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Post by CitroJim » 10 Nov 2010, 20:50

My wallet suffered a bit of abuse today and Admiral insurance are now a bit richer...

I got a great deal on my fleet. 2 x V6 and one Activa fully comp for an average of £240 each...

I have now insured Robyn with Admiral on her own policy so that she is independent and can start building her own NCB.

If shed have stayed on my policy, she would have been £917. Her own, £1210. Seems a lot but for an 18 year old, not long passed her test, that's not bad.

A 17 year old, who lives just up the road has a Toyota Glanza (Starlet in a pretty frock) and he shelled out £3500 :shock:

He bought the car as a wreck when he was 14 and has restored it with paper-round earnings. Good bit of enterprise there... His dad's a petrol head too. He has a concours RS Turbo Escort and an Evo...

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Post by Xaccers » 10 Nov 2010, 21:02

Jim, put yourself on Robyn's policy as a named driver, and see if that brings it down even more.

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Post by CitroJim » 10 Nov 2010, 22:39

Xac wrote:Jim, put yourself on Robyn's policy as a named driver, and see if that brings it down even more.
Both her Mum and I are... It does bring it down a good bit...

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Post by citroenxm » 11 Nov 2010, 09:13

Damm, Jim, If Id known RichardG was calling, he could have dropped the leather trim in :wink:


Never mind, Ill get the belt done on this HDi Exclusive xantia done and organise a trip to collect from him..

Ill try and do a pictorial aswell, Im not good at them, I tend to just get on and do the job and forget...

Paul

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Post by DickieG » 11 Nov 2010, 18:09

citroenxm wrote:Damm, Jim, If Id known RichardG was calling, he could have dropped the leather trim in :wink:


Never mind, Ill get the belt done on this HDi Exclusive Xantia done and organise a trip to collect from him..

Ill try and do a pictorial aswell, Im not good at them, I tend to just get on and do the job and forget...

Paul
Paul, when are you going to Jim's?

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Post by citroenxm » 11 Nov 2010, 18:14

Anytime really Richard.... Ive not spoken to Jim, so nothings arranged, but if it was there, then it could be arranged quickly..

Paul

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Post by DickieG » 11 Nov 2010, 18:32

citroenxm wrote:Anytime really Richard.... Ive not spoken to Jim, so nothings arranged, but if it was there, then it could be arranged quickly..

Paul
If you could give me and Jim some idea of when you're likely to go there I may be able to drop it off depending upon work commitments, the trouble with taking it there too early will be one of storage for Jim as a complete interior does take up quite a bit of room in houses the size of mine and Jim's, the front seats for instance I have stored at work ATM as I don't have the room at home.

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Post by citroenxm » 11 Nov 2010, 18:49

Yes Richard, Im completely aware of that, we have a couple of weekend commitments in the next few weeks hence my problem just at the very moment..

Thankyou for your patience.

Regards
Paul

PS: SORRY JIM :oops: We have hijack'd your Xantia Tales Blog... :? :oops:

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Post by CitroJim » 11 Nov 2010, 21:29

citroenxm wrote: PS: SORRY JIM :oops: We have hijack'd your Xantia Tales Blog... :? :oops:
No worries Paul, you and Richard carry on, I'm not using it at the moment so just pretend I'm not even here :lol: :lol: :lol:

Let me know what you arrange on my behalf between you!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I'm free the next few weekends after this one...

In fact, the next two days at least are given over to Robyn's birthday. Had a call from SWMBO this evening. She'd forgotten to get Robyn a birthday card for tomorrow so could I get one fir her :roll: Siany and I were going shopping anyway this evening to buy Robyn some small presents. very small ones from me after what I've shelled out recently...

Some good news for a change... Robyn finally has a part-time job. Working in our local DeVere Venue, a hotel cum conference centre cum corporate hospitality cum training centre.

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Post by citroenxm » 11 Nov 2010, 21:46

CONGRATS JIM!! Well DONE Good on her!

As for all else, cheers jim, I shall keep all involved informed!

Paul

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Post by myglaren » 11 Nov 2010, 21:55

CitroJim wrote: Siany and I were going shopping anyway this evening to buy Robyn some small presents. very small ones from me after what I've shelled out recently...
Diamonds are fairly small Jim :twisted:

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Post by XantiaMan » 14 Nov 2010, 16:31

CitroJim wrote:
Regular readers of this drivel will be aware of two minor issues on my Activa; the slightly bouncy rear suspension and the couple of instances of cutting out. The latter has not reared it's head since the last time despite a couple of long motorway runs so I think it can be considered now OK. The former issue was looked at, and the reason found, with the aid of Richard's sphere tester. It's just an HP pump, a PR block, an LHM reservoir and a gauge. It still faintly staggers me that you can pressurise a sphere to 70-odd bars just by turning the pump pulley about five revolutions by hand.

All the rear spheres are well down on pressure, including the Activa balancing sphere. All the spheres are Westroen ones and still have just under a year to run on their 3-year warranty :D
Extreme post resurrection!

My car is equipped with many Westroen spheres which i suspect are low, particularly the Activa specfic ones.

On the slam panel is a sticker saying it was all done in 2008, meaning they should have some warranty left?

Did you send them the spheres and they sent replacements?

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Post by CitroJim » 14 Nov 2010, 17:06

Err, I had a natter with a rather Northern accented gentleman at Westroen and the warranty only extended (in my case) to blown ones. Not ones that had dropped in pressure. I naturally queried this.

He (as I recall) got a bit defensive and asked how I had determined the spheres in question were low and from where had I got my information. When I said I used a pressure tester on them and consulted the charts in the factory manuals, he got even more defensive and hinted that I might not quite have a full grasp and understanding of Citroen hydraulics.

The conversation was terminated thereafter.

In his defense, the remaining ones, when tested in July, were still just about borderline serviceable after four years in use...

Regassed ones can be a lottery in my experience. I've known of two loose every bar of pressure just sitting in stock...

On to happier things - Robyn's 18th birthday celebrations went extremely well, culminating in a big party last evening/night. A great time was had by all and everybody was extremely well behaved :D

It was a very late night and I've been recovering a bit most of today :roll:

I was proud to take Robyn to the party in my Activa - not quite a Limo but the next best thing :D She was hoping for the cream leather V6 but was happy with the Activa...

One thing I noticed again last evening with the Activa and have many times in the past, is how the rear window is so enthusiastic about steaming up at the slightest provocation. My others don't do this and nor do they rain water into the boot when the tailgate is soaking wet. I had a little investigation today and might have found the cause.

Firstly, I had the boot carpet up, mindful of leaks in the past and my concomitant paranoia about them, as dry everywhere as a Temperance pub so that was not the issue. The I looked at the "raining" issue and found the water was pouring from a gutter under the lower edge of the glass. Just under the glass edge is a channel designed to catch and water that might leak past it's seal. This channel is open to the inner surface of the glass and has drains on each side of the tailgate - water was pouring profusely from these after a good downpour whereas on old V6, hardly anything at all.

The culprit turned out to be a very loose gland on the rear wiper, the black one just below the arm. This was allowing water to run into the channel and fill it. Over time the water evaporates and condenses on the inside of the screen. The gland just needed tightening up...

Time will tell if this was the reason or just another red herring...

Still, at least I know the car is unconditionally dry now... That's good...

One little thing I rescued when we were clearing up after the party was an empty helium balloon gas cylinder. They're disposable but it seemed like it might be useful for something...

Not sure what just yet. Any ideas?

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Post by XantiaMan » 14 Nov 2010, 17:11

I think after that, i may speak to our closer expert in spheres over near Duxford way. Although i would prefer to get new ones, can you still get them ?

You'll have to let me know when your free next for a bit of sphere testing!

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Post by CitroJim » 14 Nov 2010, 17:20

XantiaMan wrote: Although I would prefer to get new ones, can you still get them ?
From a Dealer maybe but not from the usual after-market source...

If you're happy with non-Activa Spheres then yes, as in my mind, normal Hydractive ones work fine and these are readily available from the usual vendor and work fine.

The two that can't be got by this route are the Activa Accumulator and the Activa Balancing Sphere. Both can be obtained from our man over Duxford way by supplying him with a normal anti-sink sphere and a normal accumulator. For the former he blows it up to 62 bars and the latter he lets down to 30 bars. For the latter, another option is to test a load of worn accumulators and select one that measures around 30 bars on the pressure tester.

If you have a balancing sphere set on the high side, it makes the ride a little softer with concomitant slightly less Activa response...

Most weekends between now and the dreaded are good for me Gareth, now 18th birthdays are out of the way for a while...