This blog, in addition to the usual maintenance details for classic mini cars, an attempt is made to explain the "whys" and "wherefores" of the various jobs.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Curing Leaks

Proprietary chemical anti-leak compounds are usually quite effective in curing small leakages. One sometimes sees the use of such substances as flour, porridge or mustard recommended: but while these may sometimes be effective and must be used in a real emergency, the very real risk of blocking the small passages in the radiator, necessi¬tating the fitting of a new radiator film block, cannot be overlooked. A further point is that even a first-class proprietary anti-leak compound will not be effective if it builds-up on top of deposits of scale or rust; the most satisfactory course, therefore, is thoroughly to flush-out and descale the system, as described on pages 46-7, before using one of these compounds.

Topping-up the battery. On saloon models the battery is in the

luggage boot, as shown. On the estate car it is located beneath a removable floor panel at the rear of the luggage compartment, while in the vans it is behind the driver's seat