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Re: Hi...
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2017, 18:59:22 PM »
Locks - I have never known a car that locks this way but it has two keys. One key unlocks the driver's door and starts the car. That key won't lock the door though - for that, you use the key that locks the boot. Anyhoo, got a full lock set on the way.

This probably means there was a problem with the steering lock / immobilizer in the past, I have the same with my car as the previous owner had the ignition barrel and steering lock replaced because it was not disengaging.
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2017, 19:40:30 PM »
Found another fuel leak last week.  :(

The first one was the feed pipe jsut in front of the OSR wheel. There are two rubber hose sections and one fo those had split and was chucking fuel over the drive. Replaced both pipes with some 7.6mm ID fuel hose.

The latest one (and hopefully last) is at the back fo the engine bay where the fuel lines come up from under the car. The short section on the feed one before it goes into a damper was leaking so, as I had enough hose left, replaced that too.

Then, flushed with success, I went at the thermostat. Got the old one off and tested it to find it opens in a bowl of hot tap water, confirming my suspicions. So, on with the new one and took the heads off two (I know... can't believe it either) of the bolts. Got one out but the last one is a bit of a challenge. Hopefully will have that sorted later in the week.

In lock news, got a blank key from eBay and got it cut. Once the weather settles down a  bit and I have a free day, I shall attack that job.

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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2017, 07:12:15 AM »
Excellent...
Sheared bolts can be a pain though  >:(
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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2017, 21:48:57 PM »
Good news everybody...

The thermostat got sorted with a bit of help from my brother who did a spot-on job of drilling out the last bolt. Car now sits nicely at 93-94 degrees on a run. Doesn't hang about getting warm in traffic though. To be fair, we lost a lot of coolant in the process and flushed it through whilst the thermostat was off so it only has water in right now.

I got the nice weather and free day I was looking for to change the locks and now one key does everything (bar the glove box - still got that to do).

I also got rid of the remains of a sticker that was on the boot. It had been bothering me since I bought the car so went at it with an ice scraper. 15mins later and with the glue cleaned off with IPA, you would never have known it was there.

Next up... the headlining. That'll be a few hundred quid but I want a proper job done so won't be doing it myself.

Also on the list is a desperate attempt to get some reasonable mpg from it. I managed to average 32.7 over a full tank (with injector cleaner) and this was restricting it to long runs. I drove carefully as well so I have got a new lambda sensor to go on in the near future. If that doesn't work, then goodness knows what else I can try.

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Re: Hi...
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2017, 10:13:26 AM »
32 mpg, is that bad on a 20 year old engine?
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« Reply #20 on: April 24, 2017, 18:23:04 PM »
32 mpg, is that bad on a 20 year old engine?

Fair point. I was just a little alarmed that a full tank of sensible (not necessarily slow) driving couldn't return more than 35mpg (I am sure the book suggests 48mpg (I know, I know.. not real figures). Yes, it is an old engine design although the mileage is low for it's age. I can push 40mpg from the Cavalier (X20XEV) and the Vectra (Z22SE) would return more than 40 if I tried.

Admittedly, they were both manual.

We'll see. If it improves, it improves. If not, I shall accept it.

Reluctantly.  ;D ;D

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« Reply #21 on: April 24, 2017, 22:14:33 PM »
I would have thought 32 mpg is a quite low for an 8v. My 2.0 16v ecotec averages 38 mpg in commuting use (15 mile journeys) and i definetly dont drive slowly!
Can get over 40 mpg on a motorway run.
How are you measuring the mpg?
The 8v should get better economy than mine  ???
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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2017, 22:52:28 PM »
I would have thought 32 mpg is a quite low for an 8v. My 2.0 16v ecotec averages 38 mpg in commuting use (15 mile journeys) and i definetly dont drive slowly!
Can get over 40 mpg on a motorway run.
How are you measuring the mpg?
The 8v should get better economy than mine  ???

That is what I thought as the Cavalier does much better but the 8v is older technology and this is an automatic.

The figure comes from actual spend vs miles done over the full tank.

We shall see how it goes.

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« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2017, 15:10:37 PM »
Auto is the issue, don't worry about it :)
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Re: Hi...
« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2017, 19:25:31 PM »
Ah I didn't realize it was auto...
Manual cars you can usually get more than the average figure.
Autos are much less economical though. I cant get anywhere near the claimed economy on my Jag XJR  :(
The figures for the 16v (ecotec) engine are auto 28 & manual 32 mpg so there is a bit of a difference.
32 mpg from yours doesn't sound too bad considering it is auto.  ;)
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« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2017, 11:34:37 AM »
Small update for now:

As far as MPG goes, just got 440 miles from a full tank (about 37mpg) by keeping it to longer runs so that settles that for me.

Got some new rear discs to go on and a new lambda sensor lined up as well. MOT is due in August so come July, I shall start going over it. The Cavalier passed so expectations are high for the Calibra.  ;D

I know this issue pops up a lot - it does seem to be running warm a lot of the time. Now, it has water in it at the moment after the issue with the thermostat and based on how blocked the rad was when it got swapped, I reckon the heater matrix won't be much better so that will get replaced as well. It will get some coolant flush as well before it gets the AF put in. Having the fan cut in a a two mile trip to the nipper's school makes me wonder though...

Other thing I noticed this week, was the check strap washer has gone again... I only replaced it a few months ago. I am thinking I should stock up on those, unless the bolt is knackered as well?

Aside from that, it does what it needs to without any fuss.  :)

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« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2017, 21:34:11 PM »
37 seems pretty good, the auto box will always sap some  ;)
Worked out mine for a full tank the other day and got 39.8 mpg! well pleased with that  :D
I use mine mainly for runs to work about 15 miles each way (on B roads).
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Re: Hi...
« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2017, 09:28:49 AM »
Small update as I clear the first year with the Calibra:

Gave it a service with a few extras last week. It had new oil/filter and a new air filter element - that was the easy bit. Drained the auto box again and put new fluid in and dropped the coolant out as it need AF putting in. Whilst it was drained, I replaced the heater matrix and all my suspicions were confirmed - it was pretty much blocked solid. Not the nicest of jobs but got there in the end.

Gave it a new lambda sensor and rear pads as well.

It didn't exactly go smoothly - afterwards, the oil pressure gauge was all over the place, the AF mix was too weak and I put a bit too much fluid in the gearbox. Anyway, got them sorted with a second session on it and all seems well for now.

Next job is getting the headlining refurbished. Might ask them if they can do the same for the handbrake gaiter as well.

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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2017, 11:28:04 AM »
Good job!
And any new photos are welcome!  :D