Confessions of a Citroholic

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 29 Jul 2018, 21:24

Got it all back together, no bits left over, and only a couple of broken clips :lol: Seems there are some tags on the top of the bumper that need to be tucked in, once in the right place the boot shuts again =D> . Electrics all working, so they must already have been enabled, including cutting the rear park sensors when a trailer is plugged in. The electrics kit also have a party trick - switch on the hazards, and then plug the trailer in, and it runs a light check, putting each of the light functions on for a second or so in turn so you can check them easily - which is rather odd to see! It also apparently makes the brake / side light flash if it detects the indicator is not working. Traced a faulty side light on the bike rack to a loose wire in the plug. Then onto looking at the bikes - trued up the front wheel on my bike, but it still seemed to be running out of true - a closer look revealed that the tyre was breaking up and had a big lump on it, so off to Halfords for a new one. The one that was on there, I'm pretty sure was on it when I bought it nearly 20 years ago... d'oh really must get out on it more!!!

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 15 Sep 2018, 21:57

Regular readers may remember me stripping out the passenger seat on our previous C4GP as it had a pencil stuck in it. Got in the new one yesterday, and noticed the driver's seat was catching.... Investigation today revealed a pencil in the inboard runner #-o A few minutes poking failed to dislodge it, so decided seat needed to come out while it was still slideable
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Supposedly you can unplug the bottom end of the seat belt with 2 3mm rods, but I couldn't spring it; no matter, I got it moving then was able to tip it out:
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Boys may be banned from pencils forthwith!

I then cleaned the windscreen on the 3008 - I have no idea what they did to it when they valeted it before I bought it, looks like they cleaned it with an oily rag; there were oily curved lines all over it. Stardrops, 0000 wirewool, and glass cleaner didn't get near it. The remembered I had some Mixra - 2 coats of that has vastly improved it - highly recommended!

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 18 Sep 2018, 12:16

Drove the Pug in the rain this morning - screen is still horrible. I can STILL see the swirls where they cleaned it; plus generally smeariness. Not sure what to try next - Swarfega?

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Michel » 18 Sep 2018, 12:45

RichardW wrote:
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Drove the Pug in the rain this morning - screen is still horrible. I can STILL see the swirls where they cleaned it; plus generally smeariness. Not sure what to try next - Swarfega?


Surgical alcohol and elbow grease.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Mandrake » 18 Sep 2018, 12:51

Isopropanol (Isoclene etc) or Methylated Spirits is what I would try with a preference for the former.

Something that doesn't leave any residue of its own.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 18 Sep 2018, 16:56

I have (on a few occasions) used an Anti Static Foaming Cleanser on a windscreen (once was for a car that had been parked under a tree for a year!), and it did a decent enough job.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 26 Sep 2018, 12:34

Went at the screen with concentrated screenwash (50+% IPA), then Acetone, then hand cleaner. This has improved it substantially but i can STILL see the swirl marks!! Hand cleaner + scotchbrite next I think; or perhaps T-Cut....!

Not overly impressed with the lights now it is getting dark. The turning bit works OK, and spookily puts the light in the right place in the corner, but the overall light pattern is pretty patchy (not all that surprising given one bulb hardly makes any light, and the other is of unknown provenance), and there's not really much difference between dip and main - so I think replacement bulbs are in order to see if things improve a bit!

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Pug_XUD_KeenAmateur » 27 Sep 2018, 21:16

my Pug suffers a horrible screen on occasion, I use a kitchen sponge scourer and washing up liquid, scourer side to the screen.

On that note: dirty work clothes? Hand wash with warm water and a Bar of ordinary Soap, you'll be amazed how effective it is.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Mandrake » 28 Sep 2018, 08:53

RichardW wrote:
26 Sep 2018, 12:34
Went at the screen with concentrated screenwash (50+% IPA), then Acetone, then hand cleaner. This has improved it substantially but i can STILL see the swirl marks!! Hand cleaner + scotchbrite next I think; or perhaps T-Cut....!

I think using something that completely evaporates after use like alcohol is the best thing to use for the last thing you use, if you are using multiple cleaners! :lol:

I feel your pain, I seem to be forever struggling to keep car windows clean. I had to take the Xantia this morning and despite washing the car and windows about a month ago (and virtually not driving it since) I could barely see a thing into the sun through either front or rear windows and screen wash and wipers had no effect. :evil: #-o

I think a properly clean car window that doesn't look terrible in sunlight is a fictional thing that we can only dream of... 8-)

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by white exec » 28 Sep 2018, 09:39

Old wives' vinegar? Or a dedicated glass/mirror cleaner?
The latter do seem to leave glass extremely clean.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 09 Oct 2018, 21:02

Still haven't got the screen clean; I suspect in fact that the swirls are scratches, and they are picking up the grease. I feel a new screen might be the ultimate solution...

New one tonight coming home from work - BING! LH Rear tyre deflated. Hmm got out and had a look couldn't see anything so kept going, just a yellow triangle on the screen. Then I had to go up to the school for parent's night (apparently our boys are quiet and impeccably behaved at school... errr, do they get kidnapped on the way there :rofl2: ) and on the way back, BING! LH rear tyre punctured, accompanied by a big red picture of an exploding tyre and the red STOP sign! OK, better do something about it then - pump only showed 10psi, and after pumped up a bit it was obviously leaking - got a big nail in it at an angle #-o . Probably repairable - fitted the spare (at least it's got one!); SWMBO can use it tomorrow whilst I get the other one to get fixed.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 10 Oct 2018, 21:36

The end of what looked like a 4" wire nail turned out to be something that looked like a medical instrument with a sort of spoon on one end (the one that entered the tyre!), with a handle best part of 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick, and measuring about 6" long overall - and all of which had gone through at an angle :shock: Tyre scrap....no real loss as I was going to replace them anyway as they are 'Triangle' tyres which are rubbish, and there's not much point having trick traction control to help in the snow if you don't have the right tyres on! Taking it back on Fri to get the other rear replaced, then will do the fronts in a few weeks.

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by Mandrake » 11 Oct 2018, 09:14

RichardW wrote:
10 Oct 2018, 21:36
The end of what looked like a 4" wire nail turned out to be something that looked like a medical instrument with a sort of spoon on one end (the one that entered the tyre!), with a handle best part of 1/2" wide and 1/8" thick, and measuring about 6" long overall - and all of which had gone through at an angle :shock: Tyre scrap....no real loss as I was going to replace them anyway as they are 'Triangle' tyres which are rubbish, and there's not much point having trick traction control to help in the snow if you don't have the right tyres on! Taking it back on Fri to get the other rear replaced, then will do the fronts in a few weeks.

Sorry to hear about that! #-o

My Ion is currently parked at home with an axle stand where a wheel should be thanks to a puncture Wednesday last week. #-o I park near work behind one of those fold down parking bollards, and on the way out on the way home I grazed the edge of the bollard - I've driven over it plenty of times without issue previously (it's hard to get out without driving over it if a car is parked opposite) but this time something sharp nicked the sidewall and introduced a small hole in the sidewall. :( As soon as I got out to fold up the bollard I could hear it hissing like an angry snake... second sidewall puncture in this car since I've had it, both resulting in needing a new tyre. :evil:

Finally made it home with the help of the AA and a multi-fit wheel by about 8pm (then had to go pick up Joshua in the other car) and the car has been waiting for a new Vredestein since then - with that particular size out of stock in the UK and backordered from the factory until Friday this week! #-o

The Xantia has been getting a good workout on the daily commute for the last week but the petrol bill is eye watering with a 35 mile a day commute which includes rush hour traffic on the M8. :shock: The petrol cost of using the Xantia for a week is going to be considerably more than the new tyre, and about twice what I pay for an entire month of commuting in the Ion. :lol:

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by RichardW » 04 Nov 2018, 21:12

Put new bulbs in the 3008 this afternoon - Osram Nightbreaker jobbies.... initially look is that the LH headlight is definitely brighter, but overall there seems to be little improvement - in fact the OS may be worse than before! Perhaps I just have to admit that the HDi lamps are just not very good, which doesn't seem right :roll: Perhaps they will burn in a bit and get better after a short time, but I'm sure they didn't come from the factory like this! The OS lamp is very odd with a just a bright beam of light at the LH edge of the pattern, but little light on the road elsewhere. I may have to consider some driving lamps as they are verging on the dangerous on main beam on unlit roads :?

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Re: Confessions of a Citroholic

Post by CitroJim » 05 Nov 2018, 07:02

Well, I guess it's to be expected :twisted: PSA have a bit of a reputation for producing duff lights... XM, S1 Xantia to name but two...

Rather unforgivable in this day and age though :(