Unlevel Car

Rebuilding, adjusting, maintaining & alternatives

Unlevel Car

Postby peteld » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:34 pm

Hi guys :)

My Morris stand a bit uneven on the ground, basicly the car is lower at the back, and hanging to its left (drivers side) rear...
so i wonder if this is cause for a major suspension repair, i have been thinking of filling the rear shockabsorbers, but i wonder if this can be done quite easy?
and would this be enough to level the car ?
peteld
.
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:44 pm

Denmark (dk)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby Sleeper » Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:16 pm

Shock absorbers have nothing to do with the cars height ( or lack of it ) you need to look at the springs/hangers at the rear and the torsion bars at the front..

John ;)
Sleeper
.
 
Posts: 231
Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:11 am
Location: Manchester U.K.

Great Britain (GB)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby peteld » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:29 am

I can see the springs in the left rear side, is slightly (moderate) more worn that the right.
is changing them a major operation, or pretty straight forward?
peteld
.
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:44 pm

Denmark (dk)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby Panky » Wed Apr 03, 2019 8:27 am

Not a difficult job to replace the rear springs but it could be the opposite front torsion bar that is at fault, To check first place the car on level ground and chock the front wheel, then jack the back up with the weight off the springs and see if the gap from tyre to the front arches is the same on both sides. No good raising the car on the diff as the weight will still be on the axle, a scaffolding board across car just in front of the springs and a trolley jack dead centre will let the axle and springs dangle and show if the torsion bars are set even at the front.
You can check the back springs by jacking the front up at the centre of the front cross member, but it must be supported with a good lump of timber placed across as the cross member is not meant to take a jack and could buckle. Once it's up off the ground again check the gap from tyre to arch.
Image
User avatar
Panky
.
 
Posts: 1231
Joined: Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:00 pm
Location: Cheshire

United Kingdom (uk) UK England (.g)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby peteld » Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:51 am

Thanks for the tips, i dont think i will be changing the springs until some time later this year, it does not bottom out at the moment so i recon it will be fine for the summer :)

but I have a question about the brakes, how effective are they supposed to be? i have bleed them and that did help a bit. but i still feel the brakes are a bit ineffective. i have replaced the brakeshoes with brand new ones, and the adjustment screws are almost at a max, and yet the feel ineffective... could it be the cylinders? the car does not leak any fluids (other than oil from engine and normal places:P)
peteld
.
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:44 pm

Denmark (dk)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby old english white » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:19 am

I have always felt that Minor drum brakes are perfectly adequate but they do require maintenance. Also, remember that new shoes will require bedding in and then re-adjustment. One more thing: There are a lot of cheap and nasty replacement parts on the market. If you purchase cheap brake shoes, your brakes will not be much good. I have found the Mintex ones to be OK but most of the others now available see somewhat lacking.

When you had the shoes off, you DID check to make sure all the cylinder pistons were moving freely did you?
old english white
.
 
Posts: 917
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:28 pm


Re: Unlevel Car

Postby peteld » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:50 am

I got the brake shoes, from a Morris minor specialist so guess they are good quality :)
actually i did not check the cylinders, i am still new to all this, so did not know how... however i have ordered new cylinders and as soon as they arrive i will check, and maybe replace :)
peteld
.
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:44 pm

Denmark (dk)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby old english white » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:10 am

peteld wrote:I got the brake shoes, from a Morris minor specialist so guess they are good quality :)


Never guess. There is a lot of rubbish for sale and if you don't specify better quality stuff, Morris Minor specialists like any other company, will sell you whatever they choose I'm afraid. You need to ask for the best quality. What make were the brake shoes? And what make are the cylinders? If you purchase the cheapest option you will get the worst quality. Then your brakes won't work properly ;)
old english white
.
 
Posts: 917
Joined: Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:28 pm


Re: Unlevel Car

Postby peteld » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:00 am

I do trust my supplier, as it came recomended by the danish and nordic morris minor clubs :)
peteld
.
 
Posts: 24
Joined: Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:44 pm

Denmark (dk)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby Rick1963 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:18 pm

With regards to the suspension height, section K3 of the downloadable MM manual has the instructions on how to set the front torsion bars.
Rick1963
.
 
Posts: 131
Joined: Sat Aug 25, 2012 6:05 pm
Location: Leeds

Great Britain (GB)

Re: Unlevel Car

Postby martinthefirst » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:45 pm

If you can't lock all four wheels on a dry road when you stamp on the brake pedal, then the brakes need attention.
martinthefirst
New Poster
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:00 am
Location: Shirley, Croydon

Great Britain (GB)


Return to Suspension, Steering & Brakes



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests