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 Post subject: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:27 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
I bought this yesterday with the intention of making it my daily driver, replacing my current Vauxhall Signum which will be donating some parts to the cause.
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Currently it won't rev above 2k. Torque Pro shows a code for the MAF so I'll replace that first. I suspect the DPF is probably blocked so I'll remove it and smash out the DPF.
It has two broken springs - NSF and OSR - which I hope to source from the Signum. I'm pretty sure the front legs are the same but not sure about rear springs.
It has recently had a replacement clutch master to slave pipe but hasn't been bled properly, so first and second are nigh on impossible to select.
Once all that is done it'll get a good clean as it's currently MINGING dirty!
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Once MOT'd it will be remapped and the mods will gradually commence.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:27 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
Fitted HID kit, LED interior bulbs, sidelights and number plate lights, new washer motor.
Bought a set of 314mm front and 292mm rear discs and callipers, new drop links to go on.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:17 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
I've had an issue with smoke billowing from under the bonnet and into the cabin, so today I started digging.
It makes a wheezing/screeching noise when revving so first point of call was the intercooler and associated hoses - mostly because I had spare parts waiting. So, after a day of part swapping.... I'm no better off. At least now I know the intercooler isn't to blame.
The next suspect is the EGR cooler pipework so I'll be blanking it off both ends.
I'll also need to replace the downpipe as I have a split flexi.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:22 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
I really should keep on top of this thread... So much has happened since the last post.
The Flexi was changed but the under inner smoke just got worse. After yet more digging I found a missing stud on the exhaust manifold - that'll be the problem then!
I was also starting to get a rattle from the DMF so I contacted a mate from Vec -C.com who set me up with a low mileage engine and box that had a new DMF, clutch and cam belt kit less than a thousand miles before it came out of the car. So on with the work and out came the old engine making way for a better one.
Or so I thought.
Once the new engine was in and it came to test fire time, I was greeted with a horrendous banging and clattering. Of course we shut down immediately but as it turned out the damage was done.
Somehow a 6mm hex bit had got into the inlet and lodged itself into no.3 inlet valve, bending the stem and destroying the seat.
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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:28 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
So... Off came the head from my old engine, and after a good clean up (and a broken stud replacement) it was fitted to the newer block.
Come test fire time again and it started with no rattles, bangs, clanks.
But... Now it's down on power and smoking like a bitch.


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
Fuel lines - fine.
Unions - tight.
Leak offs - fine.
Out comes the op-com. No.4 injector variance is way up so I got a replacement injector and set to work.
Here's what I found...
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Apparently I'm an idiot!


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 Post subject: Re: 9-3 Sportwagon.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:04 pm 
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Car Model: 9-3 Vector Sport Estate.
Now that it's all running again I thought she deserved a little treat, so...
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Vec GSI 19" snowflakes - with a little alteration of course...
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I also fitted an Irmscher gearstick which is a bit more comfortable than the stock one... Pic to follow.


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