Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Oct 2017, 17:54

LOL....I can see so much to do :)..........but not doing it :)

I will work on the engine bay tomorrow and treat some surface patches. The smell should be gone by Sat.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 16 Oct 2017, 21:48

That's looking lovely that is!

Nothing too dire for the Activa then, even if I have to admit that CV boots are one of those jobs I immediately throw at a garage...just can't be done with the hassle and mess myself. Given how expensive OE spec exhaust parts for Xantia's seem to be, I reckon getting a new rear silencer made up in stainless will probably be the way to go once it needs done... especially if it's unique to the model and as a result harder to find.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 16 Oct 2017, 22:37

Stainless is the way to go.....vroom vroom burble burble :)

Will you have time for coffee on Sat mate ?

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 04:22

Stickyfinger wrote:
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Stainless is the way to go.....vroom vroom burble burble :)
Definitely :) Fit once and forget. Mind you, the one presently on the Activa has lasted a good 5 years...
Stickyfinger wrote:
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Will you have time for coffee on Sat mate ?


Absolutely and Val asks if you will be able to spare her a coffee before she makes her way home! I'll be plying her with lunch on the way down...


Zel, yes, I hate CV boots too but this one I'm doing as I trust no garage to dismantle that side of the suspension and I've decided to do the big brake conversion and check the wheel bearings at the same time...

May as well whilst it's all in bits...

I shall do it all in gentle stages... Not going to rush any of it just to get the MOT... I'l enjoy doing it like that...

I may not like driving big (nay) cars any more but I do sure love spannering them still. That's not changed :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 17 Oct 2017, 08:06

Inner joint boot is unusual Jim, but not that hard on the bench AFAIK - just watch out for the pingfuckit rollers!! And wear gloves :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 08:53

RichardW wrote:
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Inner joint boot is unusual Jim, but not that hard on the bench AFAIK - just watch out for the pingfuckit rollers!! And wear gloves :lol:


It's a shockingly tiny little split too...

Definitely a bench job Richard and yes... I've had much fun in the past rebuilding tri-ax joints that have pinged :twisted: :P

It's that horrid grease I hate :evil: The rest of the job I'm content with!

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 09:40

Rather than replacing the whole lower swivel joint, which is OK bar a split boot, I'm going to try one of these replacement boot kits from eBay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Citroen-Xanth ... 2680472845

Note how Xantia is spelt :P

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by RichardW » 17 Oct 2017, 10:00

Do you have to remove the outer joint to fit the new boot, or can you get it over the tri-ax spider somehow?

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 10:10

RichardW wrote:
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Do you have to remove the outer joint to fit the new boot, or can you get it over the tri-ax spider somehow?


I have a boot fitting cone so will try but until I see how stretchy the replacement boot is I won't know if I can do that...

Even then you have to be careful the tri-ax does not try to make bids for freedom :roll: :twisted:

Knowing my luck I'll have to pop the outer joint off... Time will tell...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 10:29

Just treated the Saxo to a cambelt and waterpump kit. I'm sure it's due up...

It'll be one of the very first jobs I do on it as soon as it's home with me... I like to swap cambelts on all new cars I get...

At the same time I'll give it a full service...

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Oct 2017, 15:11

Sounds like those rollers have a lot in common with the spring clips that hold Lada heater boxes together.

I managed to lose two out of the four last time I changed a fan, and that was in a car with no seats in, with all the doors and windows closed. On the plus side, the cable ties were still apparently holding ten years later when the car was scrapped.

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 16:56

The Activa spannering has very much commenced :D

Really enjoyed it and realised just how much I've missed the spanners recently; it's still excellent therapy for me :)

Hub nuts undone and balljoints split amongst other prep jobs.

I think the OS has the noisy wheel bearing... I recall swapping the other one a while back and I have one in stock. It will be fitted...

Some prep work done to swap to big discs too :)
spannering1.jpg
Own Work
The position is assumed ;)
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Own Work
Front suspension split and ready for work...
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Own Work
The split boot...

eBay tells me the new boots have already been despatched :)

More progress tomorrow if the weather holds...

Been a great day today :)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 17 Oct 2017, 17:13

Your SAXO has AirCon Jim....Sunroof + Air = Bonus. (Not a clue if it works however)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 17 Oct 2017, 18:04

Stickyfinger wrote:
17 Oct 2017, 17:13
Your SAXO has AirCon Jim....Sunroof + Air = Bonus. (Not a clue if it works however)


Bloody marvellous :)

Wikipedia is wronmg then :)

It says 'Air-conditioning was never an option on right-hand-drive Saxos because the blower motor was mounted in the bulk-head on the driver's side. '

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_Saxo

That needs an edit ;)

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Re: Citrojim's Activa, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 17 Oct 2017, 18:34

Ahhh.....maybe the Power steering pump.....these cars with springs and no LHM have maybe confused me :(