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Post by CitroJim » 30 Mar 2010, 15:45

Happy to report things are almost well again. It was awful, my ears were blocked, the tinnitis sounded like an Activa with a blowing manifold gasket and my head felt like a very tight sphere being removed with a Pleiades tool :twisted:

Got onto the surgery. They don't syringe ears any more :evil: and won't look at hearing issues until they have been. They revealed a nugget of information that chemists now sell a DIY syringing kit. I never knew that and nor do a good 75% of chemists in Milton Keynes :twisted:

I spent virtually the whole of yesterday morning on a tour of our fair metropolis looking for a chemist that did both know of the product in question and have one in stock. Eventually after visiting about 297 chemists I finally found one 8-)

By golly it works :D After a session my hearing went from mutt'n'jeff to cor blimy guv. I could hear pins dropping onto carpet at 50 paces and that was as bad, almost...

Today things are more or less back to normal. The tinnitus is a good 6dB down on what it was and sounds now more like a hydractive electrovale in soft mode... Quite tolerable and more or less normal for me.

I've rediscovered the joy of music today and been sitting here most of the day on the forum listening (via speakers) to my Ipod... I had a load of posts and PMs to catch up on and it's taken a good few hours

The Activa project has received just a little attention recently. Truth told I've not felt like it and now I do it's raining. Still, in a way that's good as I'm still chasing leaks in the damm thing :twisted: My new forum strap-line: CitroJim - Xantia Leak Specialist :evil:

Water was still coming in at the back and at the front. The back was easier as it turned out to be the wiring to the after-market stop-light in the back window. Actually, thanks to a chat with Richard, I find they were a genuine Citroen accessory but this one had been very poorly wired; the wire being squashed in the tailgate seal. Just the job to collect water and direct it straight into the rear so it could trickle down the C pillar and pool under the rear seats.

The front was worse. I'd fully dried out the septum membrane only to find it sopping wet again next day :twisted: The windscreen scuttle seal was not the outright cause being reasonably sealed although it had an open quarter-inch or so right at the end. In an ideal world this would not matter as a lump of blue mastic is cunningly positioned to divert any water safely away from the heater intake that gets in from this source. However, after removing the A post trim I could see a little pool of water on the base of pillar where the screen bonds in. Looks like the screen bonding has failed right in the corner and water dripping off the edge of the screen under the scuttle right in the corner is then running uphill under capillary action and into the cabin. At least I hope this is the diagnosis. If it's not then goodness only knows...

I had to remove the scuttle to determine this. All I can say is the technique of using a heat gun (carefully) and a very sharp craft knife
works.

The heater blower did not work and this turned out to be the thermal fuse in the blower resistor pack being open circuit. It has a resistor pack on account of it being non-aircon model. Bypassing the fuse (for test purposes only - it's a safety component for good reason - thanks for that Spider!) proved the blower good and also proved the heater matrix is 99% good too :D Finally! On a car with so many problems and issues I've found something that is actually serviceable on it :lol: :lol:

This week I'm on leave and the intention was to get the car MOT'd and on the road. The adverse weather and the need to make sure the leaks are properly cured has delayed that aim somewhat as there is no point in putting the interior back in if the leaks are still extant. An MOT with the interior stripped out is not on either although I'd love to see the MOT testers reaction to a Xantia with just a drivers seat fitted being presented :lol: :lol:

V6 and red Activa continue to perform well :D The V6 is back on duty this week although until Thursday Robyn's 206 is here with me and the V6 is resting in the normal 206 parking slot at the other house. Robyn's car is here to make some intense tuition easier for her this week and for me to get rid of a rattly parcel shelf. It drove my over-sensitive ears crazy last night :twisted:

Speaking of rattling, for all the time I've been running my V6 it's had an annoying rattle at the front, a drop-link sort of noise. Speaking again with Richard (DickieG) he suggested I pull the handbrake on gently to see if it was the known problem of rattly brake calipers. You're dead right Richard :D That's what it is! I still need to drop the front ride height a tad on the V6 too, as well as do the headlamp relay mod....

One day...
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Post by xantia_v6 » 30 Mar 2010, 18:25

CitroJim wrote:Happy to report things are almost well again.

Thats great news.

CitroJim wrote:HI still need to drop the front ride height a tad on the V6 too, as well as do the headlamp relay mod...

ME too on both of those...

And fix the cruise control?

Mine stopped working on Sunday, after I had had the steering wheel and cowling off replacing the airbag connector (again - but I have worked out why 4 have failed). So I thought maybe I forgot to reconnect the CC switch, so off with the wheel again, but CC switch was connected.

It turned out to be the brake pedal switch (again.. second or third time), so I cleaned up and fitted the switch from the Silver car. All now ready for an Easter trip (apart from loading 40m2 of parquet flooring blocks).
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Post by CitroJim » 30 Mar 2010, 21:44

xantia_v6 wrote:And fix the cruise control?


Ahh, that reminds me Mike. I must get mine working. It's never worked since I've had the car. I know the switch is OK so I'm guessing it's the old vacuum hose split... Another of those jobs like the height, headlings and so on. One day....

Have a lovely Easter break Mike! I must admit I smiled at the thought of you shipping a load to parquet flooring to France. The other day the kids and I watched the rival to Grand Designs on the TV because it featured a house in one of our posh outlying villages. They brought a load of Parquet (amongst other things) from France. They showed the reclamation yard they got it from; the owner drove a Xantia :D

Been out most of the evening sitting with Robyn in her car. She's had a good time of it today: 2 hours with her professional instructor and another two with me. She's really making progress and getting good. Her instructor is really pleased with her. Tonight Robyn did a very good job of parking in a bay at our local Tesco...

It's still a bit of a funny feeling being driven along at 70MPH by your little girl though :roll: :D
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Post by addo » 30 Mar 2010, 23:52

I'd be worried, too. :lol: Here, learners are limited to 80km/h - barely 55MPH. Hope you are drumming in to her, to look really hard for motorcyclists.
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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 08:04

I'm not worried Adam :D Traffic in the UK and especially in our local big town on the wide dual carriageways runs very fast these days. Everybody tears about as if their lives depend upon it :roll: Fact of life here; it's like a perpetual scene from Need for Speed and the sooner our learners learn to drive in it and keep up with traffic the better. I don't necessarily agree that all this rushing around at top speed is a good thing but it's how it is and one has to adapt to it and run with it.

It makes driving here bloody unpleasant in my opinion. In fact I reckon driving in the UK is now absolutely horrendous due to speed, density, over-crowding, shockingly bad roads, both in their state of repair and design, and sheer bad driving ability and manners from a majority.

Most of our town roads [EDIT: Milton Keynes, not UK towns in general!] enjoy a national speed limit of 60MPH on single carriageways and 70MPH on duals.

Robyn's professional instructor pushes her to go fast and make progress; it's not my doing. It's how they're taught these days.

I know the Aussie speed limits :evil: Darwin had lovely wide open dual carriageway and one day I got "pulled" doing 105km/h in a 50km/h limit on one. The road in question was indistinguishable from a UK motorway...
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Post by addo » 31 Mar 2010, 11:22

Having nothing like that here, I honestly can't imagine it - will have to wait until it's actually before my eyes.

As to the CC - my control stalk ocasionally doesn't work. I know the footswitch is OK, as I can hear the relay clicking on.
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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 19:19

It's been a good day today, despite the weather :D

I looked at the rattle in Robyn's 206 and had an easy win. The wheelbrace had popped out of its clips and was rattling atound in the cubbyhole in the rear crossmember where it lives :D

Went to Halfrauds for some wheel ramps. After all this time I decided to treat myself to a set. Halfrauds had ONE on display. Asking if I could have a pair, I was told that was the only ONE they had in stock? Even the assistant ventured the opinion that one was about as much use as a chocolate teapot...

How on earth do you end up with just one? Maybe they had received a visit from the Reliant Robin Owners Club... They'd only need one or three! Only at Halfrauds :roll:

Whilst there I picked up a BoL for Robyn's car and surprisingly at first glance it does not seem too bad. Time will tell. One thing it does have is some good info on the DW8 engine and as they've been popping up here a lot recently, that could be useful.

The weather allowed some progress on Project Activa today and now the rear leaks are unquestionably fixed it allowed me to replace three quarters of the interior. I have quiet hopes the windscreen leak is on the mend too. Very little came in with the scuttle panel completely off and a plastic bag stretched tightly over the air intake. I've placed some caravan bedding mastic where I think it's leaking and hopefully tonight the rains will come and prove one way or another.

It does look better with an interior in place again although the cats have the 'ump with me. They'd made the stack of carpets in the lounge their sleeping quarters... They really are cross with me!

An MOT test over Easter may just be on the cards after all...
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Post by Xaccers » 31 Mar 2010, 19:50

Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)

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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 21:33

Xac wrote:Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)


Swap 'em for a blower repair :wink:

Whereabouts in our fair city does Mr. Clutch reside Xac? Please tell me it's not in Bletchley :twisted:
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Post by Xaccers » 31 Mar 2010, 21:43

CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:Jim you are more than welcome to have my ramps :)


Swap 'em for a blower repair :wink:

Whereabouts in our fair city does Mr. Clutch reside Xac? Please tell me it's not in Bletchley :twisted:


It's over in that direction.... :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 21:50

Xac wrote:It's over in that direction.... :lol:


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Post by Xaccers » 31 Mar 2010, 21:56

It's just down the road from Eurocarparts.
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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 22:02

Xac wrote:It's just down the road from Eurocarparts.


Ahh :D That's not so bad then...
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Post by Deanxm » 31 Mar 2010, 22:02

arent you just a little tempted to make your own ramps Jim?

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Post by CitroJim » 31 Mar 2010, 22:03

Deanxm wrote:arent you just a little tempted to make your own ramps Jim?


I don't trust my welding enough for that Dean :lol: :lol: :lol:
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