Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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

Post by myglaren » 25 Dec 2016, 12:25

I think I have been the victim of misinformation.
Should have checked, never had any interest in Tim Rice, nor Anneka other than the name coincidence.

At least she has made Jim famous. It will be Lord James of Astonmartinshire in the next honours list :)

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

Post by CitroJim » 25 Dec 2016, 13:23

myglaren wrote: At least she has made Jim famous. It will be Lord James of Astonmartinshire in the next honours list :)
:lol: I like it :)

I had a great photo opportunity when I had a visit from a girl called Gabi today; a friend of my daughters...

Two Gabriel's together!

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

Post by mickeymoon » 25 Dec 2016, 14:16

myglaren wrote:I think I have been the victim of misinformation.
Should have checked, never had any interest in Tim Rice, nor Anneka other than the name coincidence.

At least she has made Jim famous. It will be Lord James of Astonmartinshire in the next honours list :)
I never had any interest in Anneka other than her famous attribute...

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

Post by xantiamanic » 25 Dec 2016, 21:36

Yes ... she could run v.fast [emoji6]

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

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 25 Dec 2016, 21:40

CitroJim wrote:
myglaren wrote: At least she has made Jim famous. It will be Lord James of Astonmartinshire in the next honours list :)
:lol: I like it :)

I had a great photo opportunity when I had a visit from a girl called Gabi today; a friend of my daughters...

Two Gabriel's together!

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2 Christmases ago, if I had turned up, you could have had a GAC as well.

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

Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2016, 07:41

Hell Razor5543 wrote: Image
2 Christmases ago, if I had turned up, you could have had a GAC as well.[/quote]

Shame that James :( Gabriel and Gracie would have made a great pair....

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

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jan 2017, 15:02

Poor old Gabriel got very hot under the collar whilst queueing in very slow moving traffic past Stonehenge on Friday... Her cooling fans failed to do the necessary :(

The sooner they demolish that old pile of rocks and blast a dual-carriageway through there the better as far as I'm concerned... I'm sure the old bits of Stonehenge will make good hardcore for the road ;)

I jest, I'm not that much if a heathen but by golly, Stonehenge does cause chaos and it seems to be due entirely to people slowing up going past it to look at it... Maybe if they built a big opaque fence by the side of the road to hide it, that might help and it would be a cheap and quick fix too...

All the way down it was so foggy we thought Stonehenge would be OK as it would be hidden in fog. But no, one of the only clear spots was... Yes, you guessed it :twisted:

Anyway, I checked her fans this morning and found another open-circuit wire in her fan loom. This time a relay operating wire. Last time it was one of the big high-current supply wires...

All fixed now with a bypass job.

I will now have to regularly check the operation of her fans and certainly just before I go anywhere near Stonehenge again!

She seems no worse for her experience and despite the temperature gauge exploring new heights she's not used or lost a drop of coolant...

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

Post by Zelandeth » 02 Jan 2017, 17:15

Situations like this are things which make me decidedly uncomfortable with complex cooling arrangements like that...at least with an old-school thermoswitch it's an easy enough matter to bodge together a temporary get-you-home repair at the side of the road. I have successfully used the ring-pull from a diet coke can - also found at the side of the road - to sort a dodgy fan on I think it was my first Metro when the thermoswitch decided to stop working in the middle of a traffic jam in Aberdeen.

People slowing to look at stuff must surely be the cause of 80% of actual hold ups on the motorways too whenever something happens...

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

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jan 2017, 17:37

Zelandeth wrote:Situations like this are things which make me decidedly uncomfortable with complex cooling arrangements like that...
Same here Zel... Only fixable with a multi-meter, a wiring diagram and an understanding of how it all works... Not a chance of doing a quick 'get me home' :( I have no trust in Xantia cooling fans at all and find I'm more surprised when they do work than when they don’t!
Zelandeth wrote:People slowing to look at stuff must surely be the cause of 80% of actual hold ups on the motorways too whenever something happens...
Yes, I believe they're called 'rubber-neckers' and one reason now why screens are often erected around incidents.

I find it very mawkish and hate to see anything like that. It has the power to upset me for days and rather than look at it I try to look away and get past and away as fast as possible...

People who slow down to look closely at road accidents are in my opinion very sick. There seems to be an awful lot who do...

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

Post by Stickyfinger » 02 Jan 2017, 18:14

Now they slow so they can make a snuff-movie with their IPhone !

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

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jan 2017, 18:52

Stickyfinger wrote:Now they slow so they can make a snuff-movie with their IPhone !
That, Alasdair, would not surprise me in the slightest :(

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

Post by chinkostu » 02 Jan 2017, 20:11

If the relay trigger or the relay itself broke but the wiring was sound from the live to the relay block and from there to the fans you could bridge it that way?

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

Post by CitroJim » 03 Jan 2017, 05:59

chinkostu wrote:If the relay trigger or the relay itself broke but the wiring was sound from the live to the relay block and from there to the fans you could bridge it that way?
You could indeed but a wiring diagram is essential to know what to bridge!!!

Else you risk a lot of sparks :lol:

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

Post by chinkostu » 03 Jan 2017, 06:53

CitroJim wrote:
chinkostu wrote:If the relay trigger or the relay itself broke but the wiring was sound from the live to the relay block and from there to the fans you could bridge it that way?
You could indeed but a wiring diagram is essential to know what to bridge!!!

Else you risk a lot of sparks :lol:
Thats true :rofl2:

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

Post by CitroJim » 07 Jan 2017, 14:34

Just been helping a near neighbour swap lower swivel joints on a Renault Scenic...

What a game! :twisted:

For future reference, how on earth do you remove the wishbones entirely? I ask as we still need to do the other side and that would make the whole job so much easier...