Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Mandrake » 12 Sep 2015, 00:24

I see the knock sensor exposed there Jim - how does it look ?

Is it worth replacing it with a new one (only OEM mind) since you have the engine stripped down ?

Awfully hard to replace once its back together again...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Sep 2015, 04:40

That's true Simon... It looks fine although it was bathed in oil for a long time..

I have a new one in stock so will fit it...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 19 Sep 2015, 14:28

Now the nights are drawing in I've installed an LED floodlight above my workshop doors that should throw a decent bit of light on any work taking place on the driveway... I'll find out this evening how effective it is.

I also have a smaller rechargeable LED floodlight on a stand for illuminating the parts the big flood won't reach...

All set up for the winter now!

My Activa is due an MOT in early October. I give her a good old check-over today and happily, no showstoppers found... I'll try to get her in on Wednesday...

It's a lovely day here so off out on my bike in a bit...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 20 Sep 2015, 00:45

Good luck on the MOT!

They'll be seeing my Xantia down at Wrestler's before too much longer as well as she's due her MOT on November 4th, so will get it booked in for a couple of weeks from now. Good excuse to give the car a once-over at least.

...Can't believe I've had it nearly a year now...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Sep 2015, 04:30

Time flies doesn't it Zel. One really wonders where it all goes... I'll tell Steve to expect another Xantia soon after mine then :wink:

Tried my floodlight last evening after dark and it's bloody brilliant. It's going to be a real boon when working on the car on dark evenings.. Night becomes day...

These LED floods really are brilliant...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Sep 2015, 12:57

I was going to wash the cars today...

Until I found I have no car washing brushes or sponges...

All got binned during the workshop refurbish as being totally worn out and I've not replaced them...

Shows how often I was a car these days!!!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by DHallworth » 20 Sep 2015, 13:08

You're far better off using a wash mitt, Jim, rather then the sponges. With a sponge there's nowhere for the muck from the paint to go other then being dragged along the car. With a wash mitt it gets into the mitt itself away from the paint :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Sep 2015, 13:24

That's an excellent tip David... Thanks!

I shall get one of those when I go and get my new car washing kit.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by myglaren » 20 Sep 2015, 13:30

I was going to clean my car today but fortunately got roped in to fixing a leaking bath at my daughter's, then the bathroom light packed up - every time I repair something there something else breaks but usually waits a couple of days.
Maybe next week then - it has been about three months now :rolleyes:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Sep 2015, 13:34

That's a much better excuse for not washing a car than mine Steve :lol:

I do know what you mean though, there's always something that needs doing however hard you try to keep things under control...

Next week it is for both of us...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by myglaren » 20 Sep 2015, 15:11

Maybe Jim - now I have new lights and a switch to fit in the bathroom for her.

And she's just had to have a new boiler, last Monday, two weeks after having solar panels installed and a month after having a new washing machine to buy.
Manager to repair her tumble dryer, cooker and dishwasher.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 20 Sep 2015, 16:53

You can get micro fibre mitts from Poundland.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 20 Sep 2015, 16:58

You just have to put this on encase your spotted in there by someone you know
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Sep 2015, 17:08

Stickyfinger wrote:You just have to put this on encase your spotted in there by someone you know
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:rofl2: :rofl2:

Don't even know where our nearest is :roll:

It'll be Halfrauds or on-line... I need to visit Halfrauds or the Go Outdoors shop next door for some winter waterproof biking gear anyway so that'll be an ideal time to look for the necessary cleaning tackle..

Fixed a little issue on the Activa this afternoon... I'd noticed a slightly sticky idle control valve recently that causes the idle to sit a bit high on occasions and was worried it might cause a few issues with the MOT emissions check.... Although the valve is hard to remove without a lot of disassembly I managed to get some lube into it by slipping off the boost sense pipe directly opposite it and spraying some WD40 into it via the boost sense spigot...

A few cycles of the idle control valve actuator test on the ELIT got it working nicely and a decent engine test seems to indicate all is good...

Also happy to see the oxygen sensor cycling nicely...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by MikeT » 20 Sep 2015, 17:36

CitroJim wrote:I also have a smaller rechargeable LED floodlight on a stand for illuminating the parts the big flood won't reach...


I need to get me one of these but after researching, seems they're not all made equal. Some have multi-leds, others have singular led, some skimp on driver (10w driver powering a 20w led) and then there's the rechargeable battery to consider. All clear as mud to me at the moment. Is 10W adequate or should I seek higher power?
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