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    A few Niggly issues!

    Hey all,

    My car has a couple of things that have been bugging me.

    When I get to my car in the morning and it has been cold the rear brakes (handbrake on rear drums) get stuck, not massively but when I set off I hear them release. They then grind when I brake for a mile or so and then they are ok.

    I also think my cam belt is ticking... How easy is it to change the cambelt, pulleys (sorry if that is the wrong term but I mean the wheels that the belt wraps around lol).

    It is also not the best on oil. Its not bad as I do a lot of motorway miles but will a change of oil filter help this?

    Will a full service sort all of these issues out?

    And finally the car is a 1999 Vauxhall Astra SXI 1.6 16v. It was serviced at 68,000 miles and it is now on 73,000

    Thanks all

    Dan Dan

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    Bumpety bump.

    Even if you can answer one of the questions thats ok

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    Handbrake could be issue cable or with drums/pads sticking, perhaps needs stripping to find out why, though in this weather the cable can freeze and hence the brakes stick - I usually park mine in gear this time of year, with the handbrake off.

    Cambelt - ticking can be from the cambelt rollers or the waterpump, most recommend you change the full cambelt kit which includes new rollers, and fit a new waterpump at the same time as this is cambelt driven. Kit on Trade Club (which you get access to with full AOC membership!) is about £80ish I think, pump about £35 or so if memory serves.

    Oil - Vauxhall spec a 10w/40 semi synthetic - £11 for 5 litres of Trade Club and about £2 for the oil filter and sump plug washer. Doubt a change in itself would reduce oil usage unless you have the wrong grade in.

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    yeh I have 10/40 semi in it. I read somewhere it does about 1 ltr every 1000 mile which seems about right for my car at the moment.

    Will leave my H/B off tonight and see if it makes a difference.

    How hard is the full kit to change? Is there a link to the trade club?

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    They can do 'up to' that much before Vauxhall would consider it a problem - it seems random on these engines, mine hit 156,000 miles and was using no more than 1 litre every 20,000, others like yours eat way more

    Trade Club is available via your local Vauxhall dealer/parts department - once you join AOC you get access to a section of the forum which lists the code etc.

    Never done the belt myself, only ever stripped one off - I guess with the right instructions (e.g. Haynes) and for ease the cam tool to stop them spinning, it would be easy enough if you're used to that type of thing.

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    All the tools are at home . The local vauxhall dealer quoted me over £200 to change it.

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    Which is about right, belt kit £85 plus 2 hours labour at £55+ per hour

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