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Messages - terry paget

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Bought this 2004 Astra H 1.6 last Saturday, tried to remove the rear wheels, foubnd them stiuck on. Loosened rear wheel nuts drove up and down, that loosened, great. today I am trying to change rear discs, but they too are stuck on. I have tried hammering it, tried my 2 legged puller, no joy. I have not a 3 legged puller. How should I proceed? Pic follows.

My forum profile reckons I am 79, wife says that's about right.

 Forgive me if I ask naive questions, I begin to worry when I cannot find the OBD2 socket on a car. Haynes was no help.

I remember watching an MOT tester, with car on a raised ramp and jacked up off its wheels, raising a front wheel with a bar while groping in the suspension; now I know what he was doing. Why did not the last MOT tester spot it I wonder?

So with front end of car supported, wheels hanging down, if I grasp the drop links I should be able to detect play.

Interesting to note that while I heard front end clonking on the journey home, drop link bushes failed presumed, it was not picked up in the MOT test. I could never detect drop link failure in a stationary car either, but my local MOT tester can. How does he do it?

Haven't you removed them yet  ::)
No. I only located them yesterday, and ordered new. When they arrive I shall change them. There are other jobs to get on with.

I have changed many drop links on Omegas, always by brushng off the mud and external rust, spraying with WD40, and with a socket spanner on the nut and a 16mm spanner on the flat, undoing the nut. But it has been hard work, especially on the upper one. I have never used heat, but that's an option. The angle grinder sounds most sense, as long as I can get access.

Thank you gentlemen, lots of good advice there. I will report back how I get on.

Once again, Haynes, removing the drop link on a new car, simply states 'unscrew the nut and disconnect the anti-roll bar link rod from the strut.' After 12 years out in the mud and rain I expect mine are rusted near solid. Any tips?

On the journey home I noticed  a clonking noise at the front of the Astra, similar to the noise on my Omegas when the drop link end bushes are gone. I cannot see any drop links on the Astra. Any idea what could be the cause?

G or H, I don't know. Engine code is Z16XEP. You tell me.

If you don't know how are we going to know  ::)
It was the grille wot gave it away

2004 will be Astra H and OBD2.
can be Astra G or H as per 2004 example links above  :y
or even 2005 registered astra G mk4
hence why I asked if it was a G or H  ;D
It's an H.

You are absolutely right mate. If u go back to the same place they’ll want to see the discs done. Just do them and be done.  :y
The car was tested in Warminster, miles away. New discs are ordered, so I will fit them.
On the other point, is an engine light on an automatic fail? I have read of cars passing MOT with engine lights on year after year.

It would be money well spent to get a code reader interface that gives live data and vauxhall specific codes , I think you know the one we're NOT talking about  ;)

is this 2004 a late G or early H ?
I do like the simplicity of astra to work on
G or H, I don't know. Engine code is Z16XEP. You tell me.

Here's the disc.

Brake discs have got to be stupidly bad to fail. There is a tester I know (not my garage) that pretty much fails discs on every mot. I don’t think he understands the term ‘minimum standard’
I agree, but will a different tester pass the car if he is aware it has failed before on brake discs? I have seen the MOT testers guide , and 'pass and advise' is all these discs warrant.

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