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Forum: Astra General 09-14-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 855
Posted By tackepj
Re: With sadness

Congrats on the Cruze and hope you enjoy it - you're right, with every passing year the selection of hatchbacks dwindles. The Cruze hatch is certainly one you don't see every day. Find one with a...
Forum: Vue Green Line 06-12-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 771
Posted By tackepj
Re: 2007 Vue Greenline Catalytic Converter revisited

Is it possible to take the part that's too short to a welding shop to have them weld it in with an extension? I wouldn't think that's too difficult. I had a welding shop put a generic flex pipe in...
Forum: Astra General 06-12-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,346
Posted By tackepj
Re: Replacing steering pressure hose

Did this resolve the problem? Now I am curious if I am experiencing something similar. I have a fairly significant power steering leak but am being told it's the rack, but I'm not convinced as this...
Forum: Astra General 06-12-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 20,334
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

I used to own a 1994 Toyota pickup that had no power steering (from the factory), but it was easier to steer thanks to the smaller wheels and more friendly steering ratio. I did notice that once my...
Forum: Astra General 05-30-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 20,334
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Sorry, didn't communicate clearly. I replaced the battery one time, after about 7 years. But yes, I seem to have good luck with batteries.

Just got a call from the tech regarding the PS leak,...
Forum: Astra General 05-28-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 20,334
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Funny to see a lot of the same characteristics as these cars age. It's been just over 10 years of ownership for me, and I'm starting to see the slight clearcoat bubbling on the rear bumper (car is...
Forum: Astra General 03-19-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,847
Posted By tackepj
Re: So I just made it to 200k miles....

Congratulations! Great milestone.
Forum: Astra Tech 03-07-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By tackepj
Re: 2008 Astra wont start - security issue?

Not sure if I've heard of this happening before. I would try the old trick of pulling the negative battery cable for a minute or two and seeing if you can perform a hard reset. Otherwise you may...
Forum: Introductions & Greetings 11-19-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,167
Posted By tackepj
Re: New to me LW200

Welcome. Congrats on the purchase; always like the wagon version of this car. Hope it treats you well.
Forum: Vue Green Line 08-03-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,937
Posted By tackepj
Re: New tensioner assembly, new belt... Still getting p0a92. Help!

You posted that the belt was slipping. We recommended you use an OEM part since it's unique to the GM BAS system. No need to get upset that it didn't fix the problem; using the correct part was the...
Forum: Vue Green Line 07-25-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,937
Posted By tackepj
Re: New tensioner assembly, new belt... Still getting p0a92. Help!

Agreed; it uses an aramid core belt that is pretty unique; don't think I've ever seen an aftermarket. Probably a dealer-only part.
Forum: Astra General 02-05-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 20,334
Posted By tackepj
Re: The last Saturn Astra owner.

Must be that Hoosier hospitality. :) I'm in the same boat as you - only 80k miles but the car has been rock solid, with the exception of the flex pipe that cost me about $60 total. I'm ready for a...
Forum: Astra General 06-01-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,191
Posted By tackepj
Re: Saturn Recall of Takata Module

Is it just the driver side airbag? I got my letter in March and have promptly ignored it, which I know isn't a good idea. I understand the issue affects those in humid climates to a greater degree,...
Forum: Vue Green Line 05-25-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,586
Posted By tackepj
Re: Hybird system not working dealer recomends new timing chain?

Good analysis - makes sense. You're right that this is a common problem. I had "light timing chain noise" on mine (confirmed by the tech), which was one of the reasons that prompted us to move on...
Forum: Astra General 05-08-2017, 09:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,652
Posted By tackepj
Re: Flex pipe

Job done this afternoon. Part was about $15 on ebay and local shop welded it in for $55. Thanks to those who provided links.
Forum: Astra General 05-01-2017, 08:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,652
Posted By tackepj
Re: Flex pipe

Just hit with this problem this weekend - fired it up after a highway run and it sounded quite a bit more flatulent. Picked one up on ebay for about 15 bucks and I'm not even going to try it myself....
Forum: Astra Tech 04-14-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,808
Posted By tackepj
Re: Incredibly Slow Acceleration From a Stop

It's definitely not a rocket, but it sounds like something is wrong. Is the engine light on? If so, can you get the codes read? It's not revving up without accelerating, indicating a trans...
Forum: Astra Tech 04-11-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,324
Posted By tackepj
Re: Radio not outputting sound

No aux port in any factory Astra radio (sadly).
Forum: Astra General 03-15-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,585
Posted By tackepj
Re: Best Speed to Drive the Astra 5 speed

I've averaged 31-33 mpg year in and year out since I bought the car new in 2009. For highway driving (speed limit withstanding, of course) I set it at 70 mph, which I believe is about 3250 rpm. ...
Forum: Astra General 03-01-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 12,868
Posted By tackepj
Re: The Ultimate Tire Replacement thread

I put about 67,000 on the stock Eagle LS2s before giving them up due to such poor performance in the rain. I found a good deal at Discount Tire for closeout Michelin MXM4s. The price was good (plus...
Forum: Vue General 12-22-2016, 10:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By tackepj
Re: Can a 2007 Vue Green Line tow a teardrop trailer?

Agree with F2G, it's rated to 1500 lbs. There's nothing overly special about this tranny; it's a 4T45-E (same 4-Spd as regular 4-cyl VUE) with an auxiliary pump to provide pressure in auto-stop mode.
Forum: Astra General 11-17-2016, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,135
Posted By tackepj
Re: Reverse in cold weather - manual transmission

I've definitely had it happen to the glove box latch in cold weather, but not the gearshift, although it's like stirring molasses at those temps. It'll still let you select 1st, right? It just...
Forum: Astra General 10-19-2016, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,441
Posted By tackepj
Re: Astra bedtime

My Astra has always been fairly crap in the snow. Maybe it's because I still have the original tires on it. :eek: The truck was great in the snow, and if someone slid into me, I really didn't...
Forum: Astra General 10-18-2016, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,441
Posted By tackepj
Re: Astra bedtime

Nice new truck - hope you enjoy the ride. I normally park my Astra for the winter too, but it might be curtains for my poor old beater 4WD truck. Came home the other day dragging a rear shock when...
Forum: Astra General 10-13-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,965
Posted By tackepj
Re: Questions Regarding CD-30 to CD-40 Swap

Do you have the Eonon D5154Z?
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