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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

    Mileage : 140000

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    degreased the engine, and the rest of the engine bay... started yesterday by just spraying a degreaser on liberally. Got both the engine and the rest of all the engine bay soaked in it.. left it to drip dry. This morning I drove to the jet-washer at the petrol station. Got the degreaser out again and soaked the lot once again... than chucked in some coins and used low pressure wheel and tire cleaner to loosen the lot, than after that, put it on high pressure cold rinse and washed all the muck off... I'll give it a once over with a WD40 specialist metal degreaser later on once the lot is completely dry.... most of it is clean now, just a few corners that i couldn't get the nozzle in but that'll be done when i go over it later.

    I haven't taken any pictures because it just looks weird when you are pre-soaking the engine and the rest of the engine bay to than stop to take pictures...

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    I want to see pics...final result after 'detail' completed of course!

    By the way, did you cover electricals and sensitive sensors from getting water logged? What did you use?

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    Trim : SXI limited edition

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    Year : 2003

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    Sorry I didn't take any pics but used Elbow Degreaser to pre-soak the lot( yeah it's a household product but works very well and can be used on everything) and the detailing was done with WD40 metal degreaser both products did the job.. I still need to clean the 2 beams in the engine bay that I couldn't get to as all of a sudden a phone call messed up my plans for the day.

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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilGo View Post

    By the way, did you cover electricals and sensitive sensors from getting water logged?
    oh hell no I went full ghetto on it, no covering whatsoever, but since I'm not daft, I didn't spray directly on connectors or the alternator, but that is about it... and the rinse tool was the jet washer nozzle... see I removed the bottom engine compartment cover entirely because of that leak I had since owning the car (as it was just collecting an oily messy puddle. no fun once you went to do an oil change and it comes rushing down). So the engine does get extra dirty when it's raining... never made a blind difference other than colleting extra dirt... so there is no need to cover stuff up, just don't wash the alternator or the connectors.

    If you want to do it the same way and aren't to sure about it just have the engine running while using the jet-washer, the engine note will tell you when it's save to go full redneck and where to be a gentleman.

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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

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    right so i had this one new headlight fogging up all the time, dried it out several times, split it dried it (which was hell, Permatex isn't the most pliable thing to go soft took me a good hour to get it separated from the housing) than i dried it using a hairdryer, polished it all up and sealed it off with some black silicone window sealer and left it to dry... to just find it to fog up again...

    so today i had a better look finding the place where it was leaking... yeah i just blocked off the airing hole and dunked it in a bucket of water. To my surprise it was leaking on the seal on the smaller hard plastic cover... so i pulled the seal out leaned it filled it with the same black silicone i used with success on the lens and closed it up... let it dry and dunked it back into the bucket (note the airing hole was blocked off) and no more leaks.

    I shall keep my eye on it but I think it is solved now. I didn't take any pictures as that would just take more time.

    PS in other news i did order all the parts needed to sort out the aftermarket rear exhaust box (just a shame i can't find a VXR or XP/XP2 dual exhaust diffuser otherwise i'd go twin exhaust)

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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

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    I just had to reseal the OS headlight... It constantly fogged up... i found the problem to be the seal wasn't sealing of the lens from the headlight body completely just in one corner... it was enough to force moisture in that than turned to steam when the headlights are on... So sealed it off again but this time completely covered the lip from the lens to the body of the headlight housing... just need to run it without the back on with the lights on and it'll be dry.

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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

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    so today i noticed that the dashboard clocks all of a sudden stopped working, looked it up at first, all these topics talking about dry solder joints in the cluster...in my case this is not true... i found that pulling the ecu cable off sorted the problem... but it would come back again soon afterwards... so i degreased the connector ( both sides of it both the male and female pins by using a paint brush to get into the nooks and crannies while liberally spraying the contact cleaner in them)... let it dry than did the same to the ABS connector and took it for a nice 2 hour drive... problem is gone.


    Apparently this is a thing on the pre-facelift half-canbus cars so if you run into it and you own a pre-facelift vectra, try this first before pulling the clocks apart to find nothing wrong with them.. tell tale on mine ( and the dead give away to nothing being wrong with the cluster) is that just before it goes blank you get a powersteering warning light yet it keeps working just fine while the cluster goes off... sometimes the cluster comes back on but will go off a few minutes or seconds after but everything else works properly. yes turning the car off and on again solves it for a few seconds, minutes or sometimes it's gone for days... but it always comes back starting with the powersteering warning.

    hope this helps someone down the line one day.
    Last edited by northpole; 18th November 2022 at 15:16.

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    Vehicle : Vectra C Saloon

    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

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    for people checking if the headlight fogging is solved, yes it is... PS if you are going to split the headlights forget about the automotive sealants, use builders black window sealant the stuff that can take temps up to 200 degrees and -40 degrees... it is cheaper and works perfectly fine.

    on another note: I have my MOT tomorrow so did a quick check, i can't find anything for once so it should sail past, but i did clean the seatbelts and lubed the rolling mechanisms on all of them (5 to be exact) as i found them retracting slowly... not anymore so one less thing to worry about.
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    Trim : SXI limited edition

    Engine : 2.0 16v DTI

    Year : 2003

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    Car passed it's MOT so looks like it's staying another year it'll be 20 years old next year...

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    just walked around the car... noticed that the NS rear lights were way less bright than the NS rear ones... now i did tint them so i thought strange let me polish them up a bit... noticed they are equally tinted as thick... so it could only be something with the connector or the cable... pulled the connector off, found the ground in the NS was seriously covered in corrosion... scrapped it clean than used a electronical cleaner to clean both the connector spades and the female connector on the cable. Put it back together when it was dry and checked both rear light clusters for light output... they are the same now... another thing done.

    the mot tester must have thought it was tinted to dark and mentioned it on the MOT as an advisory and because i only tinted the red bit, he mentioned the brake and position lights.

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