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    Z16XE Servicing

    Hi guys, my astra needs a few thinga doing to it as various parts havent been changed in ages (bloody previous owners). I've got hold of a service kit (air,oil,fuel filters and a set of spark plugs), I've also sorted myself with some of vauxhalls semi synthetic oil.

    I haven't really "serviced" my car before. Is there anything apart from changing these bits and peices that I should do, look out for, check etc etc.

    Do any of you guys have a particular order in which you do everything?

    Also, I went under the car yesterday to check what type of sump bolt I had, it turned out to be a flat bolt with an allen key fitting, does anybody know which washer I need (part no. if possible aswell )

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    Hi lokas!!

    I have the same car as you and I also live in London. Its a torx bit that you'll need for the sump plug which I think is a T25 Im sure someone will correct me if Im wrong.

    Id get the messy oil bit out the way first, drain, fil new oil. Don't know why I always do that first. Otherwise there's no perticular order for the different pieces.

    Id invest in a Haynes manual for the car though as its very informative and will tell you all the other regular checks you can carry out as you service and is generally very helpful!
    51 plate Astra SXI 1.6 16V. Prestige Blue!

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    Lokas i too have a Z16XE... Heres my tips...

    1. From cold, turn engine on for a minute or 2 (just to slightly warm the oil make it less viscous).
    2. Remove sump using torx bit let the oil drip out. When it starts dripping with long pauses replace sump bolt.
    3. Restart engine and let run for about 5 seconds... turn off.
    4. Undo sump bolt again and drain the oil
    5. Remove the oil filter taking note of the very warm CAT.
    6. Burns hands / arm on CAT and begin cursing jam for making you warm the oil up.
    7. Stuff a rag/paper towels around the where the oil filter is located.
    8. Replace air filter
    9. Replace spark plugs
    10. Replace the cabin filter
    11. With a small amount of oil on your finger lubricate the rubber seal (both sides) on the new oil filter and fit to car.
    12. Replace sump plug sealing ring with new one.
    13. Fit sump plug back to car.
    14. Check haynes manual for oil capacity.
    15. Pour in new oil until about 1L away from capacity. Now keep checking the dipstick as you pour in the oil until it is at the max mark on the dipstick.
    16. Check coolant level and top up as necessary.
    17. Refit oil filler cap and start car for about a minute.
    18. Check oil level on dipstick and top up as necessary.
    19. Check washer bottle fluid level
    20. Check all lights are working.
    Whilst your doing all this you may want to remove the air intake pipes to the throttle body and clean them out. Also clean the throttle body using carb cleaner.

    Hope that helps.
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    Look in the rear of your service manual it will give a breakdown of what should be changed etc.

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    Great Stuff! Thanks very much guys. Does anybody have the part no. for the new sump plug seal?
    2001 Vauxhall Astra MK4 1.6 16v SXI Flame Red

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    Service Check List

    This should just about cover a Full Service

    Check all lights
    Washers & Wipers
    Horn
    Door check strap fixings
    Spare tyre pressure & tread
    Tyre pressures and treads
    Run engine till hot
    Loosen wheel bolts
    Jack car up and place on axle stands
    Drain oil and filter & replace filter ( smear a trace of oil around new oil filter seal ring ), leave oil draining
    Remove wheels
    Check all brakes ( if you have rear drums, remove, clean and adjust rear brakes )
    Refit wheels and tighten bolts best as untill on ground
    Check all suspension joints, wheel bearings for signs of play
    Check coil springs for breakage
    Check exhaust system and mounting points / rubbers
    Change fuel filter
    Re-fit sump bung and tighten
    Change air filter
    Change spark plugs
    Clean throttle body
    Check anti-freeze and top up as rqd
    Top up screenwash
    Check engine bay pipework, coolant hoses, radiator for leaks etc
    Check condition of alternator drive belt and tensioner
    Re-fill engine oil
    Replace pollen filter ( behind glove box )
    When back on ground, tighten wheel bolts fully, start engine and allow oil light to go out, turn off and leave for a minute, then re-check oil level and top up as rqd
    Re-set service light
    Check for any leaks, tools left anywhere
    Job Done ( if anything missed out i'm sure i'll be told )
    Damn site easier on a ramp at work..............................
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    Did everything yesterday, was a lot quicker than I was expecting.

    No real issues, just a related question:

    When I took the spark plugs out I noticed that the thread was very dirty, covered in what looked like dry burnt oil. The thread inside the engine seemed to be covered in this stuff aswell.

    Is this normal? Is there any way/point of cleaning the inner threads?

    Thanks again.
    2001 Vauxhall Astra MK4 1.6 16v SXI Flame Red

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    Probably means they have'nt been changed for a while, also when fitting spark plugs use oil on the threads as a lubricant, prevents corrosion and seizing problems
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    OH

    That explains things then. Thanks
    2001 Vauxhall Astra MK4 1.6 16v SXI Flame Red

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