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Post by jgra1 »

hi Toby I only just uploaded that! ;)

front one is diagonally opposed.. i.e. the same place if that makes sense ;)

well I dont know.. water being sucked up would cause the presumed conrod.. as for the front bank problem :o no idea, that would also cause a knock ;)
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just a quick note on today..

two main jobs.. to get the two offending ABS sensors off the Xant, rear Near and Front off. Front was quite straightforward, apart from the oily mess of getting the connector apart :) resistance test proved it was duff..

Rear was a pain as expected, although I only sheared one disc shield bolt :D . I did not get a chance to test it, but on the bright side, I accidentally got a look inside it * ..... cut the cable as I could not easily 'feel' the connector and was fed up being under the damn thing :twisted: will find a couple of sensors and worry about that connector when I fit them. also noticed the front discs were quite nasty.. £27 delivered on the bay, nice :)

but I have a problem.. most of the morning was spent wiring in the LPG ECU's on the coupe V6.. I never expected it to be plain sailing really, but now after copying the wiring from the donor LPG V6 to mine, I have a permanent MIL light and no starting.. I have done a 30 min ECU reset 4 times, including unplugging the main LPG ECU.. but nothing..

my question that I could do with an opinion on is :

If I remove all LPG wiring :evil: is there a chance the engine ECU will clear itself and the car will run again? I dont have a diag2000 or PP to hand :(

as to the problem, no idea, but never thought this would work out of the box so to speak..

John

* http://xantiablog.blogspot.com/2010/10/ ... posed.html
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the V6 is alive again 8-) I now have it running seemingly ok, with all of the LPG wires still on.. ( a red rocker switch was incorrectly wired, and that seems to override the lpg system..)

there is one issue now, I think the idle control valve is buzzing (canister next to inlet manifold, with 3 wires), even with ignition off.. the rocker switch in the petrol 'run' position is causing the buzzing.. anyway, will look into it more..
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Post by CitroJim »

Excellent news John :D :D :D

The Idle Control Valve should buzz away quite merrily with the ignition on, that's normal, but not when it's off. All should then be silent.

Sounds to me as if the ECU is permanently fired up now
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hmm.. if I turn ignition off and flick the switch off and then on, then the valve stays off all the time.. need to know more about what wires have been modified from the original car wiring..
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All I did on the V6 was try to think where to put ECU 3! I modified the ECU box to put it along side the gearbox and engine ones, but only to find it is a cm to tall for bonnet closing after the wiring block is on :( the only place left I can see is.. bolted to the outside of the ECU box, above the orcs belt :shock: decided to leave the car and try and do something useful..

a little more work on the barn, another security light and some guttering thinking..

a wire brush and box up of some parts addo is desperately waiting for in Sydney.. (if anyone knows a cheap way of doing this please let me know) two parcels, 17kg and 9kg

a xantia oil/filter change (Had same problem as Jim with filter :evil: ) took me 20 mins of messing about blind with the chain wrench but off she came eventually..

also paid a visit to the old camper, drained down the fresh water as a cold night coming.. grabbed the new battery I brought for her this year, and the deep cycle leisure battery. one was 2v and one 3! hope they are both going to come back to life.. could not face anymore time there, it's leaking water and smelly and just not somewhere I wanted to stay..

that;s it..would love a ciggy but 5 days of patches cant be undone, making sure i start early on the grog so I cant go and drive for them

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Post by Toby_HDi »

John, can you not rotate the ECU and cut a slot in the rear or side of the box so that the loom can pass through and not foul anything?
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Post by jgra1 »

possibly Toby, but I think I had it in landscape format already :) the wiring is now a bit of a mess too! thinking to extend all wires and shift the box under the rear bumper or somewhere :twisted:
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A huge thanks to Jim :D over 2 years and 2 crashes later, the much sought after ABS now works on the Xantia :twisted: (Jim lexia'd and communicated with the abs ecu, proving that all seemed ok apart from the duff sensors)

front right and rear left sensors changed.. despite the strange work done on disabling the abs light, the abs now works perfectly !

a result.. I did make a mistake with the wiring of the rear sensor :( everything is fine but it goes the wrong way around the trailing arm, schoolboy error.. will keep an eye on it.. definitely hard with silencer in the way, so removed that..

£45 for the 2 sensors from the bay, also changed the front discs, £27 posted! from same place..

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Post by CitroJim »

Great stuff John :D

I know what a Xantia sans ABS is like and I don't like it!!!

I'd say that ABS is essential on all hydraulic Citroens.
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Post by davetherave »

I'd say that ABS is essential on all hydraulic Citroëns.
Alright alright im trying!
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not much news from me.. been quiet really as something has got into my Left index finger and left me unable to do much spannering..

think it's on the mend.. :D

xantia completed a very pleasent 650 miles to Cornwall and back over the weekend.. ironically it's probably the best flood car I have had! but we left before those rains hit!

The coupe remains in Limbo regarding LPG changeover..

but main news.. as expected the council came back to have a chat.. and of course the temporary shed I built in June contravenes planning law and I have to apply for permission (which i am unlikely to get) or face prosecution..

so I was thinking :twisted:

http://www.thisisbath.co.uk/news/Wheely ... ticle.html

I reckon my engine crane can lift half at a time... need ideas for what will take the weight and still roll :D
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Post by myglaren »

jgra1 wrote: I reckon my engine crane can lift half at a time... need ideas for what will take the weight and still roll :D
Then you'll need an MOT :twisted:
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Post by KP »

Not if its classed as a trailor or as a non roadworthy vehicle, ie for offroading :D

You might want to look for unimog or lorry axles.

you may find some old lorry trailors ready for scrapping that bits could be got from but transporting them would require a hefty trailor or box van of sorts :) There is some lorry breaker near me i think just off the M18 near Thorne, Doncaster.
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:D people have told me some of my vehicles have been sheds but.. :twisted:


I was thinking more some industrial castors.. the main construction comprises 10 vertical beams that basically rest on the ground.. surely I can carefully jack up front, then middle, then back of the shed and fit small wheels.. I would wager that each castor is only taking the weight of a full shopping trolley... I reckon the building is around 1000kgs.. maybe a bit more..