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    Default Tooling myself up to start diagnosing my Vectra's faults!

    Hi,

    I'm new to your forum! I've decided that I need to learn how to fix minor problems and diagnose more severe ones myself, saving money on garage bills (i think it's a complete rip-off!).

    I'm a complete novice to car servicing although I consider myself to be ok when it comes to other DIY so I'm hoping to get to grips with slowly but surely.

    I have a 04 Vectra 1.9CDTI 120 PS. The car has done 103k now and has a full service history up to 88500. Not sure if that includes a cambelt change...but I think that was due at 80k so it should have been done.

    I'm currently tooling myself up and have purchased the haynes manual, axels stands and a trolley jack. Next I need some tools!

    My first "task" is to find out why the heck my rear suspension is making such a racket when I drive slowly over uneven roads (I've got a thread started on that here: http://forum.vectra-c.com/showthread.php?t=40827 )

    I'm not necesarily wanting to fix everything myself but I want to at least diagnose the fault and tell the garage what to do instead of believing blindly what they say needs doing.

    Second task would be to change my brakepads in the near future and also do the majority of my own servicing (bar changing oil! Cost's £30 at kwikfit saving my driveway from a lot of messy oil spills)

    I've been reading a lot of posts on this forum and it looks like i need a whole heap of different tools to be able to do anything. Problem is that i hardly know a torx bit from a hexagon bit!

    What are the essential tools that I need (torx/allen/hexagon) etc... I have some tools in my shed but for the purpose of this assume I have nothing. And is there any recommended places to buy these bits cheapish? Preferably a box which contains all wrenches, bits and other things that I need to unscrew bolts with.

    Many thanks in advance!

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    good luck with your diying m8, i do all my own mechanical work

    the tools you will need are torx bits which are male and torx sockets which are female. a set of normal socket a few spanners, rachet and screw drivers flat and philip head. the socket set will need to start from 6mm upwards hop this helps m8 and good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by gekornro View Post
    I have a 04 Vectra 1.9CDTI 120 PS. The car has done 103k now and has a full service history up to 88500. Not sure if that includes a cambelt change...but I think that was due at 80k so it should have been done.
    Cam belt is due at 100k , i wouldnt presume its been done, i would presume it hasnt been done unless you can find out where it was serviced and ask them to confirm

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    My haynes manual states that with the engine I have it is due at 80k.

    It used to be a company car and has been serviced by vauxhall but I'll give them a ring.

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    I was told (by Vauxhall admittedly...) that my 1.9 150 was due it's cambelt at 80K, although the V6 diesel was 100K...

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    VX told me my 1.9cdti 120 was 100k

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    Re tools. Halfords do some decent kits, in the Pro range. 120 piece, 150 piece and smaller ones - depends how much you'll want to pay. I've got the 150 piece one, and it's got 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" ratched handles, and bars etc., good range of sockets, deep sockets, spark plug sockets, Torx bits. It also has the E sockets up to E20 (the opposite of a Torx bit) which you need for changing your discs (to remove the caliper carrier). Also has a good range of ring and open-ended spanners a few ratchet spanners (very useful).

    The 120 piece has most of that, but obviously not quite the same range. The 120 piece is currently on offer at £100 (normally). I don't know what the 150 piece is selling for at the moment. It used to be £150 full price, and I got mine on sale for £100 - but they've had a recent price hike, hence the 120 now being the price of what the 150 was.

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    before you spend anymore money check the boot lock its a common fault it might not sound like it but they make an right rattle+clacking sound when the adjustment is slightly out, remove the plastic trim that covers the catch you'l find it has lots of measurement lines around it,mark all round it with a pencil and loosen it off and drop it down a millimetre or so only! tighten and go for a spin and see,many people have been suprised+saved some dosh also,with that mileage another thought would be to remove your egr valve and strip and clean it completley not forgettiing to clean the inlet where it fits onto the engine these valve's get clogged with sutty/carbon deposits if its the same as the 150ps you'l find it on the top right hand side at the back of the engine if your carefull you will be ok with the same gaskets.

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    "I'm a complete novice to car servicing"

    That's a good enough reason to leave well alone bar oil changes tbh, if you don't know what you are doing you will make a mess of things, and when it comes to brakes and steering that can be dangerous, 1st stop is get the Haynes manual and see how you feel after a read up on things.

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