Jose Gavilaīs CitroŽn CX 22 TRS Pages - Repair Diary

1988 CX 22 TRS

Repair Diary

In this section I will deal with the history and repairs my car has needed over the time, and specially on the repairs done by myself. I will put DATE and MILEAGE (well, km) on each entry.

Here you have some engine pictures.

Engine general view Engine general view

Engine close view Engine close view

Not bad for a 1988 car! Not bad for a 1988 car!

Weber 34 DMTR detail Weber 34 DMTR detail

25-April-2005 (117.300km) - Acquisition

It is finally at home!. Check the CX 22 TRS page for pictures.

It works fine except for the aircon (seems to need regassing) and idle, which is unstable. But, all in all, it is a great car!

15-May-2005 (117.800km) - Thermostat replacement. Idle adjustment.

I have finished today the thermostat replacement. Here you have some pictures of the work. Observe the orange compound. It is Nural 28 gasket replacement, as the original paper gasket was not available and it seems this is a good way to replace it.

I have finally put back coolant hoses and filled circuit. In my car, I have not been able to locate any purge hole except the one in the radiator top. So I have filled through the expansion tank and, once coolant has reached the purge point in the radiator, I have closed it and have continued adding coolant until it has reached the max level. Once there, I have started engine, carefully looking for any leak and of course for coolant level. When temperature has reached about 85C, thermostat (which is marked as 86C) has opened and water has gone through radiator circuit. I have waited a bit more and then have checked that fans work as they should. Then engine has been off for some time and have rechecked coolant level, adding about 100cc more.

So, all in all, it seems repair has been successful :-) and gasket substitute has worked fine so far. I will keep an eye on leaks and coolant level for some days and will top if necessary.

Thermostat housing removed Thermostat housing removed

Thermostat housing replaced Thermostat housing replaced

Hoses replaced Hoses replaced

Another view Another view

I have also worked on the unstable idle. I have adjusted idle rpm and have got a pretty good idle at about 850-900rpm, a bit on the high side but lots better than the 400-800 rpm oscillating idle it had before.

9-July-2005 (118.300km) - Car is sold

Today, I have sold the car. It has been a sad moment and will probably regret it for years... but sometimes you need to do this kind of things. Hope new owner cares the CX as it should be done.

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