Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by van ordinaire » 10 Jan 2018, 00:11

Either you've got very small hands - OR the pump opening is considerably larger than the one for the pick-up in the C15; I had fish the filter basket out with a pair of forceps (not exactly "keyhole" but a delicate operation nevertheless).

Actually, the main reason I was surprised it'd detached itself was my struggle to replace it, although being all plastic I was perhaps a little cautious about the amount of force I applied - but it finally snapped* into place with a satisfying, positive click!

* perhaps not the best word to use in connection with reassembling plastic components #-o

& so, back to the Cherokee handbrake. Some of you will remeber the nonsense of discovering, after I'd removed it, that the '96 handbrake is completely different from the '97-on one. Finally made contact with my favourite supplier of 2nd hand Cherokee bits (he's winding it down due to lack of affordable vehicles to break), apparently it's a common failing BUT he did have one (yes, 1!). Anyway, by the time I went to USA in September I'd not heard from him re payment by PayPal & on my return there were other things to occupy me - like the, now partly dismantled, C15! By the time I eventually got back to him, as he'd not heard from me, he'd let it go (can't blame him for that). Trawling through t'net revealed a handbrake lever for sale by someone only about 20, 30 miles away across the county. A visit was tempting, to see what else there was but it was free p & p, so 55 miles at 16 mpg (this is when I really miss the C15) + all that time just out of curiosity, on the off-chance, just wasn't on. So I just went & collected it from Sainsbury's (only about a mile down Torbay ringroad). That would've been the w/e of 16/17th Dec. Give me something to look forward to over the festive period - once I'd got the C15 back together & running.
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jan 2018, 08:25

van ordinaire wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 00:11
Either you've got very small hands - OR the pump opening is considerably larger than the one for the pick-up in the C15; I had fish the filter basket out with a pair of forceps (not exactly "keyhole" but a delicate operation nevertheless).


I've got very small girly hands :-D I'm by no means a large person in any dimension...

Those little hands of mine are an absolute asset in may situations; and not only on French cars either ;)

The pump opening on a Saxo is a lot smaller than say, the Xantia opening... I guess it's about three and a half inches across...

Plenty of room to get my hand in there ;)
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 10 Jan 2018, 09:06

Jim is quite slender. If he were to hide behind a rake it would turn around to see where he went!
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jan 2018, 10:20

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 09:06
Jim is quite slender. If he were to hide behind a rake it would turn around to see where he went!


:rofl2:
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by white exec » 10 Jan 2018, 10:59

More streamlined, shall we say? :sprint:
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Post by CitroJim » 10 Jan 2018, 12:14

white exec wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 10:59
More streamlined, shall we say? :sprint:


Sounds good to me :D
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 10 Jan 2018, 14:16

It would be useful to get Jim to help with raking up your garden. If he hides behind a few rakes they will turn around to see where he went, and rake up leaves, grass cuttings, etc. as they do so.
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 10 Jan 2018, 15:34

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
10 Jan 2018, 14:16
It would be useful to get Jim to help with raking up your garden. If he hides behind a few rakes they will turn around to see where he went, and rake up leaves, grass cuttings, etc. as they do so.


An autorake :)
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by van ordinaire » 10 Jan 2018, 23:00

:Offtopic: No! Really? Just another reason I've missed participating.

OK, back to the handbrake (I'm trying to make this easy for those with Deficit de Span d'Attention!) You have to reove the centre console (well, no - actually, you don't) which 1st means removing the T-handle from the gear selector lever, generally recognised as so nearly impossible - it often is. Now on the pre-facelift (i.e. up to '96) you can, I discovered earlier, with a little judicious juggling of the console & the lever surround, get the console out leaving the surround hung up on the lever. Unfortunately, subtle design differences mean that won't work on a '97, although with the cranked lever, removing the handle may not be so difficult but what with the uncertainty of whether it was necessary to remove the lock button first AND the oft repeated warnings about punching yourself in the mouth, I contrived to avoid the issue. Having removed all the self-tappers, the surrounds for selector & transfer box levers, I could pull the back of the console up through nearly 45 degrees, which just affords enough access to first remove the ABS ECU, mounted on a bridge over the back of the handbrake lever assembly - & then the lever (I'd disconnected the cable, in preparation, some weeks (months?) before.
Fitting the replacement was reasonably straightforward, although starting the awkwardly angled screws & bolts was frustrating. Before reassembling the console I replaced the bulbs for the 2 quadrants with LED's I just happened to have. A vast improvement - but really need something less directional/focussed (&, maybe, even a "pretty" colour).
Rolled under the sill (great advantage of a 2" lift kit) & reconnected the cable, so easy, the short cable from the lever is joined to those to each wheel by the adjuster mechanism, then wound the adjuster nut up to its original position, i.e. the rusty bit at the end of the adjuster thread.
Now I do need a jack, as want both rear wheels off the deck to adjust it. Yes, yes, it's "self adjusting" but it's an auto so, obviously, the hand brake's hardly been applied since the last MoT (even when it was working)! - (to be cont'd)
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by van ordinaire » 11 Jan 2018, 23:57

BUT not now: bloody forum's developed a mind of its own again, so no blog from me tonight -just too much like hard work!!! :(
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jan 2018, 07:42

van ordinaire wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 23:57
BUT not now: bloody forum's developed a mind of its own again, so no blog from me tonight -just too much like hard work!!! :(


Can't understand why you have so much difficulty Van...

Type up your entry in Notepad or a similar text editor and then paste it into the forum...

You're bombproof then ;)
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by Zelandeth » 12 Jan 2018, 08:04

I had a lot of issues with nonsense like that when I was using Chrome (reason number 291887364771 I failed to get along with it).

While it may have hacked me off in some other ways, can't say I've had many issues since I switched to Firefox with vanishing posts. Had one on another forum yesterday funnily enough, but that was because the whole server dropped offline for about an hour while I was in the middle of typing...

Machine-to-machine integration seems a lot better too, Chrome invariably did a dire job of synchronisation of bookmarks etc and invariably kept sneaking things Google "thought" would be relevant into the mix which I know full well I'd never bookmarked.
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jan 2018, 08:25

Zelandeth wrote:
12 Jan 2018, 08:04
While it may have hacked me off in some other ways, can't say I've had many issues since I switched to Firefox with vanishing posts.


Firefox, especially in its latest incarnation, has been perfect for me, both under Linux and Windows (10 and 7)...
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by van ordinaire » 13 Jan 2018, 20:54

Greetz - which should tell you I'm in the Nederlands.

I will now try to recall, & update, by response which occupied most of the ferry crossing yesterday - only to be lost, just as I was about to hit "send", entering Dunkerque harbour, by the vagueries of DFDS's on-board wifi.

f-w-i-w (i) I think my forum access is via Firefox, as I'd created a shortcut before switching to another browser for most other purposes.
(ii) I started on "notepad" - but after 4 words it disappeared! (for which, I think, my laptop is to blame).

I was surprised to find how much more expensive diesel is in SE London, as only paying £1.19 in/around Torbay, even in my local garage/convenience store, not that I was bothered as easilly had enough to get me to Aucan, where I was stopping to pick up 10 litres of oil anyway [even at present exchange rate their 15/40 "diesel" oil (odd how in France all oil is diesel or essence specific!) is a good price].

Uneventful run down to Dover - the sun even showed its face - with the fuel guage barely moving from 1/4-full all the way, so it does seem that I've fixed that curious running out before empty issue. Now I think about it, a curiosity was that starting from full, the guage wouldn't move for the first 100 miles but it doesn't seem to be doing that now, either.

Still no low fuel warning light though, not the end of the world BUT it'd be nice to know I could rely on it coming on at the right time.

Shock: "gazole" at Aucan is, if anything, a bit dearer than diesel at home. That seems to be the going price for French hypermarche diesel, where it is still cheaper than petrol - so we must have some of the cheapest petrol in Europe! Anyway, it took 40 litres, after 320 miles; bit disappointing that, but then, I had been pressing on. Don't forget it achieved a personla best coming up from Devon on Sunday, equalling par set by, I think, a P6B & maintained by a succession of 4+ litre 6's & V8's.

Once I got dark last evening & I'd re-joined the Autoroute (lost count of the BMW's I passed) one thing I noticed was that although (as I mentoned some time ago) it had lost its absolute top end, it did maintain a higher speed, needle always edging up to 80, for longer periods. What does this tell us? No idea; nor whether it's in any way connected with having the tank out, etc. What it does mean though, is it probably maintains a higher average speed on a run.

No shortage of 205's, 406's, Xantias, Clios & the like (even one pre-facelift Cherokee) in the Dunkerque area but was surprised by the number of (real) Twingos (including a bright yellow one) which, in recent years, I've come to associate with Paris (where they're probably banned now) & Berlin - in both cities they seem to be the cheap, available alternative to Smartcars.

When I got the C15 it banged & clonked something terrible, so not really surprised when it failed its MoT on a bottom swivel (which, in the event, it wasn't - as I discovered on removing the offending TCA). Amazing now, having done the trackrod end (&, for good measure the rod) at the same time then, later, the other side (on the basis it couldn't be far behind: it wasn't!) that over Maastricht's Medieval cobbles all I can hear is tyre noise (although, I must admit, the case of beer in the back makes a bit of a racket).
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Re: Travels & travails with a C15 (& other vehicles)

Post by CitroJim » 14 Jan 2018, 06:28

van ordinaire wrote:
13 Jan 2018, 20:54
Greetz - which should tell you I'm in the Nederlands.


Excellent! Welcome :) I do hope you enjoy!

I'll be there in June but not buying any fuel of the hydrocarbon variety as I'll be cycling from the Hook to Amsterdam to raise money for our local hospice... My fuel will be that you eat..

My journey will end at Amsterdam Railway Station whereupon I'll be boarding a train back to the UK...

Hope you have an excellent trip...

And yes, if Notepad crashes then your laptop is decidedly suspect :(
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