XANTIA SUSPENSION PROBS-CAN ANYONE HELP

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Hello everyone, New to the board, so please bear with me. My Xantia is getting on, and I have recently found the suspension going hard. If I hit a few small bumps in the road together, car becomes a fairground
ride!!. I was qouted £180 pounds to have it fixed. Looking through this board, this seems quite expensive, especially when Im not sure the car is worth having this much spent on it. Can get the spheres cheap enough myself, but a little concerned about doing the job myself.
Is there anyone in the Manchester area who would be willing to do the job for me for a more reasonable price. Can come to you.
Failing that could do with plenty of advice please. I used to do all my own work on my cars, but over the years, the will to do this has got less and less. Do I need to change/flush the LHM? Can anyone give me instructions on how to do this please?
Thanks
ct76
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ct76 ( snipped-for-privacy@tuksa.freeserve.co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Ah.
They're screwing you rotten.
The front spheres are a piece of piss to do.
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Adrian wrote:

standard prices are £60 for genuine citroen spheres x 2 = £120 + labour + VAT so £180 is about 'right' but still over the top iyswim.
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. (--@-.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Meanwhile, in the non-dealer-price-real-world, £19.50 each or £32 for genuine Citroen from GSF...
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Adrian wrote:

agreed, but that doesn't alter the fact that the prices quoted to the OP, including fitting and VAT, are commonplace.
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. (--@-.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Who in their right mind would take an aging Xant to a dealer?
<thinks> Who in their right mind would take ANYTHING to a Cit dealer...?
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Adrian wrote:

novice citroen owners who are convinced by the bloke down the pub that hydrolastic suspension is complex and should only be touched by "specialists"
but you already know that.
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. (--@-.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Quite.
Hydrolastic really is best left to BL specialists, who have the proper pump, since Longbridge didn't see fit to actually install one on the car. Strange people.
Citroen dealers, otoh... Hell, they're the people who put normal DOT3 brake fluid in the tank on my mother's Xant at it's first service...
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Adrian wrote:

HA! my bad.
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Well, seem to have started a debate here, and I didnt even give you all the facts. The price was just for the front 2 spheres, and RECONNED at that. Was going to try Westroen, seem very reasonable. Are reconned spheres OK. Thanks for all the suggestions and help. From looking through the forum, read enough that I was reasonably happy to fit them myself, but £25 each fitted seems to be my favourite option. The lhm has never been changed in 3 years (can hear lots of sucking teeth and tutting out there), is this better done before replacing spheres, or doesnt it matter if done after. Cant find enough info on how to do this for me to be confident enough to do it myself. Seems to be a lot of info, but all assumes you have done certain things. Need a newbie guide.
Thanks everyone
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ct76 ( snipped-for-privacy@tuksa.freeserve.co.uk) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying :

Fuck. Me.

*If* they weren't totally flat before being regassed, then yes. If they were flat, then no. Sometimes seemingly good ones can die shortly after being regassed, though, and leaving the rear ones alone endlessly will cause them to be a major league pain in the arse when they are finally changed.

Three years isn't the end of the world. What colour is it now? REALLY horribly black? Or still vaguely greenish?

You need to have the car flat and all the hydraulics depressurised to do the spheres, might as well do it all at the same time.

It's already been posted in this thread a couple of times.
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ct76 wrote:

re_conned_ is the right spelling in this case.
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snipped-for-privacy@tuksa.freeserve.co.uk wrote:

My local Gloucester Citroen specialist charges about £26 a sphere fitted.

Look in yellow pages for Peugeot/Citroen specialists

Buy a Haynes BoL. IIRC what I did was to lower the suspension this driving most of the fluid out of the suspension units. Then empty the reservoir and flush all the filters with petrol. Refill and that's about it. There's a bit more to it but that's the basic gist of it.
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excuse my ignorance - what is a "board" and what is "usenet", and where do "forums" fit into it all ?
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Newcomers to newsgroups should start here
<http://computer.howstuffworks.com/newsgroup.htm
and here
<http://members.fortunecity.com/nnqweb/ , the Official Home Page of the newsgroup called news.newusers.questions.
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I was reading < wrote:

Er, www.aacity.net
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As in <http://www.aacity.net/main.htm ? Good site, that :))
I posted a catch-all 'boilerplate' that I have pre-prepared for such occasions, and I haven't included this group's home page for 'general consumption'. To be honest, I hadn't noticed which group I was in when I posted it.
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many thanks
Steve
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I was reading < wrote:

Heh :-) There is a well known name on that page.

The links are good. I think I will include them on the site.

You are forgiven :-)
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