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Ooh, that's got worse. It was always wet (Accumulator sphere/regulator) but never drippy like that.

 

It got worse... I came out this morning to find this:

 

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Not good... time for investigation

 

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It didn't take long to discover this return pipe that had been joined where part of it had been replaced. The new pipe had split, due I think to the routing which made it bend right at the joint.

 

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Now it looks like this:

 

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How relieved am I to find it was something simple! Now all I have to do is clean up the toxic spill...

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Before the huge and disastrous leak above, the BX had always left a bit of the green stuff behind wherever it came to rest. Spurred on by Saturday's success I decided to see if I could deal with the bigger of the car's current two known leaks, at the OSF corner.

 

Once the wheel was off it didn't take even me long to spot the problem. These two

 

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and these two

 

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need to become re-acquainted with one another. I think these have been snapped for a while, as the broken ends are full of crap.

 

HBOL doesn't appear to mention these, are they return pipes? What's going to be my best option for fixing this?

 

As ever, all help gratefully received!

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Yup. Strut return pipes. Low pressure, so you can just bodge a bit of copper pipe in. The two bits you're holding in your hand aren't meant to meet. They should still be one with those two other rubber bits right behind your hand. They only leak when the car drops. AEP in Scottishland can be good for replacements, though I do recall BXers saying that new ones weren't lasting very long. 

 

They're held in place with a really annoying metal clip that really requires a special set of pliers to fit properly. You can get away with keeping the metal support from that clip and using cable ties.

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The short version of my not-very-exciting and now disappeared update...

 

New exhaust rubbers and rear hanger welded back on means no more exhaust banging on the underneath when you switch on/off

 

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And here's a bonus shot of it helping out a less fortunate member of the fleet the other day:

 

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So the clutch failed yesterday :-(  The mechanic at our local trusted garage says it'll be £450 or so to replace it. He went on to suggest that's more than the car was worth, and did I want to consider getting something newer? He's a good chap, but he doesn't really get the old car thing beyond trailer queen classics; the Citroen just looks like some scrapyard escapee to him.

 

JUST FIX IT MAN.

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OK, he's just rung me to say that in addition to the clutch itself, the release fork is knackered. This is bad, because they are NLA and he can't find one.

 

So... the old girl needs your help. What we're after is the earlier type of release fork fitted to these cars. Apparently it was used on 405s, 309s and some C15 vans, and the part number is 211742. Our mechanic says he's tried all his usual internet sources but come up empty.

 

Any ideas??

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I think I missed this thread before, looks like a nice old bus. What engine/spec is it?

Good luck with clutch bits. I'd have thought if it was used on so many cars a s/h item should be findable...

 

It's a 19RD, though with a GTi interior IIRC. I had it from Cats (Can't remember cambelt details) and sold it to FPB7, who had it for quite a while by AS bike standards.

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Pivot arm doesn't look so bad but what is going on with the push rod?

This. That doesn't look at all right judging from other BE1 gearboxes that I've seen - I'd guess that the rod has been crudely lengthened as a bodge fix to get around the bent/damaged fork and now that you've fitted a new clutch and fork it's thrown everything out.

 

I couldn't find a picture of a BX one, but whilst it's not quite the same, this is how the BE1 linkage looks on a 205 - note the length of the rod and how everything is roughly in-line (my Google skills weren't up to scratch I'm afraid so the actual quadrant is cracked on this one, but you should get the idea)

 

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As a guess, if you removed the bits that have been crudely added, the rod will be roughly the right length for everything to sit in line and that would probably sort out the clutch pedal issue.

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I'd trim that push rod (or just chuck those nuts away) so that once it is in place the quadrant and fork are roughly parallel ......

 

They were probably put in to compensate for the lost travel caused by the failing old arm or pedal box

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