In this video from Edd China’s classic car health check video series, Edd takes a more detailed look underneath a classic car. Edd explains how to check the classic car wheels and listen for any grumbling of bearings, he demonstrates how to look for any play in the suspension joints and looks for any perishing in the brake lines and rubber gaiters. He recommends a visual inspection of brake pad thickness (less than 1.5mm will fail an MoT) and checking for corrosion on suspension mounts, sills and brake lines. Finally he looks at the exhaust system and propshaft and checks for excessive fluid.
In the final class of our course on classic car electrics, Ed teaches you about the ignition system on your car. He discusses the two halves of the ignition system, explains how the system is wired to the rest of a car, and then shows you how to trace faults.Watch Now >>
In the second half of our cold engine check, Danny and Clive disengage the spark plug leads to take a closer look at the quality and cleanliness of the spark plugs. They also inspect the brake and clutch fluid reservoirs, oil and coolant. Before cracking on to the warm engine inspection, be sure to walk through each of the components Danny and Clive cover, looking for damage and other abnormalities.Watch Now >>
In the previous class, Ed showed you how to clean the valves and prepare them for reinsertion into the head. Now, you’ll learn how to lap in the valves using grinding paste and then decoke the engine in order to increase its efficiency and ensure top-notch engine performance for another several thousand miles. Ed introduces the tools you need to complete this process and then shows you how to use them.Watch Now >>
In the final step of the engine decoking process, you’ll learn to reassemble the head, replace a new gasket, and remount the cleaned and decoked components onto the engine block. Ed walks you step by step through the finishing methods needed to put the cylinder head back together and make sure everything is properly affixed and operational.Watch Now >>