Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Post by DickieG » 20 Mar 2011, 23:09

That old rad was rather blocked up Jim, it would have been even worse had I not vacuumed it out when I had the car, not good about the tensioner as I replaced that @ 100,600 Miles all be it 5 1/2 years ago, do you think the belt was too tight as that can cause a whine?
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Post by CitroJim » 21 Mar 2011, 19:15

DickieG wrote:do you think the belt was too tight as that can cause a whine?


No, I don't think so as the old belt was pretty much spot-on tension-wise and the whine was a recent addition to the soundtrack. You know me, the whine was not especially bad, just enough for me to be aware of it...

Anyone else might not have worried about it :roll:
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Post by CitroJim » 26 Mar 2011, 22:29

At last :D :D

An easy straightforward job on the Activa... I swapped the front discs and pads today and all went exactly to plan, even the Torx screws holding the discs to the hubs came out easily with the aid of an impact driver. Pistons screwed back easily and the whole job was as smooth as silk :D

I then washed and leathered both the Activa and Old V6 and they both look very shiny now.

Robyn called me this evening. Her 206 has suffered an as-yet unknown failure on the braking system. Her handbrake locked on and would not release. It did with a bit of a crunch sound as she tried reverse and now she has very long and spongy brake pedal.

We needed to recover her car back to my place so I can investigate and as she was worried about driving it, she drove my Activa whilst I gingerly drove her 206...

She enjoyed the Activa immensely :D Although she did confess it felt initially very weird after her 206, especially in the braking department...

She soon got to grips with it and I reckon I've made a Xantia convert of her. I wonder how long it will be before she wants one...

As always, the Activa has thrown another small toy. After a bit of a spirited drive I thought the exhaust sounded a bit different. A quick inspection showed the back-box to centre section joint is failing and both parts are in need of replacement. Next job: a new exhaust :roll:

Apart from that she's running like a clock :D
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Post by DickieG » 26 Mar 2011, 22:57

CitroJim wrote:As always, the Activa has thrown another small toy. After a bit of a spirited drive I thought the exhaust sounded a bit different. A quick inspection showed the back-box to centre section joint is failing and both parts are in need of replacement. Next job: a new exhaust :roll:

That car is definitely female, requires lots of attention and money spent on it :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 27 Mar 2011, 19:38

DickieG wrote:That car is definitely female, requires lots of attention and money spent on it :lol:


Of that there is no doubt Richard :twisted: Read on...

I was up bright and early this morning but not so early as I thought. I'd completely forgotten the clocks were going forward :roll:

I was onto Robyn's acr as son as I could and found one rear wheel rotated with a bit of graunchiness. Drum off and all became very clear...

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The linings had completely parted from the shoes and had been rattling around inside the drum until it caused a jam..

I could find no real reason and the other side was perfect :?

Anyway, after a run to our factors new linings were fitted and all was well.. 206 Bendix brakes, despite being drums, are not bad at all. One tip to reuse the hub nuts is to swap them side to side. then a new area of the edge becomes available for re-staking...

Then it was gardening time. lawn mowed and a start made on tidying the borders. That came to a halt when my garden waste bin became full. That's my excuse anyway. I have a very short attention-span when gardening :)

Then, it being a lovely evening I set off in the Activa with the intention of visiting friends. It was low on petrol so on the way I filled it and then, pulling out of the filling station the back box separated from the mid-section with a clang and a very fruity exhaust note. A quick run home to get the V6 but that was low on fuel too. Filled up (after the cashier did a double-take - "weren't you here just 10 minutes ago?") and headed toward the M1. It was gridlocked and luckily I spotted it before entering the slip-road. I thought I'd be clever and try taking the back-road to the next junction and it was jut as bad :( Turn round and go home. I felt the omens were not good :(

Wonder what toy the Activa will throw out of her pram when the new exhaust is fitted? It's becoming quite an adventure :twisted:

Still despite all that, she's driving a treat. The V6, although incredibly comfy, seems a bit soft and roly-poly after the Activa.
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Post by Xaccers » 27 Mar 2011, 19:56

Thanks for picking me up from the dentist yesterday Jim :)

Popped out to sort the garage today, with a view to taking things easy, found a box of car bits that I need to go through, and my battery charger (which for some reason was in a rucksack hanging from a nail...) so I've put Jenny's on for a charge.
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Post by CitroJim » 02 Apr 2011, 13:42

Got my new Activa Exhaust last night, courtesy of FCF Couriers (Thanks Chris :D ).

Despite a very busy week and feeling shattered I fitted it last evening. Big mistake :evil:

The exhaust fitted fine but it nearly killed me :evil: I don't know why but afterward I felt very ill and dreadful so hence no appearance on here until now.

I'm still groggy. Note to self, don't do work after a busy week when already feeling three-parts dead.

Anyway, the exhaust fitted a treat. Except (and there's always an except with my Activa) the new centre box is wider than the old one and now on bumps the height corrector manual height rod that runs parallel with the silencer now touches it making the most annoying rattling noise. It's not that bad but by my standards, it's niggling in the extreme.. I'm going to wrap something around it to stop it rattling.

Apart from that, I really do believe the Activa is now ready for the summer :D

I'm off to Somerset in it tomorrow and intend to visit a Dorset landmark of some interest to Activa owners. More when I've returned...
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Post by Toby_HDi » 02 Apr 2011, 13:55

CitroJim wrote:I'm off to Somerset in it tomorrow and intend to visit a Dorset landmark of some interest to Activa owners. More when I've returned...


Zig-Zag Hill perchance? :twisted:
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Post by CitroJim » 02 Apr 2011, 14:35

Toby_HDi wrote:Zig-Zag Hill perchance? :twisted:


Funny you should say that Toby :lol: :lol:

It looks like a lot of fun. I guess you've gone up and down it then?

Got my exhaust correctly aligned now. A few well-aimed bending adjustments and a few whallops from a hide hammer has it sitting nicely now :D
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Post by Toby_HDi » 02 Apr 2011, 15:13

I imagine it is great fun in an Activa. I've only ever been up and down it in the Coupé (with its worn shocks) or in the works van (which was trying to hang out every corner)

Now mine is back on the road I must take mine up there at some point. Few bits to look at first though.
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Post by red_dwarfers » 02 Apr 2011, 20:59

Toby_HDi wrote:I imagine it is great fun in an Activa. I've only ever been up and down it in the Coupé (with its worn shocks) or in the works van (which was trying to hang out every corner)

Now mine is back on the road I must take mine up there at some point. Few bits to look at first though.


Give us a shout if you intend to do some Zomerset site seeing, this zig zag hill sounds interesting!
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Post by CitroJim » 05 Apr 2011, 20:31

red_dwarfers wrote:this zig zag hill sounds interesting!


It is :D

This is a little Youtube video of it and frankly it does not do it justice. It's a series of 5 hairpins on a 16% hill and the road is narrow... Much narrower than Porlock hill and much tighter.

here's a good still photo of one of the bends...

The view at the top is incredible. The road runs along the top of an escarpment and has an almost sheer drop on one side. It's very scenic...

To really enjoy it you need to know there is nothing coming the other way although on a Sunday afternoon that's not the case. It's a popular spot!!!

Dorset council make it hard to find, on purpose no doubt. If yu want to experience it, leave Shaftesbury on the A30 toward Salisbury and then turn off on the B3081 signposted to Tollard Royal. Note that from the A30 or anywhere in Shaftesbury the signs make no mention of the B3081 at all. As I say, I'm sure they're trying to hide it!!!

My Activa performed magically on the whole trip and another small highlight was the long sweeping curve on the slip road between the M25 Clockwise and the M40 London-Bound. That curve is great fun in an Activa!!!

Following all the work I am now really loving my Activa again and I'm sure this year it'll do many more miles than it did last!!!

I've become the happy owner of Citroen ELIT diagnostic tester :D It was missing a vital cable but was otherwise in working order. I made up a new lead yesterday and I'm absolutely delighted with it. The ELIT is the predecessor of the Lexia and is almost hand-held and self-powered from the diagnostic socket. It boots instantly too so checks can be carried out very quickly. Although nowhere near as powerful and versatile as a proper Lexia, it's perfect for quick checks and resetting faults. Ideal for clearing Hydractive ECU faults as these do pop intermittent faults very frequently and clearing them does make a difference, especially on the Activa. The ELIT and Lexia complement each other a treat...
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Post by Toby_HDi » 05 Apr 2011, 21:28

CitroJim wrote:The view at the top is incredible. The road runs along the top of an escarpment and has an almost sheer drop on one side. It's very scenic...


Stunning views. Last time I was that way I was picking something up from our Gillingham branch.

Came up Zig-Zag hill trying to keep a practically empty van in check and then once I got to the top and up the road something caught my eye.

From down one of the valleys, up pops a helicopter! It flies down the valley alongside me all the time at a lower altitude than me and then pops up and disappears.
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Post by CitroJim » 10 Apr 2011, 21:07

Not much done this week car-wise. All are running very well I'm pleased to say :D

I've not been on here much either as this past week at work has been so intense that I've been returning home brain-dead and after a long day staring at PC screens the last thing I want is to look at another :twisted: It's taken me until this evening to even look at mine this weekend...

Basically, never worry if I seem a bit inactive on here or take a while to respond to PMs and emails. Sometimes the PC sits like a monster in the corner and I have absolutely no desire to go near it... That's how bad it is when a day of heavy IT turns your brain to mush... I hate IT with a true passion but it earns me money so I tolerate it... I'm glad I don't do anything with cars professionally as I'm sure I'd not want to play with them at weekends. I guess if I was a car professional I'd play computers at weekends :lol: :roll:

Mostly this weekend I've been beating the garden into submission :twisted: I'm no gardener but I can't enjoy sitting in it if it screams at me to do some maintenance in it. I bet few people have to dig and weed around a Xantia rear subframe though. I have to :lol:

Whilst doing that, a fellow V6 owner called by to replace the aircon condenser, pressure regulator and crank pulley on his. I was interested to note that it's likely my Old V6 will soon loose it's crown of highest mileage V6.. Mine is on nearly 176,000 and his is rapidly catching up at 173,000!!!

During the pressure regulator replacement (because it was leaking) it was necessary to use my old V6 as a reassembly reference and in pulling off the airbox I noted my rubber concertina between the airbox and throttle body was split. Luckily I had another in stock..

This afternoon I took the Activa out for a very pleasant spin.

Next week I shall be checking over New V6 ready for an MOT, it expires in three weeks. Then at the end of May Old V6 will be due an MOT.

At the end of this month the Activa needs new tax and I'm surprised not to have received the reminder yet.

On the Activa the rear ram seems to have stopped weeping completely now despite lots of use recently...
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Post by citroenxm » 10 Apr 2011, 21:10

CitroJim wrote: I'm glad I don't do anything with cars professionally as I'm sure I'd not want to play with them at weekends. I guess if I was a car professional I'd play computers at weekends :lol: :roll:



I KNOW exactly what you mean Jim.. Ive had this when I took a few days off work to do cars for 3 days solid.. I didn;t want t know there after for a while!!

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