Peugeot 207 CC
Part six: Sorting the last few niggling issues.
Work on our project 207 CC is almost done. We’ve replaced the timing chain – a ridiculous state of affairs at just 66,000 miles – as well as decoked the cylinderhead and sorted the brakes and the usual broken front spring.
We were going to renew the gearbox oil and the fuel filter, but there is no drain plug for the gearbox that we can see and these cars don’t have a fuel filter as it’s a filter screen built into the pump inside the tank. I don’t know whose idea that was, but we’ll take a replaceable external filter every time.
The screeching electric windows were a nightmare – no matter how much stuff we sprayed into the window channels, nothing would silence it. We envisaged having to replace expensive window rubbers and seals (or worse, a regulator) but in the end the cure was far simpler and took an hour per side at virtually zero cost – that’s the kind of fix we like!
Other jobs were to get the tracking checked as the steering was awful – it always seemed to wander to the left. The handling problem was such that we didn’t realise it was so bad until it was fixed. We suspect the car had hit a serious pothole and bent a wishbone. which was quickly repaired with a new one.
We spent £35 having the tracking corrected via four-wheel laser alignment, which turned a vehicle that didn’t want to drive in a straight line into a pretty sharp little motor that now handles with precision. The amount by which the tracking was out was just startling – who on earth replaced the wishbone but didn’t get the tracking done? Tanvic Tyres in Worksop (01909 534440) did such a thorough job that I’m taking both of my BMW 3-Series models there to be set up.
Fuel pressure problem
The last problem was one that materialised from nowhere. Our 1.6 THP always felt a bit underfuelled and a shot of Forte injector cleaner seemed to clear this up. However, one cold morning, it started to misfire badly, to the point of being undriveable. The engine check light also came on, so I limped it around to a local Peugeot specialist, Steve Plain in Sheffield (0114 258 3673). Initial diagnostics showed little, but Steve kept the car overnight and ran Peugeot’s live diagnostics on it the following morning, where it became obvious there was nowhere near enough fuel pressure. A faulty high-pressure fuel pump was diagnosed and, rather than pay the £415 for a new one, Steve had a contact at Peugeot who had a nearlynew unit changed under warranty that turned out not to be faulty. For £110 plus labour, Steve knew this would be the best option. The pump was duly fitted (it runs from the end of the cam), the fault codes cleared and it now pulls really well.