Citroen BX 84-95 Parker’s Car Check

Welcome to the Parker’s Car Check for the Citroen BX. It covers potential issues that relate … Service history. Unless treated to constant. maintenance, the …

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PARKER’s CAR CHECK Welcome to the Parker’s Car Check for the CiTROEN BX. It covers potential issues that relate specifically to this model and is designed to supplement Parker’s general car buying advice PARKER’s CAR CHECK CITROEN BX (1984-1995) Rust can occur in the sills, wheelarches and Rust can occur in the sills, wheelarches and windscreen pillars windscreen pillars BODY Facelifts The BX was facelifted in 1986 with a restyled front end and a revised interior. Earlier models can be identified by their orange (as opposed to clear) indicator lenses next to the headlights. Bodywork Give the car a thorough inspection for rust. Pay particular attention to the sills (below the doors), the front and rear wheelarches (open the back doors for a proper look), and the pillars either side of the windscreen. Most BX models have plastic bonnet and boot panels. Engine bay With the bonnet open, look for rust, where the inner wings meet the wheelarches.Find the green reservoir on the driver’s side at the front of the engine bay, containing the mineral oil (known as LHM) that is essential to the BX’s hydropneumatic system. Open the lid, the contents should be bright green, a sign it has been well looked after. If it’s brown, or any other colour, the system needs attention. Also, the pipes can deteriorate with time, so look for any leakage around the reservoir and under the car. If so you’ll need new pipework, which can cost around 100 to renew. Glass Look for a white/opaque area on the windscreen, a sign that it is starting to delaminate. If it’s bad enough to interfere with the diver’s view out, or the glass has cracked, it’ll need a new screen to pass the MoT. Boot Check for damp carpet, pointing to a rusted-through boot floor. Lift the carpet to assess the condition of the boot floor. CHASSIS Suspension When first started, the BX will rise PARKER’s CAR CHECK CITROEN BX (1984-1995) BX should attain its correct ride height smoothly and give BX should attain its correct ride height smoothly and give a comfy ride. If not, suspect the hydropneumatic system a comfy ride. If not, suspect the hydropneumatic system Interior trim isn’t that hard Interior trim isn’t that hard wearing. Check it and haggle wearing. Check it and haggle Damp seats? The sunroof is Damp seats? The sunroof is probably leaking probably leaking up as it’s suspension inflates. (An on-board lever gives a choice of four height levels.) If it fails to move, jerks as it rises, or one end is higher than the other, there’s a problem, usually with one or more of the five gas-filled spheres, which need renewing every three or four years at a cost of 50 each. With the engine running, you should be able to hear a clack sound every 30 seconds or so as the system maintains pressure. If it is more regular than thi

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