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1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Fri May 06, 2022 7:23 pm
by Citjon
Following on from my post in new members I thought it was about time I did an update.

The car has been parked up over winter but as of May 1st taxed again and in regular use. As always there are a few jobs to do and after being reprimanded by a certain Mr Draper for my leaky rocker cover gasket that was first on the list. New gasket was Febi brand bought off eBay for about £6 and a good fit.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how clean it was internally despite the muck on the outside. One day I might even get round to detailing the engine!

While under the bonnet I also noticed some small black debris near the hydraulic pump and found the belt to be loose. Not sure how that happened but it reminded me I need to order a spare to carry.

The dipstick is another thing I need to replace before it disintegrates.

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Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Sat May 07, 2022 7:47 am
by Dieselman
I've given up on fitting new dipsticks, all the tops break off eventually.
The dipstick itself has a bend at the top to act as a retainer so wine bottle corks, beer bottle caps, and a sleeve of rubber tube seems to work.

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Sat May 07, 2022 7:43 pm
by Citjon
Washed, polished and ready for the run up to Wetherby tomorrow.
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Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Wed May 25, 2022 8:38 pm
by Citjon
I realised the back end was getting bouncy so took a punt on some NOS spheres and fitted them tonight.

It has completely transformed the ride quality back to how it should be. The n/s sphere was full of LHM so must have been pretty flat.

Rear subframe could still do with some paint and waxoil.
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Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 3:53 am
by Dieselman
NOS ones are usually fine as the gas can't permeate through the membrane due to it being pressed against the inside of the steel sphere.

If a sphere squirts Lhm after removal the membrane is ruptured and it has leaked fluid into the gas section.

What are you doing with the old ones, I am after scrap spheres.

For painting the subframe it's best to lower it from the car and give it a good wire brushing.

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 9:10 am
by Citjon
Thanks Will. It was more of a dribble than a squirt - I'll dig out my tester and see if there's any gas remaining.

I think they are genuine ones and you are welcome to have them.

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Thu May 26, 2022 1:50 pm
by citroenxm
Dieselman wrote:
Thu May 26, 2022 3:53 am


What are you doing with the old ones, I am after scrap spheres.

I've taken a pair off the rear of our M reg 2.1 exclusive. They aren't ruptured but didn't have much movement either. I'll bring them to the national if you want them too Will.. I put them to the scrap pile..

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Fri May 27, 2022 6:26 am
by Dieselman
Citjon wrote:
Thu May 26, 2022 9:10 am
I think they are genuine ones and you are welcome to have them.
citroenxm wrote:
Thu May 26, 2022 1:50 pm
if you want them too Will.. I put them to the scrap pile..
Yes please.

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2022 9:42 pm
by Citjon
Had a quick check underneath tonight as the MOT is booked for the 21st.

It looks like a new driveshaft boot is required on the nearside and the bottom engine mount has seen better days.

Can the mount be changed without removing the housing? It looks like there is enough access to use a long bolt and washers to pull the new one in.

On the plus side the automatic rust proofing system seems to be working well in various places.

Re: 1991 2.0i Auto

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2022 10:13 pm
by Citjon
And is this the correct Bush? Haven't measured it but it seems to be a common fitment