Citrojim's Pixo, Saxo and Cycling Tales

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

Post by CitroJim » 11 Dec 2016, 13:23

Happily, not a spot of coolant or oil used yesterday and the oil is not yet black :D

I checked the voltage drop to the headlamp bulbs and almost 2V is being dropped... The relay mod will be done...

I put a little touch-up paint on the dent where the paint had flaked... Looks better already...

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

Post by CitroJim » 12 Dec 2016, 10:31

I meant to say earlier. On Saturday whilst descending a very steep hill on trailing throttle Gabriel's Engine management Light briefly illuminated...

I popped the ELIT on the car yesterday and the ECU had recorded an intermittent Needle Lift Sensor fault... It cleared fine and all is working perfectly... The pump was following the timing commands from the ECU perfectly and all is running very sweetly...

I remember DickieG having this problem on occasion on his 'Goldie' 1.9TD under the same sort of circumstances... It had done it since new and the dealers could find no problem, reason or solution....

Anyone else ever noticed it?

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

Post by Zelandeth » 12 Dec 2016, 12:02

Yep, I've spotted that a few times Jim.

The place I usually managed to provoke it was on the long downhill 40mph bit as you head into Moulsoe from the Cranfield side, but always on longer periods of coasting.

I did a bit of digging at the time both on here and elsewhere, and the general response seemed to be "some of them just do that, don't worry about it."

Given that the light never appeared at any other times when it shouldn't, didn't have any effect on engine running and remained consistently predictable the whole time I had the car I filed it under the category of "funny things that happen that I'm not going to worry about right now."

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

Post by CitroJim » 12 Dec 2016, 12:59

That's it Zel, during long periods of coasting...
Zelandeth wrote: Given that the light never appeared at any other times when it shouldn't, didn't have any effect on engine running and remained consistently predictable the whole time I had the car I filed it under the category of "funny things that happen that I'm not going to worry about right now."
Precisely what I'm doing... I'll just treat it as a useful 'Lamp Test' every now and again... :wink:

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

Post by Zelandeth » 13 Dec 2016, 18:24

Meant to say Jim, finally unearthed my label printer yesterday evening (I'd buried it in the garage), and have a label for your timing belt/water pump change made up. Let me know the date and mileage you did the oil and filter and I'll do you one for that too and drop them off next time I'm over your way.

Pretty sure that a fuel and oil filter I found this afternoon when hunting fuel pumps are both for Gabriel as well, so may as well pass them on to you for the future...

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

Post by CitroJim » 13 Dec 2016, 18:58

That's fantastic Zel :D Really appreciated! The oil and filter was changed the day after so that would have been the 3rd if it was the 2nd I did the belt.. I think it was - seems ages ago now...

I was thinking I ought to get a fuel filter in stock so that'll be very welcome indeed :D

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

Post by demag » 13 Dec 2016, 19:16

Has anyone seen the Lada on Autotrader?

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

Post by Zelandeth » 13 Dec 2016, 20:03

Nice, but that's too expensive I reckon.

Saloons are relatively easy to get hold of provided that you're willing to wait a bit for the right car to come along - in the few months I had the "I'm looking for a Riva Estate - cash waiting!" feelers out there, I must have come across half a dozen saloons. The really sought after ones are the earlier models which pre-dated the Riva, or the Riva Estates which are really quite hard to find now.

Being an import vehicle it's worth remembering that the fit and finish on this car is poorer than the cars originally destined for the UK market (which is one of the reason so many got dragged back to the home market in the 90s and early 00s). Interesting to see that it's still got a km/h speedo as well...that technically should have been changed.

Does look to be in pretty decent shape from the photos, though there are a notable lack of any of the underside. Also looks to still be wearing the original soviet tyres, which obviously I'd want off there sharpish!

1300 engine is the oddball in the family as well in that it has a timing belt rather than a (stupidly over engineered, double row) chain, do wonder when (if) that was last changed.

One other question which also springs to mind, given that this is a low mileage car is has it been in continual (albeit low mileage) use, or has it spent a lot of its time in storage, and if so has any necessary recommissioning work been done properly?

It's a tidy car. Don't know whether there is actually some work needed or if it's just that the ad could do with some more info added. Being an LHD car though, and a relatively (by Lada standards!) easily obtainable model I reckon it's overpriced. £2-2.5K would probably be my upper estimate for what it's worth.

This one does however wear the older style front grill which I really do need to get for mine!

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Dec 2016, 15:16

Just had a bit of a result with GSF. I got a '12 days of Christmas 40% off' email come through.

I've used it to good effect and bought a Valeo clutch kit and a heater matrix for Gabriel for just under £80 :)

In stock for when I'll be needing them...

These emails seem quite frequent now so with the next I'll see if I can score a good deal on some gearbox oil...

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

Post by chinkostu » 15 Dec 2016, 16:32

Might have to grab a clutch and cable too but mines the pull clutch :(

Love it when GSF do that though, theres one in Trafford so I go collect it all instead

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Dec 2016, 18:14

GSF don't do Xantia clutch cables sadly Stu... I looked... Under clutch cables all they have are clutch clips..

Their deal on Valeo 1.9TD clutches is not bad at all.. Before discount the kits is £117...

Mine's a pull clutch too.. All 1.9TDs are... Mine's got the auto-adjusting cable and I was hoping to get a manual cable and convert it when I change the clutch...

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

Post by demag » 15 Dec 2016, 18:20

The guy on the phone at the local gsf is useless. Stock answer to everything "dealer part only mate". For a fan belt???!!! Dick.

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

Post by CitroJim » 15 Dec 2016, 18:23

Dave, bang your reg. number into their website and then you can see exactly what they carry...

You might be surprised ;)

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

Post by elma » 16 Dec 2016, 07:26

I'll try to find that vanishing clutch cable for you while I'm packing up over the weekend Jim. I know it's in my junk somewhere.

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Dec 2016, 07:56

I know that (four years ago) GSF did do the auto adjusting clutch cable for around £20, and was made by QH.

I have seen a few NOS clutch cables on e-bay, but some of them have let the auto adjuster expand. Somewhere on the forum are my instructions on how to resolve this.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NOS-FKC1173-C ... SwPhdVNUKP

https://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/ ... =3&t=42676