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by Ben Harris
Fri Jun 19, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Pistonheads - Shed Of The Week
Replies: 3
Views: 1313

Pistonheads - Shed Of The Week

Thought you guys might be interested to read the PistonHeads "Shed Of The Week" article, as a 480 is their feature car this week:

http://www.pistonheads.com/regulars/ph- ... 0-es/32395
by Ben Harris
Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Pulling to the left
Replies: 1
Views: 1137

Re: Pulling to the left

Something else to check is your wishbone bushes. One of my 480's would pull to the right on acceleration, and then pull the left when not accelerating. Gear changes when accelerating would produce an interesting 'shimmy' effect. This would happen with the steering wheel pointing directly ahead, and ...
by Ben Harris
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: Throttle cable electric connector?
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: Throttle cable electric connector?

Sorry - just re-read the original post. Ignore what I said - I was thinking of the switch on the throttle body. James is correct - it's a switch to signal the CEM that the wiper speed should be increased, and air-con compressor disengaged (if it has air-con).
by Ben Harris
Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: Throttle cable electric connector?
Replies: 4
Views: 912

Re: Throttle cable electric connector?

I seem to remember something similar from the B18E engine in the 89 480 I had many years ago. I'm fairly certqin the switch was a signal for the ECU so it knew when it was supposed to be controlling the idle.
by Ben Harris
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Faulty VEM = Fixed! ... and air-con works now too!
Replies: 9
Views: 3356

Re: Faulty VEM = Fixed! ... and air-con works now too!

Just thought I'd do one of my random 480 forum checks, despite not having owned a 480 for about 6 years now and was very surprised to find one of my original posts at the top of the General section! Does the 480 have a 'resistor-pack' somewhere in the dashboard airflow? If so, I've had cars (non-480...
by Ben Harris
Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Moon Roof Pins
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: Moon Roof Pins

Hi, I'd be happy to take them off your hands if you don't want them, assuming you can find them :D I went hunting in my parent's garage this weekend and I've found one. It's brand new, never been used. If you let me know your address, I'll pop it in the post for you. As they're now unavailable, I'v...
by Ben Harris
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Moon Roof Pins
Replies: 14
Views: 1795

Re: Moon Roof Pins

I think I still have a pair of these, brand-new in my parent's garage. I seem to remember seeing them a couple of years back when clearing it out and doubt they got thrown away. Finding them again will be another matter entirely though! I'll have a look if I remember at the weekend.
by Ben Harris
Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:51 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Hissing VEM!
Replies: 13
Views: 5112

Re: Hissing VEM!

I seem to remember (from many years ago!) that there is a vacuum line which run behind the VEM, and is used for repositioning the vents. I'm guessing that the 20+ year-old rubber connections will have perished and need replacing. If you're going to the effort of removing it entirely to replace it, t...
by Ben Harris
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: RIP Steve - you'll be greatly missed
Replies: 21
Views: 6132

Re: RIP Steve - you'll be greatly missed

Exactly the same here - I occasionally glance back here to see what's going on in the 480 world and was shocked to see this topic. I met Steve a couple of times, one time I remember in particular where I drove over to Swaffham and we parked up my 480 and "the charger" side-by-side and then proceeded...
by Ben Harris
Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Leaks and Footspa's Re-Visited...
Replies: 11
Views: 2174

Re: Leaks and Footspa's Re-Visited...

This has to be one of the longest post resurrections, ever!
pol » Sun Feb 01, 2004 10:45 pm wrote:...
DrewSavage » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:28 pm wrote:
Almost 10 years - impressive! :D
by Ben Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: eBay watch!
Replies: 79
Views: 25930

Re: eBay watch!

yep - that's the guy i bought it off! :-)
by Ben Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: eBay watch!
Replies: 79
Views: 25930

Re: eBay watch!

Ah - that's a different one again then. Under the 'old' (pre-2001) registration system, the last two letters could be used to identify where the car was registered. See here for a list of places. It looks like ending in "UD" was located in Oxford. I'm guessing there was a particularly successful Vol...
by Ben Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: Cars For Sale / Wanted
Topic: eBay watch!
Replies: 79
Views: 25930

Re: eBay watch!

I used to own (amongst several other 480's) a black 480 Turbo auto about 5 years ago with the registration M767 SUD. Not this one on eBay, but another similar numberplate. Just wondered if this could now be in Jim's hands!? I know there were a lot of SUD's out there though.
by Ben Harris
Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Horn MOT Fail
Replies: 12
Views: 1523

Re: Horn MOT Fail

My reason for asking about the alarm is that all 480's have a basic alarm built into them from the factory, controlled by the CEM. It works on the principal that if you lock the car from the drivers door (not sure about passenger), the alarm is activated (can't remember if it's activated straight aw...
by Ben Harris
Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Horn MOT Fail
Replies: 12
Views: 1523

Re: Horn MOT Fail

Thanks Jim. So is there a relay somewhere ? There is, but it's not very easily accessible. It's soldered inside the CEM - or it certainly was on the older 480's with the original CEM's. I assume the CEM III (which is what a 95 will have) has the relay inside it too. Does the alarm work? That will h...
by Ben Harris
Fri Jun 25, 2010 8:25 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: Wanted: CEM for 1989 ES 1.7
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: Wanted: CEM for 1989 ES 1.7

This guy might have what you need: http://retrorides.proboards.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=pfsw&thread=82368 I saw this advertised for spares on RetroRides the other day, but I think a K-reg 1993 might be CEMIII, not the original CEM as you'd need. Might be worth contacting the guy to find ou...
by Ben Harris
Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Wheel suspension and Steering (60)
Topic: Steering column play
Replies: 3
Views: 1776

Re: Steering column play

I remember having this on one of my 480's. I didn't ever get round to fixing it before selling, and it was never an MOT issue, but I can confirm at least one other car to have had the same wear in the universal joint. I think it's a replacement column - I don't think (from memory) that the UJ comes ...
by Ben Harris
Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: WANTED: Front springs and rear drop-links
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: WANTED: Front springs and rear drop-links

I think I've got some springs at my parent's house from my old 480. I can't remember if they're front or back, or both. I won't be able to check until the weekend, but if you haven't had any offers from anyone else by then, I'll take a look.

Whereabouts in the country are you?

Ben.
by Ben Harris
Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: C30 Vs 480
Replies: 5
Views: 1256

Re: C30 Vs 480

That 480 (2-litre ES) was for sale recently. I went to look at it with a friend who was after a 480 at the time, and wanted advice on what to look for. The owner wasn't particularly accomodating with us. He wouldn't allow us to test drive it, even though my insurance would have covered it, which was...
by Ben Harris
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:10 am
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: Oil separator removal on a B20F engine
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Re: Oil separator removal on a B20F engine

I wasn't replacing mine - just cleaning it. I don't remember having to use a hammer to put it back in, but knowing me, I probably did! :D There isn't any kind of latch/clipping mechanism holding it in place. I didn't have any issues with it coming off again by mistake afterwards either.

Ben.