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    Default 3.2 V6 Leaking water pump? Help with workshop manual please

    Hey there folks,

    I was hoping someone out there in computerland would be able to help me with a small issue I have with my 3.2 CDX Holden Vectra.

    In February this year I purchased my Vectra from a dealership south of Sydney and as part of the deal the dealership was supposed to replace the timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, a full auto box service and all of the other items associated with the 60,000km service.
    The car was at the dealership for two days and at the end of that they still had not managed to do the spark plugs...
    ...and as it turns out the water pump was also left in original condition along with the auto box and most of the other supposed-to-be-changed-parts.

    When it came to my attention I contacted the dealership and there is quite a long and demented story that follows but it would take me two days to write it and I would be to aggravated to continue here…

    Anyway, over the last few weeks the engine had started to use water and even with an entire day under pressure testing I was unable to find a leak....
    ....Until last week, after I had done a full coolant flush. A few days after the coolant flush I noticed a large pool of coolant had leaked out of the engine around the drive belts, dripping from the plastic shroud behind the wheel, which I am assuming is a seal or leak of some sort from the water pump.

    What I am looking to do is have someone who has the workshop manual to email me the necessary pages for a timing belt and water replacement procedure (and spark plugs), or even detailed instructions would be just fine.
    I would buy the manual myself (I am no cheapskate), however the Haynes manual is not sold here in Australia, Holden told me they could sell me the entire workshop manual for $3000 and finding some details of this procedure online has proven impossible. As far as getting a dealer, any dealer, to do the job is not going to cut it for me, I have had to many bad experiences in Australia with auto mechanics lying through their teeth and my trust-o-meter has given up for good.

    I feel quite confident I can do the work as the last car I worked on was a 1.8t Passat, 2000 model, upon which I replaced the head gasket, timing belt, turbo etc, no problem.

    Anyway, any help would be well appreciated,
    Kind regards
    Colin

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    Bad news on the Haynes manual - it doesn't cover the 3.2 V6 petrol (or a lot of other models).

    Hopefully someone on the forum will be along later to offer some constructive ideas.
    Last edited by gtr1000; 9th June 2008 at 14:19. Reason: Spelling & context

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    i 'MAY' still have a file that may well help you... other than that it's going to be a massive how-2 that i write as i start doing a few 3.2 V6 belts that i have waiting...

    don't be fooled. it's a big job that you are about to undertake and it's got plenty of pitfalls...but with care it's not that hard..

    is it okay to use the email addy you signed on with to send you some help?

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    also, will your mailbox accept a 10MB file?..

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    Hi guys,
    Thanks so much for the replies, and I am sorry I didn’t respond straight away but it was midnight here in Australia and my eyes were resting...
    My Gmail account is perfect for any literature you would like to send, Mark, and I can’t tell you how much any help will be appreciated. As far as the size of the attachment is concerned, I think I can take up to 20MB.
    If I do wind up finding something I feel confident about following, and do wind up doing the job, I will take a load of pictures and will try and do a full write-up of the process so others who wish to do this job have something to look at before deciding on whether to take the plunge or not.
    I will likely have some help on this one too, from my father-in-law. He has been a mechanic for many years and is one of the best I know, however he has spent the majority of the last 10 years or so working on heavy mechanics like bus motors and such, still his help will be invaluable I am sure.
    So thanks again
    Colin

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    i'll send it over in the morning (GMT)... your dad will follow it no probs..

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    Alright!
    Good stuff Mark, many thanks. At least this job wont be as complicated as the last engine repair job I did (I think) It was a real learning curb working on thw VW as before that I had only done the basic mechanical jobs and the odd clutch replacement on the work vans and so on. At least when the VW went belly-up I was living and working in the USA and I was able to buy the Bently service manual and the spare parts were cheap. No so here in Aus. I was quoted $475 from my dealership to replce the spark plugs, and that was with me providing the plugs! 6hrs labor they said...
    I am actually looking forward to this one, despide the drama with the dealership and so on.
    Thanks again

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    emailed you something which may well help out..

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    [quote=Gsi3.2;601821]i 'MAY' still have a file that may well help you... other than that it's going to be a massive how-2 that i write as i start doing a few 3.2 V6 belts that i have waiting...



    Oooooh..... would that me per chance?

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    it would...

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