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CitroJim
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Post by CitroJim »

That's a good idea John,

Train it to say, Peterborough and I'll drive us both the rest of the way. That cuts it down for both of us then.. Or if you can get to Milton Keynes Central or Bedford Midland Road easily, even better.

I know what you mean about time now. I'm busy with the girls this weekend, next weekend I must go down to Langport and see my parents and then we're right into Christmas :twisted:

Once the new year is here, I'm clear then and can take leave again. I cannot at the moment due to work commitments and in fact, I'm having to loose some of my entitlement because I can't squeeze it in but as soon as the calander rolls over to 2009, no problems at all..

I'm looking forward to another foray into Geordieland :D

I know what you mean about weekends at home. I've not been home much at all most weekends lately. Stops the boredom setting in though!
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Post by jgra1 »

sorry I have not been araound much.. hours on the V6 and loss of unlimited time on here during the day have transpired to keep me offline :)

Xantia - running ok, but needs desperately an oil/filter change as the last one was August and I have done many miles since then :shock:
It ought to have Jim's front seats, as they have the side airbags he doesnt need and I have ones without airbags which are fine for him :)
EM light came on this morning for the first time, at idle! I put it down to being -4°C and the dregs of WVO in the tank just too cold.. it cleared up ok from then on..
Also need to put rear passenger door back together (from a job in May i think) :evil:
I need to find out if KP still has the steering wheel buttons it needs :twisted:

VFR**************[VIN obfuscated, can be read by forum staff] remains in pieces (plastics) from a spill in August, I have everything to put back together but not really had a chance..

Little GPX never got finished, but resides on a rack on the back of the camper. it mainly needs a few panels on, and also to run! having been rescued from a hedge back in June

V6 406 was finally put on the roads last night :) extremely light power steering (supposed to be speed variable) . Felt pleasent but really noticed it wasnt hydraulic! it was nice, just different.. didnt take it more than 1/4 of a mile on icey lanes, but was nice to drive it after all the work. Driveshaft seems ok, gearbox works ok, and matrix now is ok :) Over the weekend I need to replace airfilter, and put some pipes and battery boxes back in properly.. then it's finished , for now... a tough job..

Finally, the old escort I work on sometimes is coming to me on Sunday, for a second hand exhaust and rear wheel bearings...

that all should keep me going for a while

John
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Post by CitroJim »

Great news on the V6 John :D A fantastic result in return for a fantastic effort :D
jgra1 wrote: It ought to have Jim's front seats, as they have the side airbags he doesnt need and I have ones without airbags which are fine for him :)
We'll have to have a natter about that John :wink:
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Post by jgra1 »

well the V6 had its fourth journey this morning... and a bad misfire blighted my trip to work :(

not sure if it's running on 3 4 or 5... will do some checks later...

A new airfilter and £20 of super unleaded were yesterday's only changes, and it ran well last night for 20 mins, in sport mode :)
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Post by jgra1 »

hmm

just been outside.. and as the car warms up the misfiring gets worse,

but, a complete coincidence maybe, the dual fans keep switching in and out every couple of minutes, despite the car being lukewarm

i am getting warmer to the problem :)
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Post by KP »

Sounds like an iffy temp sensor.
really need to get to any fault codes that are being produced or with a lexia see what temps the sensors are pushing out..
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Post by jgra1 »

agree KP :)

going to unplug the CT sensor before i go home, see if I can force 'limp home mode', which may be better than it currently is, and will help pinpoint the sensor
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Post by jgra1 »

well I unplugged what I assume to be the CT sensor, no EM llight came on and and it made no difference, 2 miles in and the misfire began, and got worse until I crawled home..

I could hear popping from the Cat, I assume, which is a shame... :(

going out to have another look..
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Post by DickieG »

Try taking a close look/listen to the inlet manifold area for a split/loose hose or even a missing rubber plug (there's at least one at the back of the manifold) which may be letting in additional air and upsetting the mixture. The fact that its OK when cold could be due to the mixture being richer when cold = correct mixture cold, weak when warm.
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Post by jgra1 »

Dickie many thanks for that.

I ahve ordered a new inlet manifold gasket for tomorrow, as I want a look at the new plugs in the rear bank, andthe compression back there too.. this means removing the gasket.

I must not get to hung up on the idea that this only happens when hot, your post reminds me that the cold is [could be] merely disguising it...

John
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Post by jgra1 »

all fixed.. think the fans were a red herring

last entry in blog shows the cause... probably rainwater from the engine standing outside before I got it (I checked the rear head when the engine as out, but was in a rush and couldnt check the front)

all feels well again :)
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from a bad Wednesday at work, the 2 hours in the evening made up for it, on the V6

Sorting the horrible misfire took an hour or so, then I changed a tiny interior bulb that lights up the last 3 gears on the Autoselector.. a small thing but I am niggled when bits of the interior dont light up :twisted:

then I adjusted the headlight aim, I hadn't had time to look in the car for the adjuster until now, but they are much better (the main beams are small projector spots I think, and their beam spread is a fairly small area) they are much better now but dipped are pretty dim.. maybe this car also needs the relay mod, will check voltages soon :)

While adjusting the nearside mirror, I pushed the adjuster the wrong way slightly (its really worn out) and the drivers mirrors folded in! I did think the car was supposed to have this feature, so it was a nice suprise to see it half work :) new switch needed

finally I replaced the wiper stalk with one from (either a higher spec 406 saloon or even a 605 saloon) - no rear wiper on a coupe.. and the amazing happened.. I now have a fully functioning computer !! I bet a S2 xantia is the same as this! i.e. all the work is done but you need to be able to switch the thing on! (only problem with a xanitia is where would the computer display?)

then I roadtested, all is fine, the speedo worked and therefore so did the variable powersteering and the cruise :)

car feels much more like mine now :)

other issues..

The front disks are warped
the airbag light flashes away
the fuel gauge is intermittant
and there is a slight noise possible from the rear but hard to tell.. (it could be that well banged intermediate bearing)

Car has its first run on the motorway tomorrow

I never realised (forgotten) how good xantia suspension was! now I can compare it directly on the same roads etc
4 coil springs and 1500+kgs make for a nightmare on the bumpy lanes around here, the xantia copes perfectly with them! and its a lot quicker despite having half the power! the coupe is definately a main road only car ..
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Post by CitroJim »

Excellent stuff John, delighted it's all coming together so nicely :D
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Post by jgra1 »

not much to report from me :)

been away to mum's in Somerset for christmas, and then flew to Marrakech for 3 nights, from Bristol airport... I used to pass this airport visiting Dad when he lived in Bristol, many journeys on the A38 and some old memories.. so it was nice to finally fly from there.. even at 6am with the plane being De-iced !

Marrakech, the old bit in the city walls, is an experience! .tip, spend most nights in a hotel in the new part of city, and one night in the 'Medina' , dont go all nights in there, its too much, claustrophobic and mayhem !

Learn french

dis-associate yourself from Iraq/Blair etc etc

the driving is without doubt the worst I have ever come across..

the taxis, well the expensive ones (£80 a day for car and driver) are all mercs, old and huge and way to big for the hundreds of alleys that they ply their trade in.. otherwise cabs are old 205 D's and Fiat pandas. One 205 had no springs (just squeaks) , no dashlights/clocks or external lights save for a sidelight or two!

the only people who dont seem to want your money, are the beggars !

I will make a blog of pics this week sometime :)

car wise....
Xantia is fine, starting up on mainly WVO even with -5C this morning.. Just wish the fast idle was better.. If I give it a tiny bit of throttle, for 10 seconds, it wont stall again.. otherwise seems to be stalling only while the suspension sorts itself out.

406 did the run to the West country, on Christmas day, what a pleasure, empty roads, cruise on, seat heaters, and even found a multidisk hidden in the rear wall of the gargantuan boot !... going to leave the music system as is, and make some old fashioned WAV cd's .. 6CD x 15-20 songs will give a bearable range :)

the suspension/handling is almost horrid ! its not really tough, lending to good cornering, its not soft enough to absord even running over a sponge, the car is heavy, it's just all a bit odd... the xantia feels a dream on every road in comparison.. the 406 is 100K so maybe a few things are worn, it almost feels like scuttle shake sometimes too.. tyres are 225/55's which wont help..

the front disks seem so warped that I hate to use them, will have a look one night this week..

but it's a nice way to travel, despite that.. worth hanging onto and keeping clean and tidy..

bikes, the VFR**************[VIN obfuscated, can be read by forum staff] is still waiting for a few panels to be fitted and a good clean,
the little GPX resides on the back of the old American camper, but needs a few bits finishing.. the camper doesnt appear to have the GVW to take the bike and rack, but there is a big 4KW generator in the back which I could probably remove.. I notice that B and Q do a tiny 750W petrol genny for about £60 ! which probalby only wieghs 5KGs!
The camper still needs its 4 barrel rochester carb fitting and the cold start system sorting.. it does about 1 MPG when idleing cold and the black clouds really block the sun!

thats it :)
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Post by MikeT »

jgra1 wrote:....Just wish the fast idle was better
Hi John,
If it's activating, isn't it just a matter of adjustment (nuts on a threaded bar) on the rear of the pump?