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Post by CitroJim »

Oh dear John, is that the clutch clip gone ping?

Can't help with routing, mine either have no clutch or a hydraulic one...

Saying that though, I cannot see how it could be wrong. It's down from the pedal, around and across the sub frame and up to the clutch pull lever. So long as all bends are easy it should be perfect.

I'm wondering if the cable was correctly seated in the bulkhead, at an angle say, and not pulled right home.

It'll be interesting to see if the cable broke or shows any signs of wear/fatigue anywhere...
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Post by jgra1 »

hmm ok Jim.. it does seem strange that it goes up into the bulkhead, then must do a complete hairpin to be pointing into the footwell.. will get some snaps and more info tomorrow..

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http://xantiablog.blogspot.com/2011/01/ ... l-psa.html

It was a snapped cable.. hmm.. what did I do wrong?

hard to take pics, even with the ducting out of the way..
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Post by jgra1 »

:D another cable and finally I have the perfect clutch !

did very little different fitting this one, just did not thread cable through a spiral eye instead left it more free.. I knew what to expect as a 306 I drive has a very light clutch, but even so it is quite remarkable!

One possible tip..
I shoved cable through bulkhead then pushed it behind/under engine and taped the gearbox end up.. so it couldnt extend..

then from in the footwell, I could simply push plastic clip over the nipple, the metal clip expanded and allowed the cable into the clutch pedal, and that was that!

two hours all told, outside in the dark.. but I faffed with some ducting and so on.. not bad though :)
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Great stuff John :D Must have been a faulty cable...
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seems strange that does jim :D something not quite right .. anyway.. all good now..


quick update

KevMayer very kindly sent two used spheres he had sitting on a shelf, to me yesterday, I span them on and seem to have got a fair bit of the comfort back :D car did seem a lot more boaty again today :twisted: will do some more tests... still think the front ride height is 25mm too low...

Also a new Acc sphere turned up yesterday, and that was duly fitted.. interestingly my STOP light was back on again this morning, for a good 20 seconds, but maybe that is just air in the system or something.. I did about 10 - 15 citaerobics last night..

On the way to work I picked up two new boge shocks for the coupe.. £104 ouch... will remove most of the front suspension and do a good investigation on bushes and so on, as something has never been right with it..

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Xantia STOP light

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chaps,

Over the last 4 weeks I have been getting the STOP light on, mainly first thing in the morning..often for 30 seconds or so.. I assumed that something was wrong with the hydraulic pressure.. so changed the Acc sphere.. but this does not seem to have helped.. this morning I noticed that the (I) red ?brake warning light actaully comes on for about 10 seconds, then that goes out but the STOP and small red led above the temp gauge stay on for another 20 seconds or so..

The car feels fine all this time, suspension has risen, brakes and steering ok.
LHM level is ok, Tick rate now I cant really tell but will check with the stethoscope later...

just wondered what else could cause this morning mystery.. not worried yet.. :twisted:

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Coolant level?
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John, that's the Bitron fan control unit causing that. Do the cooling fans run when it happens?
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It's been a while :twisted:
not much news, the xantia TD carries on with no major hiccups right now.. I did replace the fuel filter the other day (this one managed 14 months!) and when removing it, found at least one if not two metal bottom plates from previous destroyed filters :D
I think I may look into tweaking her a bit now.. maybe a bit more boost and a few screws turned.. will seek Mike t's help here :twisted:

The coupe is in a field.. waiting for me to MOT and LPG her still.. Although I just cannot really insure both and I cant stop driving the xantia as it's so cheap....


Just completed a 5-day 2000km solo ride through Belgium, Germany and back into France.. avoided most of the rain and keep her upright.. the honda never missed a beat :) I can thoroughly recommend the Black Forest as perfect activa / bike country.. amazing surfaces, perfect radius curves and no people anywhere.. it is my joint best biking region - with New Zealand...

will upload a pic or two..
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thanks to Jim :)

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A huge monumentous thanks to Jim today!! for helping me with a bad inner track rod joint (et al).. was great to see you Jim :) hi from myself and Marie

(I wrote loads more, and then edited and re-wrote that, and cut it too the clipboard, and then just rearranged 'monumentous' in my sentance, with the clipboard, and lost the rest ;) :twisted:)

but, then I realised, my many paragraphs were kinda waffling :D

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It was really good to see you and Marie yesterday John :D :D And good to do a bit of impromptu spannering too! Delighted it all came good on the track rod.

Yesterday was a rather excellent day all-round...

Must do a quick blog update...
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:D

the weird knocking/creaking noise is still present... happens with or without use of steering, at lowish speeds.. will investigate more :twisted:
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well, on the way to Jims the other day, I heard another noise, an easy to diagnose clatter from the back near side, starting after a bit of wheelarch jet washing..
I removed the wheel just now and, sure enough, the back plate had tore away from one of the two remaining mountings.. I fitted 2 zip ties to replace the (now) two missing mountings , and just the remaining one bolt and all is well again :) (the original missing bolt had snapped during an ABS job)

another noise Jim and I noticed, a higher pitched clatter from the exhaust has now been fixed... one of the two sprung flange bolts was loose, despite being done up as tight as it would go.. I had little choice but to add two washers between the spring and the cup. The washers were large enough to slide over the long bolt.. I managed to replace the whole lot from above, for the first time! just a small piece of ducting to remove to gain more space...

the third noise, the creaking from the front, is still there.. I did give all the rubber a silicone spray, the track rods ends are new, and the steering UJ's ahve had a lube..

I wonder.. strut top bearings? it's been ages since I went near strut tops.. but there must be bearings there?

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Post by Deanxm »

the third noise, the creaking from the front, is still there..
My money is on the handbrake cables creaking in their guides like they all do when they get a bit old or the rubber wishbone joints, if the struttops are creaking leave the bonnet open :lol:

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