west bay valver

Anything about BXs
User avatar
greendale65
BXpert
Posts: 509
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:52 pm
x 20

west bay valver

Post by greendale65 »

Hi all,
My valver has a lhm leak at the back seems to be above the exhaust area n/s
car is down on its belly went to top up used a full litre just gushed out
its either a pipe or brake cylinder does any one know where i would
get the cylinder if need be i will be away for a bit just thought it
would give me a starter when back
Thanks.
:? :?
rutter123
Over 2k
Posts: 2695
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:54 pm
Location: South Lincs
My Cars: 90 Bx Tzd turbo ven red 295k
74 D Super 5 black
05 Volvo V50 2.0d 180k
65 Peugeot Boxer work van 280k
x 137

Re: west bay valver

Post by rutter123 »

If fluid is p#####g out with the engine running I suspect its a high pressure line poss one of several
To temporarily stop the loss of fluid you can source the leaky pipe and clamp the pipe flat with some mole grips (you'll be replacing the pipe anyway) but DO NOT attempt to drive it anywhere.
Sadly you're now stuck with a car that can't be driven and if its bottomed out even trickier to get it recovered, we've all been there laying underneath a bx on a cold dark winters night f#####g around practising our plumbing skills, and our patience.
It won't be a brake cylinder as they don't have them and unlikely a caliper as they rarely fail.
I'm not sure of the layout of the 16v exhaust but my guess would be its either one of the front to rear h/p pipes or the rear caliper brake lines as these are more susceptible to corrosion if they are are still the originals.
All parts are easily available
Would be a good idea to change all the fr to rr and any others that look past their time as it can become a chore changing as and when.. and costly.
A set of 4 fr to rear pipes and the rear brake and strut pipes will set you back about £200 from Pleaides and could be a days labour dependant on how many fittings are seized and how good your mechanic is. It's not rocket science but having the car on a ramp does make it a lot easier.
90 BX Tzd turbo 294k SORN undergoing major surgery
90 BX Tzd turbo estate 46k awaiting surgery
65 Peugeot Boxer Van the new workhorse
52 Toyota Rav4 180k Bulletproof Jap reliability
User avatar
greendale65
BXpert
Posts: 509
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:52 pm
x 20

Re: west bay valver

Post by greendale65 »

H.i,
Thanks for your help
I am thinking of putting some fluid in just enough to
get me down the road to the garage put the car on low
and hope i get down to the garage its only at the end of
my road 5 mins if that will keep you posted when back from
holiday.
Thanks
Kitch
Over 2k
Posts: 6417
Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:36 pm
Location: Fareham, Hants
My Cars: Too many to list
x 88

Re: west bay valver

Post by Kitch »

Probably either the coil of pipes next to the axle, or the section that curves up and over the fuel tank has rusted through. If it's gushing out, it's probably that.
One third of a three-spoke BX columnist team for the Citroenian magazine.

CCC BX registrar: The national BX register - click to submit a car!

1983(A) 16TRS (Rouge Valleunga)
1990(H) 16Valve (Rouge Furio)
rutter123
Over 2k
Posts: 2695
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:54 pm
Location: South Lincs
My Cars: 90 Bx Tzd turbo ven red 295k
74 D Super 5 black
05 Volvo V50 2.0d 180k
65 Peugeot Boxer work van 280k
x 137

Re: west bay valver

Post by rutter123 »

You will empty your LHM tank very quickly if you drive it and run the risk of loosing PAS and ultimately brakes.
Could your local garage arrange recovery, or do you have AA breakdown cover?
Towing it is an option only with a stiff bar, tho will be quite a bumpy ride.
90 BX Tzd turbo 294k SORN undergoing major surgery
90 BX Tzd turbo estate 46k awaiting surgery
65 Peugeot Boxer Van the new workhorse
52 Toyota Rav4 180k Bulletproof Jap reliability
User avatar
greendale65
BXpert
Posts: 509
Joined: Sun Mar 02, 2014 5:52 pm
x 20

Re: west bay valver

Post by greendale65 »

Hi all,
Thanks for your help all will keep you updated
i will be away for a week will get back to you.
Take care all.
8) 8)