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The Maintenance Notes cover the following as well as some bonus items.
All the articles are in PDF format and can be printed out for
convenient use while working on the car.
1. Steering System Overhaul. A limited amount of wear in the
track rod ends can be removed by adjustment and it is possible to
change the rubber covers without removing the whole steering mechanism
from the car. However wear in the steering mechanism which allows the
double eye bracket to which the inner track rod ends are attached to
move significantly is more serious and requires a steering rack system
rebuild. Reconditioned units are available from several sources but are
expensive. Providing you have basic hand working tools (vice, files
etc.) and access to welding equipment (simple arc welding will do fine)
for one small weld then reconditioning the existing steering rack
system need present no terrors. We show you how to do it in these
2. Charging System Fault Finding and Overhaul. It's late at
night, you are in the middle of nowhere, the ammeter is showing a 15
amp discharge, the red ignition light refuses to go out, the lights are
getting dimmer and, of course, it is raining and you have no idea when
the battery will finally give out. Just a nightmare or has it happened
to you already? Not only will these Maintenance Notes tell you how the
systems works and how to repair it at home, it will tell you some get
you home tricks.
Here's good one which might help in the above situation. Since most
failures are associated with the control box, take a stout piece of
wire and connect together the F and D terminals on either the dynamo or
the control box (the latter is usually easier). Now start the engine
and watch the ammeter and ignition light. Slowly increase the engine
speed, does the ignition light go out and does the ammeter start to
show a charge as the revs. rise further? If so you can drive home
albeit slowly. As you drive keep a close watch on the ammeter and keep
the charging rate below about 10 amps. With the F and D terminals
shorted the dynamo will be running unregulated (we have taken the
regulator out of the circuit) and if we allow the revs. to rise too
high the voltage in the system will rise too high and something will
get damaged. You will probably find that you can drive at about 30 mph
in top gear. It may be slow progress but at least you will get home!
Once home you can use these Maintenance Notes to find and cure the
3. Maintenance And Repair of Engine Bearings. The oil pressure
is good even at tick over speeds but the engine knocks under
acceleration - what can be wrong? Well, you might just have a recently
rebuilt engine with tight bearing clearance and a dynamo with loose
mounting bolts or you could be suffering a classic RM Riley big end
In these Maintenance Notes we explain why such a failure occurs and how
to cure it and prevent it happening in future. We also cover the engine
lubrication system with details of the oil pump and filters and how to
overhaul them. We show the crankshaft, the oil ways and the bearings.
The bearings themselves are cast white metal apart from the later
2½ engines which use shell bearings (unobtainable). We cover the
whole repair process from removing the engine from the car, through
dismantling, inspection, repair right up to running in. We also detail
how to convert the big end bearings to available shells.
4. Recovering and RM Roof. A roof with split seams or other
damage needs to be repaired before it lets in water and the timber
frame beneath it deteriorates. In these Maintenance Notes we explain
how to do it so that the new roof is not only water tight but looks
5. Clutch Overhaul. Driving with a slipping clutch can lead to
expensive problems. In these notes we look at how the RM clutch works,
what can go wrong and how to remove the clutch and overhaul it. We also
give some tips aimed at minimising the costs.
6. Workshop Manual. This is a full copy of the Workshop Manual.
7. Driver's Handbooks. Here we have copies of the Driver's Handbooks for the 100HP 2½ Litre Model (Export Edition), the RME and the RMF.
8. Number Plate Identification. These tables will allow you to
identify when and where a car was registered based upon its current
number plate. This is very useful for checking a car's history and
whether it has been reregestisterd at some time. Sometimes the original
number has been sold and a new age related number has been obtained.
9. Riley Service Bulletins Vol.1 to Vol.4. These cover January
1946 to July 1950 and are the information bulletins issued to dealers
by Rileys giving important information on updates as well as vehicle
support and repair.
The aim of these Maintenance Notes is to add to the information in the
Workshop Manual. They are an essential addendum to the Workshop Manual.