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    Moderator Alan S's Avatar
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    One I couldn't resist

    With the legendary electrics that Cits and French cars in general have, I spotted this on an overseas board and thought.......... Gee I'll bet this could just about make Shane's day.
    I don't know whether I should have posted it here or under humour :p

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    "Citroen seem to be in a world of their own when it comes to electrics, get this, when the brake lights come on on my Xantia, the heater motor speeds up slightly, figure that one out."
    Bit like the old joke in the electrical trade; when the customer turns the tap on in the bathroom, the TV changes channels...


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    Real cars have hydraulics DoubleChevron's Avatar
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    Thanks Alan,

    actualy the electrics on my car wouldn't be to bad if I just got off my lazy arse & fixed 'em properly rather than just multiple "quick fix's".

    As far as shitty Citroen electrics goes though, the earlier CX's certainly are "The Best", or is that "The Worse" :p :p

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    When the hydraulic pressure on my GS was low or non existant, a red lamp would come on saying "Stop Brake Failure".
    How to stop with no brakes?
    Maybe it was lost in the translation <img src="confused.gif" border="0">

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    Having had a fairly long association with Toyota in years gone by I always have a chuckle when people tell me how great Jap stuff is with the electrics. They don't see or hear what goes on behind the scenes
    Toyota have always had this thing about not having water level warnings on their vehicles coupled with pipes and things that have a habit of getting clouted. Their water temp gauges also work on contact with water so if your "Oh what a feelin'" springs a leak poarticularly on a long trip, the first you know about it is when the donk seizes whilst the temp gauge measures the air where the water should be & hence reads as normal.
    Happened to one of our local Medicos. Stone punctures the bottom radiator tank, water all piddled out. Couldn't hear the donk due to kids with radio up high and when it ground to a halt out in the middle of nowhere our local physician decided he would sit there until it cooled down before trying to restart it & top up the water. 40 minutes after he had stopped after a few attempts to start a big flashing sign came up on the dash with words to the effect of "Stop NOW!!! Danger, could cause damage." The motor was still red hot and seized solid as a rock.
    He WAS impressed. He now drives a Merc after he got the bill to redo the Tarago motor he reckons he knows what they mean by "Oh what a feeling" and why thet are all jumping up & down :p

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    Alan, don't most, if not all, temp sender units measure the water temp by contact with the water?

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    [quote]Originally posted by Stuey:
    <strong>Alan, don't most, if not all, temp sender units measure the water temp by contact with the water?

    Stuey</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Theoretically yes, but I have had water loss in all makes of cars and don't ask me why but Toyotas are notorious for showing everything normal until it's too late.
    I had the same thing happen to me on a Crown 2.4litre engine many years ago that got so hot that it actually jammed the OH camshaft in its journals the head warped so far.
    There was a story doing the rounds here a couple of years ago about a tourist who blew his Toy wank tank whilst passing through on the highway & as happens with Toyotas, drove it to a sudden standstill. Got towed back to the local dealers & flew home only to be told he'd also stuffed the auto transmission.
    Flew up to collect (complete with white shoes, gold chains and big chequebook) only to have to fly back again to raise finance when he got the $21,250 repair bill
    Every car apart from a Toyota that I've had dump water, including Citroens, has let me know via lights and gauges that we had a problem; I've never had a Toyota pay me that courtesy or heard of anyone who found out they had problems apart from by accident

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