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Forum: Astra General 09-15-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 159
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: couple questions

No idea for the wiper blade. I purchased a new wiper arm from Europe via eBay.

The military time is not changeable. That is how Europeans set their clocks and GM did not adjust that for the North...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-14-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

Glad your struts finally arrived FS. RockAuto had the "XE" front struts and rear shocks in stock so that was an easier process (they also had the XR rear shocks). Springs are now a different story...
Forum: Astra General 09-12-2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Been a long time....

Some popular Astra issues that you can search here that might be of interest, some more related to your code than others:

- Some had problems at the fuel filler. There might be a GM tech note on...
Forum: Astra General 09-09-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Been a long time....

Great!

I don't know the "recommended" safety procedures for starting a modern car off long-term storage. A few random things I have seen and heard.

Before starting, consider changing out the...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-09-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

There are a few options so no worries:

- You may find 2 XR Sport springs used in a local junkyard (or one that ships). The junkyard may identify these are XR or XE but AFAIK the only obvious XR...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-08-2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 48,168
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: How To - Timing Belt Replacement

My buddy and I did our timing belts at the same time. On my car it was a breeze. He had a real tough time getting his timing belt on; we used the same tools and procedure so not sure why his was so...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-08-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 78
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Fuel Gauge stuck on full

European Astra fuel pump install video. Not sure if same for North American Astra.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSVFQHQHFSo

Read up on health & safety before working on fuel system...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-02-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,164
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

This weekend, replaced suspension bits on a 5-door XE with OEM 16" steel wheels. The XR and sport suspensions seem a bit lowered, so keep that in mind wrt part numbers below.

On disassembly, rear...
Forum: Astra General 08-31-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 19,965
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

We did a major service on the Astra Saturday. Took about 2.5 hours total, including set up and clean up, thanks to a truck mechanic buddy at his garage (with 2 "helpers" and all the tools). The...
Forum: Astra General 08-27-2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra Windshield

In a quick internet search part 93357605 indicates fit to XE & XR without specifying number of doors.

But I thought this question was asked here recently.

Search the forums. Call a Chevy...
Forum: Astra General 08-17-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 19,965
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

Today, Polished the headlights again, which took about 3 hours.

Despite 2 coats of Sylvania "Headlight UV Block Clear Coat" (2 bottles- activator & coating,), headlights were super yellow and...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-17-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 89
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: OnStar Location

There is not much public knowledge on the Astra OnStar.

Search my posts from the past month. You will see links to some schematics, suspected pictures of the two modules, suspected module...
Forum: Astra General 08-16-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 19,965
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

Battery drain resolved
Pulled the fuse 36 (OnStar™ Module/OnStar™ InterfaceModule/Display). Car can sit for weeks with virtually no battery drain. No center display, however. OnStar schematics and...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-11-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Help with Astra p0420 and p1101 codes

Today, someone just posted a new youtube video on the valve cover and gasket replacement. That is the z18xer engine which you have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Tdv4NG2kc
Forum: Astra Tech 08-11-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Help with Astra p0420 and p1101 codes

The cylinder head and spark plug photos indicate oil on the top of the spark plug but the electrodes look clean. I would strongly suspect the valve cover gasket is failing around that round spark...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-08-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 348
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Help with Astra p0420 and p1101 codes

For P0420, a leaky flex pipe is a popular cause here. Several of us resolved by welding in a new flexy section. Search the forums.

Also, the spark plug replacement interval recommended by GM is...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-27-2020, 11:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Battery draining tips during lockdown

Does anyone know where J116 is located? It brings 12v from the underhood fusebox (fuse 36) to the display/onstar etc. It is illustrated in the schematics above.

Thanks.
Forum: Astra Tech 07-27-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,825
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Alternator replacement

Congratulations. Good luck getting the new one in!
Forum: Astra Tech 07-27-2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 128
Posted By AstraFasta
Russian display upgrade

This is an incredible Android upgrade. See video. Note where OEM screen was moved to.

https://youtu.be/y2vp2UE5ZyQ

See english article with details (p.6)
...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-26-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,825
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Alternator replacement

That is a terrible experience Mitt and I feel your pain. I spent probably 10 hours in the hot summer sun getting that alternator in and out of the Astra. It was miserable. Changing the pulley took a...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-26-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,825
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Alternator replacement

Layoria changed alternator on an XR 5 door automatic here:
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=182544&highlight=alternator

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144525...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-25-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,825
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Alternator replacement

Hi Mitt.

Alternator will come out of wheel well but needs to be oriented in the correct way (e.g. the pulley needs to be facing a certain direction).

You don't need to remove the pulley.

Do...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-21-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Battery draining tips during lockdown

So we left Astra sitting for 22h and see no battery discharge. Only fuse 36 (OnStar™ Module/OnStar™ InterfaceModule/Display) was disconnected. We will run the test for a few nights to confirm.

But...
Forum: Astra Tech 07-21-2020, 12:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Battery draining tips during lockdown

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Forum: Astra Tech 07-21-2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 725
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Battery draining tips during lockdown

Thanks @fdryer.

There is a small box behind the glove compartment. We see two pictures below of that with wire colors & part numbers; I matched most of the wires colors from the picture to the...
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