What lovely weather we’d been having in October - now that I’d got a chance to work on the car for a couple of hours today it’s been pissing it down.
To recap, The Leader has always been a ticker. Ticks when it rises up, ticks when it’s idling in traffic, ticks when you dab the brake. The accumulator, then, is clearly not accumulatoring.
More recently I’ve been getting lengthy spells of STOP light on first start up after it’s been sat a few hours. As this is my only car at the moment it’s been getting tiresome setting off early and arriving late all the time while I wait for the STOP light to clear.
I found it weirdly stressful jacking this car on to stands with all the “can crush you” stories, but really it’s not to be scared of. I put it in high, rolled the Jack under, jacked it up a smidge, put some stands under, lowered the Jack then set the car to low. No drama.
The depressurisation bleed screw was duly turned enough (but not too much) and the old accumulator simply unscrewed, thanks to the tool provided by @wesacosa
It couldn’t be easier on a 14E BX, in fact you might be able to get away with doing this at ground level on low.
New and old. Is there somewhere I should send my old one for refurb? Seems a bit wasteful to simple bin it if it can be repaired and help out another Citroen.
I cleaned up the mating face but didn’t realise the seal is internal to the PRV thinking it was a face seal, so attempt one saw this reassembled with the old seal and new seal in place... It soon let me know with an LHM based dirty protest. Attempt two and we were leak free. (Insight now gained into the more urgent need for an LHM change due the the fact it has gone a urine shade of yellow, the dehydrated kind)
Loads of bleed nipple bleeding then occurred. Maybe too much. But I came to the conclusion I’m not expecting to ever get liquid out of the bleed screw so took it from the stands safely and did some slow-mo low rider bouncing (Citrobatics).
Annoyingly the STOP light was staying on for several minutes still, so after checking the internet and some more help from @wesacosa I discovered I had wrongly assumed the STOP light was for the hydraulics only. I also found out that what now turns out to be a Low Coolant light is in fact not an LHM system fault light! I feel like a right idiot.
In summary it only needed a splash of coolant.., but got an accumulator change in the rain as well.
(The accumulator was kippered though, so glad I got it done before I ran the pump into the ground or something)