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Post by CitroJim » 18 Dec 2008, 22:22

Hi James :D

Failed scuttle seals are insidious :twisted: You can feel no wet on top of the carpet as it is all underneath and the sound deadening foam soaks up literally gallons. You have to lift the door seal and lift the carpet and put your hand right under the carpet. If your hand comes out wet, you have the dreaded task of then pulling all the carpets out. That means seats out and centre console out.

Luckily, the damp rarely makes it under the drivers carpet but it's worth a check. It does seep into the rear though so the back seat bases have to cvome out to lift the rear carpet. You need to prop the rubber membrane on the bulkhead up so that air can circulate under it.

The job must be dome as wet gets in the wiring loom and alarm box eventually. The only good thing is the floorpan does not rust as a result.

You then need to drive around for about a month with a stripped interior whilst it dries out. Race look Activa :lol:

A misty screen with the blower on is a sign...

There is a heater box drain for getting rid of A/C condensate and you have to be careful not to break it when replacing the matrix. It can be seen up by the steering rack, looking like a little rubber pigtail. You have to get right under the car to see it.

I hope, pray, you find yours nice and dry...

This will now be my third time of drying out a Xantia. Both my 1.9TD and my first Activa suffered. Happily my 2.1TD is bone-dry (I think/hope)..
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Post by CitroJim » 18 Dec 2008, 22:23

Sorry Richard, I did not mean to say the same as you. We were both typing at the same time....
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Post by ACTIVE8 » 19 Dec 2008, 23:49

citrojim wrote:It rained on Saturday but the girls still did their stuff in the carnival and it was very enjoyable despite us all ending up soaked. In the carnival procession we were being followed by a Ford Focus belonging to the Air Ambulance (never knew a Focus could fly...) but it hated going along at walking pace and showed its displeasure by setting it's clutch on fire. The smell was atrocious.


They should have an Activa, or a CT estate, as they seem to manage to crawl along with ease. :wink:

The Focus with the cooked clutch, is it petrol or diesel?
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Post by CitroJim » 20 Dec 2008, 17:34

ACTIVE8 wrote:The Focus with the cooked clutch, is it petrol or diesel?


I have a feeling it was a TDCi...
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Post by CitroJim » 21 Dec 2008, 21:09

Today has been a extraordinarily good day :D At first light I got cracking on the 2.1TD aux belt tensioner problem and was soon joined by Richard (DickieG). By that time I had the car up on stands, wheel and mudshield off and the top bolt out of the spring. The lower spring bolt, deep in the HP pump and alternator casting was causing a problem. Due to the close vicinity of the oil cooler pipes and other bits and pieces, access was just a little poor. We cracked it in the end by loosening it was a normal Allen key and then used one of Richard's ball-ended Allen keys to wind the bolt all the way out. After that, it was plain sailing and the tensioner assembly will just wiggle out between the chassis leg and engine without disturbing the engine mounts :D

Getting the spring bolts back in was a bit tricky as the springs needs to be compressed a little for the bolts go go home.

It is very much a two-person job as to do it solo you'd need to be an Octopus :lol:

With the new tensioner, the belt tensioned as per book perfectly :lol:

The old tensioner was well worn on it's bearings and here you can see the ridges on the sleeve that made it behave like a ratchet!

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Huge thanks Richard for your help :D

This afternoon I removed the passenger seat and carpet out of the Activa to assess the water damage from the leaky scuttle seal. My luck was in and I'd caught it early, before the water had got into the rear footwell :D :D Only the passenger side was wet and no wet in the electrics at all! Here's the puddle...

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Caution, watch that plastic cable tray on the crossmember. It has a sharp edge on it which resulted in an inch-long cut to my little finger :twisted:

And the extent of soak into the carpet foam...

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One of the big problems is the foam-backed "septum" (the bulkhead sound deadening layer) gets soaked and this cannot be removed without pulling both dash and heater box out. The fix is to prop it up with wooden blocks so that air can circulate under like this...

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Finally, and until I can get some good sealant, some tape was applied to the scuttle panel to keep further wet at bay...

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And to prove the centre console can be removed without disconnecting the handbrake cables at the calipers (as the BoL tells you) here's the proof :D

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The wet carpet is currently drying out by a radiator and the lounge has gained a rather snazzy black leather armchair as I'm running around without a passenger seat in the car whilst everything dries. The only problem is the airbag light is on constantly due to the seatbelt pretensioner not being connected.

I'll do a full write-up of the procedure for removing the carpet over the holiday.

To round off the day, I gave the Activa a good wash. This served two purposes; get rid of the muck and grime it picked up running to Somerset and back yesterday and to test for leaks. So far, bone dry :D
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Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2008, 19:13

Well, that's Christmas 2008 done and dusted and it was good :D :D

I got up very early on Christmas eve and was in our big (Kingston) Tesco shopping at 05:00 and out by 06:00 :D No crowds and I finally found some decent presents. Talk about leaving it to the last minute!!!!

My girls were delighted with what I got them and a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas day was spent with the family. Our eldest Son bought our youngest daughter "Guitar Hero" and he spent the whole day playing on it :lol: :lol:

The evening as spent in very convivial company with close friends and at the end of the evening, my three-seat Activa was used as a taxi to convey some (new) friends home who had previously not been aware that Xantias existed; they were well impressed despite a gaping hole where the pasenger seat should be :lol: A quick demo of the Activa ability to flat-corner around roundabouts was well received :lol:

Knowing my interest and connections to Australia, our middle daughter, Robyn (who was born there) bought me Bill Bryson's book "Down Under". Despite plans to play Lucas Diesel Pumps today, all that went out of the window when I started to read the book. I confess reading that book has been virtually my sole occupation today :roll: Only now have I looked at the forums :oops:

Tomorrow I must get back to normal and hide the book or it'll be another day just reading. It is one heck of a cracker of a book though.

I was also given a DVD of Australian railway journeys and this evening I shall dip into that. It has, according to the cover, a piece on the journey from Alice Springs to Darwin aboard the "Ghan"; of special significance as Darwin was our home in the early 90s and Robyn's birthplace.
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Post by CitroJim » 01 Jan 2009, 19:19

It's been an excellent Christmas and New Year so far :D

It dawned fine, dry and relatively mild here this morning so I took the opportunity to give the 2.1TD a lot of attention ready for its impending MOT. It's had a very thorough going-over and touch-wood, everything looks good and healthy :D

I even washed the car. After washing I took it out for a drying run and it's dirty again now :twisted: One of the downsides of having a white car...

I hate not to take a freshly washed car for a spin aftwerwards because otherswise I find the brake discs have rusted by next morning and the first "off" is often punctuated by a big crack as they forcibly release.

Yesterday it was a case of out with the new and in with the old on the PC front. I've been using Windows Vista for a few months and I consider I've given it a good trial and tried to like it but Vista and I never really hit it off to be honest so I rebuilt my PC with a nice, fresh copy of XP :D Happiness is now restored....

Stuill, I did try valiantly with Vista but have reached the conclusion that the common view is the right one. It is total rubbish. Vista makes Windows ME look good and that was a shocking product too :roll:
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Post by myglaren » 01 Jan 2009, 21:39

I've just been tinkering with a Windows 95 heap. After that even Vista looks good :P
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Jan 2009, 20:50

Windows XP continues to look and run very well. If Microsoft had released XP after Vista, or as a replacement for it, they would be being congratulated now on what a fine product they'd made...

Still, we have Windows 7 to look forward to :roll: Wonder what that'll look like?

An excellent day yesterday :D 2.1TD and I took off for North Kent to see Gareth (Xantiaman583). It was a cold morning (-5C) but the good old 2.1 fired up sweetly and ran like a clock all the way down there. Except for the M1/M25 slip being closed, necessating a diversion through St. Albans and a scrabble for change at the Dartford crossing it was a very smooth journey except for the sun being right in my eyes most of the way!

The Dartford crossing has now gone up from £1 to £1.50 :twisted: That's a steep rise...

Apart from a social visit, I went to give Gareth a hand to replace the front suspension "P" bushes on his TD Xantia. they picked up an MOT advisory last year and he was concerned at least one would fail this year.

I was concerned I may have to bring the wishbones home for treatment in my hydraulic press if we could not get the old bushes off or the forward bushes too had failed. In the event, ony one "P" bush needed replacement and even that one was borderline. We changed it and to be honest it's a surprisingly easy job :D Only the ARB makes the wishbone a bit of a fiddle to get out but if both droplinks are disconnected and the ARB held down, they slip out sweetly.

We removed the old "P" bush with a large hammer and cold chisel carefully applied to the bush inner sleeve. Gareth provided the violence and off it came as sweet as a nut and very nearly undamaged. One important thing is to mark the orientation of the old bush and replace the new one in exactly the same position. They won't last otherwise.

The new one can be tapped home using a socket as a mandrel on the inner sleeve.

In doing the job, we found a very duff drop-link. Gareth and I went to his local factors for a new one in Gareth's Activa. Boy, does it ever go now with the boost wicked up a bit and the manual boost controller in charge :D :D

It is now very quick indeed. Gareth knows I'm a nervous passenger and I don't really think he gave it anywhere near it's full on account of his quivering passenger :lol: If you want your Activa to go faster, ask gareth, he knows how! His new back box looks good and sounds utterly wonderful. Not too loud at all but very characterful, especially when it pops on the over-run!

I did not look under the bonnet but I do wonder if Gareth has stealthily transplanted a V6 in there. It feels like it :lol: Gareth's Activa is possibly the only MK2 in existence to sport an early MK1 "Activa" bootlid badge.

We went to the factor with me wearing my Peugeot mechanics overalls. Big mistake. I was asked by a Peugeot 206 owner there why his engine management light was on and how to fix it :roll: My response of "Have a good dealer run a diagnostic on it" did not go down well. Apparantly the local Pug dealer wants £46 just to do that :twisted: The converstaion went on the lines of "Will it go out on it's own?", "Is it because the washer bottle is low on fluid?. "My sister had the same thing and hers went out all on its own driving to Gatwick and back". and so on and so forth until we made good our escape :lol: :lol:

Final job was to give Gareth's TD a full pre-MOT. It should pass as fundamentally it is in very fine overall condition and the MOT tester can see some new bits on it. Always a good thing :lol:

The engine in his TD runs like a clock despite still having rather a lot of Veg in the tank and whatever it is, the exhaust smell delicious :lol: :lol: I could still smell and taste it when I arrived home... made me fair hungry that did!

I'll say nothing of the a small incident with a flowerpot as Gareth parked up his TD, except to say a call to a Smart Repair specialist might be on the cards..... :-#

All in all, an excellent day, thoroughly enjoyed and good to see Vicky and Jack again :D It was cold but in all honesty, I never noticed it... warm as toast in overalls, wolly hat and boots :D

Most of today has been spent in deep forum admin work, of which more later....
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Post by XantiaMan » 04 Jan 2009, 21:07

Yep it was a nice day, i was basically tea-maker, i dont drink the stuff but Jim never complained :lol: His expertise and patience is a marvel to watch and pleased that i had his assistance with this job, not being overly familer with it and wanting to get it done swiftly because of the cold.

I did find it very amusing how the chap in the 206 assumed you were a Peugeot technician! It almost sounded like he was blaming you at one point for his troubles! :roll:

It was actually the wall i slightly tapped as the car moved forward on the deep gravel when i stopped to put it in reverse. Technically its the garden so i shouldnt be parking on it.... but not to worry i know someone for the job :P

Once my van is up and running i will pop up to yours to get your bumper corners sorted, inbetween i still have Richards bumpers to sort, waiting on my new gazebo to get here before i do that, its far too cold at the minute!
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Jan 2009, 21:18

XantiaMan583 wrote: i was basically tea-maker, i dont drink the stuff but Jim never complained :lol:


No reason to complain Gareth, you make a very fine cup of tea :D

XantiaMan583 wrote:Once my van is up and running i will pop up to yours to get your bumper corners sorted


Perfect. And I'll fit your van up with a second battery and a split-charge realy...
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Post by jgra1 » 06 Jan 2009, 12:04

Gareth agree on the Gazeebo front, will put the walls back on mine this week as I have some evening work to do !

Could I pop to yours for some TD tuning and some tea sometime? mine feels slightly slower since I touched the fueling diaphragm thing ! :twisted:
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Post by XantiaMan » 06 Jan 2009, 16:54

jgra1 wrote:Gareth agree on the Gazeebo front, will put the walls back on mine this week as I have some evening work to do !

Could I pop to yours for some TD tuning and some tea sometime? mine feels slightly slower since I touched the fueling diaphragm thing ! :twisted:


Yes your more than welcome, my tea may become famous at this rate 8) Its only 10 mins to adjust the fuelling.

Got my gazebo this morning, just in time, its been below freezing all bloody day!! :evil:
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Post by jgra1 » 06 Jan 2009, 17:26

too right Gareth.. brrrr!

Keep an eye on the wind with the gazeebo, mine has some fairly heavy poles, which almost caused it's downfall in moderate winds :twisted:

as long as it's guy-roped from all angles you should be right.
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Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2009, 23:30

It's nearly tropical here this evening. A whole 3 degrees and it feels warm :lol:

My Activa has not moved since Christmas Day so tonight, and having one less passenger than usual, I took my Activa on the big "dad's taxi" run. It's first run in 2009. Did I ever enjoy the drive. Having a few days away from the Activa makes it all the better an experience of driving it :lol: They are great :D

Despite standing and getting very cold, it started instantly :D

Today it was the annual garage visit for my 2.1TD to be subjected to an MOT test. Passed with flying colours :D :D Although it did not quite "clean sheet" :( An advisory was issued for an oil leak :twisted: When questioned, the MOT tester pointed out a small drip on the bottom of the turbo hose that runs under the engine!!! That was all he could fault it on...

What did surprise me was the smoke test result. 0.03 l/m (the limit is 1.5 l/m). I must confess I did give it a very good "Italian Tuneup" on the way to the MOT station though and made some good smoke passing a lorry in third gear with the engine on the redline :lol:

Good old EPIC pumps. They are very clean!

Lots has been going on behind the scenes of the forums. You will all have seen the sterling work David (ellevie) is doing on the financial side. David really has done a supurb job here and he'll shortly be releasing details of the BX Club and FCF bank account ready to receive contributions. We're just awaiting it to appear on Internet banking so we can check the test deposits are working properly and then it's ready to go.

Huge thanks to David who without his dedication we would not be where we are now and a big thank you to everybody who has offered to contribute. The response has been utterly fantastic :D

We're also doing the preparatory work for migrating the forums to phpBB3, the next generation forum software. the first job is now complete. Steve (myglaren) has carried out the very tedious job of clearing the memberlist of dead accounts. As a measure of Steve's work you can see a very considerable reduction in registered members. He has cleared out the remaining old spam registrations and a whole raft of members who registered long ago but have never logged on and a large number who logged on once or twice long ago but never posted. I extend a big round of applause to Steve for perhaps the most tedious and boring job in forum admin - well done Steve!

The next stage of the migration will be to do some test migrations to ensure it all works as expected. Then the server has to be prepped ready and then another test migration performed on the live server whilst leaving the old forums still intact and usable. It's a lot of work that has to be done with great care and I'm not even going to try to offer a date when it will be done. I do hope we'll be able to give a sneak preview of the new FCF before it goes properly live.
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