Opel Vectra B

since 1995 release

Repair and operation of the car



Vektr's Opel of B
+ 1.1. Governing bodies and control devices
- 2. Maintenance
   + 2.1. Weekly checks
   - 2.2. Maintenance of petrol engines
      2.2.1. Introduction
      2.2.2. Technical characteristics
      2.2.3. Frequency of service
      + 2.2.4. Each 75 000 km or 6 months
      - 2.2.5. Each 30 000 km or 2 years
         2.2.5.1. Replacement of the filtering element of the air filter
         2.2.5.2. Replacement of the fuel filter
         2.2.5.3. Check of level of oil in MKPP
         2.2.5.4. Check of level of oil in the automatic transmission
         2.2.5.5. Steering and suspension bracket
      + 2.2.6. Each 60 000 km or 4 years
      + 2.2.7. Each 2 years irrespective of a car run
   + 2.3. Maintenance of diesel engines
+ 3. Engines
+ 4. Heating, ventilation
+ 5. Fuel system
+ 6. Systems of start, ignition
+ 7. Transmission
+ 8. Brake system
+ 9. Running gear
+ 10. Body
+ 11. Electric equipment
+ 12. Main malfunctions



2.2.5.5. Steering and suspension bracket

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check of a forward suspension bracket and steering

Lift a forward part of the car and reliably fix on supports.

Visually examine antidust covers of spherical hinges and protective covers of rack steering transfer on existence of cracks, attritions and aging. Any wear of these covers will lead to loss of lubricant and hit of water and dirt, coming to an end with bystry wear of spherical hinges or steering transfer.

Check hoses of the mechanism of the amplifier of steering for attrition or aging, and also pipes and connections of hoses on leaks. Also check for leak signs under pressure protective rubber covers of steering transfer which indicate steering consolidation damage.

Check on wear of the hug bearing

Lift the car a jack, take a wheel hands in the provision 6 and 12 of hours and try to shake it in the vertical plane.

Very small side play of a wheel is admissible, but if a side play rather big, then further check is necessary to establish a source. Continue to swing a wheel while the assistant presses a foot brake. If the side play is eliminated or considerably reduced that probably that hug bearings are damaged. If the side play is still considerable with the pressed brake, means there is a wear in connection and fastening of a suspension bracket.

Now take a wheel in the provision 9 and 3 of hour and try to shake it in the horizontal plane. Existence of a side play in the horizontal plane can be caused by wear of the hug bearing or spherical hinges of steering draft. If external or internal spherical hinged connection is worn out, the side play will be obvious.

Using the big screw-driver as the lever, check wear in plugs of fastening of a suspension bracket between an element of a suspension bracket and a point of application. Some movement has to be observed as plugs of fastening are manufactured of rubber, but excessive wear has to be obvious. Also check a condition of any visible parts of rubber plugs for cracks, wear and deformation.

Check of the shock-absorber

Check the shock-absorber for any signs of liquid leaks. If leak is found, therefore, the shock-absorber is damaged and demands replacement.


Prevention

Shock-absorbers need to be changed in pairs on one axis.


Efficiency of the shock-absorber is also checked by pressing a corner of a body and a sharp otpuskaniye. The body has to come back to a starting position after its otpuskaniye. If the body rises above a starting position and that continues to be shaken probably the shock-absorber located from this party failed and is subject to replacement. Also check fastening of the shock-absorber for wear.

Check of a protective cover of a power shaft

Lift and carefully fix the car on supports. Turn a steering wheel to the right or to the left against the stop and you twist a wheel.

Check of a protective cover of the hinge of equal angular speeds

Examine rubber protective covers of hinges of equal angular speeds, squeezing them for disclosure of bends. Check them for existence of cracks which can lead to lubricant leak, and also to penetration in water and dirt.

Also check a condition of fixing collars, examine covers of internal hinges and casings on the other hand. If any damage is found, then the protective cover needs to be replaced immediately.

At the same time check the general condition of hinges of equal angular speeds, holding a shaft and at the same time trying to turn a wheel. Repeat attempt, holding the internal hinge of equal angular speeds and turning a shaft. Any noticeable side play indicates wear of the hinge, wear in grooves of a shaft or unscrewing of a lock nut of a shaft.