Major body damage - repair

Where serious damage has occurred or large areas need renewal due to neglect, it means that completely new sections or panels will need welding in, and this is best left to professionals. If the damage is due to impact, it will also be necessary to completely check the alignment of the bodyshell structure. Due to the principle of construction, the strength and shape of the whole car can be affected by damage to one part. In such instances the service of a dealer with specialist checking jigs are essential. If a body is left misaligned, it is first of all dangerous, as the car will not handle properly, and secondly uneven stresses will be imposed on the steering, engine and transmission, causing abnormal wear or complete failure. Tyre wear may also be excessive.

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    Pistons/connecting rods - removal and refitting
    Removal 1 Remove the sump, as described in Section 8, and the cylinder head, as described in Section 7. 2 Check that the connecting rod and cap have adjacent numbers at their big-end to indicate ...

    Exterior lamp bulbs - renewal
    Note: The glass envelopes of the headlamp, auxiliary driving lamp and front foglamp bulbs must not be touched with the fingers. If the glass is accidentally touched, it should be washed with methy ...

    Camshaft and cam followers - removal, inspection and refitting
    Note: A new camshaft oil seal and new rocker arm securing nuts should be used when refitting. 1.8 litre (R2A type) Removal 1 Remove the cylinder head. 2 Unscrew the securing bolts and remove the ...