TIMS BX BLOG

Tell us about life with your BX, or indeed life in general!
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Tim Leech
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Re: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by Tim Leech » Sat Apr 23, 2016 12:47 pm

A lovely run out to the X rally in the Xantia, it drove superbly and you would think it was 18 months old not 18 years, mind you at only 45000 miles and regularly citroen serviced you would expect as much.

BX GT is now road legal and running sweet, I have been on about changing the LHM for a while as I know adam did it before I got her but that was over 8 years ago!

Anyway that took about 20 minutes, the filters were fairly black but the fluid was clean, now all sparkling and fresh and I avoided scarring my hands again this time whilst cleaning out the reservoir, fresh new LHM and new clips on the pipes that require them.

Just the oil and filter to do and setting the carb up and she's ready for ICCCCR 2016!
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Post by MULLEY » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:05 pm

20 mins, how the hell did you manage that, did you just empty the lhm tank & clean the filters? Don't forget all the crud thats still in the system especially in the brakes, the whole system needs to be drained to ensure years of future trouble free motoring. I'd also highly recommend running hydraflush as well.
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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirt S TAL 91S
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:26 am

basically yes Matt, I avoid the bleed nipples on the calipers as I just know they would sheer off.

The hydraulics on the GT have always been spot on, it rides better than any BX and the LHM was fairly fresh after it self emptied when a return popped off, so was just a quick job.
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
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Re: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by mat_fenwick » Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:57 pm

You might be pleasantly surprised with the bleed screws - I've found them to crack off better than other cars (possibly due to LHM being non-hygroscopic?) rather than shear. But I'd probably be inclined to leave alone if there isn't a problem, especially on something doing limited mileage. Butit it does shear, recon calipers aren't too expensive still so not the end of the world.
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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:15 pm

Just a case of I had the lhm and a bit of spare time. The old lhm could easily have been reused but it won't do harm to change, oil and coolant next.
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav
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Post by Tinkley » Tue Apr 26, 2016 11:30 am

Mmmmm but the front brakes are just so sweet after bleeding...... :wink: and there's no fade or pumping....

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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirt S TAL 91S
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:37 pm

Tinkley wrote:Mmmmm but the front brakes are just so sweet after bleeding...... :wink: and there's no fade or pumping....
I can guarantee you there's no pumping required, the GT has always driven, handled, stopped better than any other BX I've owned and still does, even Mr Wild himself who used it to go to the chippy one evening at a National Rally came back and heaped praise on her...so who am I to argue!
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
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Post by MULLEY » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:51 pm

If you prepare the bleed screws & have some heat available & take it very easy they should come out without shearing. Personally it would probably be a good time to replace them & put some copper grease on the threads of the new one's to avoid them from becoming seized in. You'd be amazed at how much crap can come out of the dead stops in a BX, even one which appears to have been looked after. I'll be doing this on the valver once the weather gets warmer :)
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Remapped - It goes better
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - it does over 60mpg
1992 TZD Turbo - SORN - slowly getting there
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze is back on the road since 2008
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014

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Post by Tinkley » Sun May 01, 2016 6:05 am

MULLEY wrote: You'd be amazed at how much crap can come out of the dead stops in a BX, even one which appears to have been looked after.
Dead rats included..... :wink: It's the colour that shows it best, the new fluid is a vibrant green and that which comes out of the brake nipples can be a weak piss colour, unrecogniseable from the new stuff!. I'd agree, you do notice the difference when they are all done, especially with correct front pads/discs.

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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri May 06, 2016 11:47 pm

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Random car purchase, no top gear jokes please, I've heard them all, often.
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
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Post by Tinkley » Sat May 07, 2016 8:42 pm

A friend had one in 50 shades of Tundra green, mind he sold it for more than he paid for it, down Oxford way.... =D>
I remember the leaf springs......

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1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirt S TAL 91S
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Post by Tim Leech » Sun May 08, 2016 8:34 am

Yea it's the opposite of bxs, very simple and old school!
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
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1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav
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Post by Defender110 » Mon May 09, 2016 11:36 am

Wow that looks in good nick and very original, nice mk 1 variant. You finally scratched the itch then. I had a couple of these in the day, really quite reliable.
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Post by Defender110 » Mon May 09, 2016 11:41 am

That mustard colour is known as Greensand IIRC.
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Post by Kitch » Mon May 09, 2016 1:12 pm

I have a soft spot for Marinas as it was the first car I ever travelled in. There's a part of me that wants to own one, if only to see just how bad they really were! I remember my Dad telling me it was truly awful in nearly every way, which prompted me to ask "Why did you have it 8 years then?!"