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Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« on: September 15, 2008, 03:14:58 PM »
Hello all you helpful folks out there ...

I'm going to have to service the Fishing Bakkie myself ( financial restraints etc.. ). Now I'm of sound mind and body .. (sort of) and can do the Oil Change, Oil Filter, Air Filter, Plugs and maybe the points if I don't have to play with them and can just swap the new for the old without any adjusments required. But what the hell do I do about the fuel filter and a flippen 'condenser'.

Nobody knows for sure what mileage the bakkie has done, previous owner said he just did routine service and never more. I noticed the fuel consumption is about 9.75km per litre which is a bit poor for a 1988 1400 Nissan STD bakkie, so a major service is probably needed and that's just the Fuel Filter, Points and the Condenser. Never worked on a Nissan bakkie so not sure.

Anyone here able to advise.  Mechanics want about R900 to do the service, I've got the parts for R380 so thats a hell of a lot of labour charge and I've got the time on my hands.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 04:12:00 PM »
Have a look at the timing of the engine. It might be worth your while to rather take it to someone that is experienced in setting the timing and to check the carburettor's settings as well in the process.
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 11:46:06 PM »
If you loosen the points they will need adjustment. It might be worth trying to find someone to do the points, timming and check the carb settings. The rest is dead easy n straight forward. Condensers are best left alone, more new ones than old ones go faulty. Maybe buy new and put it in the cubby for in case.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008, 11:02:34 AM »
Thanks Guys, looks like the service is needed badly. Car keeps loosing fuel pressure, so the fuel filter could be blocked, steady 80kmh and then the engine just starts to die, pump accelorator as much as I like but nothing until I drop down a gear or two then it works again. Looking at a new Fuel Pump as well, just getting some prices. Got a mechanic friend who said get the points set properly or it'll waste petrol badly, so I'll probably do the basics myself and just go to Steve's Auto Clinic to do the points, condenser.

Thanks for the advice guys.
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008, 11:09:33 AM »
 :goodmorning: , have had a couple of these in the past, one of the major problems I found, was that while using in traffic, used to get alot of carbon build up. Slows the car down and uses a lot of juice. Solution...hit the freeway and rev high in gears, almost valve bounce and see all the crap shoot out the exhaust. If you need a timing light, feeler guage etc I have. Takes about 45min to do plugs, points, condesor, oil filter, air filter etc. Takes a bit longer when you have a case of ales on standby :)

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008, 11:26:53 AM »
Dave timing etc isnt that hard to do boet, besides isnt steves auto clinic lank expensive???
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008, 11:37:16 AM »
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pm me ur cell no. and ill get u in contact with the guy who'll help u and wont charge u an arm and a leg

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008, 11:53:11 AM »
cyprinus, if i was in CT i'd offer. It's straight forward enough. Steves have a baaaad rep here in jhb for both price and shoddy work. It's not difficult to do the points and timing though, just need the tools. If you want me to talk you through it drop me a PM.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008, 11:56:28 AM »
Used to use a radio to tune my sunbeam , not hard.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 12:00:44 PM »
I have a timing light you can have. Not needed anymore.

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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2008, 12:07:09 PM »
 :woo_hoo: angus, thats what makes me love CTF so much, the comeraderie is awesome !!
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2008, 12:23:30 PM »
cyprinus, if i was in CT i'd offer. It's straight forward enough. Steves have a baaaad rep here in jhb for both price and shoddy work. It's not difficult to do the points and timing though, just need the tools. If you want me to talk you through it drop me a PM.

According to our club's guys, SAC Centurion is quite brilliant  :question2:
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2008, 12:48:21 PM »
Excuse me whilst I just pick my jaw up off the floor !! CTF is the best :Congratulations:

Hells bells Angus .... That would be great ( how do they work again ?) :imstupid:

I did speak to Steve's Auto Clinic, they wanted R900 to do the service, the parts are only R371 so yep they are expensive.
cyprinus, if i was in CT i'd offer. It's straight forward enough. Steves have a baaaad rep here in jhb for both price and shoddy work. It's not difficult to do the points and timing though, just need the tools. If you want me to talk you through it drop me a PM.

According to our club's guys, SAC Centurion is quite brilliant  :question2:

Vis ... your a star, maybe you can come round and help the 'blind Guy' ...you'd have help me drink beers and have a damn good braai as well I think, I'll get the kids from the club to act as waiters/waitresses and greece monkeys for the day.

Used to use a radio to tune my sunbeam , not hard.

Hooked , using a Radio to tune a car !! ... you scare me sometimes.  :hammer:
All of your advise and offers are amazing ... and Angus ... I'll be in touch boet !

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2008, 12:50:55 PM »
:goodmorning: , have had a couple of these in the past, one of the major problems I found, was that while using in traffic, used to get alot of carbon build up. Slows the car down and uses a lot of juice. Solution...hit the freeway and rev high in gears, almost valve bounce and see all the crap shoot out the exhaust. If you need a timing light, feeler guage etc I have. Takes about 45min to do plugs, points, condesor, oil filter, air filter etc. Takes a bit longer when you have a case of ales on standby :)

 :givemebeer: READ properly dave  :hammer:
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2008, 12:55:00 PM »
Been a long time, do not remember how to use the timing light........bought about a year ago and never used.( Was gonna do my son's old Escort)

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2008, 01:17:02 PM »
@Mike ... lol , if your offering to come round and help then it'll have to be beers and braai time. Maybe we can get a few others to come round and turn it into a fully fledged social. I've got a Pool Table in the Braai/Rec room as well. I'll get the beers, chops, wors etc...

Been a LONG LONG time since i socialised with fishing chums ... Angus only lives 5 mins away.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2008, 01:19:26 PM »
we could do something like that!


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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2008, 01:36:16 PM »
Cool ....

Now when ?.... is Sat 27th Sept Good. I've been paid then so I'll have all the Parts but more importantly the Beer & Food  :thumbsup:

If not we can sya anytime after then.

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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2008, 02:37:06 PM »
Would've loved to join you guys, but I'm working that weekend as well as the following two weekends due to our company's year end :cross: :cross:
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Re: Doing a Nissan 1400 Service Myself ... Help
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2008, 03:27:39 PM »
Cool ....

Now when ?.... is Sat 27th Sept Good. I've been paid then so I'll have all the Parts but more importantly the Beer & Food  :thumbsup:

If not we can sya anytime after then.

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and me, let me know what tools to bring, can bring all you need for Mike to do the job :)