Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by andmcit » 17 Jun 2012, 19:22

CitroJim wrote:To replace the pulley bearing Andrew, it's worn and rumbly. As Xac says, they can seize and break up with terrible consequences and we've both seen it happen. The bearing is the one in the picture right next to the compressor itself...

The Harrison compressor in the picture is the ultra-rare one fitted to some 1.9TDs with big hex unions for the pipe connections rather than the more normal plate flange...

Xac has been trying to source a spare now for longer than we've had a Tory Government...


Well look no further, I've broken an R plate AC estate with one but if you big up how 'rare' it is I'll
feel forced to bung it on eBay for a fortune!! lol
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Post by addo » 18 Jun 2012, 01:16

It is folly not to replace the front seal while all this is off.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jun 2012, 02:57

Xac wrote:
I'm still debating whether I should brave the wind and have a go at Jenny's welded on oil filter with the strap wrench you've lent me.


I bought a pair of oil filter pliers for a fiver from ebay a while ago, similar to item number 221044388311. I haven't failed to shift a filter with them yet. You can just about get them round a sphere that's too loose to need the tool, but too tight to turn by hand too..
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 18 Jun 2012, 03:02

CitroJim wrote:[

Xac wrote:I'm still debating whether I should brave the wind and have a go at Jenny's welded on oil filter with the strap wrench you've lent me.


It's not windy here... Go on, If that webbing strap wrench does not do the trick than whatever you do, don't stab the filter with a screwdriver. You'll end up in a whole world of pain and blood...


I must say, all the time I did that, I never once hurt myself or the car. Just use a long enough screwdriver and a big enough hammer ..
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by davetherave » 18 Jun 2012, 06:06

I need to replace the bearing on the compressor on the Xm, as usual Jim you make it look easy!
Hope you feel better soon, you definatly need a holiday somewhere hot, it is amazing the difference it can make!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 Jun 2012, 17:15

davetherave wrote:I need to replace the bearing on the compressor on the Xm, as usual Jim you make it look easy!


It might look easy Dave but it's not :twisted: That front plate is awful tight and a press is obligatory for removing the bearing from the pulley and you have to be careful not to damage it.

The above only applies to a Harrison as far as I know, the other flavour I believe has a different arrangement...

Been to work today and survived although well and truly exhausted now...

addo wrote:It is folly not to replace the front seal while all this is off.


I can't immediately see one Adam. Where is it?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 18 Jun 2012, 19:08

CitroJim wrote:
addo wrote:It is folly not to replace the front seal while all this is off.


I can't immediately see one Adam. Where is it?

I am not familiar with that model of Harrison, but traditionally, it is a carbon/ceramic seal behind a circlip on the front plate.

The Harrison A6 on my e-type has a slight leak at the shaft seal, I wonder if your puller would fit that?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by vince » 20 Jun 2012, 00:26

CitroJim wrote:Off to see the medical profession on Tuesday to see if they can offer any clue to what's going on. Shame they can't plug a Lexia into me :roll:


Hope they figure it out Jim and get you back in good health again :wink: .....the above statement made me smile....with your knowledge and abilities on Citroens Jim it wouldnt be unfeasable that you are in fact a missing link in Citroen's design and development portfolio...perhaps a one off that never made it into mass production :-D Are you sure you havent got a hidden Lexia port somewhere? :lol: As said before.....your a very talented bloke :)

Seriously though...get better Jim :wink:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Jun 2012, 05:41

vince wrote:Seriously though...get better Jim :wink:


Thanks Vince :-D Looks like they've nailed down the problem :roll: :twisted:

Nothing too serious but potentially requiring some 'lifestyle adjustments' to mitigate :roll:

I'm awaiting the results of a human sort of Lexia diagnostic test after a visit to the vampires :wink:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by vince » 20 Jun 2012, 19:57

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vince wrote:Seriously though...get better Jim :wink:


Thanks Vince :-D Looks like they've nailed down the problem :roll: :twisted:

Nothing too serious but potentially requiring some 'lifestyle adjustments' to mitigate :roll:

I'm awaiting the results of a human sort of Lexia diagnostic test after a visit to the vampires :wink:


No problem Jim, the way my stress and work levels are at the moment i think i will soon be requiring some 'lifestyle adjustments' myself....

If only life could be like Richard's running flash cars around european dream locations for a buck......a million miles away from where i am at the moment :lol:
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Post by addo » 21 Jun 2012, 08:22

vince wrote:...If only life could be like Richard's running flash cars around european dream locations for a buck......a million miles away from where i am at the moment :lol:
Nah, it's all a fabrication. DG is just a fifteen year old boy living in a council flat with his Mum, telling humungous fibs on the internet.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Jun 2012, 20:59

Finally my Activa has new tyres :-D

I'm sure those of you who know about tyres won't approve but she's now wearing a set of Michelin Energies.

They came in at a really good price from Costco who fitted them in their operating theatre-like fitting bay. Top job they did too. Not a mark on the rims, balanced a treat with no visible weights and pumped up to exactly the right pressure using nitrogen :)

Costco in Milton Keynes are highly recommended for new rubber. They only sell Michelin and BF Goodridge but at very good prices. I was lucky to score a 20% off special offer...

I'm now really enjoying the car again, safe in the knowledge the tyres are OK. She drives a treat and the tyres seem very good.

Been out for a very enjoyable thrash around the back roads this evening 8-)

She's in great danger of becoming a summer daily driver now...
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vince wrote:...If only life could be like Richard's running flash cars around european dream locations for a buck......a million miles away from where i am at the moment :lol:
Nah, it's all a fabrication. DG is just a fifteen year old boy living in a council flat with his Mum, telling humungous fibs on the internet.

Oh no I've been found out :oops:

It's a tough life :-D

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Post by addo » 25 Jun 2012, 23:20

So, who's that new man in your life? :shock:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 25 Jun 2012, 23:32

CitroJim wrote:The Harrison compressor in the picture is the ultra-rare one fitted to some 1.9TDs with big hex unions for the pipe connections rather than the more normal plate flange...

Xac has been trying to source a spare now for longer than we've had a Tory Government...

I saw one of those in a breakers today, on a P reg 1.9D
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