After spending an afternoon and one very cold night in the shed replacing a burnt out thermo fan in my 205 GTI S3 I have decided to cut my losses and buy an MX 5.
I would be very interested to hear if anyone else out there in Peugeot land has similar stories of what they thought would be an easy job (rationally,logically) turning in to a Peugeot nightmare.
Bumber and front skirt removal. Careful! The plastic wheel arches are an integral part of this too.
Bit of metal covering the radiator removal.
Plastic grill removal.
Stupid little sprung square nuts that fit in sqaurish holes in the body removal.
Two dog leg shaped metal bits that hold the entire cooling system including A/C radiator to the plastic housing removal.
Entire removal of plastic twin fan housing.
Don't bother trying to find where the fan electrics plug ends up, this requires engine removal. Just cut the wires.
tie A/C radiator to something to stop it from hitting the floor or damaging pipes.
Regular radiator should stay roughly where it should be due to heavy hoses stopping it from hitting floor.
Hang twin thermo housing out to one side from the electric cables after jostling with it for an hour or so to remove it and then pry off stupid little crap clips that hold the debri covers on.
Don't get excited, this will not allow you to remove the electric fans. Turn whole thing over to do this.
Finally replace or fix what you have to and try to remember where all those cheap bits of rubber went before putting back together.
I suggest Zoloft or Aropax , 1 or 2 tabs washed down with a glass of whisky before attempting this.
Seriously, this is truly ridiculous. I love my quirky little car and smile everytime I walk up to him before going for a spin and smile even more when driving. But man, those little MX5's look like a heap of fun too.