these old engines). The pulsating indicates that the relief valve is opening and closing as the pressure rises and drops, and...

MG Car Repair: 1970 MGB
George, Without more info hard to tell. Could be electrical...I d say likely the switch or the solenoid. If not electric, then it could be wrong type lube in the unit, or low oil in the unit, or plugged filter screen, etc. tell me more if you can. Bria...

MG Car Repair: MGB (Canadian Spec.) brake failure light
Hi Andre The brake pressure failure unit is a very simple device. It compares the pressures in the two independent circuits and if they are different, then it operates a switch that turns on a warning light. However, if the unit fails due to worn out hydraulic...

MG Car Repair: no power to the electonic ignition distrubtor
Hi john, The trouble is that there were half a dozen different companies making electronic ignition systems to replace the Opus / Lucas that came on the car and each had a different wiring for each. I worked for the MG dealerships and we could only use the...

MG Car Repair: Rover 414SI charging light
Hi Aidan This sounds more like a battery problem to me. The simplest test is to turn the car headlamps on and then get someone to start the car while you watch the headlamps. If the lamps go very dim or the car turns over very slowly, then you have...

MG Car Repair: Transmission clearance
Hi Joseph. There is no recommended clearance for this gap and there is no provision for adjustment. I have rebuilt a few gearboxes with up to 2mm of play and they are now in regular use without any problems. I did once overhaul a box with 3mm of...

MG Car Repair: Air pump leaking water
Hi Mark It would appear that you have a leak on the suction side of the air pump. It could need a new hose (29) or a replacement restrictor valve (33), or it might be that the clips need tightening. If this doesn t fix it, then I am concerned that...

MG Car Repair: Air pump leaking water
MG Car Repair: Air pump leaking water

MG Car Repair: stromberg carb adjustment
Hi Larry. The Stromberg tool is only needed in order to adjust the mixture setting. I do not think you need one, because your problem is adjusting the tickover, not the mixture. It should be possible to set the tickover so slow that the engine will...

MG Car Repair: No power to brake light switch
MG Car Repair: No power to brake light switch

MG Car Repair: ignition
Hi Tim, Any time a cable gets hot it is because there is an excess of amperage going through the wire. So if this is a ground cable it means the the starter motor is shorted out or the engine is locked up and the starter motor can t turn it. The first...

MG Car Repair: MG TC TD TF heat shield
Hi Bob. I have received many reports from T-type owners complaining about vapour lock when using modern fuels, so I designed a heat shield to protect the carburetter float chambers from the heat of the exhaust manifold. I get them laser-cut from 0.9mm...

MG Car Repair: mgb gt 1971
Hi Keith On all UK MGBs and GTs made before 1975 the switch is a hydraulic unit screwed into a multi-way brass union under the bonnet. It is operated by brake pressure. Look between the fuse box and the heater unit. The switch has 2 wires connected to...

MG Car Repair: No power to brake light switch
Hi Andre, The brake light switch is powered by the green wire directly from the fuse box. The brake differential warning light switch is also powered directly from the fuse box but a different fuse. There are several green wires on the fuse box and most...

MG Car Repair: Quick question - any info?
Hi Will, The crank does look like an MG of some kind. However the two size step on the front of the shaft is not used on the MG Midget, MGA nor early MGB all of which are 3 main bearing MG engines. All MG engines were Austin engines. It is good to see...

MG Car Repair: Overdrive switch
MG Car Repair: Overdrive switch

MG Car Repair: Heat Shield MGTF 1953 -1955
Hi Richard. Yes my heat shield will fit your TF. It does not require any additional spacers because the TF already has spacers. It is only 0.9mm thick so the extra thickness is not a concern. I have supplied several to TF owners with 5-speed conversions....

MG Car Repair: MGB smell of Gas , MGB Smell of Gas
MGB Smell of Gas: Hi Paul. If you are parking level (i.e. not on a grade) then there is no possibility of gas syphoning. If you can smell gas then you have a gas leakage somewhere. When stationary, the float chambers should remain full of fuel when you switch the engine...

MG Car Repair: Overdrive switch
Hi Joe The overdrive switch is not a changeover switch, it is a simple ON-OFF switch. My guess is that you have put it back together upside down. Turn the entire gear knob so it appears to be upside down, and then remove the top cover and fit it the...

MG Car Repair: rear axles, 1965 Sprite, USA
Yes, You should be able to work out which is which by looking at the wear pattern on the inner splines. Read the link I sent you carefully. It also explains how you can measure for excess wear in the splines. You don t want to fit a replacement pair...

MG Car Repair: Steering wheel/indicator switch removal
Hi Joe. On MGBs built after 1976 they changed the design of the indicator stalks, so you must remove the steering wheel on your 1978 car. Please do not try to remove the steering wheel by hitting the shaft with a mallet or pulling the wheel towards...

MG Car Repair: MGTF Gerabox oil leak
Hi Alan. I can confirm that the speedo drive is only held in by two small set screws. If you undo and remove them, then the speedo drive gear just pulls out complete with its brass housing. I always refit it with a thin O ring but a paper gasket is OK....

MG Car Repair: V8 temperature gauge
Hi Steve. I assume that you have already replaced the radiator cap. The seals on them do fail leading to a non-pressurised cooling system that boils at 100C instead of 120C. A temperature gauge that goes up fast is normally an indication of a thermostat...

MG Car Repair: Armstrong shocks, rear, MG TD
Hi Jim The early TD had Girling shock absorbers and the links had replaceable rubber bushes. Later TDs and all TFs had Armstrong shock absorbers. The rubbers in these links are not designed to be replaced. I attach a diagram of an MGB rear shock absorber...

MG Car Repair: MGB vibration back end
Hi Paul, If you are talking about taking the driveshaft apart at the slip spline. It has been many years since I took one apart but I thought there was just one wide spline and it could not be assembled wrong. If it can go together 180 degrees try rotating...

MG Car Repair: MGC-GT Electrics
Hi Robert The MGC wiring is basically the same as the 1967-69 MGB. There is one main wire which powers everything in the car. It is coloured BROWN and goes from the starter solenoid to the ignition switch. From the ignition switch it then goes to...

MG Car Repair: HS4 Carb Idle Problem
Hi Dave, That was a major problem we had in the dealership even while the cars were still not very old. We were not allowed to modify them as it was a Federal offence to us to do it, but an owner could do it, so most just replaced the throttle plates with...

MG Car Repair: MGB front end
Hi Paul, Any noise should be able to be found, as it means something moved that is not suppose to move and hit some metal part. I first jack the front up with a floor jack set close to the wheel as possible and only lift the wheel a slight bit off...

MG Car Repair: Speedo cable - MGBGT with Overdrive
Hi Lim. The MGB used at least five different speedometer cables during its production run. The shortest was 3ft 3inches and the longest was 5 feet long (152 cm). All MGBGTs from 1965 to 1976 with overdrive need the longest one, part number GSD117. ...

MG Car Repair: 65 MGB REAR WHEEL CYLINDER REPLACEMENT, channel lock pliers, wheel cylinders
channel lock pliers, wheel cylinders, cylinder replacement: Hi Bob, Yes, if you are refering to the spring clips holding the cyclinders on to the backing plates and all the springs holding the shoes in place. They are tough even for a young man. Standard tools for brake springs for domestic cars work well on the MGB....

MG Car Repair: 69 Midget, starter solenoid, battery distributor
starter solenoid, battery distributor, gauge wire: Hi D Ramises, The 69 Midget was negative ground. Look at the ignition coil to see if the terminals are labeled (+) & (-). The (-) post should have the white with a black tracer. I can t think of a reason why anyone would have turned the polarity around like...

MG Car Repair: 72 MGB Clutch, part time job, dot 4
part time job, dot 4, master and slave: Jerry, There is no pedal means you can t DISengage the clutch correct? The clutch is engaged when you have no pedal. First look in the clutch resovour to see if there is any fluid. If it is very low add fluid. DOT 4 ONLY!!! Do NOT put in DOT 3 as it will...

MG Car Repair: 72 MGB overheating and clanking, blown head gasket, coolant level
blown head gasket, coolant level, expansion tank: Hi David, The compression test shows ok, now look at the oil pressure hot and cold. If you show 25 to 35 PSI or above at idle when the oil is hot and 50 PSI or above hot then I would suspect either a loose flywheel or even something with the pressure plate....

MG Car Repair: 74 MGB wont start, new distributor cap, electronic distributor
new distributor cap, electronic distributor, electric ignition: If your engine starts on starting fluid and will not keep running and the pump is clicking rapidly then no fuel is entering the carbs. Remove the tops off of the float chambers and see if the float cambers have fuel in them. Pull the choke cable out and...

MG Car Repair: 74 MGB wont start, piston engines, compression stroke
piston engines, compression stroke, blue spark: Hi Chris, All piston engines only require three things to run. Compression, fire & fuel. But there are conditions on each. Compression needs to be sufficient on each cylinder. On an MGB you should expect to see 135 PSI to 165 PSI. Fire should be a thick...

MG Car Repair: '74 midgit clutch, grinding gears, haynes manuals
grinding gears, haynes manuals, pep boys: If the pedal feels firm from the top to the floor it is possible that you have a disk problem, a pilot bearing or a pressure plate problem. However, if the pedal feels soft, You could still have air in the system. Also 2000 RPM is too fast even for a cold...

MG Car Repair: '74 midgit clutch, clutch fluid, slave cylinder
clutch fluid, slave cylinder, british cars: Hi Ryan, If the slave was leaking fluid you needed to either rebuild or replace it, but by adding DOT 3 fluid you probably finished it off. Even though some of the seals now available for British cars can tolerate DOT 3 there is a lot of stock that can NOT....

MG Car Repair: 77 Midget Carb problems, vacuum leak, air leak
vacuum leak, air leak, starter fluid: The carb mixture adjustment is under the top cap down in the oil. The tool is a 3mm Allen wrench. Clockwise richens the mixture and counterclockwise leans out the mixture. If there was no oil in the top pot then that can be a cause of the hesitation as the...

MG Car Repair: 79 MG, british roadster, mg midgets
british roadster, mg midgets, roadster factory: Hi YT, Yes, all MG midgets from 75 on had 1500 Spitfire engines. As for a name of a hose all you need is to describe the hose to who ever you are trying to purchase it from, Moss Motors, Victoria British, Roadster Factory or Engel Imports. Just tell them...

MG Car Repair: 79 Midget Clutch, clutch release, throttle cable
clutch release, throttle cable, gearbox: Hi Dana, I have put a lot of clutches in Midgets and have tried it leaving the trans in and removing the engine and trans and in a dealership we look for the easier way on all jobs and I found it to be no advantage trying to leave the trans in. As for changing...

MG Car Repair: 79 Midget - Courtesy Light Door Switch, door switch, courtesy light
door switch, courtesy light, midget: Hi Todd, There is only one connection and one wire for the light and that is purple with a white tracer. The switch grounds that wire to make the light work. The only other wires I ever seen in that area were for door speakers if it has them. Howar...

MG Car Repair: 79 mg midget electrics, e mail address, windscreen wipers
e mail address, windscreen wipers, volt ohm meter: Hi Ern, The first thing you need is a wiring diagram of your car. I would not plug a new electrical switch into a harness that had melted a wire. If there is a short somewhere you will just melt the new switch. The MINIMUM tools you should start with is...

MG Car Repair: 79 mgb speedometer removal, knurled nuts, speedometers
knurled nuts, speedometers, mgb: Hi Jonathan, ALL MG speedometers are held in by two nuts on two threaded studs attached to the speedo case. a metal strap goes across the back of the speedo on your car and fits over the two studs and normally two knurled nuts hold the strap in place. There...

MG Car Repair: 79 midget wiring diagram, opus systems, starter solenoid
opus systems, starter solenoid, vacuum unit: Matt, Unless someone has rewired the ignition for some reason like installing an aftermarket ignition system. Which would explain extra wires not connected. There are only 4 wires connected to the coil. Two white w/black on the negative side. (one to the...

MG Car Repair: 79 trunk lid, mk ii, factory manuals
mk ii, factory manuals, foreign cars: Hi Ed, I agree about the diagram however, I have not seen any good ones out there. I have been in the British car business for many years and the only good diagrams for any car that I have seen was the factory training manual for the Series III XJ-6 Jaguar....

MG Car Repair: 80 MGB Engine won't turn over, dot 4 brake fluid, wd 40
dot 4 brake fluid, wd 40, plug holes: Hi Billy, It is possible that you may have to tear the engine down to brake it loose. But there are a couple of things you can try first. Remove the spark plugs and put several tablespoons of something like WD-40 in each cylinder and leave it for a few days...

MG Car Repair: Antifreeze Leakage into Engine, head gasket problem, antifreeze leak
head gasket problem, antifreeze leak, oil coolers: Hi Thomas, MG didn t have any oil coolers in the radiator so that is out. I did once see a oil cooler mounted at the oil filter, that had antifreeze to and from it. I think it was an aftermarket item. I never seen one from MG. If you don t have one of these...

MG Car Repair: Car still runs slightly after ignition turned off, charcoal canister, octane
charcoal canister, octane, charcoal: Hi Jo, It depends what year MG this is. If it is an MG with a charcoal canister, it is suppose to have an anti run-on valve next to the canister. The anti run on valve supplies a vacuum to the carb float chamber to shut off the fuel from the jet when the ignition...

MG Car Repair: Choke on 1979 mg midget, mg midget, instrument panel
mg midget, instrument panel, pegs: Hi Jo, The lock is in the cable housing close to the dash. You may be able to make a repair depending on what broke by removing the cable and housing (5/8 nut on the back of the instrument panel). I was not able to fix many so just buy another cable and housing...

MG Car Repair: Cross threaded spark plug, ft lbs torque, yamaha motorcycle dealer
ft lbs torque, yamaha motorcycle dealer, thread chaser: Hi Ern, It depends on how badly the threads are damaged. Here is a trick some mechanics use. Put that piston at TDC of the COMPRESSION stroke. Cut a shop rag (not the paper kind) in half and stuff the half into the plug hole all the way in. Then take a grease...

MG Car Repair: car stalls, air leaks, car stalls
air leaks, car stalls, weber carb: Hi Gerry, Try removing the gas cap for a test run. If that is not the problem you may need to put a test light on the fuel pump wire so you can monitor it to see that it is constant. Also check the line between the pump and tank for air leaks. If still nothing...

MG Car Repair: DGAV Weber Heater Hose Installation, flow control valve, heater control valve
flow control valve, heater control valve, heater hoses: Hi Fritz, To get coolant to go in and out of the coolant operated choke on the Weber DGAV carb, you will need to install a T in the heater hose before the heater box and another T after the heater box but on the engine side of the heater control valve...

MG Car Repair: Engine cuts out after a few miles of running., talladaga al, bright sun light
talladaga al, bright sun light, air fuel ratio: Hi Earl, You need to do some tests and the tests need to be done while it is in the failed mode. All piston engines require the same thing to run, Compression, Fire & Fuel with conditions on each. Enough Compression, Good Fire (Spark) at the correct time...

MG Car Repair: engine cuts out, fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light
fuel pressure gauge, bright sun light, fire fuel: Hi Bob, On an engine cut off, you should never look for something wrong. ALWAYS look for what is missing. An engine only needs 3 things to run, Compression, fire & fuel. One or more are missing. If it runs again after you back off then most likely it is not...

MG Car Repair: 1975 mg midget eletrical problem?, wd 40, fuses
MG Car Repair: 1975 mg midget eletrical problem?, wd 40, fuses, fuse

MG Car Repair: 1979 MGB LIMTED, mgb, carpet
MG Car Repair: 1979 MGB LIMTED, mgb, carpet, colors