I recently bought a 1989 Citroen BX GTi 1.9 8v. Nippy little bugger it
is too, but it needs a new clutch.
I have heard lots of stories of what a horror it is to change. Of
course I only heard what a horror it was *after* I bought the car...
Can anyone give me any hints/pointers/pitfalls about changing the clutch
myself or indeed "getting a man" to do it?
I am a reasonably able DIY mechanic, but having never changed a clutch
before, is this a job best left to the professionals?
All the best
I must admit to having never changed one but, I had the clutch changed
on my BX some years ago before someone wsrote it off and I got a
variety of quotes from various garages. ATS (I think) said it was a
dealer only job, Citroen Cheltenham wanted £470 (!!) and in the end I
got it done for £170 by a local company who came and picked my car up
from work and left me one to use in the meantime.
I'm wating for the previous owner to post me the Haynes manual for the
car. He says its a 4 spanner job, the only previous 4 spanner job I've
done before was changing an autobox out on a Vauxhall Carlton, which was
actually pretty simple, but my experience of taking french cars to bits
tells me that lots of things fall apart when you disturb them. )c: I
spoke to 1 mechanic who said he wouldn't touch my BX's clutch as he'd
had a bad experience in the past.
I've had a quick look under the BX and have seen some sort of
hydropneumatic looking device just under the radiator.
I have had 1 quote so far from a local Citroen specialist (old mill
motors in Aberdeen) for about £300 - your £170 sounds much better! I
only paid £100 for the car, knowing that it would need a clutch, but not
knowing how much I would be charged for one.
Ah well, you live and learn. It's a cracking car to drive other than
that, will need some stepper motor attention next I think. (c:
Our was one of the best cars we've ever had. You should be able to get a
better quote than £300 though, keep ringing round. I reckon my Xantia clutch
is on its way out too but I just haven't got the time to tackle it. The
Haynes manual doesn't make it sound too bad (hah) but I just haven't got the
On Thu, 03 Feb 2005 02:09:23 +0000, Douglas Payne wrote:
Well, you paid 100 quid for the car, which imho means attempt it yourself,
just take time and be careful to not break stuff, if it gets far to
complex for you then put it back together and get in a pro (or just scrap
the car, tbh i can't believe it was actually worth 100 quid, is it ultra
low mileage or something? i sold my '88 405 SRi (same engine as the BX) 4
years ago for 450 quid and thought i was lucky to get shot of it without
having to pay a scrappy to take it away)
Pour travailler sur un vehicule francais il vous faut des outils
"metric" et la documentation.
Je crois que le changement d'embrayage est une opťration difficile pour
Maintenant attachez vos ceintures, je vais essayer de traduire!!!
To work on french car you need metric tools an documentation. I think
that to operate the clutch is difficult work for "not-engineer".
And now i have a question for my BX ...(essence 91 1900 cm3 - direction
Is it possible to use a "green" hydraulic pump i/o a "black"? Both have
the same "look"
Tks for yr answer.
Bon courage et bonne route, l'hydraulique, y a que ca de vrai!
** cix **
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