Brigsy's Xantia tales.

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KP
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Post by KP »

You may want to get a non aircon AUX belt and keep some tools on board as when they go they don't half do it with flair as its a sure sign the pump is due to sieze up with no oil in it and it will quickly eat thru your belt...

Guess how i know :(
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Xaccers
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Post by Xaccers »

Or burst into flames like Teh_Agent's did!
Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Will a non aircon belt fit straight on? Ideally i want to sort it asap.

To be fair im not too bothered about having the aircon at all as it doesn't work & i don't have the money to spare to get it gassed/serviced at the moment.
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Just been searching the boards & im going to give this a go, will give me more time to get an a/c compressor sorted or maybe fix mine.

http://www.frenchcarforum.co.uk/forum/v ... t=aux+belt
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Post by Xaccers »

I think when Teh_Agent bypassed his, he used string a as guide not only to the length belt to get, but to plan the new belt's path so that all the remaining pulleys were still turning in the right direction.
Eventually he got a replacement compressor (not the right one of the two types though - check the big pipe connectors) and fitted it just in place so that a full belt could be used.
Then he sold his poorly looked after (prior to Teh_Agent owning it) car.
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Post by CitroJim »

MikeT also had (still maybe has) got his bypassed too. Somewhere he had a photo of it...

Another bypassed one I've seen is Bob's (FirstRebel) but his is an early Xantia with the older-style manual tensioner.

Post up in the Citroen forum for this Brigsy, one of the above will come forward...
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Poorly looked after by previous owners describes my xantia well too!

Im going to grab a few belts from the local motorfactors tomorrow, see if i can route the belt like in the pic, fingers crossed.
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Post by MikeT »

Do a search for "Aux belt routing to bypass A/C compressor" and put my username as the author and you should find my thread though it's not a clear pic, you should be able to work out the routing.
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Found the pic Mike, Just the job 8)

Been down the local motorfactors, got an 1150 & 1175 6pk belts, hopefully one will fit. There both for a citroen zx derv originally.
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Bypassed the a/c compressor tonight, 1150 fits a treat. Fitted the belt the same as on Mike's pic with no problems.

Took the car out for a good test run & all is well. Engine sounds sweet now the whine it has had since the day i bought the car has gone finally 8)
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Nowt much to report after last update! Xantia is still running well. Have only done basic servicing & a couple of tyres up front.

Think its time to upgrade soon though, i fancy a hdi exclusive :wink:
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Wow its been a while since i updated this. The old turbo-d is still running well (167k) although the bodywork is starting to look a little 'rat'. Rust is appearing on n/s rear qtr, by looks of it from previous repairs.

Since last update i have done the tca bushes before christmas. Was a fairly easy job to be fair, Bought a 20 ton press & that helped a lot.

Have done handbrake cables yesterday as o/s had snapped, looked like a nightmare but only took an hr. Handbrake is superb now 8-)

Also looked at my strut tops, renewed them approx 1 yr ago, they look like surface rust is appearing :roll: ill have to treat it before it gets worse!
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Post by Brigsygtt »

This will be for sale soon if anybody wants a cheapy/workhorse. t&t until end of june, may put a full test on if i get time, should fly through.

Engine/running gear/hydraulics are in excellent nick for age/mileage, Extensive work done last year by myself. Clutch, spheres, brake pipes f-r, balljoints, droplinks, handbrake cables, driveshaft etc & probably a lot more that i have forgotten..

Engine is still sweet as a nut, i have serviced it & changed oil regularly every 3k. Mileage 172k & climbing as still in daily use.

The downside is the bodywork has a fair share of dings & rust is appearing in places. Its solid really but is beginning to look tatty, id be happy with a couple of hundred quid to see it gone & to pay for my new xantia 8-)