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    Default LHM leak CX Turbo

    Hey there kids - I flit in and out of this forum now and again.. not a terribly active "Citroenist" so I feel like I'm 'using' your talents.. but use I must...

    I've got a CX Turbo (same as Shane's only slightly darker in colour) and it doesn't get used much (red plates) but this past week has been pressed into daily service while my Crapallic DeVille is awaiting a radiator from the states, I noticed while at the shops a small stain under the LHF of the car, upon inspection it was LHM.

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    At home I propped it up (safety first) and took some terrible pics with my iphone (attached) now my skills as a home mechanic consist of changing oil and oil filters (but so far only on falcons/camrys etc) so I'm not 100% where this leak is coming from, if someone could let me know if it looks like its from that nut or from the seal around the base of the sphere that would be awesome.. also if it is from the seal do I need to take it to a "Citroen Specialist" for them to drain the system, remove/replace the sphere and fill it up again and then charge me the equivalent of my first two unborn children for the "service" they supply.

    You may notice I seem a touch jaded with "specialists" some of you will know this car from its prior owner, he's a really nice bloke who I think was seriously burnt after I read through the file of receipts that came with the car, some things of course need to be fixed, others I'm almost 100% were a blatant cash grab and I'm doubtfull the work was even carried out, the car has been to all the usual suspects around melbourne at least once yet I'm really really finding it hard to trust any of them as I've seen this file grow over a 12-24 month period with some stupid things... a CX needing 3 wheel alignments in less than 12 months... you have to be kidding! (one example)

    So if there are any 'home mechanics' that are happy to spend an arvo tinkering in exchange for a slab or some sort of compensation (I have some BX16V parts for example) I'd rather trust someone in thier yard who doesn't have a vested interest in extracting as much cash as possible from me than a "specialist"

    well - I'm off to work - I'll log on tonight folks

    Matt - Point Cook.
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    1000+ Posts Greg C's Avatar
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    The only way to trace a leak is to thoroughly clean the area first and then look at where the leak originates. Be careful you don't get water on the alternator or electrics when you wash it
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    It can't be any of the connections you have photographed. There all high pressure (so would spray vast amounts of LHM out). Clean the area and see where it's dripping/running down from... it'll likely be a return line above. The big hose (regulator return) maybe a possibility if the hose clamp is loose. It would leak a LOT though if it was split.

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    I have recently replaced the steel high pressure line from pump to accumulator. I had small puddles when the car was parked, and a small amount of wetness around the accumulator and regulator. Tightening the seals a little seemed to work for a week. It wasn't until I had a look while the engine was running that I noticed the oil was weeping out from a crack in the steel pipe that was invisible to the naked eye. The crack was in the bend close to the regulator.

    Changed the pipe for another second hand one, and the leak is now fixed.

    CAUTION
    Dont use fingers to feel for leaks in cases like this. It is possible that the oil will be forced out as an almost invisible stream at high pressure. Getting oil injected under your skin is a well known and serious hazard in the hydraulics industry. Take care!
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    Ok thanks guys... I'll have to have another look (have had no internets!) and get back to you all.... thanks for the tips!

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