Firstly I'd like to say that some of the questions I ask or things I say may appear totally stupid but hey, I've aged 3+ years since I last looked at my Calibra and forgotten a hell of a lot! Don't think it'll never happen to you, but as you grow older (or stop working with stuff) you do forget what the heck its all about.
1995 N - (1996 model), Calibra Turbo
106,000 Miles (Vauxhall as previous owner), new engine at 80k
Unused (unmoved at all) for 3 years 6 months due to company car. (yes I know, totally stupid, should have sold it, started it, run it, or something, but I didn't and yes, I do regret it now)
Totally standard apart from -35mm (i think) shocks and springs (forget make) and a scorpion exhaust system.
Note: No Air Con, no leather. It was a special Vauxhall build for some reason.
Before I stopped using the car, I do remember getting new tyres all round as the fronts had worn through to the carcass (on the inner edge) yet the outside edge was still 4-5mm (I'd not noticed as you can't see the inner edge due to car's height).
I also remember the 4x4 light did come on and flash constantly, a couple of times, but went out if you turned the engine off and on again (did that a few times whilst still driving, fixed the problem fine).
Already a few people will be thinking, OK, well his 4x4 is farked due to different tyre diameters front and rear (we'll come to this later).
Last bank holiday weekend I spent many hours doing the following:-
New EBC "Green Stuff" disks and pads front and rear.
New braided hoses front. Brakes bled. (we'll come to that later too).
Drained oil, flushed with cheapest oil from Halfords, turned over for 30 seconds with no plugs in to circulate oil. Drained oil, fitted new oil filter, filled with 4L (approx) of GTX Magnatec (what I'd previously used and happened to have in the garage, although I'm sure people will have views about it). Checked dipstick, spot on full.
Fitted Samco hoses for the easy to get all places (1 water, 2 air) purely because I'd bought them ages ago and thought I'd fit them. Filled water reserviour back up.
Fitted new NGK spark plugs.
So, troll down to Mr ESSO and get 2 cans full of the finest unleaded and stick em in. Turn ignition to II and find that there is still 30L of petrol in the car, after 3.5 years I'm impressed! Warning lights all go out (at least I think all the ones that should have, did) and I turn her over. She burst into life instantly, a slightly erratic idle for 3 or 4 seconds then straight into a 1050rpm ('ish) idle. (i'd forgotten how lovely the scorpion sounds).
Power steering works fine.
Now the bad bits:-
Whilst trying to remove the front pads in the dark after too many drinks on Thursday night I broke the low pad wear indicator wire (specifically the platic bit that clips into the pad). Thinking that this sensor only closed the circuit when the pad was low, i disregarded this and thought I'd replace it at a later date. This is only broken on the passengers side.
The problem is that the "pad wear" indicator warning light on the dash is now on (when the car is started) and won't go away (yes this is the pad wear light not the "bulb check" light that goes out after a pedal depression). So, did I totally missunderstand the way this "sensor" contact works? I was sure that when the pad got low, the back of the sensor rubs against the disk (earth) and creates a circuit hence lighting up the warning light. So why the heck is my warning light on if that wire is missing?
The 4x4 warning light just won't go out when the engine is running. I drove the car up/down the drive a few times (10m each way) and it just won't go away. (note.... brake pedal just went straight to the floor so clearly my bleeding was totally crap, have to have another go at the weekend. Being honest I did kinda rush that bit and only got about half a jamjar of fluid through which I didnt think was enough but there was no bubbles forthcoming so hoped it would be).
So, possible issues causing the 4x4 light to be on?? Resolutions??
Thinking back, the 4x4 light did used to flash (when it went mad), now its on permanently, so this could be a totally unrelated issue to the one I had previously.
Then again, was it the Engine warning light that used to flash when the knock sensor decided to stick the ECU into "limp home" mode. Perhaps I'm getting the 2 confused.
I have noted that the fluid level (in what I thought was the power steering reserviour) doesn't hit the mini-dipstick in it's lid (after following the instructions on the label around the cap), but what is this reserviour for, steering and 4x4 system? Special type of liquid required??
Oil pressure guage (centre console) hits its right hand side stop with the ignition on II. Initially when the car was running it was quivvering about between 4 and the endstop, now it seems to be maxed out permanently. Possibly a short on the sender wire, sender knackered? Where abouts is the sender located on the block?
Of course there could be a nastly oil blockage in the block somewhere but nothing went bang after running for about 10 mins.
But... the oil warning light on the dash is also on. Not flashing, permanently on. Does this get the same info as the gauge? ie. are we pointing towards a wiring/sender issue fixing both problems?
Multifunction computer bit above the stereo. I'm sure it used to read in mpg not L/100 mile (or perhaps I'm too used to my ST170). Tried every combination of buttons but can't find how to switch it back. But, what I did find was that by holding down both of the, "larger" buttons (ie. not the 2 for setting the time) for around 5 seconds, that some 4 digit (Letter, Number, Letter, Number (i think)) code appears where the time normally is (also I think the top display also had something in it). After that another 4 digit number appears. What are these? I'm thinking they are the ECU fault codes but I never knew you could get them from here.
Alarm is being weird, although I think this is due to the fact its had no power for ages (battery only been fitted to turn over and start, not fitted in between)
I can't even remember the model of the alarm, but I recall its a Cobra and I'd guess at 618 or something. Remote is shaped like a oversized musical note, or actually the letter "d" with 2 different sized grey buttons on it and a grey flexible but the ring goes on. One is panic (smaller) and one for the normal on/off functions.
The alarm works fine for the central locking and immobilises (according to the LED) fine, but as soon as the key hits II it just goes off until the car is started, then it stops wailing. Perhaps it'll be OK tomorrow after having power for a while. If somebody can confirm the alarm model it would be appreciated as I'll need to make some phonecalls if it doesn't fix itself.
I just can't wait to get back driving her!
I know this is a long message and I thank you for taking the time to read though all my garbled text but I really hope that with the combined knowledge and brains there clearly are here we can get all the above sorted, or at least have possible solutions, before I get bored and leave her alone for another 3.5 years.