Vectra Diesel - Starting Problems

Hi all,
I've had a good dig around previous topics and have managed to narrow down to a few causes but need a little help.
It's a 98 R reg and has 120k on the clock. There have been a few
starting issues lately but it would eventually start after a good few turns. The problem started to get worse and eventually it would struggle to start on a warm engine left for only 10 mins.
However, now it won't start at all. We have turned the car over and over and also used easy start to no avail. I see it as possible the following problems:
- Spill Pipes or - Injector seals
I have read a few posts and someone said they saw the fuel filter reservoir empty, which showed air was getting into the system - I have just loosened the nut on top of the filter to remove the lid but it starts to hiss (like air is getting in or coming out). I have decided to stop as I don't want more air to get in. Am I removing the lid/cover correctly or am I doing something wrong? Why is there a hissing noise.
The car is fairly old and not worth much so there is no point taking it to the garage - we have decided to fix it ourselves and will change the seals and spill off pipes once we get it started again. In addition is the injector seal change a big job - have looked at the Haynes and it seems straightforward although time consuming? And if we change the spill pipes how do we bleed the fuel system of all the air - will turning over the engine do this?
Finally it is parked on an incline (engine up) with a 1/4 tank - would this cause a problem?
Thanks for you help folks.
Rgds, D
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just change the spill pipes, this will fix the problem in 95 per cent of cases, it is also very cheap and straightforward to do with few tools needed.
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Thanks! That's first on the list.
One last thing I forgot to include - I removed and tested the Glow plugs (which were fine) however they had engine oil on them. The car has never burnt blue smoke out of the back bit this was a lot of oil. Could this be part of the problem as well?
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Just a paire of long needle nose pliers and hope all the old pipe comes off the injector when you pull on it. Else removing the broken end is abit of a c*nt!
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Small cordless drill, and 3mm drill bit is your friend in such cases ;-)
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Took the fuel filter cap off and it is about 1/4 full. Put the lid back on tried to give it a start and it nearly started. Took the fuel filter lid off and again there was a hissing noise. Strange.
I will replace the spill pipes tomorrow and see what happens. I will also top the filter up with clean diesel.
Thanks guys
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parked on an incline you say, had one in last week vectra diesel, parked on a steep hill with very little fuel, put it on the recovery truck flat ground and fired up after a few turns of the engine, been fine ever since.
but they do sufer from injector seal problems as well.
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The tank has a swill pot that might empty when low on a slope.
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Thanks for your help folks. Spill pipes it was. But now we have another problem - but I'll start a new thread!
Thanks though.
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