The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

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Ambassador JDStone
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Orga / RP numbers: K475PGN Y3 2.0i Estate
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Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by Ambassador JDStone » Thu Jun 06, 2024 9:05 pm

:) That’s good news. There were no obvious leaks, perhaps the odd weep but honestly I don’t think this car has had much in the way of tidying up after any jobs done… so that sticky old Lhm could have been there for yonks!
I’ll try get the old seal out and see where I’m at.
Thanks!

Ambassador JDStone
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Orga / RP numbers: K475PGN Y3 2.0i Estate
That ex-ambassadorial one off YouTube

Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by Ambassador JDStone » Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:35 pm

The pump change was a success, pulley is straight and true and my steering is smooth once again.
The more I drive it the more I like its mechanical feel and responsive controls. But it ain’t without its faults!

I don’t think I am experiencing the magic carpet ride as it should be, it’s lovely on the motorway but bobs up and down and crashes about a bit more than I thought it should.
The accumulator should, I believe, do its click every 30 seconds? Mine is doing so every 6-12 seconds! Also looking at the spheres they look pretty worn externally and likely been on a while. It all pumps up nicely and levels itself so I think all is well mechanically… I think 😂

I’ve downloaded the sphere table so I know the correct pressures to buy, but just wondered if there is a specific supplier or brand of spheres I am best going for?
Ride at the rear feels ok so I think I’m going to replace the accumulator and front spheres first… unless I am steered another direction!

DownUnderXM
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Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by DownUnderXM » Mon Jul 01, 2024 10:55 pm

Here's one option - they sell IFHS, which have a good reputation (I'm using them on an XM and a Xantia).

https://www.sphere-discount.com/gb/

And here's another - also selling IFHS product, with almost identical pricing.

https://www.spheres-neuves.com/

I haven't personally bought from these vendors - my last sphere orders came from another online seller - Sphere Shop - who have disappeared. Don't even know if these French sites will ship to my home in Australia yet!

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Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by Dieselman » Tue Jul 02, 2024 6:29 am

Try AEP in Glasgow for supply of IFHS spheres. Tel: 0141 647 0800
They used to list them on their website but no longer do, though we were advised they do still stock them.

The only real way to check the spheres is by removing and pressure testing them, but a relatively accurate method is to run the engine, ensure the ride is at the correct height, then bounce the front and rear of the car, which should feel softish and fluid at the front and masses of bounce at the rear. Really push and pull on the car to get it bouncing.
If it appears the spring rate is becoming rapidly firmer when pushing down the spheres are low on gas.

Switch off the engine, leave the doors closed and wait for the electrovalve to de-activate. (30s and there should be a clunk noise)
Now bounce the car again, which should be very stiff, due to being in hard mode.

You may well find a member willing to pressure test and re-gas your spheres either at a CCC rally, or another time if you travel to them. ;)
Ambassador JDStone wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2024 2:35 pm
The more I drive it the more I like its mechanical feel and responsive controls.
Xm are a great drivers car, very tactile and precise.
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Ambassador JDStone
XM newbie
Posts: 8
Joined: Mon May 13, 2024 12:57 pm
Orga / RP numbers: K475PGN Y3 2.0i Estate
That ex-ambassadorial one off YouTube

Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by Ambassador JDStone » Tue Jul 02, 2024 4:40 pm

I ordered an accumulator sphere earlier today, just off eBay as it’s what I use most commonly… gone to look who the stock is from, and it’s AEP in Glasgow!
Starting with that to get the accumulator clicks a little less frequent and I’ll gradually replace the rest in pairs I reckon.

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Re: The Ambassadorial XM estate has another new owner… Hi!

Post by Dieselman » Wed Jul 03, 2024 6:43 am

AEP will probably do a deal over the phone.

I've now added the IFHS and AL-Ko catalogues to the Sphere tables.
92 2.1SED M.RP5740 ECZ Sable Phenicien
92 3.0 V6-24.Rp 5713 EXY Black
92 2.1SD M.RP 5685 ENT Blue Sideral
Prev
90 2.1SD M.RP 5049 EJV Mandarin
92 2.1SD A.RP 5698 EJV Mandarin
94 2.1SD A.RP 6218 ERT Triton Green
91 2.0SI M.RP 5187 EWT White

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