On the weekend of 12th January 2002 I was invited by H at Ashford Motorsport to visit him and let him replace my head gasket for me. I was planning to do it in the street outside my house when H intervened with his offer, and a good job it was too - we started at 14:00 and didn’t finish until 03:00 the following day. Imagine how long it would have taken me on my own (well actually I would probably have broken it beyond repair). Read on for part 1.

To test the transmit / receive LEDs built into the keyfob, point it at a reflective surface, about 10mm away, and hold down the “unlock” button. After blinking the LED a few times it will light up continuously to confirm that all is well. To verify that it really did do the test, try it again without pointing it at a surface (just point it into space somewhere), and the LED stays unlit after the initial blinking.

I carried out this repair ages ago. Although you could still select reverse (and all the other gears), my reversing lights didn’t work, and my passenger side rear view mirror didn’t dip.

Replacing the fuel filter is a fairly easy job requiring a minumum of tools. It will probably take you about an hour.

If you ever need to connect an aftermarket amp to your head unit, it might be useful to know the pinout of the amplifier which you will find behind the carpet trim on the left hand side of the boot.