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Keira, County Down

Vauxhall Insignia

Only have my car a month now and twice while driving it has lost power and the steering has got really heavy. Once when I was in 6th gear on the motorway and once pulling away from traffic i lights. A yellow car with a spanner comes up on the dash. Once i turned the car off and back on it went back to normal and no light on dash. Any ideas what's happening? ?

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Year of car? Petrol or diesel? That warning light usually means the car needs serviced but is also used for faulty glow plugs. Steering going heavy may mean no power from alternator (electric power steering) but you may have other issues. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 30/03/2017 04:52:09 | ID: 140267

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Louise Leek, England

Vauxhall Tigra 2005

I have wet footwells on both driver and passenger sides in my Vauxhall Tigra. As I turn corners I see water leak in from the bottom of the doors. When I open the doors I sometimes see a collection of water by the door`s seal which then leaks onto the footwell. Also as I drive around I can hear water swishing around somewhere. All this only tends to happen in the rain. Can anyone please help me with this problem as I’d like to fix it? Thank you.

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Hi Louise, I have the same problem which has only got worse over the last couple of years and I’m yet to find the solution. I took it to Vauxhall who quoted £150 to investigate but wouldn’t guarantee to find the problem and if they did the cost to fix it would be on top. I`ve just written to Vauxhall to complain and also logged it with Watchdog as it appears that it’s something that is affecting lots of people. If you can please also log it on Watchdog as if enough people make a noise, hopefully they will actually agree to fix without us having to pay for it Katy Cresswell from Berkshire

I had the same problem. The water is leaking out of your speaker housing, onto the door rubber and running into the car at it’s weakest point. Normally water enters the inside of your door through the window rubbers but drains out through the drain holes in the bottom of the door. If these become blocked and the waterproof membrane inside the door perishes the first point of escape is the door`s speakers. The slushing of water that you sometimes hear is the amount of water sitting in the bottom of your doors. This is a common problem in the Tigra. To solve this problem you should unblock the drain holes along the bottom of the doors (near the seal), remove the speaker and apply a waterproof mastic sealant. This saves removing the entire interior door trim and replacing the whole plastic membrane. If you have any problems come back to web-site – Pete from England

My driver’s footwell kept filling with water, in the end they found the seal had gone round the pedal box, it is 2005 Tigra and had only done 12,000 miles at the time. This cost me £360 to repair!!! Water still comes in from the doors, biggest pile of crap I ever bought, unfortunately it’s on finance so I can’t sell it yet Andrea Frazer from England

Hi folks, my girlfriend also has the dreaded drivers wet footwell syndrome! After trying many things i think i may have fixed it. Please note I believe from much research and hours and hours of fiddling around there are actually 3 areas the car leaks from. The biggest one is in underneath the window wiper motor, first step pull up the carpet and remove sound deadening , you will see a cut out where the steering column goes through if you get someone to pour water by the window wiper motor you will actualy see the water coming through under the brake pedal (well there about) it doesn’t take long to see the water come through! You will have to remove scuttle panel and wiper motor to see and seal the area. I used a lot of silicon here and tested it after few days, seems to have done the trick. The second was a lesser leak is on the cill if you pop out the grommets you will see the water come out. I believe this comes into the cill under the wing various holes there again just silicon them up. I think the main culprit here is where the wing joins the cill. And lastly the boot drains (I didn’t have this one but a lot of folks do)... Just a side note the holes I sealed were tiny but the floor was like a pool after heavy rain. I hope this helps as I know it’s incredibly frustrating. Good luck Steven Astbury from England

I’ve gone to my 04 Tigra today and have scooped the water out from my boot, I parked on a hill to see if water might drain from my watery foot wells I’ve had going on for ages. They are still soaked too... help! It’s a nightmare and its stinking so bad! Rebecca from Warwickshire

This is a Vauxhall recall problem. Vauxhall should fix the seals for free as it is an identified fault and can damage the abs system. Tanya from Durham

Hi my car had the same problem and had tried all the suggestions to resolve it, none of which worked. I finally solved it by trial and error. The problem is that there is no ’plastic liner’ behind the door speaker and after a while the water, which enters down the window and would normally run through the door and out of the drain holes at the bottom, causing the rubber around the speaker to perish and allow the water to run into the footwell. You need to remove the door card, be careful as the electrics for the window are in there, then fit/glue a plastic liner behind the speaker. This has worked for mine with no more leaks! Margaret McAloon from Northumberland

I am getting ready to take legal action now as my 08 Tigra Exclusiv - the second one, bought new, has been in and out of the garage for two and a half years having seals replaced, everything checked and carpets dried out. For that whole time we have had a smell of mould and every autumn the problem returns and the footwells are saturated. The mould is in the leather seats and steering wheel and we have to spend ages drying all the windows before we can use it. We can’t keep anything in the boot as it rains large drips off the lid when opened and small space dehumidifiers turn liquid in less that a week due to the amount of water in the car. I am not prepared to give Vauxhall any more attempts at repair as even if they take it to Luton and strip it down they will not be able to replace the seats so the mould will still be present. A big let down as we really loved the car. As we had no problems with the 55 plate we kept for 3 years we thought we had been unlucky with this one, but after reading all the evidence of an inherent fault on the internet we are now veering towards the fact that we were extremely lucky with the first one! Janet McPherson from Somerset

Hi guys I also have both foot wells in my Tigra saturated with water on the pasenger side it comes in through bottom of door i now have a towel there and have to change this every day in wet weather, the driver side I'm not sure where it's geting in yet but i have a puddle now behind the seat it seams everyone I know who have had or know someone with a TIGRA as suffered this problem it really is let down by Vauxhall not entertaining this problem it's no coincidence there's definatly a problem and it needs sorting VAUXHALL !!! So my solution is wellies towels and never buy another VauxHELL Julie from West Yorkshire

Hi guys I also have both foot wells in my Tigra saturated with water on the pasenger side it comes in through bottom of door i now have a towel there and have to change this every day in wet weather, the driver side I'm not sure where it's geting in yet but i have a puddle now behind the seat it seams everyone I know who have had or know someone with a TIGRA as suffered this problem it really is let down by Vauxhall not entertaining this problem it's no coincidence there's definatly a problem and it needs sorting VAUXHALL !!! So my solution is wellies towels and never buy another VauxHELL Julie from West Yorkshire

Hi To add another wow to the Tigra saga, my daughter has had the dreaded water leak through the top of the windows which soaks you when in the car, to solve the problem vauxhall have quoted £1500 pound to fix the leak. One thing we have learned is not to buy another vauxhall convertible. Dale from Bedfordshire

Hi To add another wow to the Tigra saga, my daughter has had the dreaded water leak through the top of the windows which soaks you when in the car, to solve the problem vauxhall have quoted £1500 pound to fix the leak. One thing we have learned is not to buy another vauxhall convertible. Dale from Bedfordshire

Hi, have had on-going problems with water leaks in footwell of driver side but vauxhall original fixed problem back in 2008 stating that it originated from beneath due to blocked seal, and resolved. Unfortunately, problem re-appears when it rains. Have resorted to removing foot mat for a towel to soak up excess water. Hate it when it frost as not only do I have to scrap the external windscreen but internally as well. Today, I have taken car to Vauxhall dealer who how states that it is a common problem with Tigra's and fault lies behind the foot pedals which will cost £650.00 to fix. Now looking to get a more affordable quote from other garages. To be honest. Vauxhall employees. are fully aware that this model has a common fault and should 'recall' them to reticify the problem and not put the onus on fixing their manufacturing fault with the car owner. That is my personal view. Ann from Surrey

Hi, have had on-going problems with water leaks in footwell of driver side but vauxhall original fixed problem back in 2008 stating that it originated from beneath due to blocked seal, and resolved. Unfortunately, problem re-appears when it rains. Have resorted to removing foot mat for a towel to soak up excess water. Hate it when it frost as not only do I have to scrap the external windscreen but internally as well. Today, I have taken car to Vauxhall dealer who how states that it is a common problem with Tigra's and fault lies behind the foot pedals which will cost £650.00 to fix. Now looking to get a more affordable quote from other garages. To be honest. Vauxhall employees. are fully aware that this model has a common fault and should 'recall' them to reticify the problem and not put the onus on fixing their manufacturing fault with the car owner. That is my personal view. Ann from Surrey

Unfortunately I do not have an answer to this question - I wish I had. I've had this problem since I bought my 2005 Tigra from a dealer. The dealer did try and fix the problem and actually spent a fair bit of money trying to sort it out. I then spent a load of my own money with a Vauxhall Dealership attempting to sort it out - all to no avail. It's now 4 years since I bought it and I've still got soaking wet foot-wells. I just put wads of newspapers under the mat and keep changing them weekly. I would dearly love for someone to solve this problem as I really do love the car, but it's always a worry when it starts to rain as I know I'll have soaking wet foot-wells. I think it is disgusting that Vauxhall do not get to grips with this problem and recall all affected cars. Pam Taylor from Worcestershire

Unfortunately I do not have an answer to this question - I wish I had. I've had this problem since I bought my 2005 Tigra from a dealer. The dealer did try and fix the problem and actually spent a fair bit of money trying to sort it out. I then spent a load of my own money with a Vauxhall Dealership attempting to sort it out - all to no avail. It's now 4 years since I bought it and I've still got soaking wet foot-wells. I just put wads of newspapers under the mat and keep changing them weekly. I would dearly love for someone to solve this problem as I really do love the car, but it's always a worry when it starts to rain as I know I'll have soaking wet foot-wells. I think it is disgusting that Vauxhall do not get to grips with this problem and recall all affected cars. Pam Taylor from Worcestershire

I also have the same problem with a pool in the foot well, depending on which way the car is parked depends on the puddle, if its half on curb and half on road then the water will obviously run to the lowest point. This has got me demented as my car is constantly stinking and soaking inside and windows even drip there is that much condensation on them. Personally i think it is coming in from the windscreen next to the wipers, so today that is getting some sealant put on to see if it solves the problem. I also get a lot of water gathering around the door seals and sometimes runs in once the door is opened. Vauxhall want to get this problem sorted as its costing people small fortunes trying to tackle the problems this design of car has when they clearly know they have issues. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

I also have the same problem with a pool in the foot well, depending on which way the car is parked depends on the puddle, if its half on curb and half on road then the water will obviously run to the lowest point. This has got me demented as my car is constantly stinking and soaking inside and windows even drip there is that much condensation on them. Personally i think it is coming in from the windscreen next to the wipers, so today that is getting some sealant put on to see if it solves the problem. I also get a lot of water gathering around the door seals and sometimes runs in once the door is opened. Vauxhall want to get this problem sorted as its costing people small fortunes trying to tackle the problems this design of car has when they clearly know they have issues. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

Finally found where the leak is coming from....behind the break fluid bottle is the servo, well behind that is a black plate that has been bolted in with a seal around it which had turned to mush due to all the water running in and not being able to escape due to leave and dirt through the 2 black flaps which are at each side of the car where the water runs in from the windscreen. the break fluid bottle, servo and the black plate all need to be taken out to re seal the plate as you cant get in to do it properly without removing them. Kerry from Tyne and Wear

Same problems with my 2009 model. Spent a fortune trying all sorts of repairs, all to avail. Components and door latches failing due to corrosion from the wet; utter shed on wheels, constantly soaked interior. Costly finance agreement on this thing which I have tried and failed to get out of; essentially paying a fortune for scrap. I've reported it to Watchdog, hopefully Justice will be done. Fran from West Yorkshire

Hi all , I too have the dreaded water leak on drivers side footwell and behind the seat . I bought the Tigra 55 plate in January this year ( 2017 ) after being assured by a private seller that the car had no problems !!!, only had it a few days when l discovered after it had rained it was soaking wet . Luckily my dad is good on fixing problems on cars , so investigated under the bonnet so find someone had tried to fix the leak with body filler around the brake servo unit plate , so removed all the filler and used sillicon to seal it . Sadly after thinking days of work and drying out the carpets it still leaked , and I mean leaked ( had to use a vax to remove the water every time it rained ). Have done all the suggested tips , removing grommets from the sill etc , no joy , no water . So last week we thought we check for signs of water in roof , ( even though there where no signs of water from above )put the roof half down and in the rubber seals there are two tiny drain holes ( one either side ) which where full of muck , cleared it out , passed a wire through (about the width of a washing line , actually an old curtain wire ) , flushed them with water , the water then came out just in front of back wheels under the sill . Had heavy rain since , I fully expected water , but hey no water . Will let you know if it happens again . Now just got to fix the heater as that not working . Not a good combination , wet car and no heater . Just hope it sorted as I do love the car . So hope it will help some of you . Julie ,Southport Mersetside . Julie from Merseyside

Hi just to say , after clearing out drain holes situated in roof ( you can only see them if you put roof half way down ) heavy rain over last couple days , car still DRY , can't believe it !!! , Julie from Merseyside

Submitted: 08/06/2012 16:08:26 | ID: 86814

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paul., Derbyshire

Vauxhall Movano

fan/blower disintigrated. when on full speed. on stripping /inspection. found Electrical heater cols in a metal block. what are these and what turns them on. ? please.

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Those coils are resistors for your fan speeds.get a new one off eBay and refit if no power to wires check maxi fuse (big fuses)under bonnet.righthand side.i think it's around 40amp fuse Desw from Somerset

Submitted: 21/03/2017 11:34:41 | ID: 140047

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paul., Derbyshire

Vauxhall Movano

Hi. My heater/plug Warning light will not go off. I've tried all sorts. new filter clean out the bowel. wriggled the wires --lol and the exhaust fumes smell. Any Ideas please.

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Check the wires to your glowplugs.if all ok then get a multimeter and check the four glowplugs for continuity.one or more are probably gone.i had the same light and no2 glow plug had failed.i changed that after soaking well to get it out.now I have no lights on dash. Desw from Somerset

Submitted: 21/03/2017 11:41:41 | ID: 140048

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Trevor, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Corsa

Why is my steering light when I turn left and slightly heavier on the right thanks

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Your car has electrically assisted power steering ie an electric motor built into the column. There is a torque sensor built into the column which determines the amount of assistance you get when you turn the wheel. The torque sensor needs adjustment, it's mounted on the steering column and requires some stripping of the dash to access it. Better to leave it to a garage, its only about an hours work. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 28/03/2017 17:30:08 | ID: 140227

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chas, Hampshire

Vauxhall Meriva

2011 Meriva S E ...........Fuel flap will not lock cant find how to get into to check it.....................tried removing tool kit box no luck removed back light no luck............im baffled any ideas

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Open the fuel door and look for two or three screws securing it. Remoce the screws and partially lift out the door. You should see a lever or pin which may need re-set or replaced. Hugh from City of Glasgow

No screws visable this model of mariva has the backward opening doors still looking for answers chas from Hampshire

Submitted: 26/03/2017 12:27:34 | ID: 140162

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Bob from Hastings, East Sussex

Vauxhall Meriva

Rear door warning light and alarm going off. Also central locking constantly chattering. Dealership got four codes and have replaced earth strap on battery. Problem still exist. They charge £100 for that. Now want it back to run more tests and state may need new wiring loom ££££££ ? Can't afford lots of ££££ on guess work. I am told this is a common problem but can't find the solution. Anyone had these issues or know what the fault may be???

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I don't know the answer to this one but if you find out will you let me know as I have the exact same problem. More so when there direct sun on the car. Was beginning to think my car was the only one that did it. Gill From Lancashire from Lancashire

Submitted: 25/02/2017 08:26:55 | ID: 139171

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Susan, Pembrokeshire

Vauxhall Meriva

Problem off and on since new from the Vauxhall dealer, 2014; when manoeuvring slowly, as in slowing down to park or go through narrow gateway the engine cuts out and will not restart for several minutes. Warning light comes on, especially the inspection light (looks like a lamp?) but the garage say nothing is wrong. (They now offer a good deal on another car!) I replaced the battery recently as that kept going flat but since the sunroof blind fuse has been removed (by another garage) that seems better. It’s only just done 7000 miles and is lovely otherwise, except heavy on petrol. . I hoped it would last me forever but this cutting out is a nightmare!

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If you have only done 7,000 miles in three years you are not using the car enough to clean out all the deposits etc which accumulate. Try taking the car for a good run eg 30 miles. Use the lower gears eg cruise about 60 mph in 4th gear, not 6th. Accelerate hard through the gears - an "Italian Tune Up" it will probably make the car run a whole lot better. Do this at least once a month. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Don't know how to reply to kind person Hugh, from Glasgow who replied to me questions...but just wanted to say, part of the low mileage is because the car was delivered when I had 3 cracked vertebrae and neither it nor I went anywhere for 6 months…and for a year after that I was still a full time carer and only did short runs. But in the last year it has done 25 miles in both directions at least once every week, and some much longer ….into 100s both way….runs too. But I agree, under using it could be part of the trouble. It didn’t happen to the previous Corsa - 6 years only 6000 miles though! Before that, caring full time for my dad for 14 years I drove around several schools a day for 32 years, still each stage quite short journeys, and I didn’t have any problems like this. In fact I didn’t have any car problems at all. Now I have treated myself to by far the most expensive car so far - that was partly because my 99 year old father could get in and out of it more easily…but I was planning to travel a lot eventually…and this is happening. It’s very nerve wracking with it stopping like this! I will ask the garage to give it a good clean out and drive as you suggest. (I do drive quite fast when I am on my own!) And thanks very much for responding! Susan Susan from Pembrokeshire

Submitted: 26/03/2017 11:12:02 | ID: 140160

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ken, Warrington

Vauxhall Meriva

i have just bought vauxhall 1.4 meriva no matter how i drive it will not do more than 22.2 mpg, every 4.5 gallons i put in i only get 100 miles this is round town .when i bought this car i was told it should do about 35 per gallon,has anybody any advice

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I get 500 miles + from a full tank. Pat from Kent

Submitted: 24/01/2017 07:57:32 | ID: 138367

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Keith hall, West Yorkshire

Vauxhall Insignia

Hi I have a Vauxhall insignia my car runs ace in all gears but when I'm on a motorway and go into six 5th and 6th gear my car goes into limp mode could you please help me and tell me what the problem could be thanks so much

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Sorry, wish I could help. My son's got a 2014 diesel Insignia & a Friend's got an identical car with the exact same problem. Both have had ex-Vauxhall factory mechanics look at the cars but no luck. Both can run perfectly for days on end & then go to limp mode for no apparent reason. Servicing, oils, fluids, batteries etc. have all been carried out in accordance with the schedules. Obviously, this a highly dangerous condition as it can, and has happened when changing down to overtake especially on secondary roads. I have found that main dealers seem to be powerless to sort the problem as they tend to be slaves to diagnostic equipment. RICHARD JOYCE from Ireland

Submitted: 05/02/2017 13:11:20 | ID: 138699

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AUBREY GEE, Suffolk

Vauxhall Corsa

MY ABS LIGHT COMES ON ONLY WHEN I REACH 60MPH. I CAN PULL OVER TURN THE IGNITION OFF, AND START AGAIN AND IT GOES OFF, AND ONLY COMES ON AGAIN AT 60MPH. PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HELP.

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If you don't have one odd size wheel / tyre on your car then quite likely to be a faulty ABS reluctor ring. There's one on each hub, a toothed ring which works with the ABS sensor to give wheel speed indication for ABS system. If it was the sensor itself the warning light would show all the time. Could be cracked, dirty, dirty, missing tooth etc, scan fault codes to tell you which one is giving the trouble.. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 18/03/2017 20:01:35 | ID: 139967

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John White, Surrey

Vauxhall Insignia 2012

When I turn right in my Vauxhall Insignia I have a squealing noise from the front righthand side which sounds like metal on metal. It has only done 36k. Any ideas what the problem could be? (Cdti)

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Hi I have the same problem and can’t seem to find an answer. I have replaced the new brake pads and discs, and still get screeching. If you find an answer please let me know, getting desperate. Thanks. Alan Simpson from England

Hi there, did either of you get to the bottom of this problem as mine is doing the same. 37,000 miles 11 plate, makes a squealing noise when turning the steering wheel right. Sounds like a loose belt to me. Iain Reid from Angus

Hi there, did either of you get to the bottom of this problem as mine is doing the same. 37,000 miles 11 plate, makes a squealing noise when turning the steering wheel right. Sounds like a loose belt to me. Iain Reid from Angus

I have the same problem and my car has done 39k miles on 11 plate i think its power steering problem but not sure maybe the pump? Going to get in booked in at the garage ?? stephen smith from Derbyshire

13 plate with same Issue at 24k miles. Had suspension checks, disc shield plates pushed out and did not resolve. Suspect power steering pump as metalic squealing only when steering at low speed turning right. Paul from Norfolk

Submitted: 03/02/2014 11:24:49 | ID: 61625

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Jason, Essex

Vauxhall Antara

Hi I have just had to have a radiator replaced and it was split at the top. The diesel particle filter used to kick in most of the time and when parked the fan used to run up. Since having a new radiator the fan has not kicked in. Is there any way to check that both fans are working. Thanks Jason.

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What year Antara? Hugh from City of Glasgow

The Year Is 2012.. Jason from Essex

In the engine bay fuse box check fuses for Fan 1 and Fan 2 also check FAN 1 and FAN 2 relays in the same box. Also check whether wire for coolant temperature sensor has been reconnected (you will need to google to find out where the sensor. is located). Turn on air conditioning and check whether smaller fan runs. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 17/03/2017 07:48:30 | ID: 139918

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Drew Black, Falkirk

Vauxhall Tigra

My wifes Tigras roof will not open, the boot opens but then there is a clicking sound I know this is the clutch that is turning but not engaging has any one had this problem.

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That may be a relay issue, pull them and clean the contacts... I give them a good bang on a top too just it case they are stuck/sticking. Rory from Hampshire

Submitted: 13/01/2017 06:57:46 | ID: 138056

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Kelly, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Tigra

My Tigra has just started beeping while driving it beeps about 6 times then stops for a while then does again, my engine light is on too so i know something is wrong but why the beeping?

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There could be a lot of reasons why you eml (engine light) is on. A ibt2 diagnosis will tell you. Typically these are cam sensors, oil pressure sensors, fuel, and o2 sensors. The beeps could also be for reasons. Pull both control stalks toward you. Use light stalk to change to p6 and set off. Rory from Hampshire

Submitted: 21/01/2017 21:21:36 | ID: 138298

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Russell Woolley, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Tigra

After Christmas 2016, I went to start my wife's car up as it had just sat on the drive for over a week, and it didn't start. Therefore I put this down to the battery as it was the original (2005 model). When I changed the battery over, I used my portable battery pack to maintain power to the vehicle as I wasn't aware of the radio code (as we purchased the car second hand, I have since found out that the radio does not have a radio code, so I didn't need to worry). However, after reconnecting the leads to the new battery and starting the vehicle, which was a breath of fresh air as it started first time, I noticed that when I closed the drivers door that the window did not go back up into it's plastic guide channel which I thought was strange, so I opened the passengers door and the same thing but the opposite, i.e. when opening the door, the window did not drop half an inch (or however much it drops) and likewise it didn't go back up (which is wouldn't as it hadn't dropped in the first place). I sat in the car and opened the windows whilst the engine was running. I then closed the doors and pressed the buttons independently to close the windows fully. I then went through the procedure of pushing the button to open the window all the way down and keeping the button pressed for 30 seconds, before reversing the procedure to close the window. However, when trying to close the drivers window, I had to flick the switch about 3 times before the window even moved at all. Eventually, the window did close & as I explained I kept the button pulled up for a further 30 seconds to hopefully reset the calibration process. However this did not reset the system like I was informed it would. I have been to 2 different garages and they have absolutely no idea what the problem is. I have even tried the roof with the windows in the closed position, but again nothing happens at all, although if both windows are open fully, then the roof operates as it should do. Therefore could this actually be the control switch on the drivers door that is faulty? Have you any idea where I can purchase this part from and how much they are to purchase? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Typicaly the issues reported have been due to relays and fuses. Pull the window and roof relays as well as the curses and clean the contacts, put it back and try holding the window up around 5 seconds and down five seconds. Rory from Hampshire

Submitted: 31/01/2017 20:14:35 | ID: 138579

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Daryl, West Midlands

Vauxhall Combo

My Vauxhall combine is leaking diesel fast when running what could this be?

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Faulty pipes, seals, washers, filter housing, injectors, return pipes.. have to find where it's coming from, mate. R Evans from Caerphilly

just had the same trouble myself - needed a tanker following me for a 5mile trip. It turned out to be one of the four fuel inlet connections to the injectors. Quite easy to fix with an open end spanner. Access to a pit would be a godsend. If this is the problem symptoms would be loss of power and a shaking engine when idling due to one of the injectors being starved of fuel. hope this proved helpful cliff hind from Merthyr Tydfil

Submitted: 04/09/2016 11:16:11 | ID: 134905

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Sarah Guy, Lancashire

Vauxhall Zafira 2007

Just recently when starting my Vauxhall Zafira I have to pump the accelerator really hard and fast whilst I turn the key to get the engine to start. Otherwise it won’t start at all. All dash lights are on and it does try but it just doesn’t have enough in it to start smoothly. Once started after a couple of hard revs it’s absolutely fine but I’m pretty sure this is going to get worse. I`ve been ripped off so many times in garages that I just want to get some idea before I take it in. Any advice? (1.6 life)

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Hi, try first to change the petrol filter Chucri Kayal from France

Sounds like a worn starter motor to me, also I think u got electronic throttle on this model, try a bump start, if it starts fine off a "bump" I’d go with a reconditioned starter motor Nick Hillman from Rhondda Cynon Taff

hi could you let me know if it was the starter motor or if not what was causing the problem my 06 1.6 zafira is doing just that thanks in advance nigel from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 19/09/2013 14:56:53 | ID: 75104

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david mcguinness, Greater Manchester

Vauxhall Mokka

can someone help me at night i lock my car with the fob and in the morning my windows are down what am i doing wrong can some one tell me or is the car at fault thank you i double click the lock button

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It's a problem with some Vauxhalls and may require the dealer to sort out. Try locking the car then press unlock but do not open any door. The car should auto lock after about 30 - 45 seconds and may not have fault with windows opening. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 14/03/2017 05:24:13 | ID: 139836

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derek Gutteridge, Essex

Vauxhall Mokka

Do Vauxhall Mokka's have an anti roll bar fitted. If so where on the car is it. If not can one be fitted. Regards Derek

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Yes, it's in the same place as every car that has one, bolted to the chassis with the ends connected to the suspension. Mick from Portugal

i live in the uk manchester looking to get the new mokka x 1.4 turbo elite nav 4x4 and i would like to ask you a question about a keyless entry and a push button start ignition do you do these or not and if you do them i am on motability how much would it cost for me to have them done contact number please to where i can get them thank you david mcguinness from Greater Manchester

Submitted: 25/02/2017 11:24:08 | ID: 139176

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Mary, West Dunbartonshire

Vauxhall Insignia

My car has the audio off and only has phone volume . How do I reset it?

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Try pressing the button with phone picture on coz it mutes the radio. Got to press it again for activation of radio sounds imran from Surrey

I have exactly same problem on Infotainment system. It's not the mute button Imran mentioned. Any ideas? Peter from Merseyside

That's really weird as mine has done exactly the same thing tonight. Fine for phone, CD, AUX but on radio or DAB just get AUDIO OFF and no sound & volume buttons don't work?!?!? Alex from Cheshire

Submitted: 26/11/2014 20:46:52 | ID: 106943

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glyn, East Sussex

Vauxhall Meriva

In the hand-book, the high level brake light is not listed. Anyone know how I change the bulb?

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High level rear brake lights are usually LED's rather than bulbs. You may have to change the whole light. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 13/03/2017 08:55:51 | ID: 139806

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Heather marie Rackham, Suffolk

Vauxhall Corsa

My automatic corsair doesn't have a fuse in space 33 the engine control unit should it have one in there ??

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You don't say which year or model Corsa youhave. Some Corsas have fuse 33 for electric irrors - does your car have them? Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 13/03/2017 12:00:22 | ID: 139813

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June Evans, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi when drove about a mile a car apears with a spanner why please

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Sounds like the Service Vehicle Soon warning light. Take it to a VX dealer and have it read for fault codes and re-set. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 13/03/2017 13:57:37 | ID: 139817

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Chris, Bristol

Vauxhall Meriva

I have taken my Meriva 1.4 Turbo to garage 3 times with same problem. When air conditioning has been used the temp gauge goes up and a really loud whirring sound starts. First time the garage said no fault and I had to pay a charge. 2nd time I had smoke coming from the engine and had to call AA out who towed me to garage. Garage said the water coolant bottle was split and needed replacing. AA said it needed a new thermostat part. 3rd time, 2 days after 1yr g'tee had run out on coolant bottle the garage said this one had split and that I would have to pay as it was out of guarantee period. This was approx. 3mths ago. The same thing is now happening again and as I am not keen on taking it back to same garage, where I had bought it and regularly have it serviced, does anyone have any ideas as to what is happening.

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It could be that your cooling system is pressurised i.e. high pressure of combustion from the cylinder goes into your cooling system hence cracking your expansion tank I.e. a head gasket gone or crack on the cylinder head or engine block to check that you need to compression test each cylinder to see if you loosing any pressure from any of the 4 cylinder If you pass liverpool l do the test free for you my number is 07795629374 Good luck Darious137 from Merseyside

Submitted: 15/08/2015 19:09:42 | ID: 119836

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Des Mogridge, North Yorkshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a warning light in the top centre of the speedo it shows a red door with a key inside and a hyphen next to it and there is a constant beep but no alarm code.

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This is the sign that one of your door or bonnet or the boot are not closed properly if they are then it one the sensor switch at one the locks Darious137 from Merseyside

Submitted: 21/08/2015 20:51:23 | ID: 120139

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doreen wyatt, Lancashire

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a 60 reg vauxhall meriva and code 22 keeps coming on dashboard what is wrong? Also my handbrake wouldn't go on

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I had my car serviced and code 82 keeps coming on. I also have codes,21 and 22 Pascalina Munga from Berkshire

Code means sidelight failure, usually blown bulb(s). Check all sidelight bulbs especially two small bulbs in rear lights on the body, not on the hatch. Hugh from City of Glasgow

Submitted: 31/03/2016 00:27:38 | ID: 129718

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Ntec, England

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

Hi all. I was wondering if you could possibly help? I have a 2008 Vauxhall Vivaro with a minor remote locking problem. You can remotely unlock the van and the indicators flash as normal and you can lock the van remotely with the key but the the indicators DO NOT flash as they should although all doors are locked etc as normal. Any ideas anyone? I would be very grateful, thanks.

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Hi, if you open the rear door and look at the bottom left above the bumper you should see a button, there should be a little knob on the door itself that pushes on the button when the door is shut, the knob my be missing there will just be a hole there, I had the same problem I must of knocked it off somewhere. I just glued something to the door and it sorted it Michael Cason from Bedfordshire

We had exactly the same. The rear door push that operates the switch Phil Smith from Cornwall

Big thanks to you guys. I’ve had the same problem for the last two years, a really annoying little problem and sure enough little hole in bottom of door where there was something! Also I spent £30 on the locking button on the dash, which was not required as the red padlock light now comes on. Also, the auto lock works now. Three problems solved in one go. Thank God for these forums and the internet, and especially the people with the answers.Cheers again. Dave Oz from Staffordshire

Hi all, I have Vauxhall vivaro 08 plate, I'm having problems with my central locking, it's locks fine but after a hour or so it unlocks door it self and indicator lights flashes. I'm going crazy because my tools in van and stuff. Can anyone help me here. Ash mansuri from Leicestershire

Submitted: 21/08/2012 14:20:16 | ID: 85729

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Joe Brown, North Yorkshire

Vauxhall Antara

I recently bought a 2012 Vauxhall Antara 2.2 CDTi auto and apart from heavier than anticipated fuel consumption (about 30mpg combined) , it's been ok. However about a month ago after the car had been at rest for a couple of hours I noticed that th fuel consumption had dropped dramatically ( about 18mpg) and when I stopped, the fan was going. Whilst driving there seemed to be no difference in performance. The next day however the fuel consumption was back to normal and all was ok until a couple of days ago when the same problem occurred the next day the problem still occurred but I noticed it was intermittent . Whilst going down a long hill with my foot off the accelerator the cosumption readout would show ------- and then suddenly go to about 40mpg. No warning lights where showing . Any ideas

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I think thats the DPF regenerating ? keith from Cardiff

Submitted: 19/02/2017 16:08:18 | ID: 139040

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Patrick brennan, Offaly

Vauxhall Astra

Hi bought my Astra recently with a view to tow a caravan. The log book states I can pull 1500kg. the VIN plate says weight of car max 2050kg with a combined weight when pulling as 3610kg,again allowing braked towing as 1500kg.Most websites I have checked with confirm this. However some websites state that the maximum towing capacity according to Vauxhall is 1020kg. I've tried to find this on Vauxhall's website but. keep drawing a blank. If this is this is true then. why is there such a difference in weight from the VIN plate to the manufacturers recommendation on a fairly powerful car with a healthy kerb weight? Thanks in advance

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The towing capacity for the Astra varies between the model years (Astra A, Astra B, etc), the trim level, and the engine fitted, it can be anywhere from 800 KG to 1700 KG for a braked trailer. What is important is what your VIN plate says as that is personalised to your vehicle, as such it is the data that would be used by enforcement agencies when looking at whether you are using the vehicle within its design limits. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 08/03/2017 21:46:05 | ID: 139667

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Peter Mitchell, Dorset

Vauxhall Vivaro

When parked all day and night without using at all and during the night only, the alarm starts at random many times. I have oiled and cleaned the sliding side door catch, as well as the abutments were all doors close. The alarm sounds only at night and I have now resulted in parking my van close to the fence (at rear) and my car at the front, I have to leave it unlocked as the alarm goes off about every 45 - 60 minutes? Any help please.

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if you have a button lock inside lock doors with that leaving driver door open.Then lock with key and that should solve problem.My vivaro does exactly the same kev from Somerset

Could be caused by a faulty ultrasonic alarm sensor or the batteries in the alarm module need replacing (they're supposed to last 5-6 years). Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 18/06/2016 23:19:20 | ID: 132780

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kev, Somerset

Vauxhall Vivaro

Hi My vivaro 1.9 pulls back and then engine light and stop light comes on ,any help would be gratefully recieved.

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Not saying it's what's causing your problem but this engine does suffer with DPF and injector problems. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 08/03/2017 09:30:31 | ID: 139623

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Thomas Hetherington, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Insignia 2010

The boot lock of my Vauxhall Insignia won`t open. Does anyone have any ideas? (5 door hatchback)

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Same happened with our car. Returned from being on holiday at airport and boot wouldn’t open. Had to have rear tailgate catch replaced and was advised it was a fault caused by water getting in and caused it to rust and no longer work Colin Christie from Aberdeenshire

I had this happen twice under warranty. The first time Vauxhall had it in the shop for a day and gave it three coats of good-looking-at. When I had it back it worked for a month and happened again. Their advice was to disconnect the battery and see if it would reset. In my case though the fault just went away and 18 months later the car was sold with it still working. A software glitch perhaps but common non-the-less Mitchell Campion from Staffordshire

this just happened to my 61plate insignia, a very simple fix, due to bad weather & water getting into the old switch, Very common fault "a new £24 tailgate switch was fitted by myself, (am no machanic) took me about 15mins," Kevin Thompson from South Yorkshire

this just happened to my 61plate insignia, a very simple fix, due to bad weather & water getting into the old switch, Very common fault "a new £24 tailgate switch was fitted by myself, (am no machanic) took me about 15mins," Kevin Thompson from South Yorkshire

Where did you get a replacement switch from? marc from North Lanarkshire

Where did you get a replacement switch from? marc from North Lanarkshire

Easy fix amd part available from eBay for around 12 quid or vaux dealer for 25, if you need to get into the boot urgent you need to drop the back seat and in the middle of the boot lid trim on the inside is a small grommet, pop that out and inside is a slot for a flat screwdriver, turn it anti clockwise and up pops your boot lid ?? Mark from South Yorkshire

Does anyone know how to change boot switch on an insignia ESTATE seems to be very different from the other models. I have taken the inside trim off but can't get at the switch. There seems to be a "brain" in the boot lid that every thing goes through. Could this be a software issue? Please help Andrew from County Tyrone

Very easy fix. Can buy new switch from dealer for £25 or online for about £18. Remove the boot bar outside trim and badge(3 screws). Remove the inside bootlid trim(small release mechanism inside boot lid by the locking catch. Press the release mechanism and the trim just pulls off. This gives access to the boot swich. Unclip the wiring connector and just replace with the new one. Job done 15 to 20 minutes. Don't take to dealer or it could cost you up to £250 to replace. charlie buckingham from Swansea

Did you get answers to the insignia estate question? Tim from Blackpool

I've got problems with the boot on my insignia hatchback. It's refusing to open via the normal boot lid press pad. I've followed some instructions from Charlie Buckingham from Swansea and finally managed to get it open. Charlie also said that there is a simple way to replace the faulty switch and he says Remove the boot bar outside trim and badge(3 screws). Remove the inside bootlid trim(small release mechanism inside boot lid by the locking catch. Press the release mechanism and the trim just pulls off. This gives access to the boot switch. Unclip the wiring connector and just replace with the new one. Job done 15 to 20 minutes. Unfortunately I'm thinking his outline is for an insignia Tourer as I can't see any of his instructions on my car. Can anyone (maybe Charlie if he's still following this question) tell me where the 3 screws are for the outside trim and how to remove the inside bootlid trim on a hatchback. Cheers Jim James Edwards from Carmarthenshire

I ve just changed the pad that controls that opening of the boot to a VAUXHALL INSIGNIA ESSTATE (common fault).Once you have the boot open via the hole inside the boot on the trim next to the lock ,by turning a long shaft screwdriver clockwise (you do have to fiddle around blind until you find the catch). Once open, remove the 3 x 10 mm screws,one from the hand grip and two others located from behind two elastic strips and remove trim. Now remove 5 nuts that run behind the silver strip that has the Vauxhall sign (1x behind the windscreen motor),remove two more nuts below the motor either side and now it should work its way loose with a little help (if it won t budge the registration plate maybe stopping it,with the edge of the plate stopping the panel moving). I made the mistake of buying the switch that fits the hatchback ,not knowing that the estate is different, however you can get around this by cutting the wires near to the old switch and cutting the wires near to the new connection and join the wires together ,seal with electricians tape and this does the job. And replace trim. Trevor Myers from Middlesbrough

Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:18:12 | ID: 83062

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Brucey82@gmail.com, Fife

Vauxhall Belmont

Fuse for cigrarette lighter where is it

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As it can vary between different models the only possible answer is .................................... in the fuse box. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 06/03/2017 16:16:41 | ID: 139541

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allan jackson, Cumbria

Vauxhall Agila

what octain fuel should I put in my Vauxhall agila

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You can put petrol with an octane rating of 95 in it but it won't do it any good if your Agila is a diesel. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 06/03/2017 13:17:49 | ID: 139538

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Derek Leonard, Buckinghamshire

Vauxhall Omega

How can I open the car when remote keys don't work because the battery is dead flat? How can i open the bonnet from the outside of the car to get to the battery?

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You should be able to open the driver's door manually with the key to get access to the bonnet release in order to charge the battery. Failing that jack up the front of the car and place axle stands underneath for safety, connect jumper leads from a good battery to the red (positive) lead on the starter motor and the black (negative) lead to any earth point on the chassis. That should provide enough juice to your battery allowing you to use the central locking to get access inside. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 15:38:18 | ID: 139517

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martin gee, Greater Manchester

Vauxhall Astra

Car was driving fine then just cut out, no lights on dash but heaters and radio work, fuse to engine management keeps blowing, can't start the car, any ideas guys please

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Find out what is causing the fuse to keep blowing and fix it. Start by checking the wiring for any chafing causing a short circuit. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 05/03/2017 13:34:33 | ID: 139499

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Glanz, Greater London

Vauxhall Agila

Petrol release lever not working so unable to open release to put petrol in . What can I do ?

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Remove the interior trim and you should be able to release the fuel flap mechanism from there. Mick from Portugal

Submitted: 04/03/2017 23:27:06 | ID: 139473

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Bob Hill, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Meriva 2006

My Vauxhall Meriva`s tailgate is closed and the lock is not responding. It won’t unlock and I can’t open it with the door handle, there is no movement. Does anyone have any suggestions please?

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Two possibles. If you have the 2006 model with electric operated latch (not just the lock) there is sometimes a software glitch in the system. If this is the case, turn the ignition on and back off and it should reset everything. If the central locking is not activating the lock on the tailgate (ie you can not hear the mechanism moving when you press the remote button on the key) there is a strong chance of a wiring fault. The wiring to the tailgate passes through a grommet at roof height. Over time the cables that pass through the grommet fail due to the constant flexing as the tailgate is opened and closed. Need to locate the break in the cable and repair it. Conrad Jones from Swansea

The same thing happened to my 06 Meriva, except it had also damaged the wires to the brake bulbs, so it meant that rear tailgate opening was intermittent, and also that every time I pressed the brake pedal the brake light fuse blew! Have a look at the wires at the top left of the rear of the tailgate (dead simple to find and check) before you pay a garage silly money!! The peplacement loom is cheap to buy and an hours job to fit yourself! Good luck Simon from Dorset

I had one of the very first Merivas and the position of the lock on the tailgate when you withdraw the key effects whether or not the solenoid is activated or not. If I remember correctly when the key slot is level (ie not vertical) the solenoid is deactivated. Give it a try. John Wirral. John from Merseyside

Hi Bob Re: Meriva boot central locking not working I have just had the same issue that John describes above - I.E. My boot would not open with the central locking. When the key was removed and the slot was Vertical the solenoid was shut off when I removed the key and left it in a horizontal position it worked fine again. A big thanks to John you are a life saver mate. Please try this method before considering taking your car to the garage or Auto Electrician. Rain from Cambridgeshire

Those answers don't exactly address my own problem, which was: The catch/cam went into the closed position with the tailgate open so the catch could not close on the locking post. Neither the central locking nor the tailgate handle would reset it and the catch could not be moved by hand. Solution: There is a grommet in the tailgate lining, just above the locking mechanism. If you remove it you can poke your finger in and reset the catchcam to the open position by pushing the release wire. Vic from Greater London

I too solve this problem of not un-locking by restarting engine and then it unlocks!! Seems to happen around every 20 times I open close car. Re-starting engine is easiest solution John John from Renfrewshire

The problem is most likely the motor actuator to open the boot fold down the rear seats and climb in the back underneath the back window is the plastic case covering the inside of the boot right in the middle you will see a round plastic plug take it off now put your finger in and push down on the thin metal rod to release the boot now take of the inside trim upplug the actuator and unscrew in and replace it then the cover job done £40 for a new motor actuator. Peter from North Lanarkshire

See Peter's answer above - it worked for my 08 Meriva. As you push down on the rod loop, push the tailgate out - mine didn't open on its own. Once it was open I took trim panel off, checked connections and hey presto the handle opening and central locking all worked again. ( and no ,the obvious switching the engine off and restarting had had zero effect. Likewise relocking/unlocking) Chris from City of Edinburgh

Submitted: 17/09/2013 14:58:21 | ID: 54289

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l haydock, Lancashire

Vauxhall Movano

I have a movano van, recently having loss of power issues. Been into two different garages and put on diagnostics, no faults found. Both garages at a loss and no ideas what to try. Starts fine, but very very slow to get going. Can with foot to floor get to approx 30 mph but will not go any faster. Any suggestions / ideas?

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hi. my movano isa 51plate that had loss of power issues.a new air mass flow sensor was fitted and sorted the problem. try that for less than one hundred pounds. philip ogden from South Yorkshire

Submitted: 05/12/2016 10:31:09 | ID: 137177

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