The XMs ABS sensor has now been fitted. It was a bit of a game getting the old one out. To start off with the bolt holding the sensor in sheared and the sensor itself didn't want to come out in a hurry so both had to be drilled out. All back together now, though I was reminded how difficult I find it getting the wheels back on. The trouble is the hub cap is secured on to the hub by the wheel bolts and as I can't see the hole in the middle or wheel bolt holes for that matter its a little more difficult to line up.
A couple of weeks ago me and mum gave the Xantia a wash so dropped the suspension to do the roof then when we got to the lower panels I was going to raise it back up again. I went to start the engine and woosh, the sound of a belt flapping about in the engine bay. Stopped the engine to have a look and see that the aux drivebelt has split in two right the way around and partly wrapped itself around the pulleys. Typical. Doesn't sound too bad on the face of it but this was an hour before I intended to leave to go up to Stratford Upon Avon for the weekend with Chris (Citroenmad). Luckily the local factors kept the right size belt in stock and a quick change was done. I could have sworn I did the belt when I changed the cam belt but I'm not so sure now. Anyway, its done now.
Interestingly, when it cold idles the aux tensioner vibrates every few seconds. The tensioner was replaced two or three years ago and the spring two years ago. You can see the spring doing its job taking up the slack but it does seem a bit odd. I found that if I forced it to warm idle the vibrating would disappear, it also disappears over around 1300rpm. For the time being I've knocked the idle adjusting spring off the back of the injection pump so it always runs on warm idle, really I think I'll leave the idle at that speed, its sounds much better and no doubt uses a touch less fuel.
Going back to the Straford trip, it was a good do. I highly recommend Coventry Transport Museum, its very well laid out and you can tell its been built up over a good few years. They have mock showrooms, old television adverts, model collections, Princess Diana's old Metro, land speed record vehicles and something I found very exciting...a Peugeot exhibition!
As soon as you walk in there's a Pug 405 estate that the local BBC radio station used, 306's, 206's, a 309, Talbot Sunbeam (IIRC) and an S1 Pug 405 with one of the old BX big petrol engines, can't remember which...
They also had an almost mock board room with a film showing a reproduction of the discussions that went on in 2006 when Peugeot were considering closing their plant in Coventry. There was notepaper and a box so that you could write down whether you thought it should have been closed down and why. Just above that box there was a floor plan of the 206 production line. I was seriously loving that museum!
On a similar front, we also went to Warwick Castle where we found a Peugeot electric vehicle from the late 1800's. It's down in the engine room if anyone does go.
Other things to note, the Italian in Stratford is pretty damn cheap if you go in the afternoon, they have a Christmas shop?! and a wizard shop/museum which sells Butter Beer and Pumpkin juice along with other wizarding and Harry Potter related things. I remember seeing a nice selection of wands too and of course Shakespeares birthplace which is very well laid out, bit of an unexpected long walk to Anne Hathaways cottage though, the map on the leaflet was a bit deceiving.
All in all a good weekend spent in good company, thanks Chris