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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by Honkytonk » Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:28 pm

I always feel that with Cataclean, some of the feeling probably is placebo, but it does legitimately make the car run better. And it's a perfect excuse for some braps. :D
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:22 am

Noticed this coming out of work last night.... Major milestone/engine about to die 😅
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:25 am

Got to say liking the new garage light...

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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:09 pm

It's one of these....
It does have screw fitting but otherwise just goes into standard light fitting.
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:24 pm

So today...
Oil and air filter and Plugs.
Cleaned front pads as brakes were still squealing after I did the backs a couple of weeks back.. Just cleaned and checked as front pads were fine.
New mouse mat in my mouse mat mod.😁
Pollen filters still to do but easy job on my lunch hour..
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by New Duke » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:51 pm

bigpete8 wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:24 pm
So today...
Oil and air filter and Plugs.
Cleaned front pads as brakes were still squealing after I did the backs a couple of weeks back.. Just cleaned and checked as front pads were fine.
New mouse mat in my mouse mat mod.😁
Pollen filters still to do but easy job on my lunch hour..
A good Sunday that!

Yeah we're lucky the RX8 is so easy to work on. It's like it was well designed by nice people, not by sadists. On the other end of the spectrum I replaced the pollen filter in my XF today. :censored: nightmare of a job it is in that car.

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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:54 pm

Did the one in the pug a while back right pita and broke some clips doing it..🥴
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by warpc0il » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:58 pm

Much easier to do the pollen filters this time of year after the car has been out for a good run, as the plastics will be nice and warm.
It's very easy to snap the end off the filter cover if you just go out and try it in the cold.

If nothing else it gives you an excuse to take the car out, but best wait if there's salt on the roads....
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:13 am

Mines a daily so wind hail rain or salt, she goes out....
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Post by bigpete8 » Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:14 pm

And to complete the job - Pollen filters changed... took all of 5 minutes :)
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:04 am

So she's 12 today and just over 60k on the clock, so average of 5k a year... Not too bad
But think how much fuel that is though

Optimistically 20mpg = 3000 gallons 🙄
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:37 pm

So still been having longer starts than I would like on occasion. This happens hot or cold.

She's had a recent battery but wasn't over impressed with the fit of the original terminals. So got to thinking they might be causing increased resistance...

Anyway fitted these, not overly sure on wing nuts so they may get replaced.
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Everything okay except I think I've stuffed up fuel trims.

Got in to start and leave to idle then realized I had no fuel left as light came on previous drive.

Any way allowed her to idle and warm enough to switch off after resetng steering. Started her again and drove to petrol station.
She was properly hot by then.
After adding fuel and a little oil (not over much. I started her to drive off, she stalled, started her again and managed to keep her running on throttle. So think the not letting her idle long enough from cold has screwed the fuel trims.

Going to leave her overnight then disconnect battery and try again.
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by warpc0il » Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:59 pm

Do this in the morning and it should be fine
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:49 am

So, removed terminals (gave all contact faces a clean up to waste a few minutes) and currently sitting in car waiting for warm up. Let's hope this morning's effort is a little more fruitful. 🙄
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:28 am

So doesn't seem to be stalling now let's hope fuel trims Sorted themselves out....

Still got longer start then I would like, but lots of starts and not much running to recuperate charge.
She's now been on charge an hour and battery charge still not complete... This could be my remaining issue.......

Think charging while running is okay as shows as between 14.3v and 14.6v when engine running, probably just not long enough runs to recover all the juice used in cold starts, winter heating (seats and rear window) and lights.
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:08 pm

So little update..
Still got longer starts, but also noticed a little less power 2 to 4k.
I suspect a faulty trailing coil might be my issue.(they are 2 years old but have lifetime warranty so at least that's a positive)
Anyway arranged for compression test and check on coils.
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:48 pm

Been a little while since I've updated this but here goes....
Had compression test done with disappointing results. (see pic) Only plus side is they are pretty even.
Then she's been in bits whilst I had coils tested (thanks you RRP) but disappointingly they are all good.
Only other thing I have noticed is plugs I got from ECP are not the hotter ones I had in from RR - Anyone know if the hotter plugs are any benefit with reduced compression?

Hopefully everything back together this weekend - may even put the old plugs back just to see if things are any better. :idea:
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:13 pm

That is if weather doesn't return to this...
(2 years ago today)
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by AndyBrad » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:16 pm

normal results knows to be 110psi? thats 7.5 bar? thats high surely? seems yours are around 5. thatll be why its taking longer to start

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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:51 pm

Bar is on the bottom... 5.2/5.3 and that would be why its disappointing......
Using foxed.ca they are slightly higher than that (5.3/5.5 so not much) when normalised including altitude.

Just for clarity i don't have hot start issue - the longer starts are say 8-10 seconds as against 3-4 seconds with random occurrence hot or cold.
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by New Duke » Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:57 pm

The hotter plugs are said to be aimed at cars that mainly do short journeys and to help kick start cars with low compression not starting at all. They won't help the comp though. In your case they'd just be a sticking plaster just like a faster starter motor. 8-10 secs is a very long start if you've already ruled out low battery. As a comparison, my compression is in the 6s and never takes longer than 2 secs on a bad day to start.

Sorry you got disappointing results. I don't know what journeys your car normally does but it might benefit from some very hot driving. Others have found that intensive servicing (which you already do) and driving hard whenever it's hot have raised compression. I wouldn't assume that outcome though but it's a nice excuse to beep on every gear change.

Doesn't sound urgent but it might be worth squirrelling a few quid away each month for a rebuild.

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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:08 pm

Beeping unlikely to help but as you say good fun regardless...
(I usually get at least a beep a day)

Sticking plasters always help - I would go uprated starter as well but current one already spins at 250

as for save some money.... :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: wife and kids see that is never the case!
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by 350matt » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:05 pm

I see that the compression form states 'compression figures should be 110 to 150 psi'


really? 7.6 to 10.3 Bar?

I thought best ever / brand new was about 8.5 bar at best

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Post by bigpete8 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 3:19 pm

Yes highly optimistic 😂
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Re: Living with a rotary - 2 1/2 Years in

Post by bigpete8 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:38 am

Back together she goes.... Wish me luck
Hope I can get the firing order right.🥴
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