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Hi. I over-filled my Vauxhall Insignias engine oil, drained it off and lots of smoke followed as I drove a short way and now it will not start. Does it have a cut out anywhere? (20ltr diesel)
Is the engine management light on or the service vehicle now light on? If so the car is in safe mode and won’t start but that is the least of your problems, If you put to much oil in a diesel it has devastating effects on the engine. Get in check by the dealer asap. Worse case is new engine. - Ryan from Cardiff
Submitted: 27/02/2014 16:24:44 | ID: 26096
Hi. I don`t know if anyone can help? I was replacing the wiring loom in my Vauxhall Astra TwinTops boot yesterday and was 80% finished when it started to pour with rain, so I packed up quickly and shut the boot. Now I cannot get into the boot as the green / blue plug had not been reconnected to the car, meaning there is no power to the switch. I can get at this plug through the back seat. Is there a particular wire that I can send a 12v signal to, to release the boot, as I’m pretty sure plugging into tech2 at a garage won`t work as it is disconnected from the ECU? (1.8)
Hi, yes you can open your boot. Open the ski hatch in the rear seat and inside the boot, again from the rear seat get a broom handle with a flat bladed screwdriver on the end and push it through to the rear of the boot. On the rear of the boot lid just to the left you will see a hole with what looks like a white piece of plastic in it, as you look into the boot put the blade of the screwdriver to the RIGHT of it and push LEFT and your boot will open - Ray Morris from Durham
Submitted: 21/02/2014 11:49:22 | ID: 25927
I have a Vauxhall Insignia and the water temperature takes ages to get to 90 deg. It can take up to 15 miles before reaching temperature. It appears that the thermostat is open all of the time but the Vauxhall dealers say that it is normal for a diesel. (I don`t believe them). Any suggestions please? (sri diesel)
Mine takes about 3 miles to warm up 90c on the temp dial, if you have air con on its takes A LOT longer. Had mine on in early January and by the time it took to go to work which is 20 miles it still hadn’t reached operating temp 90c. Petrols warm up quickly due to the heat from combustion. - Andrew P from Yorkshire
I have a 2011 1.8 SRi petrol, which had the same issue. It definitely sounds like the thermostat. Ours was fine before the problem then suddenly took ages to warm up, sometimes never quite reaching 90 and fuel consumption was about 20% worse. Our dealer first said there was nothing wrong and only on the second visit and some insistence did they replace the thermostat. Now it is fine. Ours was under warrantee, which is good, because they are about £100. - Steven Ward from Surrey
Submitted: 17/02/2014 11:09:24 | ID: 25832
I have a 2005 Vauxhall Astra Estate 1.6. I have a problem with petrol getting into the oil, there is no bad engine wear. Could it be injectors being held open by a faulty ECU?
It could be the fuel pump, mine went last year and sounds like the same fault. - A H from England
Submitted: 14/02/2014 11:29:28 | ID: 25779
I have a 5 door 2006 Vauxhall Astra 5-Door Hatch SXI. Last night it started making a terrible scraping noise when going over bumps and holes in the road. It has made the noise occasionally previously but last night it was doing it on every single bump. I need to go over speed bumps at 5mph or below to prevent the noise, although it did make it once at this speed yesterday. It sounds like the bottom of the car is scraping over the bumps - it sounds horrible. Does anyone know what this could be or what I should be getting checked? I’m worried about driving it too much in case I cause too much damage and I work full time so there’s nothing I can do until the weekend now?
Hi, check the struts as there is a possibility a spring is broken. - Chucri Kayal from France
Check your exhuast system, I had the same problem. - Colin Grootboom from South Africa
Submitted: 14/02/2014 10:52:21 | ID: 25762
Hi, both of my Vauxhall Astra TwinTops rear footwells are soaking wet. Is this due to the window/door seals that will need replacing? Also when I am driving with the driver`s window up, rainwater still leaks through. How can I stop the leaks? This fault has only just started to happen, but I have noticed that when the windows are up the road sound is becoming louder inside. Can anyone help please?
Hello Jenny, I had the same problems: If you park you car on a hill facing downwards it leaks in rain water you have to park you car facing uphill that way you will not get leaks, this is a common problem with the twin-top’ s. Sometimes you will get a bit of water on the sides for e.g if you got for a jet wash, that’s normal also. In regards to the wind noise that seems to be normal too. - Imran Khan from England
The same problem has just happened with my mum’s twintop, both footwells and the boot. The rain has been bad, but this is a car, not a garden shed. My mum took it to vauxhall and they were no use at all, out of warranty they are washing their hands of it and re directed her to a convertible roof specialist as they have to conduct water tests on the car to see where the leak is and then fix it and de humidy the interior. Because the roof folds in 3 parts the seals are not 100%. This is the second time it’s happened and she is now selling the car because of it. Be ready to fork out a lot of money to get it fixed. It will have to go to a convertible specialist. - Woody Lehane from Surrey
Use gummi pflege on all the seals doors, roof, boot etc. I had small leaks left side of roof used this stuff and it worked to prevent water ingress. You can get it from eBay really cheap from Mick’s garage. Regards. - Andy Lumsden from England
Submitted: 14/02/2014 08:59:38 | ID: 25741
When I first start my Vauxhall Zafira my engine fault light comes on and stays on, then it goes into limp mode. If I switch the ignition off and on it drives fine for a while as long as I do not allow the engine to idle, if I do the light comes on and it goes into limp mode. Does anyone know why it`s doing this please? (2000 dti)
Is this a petrol or diesel? If it’s a diesel it will most probably be the airflow meter. If petrol, check the tps sensor. - Carlos Barter from Rhondda Cynon Taff
Submitted: 10/02/2014 15:25:43 | ID: 25648
My Vauxhall Insignia chugs when driving. The engine light comes on and the screen on the dash says service esp. Can anyone explain please?
The same has happened to mine today. It also happened a few months back and came back to be a faulty lamber sensor. You will need to take it to Vauxhall for a diagnostics reading. They will charge £53 for the investigation and further money for the repair. - Stewart Dingley from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 07/02/2014 14:52:54 | ID: 25595
I was driving my Vauxhall Combo van home today, I was approaching a roundabout, hit the brake pedal and it was stuck hard. I had to change to a lower gear and put the handbrake on to stop! Then I had to turn the engine off and back on again and the brakes were okay! Any ideas what is wrong please?
You may have a problem with your exhauster mounted on the end of the cam cover, adjacent to the high pressure diesel pump or the tube from it to brake servo. - Peter Lynn from Essex
Submitted: 03/02/2014 16:34:59 | ID: 25474
How do you adjust the rear window on my Vauxhall Astra TwinTop as it closes then opens halfway? I have tried holding the button when it`s up but the window stll opens halfway?
Hi, I am having the same problem. have you got any idea what it is? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org - Thomas Sayburn from Cheshire
Try disconnecting the battery then close each window separately, but keep the window switch up for a further 5 seconds to reset windows. - Andy Lumsden from England
Submitted: 03/02/2014 15:49:07 | ID: 25463
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My Vauxhall Meriva - still driving sweetly after ten years - has failed it`s MOT because the airbag warning light is on. The computer shows that this is a child seat issue, even though no child seat has ever been fitted! Nobody that the garage has phoned knows what to do - such a shame to take it off the road for this. Has anyone come across this before? (Enjoy)
Hi, won’t believe I had the same problem on my Meriva, they kept saying it is the baby seat and not to worry. But you need to worry, it is not a baby seat. I had a specialist look at this problem and the problem is in the steering squib (part just after the steering wheel). Unfortunately you will have to get a specialist to look at the wiring as there is an airbag in your steering wheel; my problem is now fixed. Trust me it is in the steering squib - Rudi Puchert from South Africa
Submitted: 03/02/2014 14:03:16 | ID: 25439
I have a Vauxhall Zafira and none of the 4 positions for my heater operate. On the odd occasion the heater has come on but when the car has shut down and restarted the heater fails to operate in any of the 4 positions. Could this be down to a faulty switch or the fan itself? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
There is a little white dial where the control rods go near the clutch, it’s hidden away and very hard to see, you have to take all the covers off and get yourself upside down to look up. It’s a real pain to see, but the fix is easy; you just have to click one of the rods into the next channel and bingo it will reset itself. I had the same problem a while back and all blower work, well that’s what was wrong with mine. P.S. This is on a right hand drive car, the problem with mine was it would not blow heat onto the window screen or blow out the front vent. Hope this helps. - James Puwis from England
Submitted: 03/02/2014 11:32:54 | ID: 25422
I am having a problem with my Vauxhall Zafira. When I press the accelerator my car starts making a loud rattling noise and when I stop the car and I go to the front right wheel it smells of burning. Please can anyone help me? Thank you.
Sounds like the brake retaining clip on the side where the tyre gets hot. Take wheel off and check for sideways(lateral) movement. This would cause a rattle and quite probably the pads as well. - Howard Cox from Middlesex
Submitted: 03/02/2014 10:09:44 | ID: 25411
I have just bought my Vauxhall Astra Convertible mk4 and when I put the roof up or down the boot lid doesn`t sit right where it meets the roof. The boot lid seems to be raised in the corners about 10mm. Is there any way to adjust it or any ideas please? (Bertone)
Hi, when you open the boot lid and look at the edge there should be 2 black coloured circuler or hex shaped bit, one on either side of the inside of the lid, if you turn these clockwise anti clockwise this adjusts the hight the lid will sit at when closed - Sonny from London
Submitted: 31/01/2014 09:48:41 | ID: 25361
I have a Vauxhall Insignia and I think my petrol reader is off and is not reading properly. The yellow light would come on at 38 miles to give you a warning, but my petrol light is on and is saying the likes of 48 miles left in the tank. I’m not too sure if it is off reading or it’s just me freaking out. Would anybody know anything which would cause this please? Thanks.
The fuel low warning light should come on when there is a set amount of fuel left in the tank. You seem to be looking at the meter showing how many miles are left rather than the fuel level. The number of miles left is calculated based on the fuel level and the calculated mpg. If the mpg is higher the miles left will be higher when the fuel level warning comes on. Nothing to worry about. - Neil from England
Submitted: 31/01/2014 09:38:29 | ID: 25358
Hi, I bought my Vauxhall Tigra a week ago and the description said it had an AUX Input but I cannot find it and my manual does not say anything about it? Does this model even have one?
Usually down by the hand brake. - Marie Jones from Surrey
Submitted: 30/01/2014 12:48:50 | ID: 25347
Hi. I have a problem with my Vauxhall Zafira. Most of the time it will start fine until I use it for a short journey and turn it off. Then it either will not start or it starts with no accelerator (mine is an auto) so I am able to drive off in home mode. Then if I stop it and start it again 90% of the time I will then get my accelerator again. Any ideas please other than don`t turn it off?
Remove and clean carbon from throttle body and make sure the flap moves freely. - Carl Carl from England
Submitted: 30/01/2014 10:59:17 | ID: 25318
Hi, my Vauxhall Zafiras malfunction indicator light came on yesterfay while I was driving and the car started shaking and feeling limp. I drove home and tried to start the up to bring it to a garage but now it won`t start. Can anyone suggest an answer to my problem or an idea? Thanks.
Sounds like crankshaft position sensor, common on Vauxhalls. - Tony from England
Submitted: 28/01/2014 16:15:30 | ID: 25294
I have a 2005 Vauxhall Zafira and I need to change the outside headlight bulb on the driver`s side. Under the bonnet I can`t get to it because the air filter`s in the way. I was told by Lookers St Helens that I need to go under the wheel arch, remove a panel and then you can get to it. I have had a look under the wheel arch but can`t see a panel. Can anybody help? Is this right?
On my car there is a flap that opens to allow access to the lights. If the wheel arch is mucky, clean it and the flap should be visible. - Sean from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 28/01/2014 11:01:57 | ID: 25241
My Vauxhall Zafira’s tailgate door will not open when using the handle but when using a screwdriver inside it opens. Can anybody please help?
I have seen a post somewhere saying the wiring under the panel corrodes, try checking that out. - Sean from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 28/01/2014 10:53:10 | ID: 25238
My Vauxhall Combo`s airbag warning light stays on all of the time. How do I fix this please? (diesel)
First thing to check is under the seats - there is a plug, check it is clean and in the connector. There are like colored tabs you pull them forwards towards the windscreen that disengages the plug for inspection and as you reinsert the plug the tab pushes back you will see what I mean. WD40 or another form will do no harm also you can check the carpet for hidden floods! Good luck - John from Leicestershire
Submitted: 24/01/2014 16:18:54 | ID: 25199
I have a Vauxhall Opel Zafira 2.2 Automatic and it will not start. We stripped the whole engine to see if it might have jumped a gear but nothing there, fixed the starter also, nothing wrong with the armature. Everybody we talk with says that if there is a spark the car must start. I don`t know anymore what to do. Any suggestions please? (Automatic)
Hi, have a look inside your key, there is a possibility you lost the chip. - Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 24/01/2014 11:26:17 | ID: 25180
My Vauxhall Meriva’s engine seems to be missing and the car is very jerky when running. What could be the reason for this please?
Try the spark plugs then the coil pack. I had the problem and it was spark plugs. Good luck. - Mark Carter from England
Submitted: 23/01/2014 09:39:07 | ID: 25121
I had someone change the coil pack on my 07 Vauxhall Zafira. He started the car then turned it off and tightend the coil pack. The car will now do nothing, it does not unlock with the remote key and the ignition won`t turn on. Can anyone please help asap?
Hi, change the key battery. - Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 23/01/2014 09:23:22 | ID: 25117
How do I turn on the headlights on my Vauxhall Combo? I can get side lights on no problem but I just cannot find how to get my main headlights on? Maybe it`s me just a bit thick. It`s a 2013 crew van.
Can you be more specific I.E headlights or main beam? Main beam is on the indicator stalk pull towards you to engage and disengage indicated by the blue lamp on the dash. The headlights are on the control switch on the right hand side of the dashboard below the wiper stalk and has the fog light switch in the middle indicated by the green headlight indicator on the dash you turn this clock wise - John from Leicestershire
Submitted: 21/01/2014 12:47:58 | ID: 25089
Please could you tell me how to get into the back of my Vauxhall Zafira, as the electronic switch won’t operate to allow me access to the rear of my car door? (1.9 cdti Elite)
Get into the load space through the back door and you will see a black plug, remove it and there is slot for a screwdriver. Turn the screwdriver to release the lock - Sean from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 21/01/2014 12:18:29 | ID: 25080
Hi. I have just bought a Vauxhall Insignia Sri. Is there any way to turn off the info screen at night or turn it down as it is blinding me? I looked in the handbook but can`t seem to find anything. Thanks. (sri diesel auto)
Look towards the headlight dial to the right of the steering wheel, there are two more smaller dials that slide up and down. One of them adjusts headlight height and the other interior dial brightness. - Trevwar Swanson from England
Submitted: 21/01/2014 10:18:08 | ID: 25067
How do I remove the headlight on the driver’s side of my 2005 Vauxhall Tigra 1.8 sport twinport please?
Undo the two bolts at the top, then look underneath the bumper and up towards the headlight unit. In the very outside corner of the lamp there is a bolt, remove this then remove the bolts from the top of the centre grill panel, so this has some play. The headlight can then be remove by easing forward. - Kev Webster from England
Submitted: 20/01/2014 12:42:52 | ID: 25051
Hi. I have just changed the battery on my Vauxhall Astra TwinTop exclusive and when checking the electric functions I noticed that the windows are out of sync. Is there anything I can do about this?
For each individual window use the following sequence best done with the doors closed: Using the door switches lower the window fully and keep holding the down button for at least 5 secs after the window reaches the bottom, then raise the window to the top and again keep holding the up button for at least 5 secs after reaching the top. This should reset that particular window and repeat procedure on the next window. - Richard from England
Submitted: 20/01/2014 12:02:13 | ID: 25045
Please can anyone tell me how to take out the electric window rocker switch on my Vauxhall Vectra Estate? I have been told the contacts need cleaning, driver`s door, but there are no screws apart from the two at the bottom of the door?
Basically, you just need to pry it out with either a guitar pick or a flathead screwdriver (but put some masking tape on the tip so you don’t scratch anything). Another way is to access it from under the stick once you’ve lifted the leather mask up. I removed my switches like that. Good luck! - Nikola Vidic from Croatia (Hrvatska)
Submitted: 20/01/2014 10:37:25 | ID: 25024
I have had service vehicle soon on the dashboard of my Vauxhall Insignia for almost 3 months. What should I do?
Get it serviced I guess!!!!! Mark Mark from England
If the (service now light) is on you have a fault with the car get it plugged in to a diagnostic computer and see what it brings up. Don’t ignore the problem it will only get worse and can cause other problems. - Ryan from Cardiff
Submitted: 20/01/2014 10:20:50 | ID: 25020
My Vauxhall Vectra has a humming noise coming from the front left wheel which increases with speed. What could it be please? (sri)
Could be a bearing. - Viv parker from England
Submitted: 17/01/2014 14:57:15 | ID: 24996
My Vauxhall Astra 5-Door Hatch`s electrical locking system is not working. I have replaced the batteries in the fobs. Generally 3 out of the 4 doors open, but not always the same 3. The garage say it will be £400 for parts plus labour to repair the lines. Has anyone else had this problem? (Energy model)
It’s a fuse that’s blown. Number 6 I think, if the tail gate won’t open either - Leslie Gaskell from England
Submitted: 17/01/2014 09:45:00 | ID: 24953
The passenger and driver’s side footwell are constantly soaking wet on my 2005 Vauxhall Tigra 1.4 sport twin top. I love this car and it is in immaculate condition and I need to solve this problem before rot or mould set in. Can anybody help please? (1.4 twin top)
Try asking a garage to investigate sealant round the bulkhead and brake servo, it is a problem corsas of the same year can develop. Otherwise, join the Tigra forum for more help and tips www.tigraclub.net - Janine Thomas from Surrey
Hi there. The water sits in the sills and builds up. There are 5 seals/plugs each side under the sills, if you take out the front and back ones on both sides the water will run out of the sills. This is a known problem by Vauxhall hence having 5 plugs. It’s as if they knew there was a problem but didn’t know how to fix it. This has been advised by a Vauxhall garage. Hope this might be of some help and not cost a trip to the garage - Sandy Edmonds from Norfolk
Submitted: 17/01/2014 09:16:17 | ID: 24948
Are the brake lights on their own fuse on my X reg 5 door Vauxhall Astra 5-Door Hatch?
Probably not the fuse, but a brake light switch. Look above the pedal and you will see a plunger switch with a plug with 2 wires in it. If you take the plug off and bridge the 2 pins inside the connector (wiring side) officially speaking with a fused wiring link, although most people use a paperclip. Put the ignition on. If the brake lights are now on you need a new switch. Simply twist 90 degrees to remove. - Martin (Master technician 20+ years) from Durham
Submitted: 16/01/2014 12:34:14 | ID: 24909
My Vauxhall Vectra’s windscreen washers have stopped pumping water to the screen. The pump can be heard running but there`s no water on the screen. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Probably the filter is blocked - you need to get to the water res, which is in the wheel arch in front of the pax wheel. I had the same problem and found detailed instructions on the web as to how to do it. You don’t need to take the wheel off just prise the wheel arch cover back, pull the pump off and the filter is on the end of that. You then wash it out, flush the water res then put it all back together. - Alan Gray from Surrey
Submitted: 16/01/2014 11:11:03 | ID: 24894
My Vauxhall Combo van was overheating on the motorway so I stopped and waited for it to cool down. I checked the water which was fine but now it is overheating on small journeys and when I have looked at the water there is oil in it. I have been told if it’s creamy like salad cream it’s the head gasket, if it`s dark it could be the cooler that has gone. Please could someone help me? Many thanks.
An off white creamy paste like salad cream in the oil cap is a tell tale sign of head gasket as it is the oil mixing with the water. Also, you might find oil in the header tank you may find a lot of water coming out of your tail pipe and or water globules on your dip stick, but that is not so common. - John from Leicestershire
Submitted: 16/01/2014 10:54:56 | ID: 24889
I have a Vauxhall Astra 5-Door Hatch and I have a problem with the temperature sensor. I get fault code p0116. Any ideas? (Twinport SXI)
There is a sensor under the coolant bottle, take off the bottle and change the sensor, it is not expensive and very easy to change. - Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 14/01/2014 16:26:10 | ID: 24880
I have a Vauxhall Meriva 2010 model. I have a code on my car saying code 68, this indicates service power steering. I have been told to drive it to the garage but I have tried to drive and the wheel is very stiff. Can you advise?
My Meriva has just done the same. Did you get it fixed? What was the problem and how much did it cost if so? Thanks. - Keith Black from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 14/01/2014 11:24:05 | ID: 24872
Could somebody please tell me why my 2003 Vauxhall Combo 1.7di has started shaking when I accelerate but this goes away if I dip the clutch or lower the revs? I would really appreciate your help, thanks.
You more than likely have lost a wheel weight, which is causing the tyre to be out of balance. - john from Leicestershire
Submitted: 14/01/2014 10:23:26 | ID: 24857