Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2016, 12:37

I think the problem is solved Zel as I reckon I now see only historical artefacts..

I've left the back seat bases out so that all can dry thoroughly and I can keep a very easy eye open for any further ingress. I don't need back seats...

Oh dear, that was terrible on the bus dash :evil: I think I'd have invented a whole new set of profanities if it were me ;)

Off out for a decent run in Gabriel in a few moments... Lovely day for it...

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

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2016, 18:45

Took Gabriel out for a decent run today...

All very good, she drives very well indeed and happy to report I now have a fully illuminated dash :D

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 23 Oct 2016, 18:48

Including ash tray, lighter and heater panel?

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

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2016, 18:50

Hell Razor5543 wrote:Including ash tray, lighter and heater panel?
Yes :-D

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

Post by chinkostu » 23 Oct 2016, 20:08

I replaced a bulb on mine (took it from the oil level warning and put in the ABS light as the oil one always goes off even when full), stuck it all back together but couldn't check them easily as it was bright out. I'd ended up with another one blown and two that come on if you smack the top of the dash!!

What size are they Jim? As I best buy a handful and get the wheel back off :(

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 23 Oct 2016, 20:17

I cannot remember the type, but (after reading how time consuming the job was) I bought about 50, and replaced EVERY lightbulb (on both my Xantias when I got them). I do know the pair in the heater control have a very short captive base, but the rest are capless. Just make sure they work (use a multimeter) before you put everything back together. First time I had one with a poor connection, so the light didn't work. Got that sorted, and learned from it.

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

Post by CitroJim » 24 Oct 2016, 04:56

Stu, they're R286 bulbs and best purchased in bulk on eBay such as this one.

As James says, test every one very thoroughly before fitting. I use a small battery and see them light up. I don't trust a multimeter for this..

Wiggle the bulb in the holder too...

I'll get my 'howto' done as soon as I can but in London at them moment doing some bloody horrendous IT training :evil:

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

Post by xantiamanic » 24 Oct 2016, 08:25

They're still pouring money into training for you Jim ... at your age [emoji33]. No wonder the economy's in the state it's in. They gave up on me some 8yrs ago now ... or rather i gave up on them and got off the treadmill. Not long now ... chin up [emoji6]

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

Post by CitroJim » 24 Oct 2016, 12:07

Mike, I giggled at that :lol:

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

Post by CitroJim » 27 Oct 2016, 19:53

Just returned home from a most excellent day in Somerset to visit dad and to attend two care meetings at his nursing home.

Dad is well and the meetings were good and productive. Gabriel exceeded all expectations of her. She drives far better than any 18 year old car with 206K has any right to and returned 59mpg for the trip - bloody excellent for an old-school IDI XUD diesel and I didn't hang about either... Xantia 1.9TDs rock!!!

I can only assume she went so well because she is wearing two new FCF stickers!

I called in to see Alasdair on my way home and had an excellent hour or so in his company and got a close look at his Xantia headlight project... It's looking good :D

Astute readers will notice the C1 has disappeared from this blog title and from my signature... More news on her fate in due course ;)

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

Post by Stickyfinger » 27 Oct 2016, 20:45

thanks for the milk and it is good to see you looking well and feeling happier about your Dad....#
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 27 Oct 2016, 21:32

Told ya, Jim. She's a bloody brilliant motorway cruiser, and really does go far better than any car wearing that mileage has any right to!

Glad the trip went well and that your Dad is doing well.

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Oct 2016, 22:42

I would guess that "Eyelashes" has gone to a daughter.

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

Post by CitroJim » 28 Oct 2016, 03:33

Hell Razor5543 wrote:I would guess that "Eyelashes" has gone to a daughter.
Very perceptive James ;)
Stickyfinger wrote:thanks for the milk
:)

Ditto the pressure washer!
Zelandeth wrote:Told ya, Jim. She's a bloody brilliant motorway cruiser, and really does go far better than any car wearing that mileage has any right.
She's a keeper Zel and thanks for letting me have her :D

Knowing dad is OK is a big relief all-round...

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

Post by CitroJim » 28 Oct 2016, 15:34

The C1 has gone to her new owner and I've taken in exchange for it a very dangerous Pug 207...

It randomly cuts out and needs an ignition off to restart it. It's been doing this on and off for a while now but it's getting more frequent. I consider it's dangerous for Robyn to drive it like this and in any case she's lost all confidence in the car. I consider it's a deathtrap.

The problem has defied all attempts to diagnose it and now we've basically given up for now so I’ve laid it up pending a decision on its future. I may play with it at some point but we all agree we can't sell it as it is and if we did sell it then we'd have to be honest and that makes it worthless so for now it's just sitting on my drive...

In any case I consider it too dangerous to sell except as a cube...

If anyone has any suggestions I'd be pleased to hear them ;)

Robyn wet for a ride with me in Gabriel today. She loves it but says it smells just like a Milton Keynes bus! I know what she means exactly after riding said buses this week :lol: It's that old-school diesel smell...

So, she's now Gabriel the Bus...

My Activa is jealous of Gabriel and threw a sulk today by presenting me with a flat battery :twisted: A quick recharge and the application of a pair of FCF stickers has made her feel much more loved now...

I must now go for a short run in the Activa...