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Forum: Astra General 07-04-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,531
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

Regarding the size difference, it shouldn't affect your suspension but your speedometer will read slightly lower than your actual speed. A wheel change can only affect suspension in two ways:

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Forum: Astra General 07-04-2018, 09:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,531
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

Update on these tires: they made it to 45k miles before a lump developed, that caused the steering to shake and forcing me to buy new tires. Before that, they were wearing oddly in the later stages...
Forum: Astra General 06-29-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 333
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: AC Compressor Help

Which plug has the wired pulled out of it - the side attached to compressor or the side attached to engine harness? If it's the harness side plug, cut it off a few inches upstream and try to find a...
Forum: Astra General 06-14-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 730
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Need help replacing alternator

I'm sure it's alternator. It's the only part I replaced. After some more research, it seems a whiny new alternator is a sign of low-quality re-manufacturing. I can't hear it on the highway, only at...
Forum: Astra General 06-13-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 730
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Need help replacing alternator

Mine is a manual, so it just had the standard pulley. I noticed on Rockauto there were two part numbers for auto vs manual, because of the pulley. But at Advance Auto where I bought mine, they use...
Forum: Astra General 06-10-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 730
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Need help replacing alternator

I did mine this weekend at 98k miles. I was getting low battery voltage and couldn't start without a jump or charging overnight. With the engine running, the voltage would not increase as read by a...
Forum: Astra General 06-01-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 551
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: looking at a car for my daughter - 08 Astra XE

My XE 5-speed will hit 100,000 miles this summer, owning since 15k miles, which has been pretty trouble-free. They are perfectly fine, simple, reliable cars. Change the oil with full synthetic every...
Forum: Astra Tech 05-22-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,578
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: DRL Can be disabled!

I never found my original Astra headlights to be less than adequate, and I live out in the country in the land of dark roads and big redneck trucks with blinding light bars. They haven't even needed...
Forum: Astra Tech 05-20-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,578
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: DRL Can be disabled!

What is the purpose of disabling them? I don't mind them. Better to be seen than not seen.
Forum: Astra General 03-29-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,821
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Rear Wiper Blade Replacement?

Rockauto has one listed for our cars. Looks like a 10" blade.
Forum: Astra General 03-21-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,642
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Sounds like we as Astra owners may be reaching the point where we start buying "parts cars" to keep them going. Saab people have already been doing that.
Forum: Astra General 03-18-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 842
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Time for a new clutch?

Thanks for the tip! Hopefully I never have to use it. My clutch seems to have plenty of life, but you never know. Might be good to post this info in the clutch replacement write-up.
Forum: Astra General 03-13-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 842
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Time for a new clutch?

Depends if you have a backup vehicle or not. If you rely only on your Saturn, it's best to replace the clutch as a preventive measure. If you let it die on its own, it can leave you stranded on the...
Forum: Astra General 03-11-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 842
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Time for a new clutch?

First I would bleed the brake/hydraulic system (shared fluid) with new fluid, maybe even replace the slave cylinder since those are cheap and easy to do. That's a good mileage to do that anyway. If...
Forum: Astra General 03-05-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Members, Get Your Asstra in Gear

If I had anything to report, I would! But owning this car has been very uneventful. Just hit 95,000 miles over the weekend.
Forum: Astra General 02-22-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,642
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Autocross is not hard on cars if done right, even for our "weak" manual trans. You should only be shifting one or two times during an autocross run. Most courses are faster if you just stay in 2nd...
Forum: Astra General 01-30-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 12,642
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Checking in at 93k miles (150k km for our northern friends).

I'm still on original coil pack, cam solenoids, 5-speed trans, clutch, factory trans fluid fill, etc etc. I did have to replace A/C...
Forum: Astra General 01-04-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Traction control light

This morning I confirmed on my 2008 XE 5-speed with 93,000 miles that the little yellow light on the bottom corner of the traction control button does illuminate along with the dashboard light.
Forum: Astra General 12-15-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,398
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

How on earth are you having so many issues at such low mileage? You must have gotten quite the lemon. I'm pushing 100k miles soon and it's been relatively trouble-free.
Forum: Astra Tech 11-25-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,414
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Error code P2138

Just happened again last night while idling in traffic, causing me to stall the engine. Once I got going again, I cycled the ignition on and off while coasting and the pedal went back to normal....
Forum: Astra Tech 11-24-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,414
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Error code P2138

I just got the CEL code P2138 the other day. It happened at the very end of a long road trip. 91,000 miles on my 5-speed XE. Suddenly the pedal was completely unresponsive until about half throttle,...
Forum: Astra General 11-16-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 834
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Car with wrench light comes on

That light usually means electrical fault. According to our UK friends, you can read the code by first turning the car completely off, hold the accel pedal down all the way, then turn ignition on (do...
Forum: Astra General 11-02-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 982
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Looking for a roof rack, 2008 Astra XR 4 dr

I have had the Yakima system on my Astra with 2 bike racks for 7 years and love it. It was about $350 new. Yakima's "Landing Pad 11" will bolt directly to the roof rails of our Astras. There are 4...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-22-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 437
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: '08 High-Pressure Power Steering Line

Where is it leaking from? Try taking the line to a hydraulic hose shop for them to repair it.
Forum: Astra General 10-12-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: GM sells Opel to Peugeot (Opel Astra)

How many miles were on your Astra? What problems did you have? I'm at 90k miles with only a faulty A/C compressor. Nothing else wrong, not even the common cam solenoids or coil pack (knock on wood).
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