what is the worst job on a BX ?

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citronut wrote:heater matrix is easy peasy again compaired to a XANT,

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same with a Renault Megane from what I saw .... complete removal of the dash I think !!!

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You cant knock the GS they are equally as nice to work on. i used to get a bad back working on them but know i just lay in the bay. and fall asleep
When I made the mistake of fitting a cheap set of points I got quite good at whipping the dizzy off on the roadside to reset the gap. The absolute worst so far has to be the front pipes - the front end isn't too bad once you drop the undertray, the the rear end was a nightmare. I remember starting the do up the rh clamp onto the Y pipe and listening to the 2pm news - before I finished I'd heard the 3pm news. Next time I'll probably pull the engine as it may be easier!

On the other hand, the local tyre place found the G easier to do the tracking on than the BX - they needed to turn the steering nearly to full lock to adjust the tracking on the BX!
same with a Renault Megane from what I saw .... complete removal of the dash I think !!!
A friend had one of those Megane's with the vertical back window. when a headlamp blew they couldn't work out how to change the bulb so took it to the dealer. They recommended that all the bulbs were changed at the same time as the labour charge was well over £100 as getting at the back of the headlight involved removing most of the front of the car :shock:
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yeah the Y pipe on the GS looked difficult to get at, never had to myself, but I had an Ami Super for several years and that had a mid-box with 2 pipes intead of the Y pipe, and it was a hell of a job to get it right because the exit pipe curved over and round the inner wing, so there were 3 pipes that had to line up with their mates, and the mid-box was never the same each time. That mid-box was the typical idea of some crazy French Engineer.

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I found changing a wheel an absolute nightmare - locked the wheels because the bolts were too long, nearly fell off the jack in the process and that was just the front wheel. I found that once I'd got the bolts off of the rear one off it was trapped between the curb and the rear wing.... got it out with force then couldn't put it back on... that was a bad day ;)

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scarecrow wrote:I found changing a wheel an absolute nightmare - locked the wheels because the bolts were too long, nearly fell off the jack in the process and that was just the front wheel. I found that once I'd got the bolts off of the rear one off it was trapped between the curb and the rear wing.... got it out with force then couldn't put it back on... that was a bad day ;)
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Haha - I have done clutches in 2cvs before - engine out and all that. The first time it caught on fire a bit, but someone more advanced patched the loom up and wayhay. The second time I actually put a new engine in, but I did forget to do the mounting bolts up properly. I got distracted by some gurkas once changing a wheel on a pickup, which then fell off on the way to work in the morning (loose nuts) - and was replaced by self-same laughing gurkas without any need for silly old jacks either. As I said at the time, it was karma ;) I like driving though and I'm fairly good at that, I just wish I was blonde and with shapely legs then I'd have something to pay my good Samaritans back with ;)

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I wonder if there's a guiness book of records for changing a wheel on a car, by keeping the wheel brace stationary and turning the car

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scarecrow wrote:Haha - I have done clutches in 2cvs before - engine out and all that. The first time it caught on fire a bit,
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2CVs are great because you can change the engine by yourself, without a jack or anything - I can remember the days when you could buy exchange 2CV motors from the local supermarket in France, with blue plastic handles so you could lump them into the trolley!
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yes I can confirm that it is posible to change a clutch on a Dyane on your own i.e. undo the engine mounts and connetions, jack up under the front of the gearbox, undo the bolts, and pull the engine out onto the floor. Putting it back is slightly more difficult due to lining up the splines, but I did do it. Took me a couple of days on my own thogh. Working on a Dyane was a dream, the BX is possibly next best but I haven't had to do the clutch on a BX yet, and not really loking forward to it.

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scarecrow
you have to be very carefull what you wish for :twisted:


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Well if it happens, I'll take it on the chin - like a man! :oops: