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#831951 - 17th Oct 2013 10:08pm Diesel Service
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I got a job servicing a Citroen C8 on Sunday.
I have never worked on a diesel before, what things need doing on a diesel to service it.
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#831954 - 17th Oct 2013 10:13pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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All the usual. Just remember that diesel oil is horrible stuff and avoid getting it on you at all costs smile

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#831962 - 18th Oct 2013 12:38am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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Why not look up what Citroen recommend and simply follow that?

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#831963 - 18th Oct 2013 1:35am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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That would be because I wanted to ask on here. I do apologize for asking a question.
Yes I know its in wrong section.
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#831965 - 18th Oct 2013 5:09am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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Best left to an expert or at least someone with half a clue

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#831988 - 18th Oct 2013 9:25am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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I hope you are not gonna charge a fee

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#832005 - 18th Oct 2013 10:45am Re: Diesel Service [Re: s7uajones]
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Originally Posted By: s7uajones
Best left to an expert or at least someone with half a clue
Just the same as air conditioning repairs should be left to some one with half a clue, unlike someone who could not find a leak after 3 attempts. That would not be you would it????
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#832013 - 18th Oct 2013 12:05pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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"Best left to an expert or at least someone with half a clue"

My feeling too, although I wouldn't have put it so bluntly. If you are asking here it is likely you will do more harm than good.

Citroen servicing information is your best bet.

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#832030 - 18th Oct 2013 1:47pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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Oh dear, bitchfest in just half a dozen posts. Anyone who can do a basic service on a petrol car can do the same on a diesel.

The only difference is that oil and fuel filter is changed more frequently, and you need to be careful not to get too much air into the system when changing the fuel filter.

Citroen and Peugeot share a common ground. Personally I do the following:

Air filter

Oil filter and oil & sump plug

fuel filter

Inspection & hoover of pollen filter and its recess

Check glow plugs, again replace if not been done for over three years, and especially if its on a diesel with a particulate filter.

Check battery terminals and all earth points and copper grease them. Google BSI reset for instructions on the correct way to remove and refit a battery.


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#832032 - 18th Oct 2013 1:52pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: Gibbo]
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Originally Posted By: Gibbo
Oh dear, bitchfest in just half a dozen posts. Anyone who can do a basic service on a petrol car can do the same on a diesel.

The only difference is that oil and fuel filter is changed more frequently, and you need to be careful not to get too much air into the system when changing the fuel filter.

Citroen and Peugeot share a common ground. Personally I do the following:

Air filter

Oil filter and oil & sump plug

fuel filter

Inspection & hoover of pollen filter and its recess

Check glow plugs, again replace if not been done for over three years, and especially if its on a diesel with a particulate filter.

Check battery terminals and all earth points and copper grease them. Google BSI reset for instructions on the correct way to remove and refit a battery.

Thank you.
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#832075 - 18th Oct 2013 4:56pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: s7uajones]
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Originally Posted By: s7uajones
Best left to an expert or at least someone with half a clue
Experts have to start somewhere
was you born a expert?
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#832131 - 18th Oct 2013 8:21pm Re: Diesel Service [Re: kimpri]
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Originally Posted By: kimpri
Originally Posted By: s7uajones
Best left to an expert or at least someone with half a clue
Experts have to start somewhere
was you born a expert?


They usually start under the careful eye of someone already skilled----think it was called apprenticeship at one time. Half the battle these days is having the right tools--some cars need special tools just to get at spark plugs/glow plugs

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#832216 - 19th Oct 2013 8:46am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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I think modern cars generally have an on-board computer that can tell you if a glow plug has failed - and a lot of other things you may need to look at too - by plugging a lap-top into it.

As I say Citroen will have this information, probably in the form of software. Whether they will allow an amateur mechanic access to it however is another matter.

Changing the oil and filters (provided you use the right grade of oil) will do no harm, but probably won't constitute a full service. Modern engines are not designed for people to service them themselves. They want you to be locked into an approved garage. You can argue this is unfair, but at least it ensures that the car is maintained according to the design requirements.

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#832217 - 19th Oct 2013 8:54am Re: Diesel Service [Re: Willo_]
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Keep your engine bays spotless people, there is no excuse for a dirty engine bay, you could eat your dinner off every one of my cars engine bays smile
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#832227 - 19th Oct 2013 9:36am Re: Diesel Service [Re: _Ste_]
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Keep your engine bays spotless people, there is no excuse for a dirty engine bay, you could eat your dinner off every one of my cars engine bays smile
Same here Ste, I keep my cars spotless.
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