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    D.I.Y servicing for the layman - any gen?

    I dont really know much about the oily bits of a car - but im keen to learn (and too tight to fork out for a service from a garage).

    I want to service the mk3 (1.8 ecotec). It all the belts done last year so what do I want to be changing now? - oil (what kind?), oil filter... air filter has been changed for a foam one already. Ive got a haynes manual so hopefully that will point me in the right direction. Cars done 76k and only covered about 3k since its service last year.

    Any hints or tips are most welcome.
    Previous Astras: 1994 Cesaro 1.8 16v | 2002 SXi 1.6 16v | 2001 Coupé 2.0 Turbo | 1999 LS 1.6 16v
    Other Vauxhalls: 2001 Vectra 1.8 16v| 2003 Vectra GSi 3.2 V6 | 2005 Signum CDTi 150

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    As its cold now oil will be thicker and won't want to come out easily. I'd recommend running the car for about 3-4 mins just enough to warm up the oil. Will make it drain out a lot easier. Remember to put a small amount of oil into the oil filter and oil the sealing ring as well to make sure it makes a tight seal before fitting. Read your haynes manual. That is your bible and your best friend.

    I think the oil you require is 10w 40 but check with Haynes. Oil filters are pretty cheap from Vauxhall or so I've heard so I wouldn't bother with other manufacturers makes ect ect.

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    Sure that's the right link John ??

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    whoops ! !

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    dam thats a good oil change
    http://www.cars.com/carsapp/chitrib...oil_change.tmpl

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    i would change the oil and filter,fuel filter and spark plugs.
    and get the parts including the oil from vauxhall or www.autovaux.co.uk

    if you know someone with trade club it will be very cheap for the parts.
    i drive an astra-f gsi special edition x20xev on throttle boddies
    http://www.m1gst.com/vb/showthread.p...pecial+edition

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    Cheers Ben, ill give it a look
    Previous Astras: 1994 Cesaro 1.8 16v | 2002 SXi 1.6 16v | 2001 Coupé 2.0 Turbo | 1999 LS 1.6 16v
    Other Vauxhalls: 2001 Vectra 1.8 16v| 2003 Vectra GSi 3.2 V6 | 2005 Signum CDTi 150

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    Best way to learn is to start of with a service and gradually you can tackle more complicated tasks, especially with a manual for reference. The Vauxhall TIS CD (often found on ebay) is a great help as well.

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    Fuel filter was done less than a year ago Sten and shouldnt need doing now, check the oil carefully as the tappets were slightly noisy when I first got it through incorrect oil.
    why do today what you can...... I'll finish this later

    2958cc was 175BHP @ 4000rpm, 370Nm (273lb.ft.) @ 1900rpm NOW 230BHP/469Nm (344.9lb/ft)!! www.IUsedToOwnTwoAstras.com

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