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  1. Thanks Andy. Not too much covering to be honest. The battery was removed and cleaned externally so that I could tidy up the battery terminals. I covered the alternator with a bag throughout. When I was jet washing the underside of the bonnet and the tops of the inner wings, landing panel etc I also covered the whole engine with a black bag. I had the crossover off along with the tophat pipes at one point so that I could get in about the back of the engine. Any open pipes like the valve cover inlet/outlets and the coolant and air intakes were covered using good quality nylon gloves. They're very versatile and always a good fit ... cut fingers off to cover over smaller pipes and use whole gloves to cover over the larger ones(always at least two layers It was a sunny day when the job got done so when it was finished the bonnet was left open for everything to dry. Car's been out for a few runs and is ticking over nicely.
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  2. Hello Everyone. This is my first post. Just purchased a new towbar and electrics on eBay from Towtrust with total cost £212.76. Fitting the bar was no problem. Checked how CANBUS worked and found the brake and tail lights all work on Single filament bulb ( usually a double filament bulb without canbus ). Measured volts on the bulb with tail lights on found 4 volts then measured with foot brake on found 12 volts on same bulb. The universal wiring kit can see the different voltage and light the correct bulbs on my trailer lighting board. This universal wiring kit is JUST FOR 7 PIN TRAILER BOARD not complete caravan kit. Only had to connect 12v and earth to power the universal RELAY and then only 3 wires to get all lights to work on the board. The Red brake light wire was connected first and both tail lights and the brake light worked, then both direction light wires were connected to finish the job all VERY EASY. My problem to ask is WHERE TO PERMANENTLY CONNECT THE 12 VOLT SUPPLY TO THE RELAY. I just jammed a 12v feed into the plug ( red circle on photo) including the 15amp fuse. The instructions say to run a wire directly from the battery to the new relay in the boot. I DO NOT want to do this as the fuse box in the boot has 2 large 12 volt supply cables already. I know I could cut a chunk of insulation from this thick wire and just solder a wire to it but this would not look good and damages car wiring. The boot fuse box should have A TRAILER OUT PLUG but I do not have this. So has anyone managed to get a 12v feed from this fuse box. The 2 large 12v cables are live all the time even with ignition key removed. I will be fitting an on / off switch so that power to the relay is OFF when not towing. Here are a few photo’s of the rear fusebox. PS: The FIXED FLANGE towbar DID NOT affect the reversing sensors, they still work perfectly. Best Regards Dave
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  3. Tried a number of Vauxhall dealers for supply of a TRAILER OUTPUT PLUG so that the 12 supply could be connected to the tow bar universal relay, but nobody in Vauxhall had ever seen this plug and had NO IDEA where to pick up 12volts. I then decided carry out the usual method of cutting a chunk of insulation from the 12 volt wire to the rear fuse box and soldering on a wire ( see photo ). The 12 volt supply wire is very thick and to do a good solder joint the soldering iron must be very hot, I used a 48 watt iron which was just right for soldering to this thick wire. Also spoke to the designer of the universal relay, he told me it is perfectly safe to leave the relay permanently connected to 12volts. I was going to fit a switch to switch off the 12 volts when not towing but now didn’t bother to do that. Tested all working OK.
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  4. You can get aftermarket sounds deadening but ensure it is fireproof and not capable of sagging onto the engine. Wind deflectors are the best way forward and will definitely improve the wind noise
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  5. Hi dont know were you get the price for new headlight. I paid 500 for original vauxhall new
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  6. I have contacted a couple of stainless exhaust fabricators but none seem willing to come up with a price as yet. Fingers crossed.
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  7. Slight perforation in the oil filter spraying a fine mist onto the engine block. Also, it could be a poor gasket on the sump
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  8. I'm not sure I've ever seen red on red coming to think of it Trying to keep the car as original as possible and I like the contrast of red with blue - almost tempted to do them yellow right enough. Back calipers done now too. They were really crusty so took a lot more effort but, worth it I think.
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  9. Sounds like the light switch on the steering column has gone faulty
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  10. Hi all, I purchased my second Astra (H) VXR at the end of October 2021. I owned a black Irmscher kitted one about 5 years ago but sold it for the cash when my wife was given a company car ... I've missed it every day Anyway, getting back behind the wheel feels great. I picked this one up from MW Performance in Chester. It's very low mileage and in great condition inside and out. It has a stage 1 blufin superchips remap taking it to 280bhp. Since purchasing I've had the tailgate struts replaced as they were rusty, a hole in the dashboard repaired and currently, I'm working my way through the engine bay replacing rusty clips, pipes and bolts and cleaning as I go. I plan to keep it as original as possible. Currently 43k on the clock. Great to be back
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  11. Thanks Andy. Yes, they're pretty decent motors as stock, parts are getting harder to get a hold of which is my worry/challenge
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  12. You've definitely made a class job of the engine bay. Do you cover the electrics when rinsing off the cleaning solution. I have always been a bit scared of getting water into the electrics and causing a short somewhere. My engine could seriously do with a good clean up. Regards Andy.
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  13. Hi VXRDavie. Welcome to the club. It is a fine example you have there. It certainly is clean and tidy, and with such low mileage too. I do like your idea of trying to keep it all original, I'm like that that as well. Originality looks more in keeping, than a advert for halfords. Happy motoring. Andy R.
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  14. Thank you Andy. It's great to be back behind a vauxhall again.
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  15. I'm Garry Taylor live in Lincolnshire I used to own a few vauxhalls over the years. I went away from vauxhalls for a couple of years. Now I just got my insignia Sri vx line a month ago.
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  17. Hi I wondered if anyone is interested in buying a good pair of headlights for a 2006 Vauxhall vectra car. They are excellent condition as we moved to France and had to change to french headlights . We are asking £25.00 each so £50.00 the pair plus postage please email if interested
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  18. Thankyou for the reply I will investigate this @vauxhallownersclub
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  19. Hi, I have a small number of Vauxhall Carlton spares from a 1989 model. Clutch cable, rear disc pads and oil filter (suits various models). They are all brand new, unused and in original packaging. Would anyone be interested in buying them for a small amount as I do not want to throw them away. Thanks
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