Luck was with me. I've finally levelled Project Activa and learned a lot in the process.
When I started, the front ride height was far too high and the car was well tilted to the offside. It was riding so high as to have no movement in the front suspension.
Previously, I had initially set up the roll corrector rod lengths precisely as per the official Citroen words.
Whilst jacking it up to get ramps under the front wheels, they steered all by themselves over to the nearside
What on earth was going on...
Firstly. I tried to reset the ride height and failed. It would not change. The HC was OK I knew. Then I noticed the ram was fully compressed whereas it should have been sitting about half way. I wondered if I had the hoses around the wrong way but I confirmed they were right.
To cut a long story short, the Activa system was so far out of adjustment, despite being set up as per the official words, that the rams were compressed fully and this was both upsetting the height correctors and causing the bizarre steering behavior. Logical really after giving it some thought.
The official words on how to set up the roll corrector is not helpful and does not really work. I've now worked out how to get it initially roughly right using the two setting holes in the roll corrector quadrant and some lateral thinking. This will get it near enough. Furthermore I reckon I can do better next time using special setting blocks under the front wheels. I must do some experiments and report back.
I do know now that until the system is more or less correctly set up, both lean and ride height will be all over the place and it's near impossible to get it right using the "tweak and hope" method due to the interdependencies.
A few more tweaks of the bottle screws and the ride height has the car riding more or less level but it's still not 100% level to my satisfaction. Some more tweaking is still needed to get it absolutely spot-on. It's good enough for now though.
The car drives a treat and is now ready for an MOT. I shall do just that during the week, work permitting.
I did want to bleed the brakes before the MOT but found to my horror that both front nipples and one rear nipple are so badly rounded that a spanner will go nowhere near them. At some point I'll have to replace the nipples
N2XAN could be back on the road next week.... Watch this space!