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  3. Thank you, I will be investing in some transmission fluid and filter next time I go shopping and set about changing it all. Thanks again for all your help and information. Andy.
  4. It should be a light cherry colour and not black, also if it is contaminated it will smell of burnt toast. You will need a new filter and replacement fluid (Dextron II) and it is a case of removing the drainplug and then once emptied to remove the sump from the gearbox. In there you should see a filter, replace that and the sump gasket and then refill to the specified amount and run the engine, shifting through the gears and check it in gear with the handbrake full on with the engine running at tickover (always useful to have someone on the footbrake as well)
  5. Hi....welcome to the forum It would be possible if you have all the components you need from the Elite and also would need to code it into the canbus to get it to operate through the vehicle electronics Do let us know if you tackle this and how you get on with it
  6. lol....sounds like you picked the right time to tackle these jobs Andy. Does tend to get tight and awkward under the dash to tackle jobs like this but worth replacing the pollen filter or if extremely dirty then just removing for now to stop any spread of bacteria in the filter around the interior of the car. My Grandchildren are a bit too young to tackle jobs on cars yet....and I emphasise the word 'yet'. lol
  7. Found it.......... Had to do some research on google, but I now know where it is. And ain't that in a peachy place. Glove box out, hand up into the deep dark depths at the back of the dashboard above the pollen filter,(which i didn't know i had). Just got to try and remove it now, hell that's tight in there. Now need a small hand, mmm which daughter do i pick?? Wish me luck, Andy.
  8. Decided to check my auto transmission oil today, don't like what i saw. Oil was quite black. Always believed that auto gearbox oil was red, or at least it should be. Is this right??? Also how would i go about changing the oil?? Regards Andy.
  9. Hi I have a insignia sri cdti with the norm headlights, is it possible to change them for the elite adaptive ones and what should be needed
  10. My home is my office, I am a full time carer for my wife, and I repair cycles from home too. So when wife has her bad days, I can pick up the strain and keep everything ticking along.
  11. Had to do some housework yesterday, wished I was back at the office 🙂
  12. Thank you for the link. Will have another look this afternoon. Andy. 😉
  13. That's the next plan of campaign, having 3 teenage daughters means interior needs a clean out. I'd get them to do it, but I've seen in their bedrooms. Over the next few weeks I'm going to go around it with a fine tooth comb and make sure all is good for its next mot. Keep shining, and stay safe. Andy.
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  15. Here's an ebay link to one and luckily it is brightly coloured so should be quite easy to spot amongst all the black and grey plastic under the dashboard https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VAUXHALL-ZAFIRA-HEATER-MOTOR-RESISTOR-PACK/163996763947?fits=Car+Make%3AVauxhall|Model%3AAstra|Cars+Year%3A2003&hash=item262ef8072b:g:0dcAAOSw97pd-8qg
  16. Glad to hear it all went well Andy and I think the timing to carry out these tasks was just right with all the time we seem to have nowadays. I always notice a difference after the cars have been serviced in terms of performance, engine sound, confidence in reliability, etc and 1 year between services is just right, any longer and you its a false economy in terms of running costs, e.g. higher fuel consumption, etc. Now onto polishing it and detailing to find something else to do 🙂
  17. Hi Trevor, can you give me a clue as to what the heater resistor pack looks like please. Have had the glove box out and had a good state at it, and then put it back together again. Haven't got the foggiest what I'm looking for 😋 Regards Andy.,😁
  18. Hi Trevor, got delayed in the servicing, but have done all today. Oil definitely needed doing, as very black. Air filter box removed and all dirt and leaves removed. And how deep are those spark plugs, !!! Did check them , and number 3 was a little oily around the thread, but all were a nice biscuit colour. I then moved on to the coolant flush. Wasn't as bad as the header tank looked. Am wondering if the previous owner put some sort of additive in with the very weak antifreeze solution. Have now put fresh antifreeze in and all seems well. Might give it a month and flush through again just to make sure. The car certainly seems more responsive now. 😉😉 Hope you are well, and thanks again for your help. Regards Andy
  19. Hi....welcome to the Forum Robbo It could be a gummed up turbo and by giving it a blast it may have flagged up a boost issue which by switching off and on again has reset the Engine Management ECU. Best thing to do now is to run a scan on the ECU for any stored fault codes and if it comes up with a turbo related fault then clear it out and run it again to see if it returns to the ECU memory
  20. From 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. https://autoevoke.com/index.php?/news/forums/from-30-march-2020-mot-due-dates-will-be-extended-by-6-months-r119/
  21. One from a Toyota owners club news page but the principles are the same https://www.toyotaownersclub.com/news/articles/tips-on-how-to-keep-your-car-germ-free-r117/?fbclid=IwAR13lZqb_h4a90IwUtOwnnBMaEOg29r8g0XT8R22Obxbpjr6ndIu70zbDpA
  22. Just picked this car up gave it a bit of a run and it cut out / turned off i stopped and it started fine and run fine since it's a pertol 2.8 v6 turbo any ideas what that was about.
  23. Glad to hear you are okay Andy, Norfolk is a lovely part of the world. Only been there twice, once was to stay in Cambridge and then by coincidence (yeh right!) I then took a diversion to Kings Lynn to buy a front bumper for my BMW Z3 - well as I was so local to it anyway 🙂 The second time was a drive from Bournemouth to Norwich to buy some wheels for my Honda CRV, a 500 mile round trip but was worth it for the cost of the wheels and tyres and also a day out in the lovely town of Norwich. Some really lovely roads in Norfolk and apart from the distance its a lovely place to drive through. Anyway I digress, now is most certainly the time to get all those jobs done around the house and cars and also time to spend valuable time with the close family/partners/spouse/pets and who knows how long it will last for as well? Stay safe Andy and hope the car maintenance goes well
  24. Having a whale of a time here in sunny norfolk. So peaceful as everyone is self isolating. I live in the middle of nowhere, so unless the postman is a carrier, then we're pretty safe. Lot's to do to keep me busy, car, cut the 3/4 acre of grass, and get daughters car ready for when she starts driving lessons in july.
  25. Thanks Trevor. I am hoping to get out on it tomorrow as its supposed to be nice weather. Got to do something, as going cabin crazy being stuck indoors. This is my first ever twin cam engined car, so seeing a block with plug leads coming out of it going to what looks like a coil pack really confused me. Old Astra was a 8v single cam and the plugs were visible. I am hoping that the flush through will be nothing serious too. Fingers crossed. Will post the outcome , oil and filter change tomorrow as well. Thanks again. Andy.
  26. Hi thanks for reply the astra gtc has got Renault sport suspension as stranded so been told that Vauxhall have got this special camber tool so I don't know what to do next cheers
  27. Everyone having a good day? Coping okay with the CoronaVirus histeria and panic ?
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