Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by chinkostu » 18 Oct 2016, 13:26

Jim, i've just found these in my boxes of crap in the spare room

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If the connectors are the same for yours you can happily try them. My ultrasonics work but the sirens dead so they're of no use to me!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2016, 13:32

Thanks Stu :D

I'll have to pop the door cards off to check... I'm not sure now exactly what the connectors in mine look like now...

Luckily, in an S2 it's only a five minute job to slip off the door cards...

Due to the adverse weather I drove Gabriel to work today. She's a lot quieter now she has a back box fitted!! In fact she was a real joy to drive..

Next week she'll be going on a trip to Somerset. I'm actually looking forward to it...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by chinkostu » 18 Oct 2016, 13:55

CitroJim wrote:Thanks Stu :D

I'll have to pop the door cards off to check... I'm not sure now exactly what the connectors in mine look like now...

Luckily, in an S2 it's only a five minute job to slip off the door cards...

Due to the adverse weather I drove Gabriel to work today. She's a lot quieter now she has a back box fitted!! In fact she was a real joy to drive..

Next week she'll be going on a trip to Somerset. I'm actually looking forward to it...


I never found the S1 cards to be too difficult either. I've got some coloured mirrors to fit but I daren't disturb the clips that I managed to save last time the cards were off :shock:

I always find mine sounds horrid but drives beautifully. The clatter of an IDI diesel is fairly alien to most people nowadays. Infact when the cold idle was screwed a colleague thought the car was going to blow up it was rattling that bad when cold :rofl2: at least it's sorted now.

They always benefit from a little tweak to the fuelling and boost, mines got plenty of get up and go once it's past 2k, up to then it just makes loads of noise :oops: and it seems to cruise brilliantly. I still get decent enough mileage to a tank if i've been, erm, tanking it :wink: infact I think only a HDI will cruise as well, and definately in a larger car where you can properly waft :)
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1995 Xantia 1.9TD SX in (faded) Red
2003 Fiesta 1.4 Zetec in GREEEEEEEN
2001 206 1.9 LX
2001 Saxo VTR
1999 Saxo 1.1 East coast
1999 Punto :oops:
1996 306 1.8 XN Auto :?
1996 Fiesta 1.3 #-o

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

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2016, 14:54

chinkostu wrote:The clatter of an IDI diesel is fairly alien to most people nowadays.


That's very true Stu, it's a proper old diesel and I have to be honest it's a sound that I find really quite agreeable :D

Yes, it certainly has a nice bit of waft about it and I can tell you from experience that neither an HDi nor a 2.1TD are any better in the waft stakes... The HDi is perhaps a little quieter and a little more refined but that's about it...

It's also quite surprised me at just how comfy it is and how well a non-Hydractive Xantia on good spheres rides...

Coming back to a 1.9TD after all these years is a pleasant surprise at just how good they are and how well they still stand up to the competition...

I'm really rather happy :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by chinkostu » 18 Oct 2016, 15:00

I'm glad jim! I can honestly say mines the best car i've ever bought, even with the matrix dying on it.

Has Zel fitted new spheres recently? If I were nearby i'd compare it to mine as I can't decide wether mine could do with a replace/regass on the front as it gets a bit jittery now and then :-/ although it soon tells when I take the wifes fiesta out and shake to bits!!!
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1995 Xantia 1.9TD SX in (faded) Red
2003 Fiesta 1.4 Zetec in GREEEEEEEN
2001 206 1.9 LX
2001 Saxo VTR
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1999 Punto :oops:
1996 306 1.8 XN Auto :?
1996 Fiesta 1.3 #-o

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

Post by CitroJim » 18 Oct 2016, 15:06

chinkostu wrote:Has Zel fitted new spheres recently? If I were nearby i'd compare it to mine as I can't decide wether mine could do with a replace/regass on the front as it gets a bit jittery now and then :-/ although it soon tells when I take the wifes fiesta out and shake to bits!!!


Yes, and not long ago.. I helped him swap the rears...

I know what you mean about the Fiesta... Yesterday when my 1.9TD was in for its MoT and new exhaust I took my C1 to the shops... 'Nuff said!

With a Xantia you tend to get very sensitive to every little change in the perceived comfort and ride after a time and it takes a drive of a conventionally sprung car to bring it home again just how good the Xantia is and to reset your expectations....
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 18 Oct 2016, 16:01

All new corner spheres were fitted back at the end of May if memory serves. Jim will be able to confirm the exact date as it will be noted on the slam panel.

Have made myself up a conversion chart to do dwell-duty cycle conversion - according to my brain it should be:

Dwell angle in degrees/(360/number of cylinders)*100 = duty cycle in %.

Reckon borrowing the scope would still be handy though to see what is going on in real-time as both my meters are quite sluggish. Also curious to have a look at how the lambda sensor is behaving as I'm becoming increasingly sure that is half my problem, and is switching levels as it should, but is being sluggish, and I think the whole system is effectively oscillating as a result.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 20 Oct 2016, 05:41

A good stock of instrument bulbs have now arrived so either this evening, tomorrow or over the weekend I'll make Gabriel's instruments shine brightly again ;)
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by xantiamanic » 20 Oct 2016, 14:16

Write it up Jim ... mine have just gone off on the left hand side ... fuel gauge et al.

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

Post by CitroJim » 20 Oct 2016, 15:40

I'll take loads of pictures Mike but be aware the procedure between an S1 and an S2 is a little different.

First job on an S1 is to remove the steering wheel. This step is not needed on an S2...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2016, 09:04

Yesterday I attempted to replace the blown bulbs in Gabriel's instrument cluster...

99% successful. I missed one :twisted: So I have to do the job again today...

I can't stand it not being perfect...

Mike, I've got some pictures of the job I'll post up later...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by xantiamanic » 23 Oct 2016, 09:18

Looking forward to them Jim [emoji6]

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

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2016, 11:28

Dash/instrument cluster bulbs done :D

Very important to test every bulb before fitting and then jiggle the bulb in its holder when testing just to be sure it's all good.

then test the instrument cluster illumination before final reassembly of the dash...

Now checking for what I hope is historical water ingress in the rear. I recall Zel having a real battle with this a while back...

I have a couple of replacement cooling fans on their way to me from a fellow forum member to replace at least one that's duff...

Still very much enjoying fettling her :D

I'll do the instrument cluster bulb replacement as a 'how to' later today... Right now the weather is too nice to be indoors stuck over a PC except when drinking a cup of tea; which is what I'm doing now!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 23 Oct 2016, 12:17

I *think* I solved the water ingress problem...never actively noticed any getting of late anyway! Never really did work out 100% where it was actually coming from!

Your dash story reminds me of one afternoon where I did a similar job in a coach (including the seven hundred and fifty-six switches), only to discover when I turned the headlights on after a brief moment of headscratching that the guy we ordered the lamps from had sent 12V rather than 24V lamps and the whole lot went pop within a couple of seconds...I used some of my really *good* swear words that day...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD, C1 and Bike Tales

Post by demag » 23 Oct 2016, 12:28

We used 30v they tended to last a bit longer.

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