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Forum: Astra General 10-30-2013, 09:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,616
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Tires, how long do the original Goodyears last?

You won't get a precise answer, because it all depends on what kind of driving you do -- specifically, how often you are on the gas, brakes, or turning hard. My OEM 17" Hankooks have over 140,000...
Forum: Astra General 10-27-2013, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,895
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: new member needs help

When a dealer recommends both plugs and the coil pack, it sounds to me like they're just chucking parts at it -- unless the plugs are badly worn to begin with. If they install the coil pack and it...
Forum: Astra General 10-27-2013, 02:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Tire question

You have to understand that all tire types are a bit of a compromise, as no tire can do everything well. This is rather obvious when comparing summers or "all-seasons" to true winter tires, but...
Forum: Astra General 10-26-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Tire question

First things first: you can't fit 15" tires on 16" wheels, unless you're from Krypton.
Forum: Astra Tech 10-18-2013, 11:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 623
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Power outlet

Yes (http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showpost.php?p=1513105&postcount=9).
Forum: Astra Tech 10-10-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 55,385
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Bad coilpack, VERY expensive part

Assumption incorrect. An ignition coil failure is almost always internal in nature -- short of an actual external housing crack or puncture. Today's coils are often buried deep inside the head...
Forum: Astra Tech 10-07-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 55,385
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Bad coilpack, VERY expensive part

Ignition coils are basically spools of fine lacquer-coated wire. Electricity flowing through these windings eventually breaks down this coating and the wire shorts out with itself in one or more...
Forum: Astra General 09-10-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,320
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: TPMS question

Of course, you then run the risk of getting a flat tire in winter -- when the days are shorter and the weather colder and uglier. Running on a tire when there's less than a few PSI in it will...
Forum: Astra General 09-05-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,320
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: TPMS question

Short answer: no. Our sensors are "dumb" and only tell the car that one of your tires is low on air (not specifically which one), where as most of the GMs report current tire pressures from each...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-04-2013, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 784
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: timing belt replacement

If you've done a timing belt in the past, then you should be fine. Pay particular attention to post #12 though, as this easily fabricated "tool" will prove invaluable.
Forum: Astra Tech 09-04-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 744
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Winter Wheel Question

All of those should work. Also 5-bolt Pontiac G5s & G6s, and Chevy Malibus and HHRs. The specs you're after are 5x110 with a 65mm bore.

CadiEldo67 had a set for sale a few months ago. He's in...
Forum: Astra General 08-28-2013, 10:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,067
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Fixed Trunk Latch and Flickering License Plate LED light

If you are a DYIer, you might want to attempt to replace the connector (unlikely to be available from the dealer, so you might have to cut up the harness of a wrecked Astra instead). Sometimes it...
Forum: Astra General 08-22-2013, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,659
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: 2013 Vauxhall Astra VXR Review

I don't think you guys are paying attention. Buick offers a manual transmission in both the turbo Regal CXL and the turbo Verano, and the Enclave is the only Buick that isn't partially or 100% an...
Forum: Astra General 08-21-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,659
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: 2013 Vauxhall Astra VXR Review

Well there's your problem...
Forum: Astra General 08-20-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,659
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: 2013 Vauxhall Astra VXR Review

Hmmm... wow. Not sure if you are aware of this or not, but Buick is bending over backwards trying to rid itself of the "old man's Cadillac" image and attract younger buyers. The Chinese market is...
Forum: Astra General 08-20-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,659
Posted By Astra La Vista!
2013 Vauxhall Astra VXR Review

http://www.speedmonkey.co.uk/2013/08/2013-vauxhall-astra-vxr-review.html

We can only dream that GM one day brings this over as a Buick...
Forum: Astra General 08-18-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,175
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Just Bought an 08 Astra! (have a question)

Bolt pattern and offset are identical, but the TPMS sensors won't work with our cars.
Forum: Astra General 08-16-2013, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,408
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Looking to buy an Astra

For regular coppers, try NGK 7558. <$5 per plug.

I wrote up an in-depth how-to (http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=179952) regarding the timing belt replacement procedure on our...
Forum: Astra General 08-15-2013, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,584
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Alternator

You should see what we pay for cellular service... :eek:
Forum: Astra General 08-15-2013, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,584
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Alternator

Not only do they tend to be more expensive, but they also almost always have inferior warranties as well. I dealt with the DieHard line in Canada for over ten years (first with Sears, then with Kal...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-14-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,023
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: At 95,000km, should I change the timing belt soon?

RockAuto shows National part numbers for both. You'd have to shop around at jobber sources to see if they can get them, or at least cross-reference them to a brand that they can get.



You...
Forum: Astra General 08-14-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,584
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Alternator

Not completely out of line. Our cars use a style of battery that is more commonly found in European vehicles, and for some reason they are more expensive and/or have inferior warranties compared to...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-05-2013, 03:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,293
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Headlamps improper for night driving

Actually, vanilla sky is correct. It has very little to do with the position of the cut-off and is mostly due to the precise focal point of the light source behind the projector lens itself. The...
Forum: Astra Tech 08-02-2013, 03:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,502
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: Headlight Switch Wiring Layout

The headlight switch communicates with the various power distribution points through CAN-bus, so a "hot" signal at the switch may not necessarily work for you. Can you find a Grey w/ Blue wire at...
Forum: Astra General 08-02-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,062
Posted By Astra La Vista!
Re: buying astra: carfax shows engine wiring repaired/alternator replaced. Why???

Alternator may have short circuited internally, damaging it and the surrounding wiring.

Mid-atlantic? As in, the Azores? Might want to ask on the European forums if this is the case.
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