Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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

Post by chinkostu » 07 Dec 2016, 11:05

CitroJim wrote:Yes, even in an old-school diesel like the 1.9TD starter speed makes a big difference - since putting a new battery on Gabriel the difference has been clear...



My battery when on it's last legs would struggle to crank the car, and sometimes set the alarm off. New battery and it fires nicely now. It's not as obvious on a petrol when they're dying (usually they crank nicely but die quickly if left with the lights or radio on!)

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

Post by CitroJim » 07 Dec 2016, 11:15

chinkostu wrote: It's not as obvious on a petrol when they're dying (usually they crank nicely but die quickly if left with the lights or radio on!)


That's exactly what happened with Gabriel's old battery... First crank was OK. Second one was not...

I have to give Sian's Pixo a service this weekend. Got all the service items for it at our local factors last evening. I was most pleasantly surprised how cheap they were...

I'd have thought the fact it is a rebadged Suzuki Alto they would have been on the expensive side but there you go...

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

Post by Mandrake » 07 Dec 2016, 12:17

Touch wood the V6 has been ok with cold starting so far. The lowest we've had yet was -6 and it started fine - I did notice the starter was turning over a bit slower than I'd expect though, given the battery is only about a year old!

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

Post by CitroJim » 07 Dec 2016, 13:13

That's one great thing about the V6 Simon, it's never a problem to fire up, whatever the weather...

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

Post by demag » 07 Dec 2016, 14:43

-8 here the other morning (yesterday?) I gave the old girl a couple of goes on the heaters first and she fired. A bit lumpy and clattery but only for a few seconds.

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

Post by CitroJim » 07 Dec 2016, 14:47

demag wrote: A bit lumpy and clattery but only for a few seconds.



The 1.9TD signature tune Dave ;) :lol:

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

Post by demag » 07 Dec 2016, 14:50

Yes but once driving its barely audible from inside whereas the Kia was a right row driving it.

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

Post by CitroJim » 07 Dec 2016, 14:57

demag wrote:Yes but once driving its barely audible from inside whereas the Kia was a right row driving it.


Exactly, the beauty and joy of the XUD engine :D

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

Post by CitroJim » 09 Dec 2016, 17:54

Serviced Sain's Nissan Pixo today - that took all of 10 minutes :D :lol; I jest but it was very simple and straightforward... Certainly took no longer than 30 minutes...

I was all set to replace the front brake pads now it's done 20K but on inspection they are still good and will go on until the next service... I have a set in stock...

Same for the air filter element...

I checked over Gabriel ready for a run to Somerset in the morning and all was found good...

I rounded off the day by taking the Activa out for her weekly run...

Lots of other good things happened today but those are not appropriate to this blog...

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

Post by CitroJim » 10 Dec 2016, 19:41

A most excellent day today :D I went to see dad down in Somerset in Gabriel and she performed absolutely faultlessly :D

However she did suffer a little accidental ding to her rear wing today :twisted:

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It happened when I arrived at the Southwick Country Park ready for this morning's Parkrun... I reversed into the big rock at the left of the picture... I did not realise it really protrudes into that particular parking bay!!

The damage is very slight and looks worse than it is... I was lucky not to take the rearlight lens out...

It's just added to Gabriel's character and bar touching up the cracked paint I won't do anything about it...

The Parkrun was really good. I scored a new PB and it just remained dry... Just after the end it really started to rain hard...

All the way down this morning I got repeatedly flashed by oncoming drivers due to my high dipped beams. This has happened many times in the past so I thought I'd better look at it. I stopped off to see Alasdair today and tweaked them down a bit... No more flashing but now they're a tad too low and simply bloody atrocious. They're not bright. I'll do the relay mod and check their earths very soon as coming home in the howling rain this evening they were almost dangerous...

The reflectors look fine so I reckon it's just voltage drop making them so bad...

One good result is the source of the leak that caused puddles under the rear seats is now definitely confirmed as the rear washer jet. In all the rain today the underside of the seats remained bone dry :D

The other good result is that the cambelt work I did last week must have been OK...

Best news of all is that dad is very well indeed as he approaches his 93rd birthday... He can hear again so for the first time in months I could have a normal conversation with him :D He remains as bright as a button and has not a sign of any mental degeneration at all :D We had a great catch-up today...

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

Post by demag » 10 Dec 2016, 20:16

Good news Jim apart from the ding! Yes I don't enjoy driving in the dark at the moment. I wonder I could have voltage drop as well. I never thought to check.

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

Post by Stickyfinger » 10 Dec 2016, 20:30

Fantastic your Dads hearing is much better Jim, the loss of a primary social sense is a dreadfully isolating thing, but eyes and ears, that must of been really tough for him....hearing again, what a fab Christmas present !

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

Post by myglaren » 10 Dec 2016, 23:29

Good to hear your dad is OK Jim, must be very comforting to you and the girls.

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

Post by Zelandeth » 11 Dec 2016, 02:00

Plus side Jim is that it's on the quarter that's already damaged!

I've noted that the lights really aren't great - probably not helped by the headlight switch having a not inconsiderable amount of miles on...

Had the Lada out briefly this evening, and the difference between the lights on that and anything else in the fleet is astonishing, you can see for miles! Do need to adjust the driver's side one though as it's a bit low.

Glad to hear your father is doing better!

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

Post by CitroJim » 11 Dec 2016, 10:09

Zelandeth wrote:Plus side Jim is that it's on the quarter that's already damaged!


True Zel ;) And you know, today it does not look as bad as it did yesterday!

That car park is cursed... It's where Gabriel's battery finally failed last time... Must be very careful on my next visit there :lol:

Thanks all for the best wishes for dad... That to me is the best Christmas present ever :D I was so happy to see him so much better yesterday it truly made my day...

I'll be looking closer at the lights today...