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    Hi folks car just been for an mot and failed, boo.

    There a chap breaking a vectra c 2004 1.9 cdti not far from me, would the front springs be the same for my 1.8 z18xe 2003?

    Done a search but cant find the answer.

    also the rear caliper isnt working, more headaches.

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    Yes they will fit, but the 1.9 is almost 100kg heavier in the front end than the 1.8 so I would not fit them. Front axle weight of 1.8 is rated at 950kg, think the 1.9 is about 1030 or 1040kg.

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    as above... the car will not handle correctly

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    ....and sit too high at the front.

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    no probs lads, info taken on board, have ordered a spring from motor spares 32 quid not too bad. Should be here tommorrow. will replace the other one at the end of the month as am away to cairo next week.

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    Well hopefully thats one of the two problems sorted barring some spanners and cursing etc So the other problem i have is the rear offside brake not working or engaging cant remeber the correct terminology. The mot tester said something about a spring not working? any ideas lads? not had a chance to have a proper look will do tommorow night shift though.

    cheers for the help :-)

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    Hey, was about to replace the spring but the 18mm socket i had was goosed forgot all about that, Got a lend of some spring tensioners though which is handy.

    SO went to have a look at the caliper and i see what he means the spring isn't coming back when the handbrake is released so would this mean its juat a case of taking it apart and giving it a good clean? so it would then mean ive got to fork out for a rewind tool?

    Edit: the handbrake cable is not working the pistons, however when had the engine on and rear wheel jacked up when the footbrake is applied the wheel stops dead. So its not the caliper/pistons. Could the handbrake cable have snapped or is jammed?
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    Any ideas lads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackveccyC View Post
    Any ideas lads?
    Hi, I had this problem with one of my calipers - it was an after market one and the handbrake return spring was not strong enough to release the handbrake lever causing the handbrake to bind and overheat. I got another stronger spring (I used an old drum brake return spring) and fitted that and it worked fine - although I later changed both calipers for genuine Vauxhall ones. You might getaway with a spray of WD40 if it is just a bit tight but it didn't sort mine and there is no way of dismantling it to get at it and ease it off a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    Hi, I had this problem with one of my calipers - it was an after market one and the handbrake return spring was not strong enough to release the handbrake lever causing the handbrake to bind and overheat. I got another stronger spring (I used an old drum brake return spring) and fitted that and it worked fine - although I later changed both calipers for genuine Vauxhall ones. You might getaway with a spray of WD40 if it is just a bit tight but it didn't sort mine and there is no way of dismantling it to get at it and ease it off a bit.
    Sorry never saw the edit you put on (it wasn't there the first time I looked) Could be your handbrake cable partially siezed and causing 'drag' that is preventing the lever from returning properly - disconnect the cable from the caliper lever and pull and push the inner cable into the outer cable should run smoothly - you could also try and get some oil into the cable - make a plasticine funnel round the end of the outer cable - hold the cable up and fill the funnel with oil which should drain into the cable. Occasionally push and pull the inner cable in and out the outer one - bit messy but usually works if cables a bit dry
    Good Luck

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