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ok, ive just chucked the hydractive block back on with rebuilt electrovalve and the car now rises from minimum to normal height in around 28sec, and from minimum to full height in about 65 seconds although the low fluid warning light is on at normal ride height as i have none in stock to replace whats been lost in surgery so i think its sucking air near the top, will pick some up tomorrow, no hissing when its turned off now though and no low pressure warning, no waiting 4 minutes for it to rise either!!!!!

As a matter of interest what do most activa owners get in terms of reg cycling times, mine is running at around 16secs although it was only running for 2 minutes and the suspension is full of air but even so the xm is getting 70sec tick times although its no Activa obviously but 16 seems like there is a big leak somewhere still.

Next to do is........................................



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filled the lhm tank today and done a little citrobatics, its looking good now, the only slight issue seems to be that when rising at the front it rocks up side to side which is strange but there are no leaks and it does rise with no delays or warning lights, there is also a lot of air in the system still too so all in all a job well job'd.

tomorrow after a bit of bridesmad dress collecting and sizing (not my job im affraid) i will be sneaking back to take the rear droplink off to see if it can be repaired, refabricated.

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The Activa is now getting a new droplink :lol: , best price was £75 inc from citroen so i went with it, mot time is looming and so far from what ive done i think she should be good to go, just need to sort the EML out and maybe get a tyre or 2 and im ready to go 8-) .

This weekend was my wedding and it went well considering the high wind prevented the Irish side of my family making it, also a horse and Carriage could not venture out in the high wind so we had a 1979 cream Daimler that was aparently owned by the lead singer of AC/DC (dont all these cars have a famous prev owner though :roll: :lol: .
The XM's role was not great, i drove it to the church with best man and page boy and he drove it to the reception.......then drove it to the shops for some smokes :lol:. And yes the bride is wearing a Fodora but it was my brothers, for some strange reason he wore it, but it kept being borrowed!
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dec--han wed 094 by Deanxm, on Flickr

All in all a good day, now its time to resume decorating................... :cry:
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Thanks, most people just say what the hell did you do that for :lol: , and yes im on the left.

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Congratulations Dean :D :D :D :D :D
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Congratulations Dean,

You'll have her polishing Citroens in no time :lol: :lol:
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Nice one Dean!
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Thanks Gents
You'll have her polishing Citroëns in no time Laughing Laughing
Robert, i cant even begin to tell you how unlikely that is :lol:

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Congratulations! :drink:
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Thank you all, there sure was an awefull lot of :beer: :drink: :tgif: :lol:

Dispite having a poor excuse for man flu and feeling pretty rough the rear droplink i got today from the scrap Activa is now on my car, with fresh grease on the joints for good measure, mine was utterly shot.
After tinkering around for a bit i am under the impression my front arc ram is leaking internaly, my tick rates are at just 10 to 15seconds and the car seems to slump to the passenger side before taking fluid and righting itself only for it to slump on the passengers side again, i will have to get a nut spliter and get the front ram off of the scrap activa i found and have it ready should the worst happen, cant really pass up the chance of a spare ram and strut for what will be about £20 anyway!!

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It was actualy very easy on both cars, a bit of releasing fluid on the threads and cleaned the 5mm allen key hole out on the ends of each thread, the only issue was the nuts are 18mm but i did find a suitable spanner in the end, the bottom nut is a little tricky to get a purchase on as it half hides inside the arb link arm but it is doable, just undo the nut at each end and take it off really, good luck finding one though, i was on the verge of ordering from citroen at near £80 :cry: not really an aftermarket item.

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Post by CitroJim »

Dean,

Did you see Harald's thread in the Activa area where he found his causes of woe were his front ram.

If yours is suspected, test it as I describe on my website and in Harald's Thread.

basically, have it off and plug up both pressure ports to seal it and pump it up and down. It should resist and build up pressure as a bike pump would if you hold your finger over the end...

It's a good test.

Get that ram from the breaker, even if you do need a nut splitter. Worth their weight in gold and then some!!!
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Yeah i will be getting it tomorrow Jim i cant pass up a chance for this ram, are there any other activa related bits i should grab? i will be taking the strut and probaby the near brand new strut tops too, cant really strip much more out as im supposed to be at work.................

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Hydractive electrovalves, Activa Sphere block if you can get it, Boost modulator electrovalve, LH strut, Hydractive ECU, Roll corrector mechanism and valve. Air intake elbow, the one up by the LHM reservoir that splits.

Can't think of anyting else right now Dean..

By the way, why was it scrapped? It sounds prima-facie as if it was not too bad overall and repairable...
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I will get what i can get, the overall condition was exellent, no mayo in the oil breather, no matrix smell, no dripping rams or oil leaks, the engine is clean as a whistle and looks well serviced, i just find it strange that it was used as a loan car, can we check to see who owned it just from the reg?, it must be a garage as it has stickers all over its dash about the immobiliser code and general usage policy.

The main issue i can see is the interior is nearly white with sunbleaching and tthe paint has bloomed on the roof, bonnet, tailgate and rear quarters which would destroy its resale. mechanicaly ace though. :cry:

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