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Old 03-16-2021, 11:33 PM   #121
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What code reader do you use for your Astra? Do you recommend it?
I use the ScanGauge2. That is just for monitoring and not diagnosing. It was great 10 years ago but there are better items now.
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Old 03-16-2021, 11:36 PM   #122
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For diagnosing P2096 the Astra Service Manual (ID 2006061) steps are linked above. Below summarizes most of the testing I did tonight:

1. Closed loop with engine warmed up shows no obvious clues (ScanGauge2). Car still shows "not ready" for testing as we just cleared the code:

Fuel trims (typical)
ST 0-5
LT 0-5

o2 sensors
B1 0-90%
B2 0-90%
Both -->0 gliding with foot off the gas pedal
Both-->90 accelerating hard

Water temp ~92*C

Barometric pressure ~14.6 PSI

Ambient air temp 35*F

MAF ~5 g/s at idle. ~30 mild acceleration. ~50 hard acceleration

Engine sounds great and is perfectly responsive.

2. Based on the Service Manual, I think next steps to check are:
- EVAP purge valve and vacuum hoses
- Leaking exhaust from HO2S forward (the flex pipe!)
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Old 03-17-2021, 10:54 AM   #123
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I use the ScanGauge2. That is just for monitoring and not diagnosing. It was great 10 years ago but there are better items now.
Such as? Just curious. Always wanted to have one on hand but didn't know what would be appropriate.
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Old 03-17-2021, 11:42 AM   #124
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Such as? Just curious. Always wanted to have one on hand but didn't know what would be appropriate.
No idea m8. Better scanners provide Saturn-specific codes & can display data real-time on a x-y graph.
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:36 PM   #125
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Replaced RH door mirror glass/ heating element/ plastic. That is one part and looks to be good quality overall; the glass is pretty clear and not wavy. Box label stated part was made in Taiwan. Took 30 seconds to install.

Original German seller did not want to ship to US, so purchased from Bulgarian ebay seller maxiarbitrage for under $25 shipped.

FYI - c.2015, the OEM door mirror glass fell off as is typical with the Astras. We replaced just the door mirror glass with an eBay kit that came with 2 sided tape. The replacement was a bit wavy but flattened after a year or so. In 2020, the RH mirror "silver" coating was failing, so large blotches started forming. Hence, the new glass for RH mirror. LH mirror looks fine...for now.

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Replaced 4 plastic roof rack covers with parts from Latvia for about $12 shipped. ebay seller almets_cnc

60 seconds to install all 4. I think the design is clever with big tabs, so I don't see these failing or falling off. The plastic looks to be good quality, flexible, and well molded. Shipping was about 2 weeks.

Roof looks much nicer with these 4 plastic covers (plus we just repainted the 2 metal gutter bars.) Very happy with this upgrade. Goob also received and installed his 4 covers today.

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I think the 4 plastic roof rack covers reduce highway wind noise quite a bit. They don't fit 100% perfectly but are a big improvement over the 4 holes. Good enough for this neighborhood.

P2A01 popped up when we started driving today. Cleared the code and it did not pop up again.
"HO2S Circuit Closed Loop (CL) Performance Bank 1 Sensor 2 (PCM)"

P2096 popped up last month
"Post Catalyst Fuel Trim System Too Lean Bank 1"

First guess is these are related to the flex pipe. Second guess is rear O2 sensor (although real-time voltage from both 02 sensors seems fine).

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Codes haven't returned and code reader shows "ready". Might still replace flexpipe anyways.

Rear heat shield fell down on top of the muffler and started rattling. The fastening holes just grew too big (from mechanical wear) for the nuts. I soaked the nuts in WD-40, removed the nuts, inserted some big stainless washers, reused the old nuts. I only saw 2 nuts but will look for a front nut to "fix" tomorrow.
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I upgraded the back nut of the rear heat shield. Drilled a hole in the trunk floor, rustproofed, installed a stainless bolt, nut, and big washer. Test drove and found heat shield to be well secured and silent now.
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