So we have owned our Honda a few years now, I thought it might be time to do a quick review.
So what do I really think of the Mini Cooper?
Yesterday we spent another day knocking items off the list of things that Nick’s Vitesse needs fixed.
I have mentioned Nick’s Vitesse before, when I fixed an issue he had with his ECU. Show day is coming, and it’s a rush to get his car ready. Today we checked off another WOF issue; the hand brake.
The other week (gosh I have been a bit lazy getting this up) Tastes Like Petrol went to the MTA100 car show here in Wellington.
Us SD1 owners need to stick together, so when I heard a fellow owner was having issues with his Vitesse, I offered to have a look.
Everyone with an R33 coupe MUST do this. Skylines are great cars, very desirable but unfortunately thieves know this too and they’re a common target. This fix will remove one of the most common points of easy entry to your Skyline.
As mentioned in my Cars post about the Marina, I found an old “Special Tool” the other day.
Today’s useless information is regarding the R33 model of Nissan Skyline.
The S62B50 engine as used in the E39 BMW M5 is designed for some pretty heavy use. One of the features the crazy guys over at the ///M Division put into this engine to make sure it can last longer during a good thrashing is a pair of oil scavenge pumps and a pair of control solenoids.
The main function for these is to keep oil going to the right places under heavy cornering. Most engines unless they have a baffled sump will tend to have the engine oil slosh to one side under heavy cornering. Some cars (including the BMW V8s) also suffer from oil building up in the heads and unable to drain. This means disaster if it causes the oil pickup in the sump to draw in air instead of oil. Its a very quick way to running a bearing.
A solenoid will activate at over 0.9G of cornering force, allowing the scavenge pump for that side to draw oil from the engine head and return to quickly to the sump. This helps to keep the rear of the sump topped up with oil and keep the oil pickup submerged.
Just goes to show how far the ///M Division went in order to make this engine special and make the E39 M5 the beast that it is.