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Old 07-10-2018, 01:17 PM   #141
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A couple of beading pics I took this morning.....I'd pulled the car out to wash and it's clearly been wet/frosty overnight but full on sunshine now







More about the pics than the beads really.....you wouldn't believe you'd get that kind of pic quality from a mobile phone...
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:35 PM   #142
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Not much to update on this at the mo, other than....



Frustratingly, I was round at my Cousin's on Sunday afternoon, polishing up a very very flat and pink Red Suzuki Alto.

Whilst there, a young girl decided it would be fun to ride into the backing the parked Xsara. I was mid polishing so I shouted at her and she just rode off quickly. Got to the car to find the above. Went looking for her but had clearly scuttled off inside.
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Old 14-11-2018, 12:06 AM   #143
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Nothing much to report on the Xsara front. I've been pretty busy and haven't really used it much and the MOT has now expired. It's going to need 2 tyres for the MOT but I'm going to take the chance and ditch the P6000's and change to Michelin Pilot Sport 3's in a 195/50 size. Transforms the handling apparently and they are a much, much better tyre than the Pirelli.

Still needs the service (ended up using the oil I bought form this to top up the wife's mini as that leaked most of its oil out after being serviced from the filter housing. Either a dodgy seal or the housing picked up some dirt when going back on. Either way, it ended up with no oil and looking like jbenekeoors in his latest thread...) and it ideally needs a driver seat. The creaky frame is driving me mad.

In other news, a guy I know who had a Xsara van, offered me two brand new headlights, FOC!





They are Depot units, rather than valeos and unfortunately, one has a mounting point broken which is a real shame. Looking at them as well, it seems to confirm my suspicions that the front bumper has to come off to change them.....the lenses might be interchangeable between light units themselves so all is perhaps not lost.
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Old 17-11-2018, 11:47 AM   #144
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Today is attempt to swap the headlights day. Confirmed it is a bumper off job, which generally a pain in the rear as the arch liners have to come out and everything is generally connected to each other, bumper, arch liners, undertray etc.

Needs doing as the beam on the driver's side headlight is awful. Not sure if it's the bulb but access is so restricted, a bear pawed oaf like me stands no chance. I'm hopefully also going to figure out what's wrong with the fit of the light unit in respect of it not lining up with the bonnet correctly

Should be fun. Best put the kettle on.
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Old 17-11-2018, 09:49 PM   #145
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Old 17-11-2018, 10:40 PM   #146
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Love an old Citroen like this having learnt in and owned a few Citroen BX's, Xantia's and still own a Citroen ZX 16v (rather rare car by all accounts). Nice work on this one
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So, update from today.

It didn't go to plan. When do days like this do go to plan? First job was to get a haircut. Whilst waiting, one of my really good mates rang, asking if I'd a few tools to help him service his wife's M4 golf. It was only a couple of miles from where I was and I had all my tools in the boot so called in on the way home. Two and a half hours later I got home....

So onto the Citroen. I could find no info at all online regarding removal of the front bumper until I landed on a Portuguese YouTube video which had captions.....some Google translate later and I had an idea of what I was doing. It turns out the bumper is a skin that sits over a crash bar. Eventually got it.removed...





Deffo needs to come off to remove the headlights. You can just see fixings to the right and left that are hidden by the bumper.



Due to the general crap fit of the headlight on the driver's side, I had wondered if it had had a bump in its lifetime. Everything being the bumper looks good and has Citroen stamps and looks as straight as the day it was made. The headlights are original Citroen ones too. I can only assume the front end has been apart for some work, although I don't know what.







I removed the driver's side headlight and started swapping over the bulbs. The main headlight bulb from the driver's side looked odd...




There is something inside the bulb. Looks like a bit of film from whatever they apply to the end of the bulb, but it's on the inside of the bulb.

Removed the other headlight..... everyone loves a bit of moss don't they?



I tested all the functions of both headlights and both worked fine with everything lighting up as it should. Might need a little alignment but all good. The odd beam pattern on the driver side was gone, suggesting that perhaps it was the headlight unit, not the bulb at fault.



It was dark and I was cold by this time. Bumper will.go back in tomorrow once I've had a good clean!
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I do think the front end has been apart at some point. I can't find any evidence of damage but the fit on the driver's side of the wing, headlight, bonnet and door suggest it's all been apart. Maybe it's had a small bump.

Either way, a bit of tweaking with headlight fit and then bonnet catch position made things a bit better.



I'll have a body shop look at it and see if they can sort it all out. I'm.sure it's just alignment.

A final parting shot of what I've earned today!

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So, just as I was putting everything away last night, I started the Xsara and let it run as the windscreen had steamed up on the inside. Let it run and tested all the lights again and I noticed what appeared to be smoke in the headlight light.....

Initially I thought it was the exhaust being blown forwards as that was the direction of the wind. A closer look revealed not.... (I did try embedding it but this forum is stupid when it comes to that....)

http://www.youtube.com/embed/-LPsOi7lx74

Yes, it's leaking. Not much, but it does have a leak. It turns out it's the original Ordonez rad, you can see the date stamp on it, 15/05/01. To be fair, I reckon 17.5 years for a rad isn't bad going.

So something else to add to the list of things to fix. I won't put the bumper back on until I do the rad. The only other bit is that this car has the early style bottom radiator hose.....I am planning on putting a Nissens aluminium rad into the car, which means I need to change the hose to the later type.

Peugeot swapped the hoses over sometime around 99. Not sure why Citroen were still using it in 2001......
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Not much done more with the Xsara......busy 3 day week at work last week and then a long weekend away for my birthday.

So, a new radiator has been ordered. In 306 circles, the aftermarket part of choice is Nissens, with even a number of the specialists recommending/supplying them. Handily, they are fairly cheap too, and half the price of a Valeo unit. I'm not chasing the silly OEM levels I am with the Rallye. Radiator should be here Friday.

Now, here comes the interesting part. The Nissens rad only works with the later style radiator bottom hose. Shouldn't be an issue as with the car being a late 2001, (although I can't find an exact build date, does anyone know where/how I'd find that?) it should have the later style hose. However, I'm certain that having looked (I need to check again), it's got the earlier style bottom hose on it, with the funny metal C clip like my Rallye. Servicebox suggests it should be the later style hose so now I'm properly confused, mostly because the radiator is the original....

I need to have it all apart and figure out exactly what I have. I wouldn't have expected it to have been a parts bin special, not with the age of the car. Oddly, the engine I took from the Ph1 Xsara I broke, which was a 98 R, had the later style hose (which I've nicked from the engine). Job for the weekend I think......

In other news, the same guy who had the headlights, also has a full set of the proper Citroen workshop manuals for the Xsara. 6 or 7 A4 lever arch files, covering everything.



I say he has.....not for much longer as I've agreed a deal to buy them for a princely sum of just £30. Pick them up this weekend.
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