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    Hi everyone,

    I have a slight or more like major problem on my vectra that happened today.
    My wife drove the car to the shops & back & I realized when she pulled up that there was something dripping all over the driveway & up the street, thought it was aircon, had a close look & it was oil.
    Opened the bonnet & oil everywhere coming from the expansion tank.
    Checked the oil in the motor & ofcourse nothing in there.
    I have spent more then enough money on fixing these stupid issues. First the water pump, + timing belt (guess it's normal but still), then the radiator, rear wheel hub... never stops. Joy of a 6 cyl. 2 cars, 2 problems

    I have searched over the net & I think it could be the oil cooler (heat exchange) is this correct?

    Do I need to take the heads off to get to the assumed problem?

    Thanks in advance.
    Ned

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    Oil cooler lies under the intake manifold. You can see parts of it in the pic below, approx. center of the picture, with two rubber coolant tubes (pls. ignore the red circle, it is in the picture to point the thermostat location). Oil cooler lies under the intake flange, which you have to take off too.


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    Thank you. I'll get onto it.

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    Vehicle : Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

    Trim : GSi

    Engine : Z32SE

    Year : 2003

    Mileage : 205,250

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    Hope you get it sorted without too much grief. Paul
    2003 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

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    Trim : SE Touring

    Engine : 3.0

    Year : 2007

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    The dreaded oil cooler used to be hell on the 3.0 in the Omegas - a later design change had them made from stainless as the originals had a habit of corroding through and causing the lovely brown engine bay you're aware of.
    As long as you take things carefully as has been said, the offending article sits in the middle of the V, below the intake manifold.

    Once you're done fitting the new one (and cleaning as much as you can as you go) the old favourite for cleaning out the contaminated cooling system, believe it or now was washing/laundry liquid. Not using too much, you'd refill the cooling system (once everything is back together) and add a SMALL amount of Persil/Aerial/Daz or whatever your chosen liquid is, then run the car up to temp as normal. Expect suds and foam, but don't worry about it too much. You then let it cool down... drain and refill, adding the detergent again as many times as you need until the cooling system is as clean as you can get it.... then obviously the final fill is your antifreeze/coolant mix to spec (or your own preference).

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    Thanks guys. Got it out couple hours ago, all was smooth. Took the oil cooler out & as suspected, under pressure test, small hole.
    Just ordered one from the UK, $220 (aus) inc. UPS 3 day delivery. Holden here in Australia quoted me $600 + 100 for the O rings (just parts).. pfww..
    Will follow your advice on the flushing part.. Didn't know washing liquid would do the job.

    Thanks again!

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    The oil cooler arrived, installed & all was smooth until a drive today. Went for a drive, roughly 10km up the motorway, when I pulled up at my destination... same thing happened as the first time..
    I give up..
    Temps where all fine while driving, handling excellent. Only when I turned off the car, steam under the hood & water/oil all over on the street.
    I'm now thinking it's something else..

    HELP

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    Found the problem. Bought an aftermarket radiator cap (expansion tank) that is design flawed. Going tomorrow to by an O ring for the original as it was toast.
    Thought it had to be the head gasket.

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    Vehicle : Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

    Trim : GSi

    Engine : Z32SE

    Year : 2003

    Mileage : 205,250

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    Phew! Paul
    2003 Vauxhall Vectra GSi 3.2 V6

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    There is too much pressure build up & the overflow tank spills when at normal operating temps. It happens usually when I hold it at say.. 2000rpm & let go of the accelerator.. I was near happy that the problem was fixed. Love the car, but it is causing just too much $$ repairing it. I am pretty sure it is the head gasket now.

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