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Sigmund Fraud last won the day on March 26 2017

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  1. I'm not suggesting you do it yourself ; the point I was trying to make was that it's a really straightforward job that any competent garage should be able to do in a few hours. If it's failed twice with similar symptoms, it would be worth getting the head to a good engineering company to ensure it's flat and pressure test it. Also, keep in mind that the TU is a wet liner engine, so if the head is good (and I would expect it to be after less than 60K miles, unless it has overheated) the garage need to ensure the liners have not moved (which could have happened during the previous repa
  2. I've just done one of those, they're not exactly rocket science... Is it the TADTS fault of mixing oil and water ?
  3. So... Let's start bringing the blog up to date ! Come July, it was time for my annual continental holiday, and I needed to make sure the front subframe of the Merc wouldn't snap in half while doing 130 mph km/h, monsieur le gendarme, on the Autoroute. After several hours of drilling, hammering and cutting, all rusty metal had been removed : Now, a perfectionist would have removed the entire closing panel and bought a repair panel from MB, who still list it for around £60. But I am not a perfectionist. Also, I had worked out that the rest of the subframe consists
  4. Thank you for dragging this up from the depths of the forum, gentlemen ! I'm still alive, but there were some pretty major life changes last autumn that kept me away from the spanners for several months. My car mojo is returning slowly but steadily, and I'm currently halfway through an OMGHGF job on Mrs F's new daily... Watch this space !
  5. Gear selection issue can be fixed with a simple linkage alignment. Whine in 5th means the box has been run low on gear oil and the 5th gear cluster is damaged. Top it up and keep running it until it breaks (which it unfortunately will).
  6. Time for another update from Chez Fraud ! With Mrs F's Polo fully MoT'd and (finally) working as intended, the 206 became surplus to requirements. Mr Castro was happy to have it back, so it returned to his custody ! And with the ex-HMC crusty Merc having taken over family car duties, the GM900 also needed to go. Here it is, in all its beige glory : After being advertised on here, and unsuccessfully auctioned on eBay, I was really pleased that fellow shitter and serial SAAB owner simon8201 stepped in and gave it a new home ! Finding time for car stuff has been difficul
  7. Looks like it belongs to an Alfa 105 Berlina... Was it marked as "Carello" ? If so, it's worth far more than the sticker price !
  8. Heater matrix ? Check your carpets !
  9. Absolutely love your optimistic approach to shite buying !!! R5s are really nice to drive, in the traditional French way that offers both great handling and excellent comfort. They love to rust, so check it carefully and, if no welding is needed, pump it full of waxoyl to preserve it. Cleon engines are also prone to OMGHGF if they've been sitting for long, so keep an eye on the temperature sensor...
  10. "Liked" because the forum software lacks the essential "I see what you did there" button ?
  11. I don't think we should blame the press for this one ; Citroen themselves marketed it as hydropneumatic :
  12. Probably debris in the hydraulic system ; clearances are really tight in there. Take the filters out of the LHM reservoir and give them a clean, then do some Citro-bics to circulate the fluid around. If it's a keeper, treat it to some Hydraflush. If not, don't worry about it !
  13. You were indeed ! The only way to tell if a LeMans is a DB or a Rene Bonnet is to check the engine (Panhard in the former, Renault in the latter).
  14. That's much better than I expected ! Are the brakes up to stopping from such high* speeds, when a distracted/rude/drunk (delete as appropriate) Frenchman cuts you up ? Also, we need more pictures of the oily bits, please !
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