Xantia rear trailing arm system

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Xantia rear trailing arm system

Postby mike davies » Mon Oct 29, 2001 3:23 pm

I have developed a noise from the rear n/side suspension.The noise sounds like a dull bell ring as it is there with every slight movement of the suspension.If I hold the rear n/side sphere and bounce the rear end I can feel the clonk through the sphere. all spheres are new 500 miles ago. I think it is something to do with the trailing arm bearings. If so do you have to renew the whole lot or is there a kit available? What is involved in this procedure
The car is a Xantia Estate 110 bhp HDI 1999 model.Is this normal wear for only 26,000 miles? Mike.
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Postby JohnD » Tue Oct 30, 2001 12:53 am

Hi Mike - Yes - the Zantia rear arms have bearings just like the BX, and all elderly BXs suffer from it. The rear wheels start to lean inwards at the top (/---\). My daughter's BX has just developed the lean and is beginning to sound when weight is added or removed from the vehicle. But it has 125K on the clock. A kit is available to change them at about £30 a side My Zantia has 48K and is showing no signs of similar trouble. At 26000, your problem is definately not arm bearings.
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Postby mike davies » Tue Nov 06, 2001 10:25 pm

John,
Fault traced to near side rear sphere. Hydraulic pulsing sound from sphere for every movement of the suspension. When offending sphere removed LHM fluid come out (lots of it)Two new spheres fitted and sound gone. Thanks, Mike.
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Postby mike davies » Tue Nov 06, 2001 10:28 pm

John, I forgot to add the original new spheres were supplied incorrectly for a saloon and not for an estate, 30 barg as opposed to 50 barg, hence failure
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Postby JohnD » Thu Nov 08, 2001 1:20 am

Hi Mike - Did Citroen contribute towards rectifying their mistake???????
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Postby AndyT » Thu Nov 08, 2001 10:13 pm

I've just bought a Xantia TD VSX with 84K on the clock and upon browsing the old bills from Citroen it appears as though it has been noted that the rear radius arms are worn and they require stripping down.
How much am I looking at to get this problem resolved ? I rang a local Pug/Citroen specialist and was quoted £48 a side for the bearings/bushes and around £200 labour (all plus VAT) Is this good ?
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Postby JohnD » Fri Nov 09, 2001 12:31 am

Hi Andy - Your quote for new bearing kits is a bit over the top. Andyspares do them for around £30. A certain amount of DIY skill is required to do the job, as is a good tool kit. Replacement arms are also available at around £125 per side, so perhaps your garage quote is reasonable. Should be you feel able to tackle the job yourself, there are some very helpful sites. Come back for the addresses if you are interested.
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Postby AndyT » Fri Nov 09, 2001 12:43 am

Thanks John..
I'm no mechanic but I've stripped the head of my K-series engined Caterham and turbocharged a n/a Honda CRX so I'm not afraid.
Fire away with the URL's then !
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Postby JohnD » Sat Nov 10, 2001 1:12 am

Hi Andy - If you click on 'Links' on Andyspares homepage you'll find several useful sites listed under BX, but probably the most informative is Y. Narabayashi's Japanese site. Fortunately, he puts it into English and you can find the Rear Arm page on www.bx.Citroen.org/m07/m07e.html On the BX Q&A site I've seen it suggested that when fitting new bearings, the arm could be drilled and tapped for a grease nipple, thus never again would you need to replace the bearings. However, since they last in the region of 100K miles, would it be worth it. What might be worthwhile would be fitting grease nipples to a comparatively young Zantia. Is it possible to drill and tap with the arms still fitted on the car? What about any swarf? All the best!
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