Xantos and Xantia madness

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Re: Xantos and Xantia madness

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No haven't tested it yet. I was thinking how to seal the plug tightening rod for about 2 years and then it struck me :-D

I have valprex valves on both my cars (V6 Activa and 1.9td) and they work fine for me. But as I said many people don't like them. Allegedly they start to leak...
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Have used a good few 7mm Valprex valves, and only found one which wouldn't hold pressure.

Went looking for an O-ring a while back, as a slightly chubbier alternative to the rather thin (not much to compress) OE-size item that are supplied with Valprex valves. I had had one which leaked at the seal, despite inspection and cleaning.

Found this outfit...
http://www.polymax.co.uk/
who do a vast range of O-rings and other items, including Viton (FKM) rings...
http://www.polymax.co.uk/o-rings/rubber ... s178-viton

In this range, there is O-ring ref BS110V75, which has a cross-section of 2.62mm, rather than the OE/Valprex 2.00mm. ID and OD fit the valves fine, and there is a decent nip onto the ring when tightened. Normally use a smear of silcone grease on the ring as well, as it is a 'dry' joint.

The same O-ring will also fit Citroen OE sphere plugs.
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Re: Xantos and Xantia madness

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Well haven't been around for a while but done some work in the mean time...

Pictures say a thousand and ninety three words... :-D

I didn't do anything like this before before you start criticizing take this into account. Class A DIY 8-)

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Good work indeed and very useful pictures of how to do a great job of repairing what is now a common rust issue on the Xantia. Well done!
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That looks like a top class repair. Both xantias I have owned needed remedial work there, although none were so bad as that. I believe that nearly every xantia which hasnt yet been repaired in that area will need soon. The current one did not look bad, just a little bubbling, but the MOT man put his thumb straight through it, which then fails the MOT as it is too close to a seatbelt mounting.
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Re: Xantos and Xantia madness

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Nearly being the important word in that :)
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Stickyfinger wrote:
06 Oct 2017, 19:14
Nearly being the important word in that :)

I was thinking of yours when I added in the nearly! :-D
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Quite a few others, it is all down to end plugs and seam sealer :)..............ohoower Matron !