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    Default 1st service I have ever done.

    Well hello guy's, its been months and months since i have been here,
    I hope everyone is well and in good health

    This morning I have started work on my first ever attempt at a service, I have just got the oil to do as most of the morning was spent trying to get the fuel filter housing off, WHAT A COMPLETE #### that was, It should say that when attempting to take that off you need a counsellor when the work is complete.

    The positive side is that I have now bonded with the Vec
    It would of been easy to get it in at the local garage but I hate giving people money when it can be DIY'd

    Had my coffee break so I shall return later to report more.

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    how did you get at the fuel filter in the end?

    Good job on doing it yourself, I do my own services for the same reason, hate paying other folk for stuff I can do myself. Soon you'll be doing your own suspension and brakes as well

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    Thanks for that Big Knox,

    A vice and a huge clamp loosened it in the end although it did look like it was going to break under the pressure.

    The oil change was awkward also because the stupid flap under the lump only retracted 45 dgr, I have just noticed a post about that flap and next time I will be removing the tape or using ramps with clearance for it to travel the 180 dgr.
    Compared to the 2.2 access the 1.9 cdti a git but like I say, I think I have bonded,

    P.S Big Al if you are out there in Vectra C land, thanks

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    Sadly I don't have a vice/bench/garage lol I asked my local stealer about getting the tool mentioned in the Haynes manual and he denied it existed ("we don't do tools").

    You obviously had more success than me, my sump plug ended up getting stripped cause it wouldn't budge so I had to sook out the oil through the dipstick hole.

    Working on your car definitely helps you bond with it, I know exactly what you mean

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    Vehicle : Vectra Estate

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    Engine : CDTI 150 (Z19 DTH)

    Year : 2008

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    I take it this was a CDTI 150? where you have to undo the top of the fuel filter housing?? Either two people - one to hold the base and one to turn the top with some oil wrench pliers, or trap it in a workmate with two pieces of metel either side and turn the top with a set of oil filter pliers again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Knox View Post
    You obviously had more success than me, my sump plug ended up getting stripped cause it wouldn't budge so I had to sook out the oil through the dipstick hole.
    VERY common.. a MUST is to ALWAYS use a six sided ring spanner or socket. Never a standard hex type as the just dont grip it well enough.

    I removed chrisvectra's as his did the same using my Irwin bolt removers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Knox View Post
    You obviously had more success than me, my sump plug ended up getting stripped cause it wouldn't budge so I had to sook out the oil through the dipstick hole.)
    What a nitemare

    Yer Antssss thats the ******.

    Big Knox all this was done in the street, I am garageless also and I think I may of just peee'd the neighbours off with car claret all over the place

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    Well done mate
    Ive got mine to do on friday on my 2ltr dti i hope its easier than yours.
    Its the first one ive done on my own car normally its been serviced at the dealers just to get the book stamped, but as its nearlly 7 yr old i dont think getting the book stamped is going to make much difference to the sale value anymore. i will just keep all receips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntSSSS View Post
    I take it this was a CDTI 150? where you have to undo the top of the fuel filter housing?? Either two people - one to hold the base and one to turn the top with some oil wrench pliers, or trap it in a workmate with two pieces of metel either side and turn the top with a set of oil filter pliers again.



    VERY common.. a MUST is to ALWAYS use a six sided ring spanner or socket. Never a standard hex type as the just dont grip it well enough.

    I removed chrisvectra's as his did the same using my Irwin bolt removers..

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    top man ant and that tool you have is awsome
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavieVectd120 View Post
    Thanks for that Big Knox,

    A vice and a huge clamp loosened it in the end although it did look like it was going to break under the pressure.

    The oil change was awkward also because the stupid flap under the lump only retracted 45 dgr, I have just noticed a post about that flap and next time I will be removing the tape or using ramps with clearance for it to travel the 180 dgr.
    Compared to the 2.2 access the 1.9 cdti a git but like I say, I think I have bonded,

    P.S Big Al if you are out there in Vectra C land, thanks
    There's a proper tool now, but it's a bit pricy!

    http://www.lasertools.co.uk/item.aspx?cat=370&item=3693

    If I get a CDTi, I think I'll try using some sort of oil filter wrench first!

    The DTi fuel filter is just a Torx screw in the middle of the lid to remove it. Do you get the feeling they've changed it on the CDTi in order to put people off doing it themselves?

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    Vehicle : Vectra Estate

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    Quote Originally Posted by James24 View Post
    If I get a CDTi, I think I'll try using some sort of oil filter wrench first!
    Yeah - I think the only benefit of that tool is that you can torque it up to the correct setting using a torque wrench.

    But its very doable with oil filter pliers as I have done a few times now - one on my own.. Just make sure you have something to clamp the housing in.

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