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Forum: Astra General 06-11-2010, 10:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 970
Posted By SaturnRaycer
So Long, and Thanks for all the fish

The time has come for me to bid farewell to Saturn. After 12 years and six Saturns, I've made a change. I'm now working for the company formerly known as Saturn of St Paul - we're now White Bear...
Forum: Astra Tech 06-06-2010, 11:56 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 36,108
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Replaced the Cabin Air Filter

The part number is 13175553. This is the regular cabin air filter. I paid about $28 for it. There is also a HEPA filter available (if you or passengers have asthma or allergies, spend the extra...
Forum: Astra General 05-17-2010, 09:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,620
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Code P000A today

Interesting that this is a recurring issue for some people, and never happens to a lot of us. Obviously the issue is the camshaft angle sensor, but unless the replacement pipeline is filled with lots...
Forum: Astra General 05-17-2010, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,922
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Brake light warning

If you replaced the bulbs with LED's, its possible you have an iffy connection at the resistor you had to install. Black/white is stop tail and brown is ground. Check those connections. Soldered is...
Forum: Astra Tech 05-16-2010, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,502
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: 16,000km between oil changes??

I change oil and filter when the Oil Life Monitor says "Inspection 0". This is usually between 8-9000 miles. (12800-14000 km). When I reset the Oil Life Monitor it shows INSP 11000 (miles) which...
Forum: Aura General 05-13-2010, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 965
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Anybody bought an extended warranty for their Aura?

Billwill, glad to hear you have a good dealer. There are many good Saturn dealers out there. Some of them have stayed with GM, others have taken on other lines.

It has everything to do with the...
Forum: Aura General 05-13-2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: transmission issue - GM techs please help.

The revving w/out engagement appears to be a failure of the clutches for the 4th gear. Since you have the lower 3 gears, it's not a "save the engine thing". If anything, allowing 4200 rpm and no...
Forum: Aura General 05-12-2010, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,814
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Tinting Windows?

Tinting won't make it any quieter. If you tested with a sound meter before and after the WeatherTech kit, you might find a slight difference, but barely noticeable. Aura's are notoriously quiet -...
Forum: L-Series General 05-12-2010, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,409
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Why the "L" in the Saturn L series must stand for longevity

Is there a "Turbo Boost" button you hadn't seen before? - jk.

Seriously, look for a slipped connection in the intake passage forward of the MAF sensor. Sounds like induction noise.
Forum: Astra General 05-11-2010, 09:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,421
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: More work in progress

The side skirts pull it all together. Unlike some, I like the effect of the rub strip and the side skirts.
Forum: Astra Tech 05-09-2010, 10:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,539
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: 1. Steering wheel off center

It is perception and expectation. In over 30 years in the military I've driven many vehicles who's steering wheels were anything from "straight" to wayyy out of whack. The vehicles all drove...
Forum: Astra General 05-09-2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,183
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: 32.0 MPG at 12,000 miles

At 41,453 miles my overall average since I took delivery with 63 miles on the car is 31.151. This is calculated from fill-ups rather than the DIC, which can be optimistic. The last 1000 mile average...
Forum: Astra General 05-09-2010, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,421
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: More work in progress

Are those headlamp washers in the new bumper? If so, have you figured how to make them functional? It appears that the VXR grille has a totally different mounting system from the Saturn unit - am I...
Forum: Astra General 05-07-2010, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,776
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: EBC Redstuff front brake pads

I'd submit that the EBC Greenstuff pads would work better on the Astra given the type driving most do and the relatively low weight of the car. Redstuff pads are designed for heavier, more powerful...
Forum: Astra General 05-03-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,290
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Car coolant and key fob battery replacement question

Before you dump coolant in, check the reservoir. As long as you're at the full cold line when the engine is cold, you're good. I've gotten spurious low coolant warnings from DIC. After checking...
Forum: Astra General 05-03-2010, 09:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,249
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Fade to Black part 1...

Great job with a difficult piece to put the decal film on. I'm more a fan of body color, than flat black for the grill and trim surrounds.
Forum: Astra General 04-23-2010, 11:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,112
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: My Astra VXR

I'm thinking that had Saturn been kept in the GM fold, the Astra might still have been a one-year wonder in the US. Just about the time that the Astra was introduced, the Euro:USD went sideways.
Forum: Astra General 04-19-2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,129
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: 3dr Astra with leather option - all backrests rattling + squeaking rear suspensio

There is a known issue with the front swaybar end link bushings. The originals seem to fail early, but the replacements are usually good for a bunch longer.

My 02 had a rattle and squeak, too. I...
Forum: Astra General 04-19-2010, 10:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 890
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: HIGH beam and fog lights

I thought we had this discussion some time ago.

Your former Grand Prix (what is it now?) has/had a very different wiring/electrical system from the Astra. Astra's use a can/bus system, where...
Forum: Astra General 04-16-2010, 09:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Missing Door Speaker?

Brooklyn Park is a Lupient Store. (Minneapolis side of the river). My story with them is "interesting". While rounding an exit ramp in my '99 SC2, my engine started knocking. I limped to the nearest...
Forum: Astra General 04-14-2010, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: Missing Door Speaker?

Mine has the tweeters and it is a CD30. Mine is also an XR.

Don't know where in MN you are, but St Paul Autos (Saturn of St Paul) still has a store open as a Saturn dealer in Moundsview on Cty Rd...
Forum: Ion Mods 04-14-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,138
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: i need help moding

Tire Rack has a good selection of suspension parts including lowering springs. Here's a link to that page....
Forum: Astra General 04-14-2010, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,195
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: I am no longer unique....

At least the pool isn't growing :(
Forum: Astra General 04-13-2010, 10:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,442
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: auto trans oil change info needed

That depends on what you call a filter. Many AT's have a fine screen instead of a filter these days.

Get the GM part number for the ATF that's recommended, and do some checking. I'm guessing...
Forum: S-Series General 04-09-2010, 10:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,384
Posted By SaturnRaycer
Re: "Get your pin welded!"

Had a '99 SC2. About 18000 miles it spun the 2 & 3 rod bearings. When the dealership pulled it apart, they found the input shaft seal was leaking oil onto the clutch. They also discovered the pins...
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