Confessions of a Citroholic

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That sounds like the connector has 'frozen' Richard. I'd spray some electrical contact cleaner into the plug as best as you can and then having lifted the tabs start wiggling!! What was the matter with a good old handbrake cable that operated the handbrake one wonders!! Good luck with it! :)
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Picasso: Handbrake continues to work OK/ However, I can't help but think the motor is actually broken, and may cause trouble at some inconvenient time in the future! This is a later car, and there are only 2 wires at the motor, presumably a reversible power supply, and no position feedback (early ones had 4 wires). I guess that what happens is the computer applies power to get the motor to spin, then monitors the current, looking for a drop off when the brake is released, a rise when the brake is applied and the motor stalls, and when wound back for service it looks for a drop in current then a spike back up when the motor stalls at the end of the wind back. I can only think that there is some failure inside the motor / drive assembly which caused it to slip when it got to the wound back position, and since the computer didn't see a current rise, it just keep running it. Bit odd that there is no time out function, but there you go. So, it would appear that there is some sort of lurking failure inside that may become a problem at some time in the future! New motor is under £150 from Cit, so if I can find one cheaper, I may replace it. Thinking about it, I suspect that the connector clip is on the back, will need to get a mirror on it.

3008: I'm thinking that if I am dismantling the OS corner to get the strrut out (scuttle, wipers, undertray etc) I might as well do the cambelt at the same time. And the diesel filter is 25k old and 3.5 years, so might as well shove a new one whilst it's exposed. And it could do with a thermostat whilst the coolant is out - it has been a bit laggy sometimes in the winter. Better order some more parts... I was looking at cambelt kits, there seemed to be a myriad options, but I think I have nailed it down - there is a later version of the DV6C, which this is, and this kit seems to be described as 'with oval pulley' what ever that might mean! An SKF kit with pump and new crank pulley bolt is £140 direct, but I saw one for £80 which seems a bargain - last one I did I bought a bolt from Citroen - and had to buy 2, as they only supplied them in packets of two. WHY??? Who needs 2 crank pulley bolts???
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Figured it out I think...I saw a vid on someone winding this type of motor back by applying 12v to it - and when it got to the end the piston started to go round. Had a look at the pad, and...
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The pin that is supposed to fit into the slot in the piston is basically not there and there is a definite circular witness mark. So, I'm sure the piston was just spinning when it was wound back rather than the pad pin holding it. Hopefully we haven't ruined the seal on the piston!
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Some hot melt glue bodgery today! The 3008 NS reg plate light has long been intermittent, and the fitting was broken away. I managed to get the outer panel off the lower boot door (not easy, the clips were very stubborn) - some one has been here before, there is a bolt missing from each side. The light sits on a plastic plate that sticks out, and was completely snapped off. A short time later with the hot glue gun, and a couple of aluminium support plates, and it's good as new. Found a bulb in the garage that was recovered out of some previous car 😜
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Excellent work Richard :D
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Proper spannering this weekend. OSF spring and topmount, timing belt, and diesel filter on the 3008.

Not too bad, getting the wing liner out was a trial as all the bolts seized of course! Had a moment with the bleed cap on the stat - being a clumsy bugger I dropped it, and it lodged on the 'box' on the front of the gear box. Took off one of the cables (reverse interlock maybe) and managed to get a screwdriver on the cap, but after a good few minutes where I ALMOST had it it sprang off and I couldn't see it. Then I couldn't find the cable again - like WTF?? Eventually realised it was resting under the battery, looking very much like one of the other cables! Did a few other bits, looked down, and there was the damn cap in plain view and easily reachable on the top of the gearbox 😜😁

Got the belt on wrong on the diesel pump to start with, but it was not too hard to reset it.

Some hot melt glue bodgery too...the crank sensor has a plastic locating pin but it broke (or was broken already, didn't think I was that heavy handed with it). Anyway, it has a hole in it, so I put in a bit of Allen key, and put a spot of glue to hold it in. TBH, can't really think it's required once bolted up, but no harm in doing it.

Seems to be quieter, but I imagine that's placebo.

I did investigate the thermostat, but that appears to be another world of pain taking out the battery and tray ( which involves taking out the other wing liner 🤔🤬) so decided it can stay for now, and the stat has gone on the shelf.

Interesting point to note is that the bottom hose is in fact the 'top' hose and vice-versa - the rad is Up flow!

Got a new set of wipers to finish it off.

Eldest son came out, and said blimey how many tools do you need, well quite a few it seems!
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Old belt actually looks fine, but you never know, and there was a little bit of crustiness around the water pump.
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Nice going Richard, I like the look of your DIY ramp extenders, I might copy that when my current ones start bending!! :-D
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