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Post by Zelandeth » 12 Feb 2015, 23:43

So this will document the chaos, madness, tears and general day to day antics of my fleet. Generally focusing on the Xantia and 107, but probably with the odd appearance from my Saab and Skoda.

So today I finally got around to changing my fuel filter...got fed up of the new one rolling around the boot every time I went round a corner!

Bolts out no problem, cover off, filter came out stuck to cover - then dropped off it. Straight into the filter housing full of diesel. In just the right way to splash it all over me, the pcv hoses, front of the engine, radiator and intercooler piping.

So now both me and the Xantia stink of diesel. Guess I'll be out with the degreaser and the hose tomorrow!

...on the plus side, it no longer seems to be drawing air in.

On the minus side, took the 107 out this evening as it was reported to be "making a funny noise."

Yes, it is making a funny noise. The unmistakable drone of a wheel bearing on the way out. Ho hum.
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Post by CitroJim » 13 Feb 2015, 05:23

I've done the same trick with a fuel filter Zel...

:twisted:

Be interesting to see what sort of a job a wheel bearing is on a C1. If you need a press to get the bearings out then give me a shout...

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Post by citronut » 13 Feb 2015, 09:14

Zelandeth wrote: ...on the plus side, it no longer seems to be drawing air in.
and i suspect you have also fixed the clonking in the rear end as well #-o :-D :lol: :rofl2: :rofl2: :wink:

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Post by Zelandeth » 13 Feb 2015, 09:47

Will be reading up on that later I suspect.

Will let you know Jim. If it's the nearside front again I will be having some choice words with the car as that one was changed under warranty about two years ago.

...During which the dealer then fouled up the ABS which I ended up going around in circles for months getting sorted before eventually doing it myself! Wheel sensor not plugged in properly. You have to wonder if they ever looked at it when it bounced back to them...

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Post by RichardW » 13 Feb 2015, 11:20

I did that too first time I changed it.... after that I always cracked the lid off then inserted a screwdriver to hold the filter up whilst I lifted the lid off. Hindsight eh...??

Had the same trouble with ABS on my 307 last weekend after WB replacement - there was s bit of grit in the clip preventing the connector going home. Classic mistake on the modern ones is to fit the bearing back to front = no mag track for the ABS.... :roll:

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Post by Zelandeth » 13 Feb 2015, 18:13

Made a trip down to A5 Salvage today, so have finally got a replacement set of spheres for the front of the Xantia, get those on tomorrow and hopefully resolve the cartoon car bouncing of the front end. Also grabbed a replacement for my missing washer bottle cap as that was kicking me right in the OCD every time I opened the bonnet and was driving me mad.

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Feb 2015, 18:41

Zelandeth wrote:Also grabbed a replacement for my missing washer bottle cap as that was kicking me right in the OCD every time I opened the bonnet and was driving me mad.
I know exactly what you mean Zel :twisted:

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Post by Zelandeth » 13 Feb 2015, 18:44

Glad I'm not the only one!

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Post by Hell Razor5543 » 13 Feb 2015, 20:42

CitroJim wrote:
Zelandeth wrote:Also grabbed a replacement for my missing washer bottle cap as that was kicking me right in the OCD every time I opened the bonnet and was driving me mad.
I know exactly what you mean Zel :twisted:
Madness is not a long drive away when you own a Citroen (or are a member of this forum!).

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Feb 2015, 21:08

Hell Razor5543 wrote: Madness is not a long drive away when you own a Citroen (or are a member of this forum!).
Or to find playing with Unix pleasurable :twisted: :lol:

(I do...)

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Post by Zelandeth » 14 Feb 2015, 00:08

Or own a Citroen, an 80s Skoda and a pair of Sinclair C5s?

Think I'm pretty well doomed!

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Post by Zelandeth » 14 Feb 2015, 17:04

Front spheres done, nice when a job you haven't done in many years is as easy as you remember it being.

Citrobics session took longer than doing the spheres. Goodness what a difference!

...even though it is now obvious that the rears aren't fantastic. Not bad, but could be better.

*adds to the to do list*

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Post by myglaren » 14 Feb 2015, 18:07

Those "To Do" lists never seem to get any shorter, do they?

In my case it might help if I actually did some and could cross them off :(

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Post by Zelandeth » 15 Feb 2015, 02:09

To be honest, I don't think I'm going to let myself progress any further down the to do list for the Xantia until I actually do the one which is in big red letters on the to do list on the kitchen wall at the moment which is the timing belt etc as that's kind of important.

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Post by CitroJim » 15 Feb 2015, 06:30

Zelandeth wrote:To be honest, I don't think I'm going to let myself progress any further down the to do list for the Xantia until I actually do the one which is in big red letters on the to do list on the kitchen wall at the moment which is the timing belt etc as that's kind of important.
It is.. When you want any assistance/advice you know where I am Zel...