Do It Yourself: Yes
Well…. here are some parts that I change for the first time since owning this car, March, 2009. Some of the issues has been detected earlier (more than a year ago at least) but I kept delaying it until it come to a point which I think it is a worthwhile to do it in one shot (YMMV). The first two DIY were done two weeks ago and the rest was today.
At last after almost 4 years, my gear knob perished due to (maybe) the tropical heat which deteriorate the material to the extend it crumbled itself. I opted for the originality hence I will replace it with original gear knob.
Price for the original gear knob is much higher than any aftermarket gear knob which is easily available in any accessories shop or internet. You may end up with a good combination of leather and metal knob. The original gear knob is priced at RM260.00 (spare part agent) to RM310.70 (you should know who this is….). Unfortunately, the agent is run out of stock and restocking will only take place in another two weeks, so I have to go for the second option.
This is a straight forward DIY coz you just need to pull the old gear knob upward (shift the gear to neutral position). Slot in the replacement and you are good to go. Just pay attention to the white plastic sleeve, it may not in good shape but you need it to secure the gear knob. Replacement for this is bit expensive coz it come together with the gear shaft and base.
Power Steering Pump Reservoir Cap
The cost of this part is RM74.30 from Peugeot. If I’m not mistaken, spare part agent quoted me around RM55 – RM65… can’t remember the exact figure. I bought this together with the purchase of the gear knob. Since owning the car, I had a minor leak at power steering pump area. Soon, it was covered by a thin layer of power steering oil and dirt collected during all these years, I assumed the cap coz when I traced the leak, that was the highest point at the pump which has traces of dirt and oil.
Alternator / Auxiliary / Single / V Belt
Until today, I have not change this part; almost 90K KM and 4 years. I need to replace this ASAP to prevent myself being stranded in the middle of nowhere just because of the snapped belt. I procured the replacement from spare part agent. At first, they quoted me RM60.00 for an O.E part (SKF), but when I’m there to buy it, they managed to find the original belt and it was priced at RM93.00. Peugeot quoted me around RM119.00.
The steps to change is quite easy but it may take longer than expected depend on your body flexibility. Accessing the belt from underneath the car (using hydraulic ramp) is much easier than accessing it from the top of the engine bay. A bit of muscle power is needed to push the tensionner bearing backward to slacken the belt. A 13 mm box spanner is needed and a cold engine is recommended as you need the hold on at some points of the engine area to be the leverage to push the spanner.
The new belt at the bottom is soft and able to flatten on its own compared with the old one which need my hand to hold it
The most important info on the belt is 6K1564 or 6PK1564. The 6K or 6PK is the number of the belt ribs, in this case is six and 1564 is the length of the belt which is 1564 mm. If you wanted to buy an O.E part, just remember 6PK1564 code when referring it.
Power Steering Pressure Switch
This part cost me RM195.00 from the agent and it is RM230.00 + RM7.40 (for the o-ring seal) from Peugeot. This is my first time replacing this part, It has been leaking for a quite a long time that I cannot recall when it started. All this while, I just topped up the oil once every 6 months.
After removing the switch, make sure the o-ring seal is still in place. Replace it if you buy the seal