Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 22 Aug 2012, 18:25

Congratulations for Siany
CitroJim wrote: She did not conduct Siany's test though, there's a law against that;

There apparently wasn't such a law in New Zealand when I did my motorcycle practical test.... I was tested by my brother. Passed first time too.

Years ago, my dad was chief examiner for some automotive trade exams, and one year he was asked to examine a candidate, who turned out to be himself! He pointed out the situation to the exam board, and they just sent him the certificate.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by myglaren » 22 Aug 2012, 18:48

Congratulations to Siany, Jim.

Caramac is still available AFAIK. They were flogging it in ASDA quite recently.

Bulk buy £20 for four dozen bars.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Deanxm » 23 Aug 2012, 12:43

Congratulations to Siany!!!! Thats an exellent result, are you going to be tapped up for two lots of Petrol money now then Jim :lol:

Personaly i dont think you can go wrong with a caramel Wispa and Kev the only way i could make a chocolate bar last two days is if it weighed about 10kg's :wink:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Aug 2012, 18:39

Deanxm wrote:are you going to be tapped up for two lots of Petrol money now then Jim :lol:


No! She's already filled it once out of her own pocket... She works part-tie in a shoe shop so she's a little financially independent :)

Got a puncture going to work today. Thought the steering felt a bit funny and when I got to work I found a big screw in one of the fronts. A not badly worn Michelin Energy as well :(

I was relieved to find the spare was serviceable and the jack was all present and correct - Thanks Mike :wink:

I changed the wheel and that that absolutely did for me. Went back to the office and declared I was wrecked and going home. I then got a telling off for not asking for help... I'm not very used to asking for help yet and that's going to take a bit of getting used to :twisted:

With the steelie spare on the car felt awful.. Anyway, dropped the wheel off at my local tyre place and they repaired the puncture at a total cost of nil =D> Great service I get from them but then I am a regular I guess...

First puncture for years. It happened going through the magic barriers at the entrance to our works. They're not reliable and yesterday I noted they were being attended to (yet again) by a gaggle of oily rags in tranny vans. I guess one of those carelessly dropped a few screws as I was not the only one to suffer a puncture this morning :evil:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 23 Aug 2012, 20:15

Congratulations to your daughter Jim, that is good going :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Aug 2012, 07:51

The MAP sensor fault has returned on New Old V6. It manifested itself in a very strange way yesterday morning too. The engine was a bit reluctant to fire up and when she did she idled very slowly. No normal cold fast idle...

Anyway, set off for work and the gear selection was all over the place. Very reluctant to change gear and would not change into top unless snow mode was engaged :? Any changes the 'box decided to make were ragged..

Came home from work and not a problem - everything back to normal :? :? She drove perfectly... Lexia confirmed a recurrence of a fault on the MAP sensor. It must be a wiring fault as it's speaking of shorts. Today I'll check and see if I can nail it. First though I going to give both V6s a wash whilst it's cool damp and dull outside...

Then, if I have any energy left I shall continue with some gentle tidying of the workshop.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 25 Aug 2012, 08:18

Don't ignore the possibility of another faulty MAP sensor! At least it can still get you home.
I can't recall any trauma to the engine harness.
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Post by bxzx16v » 25 Aug 2012, 08:20

Jim would you be taking your lexia to the Cxm ? If so I was wondering if it would plug into the Zx just to see if it throws anything up .

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Chris570 » 25 Aug 2012, 08:29

Re the map sensor the plug looked in good order but the wiring is obviously round the back of the engine so easily touched while lifting the engine.... Was it short to earth?

There will be plenty of lexias about at cxm don't worry :)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 25 Aug 2012, 16:37

Chris570 wrote:Re the map sensor the plug looked in good order but the wiring is obviously round the back of the engine so easily touched while lifting the engine.... Was it short to earth?


I had a look at it this morning and all looks good although the final tails of the loom to the sensor plug are quite hard and brittle. Northing’s trapped and after re-making the other plug in the loom that carries the MAP wires all has been good. If it does re-occur I reckon a re-wire may be in order... It's not a difficult job at all and Chris, I'll show you tomorrow...

Washed both V6s today. Waste of time really with my neighbour laying a new block-paving drive. Both cars are now liberally covered in dust :twisted:

Really looking forward to tomorrow and picking up the XM :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 25 Aug 2012, 17:01

CitroJim wrote:
Really looking forward to tomorrow and picking up the XM :-D


No doubt just as much as I'm looking forward to getting the V6 Xantia 8-)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by PavlosV6 » 25 Aug 2012, 23:42

I go away for a week . . . :roll: . . 'might explain why your phone was busy for hours this afternoon :!:
Gonna pop round in your new motor then :?:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Aug 2012, 06:15

PavlosV6 wrote:Gonna pop round in your new motor then :?:


Yep, I will Paul, I'll give you a bell. Anyway, the BP opposite your gaff is one of the few in MK that sells gas. I reckon by then it'll be ready for a top-up. That'll be an experience - never filled a car with gas before. How do you do it? How do you know when the tank is full? Chris, you must explain as I don't want to look a total wally first time I fill her :lol:

Reason I wasn't around yesterday afternoon was because I was up at Val's struggling with her naffing BT Internet and a duff installation of McAfee NetProtect following (allegedly) the release of a duff DAT. I hate Windows Vista, I hate BT Internet and above all I hate McAfee. Really I just hate computers with a passion unless they're running Linux...
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Post by addo » 26 Aug 2012, 07:10

It shuts off when the tank is full, or you can manually stop it beforehand - either by unscrewing the filler hose from the tank inlet or operating the manual stop on the pump.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Northern_Mike » 26 Aug 2012, 08:26

CitroJim wrote:Reason I wasn't around yesterday afternoon was because I was up at Val's struggling with her naffing BT Internet and a duff installation of McAfee NetProtect following (allegedly) the release of a duff DAT. I hate Windows Vista, I hate BT Internet and above all I hate McAfee. Really I just hate computers with a passion unless they're running Linux...


Well, you do have 3 of the worst incantations of product ever to hit the market there in Vista, McAfee and BT Internet...
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