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  1.6 Petrol loud ticking on cold
Posted by: UKGTC - 11:th-May-2018, 08:46:26 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC Technical - Replies (2)

Hi all,

Bought a new (for me) 2014 GTC in Feb and love it!

However, I've noticed that on cold the engine ticks for around 15-30 seconds on cold, then dies down but can still be faintly heard. When cold it's so loud I can hear it from inside the cabin with all the windows shut.

I've got a 2-year warranty so have taken it back and Vauxhall told me that it's normal for the model? I've spoken to an independent mechanic and he's convinced it's tappits even though I've been told they're hydraulic on these cars... 
Though Vauxhall tell me I shouldn't be, I'm obviously worried about it. It's only done 12k!

Please could anyone comment with their thoughts? Is it normal? Should I get a second opinion? 


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  What are the specs for the wheel studs on a 2010 Insignia Sports Tourer?
Posted by: i.rosca - 10:th-May-2018, 06:36:09 - Forum: Request for information - No Replies


Short story, I need to know the diameter and thread pitch of a 2010 Insignia Sports Tourer wheel studs.

Long story: I switched to my summer tires (or tyres?) around 3 weeks ago. Yesterday I noticed that one of my lug nuts is missing and, more worryingly, all my lug nuts were loose.

After tightening them, I went to the stealership to buy a new lug nut but the one they gave me, after checking my VIN, does not fit. It threads on the stud just fine but the outside of the nut is too big and barely fits inside the rim. The wrench does not fit and I cannot tighten it down. 

Basically I just found out that my rims are not OEM, neither are the lug nuts. The lug nuts are longer, chromed and take a size 19 wrench. I found some such nuts online but they have different thread pitch and dimensions. Since they only sell a full set, I don't want to just trust the seller that says "ye', they'll fit". 


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  Tailgate Stuck Shut and wont unlock HELP
Posted by: luvie - 9:th-May-2018, 13:10:43 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC - Replies (5)

Hey all,
Wonder if any of you can help us,
We had a little trouble with the tailgate not closing so i cleaned up the mechanism and sprayed it etc and it worked perfect for a few months, now its stuck shut.
The central locking is working fine except you cant hear the click in the tailgate, I checked the fuse and its fine.
I have all the plastics and trim off and for the life of me I cannot find the switch to open it manually.
Can any of you kind souls help.

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  Alloy Bolt cap size?!?!?!
Posted by: Jhill7168 - 8:th-May-2018, 19:26:54 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC - No Replies

Anyone no what size caps I would need to go over my alloy wheel Bolt (and locking Bolt) I have an astra gtc 1.7cdti with 18 inch wheels?



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  centre console / gearstick slider how to remove?
Posted by: lacesoutdom - 8:th-May-2018, 16:30:15 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC - Replies (3)

hi all, first time post

i placed something, quite small, on top of the slider by the gear stick, and my partner opened the slider and it slid down the back and has never returned!

Is there an easy was to gain access to this, if not easy, then any way at all to open it up?

Suggestions welcome!


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  Iluminated Gear Stick
Posted by: marktourino - 5:th-May-2018, 19:13:15 - Forum: Request for information - Replies (11)


I have purchased an iluminated gear stick which have a brown & red wire, I presume that the red wire is "live" & the brown wire is "earth" I was wondering if the gear stick could be wired into the gear gaitor amberance light wiring which would save routing the wires into the light switch below the dash, any advice would be appreciated.



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  Pair of front headlamps
Posted by: Jake - 4:th-May-2018, 16:55:57 - Forum: Wanted - Replies (1)

Been told my headlamps are rubbish, gutting after 2 years of owning them!

So after a pair of second hand genuine headlamps that will fit a Facelift 5-door Astra J hatch! Preferably with DRL and motors please?? Don't want to pay £600 for brand new ones!!!

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  Car struggles through emissions test
Posted by: Jake - 2:nd-May-2018, 18:44:57 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC - Replies (7)

Hello there,
Every time I’ve taken my Astra for an MOT, its striggled to pass the emissions test, its only
Due to the fact that my tester is persistent and tries a handful of times before making it barely scrape through.

Car doesnt have a decat and is otherwise standard, 1.4 Turbo (140hp), is there a way i can resolve this? If for whatever reason I had to go elsewhere, it would fail every time!

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  insignia flat bottom steering wheel into astra j?????
Posted by: dogstroker - 30:th-Apr-2018, 21:00:58 - Forum: Astra-J/GTC - Replies (1)

as title .... will an insignia 2010 flat bottom steering wheel fit into an astra j???

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  How to improve the look of my alloys
Posted by: Jhill7168 - 29:th-Apr-2018, 12:33:10 - Forum: Vauxhall General - Replies (2)

Hi guys, after a bit of advice / opinions I was wondering how to improve the look of my alloys without having to get them resprayed I was planning of getting them done black but then I seem some on a white car and really didn't like the look of them, I am considering repainting my calipers blue and possibly spraying the Bolt caps white to match the rimblades but don't no about anything else? Anyone got any suggestions? [Image: d8622471086b6fe737601bdf22265f5d.jpg]

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