I recently changed all 6 spheres on my Citroen Xantia 2.0HDI, yr 2000,
and the rear suspension is really bouncy as it is full of air when in
the normal driving position. I have followed the Haynes Manual method
of priming the system. I also followed Slim method, on an old posting,
of priming running the engine when the carin its lowest position and
opening regulator 12mm bolt an running for appox 2 mins, then close
bolt and take car to its max and top up with LHM fluid if necessary.
The suspension also raises to it max and lowers to the minimum ok. I
have also take the new rear spheres off and refitted them but noticed
there was hardly any fluid inside them as opposed to when I took the
old ones off I covered the garage in LHM.
I asume I have the right ones, I got them from the local motor factors
and they are the same in appearance to the old ones. - the suspension
is normal, the front feels fine.
neil (remove_s) wrote:
If you have an LX that would be non hydroactive as far as I understand
it. Are you sure that's what you got. They should be the same all round
so if they are OK at the front then the rear should be ok. If you are
not sure go back to the motor factors and check, I did and had to
exchange mine. (front only)
Not sure if a faulty rear height corrector might give that sort of
problem, I know it will make the suspension stay down at the back......
Were the rears solid before you changed them.
jono ( firstname.lastname@example.org) gurgled happily, sounding much like
they were saying :
Sounds like wrong spheres.
The appearance will tell you nothing - there's umpty-seven different
variants of spheres, and only two basic visual differences (400cc and 500cc
The important differences are the gas pressure in the sphere and the size
of the small calibrated damper hole through which the fluid flows. That's
the equivalent of the "shock absorbers" on a normal car, whilst the gas
pressure is the equivalent of the rate (or strength) of a normal metal
jono ( email@example.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they
were saying :
I presume it's not a VSX or Exclusive?
So there's nothing *hugely* wrong.
Is the back at the correct height when the car is in the normal position?
That's correct - the old ones covered the garage in LHM because there was
no nitrogen left in 'em, so there was far more fluid in 'em than there
should have been. Inflated spheres will expel all the fluid before you
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