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    Default G'day - new 406 owner

    G'day.
    Thought I'd say hi, and do a quick intro.
    Just bought a 1999 406 diesel (manual) with reasonable ks to have a break from the cold (otherwise, I commute on motorcycle, and live near Canberra). I've owned a fair few bikes and cars, but this is my first Frenchy.

    Anyway, quick coupla questions:
    1. How do I work out what engine the car's running? I read that it changed near the build date (I think its build is Jun '99)?

    2. There's a bit of oil(?) leaking all over the lower part of the intercooler, and the fins are proper clogged. Any hints to clean this out? Tried a tooth brush, and made it worse; just jammed all the gunk inside the fins!

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    Cheers, Slob

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    If you don't know exactly what you're looking at grab your VIN code. The engine type is encoded into the VIN with:
    PC8, XUD11BTE, mechanical injection
    RHZ, DW10ATED, HDi electronic injection
    406 HDi

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    I'm not sure how intercoolers are set up, but tentatively I would suggest degreaser, then a good hose though. Then repeat.

    Brake cleaner works well too, and doesan't need to be hosed off. It evaporates quite fast and is non-toxic to breathe in.....unlike barby cleaner

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    Quote Originally Posted by hypermiler View Post
    If you don't know exactly what you're looking at grab your VIN code. The engine type is encoded into the VIN with:
    PC8, XUD11BTE, mechanical injection
    RHZ, DW10ATED, HDi electronic injection
    Thanks - will look tonight.

    Also, will try brake cleaner - is there anything (other than brakes) I need to keep it clear of?

    Tks

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    Brake cleaner is quite OK on most things because it's designed to not affect brake rubbers, but some plastics might be affected with a whitish haze.


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    Quote Originally Posted by turboslob View Post
    G'day.
    Thought I'd say hi, and do a quick intro.
    Just bought a 1999 406 diesel (manual) with reasonable ks to have a break from the cold (otherwise, I commute on motorcycle, and live near Canberra). I've owned a fair few bikes and cars, but this is my first Frenchy.

    Cheers, Slob
    Welcome to the club!

    My 1999 406 diesel manual with many ks is a great car to own and drive. I've owned mine since October 2008, and have added some 300,000kms to the clock. When I was researching mine, I had a choice of two cars and a fellow owner on Aussiefrogs sent me a message warning me that I'd be "looking for excuses to drive the car rather than driving it only when needed." He was correct. I just love driving it, and I hope that you enjoy yours just as much as I do mine.

    Cheers,
    Andrew
    Current cars: Peugeot 307 HDi Touring; Peugeot 306 Cabriolet; Peugeot 406 HDi, Peugeot 505 Familiale
    Previous cars: Peugeot 404;
    Renault 16TS;
    Peugeot 504 1800;
    Peugeot 504 GL;
    Peugeot 504 LTI;
    Peugeot 505 Familiale;
    Peugeot 604 (converted to TD)
    Peugeot 306 Cabriolet

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    Hi Slob,

    Welcome to
    Regards,

    Simon

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    Thanks, all.

    Probably the most controversial question to ask, so you can guess it's about oil. The rig's above 350k, and I'm going to change the oil as there's no history. I have some full syn 5-30/40 knocking about that says it's suitable for 'light duty diesel' (I've used it in petrol cars and bikes previously). Thoughts? I don't have a manual, and don't even know what viscosity it's supposed to have.
    I'm assuming it won't be an issue, given I've used diesel oil in petrol bikes before - surely oils are generally oils. Just the viscosity recommendation would assist, and I'll run the gauntlet on the oil, unless a 'don't do it!!!!!' response comes through.

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    The engine oil relates back to your original question, its different depending on which engine you have!
    406 HDi

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    Sorry, I think I'm a latter '99 - so the 'HDI one!

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    For an HDI engine with a particle filter - yours may be too early - low ash C2 grade is critical, no ifs, no buts. For other cars it's recommended and still a good idea as it reduces fouling of the EGR system. Penrite have it.

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    No particle filters in Australian delivered 406's they never met euro 5 emissions, only the 2.2 HDi had one that early on.
    5W30 is suitable
    406 HDi

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    No 406s did they just hit Euro 4 at the end and only in the direct injection petrol and one of the diesels
    I would be looking at a 10/30 at that mileage

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