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    Default Spark Plug change

    Just cleaned out throttle body, EGR Valve , changed air filter, fuel filter and spark plugs, all were in a bit of a state to be honest apart from the throttle body which was surprisingly clean! anyway what I noticed was, when fitting the coil pack back on after fitting plugs (2.2, Z22SE engine) , there didn't seem to be a real way of ensuring that the long rubber plug caps (if you know what I mean) were actually clipping on to the plugs as it were, just had to rely on doing up the four bolts and hoping for proper connection on to the plugs, however the car runs fine, but anyone else found this when changing the plugs?
    Cheers Pete

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    Just curious, how do you change the fuel filter?

    Also are the spark plugs easy to get to, and to you need special tool to get them out?


    My Vectra seems to have gone a bit sluggish over last few months, and it's due a service (which I usually do) I changed everything on it, butI've never changed a fuel filter or spark plugs before.
    Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

    Also... is it easy to replace/or clean the EGR valve?

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    Engine : Z22SE (2.2 Petrol)

    Year : 2004

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    danlat, if its a 2.2 petrol you can just blank it off. (the EGR that is)

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    it's a 1.8 petrol...?

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    Sorry then mate, no idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danlat1415 View Post
    Just curious, how do you change the fuel filter?

    Also are the spark plugs easy to get to, and to you need special tool to get them out?


    My Vectra seems to have gone a bit sluggish over last few months, and it's due a service (which I usually do) I changed everything on it, butI've never changed a fuel filter or spark plugs before.
    Any advise will be greatly appreciated.

    Also... is it easy to replace/or clean the EGR valve?
    fuel filter... behind the drivers side rear wheel.. under the floor..the cannister is slipped in a plastic ring to retain it.. the fuel lines are secrured with two feindish clips that can be a swine even with the proper tool to release them..

    spark plugs are under the plastci engine cover.. remove that first ( two bolts)

    the coilpack is in the middle of the top of the engine, remove the securing bolts and the multiplug on the end. pull up to release the coilpack..

    you will now have 4 'holes' with the plugs at the bottom.. these 'holes' should be oil free..

    use a long extension and a '10mm' compact sparkplug socket and replace each in turn..then replace all you removed..

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    Thanks for that guys.

    Sorry to hijack the thread...


    GSI3.2 - Do I need to empty the fuel before I change the filter, or would a bucket and quick hands be enough?

    Also, you know anything about the EGR Vaule on the 1.8? Is there one, and is it a replaceable part, or would it just need a clean?



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    you will only drop about a mug full of fuel..thats all.. just do it when the car has sat for a while so it's de pressurised...

    the 1.8 EGR valve is a very reliable item and i'd be amazed if it needs cleaning at all.. they don't suffer sooting anything like the 1.9's and 3.0's as there is simply less 'muck' in the exhaust...

    i have replaced them due to failure of the solenoid, but never because they were clogged up.... i'd leave it well alone..

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    Default Getting at spark plugs

    Just about to change plugs, and OMG where are the HT leads nowadays!
    Reading above post, it looks like I have to remove the engine cover, then unbolt the coilpack - presume this is the black piece that runs across the top of the engine - this unbolts easily enough but seems to be quite firmly in place - is it ok to give it a firm tug to get it off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chedder View Post
    Just about to change plugs, and OMG where are the HT leads nowadays!
    No HT Leads anymore - replaced by coil packs


    Quote Originally Posted by Chedder View Post
    Reading above post, it looks like I have to remove the engine cover, then unbolt the coilpack - presume this is the black piece that runs across the top of the engine - this unbolts easily enough but seems to be quite firmly in place - is it ok to give it a firm tug to get it off?
    I would assume so, but DO NOT take my word for it, someone who is a lot more helpful and knowledgeable will be along to advise properly.

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