My "love" of all things xantia...and Xm...and Cx..

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Post by myglaren »

Could do with a polish :P

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Post by Citroening »

Nothing a bottle of Tcut and elbow grease wouldn't remedy! 8-)

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Post by robert_e_smart »

Jings, so KTA is the only one of these 2 that has any chance of returning to the road by the looks of it then.

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Post by Citroenmad »

Maybe some weed and feed too :lol:

They are certainly a project 8-)

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An update on the xantia, I have ordered a reconditioned head and cambelt kit.

I stripped it down a couple of days ago, and a cam carrier had snapped but the rest looked alright. However when we checked the cam it was bent :(

The pistons, however look ok, with two of them having had a very intimate conversation with a valve.

So should be putting it back together next week all being well.

As for the Xm i have just tested my boost pressure from the pipe off the top of the fuel pump, and it is 13, which is bang on factory spec????

So does this mean despite the turbo screaming its fine or am I going nuts!
I was expecting about 2psi lol!

An the Cx is on hold untill the other two are done!

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Im back at my parents again, working on the xantia, it all seems to be going well so far, just need to put it all back together today!

However i think that my o/s strut mount is very buggered, so will have to make a temporary cage to go over to save the bonnet when it goes :shock:

Due to time constraints ive had to take the Xm to an engineer/mechanic guy in the village who used to build race cars, he has asked me never to bring another citroen to him again :( .
So hopefully thats the cam belt on that sorted!

All being well i still hope to be at the rally on the sunday... we shall see.

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Well I managed to get to the rally, nice meeting everyone again, and matching more names to faces!
Jims technical talk on the xantia was good, and I look forward to more at future rallies...
Vince as always had the cleanist xantia around!

Sunday night after the raly saw me fire up the xantia! SHE LIVES!
Yep and its covered 12 miles so far...
The only snag is that at low revs it really doesnt sound happy, almost like its hunting for fuel :?

Been to the scrap yard today to get a strut mount for the xantia, Most were to badly rusted, but i found one that should clean up ok!

Now the xantia is done, i managed to weld in two tiny pieces on the CX before it went dark :roll:

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Post by andmcit »

Dave - check this out:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CITROEN-XANTIA-FR ... 0455724710

- I confirmed it's normal hydropneumatic!

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The xantia is still running!, still like a bag of spanners at low revs when cold, but otherwise fine, although i think the hyraulic pump bearing is knackered!

The Xm got treated to an oil change yesterday, as well as replacing one of the bigger 6.35mm seals to try and stop a leak.

On Jims advice i have gone under the car and greased everything that moves with spray grease, pretty easy preventative maintanence.

At the weekend, i removed my fuel sender as i was having symptoms of severe fuel starvation,... and yes the filter was all but blocked :oops: . Thats another one to add the the regular check list!

I also removed the remaining connections tho the turbo that i had not checked, and appear to have greatly improved it! I think the way that one of the pipes is connected on the xm is a bit daft, rather than being connected over the turbo inlet, it fits inside it.

This i think is probably where the leak is, i will try and source a pipe to replace this one and seal over the turbo with a jubilee clip!
But for now at least, those milk floats better watch out, I can overtake again.... :twisted:

Chloé came back home the other day to a leather interior in the living room again... :oops: For sale for £150 to a forum member!

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Post by davetherave »

Damn it the turbo is leaking again!! :twisted:
Off to the scrapyard to see if i can get some rubber hoses tonight, as the silicone ones look a wee bit expensive!

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Well after removing and re tightning pipes for second time, the diagnosis for the turbo is now bearing damage :(

I have ordered a refurb kit with new bearings etc, to refurb the spare turbo! think its unlikely ill get it done before france, but it pulls well, just have to turn the radio up louder!
Ill hopefully put pics up of the refurb!

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Post by CitroJim »

That's not a good diagnosis Dave :?
davetherave wrote: I have ordered a refurb kit with new bearings etc, to refurb the spare turbo!
Your spare turbo should be fine. I confess i never inspected it closely but always assumed it was a good 'un...

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Post by davetherave »

I think your right there is no play, but i thought scene as i dont want to have to get to it again (its quoted as a 5.5 hour job, so can easily double that!) i had better refurb it!

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Well i arrived back in england on tuesday after a three week stint in france and spain.

I finished work fitting the turbo approximatly 8 hours before we were due to set off. To say I was worried about not finishing it in time would be a serious underexaduration...

Sadly the damn think still screams despit refurbishing, but pulls well so i suspect a hole in the intercooler.

Then i had to load the car with 5 people, a roof box plus as much fuel as it could carry...which including the tank we reckon to be between 250-280 litres! Not bad for something that isnt a lorry!

We then spent a week in southern france, followed by a week in spain and a week back in france.

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Most of us were genuinly surprised that bar needing 2 filter changes and more LHM due to several leaks the xm made it no problem!
3000 miles in total :twisted: And in diesel it cost just one tanks worth after we ran out of veg...
So all in all pretty pleased with the Xms performance!

Will hopefully be attending the CXM on sunday!

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Its been a while, and as alwyas the car has kept me busy, i didnt attend the CXM sadly, (wish I had!) Instead i spent time welding the cx up.
Im hoping it will be on the road for the beggining of november.

I have started my Job! which is keeping me busy.

I have also aquired a garage not too far from my house, so work on the cars can continue in the winter as well :D

This week saw my car dump all its LHM and my 6 bottles of reserve up and down my road, leaving green trails behind me.

This has taught me that, xms can be driven with no lhm, but you need to be pretty damn strong to turn the steering wheel.
It had so many error messages that it had to scroll through them.

Honestly it was scary driving, but scene as i can no longer drive other peoples cars evn the dihatsu couldnt rescue me.

I managed to get the car up on ramps to see that it was a short pipe going to the steering rack that was peeing LHM past the union, tightning did not help.

Luckily i have a contact at a garage, who let me use a four post lift all day-- much easier to work on.
I found the pipe was a 6mm pipe with a brake flare on both ends, and the smallest quantity i could buy in copper was 25m!

With the assistance of a hydraulic press, i manages to make some half decent flares and hey presto my car drives again!
Wierldly my steering feels lighter than it has ever been. Perhaps as the system had a pretty good flush!