Opel Ascona & Manta Haynes Owners Workshop Manual Models covered All Opel Ascona and Manta (B Series) models; Saloon, Coupe & Hatchback 1584 cc, 1796 cc, 1897 cc & 1979 cc
- Covers most features of Manta Exclusive models
- Does not fully cover Ascona i2000
- Does not cover front-wheel-drive Ascona models
Introduction to the Opel Ascona and Manta
The new ‘B’ series Opel Ascona and Manta models introduced in 1975 have a completely new bodystyle, providing improved passenger accommodation with increased glass area and a lower ‘waistline’.
Mechanically the new Ascona and Manta are similar to the previous ‘A’ series models, which were extremely reliable, therefore only minor modifications have been necessary.
The models covered by this manual comprise the two and four-door saloons, two-door Coupe and Hatchback fitted with a 1.6, 1.8, 1.9 and 2.0 litre engine. The 1.6 litre engine was initially available in a low compression form, with a smaller carburettor and could thus run on two-star fuel. This option has now been discontinued for the UK market.
All models are fitted with servo-assisted disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at the rear. For safety, the system is dual-line with a special anti-locking valve fitted in the hydraulic line to the rear brakes.
Front suspension is of independent coil and wishbones type, while the live rear axle is located by radius arms and a panhard rod and is supported on coil springs and telescopic shock-absorbers. Anti-roll bars are fitted at the front and rear.
Steering is by a forward mounted rack and pinion gear and the steering column is the collapsible mesh, energy absorbing type.
All models are available with four or five-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox or a three-speed automatic transmission with manual override and kick-down facility.
The Rallye E and 2.0 GTE models are fitted with Bosch fuel injection.
About this manual
The aim of this manual is to help you get the best value from your vehicle. It can do so in Several ways. It can help you decide what work must be done (even should you choose to get it done by a garage), provide information on routine maintenance and servicing, and give a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur.
However, it is hoped that you will use the manual by tackling the work yourself. On simpler jobs it may even be quicker than booking the car into a garage and going there twice, to leave and collect it. Perhaps most important, a lot of money can be saved by avoiding the costs a garage must charge to cover its labour and overheads.
The manual has drawings and descriptions to show the function of the various components so that their layout can be understood. Then the tasks are described and photographed in a step-by-step sequence so that even a novice can do the work.
- About this manual
- Introduction to the Opel Ascona and Manta
- General dimensions, weights and capacities
- Buying spare parts and vehicle identification numbers
- Tools and working facilities
- Safety first
- Routine maintenance
- Recommended lubricants and fluids
- Chapter 1 Engine
- Chapter 2 Cooling system
- Chapter 3 Carburation; fuel and exhaust systems
- Chapter 4 Ignition system
- Chapter 5 Clutch
- Chapter 6 Manual gearbox and automatic transmission
- Chapter 7 Propeller shaft
- Chapter 8 Rear axle
- Chapter 9 Braking system
- Chapter 10 Electrical system
- Chapter 11 Suspension and steering
- Chapter 12 Bodywork and fittings
- Chapter 13 Supplement: Revisions and information on later models
- Fault diagnosis
- General repair procedures
- Conversion factors
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