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Post by thanuttiscotsman » Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:50 pm

jeremy wrote:You'll be lucky to do it with an unmodified chain wrench .
that totally depends on whether some idiot put them on with something like a chain wrench!! which alot of non citro garages do because they dont know what they are doing with these systems. i have also previously had serious problems getting them off. ended up welding a kawasaki motorcycle chain to a socket.

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Post by ellevie » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:45 pm

At my last MOT they failed the accumulator because they decided it was leaking. I knew the sphere was ok because it wasn't clicking fast, but I let them change it anyway to get the ticket and I asked them to keep the old sphere for me --- I knew that the accumulator on my other SORN'd BX was knackered so I could put the old one on there. When I eventually got around to installing the salvaged sphere, I found that not only could I not get the knackered sphere off, but I couldn't even get the new sphere off my recently MOT'd BX. I broke a Halford chain wrench and I also broke a Machine Mart socket-chain wrench. The MOT garage agreed to break the new sphere for me so I took it back but they couldn't even get it off themselves. They had used a large articulated pliers to tighten it when they put it on, and they couldn't get it off even with two people trying to work the pliers. In the end I hired an industrial strength chain wrench from Brandon Toolhire for an afternoon for £6 and this did the job with me using my full strength with my feet jammed against the cross member for purchase. The chain was so thick that I only just managed to get it around the sphere in a diagonal direction.
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Post by Way2go » Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:05 pm

ellevie wrote: I broke a Halford chain wrench
Yep, broke two of those and the spheres do not have to be ultra tight either. A heavy duty strap wrench works better. My Cit guy has a hand made tool made out of metal bar that can be bolted to clamp the circumference of the sphere.
Removal of the accumulator sphere is easiest achieved with a club hammer and chisel on the weld on the sphere circumference.
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Post by thanuttiscotsman » Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:12 pm

Way2go wrote: Removal of the accumulator sphere is easiest achieved with a club hammer and chisel on the weld on the sphere circumference.
i agree a million percent there! :wink: and one fact is sphere's should only ever be put on hand tight not with tools!!

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Post by Way2go » Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:19 pm

thanuttiscotsman wrote: and one fact is sphere's should only ever be put on hand tight not with tools!!
True! :D
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Post by ellevie » Sat Nov 11, 2006 5:38 pm

Have you ever forgotten to put the seal back ? That's good for a laugh !
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Post by art » Mon Nov 13, 2006 9:39 am

Huge thanks to Bandit,
not only did he have a pair of front spheres that he wouldn't take anything for,
but he even fitted them for me !.
now the front end no longer feels as if it has concrete suspension.
the guy's a credit to the club.
it was great to meet and chew the fat.

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Post by ellevie » Mon Nov 13, 2006 11:27 am

=D> Well done that man =D>
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Post by thanuttiscotsman » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:14 pm

good show!! 8)
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Post by docchevron » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:45 pm

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Post by BX Bandit » Tue Nov 14, 2006 4:47 pm

Stop...stop...oh you guys!!!! :shock: :mrgreen:
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