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Re: Honkytonk's Mighty '99 Vectra B 1.8 (Club)

Post by Honkytonk » Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:32 pm

Fuk'n brakes. I just wanted to do a fluid swap (I'd bled the system but the fluid really needed changing properly) and the nearside rear decided to go and do this as I loosened the bleed valve

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Frustrating days like these are where I just feel like throwing the spanners away forever. Additionally, my tensioner pulley is ALSO whining now too, the engine bay is like a symphony of angry mice.

I've got an eBay special whole replacement caliper on the way. By the time I've drilled out the valve (tried extracting with pliers but it wouldn't turn) I might as well replace the whole caliper, they're dirt cheap.

It's stuck at me mother's, which does mean I got to take the 3L TDI quattro convertible home. Slightly better than the average garage loaner I suppose but still...

BAD VECTRA. YOU SIT IN THE NAUGHTY CORNER AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE.

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Re: Honkytonk's Mighty '99 Vectra B 1.8 (Club)

Post by Honkytonk » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:20 pm

Vectra's back, back again...

Complete opposite of last time out, everything worked perfectly, new caliper fitted, new pads on both rear calipers, hydraulic system bled. and I got a chance to try out my new torque wrench.

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The clutch had got so bad , and I was so used to it, it's like driving a new car now! She stops AND goes!

MOT next week, and barring a brake light should sail through.
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Post by V8 Power » Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:48 pm

That’s smart looking torque wrench. Mine must be about 30years old!
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Post by Honkytonk » Sat Jan 25, 2020 5:41 pm

I suppose find someone with a recently calibrated one and see if it matches?

Sealy, currently £40 on eBay for the 7-100something NM one. Thought it worth a punt for that price and came with a handwritten certificate of calibration so can't be that far off I'd hope!
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Post by Vj4sothername » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:02 pm

Looking good! Just remember not to use it to take things off. No matter how tempting the extra leverage might seem.
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Post by Honkytonk » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:53 pm

No fear, I have hammers for that.
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Post by Paul_13 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:58 pm

A good trick I use to get bleed nipples undone, is to put an 8mm (or what ever sized spanner) on the nipple and twit it undone with a hammer. I've yet to snap one off.
When I used to do the nicey nicey approach, they would snap 7/10 times

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Post by warpc0il » Sat Jan 25, 2020 7:14 pm

Bleed nipple are hollow so very easy to collapse if you use an open-ended spanner or even a 12-sided socket.

I always use a 6-sided (wall drive) socket for nipples.

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Post by Honkytonk » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:25 pm

Off she goes for the MOT today and of course decided this morning that another warning light would flash up. Eh, we'll see how it goes...
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Post by Vj4sothername » Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:29 pm

Sods law. Good luck!
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Post by Vj4sothername » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:29 pm

How bad was it?
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Post by qwakers » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:35 pm

Vj4sothername wrote:
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How bad was it?
id say that went badly :!:
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Post by Vj4sothername » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:57 pm

Oh man that sucks. Not your year for Mot's

Let me know if you want a hand and I'll try to make some time.
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Post by Honkytonk » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:15 pm

Gone are the days silence was possible :lol:

So, let's tackle these one by one (as the car is safely somewhere in my custody)...

- Exhaust ; supposedly 'hanging on by a thread' (which is odd because when I had the car up to replace the caliper all was well... :-k )
- Rear pads ; I mean, these are quite literally brand new. I put them on at the weekend. Not sure how they've worn completely down in less than 100 miles, particularly as my brakes aren't binding (I know, because they would have found that in the MOT test...)
- ARB linkage is a bit worn, I wouldn't call it 'Excessive' but eh, give them that one.
- The top LED bar of stop lamps works. Short of disconnecting it, not sure how that magically was not working.

I did ask that they clear the codes before running the car through, but they decided not to. A level 3 OBD is probably required for the airbag one ("supplementary restraint warning")

Current plan is to SORN it and give the old girl a good going over when I have the time. There have been a few jobs I've been meaning to get round to that I haven't had time to, and this kind of thing does spur me on slightly.

I think I'm probably the only person to SORN their other car and drive the 8 this time of year :lol:

When I asked a friend for his advice, he just sent me this
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Post by Paul_13 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:26 pm

You need a different mot garage!
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Post by Vj4sothername » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:32 pm

I'm going to stop wishing you luck as apparently it does not work! I'm with paul and would look into other garages. That's sounds off to say the least.
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Post by Paul_13 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:43 pm

I use one garage in Wokingham which is run by a friend of mine, he has only just set up the mot part in the last 2 years so he is thorough, but not over the top.
Another in Reading, he loves rotaries... Enough said

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Post by Honkytonk » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:47 pm

Have a feeling I'll be taking the Vectra to the old garage it used to go to once it's back on the road, and the 8 will probably end up at whichever garage Tim at RX Motors uses.
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Post by Vj4sothername » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:55 pm

Paul_13 wrote:I use one garage in Wokingham which is run by a friend of mine, he has only just set up the mot part in the last 2 years so he is thorough, but not over the top.
Another in Reading, he loves rotaries... Enough said
What's the name of the reading guys? Be good to keep them in mind for next year
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Post by New Duke » Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:05 pm

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Have a feeling I'll be taking the Vectra to the old garage it used to go to once it's back on the road, and the 8 will probably end up at whichever garage Tim at RX Motors uses.
This is my method. When 13Black was in business I used his MOT tester, now with bigpete we take it to his tester together. Means you're guaranteed a tester with good knowledge of the car who won't just assume the worst. Plus they will be on friendly terms with your mechanic which is a valuable endorsement.

Our XF just goes to 'generic local garage' for MOTs and surprise surprise they try hard to find faults. Gets them the repair business or so they hope.

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Post by Honkytonk » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:42 pm

I type this sat in the Vectra waiting for Mr Chipsaway to arrive. After toing and froing madam who bumped into me before Christmas has offered to repair my dent, I just need a quote.

With the SORN, possible insurance rebate, and dent repair, the car may actually make me money this month :lol:

All the arrangements for the car being laid up somewhere have been made, and I feel quite sad knowing that tomorrow I'll move the car for the last time in what will probably be a good few months, but I am happy that it's going to come out of it better than it has been for a few years.

Some of you may ask 'Why the hell are you bothering', and I fully understand that viewpoint, but if you've read this thread and still feel that way, I don't think I can articulate what that inanimate, choddy, cheaply made box of nonsense means to me in a way you'll fully understand.

The Vectra WILL ride again. And she's coming out on track one day.
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Post by Vj4sothername » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:02 pm

The idea of seeing it on track excites and terrifies me. Good on you for sticking it out.
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Post by Honkytonk » Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:34 am

I'm sat in a terribly dull meeting that I have no input to and don't really need to be in, so am being really professional on a Friday and getting some Vectra Research done instead.

If I had infinite money and time I think I'd love to go down this route (particularly as the wingmirrors look like PZ ones! :-k );
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But of course I have neither of those things, so I think we'll fix everything internally first, and then use the opportunity to add a couple of nice exterior tweaks if I have budget left after fixing what ails her. It doesn't help the 'OEM' Irmscher stuff is mostly gopping in Silver and makes you look like you've coated the car in glue and driven through Halfords. Have you seen the massive letterbox exhaust?! Awful...

I'll be using a day to disassemble and investigate what needs doing soon, so I'll share what I find after that. It'll be pleasant to just have a day taking things off and not having to rush to make sure it all goes back on before I can get home afterwards.
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Post by Vj4sothername » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:42 am

I'm WFH and the RX8 display hooked up to an Arduino. Well at least I'm trying to do that. Glad to see I'm not the only one who struggles with them.
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Re: Honkytonk's Mighty '99 Vectra B 1.8 (Club)

Post by Honkytonk » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:03 pm

Received my SORN cheque in the post today, and immediately spent it on a new exhaust. One of the nicer Irmscher bits of the old GSI Trim.
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