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Citroen Xantia

Originally Posted by keithwalton

Many thanks for the advice Xaccers will be saving that for future reference

Its quite funny how I work on race cars all the time yet I contemplated getting someone else to do the work on my own car!

I borrowed a rather nice strap wrench for doing my fronts which did the job nicely. I do like the way my car handles at the moment i’ve managed to turn the quite neutral (for fwd) xantia into a very light oversteer when really pushed car

Hydraflush. many many miles / years / probably not ever!

I’ve had the car for just over a year and done 6k in it. my dad had it before me and did 20k odd in it and if it didnt break he didnt fix it!

I’d shudder to suspect its mostly original fluid in there apart from what i topped up after changing the spheres a year ago (front near side failed, and on removal dropped alot of high pressure lhm everywhere! somthing the dipstick haynes didnt really warn you about, it said there might be a small leakage on removal so i had a wadd of kitchen roll ready, alas it was a wee bit more than a little bit)

It’s due an oil change soon too, any recomendations on that one. it’s currently got castrol gtd magnatec (10w-40 fully synth) in it which should be good for 10k but im going to change it at the norm 6k anyway as my dad had done past 10k when i got it. (runs so much sweeter on the new black stuff!)

i was tempted by the castrol edge diesel last time but couldnt afford it!

I’ve just completed a hydraflush cycle.

Getting the resevoir out was the awkward bit as it’s got a peg out the bottom which fits snuggly in a hole.

The pipes on the side of the resevoir sit in a plastic unit which is just clipped to the side of the resevoir, so you can unclip this and with a bit of effort (delicate effort) remove the filter unit and put it in a clean coke bottle with the top cut off.

There’s a shop in Leighton Buzzard that sells plastic storage containers, and one they do is ideal for oil changes, it’s about 50x75x15cm.

I poured the contents of the resevoir into this as a coinsized disc of plastic could have fallen off the filter unit, along with a small metal clip which holds the long filter in place. The disc is from the bottom of the float chamber, and stops sloshes causing false readings as you drive.

My fluid came out really brown which isn’t good, so I think someone used hydraflush before and forgot to replace it with green blood after 600 miles!

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Clean out the resevoir and filters (bol says to use petrol) and fight with it back into place.

Repeat again in 600 miles with nice green blood.

What year is yours? As the way the system is depressurised is different between those with anti-sink and those early ones without.

Using a one man brake/clutch bleeding tube and bottle made bleeding the brakes much easier, just need someone in the driver’s seat to press the brake pedal.

Oil changes every 6K and I use fully synthetic too, with an engine flush, no idea if that helps but it’s not killed any of my diesels so far!

When the cambelt snapped on mine last year, I changed the coolant too (as I needed to take one of the water pipes off to get it out the way) which from what I’ve read is important on XUDs as otherwise they can blow a head gasket.

Talking of cambelts, they can be done yourself, which is a pain in the backside, but Citroen help by providing locking holes for the cam pulley, injection pump and crank (via flywheel, 6mm hole behind the starter motor) which you just insert M6 (I think) bolts into.

Hardest part is the covers, if you break them a complete set is only £38 from Citroen, the top back cover has a bolt at the back, 11mm if memory serves.

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