Brake clonks while reversing

This is common and is not a fault only a nuisance--it is because of the way the calipers sit. When in reverse, and you brake, the force on the assembly is in the opposite direction as when you drive forwards, and the small amount of play in the calipers make them clonk the other way. This also happens on Peugeots which also have the same assembly. Original brake pads behave better than cheap pattern ones.


Spheres and comfort

With all those various spheres and damper diameter holes, for any given Citroën model or even accross models, it is difficult to see at first how and why all these physical factors influence the suspension comfort.

Changing the LHM

Changing the LHM and rinsing the system is a part of normal service and care for all hydraulic Citroëns. Don't neglect this if you want reliable and trouble-free operation from you car. Dirt in the system eventually wears out some of the components if it's not dealt with in time. Although the system is extremely robust in itself, this does not mean that you should tempt fate.

Flushing the hydraulic system

There is a product called Hydraurinçage (sometimes also called HydraFlush, the French name is pronounced as \id-ro-ra[n]-sa'zh\ or, more precisely, using the IPA phonetic symbols: ɪdrɔrɛŋ'sɑ:ʒ). It's a special cleaning liquid manufactured by Total, orange in color; your nearest Citroën dealer is sure to have it on stock. The price is more or less the same as that of the regular LHM.

Removing a suspension sphere

The proper Citroën workshop manual method—in contrast to what the Haynes manual says—is to loosen the suspension sphere with a chain wrench ¼ turn while the system is still under pressure. Be very careful and absolutely sure that it is really only by a quarter of a turn. The pressure in the system is huge (the force behind the sphere can reach more than one ton, that is several thousand pounds), so opening it up with all that high pressure liquid behind it can be extremely dangerous.

Recharging or renewing?

A sphere is only as good as the neoprene membrane that contains the pressurized gas. Occasionally, the interface between the membrane and the retaining plate inside the sphere is to blame for leakages, but usually any problem is associated with the membrane itself. Like anything that's under constant flexing, it'll break down over time.