That's a good thought Adam. I guess to them, a ram is a ram. Certainly worth a shot...
Today has been a real FCF mini-meet
Paul (Citroenxm), Toby (Toby_HDi) and Xac...One reason Paul came down was to collect the MK2 silver bonnet from the V6 we broke.
We were all a bit dubious if it would fit in a Xantia hatch and for a while it looked as if it wouldn't but Paul preserved, traied all angles and finally, after removing one back seat, it did. Quite a remarkable feat!
We continued the diagnosis of Toby's electrovalve problems and found the cause. Checking the voltage to the electrovalves showed nothing at all to the rear valve and a very low voltage to the front one. A duff ECU and proved by doing a quick swap with a MK1 ECU. Although incompatible with a MK2, it did spark both electrovalves into life and resulted in very healthy clicks and humming from both
More then likely the VN05Ns in the ECU have failed and Toby will be swapping them in due course. At £3.15 each it's worth a go.
We also noticed Toby's rear ram was swinging about a bit on the lower eye, by around a quarter inch
This showed the ram bush was a bit worn.
It was. This is all that was left of it:
I spun up one of my specials in the lathe and fitted it.. Hopefully Toby will enjoy a quieter ride home...
The lat job looked at was the Activa Accumulator which has defied previous attempts to be removed. It defied me too
I reckon the only answer now is to remove the sphere bracket complete with sphere, put it in a big vice and give it some serious treatment involving heat, Plus-Gas, some force and a Pleiades tool.
All in all, Toby has a good Activa and for the price he paid, very well bought.
It only has a few faults to sort and then it'll be really rather good.
All in all, an excellent weekend of various spannering, nattering and fettling. Just what the doctor ordered really - I've missed a good bout of car work for a couple of weekends now and just the tonic I need to set me up for the coming week.
Thanks Paul, Toby and Xac for a very pleasant weekend. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did...