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    Hello,

    I've put the following on the new member's post & had no replies!! I guess I made the mistake of putting 'Help' in the title? Hoping for a more friendly response from some fellow north easterners.........


    I 've had my 06 Vectra SRi CDTI 150 for about 6 weeks now; been a regular reader of the forum but now I've popped up to say hello 'cos I need some help!!

    Like the car generally, suits my needs and it handled better than expected (but not a patch on my old V reg Astra Sport) but I have never quite been happy with the engine.

    Had a good look though the stuff & today I have tried the following: de-restricted air box, cleaned the boost sensor and cleaned the EGR. Thanks to everyone who has compiled the How 2s and the car is performing much better after the work (I think the boost sensor made the difference as it was like a lump of tar!!

    The EGR was OK as I found the date stamp on it 03/09, Less than a year old looked like new on the solenoid side). TIP: you can check the date without removing it!

    The problem is I think I have stripped 2 of the bolts that hold the EGR onto the engine (the 10mm ones without the extra bit to hold the cover), they won't tighten up now. The other 2 are sound and the valve is (apparently) securely on and the engine is running fine. But surely it's only a matter of time before they come loose? Is it a good idea to keep running until I get a fix, will the engine break if the EGR comes loose?

    Can anyone recommend a solution? Will new bolts do the trick or have I broken the hole? Recommend any part numbers?

    Maybe I'm a bit kack handed as the yellow plastic tag on the electrical connection to the boost sensor broke off as well!

    Anyhow, as mentioned, the car is much smoother and more powerful and doesn't creep along between 1-1.5k any more: I just want to make sure it stays that way![/I]

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    Hi! If it's the bolts that are stripped, i'd pop to a dealers and order some more, or if it's stripped on the engine side i'd be tempted to add a little thread lock to the bolts as you fit them, or wrap a load of PTFE tape around the bolt first (I'm a bodger sort of a guy!)

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    welcome Andy.....................another one for my friends list........lol

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    Cheers for the replies lads; knew I could rely on the Northeast!

    Thread lock sounds like a plan, never heard of that before, thanks. I think the stripping is a bit of both so hopefully a new bolt & thread lock should do the trick. I'll get the heavy duty stuff.

    PTFE tape!! I think you might have done one bodge too many, it's not a boiler!! LOL

    Apart from the problem the work has made a massive difference; would recommend anyone with this engine does them. (but be more careful than me!)

    Has anyone here tried the Fiat 'restricted' gasket on the EGR? I might put one on when I fix the stripped bolts. But surely there is a reason VX put the normal one on; or did they just not think about it?

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    areet, sorry cant help but welcome aboard!!

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    I recently fitted the Fiat gasket. Easy to do.

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    Thanks again, is it worth doing the gasket? did you notice any performance difference or is it just that is keeps the engine cleaner?

    Can you recommend best place to get them?

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    I can't say I noticed a difference. Any Fiat parts department will order you one in.

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    OK, Finally got round to sorting this out today........Jobs a good-un.

    Got new bolts from VX (a quid) and the thread lock. On inspecting the old bolts (which were coming loose and gunk was oozing out the gasket) looked like it was mainly the hole and not the bolt stripped, but by very carefully threading back in to ensure they were right, and using the thread lock I got a good, tight hold and could see the gasket was tight (you could see it wasn't before). I also blasted out the hole with a spray of carb cleaner to remove any debris.

    Also fitted the Fiat restricted gaskets (more than 20 quid for that & 2 gaskets to sandwich!!); I think the engine runs smoother now and delivers the power more evenly.

    BIG THANKS TO MALLY FOR THE ADVICE.

    If any one is interested, I fitted some Sparco pedals as they I couldn't bear to part with the money for Imscher. I think they look great. Couldn't use the supplied nuts as the holes are top and bottom rather then each side; used self tapping screws and the job was an absolute doddle. Happy to give more info to anyone who wants a shot.

    Thanks to all.

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    Cheers for asking about the pics, only thing is....I put them on wonky 'coz I lined the pedal up with the edge and did't think to check they're not square!! DOH!! At least both the brake & clutch are wonky at the precisely the same angle! (accelerator is spot on). TIP: drill the first hole and screw on the pedal then drill the second through the pedal while holding it straight. The disadvantage of self tappers over bolts is you can't drill a bigger hole & adjust it afterwards.

    I'll get some thing to fill the hole solid then drill a new one straight. Then I'll post some pics. In second thoughts, based on my rate of progress above, I'll use photoshop!!!

    incidentally, Sparco also do a matching footplate for 30 quid. It's rectangular (200x100mm) but I reckon you can cut a diagonal of the side and it will fit the lower part of the Vectra placky one, probably still look coll, I'll try than on photoshop as well!

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