Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jan 2018, 05:28

Michel wrote:
01 Jan 2018, 20:24
You'll be relieved to know I arrived safe and sound back in Staines after diverting via Huntingdon and Twyford in the 207 Jim. Lovely driven really smooth and much better than my old one. I suspect a difference in tyre size or springs. Seem to sit higher up too.


Excellent Mike :) Pleased she's good and yes, it must have been a shock for her but then her previous owner was not noted for hanging about so in a way it's a return to normality!!!
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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jan 2018, 16:34

I've been having a good poke around the Ka this afternoon to see how good/bad she is and if worth an MoT...

Good news :) Mechanically she's excellent and bodily she is, I believe, passable...

I attacked the obvious patches of rust on the OS sill with hard pointy tools and no perforations could be found. It looks worse than it is...
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Oddly, the NS sill is a lot better than the OS sill... The OS sill has already been patched once and poorly painted...

The floor pans and other structural bits seem OK...

I've given the areas I attacked a rough coat on white Hammerite and will re-do it when it's a bit drier and warmer. Not an ideal day for the job today!

I've been for a decent drive in it today and it really is a noisy go-kart but great fun to drive... It just begs to be thrashed everywhere to within an inch of its life :lol: :twisted:

I could fall in love with this car... It has oodles of character and its fun factor along with its f**k it attitude appeals greatly :D

I live in dangerous times as if I do fall in love with the Ka then that'll be it - she'll be staying...

This is not the most refined of engines... Noisy and rough up against the silky, refined TU engine in the Saxo... Basically it's the old Fraud Kent with multi-point fuel injection... An engine that did almost as long service as the BMC's A-series... It may have gained a posh modern-sounding name but no hiding its real identity...
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I like that it took £30 of petrol to fill the tank but not so happy that it costs a little more to insure than the 207 did :evil:

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by lexi » 02 Jan 2018, 19:11

If you get the Oxford stick welder out, you should be able to blow a hole the size of that full Ka sill, then Mig a new one in :lol:
Me thinks that rust is hiding behind there?

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 03 Jan 2018, 06:17

lexi wrote:
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If you get the Oxford stick welder out, you should be able to blow a hole the size of that full Ka sill, then Mig a new one in :lol:
:lol: I reckon it would blow a Ka-sized hole and blow the whole thing away Lexi! Where there was once a Ka there would be just a puff of smoke... A bit like the smile of the Cheshire cat ;)
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Me thinks that rust is hiding behind there?


Without doubt! If I can squeeze one more MoT out of it I'll be content :)

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Jan 2018, 16:15

I am utterly delighted to report that amid much nail-biting and nervous energy, Sally has passed her MoT today with flying colours and a clean sheet :D

The MoT tester was very complementary of her :)

This is quite a triumph for me as MoTs are always a difficulty for me and it took a lot of courage for me to present her...

As usual, I needn't have worried...

Next MoT will be the Ka, then the Pixo and then the C1... The first may be interesting but the next two should be straightforward...

Here's Sally looking all chuffed with herself and unusually clean 8-)
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As soon as the weather allows I'll be getting stuck into the Ka bodywork and the reason why her airbag light continually winks at me :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 04 Jan 2018, 16:22

Sally fancies you, Jim!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Jan 2018, 16:34

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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Sally fancies you, Jim!


The feeling is very mutual James :D

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 04 Jan 2018, 16:38

You are both light in weight, agile, and require little in the way of nourishment. It is a match made in heaven! :D

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Jan 2018, 16:41

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
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You are both light in weight, agile, and require little in the way of nourishment. It is a match made in heaven! :D



:lol: Never looked at it like that James but yes, absolutely true in all respects :D

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 04 Jan 2018, 22:01

Another one I should have kept myself :(

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 04 Jan 2018, 23:12

If you need a hand taking anything in Jim (or retrieving due to other commitments) you know where I am.

Should actually be back to normal next week I think at long last, and somewhat a master of my own fate again. Might actually get something useful done!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 05 Jan 2018, 06:09

Stickyfinger wrote:
04 Jan 2018, 22:01
Another one I should have kept myself :(


Yes, but you know she lives in a very loving home and enjoys an easy life ;)

I'm preserving her and don't intend to use her very much through the winter... I shall use the Ka as my rough weather car...

Really good S1 Saxos are so scarce now it is only sensible to preserve her to the maximum extent...
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If you need a hand taking anything in Jim (or retrieving due to other commitments) you know where I am.
Thanks Zel :) That's brilliant...

All is very much back to normal for me now... I was keen to get that way as soon after the festivities as possible...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 Jan 2018, 09:04

Had a look at the Ka airbag issue yesterday afternoon - before the cold finally drive me in with a very bad attack of Reynauld's :evil:

Looks like the airbag rotary 'clockspring' coupler behind the steering wheel has failed... It makes horrible noises when rotated and shows open-circuit when tested...

I shall prove with a dummy airbag resistor and then, if it is, try to fix the duff one but it all else fails they are easily available for around £20 from breakers...

Will be taking the Ka down to see the caravan tomorrow... Should be fun :)

I'm conscious the caravan has recently endured some very rough weather and I feel the need to check it's OK...

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 06 Jan 2018, 13:48

CitroJim wrote:
06 Jan 2018, 09:04
Had a look at the Ka airbag issue yesterday afternoon - before the cold finally drive me in with a very bad attack of Reynauld's :evil:

Looks like the airbag rotary 'clockspring' coupler behind the steering wheel has failed... It makes horrible noises when rotated and shows open-circuit when tested...

I shall prove with a dummy airbag resistor and then, if it is, try to fix the duff one but it all else fails they are easily available for around £20 from breakers...

Will be taking the Ka down to see the caravan tomorrow... Should be fun :)


Take earplugs , though I expect at the speeds you're likely to go at it's actually not so noisy as it was being punted around the M25 and up the M1 at an indicated 85-90 :-) Which, I discovered, isn't quite 85-90, more like 78-83...

I read up about the airbag thing, I believed it to be the airbag ECU which is the other common failure, but what you say makes sense. I hadn't put 2+2 together , and presumed the noise was the column cowling plastics rubbing on the back of the steering wheel and simply ignored it! I hope it is the clockspring, as that'll save taking the seats out!

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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 Jan 2018, 15:08

At my speeds the noise will not be an issue Mike!!! If it is I'll just turn up the wireless :lol:

I'm pretty certain it is the clockspring now after some further tests involving resistors and reading the flash codes... The code is saying the airbag circuit is open or grounded... That plus me continuity testing the clockspring more or less nails it...

Those airbag flash codes are quite a clever way of doing it...

A little Pixo has now joined the fleet... Now Sian is resident in London she no longer needs it but neither of us wanted to part with it due to its significant history and special value to both of us...
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Dad would be delighted to know it's not leaving the family ;)