Today I changed rear shocks. Since I bought the car, I had trouble with throbbing at the rear end and when passing curves where the road isn`t good, the car jumped a bit. Anyway, I opened my NOS Renault parts secret cave and pulled out some new shiny De Carbons that I purchase this summer on french ebay.
Prepared tool and new shocks
First I had to remove the old ones, so I lift the car on the jack and secure it. Then I removed the wheel and the old, tired grandpa showed up
Then I unscrew the nut on the upper part and then two nuts (thinner, securing the wider) on the lower part and released the pin from the top part. Then I lifted rear suspension with another jack to release the shock.
May be tricky to insert a new shock but if you lift the suspension just a little bit more, you will be able to put it inside because shocks on R4 works o different principle than on other cars- when the suspension goes up, the shock is stretching.
So I did exactly the same on the left side, but with a little more effort because one bolt was very very stubborn and the exhaust pipe is getting in the way.
After all, the throbbing is gone, car is more stable but I will need a better (I mean, worse) road to get the impressions together. For now that is it, next week I have to remove console on R11 in order to replace the heater, but you will read that in the other topic.
See you, my R4 is waiting for me
Hello my friends, long time no see!
I didn't do much here because everything is ok so I don't have to do anything besides regular oil change. Few weeks back I changed the oil, the oil filter and put new antifreeze. This week I decided to change all the locks and the key because I had some issues with it. Old key had some serious signs of use, so I changed it before it breaks. Fortunately, in my R4 secret cave I had NOS original Neiman locks with keys.
The old key
And the new one
Since all the locks were disassembled, it was logical to galvanize them before assembly...
Now I just have to wait to trunk door lock/handle to come from ebay. I ordered many parts from ebay during the Corona crises (mainly from France any Italy) and all of them came really fast, but I ordered this almost a month ago from Greece and the seller isn't even able to send it because of the airport lockdown. Hope it will be here soon. Until then, enjoy your R4s
Long time no see...
Few weeks ago, my R4 passed an MOT for 30th time. So for that anniversary I gave him a gift
We're on 181000 km now. It also got new brake fluid. I have to replace the clutch and distribution chain and see what I can do with this rusty area. Sometime in his life there was obviously brake fluid leaking.
Congratulations on that anniversary Mario, and about attacking the rust on the front left chassis beam....
Indeed brake fluid is a cause and it can (will) run everywhere inside the front left chassis beam, and in combination with (salty) water it can really be worse as you can follow on mine GTLfront left chassis beam repair here