Citrojim's AX, Pixo, C3, Running and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's AX, Pixo, C3, Running and Cycling Tales

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RichardW wrote: 15 May 2024, 09:51 I imagine the trouble with the sump plug is it has a 21mm hex, but only an M8 (?) thread, so it suffers from the gorilla syndrome problem.
M10x1.25 but yes, definitely!

It's a pretty weedy weldnut inside.

Interesting that "outy" one seems to be M16 too
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MattBLancs wrote: 15 May 2024, 11:28
RichardW wrote: 15 May 2024, 09:51 I imagine the trouble with the sump plug is it has a 21mm hex, but only an M8 (?) thread, so it suffers from the gorilla syndrome problem.
M10x1.25 but yes, definitely!

It's a pretty weedy weldnut inside.

Interesting that "outy" one seems to be M16 too
I just priced a new sump plug and washer on eBay... Over £8 :o

Yes, M10 and 21mm hex is just inviting trouble :twisted:

More good work today, I had the airbox off and checked the injector clamps.
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All at 45 Nm which seems reasonable...

Intrigued by this dry sooty mark on one corner of the underside of the air filter element :confused:
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Any thoughts?

I'm loving getting to know Polly a bit more intimately... And how she's like a giant Lego set...

And finally this afternoon, after spending some quality time with my rapidly growing and chatterbox granddaughter, it was bath-time for Bluebell :D
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She wasn't really mucky, just dusty from her winter hibernation...

Looking forward to taking her for a decent run tomorrow... A good check-over today revealed no issues...
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CitroJim wrote: 15 May 2024, 19:10
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Any thoughts?
Isn't that where the induction pipe enters the filter ? Maybe just re-circulated exhaust fumes via EGR ?
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Skull wrote: 15 May 2024, 20:18
CitroJim wrote: 15 May 2024, 19:10
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Any thoughts?
Isn't that where the induction pipe enters the filter ? Maybe just re-circulated exhaust fumes via EGR ?
No, it's a way away from the EGR Gary... I have a theory after sleeping on it - and now having sooty hair :lol: I will discuss over lunch with learned friends and get a collective opinion...
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Skull wrote: 15 May 2024, 20:18
CitroJim wrote: 15 May 2024, 19:10
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Any thoughts?
Isn't that where the induction pipe enters the filter ? Maybe just re-circulated exhaust fumes via EGR ?
EGR normally a good deal nearer the inlet manifold (on 16v DV6 it's on the right side of inlet manifold on the part integral with the cam cover)
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Sump plugs about a pound on Autodoc (obviously the £8 p&p shifts the balance unless there's other things you need)
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Mixture of M10 and M16 plugs listed (hence crude markup!) :)
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Thanks Matt, I need to work up a big Autodoc order ;) Trouble is, nothing much I need right now... Unless I stock up on AX spares...

We agreed, over lunch, the sooty patch on my air filter is brake dust - the air intake is in the inner wing and ideally placed to draw air in the vicinity of the brake caliper!

Yesterday I enjoyed a trip around parts of MK in this car :-D
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Giggles per mile was off the scale :lol:

And in other news, I'm now looking into getting some 16" wheels for Polly so that I can fit some higher profile tyres... I have some potentials to look at...
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So you already know that 16" rims will fit over Polly's brake calipers?
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Armidillo wrote: 17 May 2024, 06:01 So you already know that 16" rims will fit over Polly's brake calipers?
A quick look suggests the C3 Picasso could be had with 15" - and I wouldn't rule out dropping 2 inches from the diameter.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/276404652682? = 15" C3 Picasso alloys.

Need to look at the offset too, think it's likely similar to the 308, but worth checking up
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Some offset and wheel size info here:
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If your tyre availability is anything at all like ours, I wouldn't go below 16". I had to go up from 15" to 16" on my 406 D9 SV (Sedan) because the tyre choice for 15" wheels was so limited.
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Armidillo wrote: 17 May 2024, 07:28 If your tyre availability is anything at all like ours, I wouldn't go below 16". I had to go up from 15" to 16" on my 406 D9 SV (Sedan) because the tyre choice for 15" wheels was so limited.
Interesting! Was ok when I bought 205/60 R15 for the Coupe, but that was a couple of years ago. (Good range if brands available, went for Uniroyal Rain Expert)

Just had a look on BlackCircles.com and seems ok for 195/65 R15
https://www.blackcircles.com/tyres/195-65-15
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Thanks all, will be checking all before I take the plunge ;)
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Oponeo have a decent selection too.
Only one Sailun, which would be my preferred choice.
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Thanks Steve :) I won't go lower than 16" though...

And in other news, Autumn has now learning to drive... Her test is booked for next week :)
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