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Well, here's a few more pictures taken as we went out for a run in it today :)

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When I sold this car in December 2010 it had covered 30,600 miles according to the receipt that I gave Donnie when he collected it. Tonight it's sitting on 43,728. It had done less then 13,000 miles since I sold it :)

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Couple of little jobs to do on it, first one today was to have a look at the suspension faulty message, I found the little bracket that mounts the sensor on the drivers side slightly bent, I straightened it, took it for a drive and the fault hasn't returned again :)

David.
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Love the colour David 8-).

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Well, as it typical with me, I couldn't just leave the car alone. I plugged the Lexia in and scanned the whole car to see what was lurking.

Here's a list of the codes I found:

BSM
permanent fault
headlamp wash control short circuit to -
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SUSPENSION
permanent fault
no comms with steering wheel angle sensor incorrect value received
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INJECTION
permanent fault
pre-post heating relay circuit. relay controlled/plugs not controlled
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PASSENGERS DOOR MODULE
permanent fault
rear view mirror adjustment information incorrect
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DRIVERS DOOR MODULE
permanent fault
rear view mirror adjustment information incorrect Open circuit
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The suspension also felt much harder then I remember it being so I did a battery off reset on the BSI last night then went to fill it with Diesel. It still didn't feel right so I PM'd Cisco on here and asked if he'd take it for a drive and see what he thought, in typical Citroen fashion, it felt like a different car when we went out in it tonight. I've been out in it again since, and it is like a different car altogether.

The fault stored in the BSM for the headlight washers I've resolved. Fuse 4 in the engine bay fuse box (20A micro fuse) had blown. I replaced this and tested the washers, both are now popping out of the bumper when you wash the windscreen. There wasn't much fluid come out but there must be pressure there to get them to raise from the bumper so I'll pop a pin in them tomorrow and make sure they're clear.

The fault stored in the Suspension ECU is the typical steering wheel angle sensor fault. I will get round to doing that one but as I don't think it's making any difference and the part is £350 it can stay knackered for a while.

The fault stored in the Injection ECU I'm not sure what to do with. Do I change the glow plugs or the controller first? I know in reality it's not likely to need the glow plugs but as I now know they don't work I'd like to fix them.

The fault with both door mirrors only seems to affect them dipping when you go into reverse, they work fine when folding in and out and moving with the switch so if there's no option other then to replace the whole mirrors then these can probably stay knackered as well.

It's certainly a great car and I'm loving driving it again anyway

David.

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Isn't that glowplug one a pretty standard one you can not worry about David?

Good to see the Hydractive ECU still produces the same old faults as always :lol: :lol: :-D Good old Citroen...

The headlamp washers will have been down to the cold i expect - Frozen up and excess current drawn when they tried to run... Good to see they're well protected against such things...

Delighted you're enjoying the car!

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Jim,

I thought that the frost was probably the reason for the headlight washer fuse blowing.

I've replaced the brackets at the front tonight that hold the electronic height sensors to the wishbones as they'd corroded and were so thin they were moving when the car was on uneven ground. They were cheap enough at £4.15 each so I did both sides. I also replaced all 4 metal rods from the height sensors on the corners and packed the eyes with grease before fitting them to ensure they were nice and free moving.

Another run in the car tonight and it's perfect. It's back to the C6 I remember it being 4 years ago. :)

In fact, the ride is so soft now, the knock from the front drop link is barely audible.

That's all I'm going to do to it for now other then use it. I'll do 1000 miles in it and then rescan all the ECU's and see what faults have reappeared.

David.

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Excellent news David :-D

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Really pleased that you've got such a lovely car back, and looking forward to seeing it at Cosford if not before. Maybe your fleet will be settled for a while now. :-D

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I hope so, Bill!

My wallet can't take much more :lol:

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It's Activa MOT time on Tuesday morning so I decided this evening to give it a once over.

I reconnected the battery and she fired first time, came up to normal height without issues as well. Checked all the bulbs and the horn and found no problems, checked the tyres over, no perishing this year thankfully, opened the boot and the button stuck in. A bit of WD40 around the button and working it in and out saw that sorted without fault too.

I tested the windscreen washers and could hear the pump going but wasn't getting any fluid through. I lifted the bonnet, put some more fluid in and tried it with the bonnet up and the water came out of the jet, closed the bonnet, tried it again and we were back to nothing. I looked at the clear pipe going into the bonnet and found that it had kinked and when the bonnet was shut it was badly kinked stopping the fluid from passing. I cut the damaged part out and sleeved it with some 4.5mm copper pipe, retested it and thankfully it's fine now.

The car was running for an hour on the drive whilst I gave it a once over and all seems good, up to temperature nicely, fans kicking in and out and I had that V6 purr as I was checking it over and fettling with things.

Most of the wear and tear items were replaced on this car last year when the engine swap was done so I'm hoping it'll sail through it's MOT on Tuesday!

Fingers crossed anyway!

David.

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David, I'm sure the MOT is just a formality :-D

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Best of luck David.....sounds like if it does fail it will be a sidelight bulb blowing on the way to the station. :)

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I don't think the activa will give you any worries David.

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I hope not! It's had a once over and all of the bulbs have been checked, I'll check the Activa ram is dry and will replace the rag on it if I see any signs of dampness on it.

Fingers crossed it'll be good news on Tuesday anyway :)

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DHallworth wrote:I'll check the Activa ram is dry and will replace the rag on it if I see any signs of dampness on it.
Drat! If I'd have known the cure for a weepy Activa ram was a rag I could have saved myself loads of time on Saturday :rofl2:

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:rofl2:

Mine only weeps for a few miles when it's just come out of storage after the winter. If I wrap a rag around it the MOT man can't see it drip :lol: the funny thing is the MOT handbook states they're not allowed to remove anything from a car being tested either so it's win win :D

David.