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    Having just bought a BX TZ1 estate (my first Citroen and now forum post) I wonder if forum members can suggest or recommend mechanics in the inner west city or east that love Citroens or at least wont mistreat them? I am happy with the car so far but there are couple of problems i need sorted. Well while I am at it I may as well provide the gory details. Firstly, a very loud clunk is heard/felt when applying the brakes while in reverse. Next when turning on the lights it can take 15 - 30 seconds for the headlights to come on. Is this normal? Finally the Engine Management light and warning tone have come once while just driving along normally (crossing Anzac Bridge in light traffic). Is this serious? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc
    Hello
    Having just bought a BX TZ1 estate (my first Citroen and now forum post) I wonder if forum members can suggest or recommend mechanics in the inner west city or east that love Citroens or at least wont mistreat them? I am happy with the car so far but there are couple of problems i need sorted. Well while I am at it I may as well provide the gory details. Firstly, a very loud clunk is heard/felt when applying the brakes while in reverse. Next when turning on the lights it can take 15 - 30 seconds for the headlights to come on. Is this normal? Finally the Engine Management light and warning tone have come once while just driving along normally (crossing Anzac Bridge in light traffic). Is this serious? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
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    Great cars. Our BX TZi wagon doesn't do the clunks or the delayed lights. However, some hard accelerating causes the engine management light to come on and it isn't clear why - nor is there a problem that we can detect. So we are ignoring that as it is rare and doesn't have a driveability issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidc
    Hello
    Having just bought a BX TZ1 estate (my first Citroen and now forum post) I wonder if forum members can suggest or recommend mechanics in the inner west city or east that love Citroens or at least wont mistreat them? I am happy with the car so far but there are couple of problems i need sorted. Well while I am at it I may as well provide the gory details. Firstly, a very loud clunk is heard/felt when applying the brakes while in reverse. Next when turning on the lights it can take 15 - 30 seconds for the headlights to come on. Is this normal? Finally the Engine Management light and warning tone have come once while just driving along normally (crossing Anzac Bridge in light traffic). Is this serious? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
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    My best mate chris gave me a lift in his BX19RD a couple of weeks ago, and as he reversed it from a parking spot, the brakes clonked. I asked what it was, and he told me, but I can't remember. It's not a serious problem he told me (he's a part time mechanic for a citroen garage). Those lights, they should be straight away! Are you turning the switch far enough? If you turn the position lights on, with the engine running, the headlamps come on but slowly and dim. Turning the switch further puts the headlights on properly. As for the engine management light, you need to either get a DIY fault reader, or visit a garage with one, to find out what's wrong. Hope this helps, john s
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    Clonking of the brakes is normal stuff. Mine stopped after the last pad change.... Seriously, block your ears or turn the radio up if it worries you

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    Hi David, I take it this is the car from eBay?
    Brakes usually can be due to non genuine pads being fitted. It seems that anything apart from the genuine thing has a half sized set of retaining springs fitted and allows the brakes to clonk. I usually always refit the genuines and that way I have no problems. It may also be a case of seized/seizing ball joints in the drop links and as has been said no real big drama and can be fixed easily if you have a half hour to spare.
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    http://www.aussiefrogs.com/snippets/bx_clunks.htm


    As regards the K light, these cars have a self diagnostic system, and you can DIY the checks by following the instructions here:

    Citroen BX TZi ECU diagnostic codes

    The warning light and siren I'd suggest topping up the LHM and checking the engine oil level before you go much further.

    As regards a repairer, if you have a repairer with any commonsense who is honest, he's possibly your best bet as they are a very simple car to work on. The BX was the first Citroen ever used commonly in the UK as a Taxi so that speaks for itself as to the simplicity to work on although most of the "specialists" down there will tell you the opposite.
    I live a long way from any Citroen people and I have a guy at a local garage who I have used a bit occasionally in the past and if he gets a bit lost, he has a tongue and uses it. Never had a drama with him yet.


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    For service I would recommend either Contientals at Roselands or Paradise garage at Rosebery. Both very competent and very trustworthy

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    A second vote for Continental Cars here. Same faces working there today as when BX's were everywhere.
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    Thanks for all the replies for my first post. Alan, the links look terrific so should help make my fiddling less of a mystery tour! The car was from ebay but for me I still used traditional methods like a test drive and inspection before making an offer. Not sure what others think but ebay is great having used it sell stuff but I am wary of purchasing a car based on a couple of photos and emails. Appreciated again all the advise offered thus far. Iíll post an update soon on what transpired in my journey of enlightment of BX repairs and ownership!

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