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Car Mechanics (UK) - - Cm Project 2011 Vauxhall Insignia Tourer 2.0 Cdti -

Our In­signia project started back in the Fe­bru­ary 2018 is­sue. Here’s what we have cov­ered to date.

Fe­bru­ary 2018 Driven back from the auc­tion near Derby, the oil pres­sure warn­ing light ap­peared on the dash­board when Rob had al­most made it home.

March 2018 Oil change, new turbo and a new rear wheel bear­ing. Low oil pres­sure prob­lem not fixed.

April 2018 In a bid to fix the low oil pres­sure prob­lem, a seal for the pick-up pipe is re­newed, but we dis­cover the main bear­ings are worn.

May 2018 We de­cide to re­move the en­gine to strip and re­build it. Plus, sev­eral dents in the body­work are re­moved.

June 2018 Full strip­down and in­spec­tion of the In­signia’s diesel en­gine. Our main bear­ing caps and the crank­shaft are scrapped.

July 2018 Re­place­ment main bear­ing caps are line-bored to the en­gine block. A sec­ond­hand crank­shaft is sourced and ma­chined to fit 0.75mm over­size bear­ings.

Au­gust 2018 Re­assem­bly of our re­paired and re­vived en­gine.

Septem­ber 2018 The gear­box is stripped and in­spected, then it and the en­gine are re­fit­ted.

Oc­to­ber 2018 New front brake discs and pads, droplinks, rear coil springs, glow plugs, a 500-amp main fuse, fuel fil­ter and a full set of Avon tyres are fit­ted.

Novem­ber 2018 Af­ter 1400 miles, dis­as­ter strikes with a snapped ex­haust camshaft, bro­ken rock­ers and a dam­aged crank­shaft tim­ing cog.

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