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  1. steve barnes

    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    Took delivery this afternoon all seems good on the inside, everything works as it should and is in immaculate condition for a 2003 model.
    Just done a short charge on the battery as it was dead after being sat for 4 weeks, so going to leave that on overnight and investigate the suspected head gasket fault tomorrow.

    So far have checked the oil and no coolant present visibly, consistency is good, and vice versa no oil in water that's visible. The header tank does have a a light brown film on it though when empty, so hopefully this is just old coolant staining or rust staining from where the previous owner has been using water instead of coolant.

    There are no visible leaks when you fill the tank up that i can see but it was getting dark, so it'll be manifolds out tomorrow to try and source the leak. The guy said it is coming from the front of the 1.6 petrol engine just under the exhaust outlet manifold.

    The pedals are very strange feeling on these cars, gonna take a bit of getting used to.
     
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    loffty01 Well-Known Member

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    Could it be a core plug mate as I've know of these being a problem on some Peugeot's.
    The pedals are more to one side + closer together citroen's are the same must be a French thing.(ive always told they were more for women than men lol)
     
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    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully that is the case Lofty regarding the core plugs,i've read the same about them, i am noticing a noticeable judder on acceleration and when starting the car also, so will need to look into that also. I believe they have an EGR on these, so that'll be coming out tomorrow too, just gonna strip it down and see what's what.

    It's the springiness of the pedals i'm not used to, you push down feels like there's nothing there, but very responsive. Even my old renault laguna wasn't like these, and having pasty feet doesn't help.
     
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    Fingers crossed its that easy with the plugs but the Judder could just be where it hasn't been running correctly for a while especially with the weather getting colder now. But if it's got a EGR it's best to look at that as well.(pasty feet what's that about).
    The pedal feel could just be the difference between vauxhall and Peugeot really then there's the age different between the cars themselves.
     
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    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    pasty feet is a janner term for big feet.lol
     
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    loffty01 Well-Known Member

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    Lol learned something new there.
    Big feet don't help
     
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    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    Well got the top outlet cover off and all the front manifold bolts, jacked the car up, looked underneath and instantly can see a core plug has rotten away and is seeping water, nothing above to suspect head gasket but the top manifold has 3 hairline cracks in, so that will need replacing.

    Luckily it separates from the catalytic converter via 4 bolts but space and reach is an issue so have to go out and get a long half inch extension. Apart from that engine is looking in good knick underneath, a bit of limescale buiit up where the water has been running down the block but coming off nice with a fine wire brush. Looks like i got a bargain with this car at £180.

    Now for the big question, where do i get the core plugs, not something you see at eurocarparts or such like.
     
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    grant19841 Well-Known Member

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    Nice one


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    steve barnes Well-Known Member

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    Here's the offender:

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    Fantastic news well done. They sell core plugs on ebay . You just need to be sure of the fitment size.should be a easy swap over there videos on YouTube. The only problem you might have is getting them fitted squarely. Bit of a win here for you fella things are on the up for you at least. Thinking about it have you got a local Peugeot dealership as I don't think they would be that expensive
     
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