Hydraulic system rinse with Hydrorincage

5kkm ago I filled LHM tank with Hydrorincage. It is a amber coloured flushing fluid made by Total. I do not have reliable data, but it closely resembles LHM. Most likely it is the same mineral oil with special additives. I also read somewhere in forums that it can be filtered and reused. Will look in to that. As far as I know, it is intended to wash system when it was contaminated by foreign fluids (engine oil, diesel fuel, etc.). As I did not know how my BX was serviced before me, I flushed it anyway to have a fresh start. Continue reading Hydraulic system rinse with Hydrorincage

Replaced brake valve

Today I replaced the brake valve. Old one leaked to interior, hissed all the time and drained a lot of LHM to return. Pressure regulator kicked every 1 s (regulator interval currently is 150-153 bar, but that is a separate issue). After replacement regulator kick every 12 s. Nice.
Took one from an ABS BX. According to catalogue it should be the same, but valve from ABS has rear brake output at the top instead of side as in regular BX. Fortunately, pipe is not enough to reach after some bending.

Salvaged valve after cleaning below.


I plugged all ports with scrap pipes to protect from dirt while washing outside. Didn’t touch insides.

Exhaust knitted seal ring before and after

As it turns out, one should replace the knitted seal ring that sits between turbo and exhaust pipe when replacing one or the other as it will not seal properly. I have not done so when turbo was still on the table and thus had some quality time removing the old ring in situ. Had to hurt it a lot before it agreed to part with turbo. Below are a couple of pictures comparing new and old. Continue reading Exhaust knitted seal ring before and after

Garrett T2 turbo check

I like measuring things. And I hate loose definitions like “not too much”. How much is not too much? Thus when I decided to check my Garrett T2 turbo before putting it back.

Things to check:
  • excess oil in air outlet. Some oil will always be there from breather, but too much might indicate leaking turbo. And that is a small problem which can lead to a large one: engine runaway.
  • shaft is turning freely, without noise, sticking, touching anything.
  • axial play (forward-backward). For T2 it should be 0.025 – 0.084 mm. I measured it to be roughly 0.07 mm. Such play is virtually unnoticeable by hand.

Axial play measurement. Pull shaft out, zero dial and push it.
  • radial play (to sides). Should be 0.056 – 0.127 mm, but can be bit higher as long as vanes are not hitting anything and turning freely. Push axis to one side and use clearance gauge to measure distance to turbo side, then push it to other side and measure again. Difference is the clearance you are looking for.
  • wastegate operation. It should move freely.
That’s about it. Please feel free to comment, correct and/or supplement.

Citroen BX enhusiast’s blog this is

Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.” ― H. James Harrington

I’m a Citroen BX owner and enthusiast. Repair and modification enthusiast to be precise. Quote above represents my way of doing things: to improve something one must have proper understanding first. Thus I spend most of my BX time researching. I am going to publish my findings and ideas here for everyone interested to find. Hopefully it will be worth reading. Enjoy your stay.