Someone drove into my car…Ouch!! I did try and use gaffer tape to stick it back together, it didn’t work!
After, some bits from a Dell Server!
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!)
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!
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!
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….
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!
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.
If you look at the top (rocker cover) and bottom right (of picture) you’ll see the dampers (or lack off)
close up of missing rubber damper, the rubber eventually gives and snaps off!
14mm spanner and all done.
cream spikey things are the new dampers.
this was a little more difficult, to re-align the holes with the dampers than I thought!
Yes, another car, it’s a Citreon Xsara LX 2.0 HDi (turbo diesel).
Over 100 million disposable air filters are discarded each year. This filter is cleanable and will last for the life of the vechile. My bit for the environment. and I don’t have to change it for another 50,000 miles.