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Hi I,m from Newquay and the proud owner of a 1991 Silver Spirit.This car has been stored for most of its 19 years and only has 17000 miles on the clock. A lovely car to drive but a few problems are showing up. Whine apparently from the rear axle ( is this important)?. A dimpled wall on the drivers side rear tyre( Will it burst)?. Accumulators which do not appear to be accumulating ( Should I care)? Seat adjusters that dont.(Adjust that is)! And screen washers that dont wash the screen but douse the head lamps, this after fiddling with the stalk to the point of nearly pulling the thing out of its socket. Can anybody help to restore my faith in RR as a brand or should I subside back into my Rover 75 which has 117,000 miles with never a problem?
 

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The problems of standing in one place too long!

Crewe vehicles were built to be used and when they are not things go wrong. Rear axle noise could be a bearing (rear wheel or diff). Seat adjustment could be exploded batteries for the memory ( Not nice).
Tyres, if they have stood with the wrong pressures for a long time, may be unsafe. With 3 tons to carry and the risk of an expensive accident don't take a chance. Accumulators can only accumulate for so long and if they fail then they need to be changed.
"Nothing of quality is cheap but the rewards of ownership are limitless."
Sounds like you have a good one which when fixed will be a great one.
Keep the faith!
 

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Any PMC stored for a long period of time will have big issues. This PMC will need alot of work done -- when these PMCs are not driven, things dry up, and crack. The best thing for these PMCs is to drive them.

I'd take it to a RR mechanic and tell him about the storage and start making fixes.

These PMCs are fabulous, have faith, and know it's an investment, not just a ride.

I have a 1984 Silver Spirit that is driven daily, and runs like a race horse. They are not meant to be stored in a garage.

Congratulations on your PMC -- keep us up to date! :D

I am also a new member here, and am also a member of the RROC. I live in Kent, Washington.
 

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Indeed, I'd get at least the tyre and the accumulators sorted.

While my only Crewe product is an older car that doesn't suffer as bad from limited use, I have a modern Aston Martin -- and it has all the same issues if not used regularly.

-- Jeff.
 

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PMC = Proper MotorCar

Some find this term offensive but it seems most get that it's used in arch humor.
 

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silver spirit quirks or problem

Axle noise is not uncommon on un used cars if you drive the car and can 'play with noise' by throttling on and off then it is the diff, these can stay noisey for years very unlikely to fail. Tyre needs renewing. Accumultors need changing these give you reserve for brakes, if car stalls then you may have no brakes!! seat switches probably lack of use microswiches under trim probably just need cleaning, from memory know there were problems with headlamp washers instead of screen washers, think it was fault with stalk assembly cannot remember though. Get these things sorted then enjoy!!
 

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I am having a lot of trouble with trying to find out why and where hydrolic oil is leaking from: this is now compounded by watching a prog on Irish tv last night where a car was leaking oil and caught fire and burnt out. Car is a SPII and is currently in the garage awaiting new springs. Ita
 

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If all you're leaking is LHM you have almost nothing to worry about from the perspective of fire. If you want to convince yourself of that, pour a little in an old can, take a torch to the surface of the oil pool, and see how long it takes for it to burst into flame.

My experience is that mineral oils take longer than DOT brake fluid to burst into flame, and even those don't do so at typical engine surface operating temperatures.

Either petrol or a massive electrical failure (or a combination) are what cause most engine fires. Once they've started, though, they can easily generate enough heat to get things that can burn, but require very high heat to get burning, in on the act.
 

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Accumulators, A fairly cheap and easy fix. Should you care? Yes.... if the engine dies you will have no brakes.

The seats, almost definitely the seat memory units mounted under the seats. Not important if you don't want to move your seats. But take the units out of the car and have the batteries removed and the units cleaned of any battery juice that has leaked. This will stop them becoming unrepairable. If they are in a bad position - they can be serviced. PM me if you like.

Change every fluid. Prevention is definitely a must with these cars. The diffs are often noisy but rarely 'break'. If the car wasn't so quiet, you would probably never know :)

Welcome to the joys of a PMC :) Paul.
 
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