Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Oct 2016, 17:54

According to Mandrake you can disconnect the left hand unit, as this is the microphone.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 16 Oct 2016, 18:11

Ahh! Didn't realise you could do that Mike... Excellent!

That works for me ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 16 Oct 2016, 19:06

No worries Jim, glad to help. Did make me realise how long it is since I last did any work on that scale! Got there in the end though, hope the repair proves reliable.

Surprising they relied on the solder for all the physical support for the switch in there, better design would have been to have a plastic lip behind the buttons to provide some support.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2016, 17:43

Gabriel now has a complete new exhaust and an MOT :D That's all done for another year. Just the girl's cars to get through MOTs.

Only problem is that both my Xantia MOTs expire at roughly the same time... Not good planning but at least I have their road taxes a fair few months apart...

Looks like only Sian's Pixo will be up for MOT next year as Robyn is planning on buying a new car as soon as she starts work proper shortly... She's speaking of getting a Vauxhall Adam... I know nothing of the Adam except that they are quite attractive.

Her 207 is playing up at the moment. It's randomly cutting out. It does this from time to time and the usual fix is to do a full BSI reset. I'll be doing that on Friday but in the meantime she's borrowing Sian's Pixo. Sian won't mind as she's currently having the time of her life in Australia...

Just worked out my C1 is up for an MOT next year too...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Oct 2016, 18:03

Glad to hear she's through the test, Jim! Didn't expect much to be needed really.

Lada will be the next in my bunch, which I'm sure will cause much hilarity on my arrival!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2016, 18:10

Zelandeth wrote:Lada will be the next in my bunch, which I'm sure will cause much hilarity on my arrival!


I'm sure she'll fly through Zel, as long as you take her to a place that understands steering boxes and her other peculiarities ;) Steve should be well up to the task I reckon...

He cussed a bit at fitting the exhaust today... He had to do a bit of fettling to make it all fit but he's done his usual good job.

Made me giggle as Gabriel was parked right in front of the Aston Martin heritage works when I went to collect her... Bet they loved that :lol:

I have just popped a very essential spare part into Gabriel's glove box.. A clutch clip along with sufficient tools to be able to change it on the road if need be ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by myglaren » 17 Oct 2016, 18:19

Have you a dictionary with the appropriate expletives there too Jim?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Oct 2016, 18:22

I need to brush up on my Russian expletives!

Also need to find a meter which has the ability to measure duty cycle...none of mine do! Can't quite justify a new scope just for that though...much as I'd love to pick up a DSO!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2016, 18:28

myglaren wrote:Have you a dictionary with the appropriate expletives there too Jim?


I know them all off by heart Steve ;) :lol:

Zelandeth wrote:Also need to find a meter which has the ability to measure duty cycle...none of mine do! Can't quite justify a new scope just for that though...


You are more than welcome to borrow one of mine Zel...

Got a Hameg up in the loft not doing much...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Oct 2016, 21:10

Might just take you up on that Jim!

The old Telequipment D61A (with the obligatory touchy triggering) I've got has done just fine for most of the stuff I've needed a scope for before, but this sadly needs a precise readout of the duty cycle %age in more or less real time, so I need something with some math capabilities built in.

Had a chance to play around with a mate's Rigol DSO a couple of years back and had to admit to being floored by the stuff you could do with it, never mind by how user friendly the thing was. Definitely on the longer term shopping list...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 17 Oct 2016, 21:31

An old fashioned dwell meter measures duty cycle, you need to apply a conversion factor to get the right number.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Mandrake » 17 Oct 2016, 23:13

Hell Razor5543 wrote:According to Mandrake you can disconnect the left hand unit, as this is the microphone.

My Ultrasonic sensor replacement/repair thread was written for the Series 2 Xanita.

I think I read somewhere that the transmitter and receiver sides are reversed on the Series 1 but I have never followed that up to see if that is the case - the ultrasonic sensors on my S1 V6 are also faulty, if I set the alarm then it will often have the warning light on the dash flashing when I come back to the car, however as the Siren doesn't work you would only notice flashing blinkers when it happened. My Lexia can't communicate with the alarm ECU so I can't confirm the cause although I don't think it has ever happened with the ultrasonic sensors disabled through pressing the bypass button.

Disconnecting either transducer will prevent the alarm triggering, however its possible that disconnection of the transmitter may be detected by the alarm ECU as fault, so disconnecting the microphone side may be preferable.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2016, 04:05

Zel, my Hameg should be fine for your needs.... Yours whenever you want it and for however long.

Simon, thanks. Mine is an S2. I shall go and study your guide later today. It'll save me having to remember to press the defeat button every time I lock up!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 18 Oct 2016, 05:33

Could do it with a dwell meter (the Crypton can do that), though being something I'm fiddling with in real-time having a actual number I don't have to convert in front of me is a lot easier, especially the first time around. Plus saves me wheeling the thing out just now - that will be easier once the garage is sorted out at least.

When you next likely to be about Jim? Will drop by when suits you to grab it. Really appreciate it.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2016, 05:47

Zelandeth wrote:When you next likely to be about Jim? Will drop by when suits you to grab it. Really appreciate it.


Any afternoon this week after about 16:15 or any time on Friday Zel...
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