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Post by Sl4yer » 03 Feb 2010, 21:46

Same mileage as mine then Jim. I can feel legal action beckoning, when I get around to it. Can't see a Stealer replacing a part out of warranty through their goodwill. Be no good anyway if it failed again in two or three years time.

From the description in the Citroen Guide, the 'rams' are not so much rams as hydraulic springs, 'sprung' by the Activa spheres. The area on each side is supposedly critical. I can't see these being replaceable by an off-the-shelf part, regardless of the end fittings. :(

James

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Post by lexi » 04 Feb 2010, 14:04

It`s a good job we love our French cars. Time and time again we are let down by poor implementation of materials and production methods on the cars. Maybe not always by Citroen but in many cases the companys they use for supply and design/build.

Citroen didn`t build those Rams?.........but it`s their baby and they carry the can.

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Post by Xaccers » 04 Feb 2010, 15:36

I'm getting an image of a wide jubilee clip with a hole in it for the LHM return pipe done up tightly around the ram...

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Post by red_dwarfers » 04 Feb 2010, 19:34

Xac wrote:I'm getting an image of a wide jubilee clip with a hole in it for the LHM return pipe done up tightly around the ram...
Is there not an image floating around on the forum from a member who has done something not too far from that?

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Post by myglaren » 04 Feb 2010, 19:48

Probably wrong but I think it was Lexi

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Post by XantiaMan » 05 Feb 2010, 00:10

I believe that 'mod' was because the return pipe had cracked off completely. If such a mod can stop the leak between the body and seal, then great, but longer term its an issue.

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Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2010, 16:00

XantiaMan583 wrote:I believe that 'mod' was because the return pipe had cracked off completely. If such a mod can stop the leak between the body and seal, then great, but longer term its an issue.
Gareth, you're quite right. It was in this thread by Kev Mayer.

Sadly, it is not suitable for the kind of leak James and I have but it gives me an idea that might just extend life a little. I was wondering about wrapping some heavy-duty heat-shrink sleeving around the seal and pulling it up really tightly. It'll need some seriously good stuff though with a hole in it for the leakage return.

My ram is on long back-order so goodness knows when I may see it :cry: The Stealer says 22 February but past experience shows these dates can slip terribly so any interim fix might be good to try and if long back-orders are the order of the day then the long-term availability is called into question. I wonder how soon before they will be "NFP".

Feeling a bit better today but far from right. Still feeling totally drained :( I'm actually a little concerned as this may just be a return of my old Achilles heel. Since before Christmas, life has been running at 90MPH and full of stresses, both at home and at work and in truth I've not been relaxing properly. Several times in the past, things have caught up with me big-time in a similar way. I crash to absolute exhaustion and need to take time out to recover from it. I'm taking a week off in a coupe of weeks and in the meantime, I'm going to get some serious and proper relaxation in so I'll be doing no car work except my own and then, only if vital...

One big source of stress was all all the forum hosting issues and I'm indebted to Xac for taking over and running with a good solution to them. You really don't know what a relief it is for me Xac :D

I still have the old Webfusuion server and will for another three months as it's running on free time in compensation for all the problems it has caused. I've been observing it as it still carries one little website of mine and it is still up an down like a fiddlers elbow despite Webfusion saying it is OK and that they've resolved the issues. Hardly 99.9% uptime as they proudly claim for their VPS on the front page of their website.

I've got an automated monitoring system running on it now which "pings" it every three minutes and records and calculates outage times.

This is the results for today since 2AM this morning:

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I am letting Webfusion know via email support tickets every time it goes down and attaching dumps from the monitor as proof. I'm hoping to get some satisfaction from this and recompense for all the stress and worry it
has caused. This and the Activa ram issues has done nothing to help my current predicament :evil:

I'm fingers crossed my V6 continues to perform happily as it is my only car at present and that makes me anxious. I was almost tempted to go for the cheap 1.9TD offered this week just to ensure I had two running cars but if push comes to shove, the Activa will be OK locally except for a high LHM consumption and a messy drive.

Off to Somerset on Sunday as it's dad's birthday..

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Post by Citroenmad » 05 Feb 2010, 18:31

Its a shame bout your Activas ram Jim, they dont seem to be lasting too long at the moment. Someone else recently posted up about one failing within a year or so didnt they. I hope the new one gives longer service! :?

Its a pain when a car is out of service, it is always good to know there is something else to use if one fails. My C5 was playing games recently, so not wanting to use the Xms through the bad weather i was borrowing my mums and sisters cars. Inconvenient.

I hope your V6 gives you an effortless drive down to Somerset :)

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Post by xantia_v6 » 05 Feb 2010, 19:51

There is apparently a new ram available here in France, although I think the price given is just for the front ram and you have to enquire about the rear one...

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Feb 2010, 20:04

CitroJim wrote: One big source of stress was all all the forum hosting issues and I'm indebted to Xac for taking over and running with a good solution to them. You really don't know what a relief it is for me Xac :D
Absolute pleasure Jim, it's been fun to set up.
I know what you mean about not having a backup car handy, with Cassy being off the road recently (and not fully back on yet) I've been very grateful for all the help you've given getting Juliet as good as she is :)
Now if only we could do something about improving the fuel economy...

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Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2010, 21:29

Xac wrote: Now if only we could do something about improving the fuel economy...
Pretend there is an egg on the throttle pedal....

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Post by myglaren » 05 Feb 2010, 21:33

CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote: Now if only we could do something about improving the fuel economy...
Pretend there is an egg on the throttle pedal....

Fried, poached or boiled ?

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Post by Sl4yer » 05 Feb 2010, 21:56

CitroJim wrote: Pretend there is an egg on the throttle pedal....
I've been driving in lower gears recently, to keep the revs above 2000 wherever possible. Seems to need a lot less throttle than in a higher gear with the revs at 1800 even. I intend to check all this economy stuff out by Lexia in the summer. In the meantime, I'm sure the fuel bill won't show much improvement with all the defrosting / demisting at the moment.

Unfortunately, this means not changing into 4th until you've got at least a steady 40mph. Not easy to those of us recently skilled on diesels!

James

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Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2010, 22:06

Sl4yer wrote: I've been driving in lower gears recently, to keep the revs above 2000 wherever possible. Seems to need a lot less throttle than in a higher gear with the revs at 1800 even.
That's a good tip James as it helps keep the turbo spinning and improving the volumetric efficiency a little.

It's so easy to drive an Activa like a diesel because of the low-down grunt but it does fuel consumption no good at all.

The other way to save a little is to always use a premium petrol, either BP or Shell's Finest... The engine can then run more advance before the knock-sensor comes into play and the more advance you can run, the better the economy by and large...

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Post by Sl4yer » 05 Feb 2010, 22:48

CitroJim wrote: That's a good tip James as it helps keep the turbo spinning and improving the volumetric efficiency a little.

It's so easy to drive an Activa like a diesel because of the low-down grunt but it does fuel consumption no good at all.

The other way to save a little is to always use a premium petrol, either BP or Shell's Finest... The engine can then run more advance before the knock-sensor comes into play and the more advance you can run, the better the economy by and large...
It's a tip I got from you Jim, but I find it spins much easier at over 2000rpm (compared to 1700-1800). Hopefully it will show a return at the pump.

I've always filled mine to the brim since I've had it (15 months now) and never noticed ANY difference in economy between Shell V-Power or Morissons regular. :?

James