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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Servicing the Bentley Turbo R

I had a fun day yesterday flying the Team Bentley flag.

I serviced my Bentley Turbo R myself.

I've previously written about doing a backyard Canberra style service for Bentleys here.

It explained that there are no dealers in Canberra and you have to do it yourself with the help from mates.

Men in sheds type arrangement, or from the storage cage of my inner city apartment in my case.

Which is what I did. With expert over sight from Richard Tracey from

I prepared for it. Out came the trestle table.

And out came the tools.

And yes - they are all brand new as I'm new to this fix it yourself game at my place.

Three ton jack stands for safety. The car weights 2.3 plus fluids.

I got the pin type ones.

Got a oil filter removal tool.

Also got something I have always wanted. A trolley jack.

It's a two ton one - but I wont be lifting the whole car with it so it should be ok.

Picked up 10 litres of Mobile 1 5W-50, some Castrol Hydraulic System Mineral Oil Plus and some coolant.

Then the great help and brains trust Richard arrived bearing gifts from .

An oil filter and a air filter.

So I got on with the job, under supervision.

Out came 10L of used oil into baking trays, and in went the new oil filter and oil.

The engine bay had a good looking over.

Changed the air filter.

Topped up the Castrol Hydraulic System Mineral Oil Plus, the coolant, the windscreen wiper fluid, check the power steering fluid.

Check the belts, checked the hoses and checked for any leaks.

Found that the coolant overflow hose had fallen out - so crimped it back in.

One of the belts to the air pump has started to go - so will get that replaced next time.

Checked the brake pads, which were more than half to go.

I'll check the tyre pressure today - and maybe give it a wash as I have not since the track day!

As I was doing the service, Richard very helpfully fixed my aerial by straitening it and lubing the motor.

And after that it was just the pack up, as I was done.

It was the first time I had done it myself, so I was happy.

Even though these cars look scary when you lift the bonnet - with expert help and supervision you can do basic things yourself.

A big thank you to Richard Tracey from for supplying the parts, knowledge and encouragement for doing it myself.



At 1:38 pm, Anonymous Bentley Harden said...

Never let a turbo engine fire without positive oil pressure. When doing an oil change, pull the coil wires and crank until you get pressure. Then reconnect the wires and allow the engine to fire. This will keep the turbo from destroying the bearing.

At 1:56 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome post. Is this DIY service comparable to a Bentley Arnage?

At 4:49 pm, Blogger Unknown said...

Bentley Harden

Could you give more d├ętail about the coil wires?

At 5:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does post-oil change startup differ from a normal cold morning start, when all the oil is still in the sump?

At 9:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It differs because of removal of the oil filter. The new one is full of, well, air, and so until it has been refilled by cranking as described, there will be no oil pressure, including to the turbo bearings.

At 6:52 pm, Blogger Madam Banjo said...

What type and size is the sump plug on these?
Thanks Mika

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