First post here, but just want a bit of advice really.
Recently bought an 2005 54 plate Astra 1.7CDTi 100Bhp, when i bought it there was a pretty bad squeak coming from the drivers side of the engine, so i had the alternator belt looked at and it was pretty badly worn. Had that changed, but the squeak remains, only it now happens in first gear when accelerating. After that it stops.
The cam belt and tensioners have recently been changed and sorted, so i know it's nothing to do with that. I've no problems with coolent loss or anything like that, so i dont think the water pump is on the way out. The heating does seem to take a while to get warm, but is that normal with Diesels? My mums car is the same heating wise and hers is an 07 Ford Focus.
Other problems i've noticed is that in the morning, especially after a cold night, it takes a while to start, i find myself having to turn the car on, then off, then on, then it'll start normally. I'm guessing thats a glow plug problem and will need them replacing, which shouldn't be a problem. Theres also a slight weep on 2 of the injectors, but again i've been told this isn't a big problem?
My final questions are: The car was originally in an accident and the Driver/Passenger side doors were changed, now during this time, the fuse for the interior light/the actual light was removed. I've replaced the fuse and bulb, but the light stays on all the time, even when the car is locked and turned off. I've read that removing the battery sorts this, but does it actually work. Also the hazards come on when starting the car, i'm guessing this is because the car is in "Crash Mode", is there any way to sort this?
Apart from that, the car is in excellent condition for it's age, and it runs like a dream.
Thanks a lot,