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The HDi is back on the road again!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

HDi Engine Cover on Citroen Xsara MkII 2.0 HDi

HDi Engine Cover on Citroen Xsara MkII LX 2.0 HDi

Two weeks since the starter motor failed, my Citreon Xsara MkII LX 2.0 HDi is fixed and back on the road again.

Most of this time has been taken up by finding the existing model in the car, (aided with mirror) and matching and finding the part, but CM Motorspares came through and supplied me with the exact same model, a M001T80481 - Mitsubishi, although the label on mine had scorch marks and I couldn’t read three numbers in the middle, I cross referenced the part against the Citroen Service Site (details here) this came from a Citroen Xsara Mk2 2.0 HDi starter motor, taken from 2002 5dr hatch with 65,000 miles.

My delivery arrived yesterday at 3.00pm, and 15 minutes later I had the starter installed waiting for the ECU/BSI to initialize before starting (Important! you wait 2 mins after connecting battery, before starting!), the only little snag, trying to hold starter motor with one hand, whilst bolting with the other, (only to find the bolts two arms lengths away and I couldn’t reach!)

Starting the car is much better, in  fact it’s the best it’s ever been, I did think this was caused by the battery in December so purchased a new one not required! But I did find that the battery in the car, was wrong for a Turbo Diesel, as it had a low cold crank value. So always good to have a new battery and a spare!!!

Hall of Fame, and thanks to the following:-

Mum & Dad

Lindsey

Esther, Angus and Matilda

Boot Ferrule Man @ http://www.jlbelectronics.com

Bargaincottage Man @ http://www.bargaincottages.co.uk

The “Un-sung Heros” @ the Citroen Xsara Owners’ Club (yes it does exist!!!)

Mike & Fran @ http://www.oakhousekunekune.co.uk/

Jon, Battery Solutions York Ltdhttp://www.batterysolutionsyork.co.uk/

Andrew@ CM Motorspares

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Starter Motor Removed on Citreon Xsara LX 2.0 HDi

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

I successfully managed to disconnect the electrical (ground) and postive electrical connections from the start motor on Wednesday, but I couldn’t shift the 8mm hex bolts with my current 8mm hex bolt “adaptor”, they’ve been bolted in very well, and I also need a 6mm hex bolt socket to remove the power steering pipes as well, to gain access to the final 8mm hex bolt.

So a trip to Halfords was required to purchase an 6mm and 8mm hex bolt socket. (I also had a little difficulty this morning, because I had put my tools in the boot of the car, and since found there is no way to open the boot with the central locking working, there is no boot lid lever in the Xsara, so I had to climb into the boot from ther back seats!)

M001T80481 - Mitsubishi Starter Motor for Citroen Xsara MkII 2.0 HDi

M001T80481 - Mitsubishi Starter Motor for Citroen Xsara MkII 2.0 HDi

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Starter motor faulty on my Citreon Xsara LX 2.0 HDi

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The starter motor or solenoid has become faulty on my car, and I cannot start it, when I turn the keys in the ignition, it just goes click!

So I’ve been out this morning with a mirror and digital camera, trying to work out what the model number is!

Starter Motor reflection in mirror

Starter Motor reflection in mirror

Starter Motor reflection in mirror

Starter Motor reflection in mirror

and it’s typical the label’s burnt through that must have been where the smoke came from. But I think it’s M001T80481!

I just need to find out how to remove it now!

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Driving a Rocket Ship…

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I finally took my car today to the garage today, the vibrations had got the better of me, and I could no longer see out of the rear view mirror, because it was vibrating so much, I’ve had the radio turned-up and could still here the vibrations, and I must have tuned out the noise! Lindsey would complain it gave her a headache, and when ‘Boot Ferrule Man’ visited me at the beginning of the month, he suspected it was the drive shaft or wheel bearing, also confirmed by ‘Bargain Cottage Man‘.

There was some Police, Stop, Action program the other evening, and after the car crashes pictured on the television, and with the darker nights and wet, damp days, I thought it wise to visit the garage and get some items fixed on the car. Back in December last year, I reported my ABS had gone offline, and I should have taken it back to the garage, but never did…..well MOT is due next week, so this stuff had to be fixed.

I dropped my car at the garage this morning, and the Mechanic, dropped me off at my clients site to take back to the garage, he confirmed it was the passenger side front wheel bearing, and was rather worried driving the car, a few miles, in fear the wheel would drop off. He said it was very bad.

Later, after parting with a monkey, the mechanic told me, you must be  a mad ****** driving that car, I wouldn’t have driven it four miles, and certainly not at speed.

Driving my car is now like driving a ****ing rocket ship!!!

Fantastic - so there’s a moral here somewhere…..

(oh, and I also had new drive shaft, ABS, springs, and brake calipers), next week it’s MOT and Service! (cannot wait for that!).

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Va Va Voom - Redex Cetane Booster

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Redex Cetane Booster - Super Concentrated Cetane

Redex Cetane Booster - Super Concentrated Cetane

I think my diesel injectors on my car are clogged, so I’ve been experimenting with Redex (diesel version) and CarLube, until I found Redex Cetane Booster. Now it drives like a rocket ship!

Put some of this in your diesel tank if you want more Va Va Voom!!!

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I’ve got tone!

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Not that I’ve ever flown a fighter jet, but now when driving my car “I’ve got tone!”

“Sidewinders, and maybe other heat seaking missiles, generate a tone to indicate that they have acquired a target. This starts as a growl and increases in frequency until it sounds like a solid tone.”

Well now that my ABS light is lit, at random intervals, “I got tone”!, because my car doesn’t carry a payload of heat seaking missiles!!!

Back to the garage, me thinks….

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My car has now stopped whistling!

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

The RAC patrol man said “it’s the EGR or Blow-off valve!”. But it’s Safe to drive, just turn up the radio or wear ear plugs.

Garage No.1 said “it’s a pipe off the engine in-let, we’ll need all day on the lift, to take all the pipes off to see which one”. But it’s Safe to drive, just turn up the radio or wear ear plugs.

Garage No.2 said “it could be the EGR valve”, But it’s Safe to drive, just turn up the radio or wear ear plugs.

Coming home from Garage No.2 on Friday, at roughly the same place on the dual carriageway it STOPPED!

I’ve driven 350 miles since, and it’s stopped whistling, so maybe it’s dropped off!

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My Car now whistles!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

I’ve got another nasty, whistling noise from the car engine now. I’ve got to turn the radio up full, to overcome the noise!

The harder I accelerate the louder it gets!

I could idle, but I wouldn’t get anywhere.

Back to the garage tomorrow am!

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Car Broke Down

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

isn’t life typical, my car broke down this morning, and it only happens to be My Birthday! The RAC patrol man, told me it’s the auxilary belt tensioner.

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Car Maintenance

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

I put on my mechanics head today, to perform some simple maintenance on my car. One small rubber damper had fallen off which holds on the engine cover. Whilst I removed the engine cover, another one had fallen off, so I had to replace two. Simple job with a 14mm spanner and items from eBay.

Citroen2.0L HDI Engine
Citroen Xsara 2.0L HDI Engine

If you look at the top (rocker cover) and bottom right (of picture) you’ll see the dampers (or lack off)

Missing engine damper
Missing engine damper

close up of missing rubber damper, the rubber eventually gives and snaps off!

dampers installed
dampers installed

14mm spanner and all done.

dampers installed
dampers installed

cream spikey things are the new dampers.

Engine Cover replaced
Engine Cover replaced

this was a little more difficult, to re-align the holes with the dampers than I thought!

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