Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Post by DickieG » 04 Oct 2009, 15:32

Jim just in case you weren't aware the headlight washer relay on S1's is located alongside the cruise control relay just behind the O/S/F wheel in a large box. I replaced the headlight wash relay on your relay,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, once I managed to find it, an obvious place to look, err no!!

The tailpipes on a V6 were chromed from new so presumably the box on yours may be a replacement.
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Post by Xaccers » 04 Oct 2009, 17:21

DickieG wrote:I could manage without leather but not the electric adjustment that leather generally comes with, I'd like to try a set of cloth seats with electric adjustment, they are a rare beast.


Juliet has them thankfully :)
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Post by DickieG » 04 Oct 2009, 18:04

Xac wrote:
DickieG wrote:I could manage without leather but not the electric adjustment that leather generally comes with, I'd like to try a set of cloth seats with electric adjustment, they are a rare beast.

Juliet has them thankfully :)

Are we talking about the same seats? I'm not talking of the semi electric ones fitted to S2 Activa's, I mean the ones with full electric adjustment just like Jim's Exclusive, i.e. All these adjustments electric powered; recline, fore and aft movement, lumber airbag's, tilt at the front and rear of the seat base.
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Post by vince » 04 Oct 2009, 21:04

My 2.1TD 406 executive had those in leather...memory function too....it was pretty pimp :P

I am a fan of leather seats and yours Richard are like sitting on fluffy clouds wrapped in leather :lol: I cant see how cloth / velour would be any better.
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Oct 2009, 21:38

vince wrote: are like sitting on fluffy clouds wrapped in leather :lol:


:lol: :lol: Great description Vince. I like!
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Post by CitroJim » 13 Oct 2009, 22:24

At last :D A few moments free to update my blog!

It's been great and a godsend having a working heater in my V6 this past week :D It works well too, nice warm air after just a few minutes. The only problem is when the temperature dips low the fan in the cabin air temperature sensor squeals for a minute or so. This despite giving it some TLC when the dash was out :twisted: Will have to do that again :(

I also "lost" some previously working instrument panel bulbs too.

On Saturday I went to see Richard (DickieG) to pick up the dead EPIC diesel pump that Mark21td had given me for a spot of forensics and to learn how to strip them. As soon as I have some time (in 2011 at current work rates :twisted: ) I'll get to it!

Whilst at Richard's I met Paulworr and his very tidy Xantia Exclusive. He'd come for a Lexia session.

Whilst at Richard's, we set about a couple of jobs on my V6 "To Do" list. First up were the rear arm bearings which I was convinced were worn. After dismantling the Offside we found them to be perfect, ditto the other side! Not entirely a waste of time though as I learned how to do them and we made a happy discovery that someone before me had stripped the rear calipers and coppaslipped their mating faces so they came apart beautifully :D Rear arm bearings are not a bad job providing the rear suspension cylinder clips come free. The worst part of all is pulling the leakage return pipes off the rear cylinder and reconnecting them :twisted:

One issue was that having the suspension apart and disturbing the anti-roll bar upset the ride height at the rear. We soon tweaked it.

We then set about replacing my exhaust which was leaking on the cat to mid-section joint. The back box was a bit sad so I'd bought a complete new system. In the event we found the mid-section itself to be in good condition and the cause of the leak was something far worse; the tail of the cat had corroded badly. Here the balljoint ring is actually on a piece of tube that slides onto the end of the cat and forms a double-skinned pipe. The top skin had rusted nearly away but left the bottom skin in
perfect nick.

Strictly a new cat is needed but they're expensive so until the fateful day comes, we have effected a repair in the meantime using exhaust paste and jubilee clips. So far it's gas-tight and holding well. We did determine that even if it gives out, the mid-section cannot drop off as it slides into the bottom (good) tube on the cat tail. We did replace the back-box though even though it was not actually leaking despite looking very rough.

Replacing a V6 exhaust is a definite two-handed job to get it all in good alignment and making sure the cat (which is huge) is nicely tucked up high in the tunnel.

The day was nicely rounded off with a ride in Richard's DS, always a magical occasion, especially in the dark with those "follow me" lights in yellow :D

Thanks for all Richard, very appreciated!

Sunday morning saw me on the phone to Richard helping him install XP on his new PC. How's it working now Richard?

Sunday afternoon and it was off to Luton to help Xac remove the engine from the LX he is breaking. Gosh did it put up a fight, firstly one of the lower swivel joint threads was damaged and as reported in Xac's blog, the RH driveshaft intermediate bearing had failed and damaged its' housing. We had fun extracting that one!.

Xac also needed to carefully remove the A/C compressor and the only easy way to get at it's top mounting bolts is to remove the alternator, HP pump and the cradle they are mounted on. More time.

Had it not been for these setbacks, the engine would have been out on Sunday evening but time ran out. Still, it is only hanging on it's mounts so another hour will see it out :D

I've been making more use of my Activa these past few weeks since selling the 2.1TD and mainly for the "Dad's Taxi" work in the evenings. I realy enjoy it after the V6 and then really enjoy the V6 after the Activa. I'm convinced the Activa is better kept in regular use rather than just being used occasionally.

Off to Somerset again on Saturday. Going in the V6 this time. It's had a good shake-down since the last bouts of work and the replacement ignition coil so I'm content it'll do the trip OK.

Life in general continues busy and unlikely to change any time soon. It's impacting on my forum migration project a bit but I soon hope to be in a position to go for the migration in a couple of weeks.
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Post by Citroenmad » 13 Oct 2009, 23:06

Seems your two really compliment each other Jim :)

Is it the tiny little fan which sensors the interior temperature that is making a noise?

The one in the red Xm does too, ive had it out (its in the roof) and cleaned it, sprayed WD40 at it, which after a few goes it did stop the noise. However a few days after it returned, though it seems to be quiet sometimes but sometimes noisey.

It works fine and the cabin is always at the set temperature but when its noisey its annoying. Need to get it sorted, so if you find the cure for yours do please let me know :) I wonder if they can still be bought new?

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Post by John Plum » 14 Oct 2009, 08:40

It's been great and a godsend having a working heater in my V6 this past week It works well too, nice warm air after just a few minutes.

Makes it all worthwhile! :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 14 Oct 2009, 12:31

John Plum wrote:Makes it all worthwhile! :lol:


It does indeed John :D I must be getting soft in my old age but I rate a heater as essential in any car now!

Chris, yes, that's the blighter, the cabin temperature sensor. I dusted and lubed mine whilst it was out (it's mounted in the dash on the Xantia) and thought I'd cracked it. Yours is doing precisely what mine is doing and it's so annoying.

I'll have to have it out again, not an easy job, and dismantle it. I'll report back on the success of that.

I'm sure they are availabe new but I'll expect them to cost a small fortune. All they are basically is a small fan with a thermistor behind it...

Sounds like the XM variety is more accessible!
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Post by Sid_the_Squid » 14 Oct 2009, 12:49

Give it a squirt with some spray silicon lubricant, something like an airsoft APS3 Silicone Lubricant, I find that helps small fans keep quiet and live longer. WD40 won't help you.
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Post by Xaccers » 14 Oct 2009, 15:00

Silicon spray is definitely the one to go for, but I'd avoid airsoft specific products simply because they're seriously over priced.
Most of us who airsoft use generic silicon spray from Halfrauds or a local hardware shop as it's much more economical.
Some dash polish is just silicon which tends to be the cheapest way to get a load, however for us we have to make sure it contains no petrolium distilates due to the o-rings we use.
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Post by Citroenmad » 15 Oct 2009, 16:07

Ah, yours sounds much harder to get at :?

Its in the roof light on the Xm, 4 screws and a clip is all which holds it in. Quite handy really!

Ill get some silicon spray and give that a try, thanks for the tip. :)

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Post by vince » 16 Oct 2009, 19:20

I wish i lived down your way Jim, it seems like all the enjoyable stuff goes on down there...like rides in Richard's DS for example :P
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Post by CitroJim » 16 Oct 2009, 21:46

vince wrote:like rides in Richard's DS for example :P


I must admit Vince, I find Richard's DS magical :D A ride in it is always a delight and something very special, especially at night with those yellow headlights. I like them so much I'd like to get some yellow bulbs for mine. It's quite legal to do so and the other day I read up on yellow headlights. Originally the French used them to identify French cars during WW2. If a car showed white headlights it must be the enemy and fair game; yellow meant a Frenchman at the wheel so hold fire...

That's not the only reason though. The don't have any blue in them and this helps night visibility as the eye cannot focus on blue as well as colours further down the spectrum so if the eye is not forced to see blue it'll have clearer vision. I know for a fact that I can barely focus on blue at all so they may actually help me. All blues to me look very blurred, especially blue LEDs...

Nothing much to report on my fleet this week. They're both going very well and a check over the V6 this evening ready for Somerset tomorrow showed all to be in fine fettle.

On Monday I'm off to see Gareth and spend the day with him working on his Activa. A very good and enjoyable day awaits.
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Post by Citroenmad » 16 Oct 2009, 22:27

vince wrote:I wish i lived down your way Jim, it seems like all the enjoyable stuff goes on down there...


Your not the only one! Its lonely up here :lol: So far away from everything interesting!

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