In my previous post I mentioned that I needed to get a car towed. But that didn’t happen. It didn’t happen simply because it couldn’t be done without wrecking the whole under carriage of the car.
You see the car is a Citroen Xantia. It was my late mother’s car and it’s still in her name. Anyway, it’s those models that uses a hydraulic system for their suspensions and absorbers. The car has been idle for almost a year now. The pressure in the hydraulic system has decrerased to a point where the car is so lowered to the ground that it is just impossible to move it.
Usually it is not a problem when you can start the car. The minute the engine starts, the hydraulic system kicks in and the car will lift itself up again. The thing I like most about these hydraulic suspensions is that the ride is so smooth and it’s hugging the road as if it’s riding on rails. Initially I thought replacing the battery with a brand new one would do the trick. Nope! It still won’t start. And when you just can’t start it and the car has lowered down too much, this is what you get.
The only problem with these cars is that there are not many mechanics around that can handle continental cars and spare parts are expensive. I have requested a mechanic to come and have a look. But he can only come by when he’s free and by looking at the rows of cars queuing at his workshop, your guess is as good as mine.
But luckily I got a friend who also uses a citroen and recommended another mechanic. And they were willing to come and have a look. And whadaya know, two of them came by, and not even 10 minutes later they got the car to start up again. And just like the sleeping beauty that has just awaken, it slowly raised itself up to the standard driving height. It seems that the wiring to the fuel pump was faulty. The minute the car was raised to the maximum height, they killed the engine as they were scared that other bad wirings may cause a shortage to the whole electronic system and in some extreme cases may even burn the whole car.
Than I managed to get my cousin the tow trucker to help me to tow it to their workshop. Now waiting for it to be fixed and wondering how much damaged is it going to do to my wallet.