Peugeot 205 de-mister

Discussion in 'Peugeot 205' started by Scottie, May 17, 2004.

  1. Scottie

    Scottie Guest

    I have a Peugeot K reg. 205gr hatchback. I've had to buy one of these
    portable fan heaters to de-mist my windows, this was a complete waste of
    money. I've also had a mechanic try and fix it while doing some work on the
    car, but he said he couldn't get it to work (I don't know if he tried). The
    problem is, it has a mind of its own, it can work for days at a time and
    then for no reason just quits, usually when you need it most. When it does
    work you cant control the speed, or it stops working. Also I sometimes have
    problems when I drive in first gear, the car starts to jerk on and off and I
    have to push the clutch in and give it some acceleration to keep it from
    stalling, I don't know if this is relevant but thought I'd put it in,
    just-in-case? I have just had a set of new plugs put in and about to fit a
    new air filter hoping this might help.I cant remember if the leads were
    renewed when a new distributor was put in some time ago? I have the Peugeot
    manual but I'm no mechanic and find it no help whatsoever. Someone said I
    might find the answer in the archives, would someone please tell me how to
    look at them. I'm a pensioner and cant afford to put my car into a garage.
    Does anyone have an idea what might be wrong? Thanks for any help.
    Scottie, May 17, 2004
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    Bob Minchin Guest

    Scottie wrote in message ...
    Hi Scottie,

    I expect your various problems are un related. A replacement set of plug
    leads are worth a try and if you shop around on line should not cost you too

    The archives can be found via google.
    select google groups and then advanced search. Put in the news group
    name( and then a few search words such as heater fan and
    perhaps 206.

    Hope this helps,



    As a pensioner, had you thought of an evening class on basic car
    maintenance where you could learn some basics and even perhaps get the tutor
    to help you with some of the more obscure problems?
    I think the fees are much subsidised for pensioner and those on low incomes.
    Bob Minchin, May 17, 2004
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    Nigel Guest

    Also I think the heater blower problem could be caused by the
    rheostat, which is located in the passenger side part of the heater
    case, adjacent to the blower motor itself. Has a 4 or 5 pin plug and
    the unit is held in by a couple of screws.
    Nigel, May 17, 2004
  4. Scottie

    Scottie Guest

    Thanks Bob I will give Google a try, as for the evening class, boy, would I
    drive them nuts?
    Scottie, May 17, 2004
  5. Scottie

    Scottie Guest

    Thanks Nigel, can I see the rheostat without having to strip down a lot of
    parts? By the way what is it and what does it do?
    clipped off
    Scottie, May 17, 2004
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    Matt Guest

    Matt, May 18, 2004
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    Scottie Guest

    Thanks Matt, I had a look at the site, it's very well set-up and I had no
    problem finding my way around it, I sometimes find looking for things on the
    internet quite daunting. At first glance I thought the leads were rather
    expensive, £17.63 including VAT, but that's because of my age, I still think
    in the old £SD money. Anyway, I phoned up a Peugeot dealer to compare
    prices and got a right shock to be told their ignition leads would cost
    £35.00 + VAT, quit a difference. Matt do you know what their delivery charge
    for small purchases is?
    Scottie, May 18, 2004
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    Scottie Guest

    Just had a look at your two links Matt, and I am very impressed at your
    enthusiasm, well done. I have put the links into my favourites and will be
    keeping up to date with your work.
    Scottie, May 18, 2004
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    Matt Guest

    It is a very easy site to get around - miles better than which, although their site looks very flash, is a
    pain in the arse to use!!!
    Yep! Peugeot do that! - I'm pretty sure the leads I got from parts4peugeot
    were Peugeot boxed leads (although I may be remembering incorrectly) -
    either way, they've been great so far (as was the dizzy cap, rotor arm etc I
    got at the same time)
    I've just checked and come up with the following...
    Ignition Lead Set - Qty 1 - £15.00
    Subtotal: £15.00
    Shipping: (Standard Shipping) £8.94
    VAT: £4.19
    Total: £28.13

    So it does add up a bit (although still 7 quid cheaper than Peugeot)
    although the text on their site states... "If your order is small in value
    and we feel that we can send it by a more cost effective way for you we will
    contact you and discuss the options available"

    So it might be worth emailing them or drop them a line on 01895 907050

    1991 Peugeot 205 Roland Garros Cabriolet
    TU3S 1.4 Carb
    2003 - Happy 20th Birthday Peugeot 205
    SETI Team "Peugeot 205" Founder (and only!) Member
    Matt, May 18, 2004
  10. Scottie

    Matt Guest

    Cheers! Thanks for the encouragement.

    A bloke I work with is always saying things like "What is it with you and
    that little car?" when I've just done some work on it. He can't see the
    attraction as he gets into his faceless Astra and tootles off home. I on the
    other hand, get in my (what is considered now to be) classic, drop the roof,
    and drive home with a big grin on my face.

    No prizes for guessing which car gets the looks on the road!!!
    I'm treating it to a full valet tomorrow so it should look even better!!!

    1991 Peugeot 205 Roland Garros Cabriolet
    TU3S 1.4 Carb
    2003 - Happy 20th Birthday Peugeot 205
    SETI Team "Peugeot 205" Founder (and only!) Member
    Matt, May 18, 2004
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    Nigel Guest

    You may have to remove a small piece of insulation just under the
    motor, but that's it. Oh, and I hope you fairly supple, as it does
    involve getting your head down under the heater assembly. You'll need
    a light and a phillips screwdriver.
    Basically, it is what gives the variable speed to your blower motor in
    accordance to what setting you put on the dial. Usually when it goes
    wrong, you have either no fan, or full speed only.
    Nigel, May 18, 2004
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    Scottie Guest

    As I said Nigel sometimes the fan blower works for days at a time, but like
    you said you can not vary the fans speed or it stops altogether. Nigel is
    the reostart a connector of some sort and just pulls out, which side is it
    on, and have you any idea how much it costs?
    Scottie, May 18, 2004
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    Nigel Guest

    Just remove the electrical connector and the two screws and pull it
    out. It's on the passenger side to the right of the blower motor. I'm
    afraid I have no idea how much it costs. I did one about 5 years ago
    and it was I think £25ish. Just ring your local dealer and ask them.
    You may be able to pick one up at a scrapyard.
    Nigel, May 19, 2004
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    Scottie Guest

    Thanks Nigel, Before I buy one at £25 probably nearer £40 after five years?
    Is there any way I can test the old one when it is disconnected first before
    I get a new one, as it might be something else that's the problem? I'm
    afraid money's a bit tight at the moment.
    Scottie, May 19, 2004
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    Nigel Guest

    Dunno. I've never tested one, just renewed 'em! They're
    transistorised, so I would imagine you would need specialist
    equipment, and the figures to know what you are looking for. £25 was
    only a guess mind, from memory. Do you want me to find out for
    definite? Ican do that tomorrow and let you know tomorrow night.
    Nigel, May 19, 2004
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    Scottie Guest

    That would be real nice of you Nigel thanks.
    Scottie, May 19, 2004
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    Nigel Guest

    Message to Scottie.

    About the fan rheostat. I think I remember that your 205 is after
    1988? Because there is an early version of that rheostat that is
    fitted in the engine compartment. That is no longer available.
    The one after 1988 costs £32.51 + VAT and the part number is 644590.

    Just as a final check before you lash out on the part. Remove the plug
    from the heater blower motor in the passenger footwell. and make sure
    the plug isn't burnt. That could cause problems.
    Nigel, May 20, 2004
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