Peu­geot 207 CC

Part six: Sort­ing the last few nig­gling is­sues.

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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.

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