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by Finston Pickle
Sat May 19, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Creaking noise is back.
Replies: 42
Views: 3084

Re: Creaking noise is back.

I cleaned all the door seals the other day - front, back and tailgate. I did not appreciate just how many door seals, rubbing strips and contact pads there are on a modern car!! How many - I would guess 18 - anyone know the answer? Setting them all up must be a skilled job ( i.e. deciding where to p...
by Finston Pickle
Fri May 18, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 1.6 petrol turbo SIDI Sport Mode
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: 1.6 petrol turbo SIDI Sport Mode

7.5 L/100 km in imperial mpg is 37.66 mpg. Really, that is very good for the level of responsiveness and performance in Sport Mode and not that much of a drop from the 44 mpg I've been getting whist having to put up with the annoying "tip in" lack of initial go on throttle application from a standin...
by Finston Pickle
Fri May 18, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Chat
Topic: Why change stock headlight bulbs?
Replies: 8
Views: 720

Re: Why change stock headlight bulbs?

I've been surprised how good the standard lights are - especially when so many think they are dire. Having said that, I don't do a lot of night driving, so I don't have high expectations of night being like day. Probably not as good as Zenons - but projection of 70 -100 yards and a good spread of li...
by Finston Pickle
Thu May 17, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: Goodbye Astra
Replies: 31
Views: 1938

Re: Goodbye Astra

So the A4 ultra 200 (140 kW): 7,2 sec - not quite as fast as the 1.6 turbo Asta K - 6.1 sec? (Astra K ST 7.2 sec).

Nice cars, Audi - we liked ours, but prohibitive service costs and lack of reliablity - more faults than all our other cars combined, but we still liked it.
by Finston Pickle
Wed May 16, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Creaking noise is back.
Replies: 42
Views: 3084

Re: Creaking noise is back.

I tried pushing in the top of the rear doors and the ST tailgate - no creaks heard. I will try washing the door seals just in case. My "creak" does not seem to be there all the time - but it could be masked by road and mechanical noise. The "creak" is only there on a low speed manoeuvre - like turni...
by Finston Pickle
Wed May 16, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Main Astra K chat
Topic: 1.6 petrol turbo SIDI Sport Mode
Replies: 4
Views: 567

1.6 petrol turbo SIDI Sport Mode

With the car fully run in at ~ 10 k miles and a little late in the day, I decided to go for a run out to the hills the other day in Sport Mode there and back. What a revelation!!!: - It felt just like my old 2.3 litre petrol turbo DISI Mazda CX7 Sports SUV - ZOOM ZOOM all the way!! - however the Maz...
by Finston Pickle
Sun May 13, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Caliper, tyres, tracking or something else?
Replies: 14
Views: 995

Re: Caliper, tyres, tracking or something else?

It certainly does not sound right - the car should track straight ahead with the wheel straight ahead - mine certainly does. If the tracking is OK, I would suspect some element of the TCS wrongly putting a trim into the brakes on the side affected. The TCS keeps the car from having the classic, VX t...
by Finston Pickle
Sun May 13, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Software update for Infotainment System
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: Software update for Infotainment System

So - the system stopped working, even with the old version of the software - that had previously worked?

What did they do - remove the old software, or introduce an interlock to stop it working in the interim?

Just asking - no big deal.
by Finston Pickle
Sun May 13, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Creaking noise is back.
Replies: 42
Views: 3084

Re: Creaking noise is back.

Woudn't a squirt of silicone lubricant spray do the trick more easily? - or failing that, the old standby of talcum powder on the seals (mica lubricant)? Having said that, some LM2 grease did stop two annoying squeaks in my wife's cabriolet roof release levers (surprisingly enough, it was the spring...
by Finston Pickle
Fri May 11, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Faults & Technical
Topic: Creaking noise is back.
Replies: 42
Views: 3084

Re: Creaking noise is back.

Greasing the door seals to stop creaking - really!!

That infers body flexing - so much for that special thin steel that was dreant up between GM and Tata to save weight? - surely thay must have ensured torsional stiffness was up to par.

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