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Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« on: August 09, 2009, 22:46:30 PM »
Decided to clean the ICV today on our new Ecotec to cure intermittent stalling

Unfortunately, whilst removing the air intake pipes, we discovered the pipe connector on the top left of the rocker cover has broken away leaving some oil seeping out. It is the pipe that runs from the rocker cover to the air intake pipe where the connector has snapped off on the rocker cover itself. I think its some sort of breather pipe?

I guess this is going to mean a replacement rocker cover, as glueing the broken bit back on with suitable adhesive isn't realistic is it? Anyone done a rocker cover replacement on an Ecotec? Is there a guide anywhere as i can't find one on here. I've done it on the V6 with someone guideing me, so will have a go at the Ecotec one myself.

Where is the best place to obtain the gasket? I see there is one on ebay below, which i assume is ok? I'm just a bit wary as the one i bought for the V6 off ebay had O rings that were slightly the wrong size. Should i just buy it from Vauxhall to be safe?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ROCKER-GASKET-VAUXHALL-ASTRA-FRONTERA-OMEGA-VECTRA-16V_W0QQitemZ320272296213QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item4a91b76915&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Any advice gratefuly received.

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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 22:50:30 PM »
is there anyway you could just drill out the pipe and get somthing of a similar size but with a thread on the end that you could screw into place.
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009, 23:02:36 PM »
I have a rocker cover if you want it dude.

EDIT: Physically removing and re-fitting the rocker cover is easy, just little allen bolts. but i guess when re-fitting they may need to be a certain torque?

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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 23:17:47 PM »
Here's a couple of pics just to illustrate what's happened.

Here's me holding the bit that has snapped off



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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 23:20:32 PM »
I have a rocker cover if you want it dude.

EDIT: Physically removing and re-fitting the rocker cover is easy, just little allen bolts. but i guess when re-fitting they may need to be a certain torque?

PS I'm sure they're fine, but are all the pipe connectors looking solidly attached?

Also, i'll be doing this by the book, so will be buy a torque wrench to do this if need be.

Need a guide to follow if anyone has done this job before though....
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 23:22:12 PM »
I dunno about pipes mate... breathers i would imagine. I would ask

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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 23:25:06 PM »
is there anyway you could just drill out the pipe and get somthing of a similar size but with a thread on the end that you could screw into place.

Not sure what you mean mate. See my pics to get an idea of the damage....
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2009, 23:27:14 PM »
I dunno about pipes mate... breathers i would imagine. I would ask
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2009, 23:28:51 PM »
Just to repost what i posted earlier, anyone know what the pipe is for that connects the ecotec rocker cover to the main air intake?

Also is there any compound/glue product that can be used to repair this, or is it a rocker cover replacement job?
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2009, 23:31:32 PM »
taking it off is simple mark. just make sure you get the torque correct when putting the bolts back in.
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2009, 23:32:07 PM »
I wouldn't bother with a repair, a new cover is not dear and you don't have to worry about the repair failing

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2009, 23:33:07 PM »
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2009, 14:39:19 PM »
Fit another cover, it'll take half as much time as bodging the one you have. Autovaux for the gasket too :)
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2009, 14:46:31 PM »
Definitely get a new cover mate, its quite a large breather that goes onto there so get a good solid cover :) Its a good excuse to snaz it up with a bit of paint at the same time ;)
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Re: Ecotec - Broken Connector on Rocker Cover :o(
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2009, 15:05:23 PM »
Yep have now bagged the one Marty has offered.

I'll bodge it temporarily in the meantime with some silicone adhesive as g/f ideally needs to keep driving it....don't want her missing her first meet on Sunday  ::), Then i'll swap the cam cover and gasket when i've got the bits i need.

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