5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

1 PREVEN­TION IS BET­TER THAN CURE

Find­ing a CX with a sound struc­ture is the most im­por­tant thing, which then means keep­ing it that way. A thor­ough ses­sion with wax-in­jec­tion and rust-proof­ing prod­ucts is a cost­ef­fec­tive way of keep­ing cor­ro­sion at bay, and it’s some­thing you can do your­self. Pre­fer a spe­cial­ist to tackle it? Chevron­ics of­fers com­plete body and chas­sis pro­tec­tion for £600.

2 FIT NEW PIPES

The steel hy­draulic pipes that run from front to rear are prone to cor­ro­sion, and can be eas­ily for­got­ten be­cause they’re hid­den be­neath the car; a pre­cau­tion­ary change will pro­vide peace of mind. A swap to cupro-nickel items is wise to pre­vent fu­ture prob­lems and you’re look­ing at spend­ing in the re­gion of £700 for a Citroën spe­cial­ist to do the job.

3 KEEP HY­DRAULICS TIP-TOP

The LHM fluid needs chang­ing every three years or 30,000 miles, so get it re­freshed if there are no records in the ser­vice his­tory to back this up or the fluid looks yel­low/ brown rather than bright green. A spe­cial­ist will charge less than £100. Get the fil­ters in the hy­draulic reser­voir cleaned while you’re at it.

4 MET­RIC MAT­TERS

Re­place­ment rub­ber for met­ric wheels can be pricey, with the 190/65 390 tyres cost­ing about £260 each from spe­cial­ists. One an­swer is to swap the met­ric wheels for stan­dard im­pe­rial items; you should be able to find a set of CX 14-inch rims for £100 or so. Clubs or on­line auc­tions are the best source for these.

5 EN­GINE MOUNTS

Driv­e­line shunt can dam­age other com­po­nents such as flex­i­ble ex­haust sec­tions, so it’s worth get­ting it fixed. On the CX it’s of­ten caused by worn bushes in the top en­gine mount­ing, which sits at the rear of the mo­tor; it’s a straight­for­ward DIY job to re­place them. New mounts from spe­cial­ist CX Ba­sis are €60-70 (£50-60), de­pend­ing on the model.

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