Sunday, December 6, 2009

Peugeot 206 Plus

(from Peugeot Press Release)

The Peugeot 206 Plus is thus a "range entry" product, in line with clients' expectations: a benchmark car, modern and modernised, and above all accessible to as many people as possible, without compromising its appeal. Its interior has been designed with care, with a new "wave-look" dashboard and decorative touches that evoke the motorcycle world.

Peugeot, a major player on the small and medium car segment, is expanding its range with the Peugeot 206 Plus, the descendant of almost 6.5 million Peugeot 206 produced since 1998. This vehicle, with genetic codes renowned worldwide, rounds off the Lion marque's range.

A "range entry product"

Its external style is resolutely modern, taking inspiration from the 207's stylish fa├žade. A new bonnet, a new radiator grille and new headlights highlight this stronger personality.

Manufactured in France for the European market

Manufactured in France, at the Mulhouse factory, the 206+ is intended for the core European market. It offers a range of engine options, with a 1.1 l petrol engine developing 44 kW (60 bhp) and a 1.4 l developing 55 kW (75 bhp), as well as a 1.4 l HDi Diesel engine developing 50 kW (70 bhp), keeping the carbon footprint under control thanks to CO2 emissions as low as 110 g/km.

With its size and its price/equipment ratio, the Peugeot 206 Plus takes its rightful place in the Peugeot range between the 107, 1007 and 207.

This intelligently-tiered range achieves a good balance, between the little urban runabout and the the versatile small family car that is quite at ease on roads and motorways:
Peugeot 107, accessible friendly car, good for town driving and competitively priced;
Peugeot 1007, innovative concept for a variety of uses thanks to its two electric sliding doors;
Peugeot 207, with its three bodyshapes and its strong, stylish look, offers a wide-ranging clientele a high level of options and excellent road handling.

The Peugeot 206 Plus thus picks up the torch behind the 206, the key model of the Peugeot range, with a strong international image, and will appeal to clients with its feline allure, its architecture and its reasonably-priced equipment level.

Monday, November 30, 2009

RON95 vs RON97

RON95 does not work on my car, it can only do 10km/liter. RON97 gets it going 13km/liter, and the engine runs smoother & is more powerful. I'm back to RON97!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Aluminium Fuel Cap

The Peugeot 206 original aluminium fuel cap, part number 1508.F6

Twist and remove original plastic fuel cap (2) and install the aluminium one (3).

To remove the key from the lock, depress the latch...

... and turn the key. Then remove the key.

Aluminium fuel cap with black screws, part number 9626.69

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Oil Filter

The engine oil filter is made by Purflux. There are two designs with the same Peugeot part number 1109.R6. Both works fine, but I'm not sure why the designs are different.

This is the original design that came with the car from the factory in 2003.

This is the current design as of 2008.

Air Filter

The original Peugeot 206 air filter is made by Purflux. Peugeot part number is 1444.QF

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pioneer DEH-2950MP Headunit

Installed a new head unit today. The Pioneer DEH-2950MP produces a reasonably punchy and clear sound. Adding a sub in future would probably make it sound even better. The downside of this unit is that it cannot interface with the original Peugeot 206 steering wheel stalk control.

To avoid cutting the original Peugeot male ISO connectors, a female ISO connector is mated with it. The female wires are connected to the wires on the Pioneer connector. A custom made harness can also be bought online, but I chose to make my own connections.

Be careful with the yellow (permanent live)(A7) and red (ignition)(A6) wires, as mixing them up can fry the headunit and/or the car's electronics.

Practical information from the Peugeot 206 owner's manual.

The radio antenna socket of the headunit requires a connector that is different to the original Peugeot connector. A suitable ISO to DIN adapter is required.

The adapter can be bought from ebay:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Peugeot Radio & CD Player

My CD player has been skipping a lot these days and it has been getting on my nerves. So I decided to take it apart and try to fix it. I guessed the laser lens is probably dirty or the guide rail has lost its lubrication.

To remove the player from the fascia, just insert four small screwdrivers into the slots at the sides.

The player is a VDO RD3-00, the type that has the car's VIN coded into its memory so that it won't play on any other car. More info at

ISO Connectors. Black for power, VAN bus data communication, etc. White for the four speakers. Blue for CD changer.

After opening the top cover, the fist thing I found was a piece of long hair wound around the disc clamp. This will definitely make a disc skip because it hinders the clamp's rotation. I'm not going to elaborate whose hair it was and how it got in. Removing the four screws shown in the picture allows removal of the CD transport mechanism.

The CD transport mechanism is connected to the main PCB by a ribbon cable. Gently pulling out the red connector will unhook the ribbon.

The amplifier is a TDA7385, giving out an average of 4 X 15W.

The main PCB. I think this is a good picture for the electronics engineer.

The guide rails looked dry. Since I did not have the right Torx bit, I could not remove the metal plate to get access to the guide rails and lens. Instead, using cotton buds, I dabbed some petroleum jelly onto the rails through the openings. Looking from the side, I also lubricated the screw gear. The lens can wait for another day.

Put some more petroleum jelly on the sliding mechanisms. Why petroleum jelly? It is the only lubricant soft enough that I have on hand.

After putting all parts back together into the car, the disc skipping problem is gone. Awesome!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kicker ES60

Bought a new pair of speakers for my Peugeot 206. The Kicker ES60 is 6 inches in diameter and takes 195 watts peak.

Not sure about the polarity of the original wires, because they are unmarked on the original speakers, but a multimeter test indicated the brown/green is +ve and pink/black is -ve. The brown and black goes to a tweeter mounted near the side mirror.

Speaker fits nicely onto the mounting without leaving any air gaps.

Removed the tweeter near the side mirror and relying on the Kicker's tweeter instead.

Cut out a hole in the original plastic grille, to allow more sound into the cabin.

The Kicker's aggressive looking plastic grille does not match the interior, so the hole is covered with an aftermarket metal grille.

The original mid bass component speaker, used together with a separate tweeter.

Made by Goodmans UK, apparently rated at 20W.

Sound test verdict: definitely clearer and better quality sound, however lost a bit of bass thump. Perhaps the original Clarion RD3 head unit does not have enough juice for the hungry Kickers. Hmm... a subwoofer would help.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Air Conditioner Not Working

My Peugeot 206 air conditioner failed today. When I turned on the air conditioner's switch, the blower fan did not turn, but the compressor turned. That means the switch is working fine and the blower fan is probably dead. I took out the blower fan and tested it with another 12V power supply. The blower fan works. Hmm... I thought there must be something dead between the blower fan and the switch. Looking into the blower fan compartment, I saw the resistor. I took that out and tested it with a multimeter. The resistor works. Hmm... looking closer at the wiring, I found a burned connector. Ah ha! That's the problem. Gotta fix that!

The instructions for taking them out.

Open the glove box.

Remove the cover by pulling it out.

Remove 7 screws.

Push compartment down and under the dashboard.

Locate the blower fan. Disconnect the power supply.

Rotate blower fan clockwise and pull it out.

The blower fan.

Pull out the cover and remove the dust inside.

The Peugeot 206 blower fan resistor.

Rotate the resistor to release it and pull it out gently.

The resistor with the shield removed.

The one burned pin in the connector.

Retrieve the connector from the top of the dashboard.
Remove the clock and warning lights first.

Pull the connector out.

The burned pin (front red wire) that goes to the blower fan.
The red wire behind goes to "Speed 4" on the fan speed knob.
Both red wires are actually always connected inside the blower fan resistor.
So the burned pin can be removed and the fan wire reconnected to the "Speed 4" wire.

The blower fan wire reconnected to the "Speed 4" wire with a butt splice connector.

The wires back into the connector.
Put everything back in reverse order.
The air conditioner now works normally.