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Post by Deanxm » 31 Jan 2011, 18:20

Dont forget to replenish your LHM stash!!! i always do that and then never have any handy when its needed :roll:

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Post by CitroJim » 06 Feb 2011, 20:43

Well, as events panned out I never got to see the Citroen dealer about the leaking ram. Work got in the way one day and from then on until now, I've had such a horrible cold and felt so rough that enthusiasm was at rock bottom.

Feeling a good bit better today I looked atOold V6 and saw it was filthy so I gave it a quick wash. Looks much better now!

On Thursday I disparately needed to get some shopping so to cheer myself up a bit, I took the Activa :D It always works as there's no way you can drive an Activa and not smile, even if the rear ram is leaky...

Anyway, today I carried out the weekly checks on all cars and checked the rear ram. I was dry :shock:

I topped up the LHM and did a good few rounds of Citerobics. The ram looked dry. I washed it in solvent and repeated the Citerobics and the ram stayed absolutely bone-dry :roll:

I then gave it the ultimate test. A run to Hemel to see Sid The Squid and his dead V6. Still no leaks.

So, it seems the leakiness of a ram IS temperature dependent :) It was 13 here today and last weekend it was a LOT less than that..

Sadly, Sid's V6 is still dead despite a replacement key aerial, lots of checks and key re-programming, the immobiliser light stays resolutely on. Mr. Lexia cannot communicate with the engine ECU and in trying to train the CPH to the Engine ECU, the Lexia reports a communications failure.

It looks like the engine ECU may be suspect.
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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2011, 00:04

Good news on the ram Jim, my feelings are that the seals shrink too much when the temperature drops, a case of the material being a poor design IMO.

My suggestion, do not panic! And make sure the MOT is due in the summer :wink:
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Post by andmcit » 07 Feb 2011, 00:40

CitroJim wrote:the immobiliser light stays resolutely on. Mr. Lexia cannot communicate
with the engine ECU and in trying to train the CPH to the Engine ECU, the
Lexia reports a communications failure.

It looks like the engine ECU may be suspect.


This is all damned odd and chimes close to home yet my Specialist has hit
a brick wall with the "new" ECU although he seems happier with that than
the the original. I'm starting to lose track of the number of Exclusives and
particularly v6's that seem to encounter this problem.

Not quite double figures but not far off which suggests a weakness.

Sad. Good news on the ram's sealing; it was REALLY cold when you had
the problem and I'm sure the temperature has been questioned before on
the Activa forum - may have been Gareth too!

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Post by XantiaMan » 07 Feb 2011, 12:10

I mentioned it a long time back, when i had my old Activa. New ones still shouldn't do it at all though!
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Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2011, 18:03

XantiaMan wrote:New ones still shouldn't do it at all though!


I agree! I shall refurbish a ram I have in stock (the old one actually) and fit it as a "Winter" ram!!!!
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Post by Chris570 » 09 Feb 2011, 09:39

Just a thought Jim.....

could the LHM you saw on your rear ram be the LHM from the rear subframes that we took the spheres off?
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Post by CitroJim » 09 Feb 2011, 20:39

No sadly not Chris :( The ram is too far under the car and the leaking LHM was very bright green!

I'm off out doing a Dads Taxi run in it later this evening. I'll check on how it is when I get home...

It's warm (ish) this evening so it is likely to be OK...
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Post by CitroJim » 09 Feb 2011, 21:44

It's still dry :D
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Post by Citroenmad » 09 Feb 2011, 22:43

Cars are at their best when they repair themselves :lol:

Odd that Jim, must be something to do with the cold weather and rubber seals. Hopefully it will stay dry.
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Post by Sid_the_Squid » 10 Feb 2011, 13:18

Thanks for all your help with the Green Goblin Jim :) I really appreciate you coming over.

Sadly she's still dead, I really don't know what to do at this point.... :( I may have a large collection of parts & scrap metal :(
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Post by davetherave » 11 Feb 2011, 11:33

Thats rubbish and such a shame.
Thats a really nice car, perhaps if you know anyone who can read french you could peruse the french forums and see if anyone else has had this problem?
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Post by Deanxm » 11 Feb 2011, 22:35

Sid_the_Squid wrote:Thanks for all your help with the Green Goblin Jim :) I really appreciate you coming over.

Sadly she's still dead, I really don't know what to do at this point.... :( I may have a large collection of parts & scrap metal :(


Sorry to hear of this, i think Andmcit had the same issue with one of his V6's.
Could this be a power supply issue to the engine ECU? i know my abs ecu has several + feeds not just one and each one powers different things, mine for instance will not comunicate with a lexia, its as if the ecu does not exist, might be worth looking into.
Havee you and Jim tried a spare ecu to rule that out?

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Post by andmcit » 11 Feb 2011, 22:40

Not just any V6 - an identical Xant 24v'er with 60k miles. :(

It's got to an impasse with the specialist where I took it and he's got the spare
ECU that Jim had - seems it's better than the one I had in the car originally.
That eBayed 200 quid duff gearbox v6 seems very tempting now just for the
running engine and electrics - sod the autobox.

BTW, is Jim's thread here a forum record breaker for pages? 8-)

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Post by andmcit » 11 Feb 2011, 22:43

Hattershaun and BL Autos of v6 Activa conversion fame reckon on the feeds
into the consumer unit power/battery tray box and/or the fuse box. Seems
only Exclusives suffer from this as I haven't seen any lower spec Xants surface
on ebay with the same symptoms.

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