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    Servicing me astra

    Afternoon people,

    I've decided not to let Vauxhall service my astra this year and was gonna do it myself. So theres a few things i need to ask you all...

    What oil should I use, grade etc?
    Do I need to change the fuel filter(was done last year)
    Should I use products like that oil flush stuff?
    How to I reset the service interval warning(INSP)?

    Thanks
    1996 Celica GT-Four ST205 Dyno'd @ 302bhp

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    What oil should I use, grade etc? Have you got a Haynes manual? Should say in there

    How to I reset the service interval warning(INSP)? Hold down the trip reset button and turn the ignition on the off again. Release the button and when you turn it back on, VIOLA. All gone.

    Hope this helps mate
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    I use Magnetex 10/40, change the filter and also get a spare copper washer for the sump bolt.
    Change the air filter or if K&N clean it (see my post regarding this)
    You could change the plugs, won't hurt and may help.
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    Vauxhalls own 10W40 Semi synthetic is ideal, and £5 a gallon if you get 4 cans on Trade Club.

    Hold the trip reset and turn the ignition on to reset the insp warning.

    Don't bother with engine flush.
    Fuel filter will be fine for at least 40k miles, with good fuel.
    Plugs again are good for 40k miles, but £2 each on Tradeclub it's not going to break the bank.

    Cam belt is a bit more than a beginners job, and thye need to be done every 40K miles as well.

    The O ring on the sump bolt should last many oil changes so only needs replacing if it's perished or split.
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    and dont forget water-pump mate if ya doing cambelt

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    Sorry if i sound like a total n00b but what is "Trade club"

    Do you have a link to the site?

    Thanks & sorry for the hijack

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    what is an auxiliary belt compared to an cambelt? sorry i just thought they were both the same. also, the haynes manual reckon it should be changed @ 10k but vauxhall recommend 20k, who's right?

    btw i used magnetix gtd oil, 10, 40. i think, ill check tho.. and it seems that the car is doing less mpg! slightly weaker response and a bit sluggish.. or could this be the auxiliary belt? oh and there's a squealing noise when i accelerate sometimes.

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    Aux belt is what you might call the fan belt. Runs the aircon pump, and the alternator. The squeeling noise is probably that belt, it can stretch and then the tensioner runs out of travel leaving the belt a little slack.
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    So is that Mobil 1 stuff any good? I few people have told me to use it and others say don't. Don't Vauxhall use Mobil 1?
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    Don't use a engine flush product unless ur car has done 80000 miles and hasn't had a oil change in 40000 miles.
    engine flush strips the inside of the engine, so if u have had regular oil changes u shouldn't need it.
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