Opel Astra (2019 year). Manual - part 15

 

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Opel Astra (2019 year). Manual - part 15

 

 

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Vehicle care

Caution

When transporting the vehicle on

a train or on a recovery vehicle, the

mud flaps might be damaged.

Vehicle storage

Storage for a long period of time

If the vehicle is to be stored for several

months:

● Wash and wax the vehicle.
● Have the wax in the engine

compartment and underbody

checked.

● Clean and preserve the rubber

seals.

● Fill up fuel tank completely.
● Change the engine oil.
● Drain the washer fluid reservoir.
● Check the coolant antifreeze and

corrosion protection.

● Adjust tyre pressure to the value

specified for full load.

● Park the vehicle in a dry, well

ventilated place. Engage first or

reverse gear or set selector lever

to P. Prevent the vehicle from

rolling.

● Do not apply the parking brake.
● Open the bonnet, close all doors

and lock the vehicle.

● Disconnect the clamp from the

negative terminal of the vehicle

battery. Beware that all systems

are not functional, e.g. anti-theft

alarm system.

Putting back into operation

When the vehicle is to be put back into

operation:

● Connect the clamp to the

negative terminal of the vehicle

battery. Activate the electronics

of the power windows.

● Check tyre pressure.
● Fill up the washer fluid reservoir.
● Check the engine oil level.
● Check the coolant level.
● Fit the number plate if necessary.

End-of-life vehicle recovery

Information on end-of-life vehicle

recovery centres and the recycling of

end-of-life vehicles is available on our

website, where legally required. Only

entrust this work to an authorised

recycling centre.

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Vehicle checks

Performing work

9 Warning

Only perform engine compartment

checks when the ignition is off.
The cooling fan may start

operating even if the ignition is off.

9 Danger

The ignition system uses

extremely high voltage. Do not

touch.

Bonnet

Opening

Pull the release lever and return it to

its original position.

Move the safety catch sideways to the

left vehicle side and open the bonnet.

Secure the bonnet support.

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If the bonnet is opened during an

Autostop, the engine will be restarted

automatically for safety reasons.

Closing

Before closing the bonnet, press the

support into the holder.
Lower the bonnet and let it fall into the

latch from a low height (20-25 cm).

Check that the bonnet is engaged.

Caution

Do not press the bonnet into the

latch to avoid dents.

Engine oil

Check the engine oil level manually

on a regular basis to prevent damage

to the engine. Ensure that the correct

specification of oil is used.

Recommended fluids and lubricants

3

 279.

The maximum engine oil

consumption is 0.6 litres per

1000 km.

Check with the vehicle on a level

surface. The engine must be at

operating temperature and switched

off for at least five minutes.

Pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean,

reinsert fully, pull out and read the

engine oil level.

Different dipsticks are used

depending on engine variant.

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When the engine oil level has

dropped to the MIN mark, top up

engine oil.
The engine oil level must not exceed

the MAX mark on the dipstick.
We recommend the use of the same

grade of engine oil that was used at

last change.

Caution

Wipe off any spilled engine oil

immediately.

Caution

Overfilled engine oil must be

drained or suctioned out. If the oil

exceeds the maximum level, do

not start the vehicle and contact a

workshop.

Capacities 3 294.
Fit the cap on straight and tighten it.

Engine coolant

The coolant provides freeze

protection down to approx. -28 °C. In

cold regions with very low

temperatures, the factory filled

coolant provides frost protection

down to approx. -37 °C.

Caution

Only use approved antifreeze.

Coolant and antifreeze 3 279.

Coolant level

Caution

Too low a coolant level can cause

engine damage.

If the cooling system is cold, the

coolant level should be above the

filling line mark. Top up if the level is

low.

9 Warning

Allow the engine to cool before

opening the cap. Carefully open

the cap, relieving the pressure

slowly.

To top up, use a 1:1 mixture of

released coolant concentrate mixed

with clean tap water. If no coolant

concentrate is available, use clean

tap water. Install the cap tightly. Have

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the coolant concentration checked

and have the cause of the coolant

loss remedied by a workshop.

Washer fluid

Fill with clean water mixed with a

suitable quantity of approved

windscreen washer fluid which

contains antifreeze.

Caution

Only washer fluid with a sufficient

antifreeze concentration provides

protection at low temperatures or

a sudden drop in temperature.

Washer fluid 3 279.

Brakes

In the event of minimum thickness of

the brake lining, a squealing noise

sounds during braking.
Continued driving is possible but

have the brake lining replaced as

soon as possible.
Once new brake linings are installed,

do not brake unnecessarily hard for

the first few journeys.

Brake fluid

9 Warning

Brake fluid is poisonous and

corrosive. Avoid contact with eyes,

skin, fabrics and painted surfaces.

The brake fluid level must be between

the MIN and MAX marks.
If fluid level is below MIN seek the

assistance of a workshop.
Brake and clutch fluid 3 279.

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Vehicle battery

The vehicle battery is located in the

load compartment under the rear floor

cover behind the rear seats. Rear

floor cover 3 82.
There are connecting points for jump

starting in the engine compartment.
Jump starting 3 271.
The vehicle battery is maintenance-

free provided that the driving profile

allows sufficient charging of the

battery. Short-distance-driving and

frequent engine starts can discharge

the battery. Avoid the use of

unnecessary electrical consumers.

Batteries do not belong in household

waste. They must be disposed of at

an appropriate recycling collection

point.
Laying up the vehicle for more than

four weeks can lead to battery

discharge. Disconnect the clamp from

the negative terminal of the vehicle

battery.
Ensure the ignition is switched off

before connecting or disconnecting

the vehicle battery.
Battery discharge protection 3 145.

Disconnecting the battery

If the vehicle's battery is to be

disconnected (e.g. for maintenance

work), the alarm siren must be

deactivated as follows: Switch the

ignition on then off, then disconnect

the vehicle's battery within

15 seconds.

Replacing the vehicle battery

Note

Any deviation from the instructions

given in this section may lead to

temporary deactivation or

disturbance of the stop-start system.

When the vehicle battery is being

replaced, please ensure that there

are no open ventilation holes in the

vicinity of the positive terminal. If a

ventilation hole is open in this area, it

must be closed off with a dummy cap,

and the ventilation in the vicinity of the

negative terminal must be opened.
Ensure that the battery is always

replaced by the same type of battery.
We recommend that you have the

vehicle battery replaced by a

workshop.
Stop-start system 3 162.

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Charging the vehicle battery

9 Warning

On vehicles with stop-start

system, ensure that the charging

potential does not exceed

14.6 volts when using a battery

charger. Otherwise the vehicle

battery might be damaged.

Jump starting 3 271.

Warning label

Meaning of symbols:

● No sparks, naked flames or

smoking.

● Always shield eyes. Explosive

gases can cause blindness or

injury.

● Keep the vehicle battery out of

reach of children.

● The vehicle battery contains

sulphuric acid which could cause

blindness or serious burn

injuries.

● See the Owner's Manual for

further information.

● Explosive gas may be present in

the vicinity of the vehicle battery.

Diesel fuel system bleeding

If the tank has been run dry, the diesel

fuel system must be bled. Switch on

the ignition three times for

15 seconds at a time. Then crank the

engine for a maximum of

40 seconds. Repeat this process after

no less than five seconds. If the

engine fails to start, seek the

assistance of a workshop.

Wiper blade replacement

Windscreen

Lift the wiper arm until it stays in the

raised position, press button to

disengage the wiper blade and

remove.
Attach the wiper blade slightly angled

to the wiper arm and push until it

engages.
Lower wiper arm carefully.

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Rear window

Lift wiper arm. Disengage wiper blade

as shown in illustration and remove.
Attach the wiper blade slightly angled

to the wiper arm and push until it

engages.
Lower wiper arm carefully.

Bulb replacement

Switch off the ignition and switch off

the relevant switch or close the doors.
Only hold a new bulb at the base. Do

not touch the bulb glass with bare

hands.
Use only the same bulb type for

replacement.
Replace headlight bulbs from within

the engine compartment.

Bulb check

After a bulb replacement switch on

the ignition, operate and check the

lights.

Halogen headlights

Halogen headlights with separate

bulbs for low beam and high beam.

Low beam (1) outer bulb.
High beam (2) inner bulb.

Low beam (1)

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1. Rotate the cap anticlockwise and

remove it.

2. Disengage spring clip from

retainer by pulling. Withdraw the

bulb holder from the reflector

housing.

3. Detach the bulb from the bulb

holder and replace the bulb.

4. Insert the bulb holder, engaging

the two lugs into the reflector

housing and rotate clockwise to

secure.

5. Push spring clip back in place.
6. Fit the cap and rotate clockwise.

High beam (2)

1. Rotate the cap anticlockwise and

remove it.

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2. Disengage spring clip from

retainer by moving it forward and

to the side. Swivel spring clip

downwards.

3. Withdraw the bulb holder from the

reflector housing.

4. Detach the bulb from the bulb

holder and replace the bulb.

5. Insert the bulb holder and install

spring clip.
Fit the cap and rotate clockwise.

Front turn signal light

In case of defective LEDs, have them

replaced by a workshop.

Side light

In case of defective LEDs, have them

replaced by a workshop.

Daytime running light

In case of defective LEDs, have them

replaced by a workshop.

Front fog lights

The bulbs are accessible from the

underside of the vehicle.

1. Turn the bulb holder anti-

clockwise and remove it from the

reflector housing.

2. Disengage the bulb socket from

the plug connector by pressing

the retaining lug.

3. Remove and replace the bulb

socket with bulb and attach the

plug connector.

4. Insert the bulb socket into the

reflector housing by turning

clockwise and engage.

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Tail lights

5-door Hatchback

1. Release the cover on the

respective side and remove it.

2. Vehicles with tyre repair kit: To

replace bulbs on the right side,

first unscrew the plastic nut and

take out the insert with the sealant

bottle.

3. Unscrew the plastic securing nut

from the inside by hand.

4. Carefully withdraw tail light

assembly from recess and

remove.

5. Detach the cable from the

retainer.

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6. Press the three retaining lugs and

remove the bulb carrier from the

light assembly.

7. Remove and replace the bulbs:

Turn signal light (1)
Tail light/brake light (2)

On version with LED tail lights and

LED brake lights, only turn signal

light bulb (1) can be removed and

replaced.

8. Attach the bulb carrier to the light

assembly.

9. Attach the cable to the retainer.

10. Attach the light assembly to the

vehicle body and tighten the

securing nut from the inside of the

load compartment. Attach cover.

Depending on the version, tail lights

and brake lights are designed as

LEDs. In case of failure, have LEDs

replaced by a workshop.

Light assembly in the tailgate

1. Release the cover in the tailgate

and remove it.

2. Unscrew the plastic securing nut

by hand.

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3. Carefully withdraw the light

assembly from the recesses and

remove.

4. Detach the plug from the light

assembly.

5. Press the three retaining lugs and

remove the bulb carrier from the

light assembly.

On version with LED tail lights, the

position of the retaining lugs is

slightly different.

6. Remove and replace the bulb:

Tail light (1)
Rear fog light (2) (left side)
Reverse light (2) (right side)

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On version with LED tail lights

only reverse light bulb (1) can be

removed and replaced.

7. Insert the bulb carrier into the tail

light assembly. Attach plug to the

light assembly. Fit light assembly

on the tailgate and tighten the

screw from the inside. Attach

cover.

Depending on the version, tail lights

are designed as LEDs. In case of

failure, have LEDs replaced by a

workshop.

Sports Tourer

1. Release and open the cover on

the respective side.

2. Unscrew both plastic securing

nuts from the inside by hand.

3. Carefully withdraw tail light

assembly from recess and

remove.

4. Detach the cable from the

retainer.

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5. Standard tail lights:

Release the retaining lugs and

remove the bulb carrier from the

light assembly.

6. Remove and replace the bulbs:

Tail light/brake light (1)
Turn signal light (2)

7. Insert the bulb carrier into the light

assembly.

8. LED tail lights:

On version with LED tail lights and

LED brake lights, only turn signal

light bulb can be replaced:

remove bulb holder in the light

assembly by turning. Replace

bulb in the bulb holder.

9. Attach the cable to the retainer.

10. Attach the light assembly to the

vehicle body and tighten the

securing nuts from the inside of

the load compartment. Attach

cover.

Depending on the version, tail lights

and brake lights are designed as

LEDs. In case of failure, have LEDs

replaced by a workshop.

Light assembly in the tailgate

1. Release the cover in the tailgate

and remove it.

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2. Unscrew the plastic securing nut

by hand.

3. Carefully withdraw the light

assembly from the recesses and

remove.

4. Press the three retaining lugs and

remove the bulb carrier from the

light assembly.

5. Remove and replace the bulb:

Reverse light (1)
Tail light (2)
Rear fog light (3) (left side)

6. Insert the bulb carrier into the tail

light assembly.

7. On version with LED tail lights

only reverse light bulb can be

replaced: remove bulb holder in

the light assembly by turning.

Replace bulb in the bulb holder.

8. Fit light assembly on the tailgate

and tighten the securing nut from

the inside. Attach cover.

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