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Astra mk3 Arctic 1.6 8v to 3.0 24v build

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  • Originally posted by DarrenH View Post
    what are those pebbles all about !!
    Ask Highways England or whoever thought it would be a good idea to litrally stick them to a road surface. They were everywhere & I got a fist full out the side skirts when we got home. Found them all over the GTE as I drove it down that year unfortunately
    My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.


    • Dug the Astra mk3 from its hibernation and gave it the once over in readiness for going back on the road next month.

      Just to prove my custom made dash and the engine work I did a little vid. Can’t wait to actually drive it again as it’s been way too long, that is if I can get the keys off the wife as it is her car after all.

      Last edited by Harvey; 23-04-2021, 06:04 PM.
      My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.


      • Finally, the mk3 is taxed and on the road now the weather has turned for the better, that was until it wasn’t last Sunday. Decided to pop into Derbyshire and the heavens opened but fear not it’s a car to use, until it isn’t and I found the front o/s brake caliper was sticking

        You see it does get used in the rain. This wet stuff is from the sky and not a hosepipe!

        Lovely beading on the roof.

        The V6 rear bank 1 lambda popped the EML on a couple of times so I’ve cleared the codes and not seen it since. Got a spare brand-new Bosch on the shelf just in case I need to swap it out.

        On Monday evening the car resumed default position, on axle stands.

        I removed and stripped both front calipers as there’s simply no point servicing just one for such a safety critical component. I had to use a punch through the brake line hole to get the piston out of the o/s caliper, it was tight. The n/s wasn’t so bad but was close to sticking.

        Non-patented anti-drip braided line tool installed, old silicone sealer kept knowing it would come in handy one day for something.

        Piston cleaned up well with no pitting.

        Issue was the section between the inner and out seals had corroded even though the outer seal wasn’t damaged. I blame this on me assembling them last time using just brake fluid possibly causing it to dry out with moisture trapped, lesson learnt silicone grease assembly method only from here on.

        Cleaned up the corrosion with my trusty Dremel and without seals in place the piston dropped in/out smoothly as it should.

        Alfresco dining with a dirty mk3 anyone?

        Last edited by Harvey; 10-06-2021, 09:47 AM.
        My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.


        • Seal kit ordered along with new banjo crush. Seal kit was from Brake Stop Lid and is excellent quality and comes with silicone piston seal assembly grease and red rubber grease for the caliper body sliders. Everything ordered Monday and arrived yesterday.

          Assembly time using only the silicone grease for the seals and a good smearing around the now not rusty section. Inner wiper seal in place.

          Outer weather seal stretched over the piston.

          Weather seal located in the groove and gently but firmly pushed into place passed the inner seal before finally making sure the seal locates in the outer piston groove.

          Refitted and bled the brakes using my wonderful assistant (the wife) as it was quicker than messing with Eezibleed.

          Test drive success and car washed.

          Then back to bed until next use.

          My GTE diary and the mk3 Arctic 3.0 V6 diary.