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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 21st Sep 09, 5:45 PM
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    Running my Vauxhall Astra on veg oil
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    • 21st Sep 09, 5:45 PM
    Running my Vauxhall Astra on veg oil 21st Sep 09 at 5:45 PM
    I have just bought a 1997 Vauxhall Astra td. Its very clean and tidy and has been well looked after, although the turbo is not working so is a bit sluggish at slow speed.
    I can get my hands on an unlimited supply of Wesson green vegetable oil from the canteen at work, they just throw it our every week (approx 60 litres).
    Now I am planning on collecting 20/30 litres and bring it home where I will filter it using a J cloth in the garage and then add to my my fuel tank at about a 60/40 mix.
    Does anyone know if this will work, will I do any damage and has anyone else tried this with an Astra?
    Any tips regarding the turbo would be greatly appreciated !
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    • atrixblue.-MFR-.
    • By atrixblue.-MFR-. 18th Feb 12, 3:58 PM
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    Thank you very much! It's tips like these that will defo help me.
    should I pop the bonnet and check the fuel pump loom, anything in particular to look for? Presently ticks over very smoothly and passed its emissions test on Wednesday so I "presume" that it isn't smoking.
    Originally posted by worried jim
    hi jim, does the remote central locking fob work (prone to damage and the tranmitters/reciever inside fob drops off the pcb) by a good decent one off ebay as a spare 30 for a recode to car with a autolecky.

    in the rover manual there should be key dance code to activate de-active immobiliser using the drivers door key barrel (dont think they fitted a barrel in the passenger they blanked them off) if your ever stuck with the fob not working.

    another thing while security was good for the rover, they stupidly overlooked one feature and thats the fuel cut off inertia switch (under bonnet near latch or behind dash mounted side of the stereo), these can interfier with the immobilser (giving the impression your immobilser is at fault) because inside the inertia switch is a ballbearing if the inertia switch is under the bonnet and the rubber cap is broken water can seep in rust the parts inside and activate the fuel cut off hence no start and the immobiliser light stays on constant while ignition on instead of flashing.

    make sure all of the rear arches are free from dirt build up where the inner arch meets the sills.

    water in the boot, the lights has a foam gasket to seal them to the body over the years these get worn allowing water to ingress into the boot.

    water in the rear foot wells, behind the bumper there are drain channels, remove bumper (really easy) lift rubber flaps or unscrew vents on scoop out the dirt leaves and moss that grow in there.

    water in the passenger floor well 95% of the time its the windscreen seal on the passenger side that fails, 5% of the time its the channel in the roof blocked and water poors down the pillar into the foot well. get your metal coat hanger ready in this case its a PITA to remove the build up in there.

    suspension top mounts, when they go tyre wear is extreme and i mean youll go through 2-3 set of fronts per year if that isnt sorted out.

    all the best i like rovers cant beat the ride and handling and power the 2.0 honda engine can deliver over the same year vehicles, such as the cavalier 2.0 sri ( i turned grins into sad faces when my 214 si quick shift fitted 3dr would leave them behind and xr3i's couldnt touch me!).
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 18th Feb 12, 5:23 PM
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    Just been out for a proper run on the dual carriage way. No major issues to report, drove straight and true, no vibration, reached correct temp.
    Only issues are wind noise from drivers window (I suspect new rubber seal would cure this) and the radio aerial doesn't go up and down but I can hear the motor whirring away when I turn it on or off- It's not very good at picking up any new stations.-The aerial is always up- doesn't retract but the motor is working.
    As it is only a tape deck I will get a new head unit fitted and I may get them to have a look at the aerial at the same time. Halfords (I know, I know) do a JVC KD-R321 CD/MP3 Player for 55 and fitting for 25.
    • atrixblue.-MFR-.
    • By atrixblue.-MFR-. 18th Feb 12, 6:02 PM
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    atrixblue.-MFR-.
    Just been out for a proper run on the dual carriage way. No major issues to report, drove straight and true, no vibration, reached correct temp.
    Only issues are wind noise from drivers window (I suspect new rubber seal would cure this) and the radio aerial doesn't go up and down but I can hear the motor whirring away when I turn it on or off- It's not very good at picking up any new stations.-The aerial is always up- doesn't retract but the motor is working.
    As it is only a tape deck I will get a new head unit fitted and I may get them to have a look at the aerial at the same time. Halfords (I know, I know) do a JVC KD-R321 CD/MP3 Player for 55 and fitting for 25.
    Originally posted by worried jim
    i have the KD R311.

    its easy peasy to do yourself, pull out with DIN keys, place jvc cage in and secure, plug in ISO leads and get a aeriel adaptor for about 2.99 for the aeriel, swap over yellow to red wire for memory to the stereo and job done.
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 18th Feb 12, 6:26 PM
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    lol, wish my only problem was the aerial. Had to get a replacement engine today.
    Luckily it wasnt via parts gateway who's results got me quotes of 540, 900 and 1050 respectively.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 18th Feb 12, 9:36 PM
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    For the Fronteria? Ouch.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 19th Feb 12, 2:32 PM
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    Not quite "Running my Rover on Ethanol", but here is the new thread-

    Your Bangernomics successes
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3803929&highlight=

    I'll see you all there.
  • Tellytuby
    lol, wish my only problem was the aerial. Had to get a replacement engine today.
    Luckily it wasnt via parts gateway who's results got me quotes of 540, 900 and 1050 respectively.
    Originally posted by scotsman4th

    Why did you need a new engine?
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 16th Aug 12, 11:10 AM
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    Why did you need a new engine?
    Originally posted by Tellytuby
    Bought at auction on a whim, the head gasket was gone. It was obvious after the event that someone had already been in there (slack bolts, threaded bolts, bit of a mess)

    Engine out and in or head off, skimmed and back together was pretty much the same cost wise, with no real guarantees. At least the engine had a warranty.

    Lost patience and parked it up (really must ebay it, turns out bio would probably kill the pump seals anyway), now run an Audi 80 on veg.
  • Tellytuby
    Is there a company that can do the veg oil conversion with a warranty?
    • Rolandtheroadie
    • By Rolandtheroadie 16th Aug 12, 12:13 PM
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    My audi 80 1.9 TDI is run on filtered used oil mixed with petrol and I've a Grand Voyager 2.5CRD I run on home made Biodiesel.

    Both have no modifications, if you could say what car you're looking to run, I could probably point you to a site or 2.
    • Bedsit Bob
    • By Bedsit Bob 16th Aug 12, 12:55 PM
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    I will stick to plain old boring (expensive) petrol anyway.
    Originally posted by jeannieblue
    I think you will have to.

    I don't think you can run a petrol car on veg oil.
    1984 WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

    Amount I have so far denied the BBC - 1308

    You can't be a Christian AND a Socialist.
  • mkirkby
    Is there a company that can do the veg oil conversion with a warranty?
    Originally posted by Tellytuby
    Not that I'm aware of; it's not really big business and we do like to keep it that way or everyone will be at it...besides, if anyone was doing the conversion they may be able to guarantee the work but they couldn't guarantee the quality of the oil you put in it afterwards so I doubt any company would give a warranty.

    Read read read some more. get handy with a spanner or know someone who is.

    If you get the right car (as you will find in this thread) it won't need converting. Mr Diesel did initially invent the engine to run on peanut oil anyway
    Last edited by mkirkby; 17-08-2012 at 1:33 PM.
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