SUMP REMOVAL

GEOFFREY SHOTTER 16/04 June ’84

Don’t rush out and remove the entire front suspension as some manuals suggest. Merely remove the front crossmember leaving the struts in position, and avoiding the necessity to disconnect the brake-lines. This then becomes a straightforward nut and bolt job. Power steering does add slightly to the work, but air expulsion is very much easier than brake bleeding. Please do change big end bearings at 30,000 mile intervals. It’s only a days’ work and it will pay dividends in crankshaft life. If you do the mains as well, don’t remove them all at once and let the crankshaft drop – it damages the oil seals which then leak profusely and that means another Saturday under the car. (You don’t actually need to remove the cross-member, just undo it and pull it forwards. Disconnect the anti-roll bar, if fitted. – Uncle Stan Part).