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    Need some help re my Astra 1.6 8v Club

    Hello,

    I have an Astra 1.6 8v Club which I bought new in March 2001. The car has served me well.

    2 weeks ago I had the cambelt changed on my Astra 1.6 8v. Although it was due for a change at 8 years I had it done early.

    1 week prior to that I had the service done inc plugs, air filter, oil filter and oil.

    Over the past week a few things have occured and I would be much obliged if someone can help explain the following queries please:

    Within the last few days, when starting the car up I can smell a strange smell akin to eggs but it goes away after 20 seconds or less.
    Any idea on this please?

    On tick over I have noticed there's a clickety sound that gets quicker when i increase the revs. The vehicle drives very well and does not lack power.
    Any ideas please?

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    Richard

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    Hmm...

    I think you might find the cambelt is now recommended 4yrs or 40,000 miles as they had a habit of snapping around 50-60,000...I know it is 4yrs/40,000 on the 1.6 16v (mine's a 2002 1.6 16v, 2 cambelts changed in 6 years and 130,000 miles) and assume the same on the 8v too.

    Smell may be the pollen filter which should be changed in the large service - check they did this.

    Clickety sounds I'm unsure of, but I'd be straight back to them incase it's a major problem waiting to happen.

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    Smell would be the pollen filter. If they haven't changed it, take the filter down the garage and kick off. This is often missed out by garages cos people don't notice it hasn't been done.

    Clickety sound sounds like tappets to me.
    Gaz

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    Thanks for the quick help

    Is the pollen filter in the glove box area?

    There was no noise prior to the cambelt change that I can recall.

    Just been to check around the engine and there seems to be oil around the bottom of the engine. There's no drips on the floor though.

    I'm no mechanic so I'm not sure if oil would be split when changing the cam.

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    no but it might of during an oil change

    Yes the pollen filter is behind the centre consol, you need to get the glovebox out (6 screws) to get to it.

    if there was no rattling prior to the cambelt change, then i'd bet safelyon tappets.
    Gaz

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    Thanks gaztd

    I purchased the car when I worked for a Vauxhall dealership. Now I work for Ford I get their techs to do stuff but even with 50% discount it still aint cheap!

    I'm sure I can change the pollen filter myself.

    So the tappets are effected when the cambelt is changed. Interesting, if that's the case surely they should have sorted them when doing the cam.

    I supplied the cambelt via our Parts Dept guy and just paid for fitting it. Now I'm wondering if they should have done the tappets too.

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    pollen filter is easy enough to do yourself

    Coopers do one for £6 from halfords I believe

    only takes 10 minutes to do too
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    if u do decide to overhaul the engine again and replace the lifters then Ive got a full set of genuine GM lifters here u can have for a very knock down price. I got them a few years back when i had the 8v motor

    gimme a shout if u are

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeordieBandit View Post
    if u do decide to overhaul the engine again and replace the lifters then Ive got a full set of genuine GM lifters here u can have for a very knock down price. I got them a few years back when i had the 8v motor

    gimme a shout if u are
    Thanks.

    Engine didn't sound too bad today!

    Thank you to all those who took the time to post

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