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    I bought my car about 2 weeks ago from a local salvage yard. It had a small amout of damage on the rear door and arch. The car had probably been sat in a yard while the insurance has been getting sorted out for a little while. When I go to start my car it takes a few seconds for it to start, not straight from the key turn just a few seconds more than normal. Also when it's first started it gives a little rattle sound then clears off right away as the oil is reaching to the top of the engine then it's happy. I was thinking of getting a new oil change done to it and maybe some new plugs, do you think that will help? Thanks

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    I would change most of the things personally I did with mine.

    New oil and filter
    new spark plugs
    new fuel filter
    run her on some good fuel for a bit
    how is the battery?

    someone more clued up will answer later no doubt - but if it were me I would change everything unless you know it has been done recently.

    Can you take her on a long drive also- an hour down the motorway for example.

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    I have been putting in Shell V-Power since I bought it, well only one trip to the petrol station since I bought it as it came with half a tank of fuel. The battery seems to be ok as it was at Vauxhall the other week for an mot and the batter passed the health check thing they do. With it being stood for a while it could do with a good run, I have only took it about 40miles or so up to now. I was out for a drive in it the other night for about 30 mins. It's in the body shop now.

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    Rattle Could be timing or balancer chain, how many times does it turn over before it fires? mine sometimes takes 3-4 spins over before she fires

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    About 2 spins. My last car was an Astra 2.0 Turbo. The Vectra might just be like that, I don't know. The engine rattle goes within a few seconds, all is normal about 2 seconds when fired up. I just like things to be perfect lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark2.2 View Post
    I just like things to be perfect lol
    Don't we all. 2 spins is nothing to worrie about, but if the rattling gets worse or more frequent then its proberbly a good time to replace the chains, especially as the 2.2 as a habit of throwing them

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    The moment you hear a rattle on cold start from a Z22SE or Z22YH engine change the chain. It really isn't worth the risk on these engines. It was the first thing I did on mine!

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    Rattle could be from the other pulley that people have had issues with - not nessarily the timing chain.

    I just got back from a client meeting lol and i started the car to be presented with an orange steering wheel on the dash - no power steering. Switched if off and on again and its fine - must be the cold weather lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benholden2010 View Post
    especially as the 2.2 as a habit of throwing them
    Think he has a 2.0T now. Sounds like the chain rattling on start up to me

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Either way, if your getting chain done make sure you do balancer shaft chain too.

    Had the same rattle on mine so bought all timing chain kit only to find out it was balancer chain (had about an inch of play in it)

    If you planning on doing it yourself have a read through the guides on z22se.co.uk its not as hard as it looks

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