New Astra, noisy Hydraulics

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Philip, Oct 30, 2003.

  1. Philip

    Philip Guest


    I have my new Astra LS (well a year old). On the test drive before buying I
    noticed the steering hydraulics were quite audible, it complained on turning
    the steering wheel, and at rest with the engine idling a hum can be heard in
    the car. I have driven Astras before and while I have heard them complain
    on tight turns etc, never heard them at idle above the engine noise before.

    Anyway the dealer said a mod kit was available as it was a known issue and
    they would fit it, I have the car now but it hasn't been fitted with the kit
    although they have agreed to do this and to run the car for a few weeks and
    come back where they will sort that and anything else out at the same time.
    They seem very genuine about this so I have no concerns that they might be
    trying to fob me off.

    I am just wondering if there are really mod kits for this problem? If not,
    what they should be doing to correct the problem so I know it will be
    resolved on the first trip back?


    Philip, Oct 30, 2003
  2. Philip

    Alan Guest

    The dealer is right although it does not always cure the problem fully!

    The Astra has an electric pump and this design is prone to be slightly
    noisier than traditional designs. On the plus side it is more efficient and
    reliable so there are benefits too.



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    Alan, Oct 31, 2003
  3. Philip

    Philip Guest

    Thanks for that information. I will let the dealer fix the modification, it
    was the sales man that said about the mod kit and I wasn't completely 100%
    sure if this was the case or not.


    Philip, Oct 31, 2003
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