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Forum: Astra Tech 12-14-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Awesome z18xer engine video

I think there are a few posts here of people adjusting valves. But they don't seem to need much adjusting based on posts as far as I can see.

On the other hand, a 2009 Honda Fit engine needs...
Forum: Astra Tech 12-10-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,943
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Knocking Rattle on Cold Start...still

Still silent on startup even on brutally cold days and without starting for several days.

I suspect the full synthetic oil made a difference, but you can see some simple recent service I did...
Forum: Aura General 12-10-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 29
Posted By AstraFasta
Aura alarm diagnosis video

Great video on alarm diagnosis and repair by South Main Auto on YT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIJ9P-IgWaA
Forum: Astra Tech 12-07-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 97
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: 2008 Astra XR (2dr) stutters when accelerating

A few more ideas without seeing the car that are typical z18xer issues:

- Clean the throttlebody and butterfly valve with throttle body cleaner

- Clean the MAF sensor with MAF sensor cleaner
...
Forum: Astra General 12-02-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 111
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra Oil Capacity? How much do you guys use?

Strongly recommend only full synthetic oil for the Astra based on vvt issues.

I changed to full synthetic this autumn. It silenced all the vvt clatter at startup and saved me an expensive and...
Forum: Astra General 12-01-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,789
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

There is a service note to reprogram the BCM to widen operating temp range.

For us, in first real cold days and maybe first real hot days, the p0128 pops up a few times. This week, we cleared the...
Forum: Astra General 11-30-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,789
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Astra 45k mile service - inexpensive & runs like new!

Astra has been running perfectly, like new.

Today P0128 showed again (Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature). This seems to happen around November with first...
Forum: Astra Tech 11-25-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 112
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Misfire

It's possible.

The coil packs fail on these cars with frequency. The OEM spark plugs are good for about 30k miles and if they are not changed, the gap increases, stressing the coilpack.
...
Forum: Astra General 11-10-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 988
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Need Exhaust System Diagram - 2008 XR Door

Flex pipe is a frequent failure part on the Astra. Of course, there are other exhaust possibilities but that is by far the most frequent. You can do a search here for more info.

That pipe suffers...
Forum: Astra Tech 11-06-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,943
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Knocking Rattle on Cold Start...still

The alternator is not a popular failure item on the Astra. But it is difficult to remove. Removing the back harness blind is tough. And figuring a way to slightly jack up the engine just enough to...
Forum: Astra Tech 11-05-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,943
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Knocking Rattle on Cold Start...still

We had knocking rattle for a few seconds on cold start each morning. Haven't had that for a few months. The service we did this summer included:

-Cleaned both the orange & end filters off the two...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-31-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: 2008 Saturn Astra XR Code C0642

The European forum noting a bad wheel speed sensor could cause the wonky speedometer stated that the wheel speed sensor was integrated into the hub so needed a new hub.

I don't know if that is the...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-30-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: 2008 Saturn Astra XR Code C0642

Most of tips I provided above are popular solutions for the Astra (I don't think I read about water submerging spark plugs however). A few other ideas.

On ocassion, computer boards need to be...
Forum: Astra General 10-29-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Saturn Astra seat replacements

Not so funny. Glad you are ok.

You can call local junkyards. If they don't have an Astra in stock ask them kindly if they could tell you of any in the region. There are some huge junkyards closer...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-22-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: 2008 Saturn Astra XR Code C0642

I didn't know there was a Chilton's manual.

The UK Haynes Vauxhall Astra manual is popular here and I think it is somewhat helpful. I had to import it from Europe. It is a bit too general but has...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-22-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: 2008 Saturn Astra XR Code C0642

I don't know what that code is for. Chevy has this engine z18xer in a few popular small cars so those forums might be worth searching.

EDIT - Astra throws odd codes if voltage is low so check what...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-14-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 72,164
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Spark Plug Change for Astra

It's the American way!
Forum: Astra General 10-11-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 524
Posted By AstraFasta
Awesome UK mod thread-Astra

This is an interesting UK Astra mod thread.

He has the z18xer with 140 hp which he boosted to about 158 via a flash. He has done a ton of other mods and has lots of photos
...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-07-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

Thanks JFS.

The partsoutlet24 seems to have a sale on the B6 and B8 for the Astra noting 42-48% discounts; these are in the $100 range front and back. (Prices include local VAT (Euro sales tax) of...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-06-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Bilstein Shocks and struts

We just spent a lot of time looking for struts for a 4 door Saturn Astra. This was an XR but had the upgraded "sports supspension" option from the factory which were different struts than the basic...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-22-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By AstraFasta
Awesome z18xer engine video

Below is a great 10 minute teardown of the Astra z18xer engine. They basically tear apart to the block highlighting typical issue areas.

You can choose English subtitles.
...
Forum: Astra General 09-19-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,060
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Problem areas to look for when buying an Astra

That is a good car and 4 years newer. Thanks for the update.
Forum: Astra Tech 09-14-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,066
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: How to - Camshaft actuator(phaser)/sprocket replacement

Today we removed the Cam actuator solenoids on my buddy's Astra for cleaning only. It is a 125k mile XR with manual transmission. He changes oil about every 5k miles with Mobile One.

Around the...
Forum: Astra General 09-14-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,037
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: With sadness

Sorry to see you leave Marc.

With pending clutch, brake, tyre work, the bill approaches market value of the Astra. At 135k miles, you are probably looking at 4 new struts and some other later life...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-09-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,751
Posted By AstraFasta
Re: Front Struts and hardware availability issues

I think one of the issues is that several countries in Europe effectively have no speed limits. So Euro makers typically soften US suspension packages for ower lower speeds and poor quality roads.
...
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