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More Car troubles

The old vectra didn’t let me down, its one of those things, it sounded like a blowing exhaust and it was coming from the front of the car. This was looking expensive as the front section includes the catalytic convertor which can be expensive to replace. I had the exhaust checked out and it was given a clean bill of health. The problem was found to be with the exhaust manifold to cylinder head gasket.

Ok, the book says its a fairly easy job but a quick search on the old internet brought up horror stories of broken studs and £1000 head off repair jobs. Given the age and mileage of the car I suspected the studs wouldn’t come out easy. It also appeared that one of the studs may already have broken on its own, this gives a ticking noise similar to having badly adjusted tappets. I decided to chicken out and leave the job to somone who has the right tools and knowledge to sort out broken studs.

I’d already got myself the full set of replacement studs, nuts, bolts and gaskets needed for the job, so all that was required was 2 hours work in the garage. The end result is a job done properly, no ticking and the engine now sounds a lot quieter and feels much smoother. 600+ miles later and everything is still OK.

Next job is to sort out an occasional missfire that seems to be developing, its only happened about 4 or 5 times in the recent 600+ mile trip so its better to get it sorted sooner rather than later.

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