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Post by CitroJim » 02 May 2009, 20:38

Gareth (Xantiaman583) came over to have some work carried out on his TD. I had to take a second look as Gareth rolled onto the drive as it looked for all the world as if a brand-new Xantia had arrived :D

Gareth had been working his magic on it and it looks absolutely mint and like it has just rolled out of a showroom. It really does look stunning, inside and out :D The new owner will be highly delighted with it.

The main job was to replace the lower engine mount donut. I personally believe the only way that this can be done is to remove the casting holding the bush in it's entirity and gareth had procured a complete casting with a perfect bush to exchange.

This means removing completely the RH driveshaft. Sometimes this is a job that does not necessarily go well. Either the hub nut will have been done up by a Gorilla or the driveshaft intermediate bearing will be well and truely stuck in it's carrier (part of the bush casting).

On this occasion, all went so smoothly it was unbelieveable. No difficult nuts anywhere and the intermediate bearing hardly needed drifting at all :D One soft blow from a hammer and punch and it out...

In fact, the job was done in good time with no issues whatsoever.

The accumulator sphere was a bit flat so that was changed. That was by far the more difficult job :twisted: The sphere was very tight and I noticed the PR block moving as soon as I appled pressure. The PR was hanging on by only one bolt. Luckliy, I had a spare and that gave the PR a good firm mount to work the sphere off.

On a 1.9TD, access is not good with the trusty Pleiades tool and it hasd to be very precisely positioned. It did the job though and a new sphere went on.

Before Gareth spills the beans, I will now confess to a serious error I made that will destroy my reputation forever :oops: I nippled the sphere seal screwing the new sphere on and as soon as Gareth started up, LHM flooded out :twisted: :oops:

A replacement seal and all was fine. A refill of the gearbox was the last job and that was a slightly messay affair as the oil was in a 5L can and we had to fill the gearbox with a funnel on the end of a length of pipe.

All in all, some good work on one of the tidiest 1.9TDs in existence. It really is a fine car in very fine condition and because it is so clean, a real pleasure to work on :D
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Post by XantiaMan » 03 May 2009, 09:06

Did over 230 miles in the old girl yesterday and it was faultless, even after Jim touched it :lol:

Seriously, the engine mount job went very smoothly and i think he actually enjoyed doing it! :? In return his Activa will be getting the full 'works' of a 3 stage machine polish and all bumper corners repainting, not only that, the V6 will also get a similar treatment and i'm confident underneath lies a good condition car that will make an excellent weekend cruiser.

I'm almost tempted to keep the TD! Mike is getting a very nice car that i'm sad to see go, but head must rule heart on this one. Its been used very little in the past 6 months and its done its job with me, providing excellent reliable transport for my family and also as a 'company' car. 30k of truly enjoyable miles and my first introduction to Citroen's.

I should take all the credit as its previous owner has maintained it impeccably and it still shows now. Together with Jim's help in recent times i reckon its pretty unique in its spec and abilities, i'll miss it when it's gone!
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Post by jgra1 » 04 May 2009, 00:08

even after Jim touched it :lol:


:D


I nippled the sphere seal


Jim, in all my years working on cars, I have never heard of 'nippleing' ??

It sounds like I have been missing out somewhat :shock:
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Post by CitroJim » 04 May 2009, 10:17

jgra1 wrote:Jim, in all my years working on cars, I have never heard of 'nippleing' ??

It sounds like I have been missing out somewhat :shock:



:lol: :lol: :lol: Oh dear, it's my typing coming back to haunt me again :twisted: It's not that I can't spell, I'm a very good speller in fact and people use me as a dictionary, I just can't type properly. I type as fast as my thoughts and there's the problem. I must slow down :roll:

Speaking of slowing down, that's what I must do today as I've rather done myself in :evil: The past few weeks have been very, very busy and as a consequence, many jobs at home have slipped and this (long) weekend I've been trying to catch up and working like a demon on the cars, the house and the garden in rediness for another long session of hard work and long hours down the salt mine in the coming next few weeks. I should know better as massive bouts of work eventually bring me to my knees so here I am feeling less than on top of the world :twisted:

Anyway, a LOT has been achieved but less than I'd have liked on the V6 but that car is not the priority. I may be knackered but I have a lovely clean house, tidy garden, Gareth's car is sorted and my two runners are very well sorted after some further fettling this weekend.

Seeing Gareth's TD on Saturday made my trio look very dowdy indeed so yesterday I washed them all, V6 included! Today I planned to polish them but it's a bit damp here so that might wait. They do look a lot better and the V6 scrubs up well too :D

I had to revisit the auxillary belt on my 2.1TD as it started really rattling on idle :twisted: I'd fitted a 6PK1740 and found it was too long. For mine, the correct belt is a 6PK1725. One was duely obtained from our local factors (twice the cost of GSF :evil: ) and fitted. It's dead silent now at all speeds :D I also, finally, got round to replacing the glowplugs on my 2.1 :lol: I went through winter with a less than perfect set and now summer approaches, a nice new set of BERU plugs are installed. Apart from having to have the top half of the mainfold off, the job is a doddle compared to the 1.9TD :D

Whilst I was in the local factors, I looked in vain for a decent replacement T27 Torx bit as I broke mine on my autobox strip. It was a Draper one and not of the best quality. The factors failed so whilst I was out and about I called in at Halfrauds and they came up trumps with one that looks to be of good quality from their Halfords "Advanced" range. I bought two as they were a good price and in case one breaks as there are sone very tight T27 screws in the gearbox. Whatever one may think of Halfrauds in general, they still do some very acceptable quality tools at a good price 8)

I shall take it easy for the rest of the day now and catch up on some forum admin work and visit the BXC and Club-XM. Two forums I've not looked in on for far too long now...
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Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2009, 13:05

Not a lot to report, both runners are fine and other activities leave the V6 in it's usual dismantled condition :roll:

Saturday saw us go to Reading to collect Xac's Activa. Reading is a right 'mare to drive through :twisted: I was intrigued to see signs pointing to "The Oracle". I was expecting to be directed to a deep thinker who could answer questions about life, the universe and everything but in the event it turned out to be a shopping centre :twisted: Maybe it has 42 shops...

One question I'd have asked the Oracle is why on earth does Reading not have a ring road? Against that though, it does have a cracking McDonalds :)

Anyway, I digress. Xac has rather a good example of a MK2 Activa. Mechanically, it is pretty fault-free except for a non-operational rear electrovalve but there are some relatively straightforward cosmetic issues needed to transform the car into something very tidy indeed; It needs a bit of "Garething" on the wheels and a few scuffs.

All in all, it looks like Xac has had a good buy :D
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Post by vince » 11 May 2009, 22:49

You had me thinking there Jim if the aux belt i sent you was the wrong one.....but then i remembered the bits were for the V6 :wink:

Is Gareth coming to the DS / SM meet? it would be good to see the condition of his car :wink:
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Post by XantiaMan » 12 May 2009, 09:08

I may consider coming, depends if i'm working that weekend...
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Post by CitroJim » 18 May 2009, 20:30

vince wrote:but then i remembered the bits were for the V6 :wink:


No, the V6 bits were absolutely perfect Vince :D

Not a lot to report on the running fleet as all has been concentrated on the V6.

The following is a cautionary tale...

I got in the 2.1TD early on Saturday morning to do Siany's paper round as she was on her way to Clacton to attend a Majorette competition in which her troupe came second overall :D

Anyway, as I say, hopped in the 2.1TD and it would not start :o :twisted: but did eventually struggle into life eventually and proceeded to run absolutely perfectly :roll: Air in the fuel lines for sure.

A quick look showed No.1 injector very wet and a little further inspection showed the capping-piece for the leakoff spigot had a big split in it :twisted: This cap was only replaced around 7 months ago and had rotted out :twisted: :shock:

Although I had some identical replacements in stock, I did not want to use one for fear of the same happening agin 6 months later maybe so i made on using a short length of leakoff hose doubled back upon itself and tightly tied off. All is now good and if anything the car starts better than ever.

Val and I took a run to Sheffield on Saturday (after I'd done the paper round) and we travelled up in her Vauxhall. For a 1.2 with a missing cylinder in the engine (it's a triple) it goes surprisingly well...

A first visit to Sheffield City Centre is a surprise when you spot the tram lines :lol: A good city to drive through; far better than Reading!

The Peak District was looking very nice as well :D
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Post by Xaccers » 18 May 2009, 23:07

I suspected you were off on a hot date when I popped round on Saturday and saw all your cars but no Jim :)
Did try to call you from the scrap yard as I'd found a 406 with a CT in it, but the wrong fuel connector :(
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Post by CitroJim » 27 May 2009, 13:38

Xac wrote:I suspected you were off on a hot date when I popped round on Saturday and saw all your cars but no Jim :)


Yes, that'll be right Xac. We were off to Sheffield in Val's Vauxhall.... Sorry I was out...

It's all been a bit hectic just recently and I'm very concious I've been somewhat iactive on these forums for a while. I hope I've caugt up with a few PMs and emails and over the next couple of days I'll catch up on what's been happening.

Work has been it's usual self and keeping me very preoccupied and as might be guessed, Val and I have been spending rather a lot of quality time together when work allowed :D

This long weekend just gone I spent with the girls and took them for a day out in London on Saturday. All very well enjoyed but it did for me :twisted: I felt a bit groggy on Sunday and then on Monday all hell let loose. I fell to bits and spent the whole day in bed feeling very rough. Yesterday was not a lot better but I had to come to work to cover for absent colleagues on holiday. Today though, I'm 99% back to normal :D I don't know what the problem was but my head went to mush and I was so lethargic it was untrue. I even had extreme difficulty sending a text. Typing and concentrating on any forum posts was right out :evil:

This weekend is a biggie.. Saturday I'm off to Somerset but Sunday it's planned to lift the engine/gearbox back in the V6 :D :D

I was going to take the following Monday as an owed lieu day to finish off the V6 (I'm actually owed three lieu days now :twisted: ) but that's just been dashed by events at work :evil: :evil: :twisted: :cry: Sometimes I don't know why I bother to have a house. The amount of time I spend at work, I'd may as well have a bed in the corner of the office....

Still, one day I'll be able to take those lieu days and the 8 weeks annual leave I'm due and get things done... Mind you, I said that last year and ended up carrying two weeks of annual leave over from 2008 to 2009. Roll on retirement!
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Post by Xaccers » 27 May 2009, 16:09

I was in London over the weekend too Jim!
It was really hot and sunny, and I think that went to my head (and tum) as I wasn't too well either. Unless there was a minor bug on the tube...
Glad to hear you're feeling better now.
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Post by MikeT » 27 May 2009, 17:05

Hmmm, good point xac, I think the sun is much, much stronger due to the thinning of the protective atmospheric layers that I think can cause heat stroke. I'm of the opinion this summer is going to see a lot of casualties and fires, roads melting etc. I hope I'm wrong of course.
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Post by CitroJim » 27 May 2009, 17:06

With the heat and the crowds and being well stuffed like sardines into the tube on a number of occasions I reckon there was a very good chance it was a touch of something caught in London Xac...

The girls dragged me around Oxford Street and Bond Street for a touch of retail therapy :evil:

I was floored when toward Marble Arch the suddenly exclaimed "Hey Dad, look! Primark!!!"

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Post by CitroJim » 28 May 2009, 07:14

Mike, you may well be on to something with the sun. I did get a bit caught by it and thinking on, what I was feeling was not too dissimilar to a touch of heat-stroke. As you know, I'm very fair-skinned and I burn at the drop of a hat.

Worrying, especially as the skin cancer rate seems to be rising...

superloopy1 wrote:Your time sounds not too far off too me :wink: :wink: :wink:


I'm planning it that way Mike. I can't wait to retire and in five years (at 55) I'll hopefully have seen the girls trough Uni and then circumstances will allow me to say bye-bye to the salt mines for good. I've no intention of doing what most of our retiring staff do; retire one day and then return on a retired and retained basis the next.

We have plans for when I retire and that's to sell up here and return back to my native lands in the West Country, look for a house with a big garage/workshop and plenty of parking. My dream is to set up a small Citroen specialist garage, just for the pleasure of it.

One day....
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Post by CitroJim » 07 Jun 2009, 21:09

It's been a long time since I've written anything here but then again I guess most of my time has been spent on the V6 just recently..

Both the Activa and 2.1TD have been as good as gold throughout the V6 adventure despite not being the centre of attention. My Activa now lives at the GF's house and actually gets more use now as if I need to pop out somewhere when I'm at Val's I take the Activa. I am insured to drive Val's Corsa but that's a step too far :lol:

I colected my 1.9TD from it's custodian on Thursday evening upon his departure for a 2 year spell in Pakistan. We gave him a good send-off.

It has been several months since I've driven the 1.9TD and I was very pleasantly surprised at what a fine car it still is. I'll be spending some time this week cleaning it up and giving it a full service ready for its new owner to collect on Friday. It needs a good clean as it's custodian, although looking after the car well from a mechanical point of view, never showed it a sponge and a bucket of soapy water and nor, for that matter, a vacuum inside :twisted:

I drove it over to Tring this morning to visit Lawrence1973 who has been having problems with his 406 1.9TD engine since rebuilding the fuel pump. It was perfect for a while but let him down on the M25 with a very rough running engine.

We started the car and it really ran like a bag of spanners, shaking and knocking. Massively over-advanced. I popped the Lexia on and found the ECU full of faults. I cleared them and the engine actually ran a little better but the rough running (albeit properly in time) remained with copious white smoke. There was no doubt at least one cylinder was down. Then, something nasty happened. I revved the engine a little and it responded but then something went "snick" and it stopped :shock:

We checked the cambelt and no issue there and then checked the camshaft as when spinning the engine over on the starter it did not sound right at all, displaying all the symptoms of only one cylinder having any compression. I was expected to find a broken camshaft but it appeared intact. Lawrence must now lift the camshaft first and check it and then lift the head for a closer look to see where all the compression has gone.

It is perhaps scant comfort for him that his pump rebuild was not the cause and is working fine. Something learned is that when an ECU is full of faults it does not work properly until the faults are cleared and they do not clear with a disconnected battery. What was bizarre though was despite all the logged faults, the engine management light was out :? Although it did work....

I shall miss my old 1.9TD. My first Xantia. I also do see why some prefer the 1.9TD over the 2.1TD. I have to say the 1.9TD does have a lot going for it and it's liviler than I ever recall...
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