C5, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Re: C5, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Still driving quite nicely although I raised the drivers seat yesterday as I was sitting a bit low. Now I have an airbag fault, I dare say I've tweaked a connector under the seat.

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Interesting, in the rain today both mirrors folded and unfolded perfectly. As soon as it started to dry up this afternoon the left one started sticking again. I think something is tight, further investigation called for.

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It sounds like the water is making the circuit as you say, so a clean up of any contacts sounds like a good place to start. It's possible the door modules might be exposed to water getting in through the windows / window guides / doors, but likely the windows guides nearest the front of the dash, as I think the door modules are just underneath there IIRC. This is another reason to squirt silicon grease down the window channels twice a year to help repel water off the window regulator wires and the like. They get water on and rust, but a good coat (not WD 40 Lube) will help protect and coat them.
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I think it's more of a tight pivot/catching trim issue Marc, that seems to be what the above post suggested anyway (possibly ties in with my damage/vandal theory about the plugs being left off too). Sound advice nonetheless, water and electronics are never a good combination even where they're intended to mix (VW coolant level sensors for one) and anything that lessens the chance of the two becoming intimate is A Good Thing.
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Just odd that it's intermittent with the rain though - and assuming the door was still shut when it decided to work. The wires did seem a little tight though from the pics.
I had to have the window regulator replaced when the driver's window failed (at the multi-storey exit barrier no less when the wire decided to snap). Citroen replaced the complete unit, motor and all - a tad about £500 :shock: for the job and since then, all window channels get a regular lube down the guides with silicon now :)
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Phew, that's a pretty penny. Cannot blame you in the least for keeping on top of any corrosion issues after that! I thought it was just Renault that were the window-spitters!
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Just took Wifey up the library and the mirrors were fine. Let's hope they stay that way.

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Good stuff, had it been raining again/any residual moisture in the pivot?

My thinking is the water could have been acting as a temporary lubricant on rubbing plastics or a dry pivot. Or maybe it was just lack of use that's now being rectified by you? Let's hope that's what it is:)
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Yes I agree, dry and rubbing somewhere. The rain's gone and it's sticking again. I'll check further this week. I need to get Lexia on it now to sort the airbag issue.

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Still driving ok. Getting approx 25-26mpg around town with lots of stop starts and slow traffic. If I drive to my daughter's about 2 miles away on quiet-ish estate roads the mpg creeps up towards 27. I'm sure on a good run that will be high 30's 40's. Apart from the airbag fault and sticky mirror it's ok and nice to drive.
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You drive two miles Dave? I'm shocked...

That's in nice gentle stroll territory and never warrants a drive surely?

Think of all the diesel you would save by walking those small distances ;)
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Oh yes I would walk that easily Jim. But there is no way the wife would, she's shocked that I don't drive to the top of the road for the shops. We popped 2 miles into town today and she moaned just walking round the shops! I keep telling her to buy a mobility scooter. :-)

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Ahh right, understood Dave ;)

We won't be seeing her at a parkrun any time soon then!
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Err no Jim. I'm hoping to get out into the sticks soon for some walking as the forecast is picking up.

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The interior lights in the Caddy don't go out when it's damp - don't you just love old electronics (that were too clever for their own good when they were new).

Can I get a Twizzle, sorree, (Renault) Twizi clasified as a mobility scooter?