Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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PavlosV6 wrote:
Hell Razor5543 wrote:Fingers crossed for the Cruise ECU! I hope that it has learned the error of its way in not working.
Rest assured it will :!:
We'll see. Hopefully on my day off tomorrow (oh the joy of being a part-timer :-D ) I'll be able to do the necessary and test.

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Good luck with it Jim :)

And the activa goodness hey :) That turbo V6 conversion is calling im sure... ;)

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The cruise ECU is fixed :-D Three new transistors and a zener did the trick...

But, the XM felt really funny today and in a roundabout way I may have found out the reason for the tyre funnies too...

Basically I couldn't understand why the gearbox was reluctant to change into top and when cruise was engaged it was kicking down at the least excuse to maintain speed :? Performance seemed OK if you booted it :roll:

Got home from a run of about four miles and got out and smelt something incredibly hot :o That was the front wheels! Brakes were binding badly it seemed. Tested them after the car had been standing a bit and they were released perfectly. Started up and then they applied themselves - hard :shock:

Seasoned XM owners will know exactly what it was :) Ten minutes later after removing the scuttle and attacking the dosuer bell-crank with WD40, some spray grease and an adjustment all was fine. The bell-crank was stiff on its pivot and was holding the brakes on. It was out of adjustment too...

I'm wondering if the intense heat resulting from this (I noted the wheel with the affected tyre seemed much warmer than the other one) caused the tyre to play up. Whatever it was, the tyre remains good still...

The car is livelier now the brakes are no longer binding and it's such a joy to have cruise working. Just goes to show though that a big engine can mask brake binding...

Checking MOT expire dates today find I've let the MOT on the Xantia V6 expire :evil:

This weekend I must check her over and get her booked in on my next day off... Even though the car is resting for the summer I still want to maintain her in full working order just in case the XM and Activa play up!

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Good to know Cruise is fixed now. :) :D

Looking at the internals pic you posted a link to, I think apart from the custom chip (CPU or ULA maybe, did not really take notice too much of its number) the rest of the components looked reasonably standard and easily obtainable.

Not being familiar with Citroen braking systems really, but I think I know what you mean with your post above, the thought I had while reading was "collapsed flexi hose internally" as that does not always have external signs just a mystery. Good to know it was a simple clean / lubricate / adjust fix, they are the best ones no real cost apart from a bit of time and its nice to have things adjusted and clean too.

Not cooked the LHM from excess heat ? Then again I think (correct me if wrong) LHM is probably "stronger" in that regard that brake fluid. Assume calipers / pads are not suffering from their excess warmth too.

Good plan to keep the MOT up as you never know, sods law if you leave it a couple of months you'll have an urgent need to use it for some reason with no other immediate transport. Hope all goes well, I expected the 106 to fail on something silly but once I'd cleaned up the rear light clusters PCB's (A dremel clone to the rescue!) it was fine.

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That's right Andy, except for the big chip, which is an 8-bit microprocessor with on-board ROM and RAM the rest of the components are very standard. The two other chips are a 4000 series CMOS logic and the other a 74C series so not a problem to fix at all..

It's toast if the processor is stuffed but apart from that.. In fact not really as the processor chip is a standard one but the problem is programming it!

The binding brake problem is well known on the XM. the Brake Dosuer is under the scuttle behind the bulkhead and the pedal movement is transmitted to it via a pivoting bellcrank.

No worries about boiling LHM as there is with conventional brake fluid at all. It's proper oil and is absolutely non-hygroscopic. Seized nipples are rarely a problem and in general the braking system is very reliable. I still don't understand what the attraction of conventional brake fluid is. there must be one but I can't see it///

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CitroJim wrote:The cruise ECU is fixed :-D Three new transistors and a zener did the trick...
Excellent, well done Jim.

See my earlier comment :wink:

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PavlosV6 wrote: See my earlier comment :wink:
I Did :wink: :-D

All in all yesterday was a good day. Quite a lot of cooking done. I baked a cake, knocked up some dough and got it proving ready for what was to come later. Also harvested some rhubarb from the garden, cooked that and made a pint of custard. All from scratch... I don't do ready-meals of any sort...

The dough was for pizza bases. The girls came round for the evening and we had a real laugh making the pizzas and all of us agreed they knock spots off the commercial ones, all of them. I think we've had our last Dominoes :twisted:

I love my Wednesdays off and I really love cooking too. It's something I can do with very little drain on my energy and I find it's quite therapeutic :-D

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CitroJim wrote: Seasoned XM owners will know exactly what it was :) Ten minutes later after removing the scuttle and attacking the dosuer bell-crank with WD40, some spray grease and an adjustment all was fine. The bell-crank was stiff on its pivot and was holding the brakes on. It was out of adjustment too...
Yes, I've had this, it got me puzzled at first :lol:

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I'm hoping for better economy now as well Chris....

I'm also hoping I feel well enough to go and pre-MOT my V6 Xantia today... Yesterday has been stricken from the record. For me it simply didn't exist :evil:

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I did pre-MOT the Xantia V6 and found nothing of concern except a possibly border-line flexi-hose. I shall present the car with a note to that effect and a spare one sitting on the seat. If they care to fit it then it saves me a job... Apart from that it should be OK.

Checked the other cars and all is good. The Activa rear ram is now completely leak-free so that means summer is nearly here. The Activa is doing a splendid job of being the daily driver and I'm enjoying it too :-D

Took the XM for a joy-ride this afternoon. So much better the brakes are no longer binding! The cruise control is good and in fact all is good, Climate is working well and aircon is keeping things nice and cool..

Joy-riding along with the CD player playing, a track came on called 'Take My Breath Away', a song most associated with the Pug 405 and burning cornfields - possibly the best car advert ever that one, second only to the Hundustan Ambassador turns into a Pug 206 with the help of an elephant one. Peugeot used to make good cars once and advertise them with some good adverts. Shame they do neither these days :cry:

Anyway, I digress. I couldn't hep thinking the song is also very appropriate to the XM. It's a car that still takes my breath away when I've not driven it for a few days...

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An Activa as a daily driver, how very nice 8-) If only I did fewer miles.

Good luck with the V6's MOT :)

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I do so few these days Chris. An average day sees me do a grand total of 12 miles. I don't even go shopping the days... Mr Tesco visits me in a tranny van...

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Just for you Jim!
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Sounds a bit like John Hurt doing the voice over in his younger days as well..

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Thanks Will, really enjoyed those...

I used to have a Pug 405 exactly like the one in the advert. Same Gris Silex... No scorch marks though...

I'm amazed that red 405 started at all.. Shows how important post-heating is on a TD...

And I wish Top Gear was still like that...

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Bloody unreliable XMs :twisted: They can't be trusted. Just gone and moved mine to its weekday resting space and I find it's broken :twisted:

The sodding bulb behind the gear indicator display has gone out :evil: :evil: :evil:

Great heap of steaming junk. Never had all this grief with a Xantia....

I'll have to have the bloody instrument panel out now :evil:

Still, good excuse and opportunity to fix the missing lines in the LH Display :D Every cloud and all that...

Speaking of which, just seen this LH Display repair guide posted in XM-L by the person behind the Citroen Technical Guide. Looks good. That special glue looks interesting...