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Forum: Astra Tech 07-31-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,825
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Alternator replacement

Here's some more info on how to do this job yourself. I did it myself and it wasn't too hard.

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223068
Forum: Astra Tech 07-07-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Astra 16" mags,studs and TPMS

I upgraded my steelies to alloys as well. You will need slightly longer lug bolts (not lug nuts) since the flange for the alloys is thicker than the steel.

Specs to shop for:
M12X1.5 28MM...
Forum: Astra General 07-06-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,140
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: What car would you buy after Astra?

Civic Si
Mazda Miata NC/ND
Toyota 86
Honda Fit
Ford Focus ST
C8 Vette...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-05-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

Got my Eibach Pro-Kit springs (1" drop) and Bilstein B4 shocks installed! I loosely followed the Haynes manual and this write-up (http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=191380) but the job...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-28-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

My experience with Demon Tweeks was a lot smoother, but only because they had the parts in stock. Order placed Wednesday, parts on my porch Monday. Luckily I did not have to deal with their customer...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-25-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

I believe the Bilstein B4 shocks and struts are "OEM" spec. The box has "OEM quality" printed all over it. They're even black like OEM.
Forum: Astra Tech 06-21-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

Thanks for the info. I ended up ordering the Pro-Kit to go with my B4 shocks. Also got your PM and sent an email about getting you my B8's.

Also Demon Tweeks already shipped and I should have...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-18-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

Here's what I ordered. I haven't decided on springs. Leaning towards the Eibach Pro-Kit (30mm front and rear).

Bilstein B4 Gas Shock Absorber
SKU: BLS22-141606
1 $60.33

Bilstein B4 Gas Shock...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-17-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,744
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

For sale: lightly used B8 rear shocks. Less than 2,000 miles on them. I am switching to B4's because they are too stiff for me. Will ship from 30344.
Forum: Astra Tech 06-17-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

I just ordered a complete set of B4's from the same Demon Tweeks site, then saw your post :dizzy: Hopefully they've reached out to you and will get both our orders processed soon.

Anyone want...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-16-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Connectivity Update (Bluetooth, Dash Cams, and Recent DIC Systems)

I've been using a cig lighter bluetooth transmitter like this for a couple years now. It also powers my dash cam, which means I have to plug and unplug it every time I drive because I've noticed our...
Forum: Astra Tech 05-04-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By maschinenbauer
Forum: Astra General 04-11-2020, 10:19 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 25,540
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Just hit 120,000 miles, and celebrated with my 24th oil change. No signs of stopping!
Forum: Astra Tech 03-18-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 951
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Dashboard Lights Recurring - Battery and Vehicle

Of course it hasn't happened again since I made this post. Ready with my scanner on that day, if it ever does again.
Forum: Astra Tech 02-26-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,744
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

I got mine from Summit Racing. They fit perfectly, just stiff as hell for my rough local roads. Body roll is completely gone though, making for some good cornering!
Bilstein P/N 24-114653...
Forum: Astra Tech 02-25-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,744
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

I just swapped out my heavily-worn rear shocks for the B6 and though it handles much sportier now, the ride is pretty jarring and rough. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I wish I got the B4's. I...
Forum: Astra Tech 02-25-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 951
Posted By maschinenbauer
Dashboard Lights Recurring - Battery and Vehicle

Has anyone gotten these lights after starting the engine? Does not affect how the car runs or drives, and goes away after re-starting. This is happening more and more frequently now. 119k miles on a...
Forum: Astra General 12-02-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,041
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

I pour in 4 1/2 quarts, then check it every time I get gas. I've never needed to add more than 1/2 quart between oil changes. 115k miles, full synth every 5k.
Forum: Astra Tech 10-10-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,744
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

JFS, thanks for the research and write-up on the Bilsteins! Lots of good info there. I found the prices on Bilstein's website to be similar to what you found. Should be a fun project.
Forum: Astra Tech 08-28-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 540
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Maintenance Questions at 130,000km

Yes, a summary or guide of which shocks/struts you bought would be amazing! I am nearing that project very soon.
Forum: Astra Tech 08-27-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 540
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Maintenance Questions at 130,000km

Welcome!

I haven't done shocks yet either, still researching which ones to buy. Here's a good thread on that:
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228934

Your car is ready for...
Forum: Astra General 08-16-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,487
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Problem areas to look for when buying an Astra

I've never heard of the dieseling issue due to cam wear. In fact I haven't seen anything on this forum about camshaft wear. Some folks get the cam phaser solenoid issue, where the inlet screens get...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-22-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 384
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: 2008 Astra XE Starting Issue

Is it the original alternator? Mine had similar starting issues when the alternator was going bad last year around 100k miles. When the Astra's battery is low (from the alternator not fully charging...
Forum: Astra General 07-15-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Not Able to Initiate TPMS Relearn

Did you replace the sensors or transfer the old ones from the old tires? If they are still original sensors, they are probably out of battery. Mine will periodically do that, maybe a couple times a...
Forum: Astra General 07-08-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,539
Posted By maschinenbauer
Re: Pulling slightly right

I had a tire issue last year that seemed impossible to diagnose. The car pulled slightly to one side and drove me crazy. I noticed it more while accelerating, but it was definitely always there at...
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