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Sallie Nichols, Southampton

Vauxhall Astra

I have a Mk 4 1.6 Astra Estate. Or rather it has me.....it will start and run for 5 seconds and die, i can rev it in that time but it still dies. I have fitted a new EGR valve, plugs, air and fuel filters and cleaned the throttle body and put new gasket on and STILL it refuses to run more than a few seconds?!!! PLEASE PLEASE CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT I'M DOING WRONG ???? I'm going to try the fuel relay and or pump tomorrow but I'm getting desperate as the Council are threatening to tow it! I have put fresh fuel in it as it was stood for about 6 weeks but I drove it here and as soon as I told my friend I would keep it, thats when it all went wrong. Incidentley my friend had it for 4 years and it never let her down!!?? Mind you Global Warming is my fault!!!!!! ANY suggestions will be gratefully received. Thanks

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Sallie, encountered a similar thing in a Vauxhall Combo... turned out to be the fuel pump.. was feeding fuel for a start but could not sustain the pumping required to run R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 26/04/2016 01:58:09 | ID: 130822

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Ken, Cheshire

Vauxhall Astra

I have a vauxhall astra 1.6SE Petrol, and the electrical coolant fan continually runs fast regardless of how hot the engine is. No coolant is lost and the temp remains constant, changing the temp sensor next to the thermostat did not fix the problem. Is there a second temp sensor ? Any other ideas? Thanks

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I have exactly same problem on mine,dealer suggested changing thermostat but at nearly 400 quid I'm a bit apprehensive. It went in to have the recall for adaptive wiring harness linked to cooling fan. Despite it being booked in for over two weeks when I picked it up they said the part is on back order. I'm going to wait until the recall is complete to investigate steve duffin from Buckinghamshire

Guys, not sure what the fix is but you can test the operation of your thermostat before considering getting it done.. when the engine is hot.. say you've driven 10-20miles... switch off, pop the bonnet and carefully feel for heat in the radiator fins.. if they are warm or hot then your thermostat is opening. A quick check. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 10/08/2014 20:48:38 | ID: 101287

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E WARRILLOW, Surrey

Vauxhall Insignia

why does my vauxhall insignia lose power when the "service soon" is displayed? This has happened 4 times lately. i turn off engine-restart then it operates normally.

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Why does my vauxhall insignia 2012 lose power when the service vehicle soon light comes on. When I switch the car off and back on the issue clears its self for a period of time. Richard from Lancashire

Why does my vauxhall insignia 2012 lose power when the service vehicle soon light comes on. When I switch the car off and back on the issue clears its self for a period of time. Richard from Lancashire

Did you find out what this was Maria rooney from Merseyside

Did you find out what this was Maria rooney from Merseyside

Submitted: 17/01/2016 20:41:16 | ID: 126311

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Miles Love, England

Vauxhall Corsa 2007

I recently purchased my first car, a 1.2 07 Vauxhall Corsa Life this month and don`t know a huge deal about cars, but I have one problem in that the boot won`t seem to open. At first I thought it may be the central locking motor on the boot but, after folding the back seats down and removing the cover and locking then un-locking the car, I can clearly see that the motor is working. I can`t open the boot by key as it is only available to open by the central locking so I`m starting to think I may have a problem with my boot handle somewhere and that it isn`t connecting the mechanism that allows for the boot to be opened. I`ve also checked the manual and looked at the fuse that goes to the boot but that`s fine. I`m just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and if so how did they manage to sort it? Any help would be much appreciated. (life)

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Mine’s the same; the key in driver’s side doors, turn key to the right once leaving key in there, turn it again to the right this will open the boot de be from England

Thanks for your help but I’ve tried that as well and still no luck Miles Love from Kent

Hi. It’s a fuse problem. They cost a few pounds and easily fixable Stacey Petty from England

I’ve tried the fuse and they’re all in working order. Will any other fuses affect it? Miles Love from England

To open the passenger door and the boot you need to press the unlock button twice :) Cuan from Carmarthenshire Anonymous from

Hi, Try this forum: http://www.ukcorsa-d.com/forum/showthread.php?63236-Boot-will-not-open It appears if all else seems OK that the micro switch that opens the tailgate is faulty. They are easy to test if you know how to use a voltmeter (or you know anyone that does). The person who started the thread has written a comprehensive write up on the forum of how to gain access. thanks Sam Eustace from West Yorkshire

To unlock boot on my 57 plate Corsa, you press the unlock on key fob twice Colin Goodwin from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 18/01/2013 10:07:16 | ID: 67949

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K Sheehan, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Intermittently my Zafira club 1.6 won`t start. The mechanic has changed a part behind the key switch to do with the immobilisor which cost £270 but this didn`t cure it. Now changed chip in the key fob, but will not know until it happens again. Has anyone had similar problem?

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had same problem not long ago changed that lead plus key switch been ok since then . tezz from Lancashire

Submitted: 18/07/2014 11:22:52 | ID: 99908

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A ASHCROFT , Yorkshire

Vauxhall Movano

The side marker/repeater lights on my 64plate do not work, have changed all bulbs but no change, can't locate a fuse. Any suggestions???

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Hi A A, there are two fuse panels. One in the cab on the passenger side behind the little ducket that you throw loose coins etc in, the other, wait for it...under the radiator expansion tank in the engine bay, yes really!!! just where you want your electrics put... NOT! I'm not sure which fuse panel the marker lights fuse is on but on my van the headlights fuse is on the engine bay one joe bloggs from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 25/03/2016 07:43:34 | ID: 129435

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James, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Movano

Hi my battery went flat on my Vauxhall mavarno van and the AA came out and jumpstarted it couldn't find the terminal under the Bonnet jump started it directly off the battery I went to the garage and had an alternate to put on and I'm a central locking and indicators don't work any suggestions thanks

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James mate. With respect your question might as well be in Chinese for all the sense it makes. Did you mean the AA man couldn't find the terminal? what terminal? Then you say he jumped it directly from the battery (which is what you would normally do anyway) so no problem there. When you got it to the garage do you mean you've had a new alternator fitted? If I've got that right I'm f*****g amazed but it's likely that you've just blown a couple of fuses joe bloggs from Aberdeenshire

Submitted: 29/03/2016 12:27:40 | ID: 129622

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Sarah, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Meriva

Mysterious and very annoying 'metallic' hissing/ssshhhh noise when the air temperature outside is low (less than about 13 degrees C) and the car is in gear with foot on accelerator pedal. Same whether air con is on or off and when air circulation set to zero. It continues when engine is up to temperature but almost disappears when the air outside the car is warm. Stops completely when clutch is in/no accelerator, e.g. at traffic lights or when changing gear at any speed. The colder the morning, the louder the noise. Any ideas? Thanks!

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I should have included it's a 2011 1.7CDTi SE Sarah from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 25/04/2016 11:34:22 | ID: 130786

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Peta Spinks, Berkshire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2008

My son has just bought a 2008 Vauxhall Vivaro. It makes a small whining noise for a little while when it starts from cold (it doesn’t make it for long and not when starting warm). The dealer said they had identified the problem (air intake valve) and that it was fixed. When I rang them to say the noise was still there on cold start they said that they had `listened to other Vivaros of similar age and mileage (80-100k) and ’they all make this noise’. Does anyone have any ideas please?

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Hi. I have had the same problem... Lift the bonnet before starting the van and stand on the drivers side while someone starts the van... Main reasons for cold start whine on the 2.0 cdti are the auxillary belt idler guide pulley and the aux tensioner. Whining isn’t limited to these but are the first items to check. Alternators often whine when bearings are dry / worn. I was told that if you replace the Aux belt that both the tensioner and guide rollers are adviseable.Vauxhall for you? My problem was the top guide roller bearing £35 inc VAT on Ebay complete unit. But as I am an engineer by trade I opted for option 2. I removed the Aux belt and guide roller assembly and simply relubricated the existing bearing, 20 mins later done: And no more whine. But please, if the belt you remove is more than 12 months old replace it and if there are signs of movement in the guide bearing change that as well. Hope this helps Stuart from Nottinghamshire

I have an annoying sound from mine aswell. Have a look under the car, on mine the sound is coming from the extra heater (5kW Eberspächer) that is located in front of the tank on the righthand side. I had no clue I had one in the first place. It is a fan inside this that is really loud. Mattias Jarvinen from Sweden

Submitted: 26/04/2013 09:17:39 | ID: 93417

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James molloy, Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa

173 miles out of half of tank of petrol it is Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc. Is that good or bad

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173 miles out of half tank of petrol Vauxhall Corsa 04 998 cc is that good or bad James molloy from Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc173 miles with half tank of petrol is that good or bad can anybody tell me James molloy from Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc173 miles with half tank of petrol is that good or bad can anybody tell me James molloy from Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc173 miles with half tank of petrol is that good or bad can anybody tell me James molloy from Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc173 miles with half tank of petrol is that good or bad can anybody tell me James molloy from Merseyside

Vauxhall Corsa 04 998cc173 miles with half tank of petrol is that good or bad can anybody tell me James molloy from Merseyside

Where is the answer that I put forward about Vauxhall Corsa hundred 73 miles out of half tank of petrol it is 04 998cc can anyone tell me if it is good or bad173 miles out of half tank of petrol is that good or bad James molloy from Merseyside

Submitted: 24/04/2016 12:22:09 | ID: 130756

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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

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

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Louise, Midlothian

Vauxhall Insignia

I have an Insignia SRI Estate and the bootswitch has stopped working. I understand this is common but I can't see how to manually open fromthe inside. All the other comments are for different models and thry don't seem to coincide with what mine looks like on the inside. Please help!

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Drop the back seats and remove parcel shelf crawl in and you will see a small rubber gromet slightly right from the center down near the boot lock. Pick it off with a screwdriver and when you shine a torch in you will see a small lever with a hole in it push that lever away from yourself with screwdriver and boot should open. I have had to do it but still haven't fixed problem. Afraid to go to dealer as I bought second hand. Mine's an Sri estate too. Andrew from County Tyrone

Submitted: 10/04/2016 13:07:22 | ID: 130190

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Terry, Dorset

Vauxhall Movano

Hi, My 2007 2.5 Mavano has no power up until 2000 rpm in any gear, as it hits 2000 rpm it flys. It starts ok hot and cold. It has had new injectors fitted. There are now codes and management light not on. Any help would be appreciated. Terry

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Hi,I have same problem with my movano 2006 no power until 2000 rpm after that is like rocket.any body help please .thanks. Alan from Wicklow

Submitted: 04/02/2016 20:37:26 | ID: 127145

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andy patrick , Fife

Vauxhall Insignia

after changing gear ( 2nd 3rd 4th ) I seem to get a clunking noise on the right side. garage has checked the drop links and they are fine and to come back when it gets worse . hasn,t got worse but driving me nuts

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I had that a week after buying my 60 plate cdti. It was the inner cv on the off side drive shafts. Replaced shafts and noise gone steven from Lancashire

Submitted: 28/03/2016 23:16:15 | ID: 129609

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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

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

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Sharon, Surrey

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi, it's not an estate but a hatchback 2004. The engine light on the top left of the dash board is on. There is no heating and the temperature gauge does not move. Please can you help with he problem? Regards Sharon

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Get your temperature sender checked mike higgins from City of Edinburgh

Submitted: 08/04/2016 13:41:46 | ID: 130111

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Kayleigh, Newport

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi over the past 24hrs my 1.6 zafira has lost its power won't go no faster the 60mph on the bypasses/motorway and it couldn't even get up a hill in 1st gear!! Had to roll back down it and turn round. There are no warning lights on the dash I have checked that the dash lights haven't been blanked off and they haven't. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong? I've checked all my levels and there fine also. Any help will be much appreciated thanks in advance.

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Update problem solved turns out the cat was blocked Kayleigh from Newport

Submitted: 17/04/2016 12:49:38 | ID: 130489

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Michael Kirk, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My Vauxhall Vectra`s dash light, speedo, rev counter and petrol gauge have stopped working on the dashboard. The indicators work but there are no lights on the dashboard. The warning light of open boot is on all the time although it`s closed. Can anyone help?

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Hi, I had this problem so did my mate. We both cleared it by pressing the mileometer back to 0000 hold it down for a few seconds with the ignition on... it worked for us and in 5 years it never happened again.. Good luck Del Star from Norfolk

Just to let you know the garage removed fuse number 17 and replaced it and everything is working cost £10 Michael Kirk from Yorkshire

I can say that this works. I had the same problem and on seeing what had been said previously I tried it, it worked, good advice. Many thanks Paul Farmer from Durham

I have this problem on my 52 plate Vectra C; sometimes I click the hazards on after about 10 seconds or so then everything works again Mike from Shropshire

Hi. What can I say. I was quoted with £100’s to remove the dash and replace PCB’s but thought, no, I will live it. Read the advice on resetting the trip meter with the ignition on and problem solved, I love these forums. Massive thanks Richard Southgate from Essex

Had exactly this same problem recently when on holiday in Cornwall. Suddenly no instrumentation except the boot open light. The AA man said it was probably the Body Control Module having a strop for some reason. He had seen it on Vauxhalls and Fords. He disconnected the battery power terminal and let it alone for 5 minutes then reconnected it. Turned ignition on (but did not start the engine) and left it on for a couple of minutes. Then turned the key and started the engine and all lights back to normal again. He said he had just rebooted the BCM as you would a computer. It’s been ok since. Anthony from Essex

I have had this problem for a few days with my clocks not working and only my door open light showing. I read this forum and thought I’d try after getting quoted £50 to get a diagnostic test done and fuse check to find the problem. This sounds quite daft, but it really does work - reset your miles trip tO 000000. Try it yourself, you’ve nothing to lose. John Roberts from Cheshire

This defo helps. I live in East Sussex and I was visiting my nan yesterday in Hertfordshire. When I got there my car was fine but on the way back I realised all the lights were off and the speedometer/fuel gauge too. Car was running as normal so I went to Evans Halshaw in Borehamwood to see if they can help me as I had no idea what the problem was. Evan Halshaw refused to help saying they are very busy and nobody can take a look, I will have to book an appointment to come back. I told them I don’t live in the area and I just want to be sure if it is safe to drive on motorway. Anyways I came out of that and Googled the issue on my iphone and I read this thread. I tried to reset the mileage (tripmeter) with the ignition on and it worked straightaway. Thanks guys for sharing this because I dont know how much Vauxhall would have charged me for this. These kind of online forums are a big help. Cheers everyone. Advise - Please try this if you face the same problem as it worked for me J Singh from England

After calling an auto electrician and being told we could be looking at £200 plus, we tried this and it worked. Thank you we are so pleased. Ali Vaughan from Wrexham

Yip, zeroing the speedo trip counter to zero done the trick for my 57 plate Vectra. I now have the door open light off and the rev counter and speedo and fuel gauges are all working again. How easy would have it have been for a garage to rip someone off with this eh lol... Mark Kirk from Clackmannanshire

Yep, I just had similar symptoms, but mine was the "Door Open" rather than the "Boot lid open" light, permanently on even when the ignition was switched off. I switched on the ignition, depressed the brake pedal and the trip button simultaneously and the instrument panel immediately came back to life. No more having to guess my speed when going past speed cameras anymore! Many thanks. Jimbo Jim Jim from Cornwall

Hi all, my Vectra c 1 .8 sri 2006 had no internal dash board lights and I thought the worst. My Vauxhall dealer had never heard of it before and said they would have to put it on a tester at a cost of £50.00. No thank you, I said. I came home and found this forum site and after taking on board all comments I went back to the disabled, lifeless car and pressed the mileage tripometer in and low and behold the lights came back on! I cannot believe it, thank you to all. Chris Davies from Warwickshire

Mine was same, it was just a loose fuse after I checked battery. Dont’ panic it seems worse when it happens, but it is not too bad. Jonathan Reid from Northern Ireland

Nice one lads, just had the same problem with my 57 plate diesel Vectra. It had no lights on or dials working apart from the boot open and door open lights on, pressed in the mileometer button and boom all working again hahahahahaha! Gotta love these forums :) Ryan from England

Hi guys. Had the same problem on my 58 plate vauxhall Vectra, I would like to thank this forum for saving me money and resolving the issue. I started the ignition presses reset on the mileage reader and it worked fantastic. Thank you all S Choudry from London

Brilliant. I just reset the mileage and voila all lights were back on and all meters started working normally, as they needed a bit of sleep I think :) :). Thank you very much to this forum who’ve advised brilliantly. Harman Singh from Berkshire

Thanks for your advice Del, Works a treat! Lucky Dick from West Yorkshire

Hi, my new Vauxhall Vectra just had this problem, no dash dials working, only the boot lid light staying on. I`ve just done what everyone else has done and to my surprise it`s worked. Thanks to this forum you have just saved me £400 because it was booked in to Steels Vauxhall to have it fixed. marcus from East Sussex

I had this problem this morning an didn't have a clue what was wrong with it. Then I found this forum an glad I did. Saved me money. Thanks. Katie Morris from Blaenau Gwent

I had this problem this morning an didn't have a clue what was wrong with it. Then I found this forum an glad I did. Saved me money. Thanks. Katie Morris from Blaenau Gwent

Hi, I had this problem, I took the car into the garage where we had bought it and they didn't have a clue! I tried what it said on this page and it worked a treat. Alan from Merseyside

I had exactly the same problem today on my 57 vectra an just pressed the trip and its all back working fine thanks to this forum didnt coz a penny :-) Natalie from Essex

I had exactly the same problem today on my 57 vectra an just pressed the trip and its all back working fine thanks to this forum didnt coz a penny :-) Natalie from Essex

Hi. I have had the same. Got in the car and all Instruments failed to start. I have reset milometer. Clicked hazard lights. Disconnected battery for 30 minutes and it WAS working....Until this morning. I am concerned a garage will charge me hundreds of pounds to look at this. Please help. Aron from West Sussex

Hi. I have had the same. Got in the car and all instruments failed to start. I have reset mileometer, clicked hazard lights, disconnected battery for 30 minutes and it WAS working....until this morning. I am concerned a garage will charge me hundreds of pounds to look at this. Please help. Aron from West Sussex

Hiya lads I've got same problem my dashboard dosent work at all when I turn the ignition on the only light I get is engine management? Then I turn the car over and it goes off and the car drives fine :/ it's been like this for about 6 months. At first it came on and off then hasn't came back on since!! Tried fuses, disconnected battery done everything but I'm thinking it's a loose wire some were. Thanks in advance greg Greg from Wiltshire

Hiya lads I've got same problem my dashboard dosent work at all when I turn the ignition on the only light I get is engine management? Then I turn the car over and it goes off and the car drives fine :/ it's been like this for about 6 months. At first it came on and off then hasn't came back on since!! Tried fuses, disconnected battery done everything but I'm thinking it's a loose wire some were. Thanks in advance greg Greg from Wiltshire

Hiya lads I've got same problem my dashboard dosent work at all when I turn the ignition on the only light I get is engine management? Then I turn the car over and it goes off and the car drives fine :/ it's been like this for about 6 months. At first it came on and off then hasn't came back on since!! Tried fuses, disconnected battery done everything but I'm thinking it's a loose wire some were. Thanks in advance greg Greg from Wiltshire

Hi Greg. You have to accept your instrument cluster has gone. I bought a second hand one from a breakers yard and had it clocked back to original mileage. It`s been perfect since. Here is the link for the breakers Greg. They post / deliver to wherever you are. Also they are very cheap! All parts guaranteed for 6 months. Just enter reg, then part needed. Withina few hours you will have the quotes. www.breakeryard.com Don't pay someone to instal your cluster....watch YouTube as it is so simple to install a cluster, trust me. Hope this helps. Aron Aron from West Sussex

You`re a legend, my dashboard has been off for about 8 months and it`s fixed just like that, cheers mate Greg from Wiltshire

Aye, my instrument panel died this morning, no revs, fuel gauge or anything! I tried resetting the trip mileage to zero and WALLAH . . . it's working again! try it - good luck. Previously I had gone through all the fuses and relays and was quite dispirited. Anthony Vincent from Aberdeenshire

I HAD THIS PROBLEM HAPPEN TO ME TRAVELING BACK FROM A TRIP IN MANCHESTER TO FALKIRK...I TRIED WHAT WAS SUGGESTED IE TRIED RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE AND IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME , THEN I TRIED THE PRESSING THE BRAKE AT THE SAME TIME AS RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE STILL NO JOY......SO I DECIDED TO TRY ANTHONY FROM ESSEX (STAR GUY) ADVICE AND DISCONNECTED THE MAIN BATTERY (RED) CABLE AND LEFT IT FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES RECONNECTED AND WOAH AND BEHOLD IT WORKED PERFECT FOR ME SO THERE IS THE FIRST TO TRY . 1. TRY RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE IF IT WORKS GREAT..... IF NOT 2. DISCONNECT THE BATTERY AND LEAVE FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES BEFORE RECONNECTING. REMEMBER TO HAVE KEYS OUT OF IGNITION WHEN DOING THIS. Jimmy Togher from Falkirk

I HAD THIS PROBLEM HAPPEN TO ME TRAVELING BACK FROM A TRIP IN MANCHESTER TO FALKIRK...I TRIED WHAT WAS SUGGESTED IE TRIED RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE AND IT DID NOT WORK FOR ME , THEN I TRIED THE PRESSING THE BRAKE AT THE SAME TIME AS RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE STILL NO JOY......SO I DECIDED TO TRY ANTHONY FROM ESSEX (STAR GUY) ADVICE AND DISCONNECTED THE MAIN BATTERY (RED) CABLE AND LEFT IT FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES RECONNECTED AND WOAH AND BEHOLD IT WORKED PERFECT FOR ME SO THERE IS THE FIRST TO TRY . 1. TRY RESETTING THE TRIP MILEAGE IF IT WORKS GREAT..... IF NOT 2. DISCONNECT THE BATTERY AND LEAVE FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES BEFORE RECONNECTING. REMEMBER TO HAVE KEYS OUT OF IGNITION WHEN DOING THIS. Jimmy Togher from Falkirk

Well I be darned, the internet never ceases to amaze me for answers .. The dash on my 2007 Vectra went off completely and I tried pressing the milometer and pressing the brake at the same time and it worked ... Thanks for the great answers Andy from Bedfordshire

Well I be darned, the internet never ceases to amaze me for answers .. The dash on my 2007 Vectra went off completely and I tried pressing the milometer and pressing the brake at the same time and it worked ... Thanks for the great answers Andy from Bedfordshire

I have 2005 diesel Vectra my dashboard diels works for hours then they stop woking for days would anyone have a remmonday for this fault hanks neal from North Lanarkshire

I have 2005 diesel Vectra my dashboard diels works for hours then they stop woking for days would anyone have a remmonday for this fault hanks neal from North Lanarkshire

Cheers Guys. Have driven from Scarborough with no instruments, have seen the resolves here and the mileometer press worked for me. If only I had been able to see this page, it would have saved me so much stress. Wal from Surrey

Cheers Guys. Have driven from Scarborough with no instruments, have seen the resolves here and the mileometer press worked for me. If only I had been able to see this page, it would have saved me so much stress. Wal from Surrey

Unbelievable .... Pressed the zero counter and problem Fixed ..... Thanks everyone Peter brown from Falkirk

Hi. Had this issue with a 2003 Vectra C, the dash display used to drop out all of the time, sometimes completely gone. It turned out it was the connection at the rear of the display, fixed it by doing the below: Fixed it by taking out the instrument cluster and getting rid of the push down clip that makes the plug push in. Search for "Opel and Vauxhall Vectra "C" Dashboard/Instruments Panel Removal" by uploader "DIY Maintenance and REpair Guide" - this shows how to get the cluster out. All you need to take out are two screws under the wheel (can only access one at a time), then follow the instructions (took me about 5 minutes). Once you get the cluster out there is a connection at the right hand side, push down the tab then release the clip and pull out the plug. Then I cleaned it with contact cleaner, if you don`t have any don't worry too much. The black push down part needs to come off - push it back to the top position and you will see there are slots that line up so that it can come off. Slip a tiny screwdriver under each side to pop it off, then push the plug in all the way. (Without the clip it lets it go in further, I did take it out and just clean it first but it didn't fix the issue). Once you have pushed it all the way back in, secure it with a cable tie or something else. Hope that helps somebody else. Cheers, Will Will from Australia

Being a cynic, I wasn't expecting a result particularly but wow !! Unbelievable !! My dash lights went out last night and I thought I'd spend a fair bit of Saturday trying to get it sorted. I came across these answers and thought "oh well, nothing to lose." I promptly went out to the car, turned on the ignition, pushed and held the trip reset and lo and behold, fixed !! Thanks very much to those who take the time to help others by writing these posts, much appreciated. John Morris from Cheshire

Being a cynic, I wasn't expecting a result particularly but wow !! Unbelievable !! My dash lights went out last night and I thought I'd spend a fair bit of Saturday trying to get it sorted. I came across these answers and thought "oh well, nothing to lose." I promptly went out to the car, turned on the ignition, pushed and held the trip reset and lo and behold, fixed !! Thanks very much to those who take the time to help others by writing these posts, much appreciated. John Morris from Cheshire

I have an Astra mk4 1.7 tdi 52 reg, I had the same problem no indicators ,dash light and speedo, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, hazard light, auto wipers rear window heater interior lights fog light. All that went and I checked the fuses ,relays , changed the multi timer, changed the dash board, reboot the car system, nothing worked for two weeks, then my daughter called the AA, and the AA man checked my car and found that one fuse was missing and it was fuse slot number 22, its 15A that was causing all that problems, what happened was my break light went and I tried to change it with a new pulp and something sparked so I went to check the fuse box under the dash board I must put the fuse in different place and that caused the problem, the fuse numbers in the manual book, so Always check if any fuse missing or blowing. I thought it might help people with similar problem and good luck sally from Cheshire

I have an Astra mk4 1.7 tdi 52 reg, I had the same problem no indicators ,dash light and speedo, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, hazard light, auto wipers rear window heater interior lights fog light. All that went and I checked the fuses ,relays , changed the multi timer, changed the dash board, reboot the car system, nothing worked for two weeks, then my daughter called the AA, and the AA man checked my car and found that one fuse was missing and it was fuse slot number 22, its 15A that was causing all that problems, what happened was my break light went and I tried to change it with a new pulp and something sparked so I went to check the fuse box under the dash board I must put the fuse in different place and that caused the problem, the fuse numbers in the manual book, so Always check if any fuse missing or blowing. I thought it might help people with similar problem and good luck sally from Cheshire

Guys i had problem with this for years.Nothing helps and trust me i tryied everything,just go to this guys and problem solwed for 100pounds in one day :) Enjoy TOMAS from West Midlands

Guys i had problem with this for years.Nothing helps and trust me i tryied everything,just go to this guys and problem solwed for 100pounds in one day :) Enjoy TOMAS from West Midlands

Hello, I have a Vectra C 2.0dti 05 plate. My dash lights came on but as I turned the key to start the car it just made a clicking sound. A previous poster advised turning the key in the ignition but don`t start it, then reset your mileage meter to 0, then start the the car and it should work. Worked for me? Hope this helps Shamrock from Lancashire

Just read this as having the same problem and fixed it immediately by holding the mileage counter in! Thank you so much! Saved me so much time, and stress! CAROLINE PIERCE from Greater Manchester

Just read this as having the same problem and fixed it immediately by holding the mileage counter in! Thank you so much! Saved me so much time, and stress! CAROLINE PIERCE from Greater Manchester

Hi, I've got an 05 plate diesel Vectra, everything on the dash goes off and if you bang the top of the dash sometimes it comes back on. It`s been off for a while now and pushing the button doesn`t work, neither does changing the fuse. Any suggestions would be great. I am thinking of changing the clocks but wanted some advice please Mark from Lancashire

Hi, I've got an 05 plate diesel Vectra, everything on the dash goes off and if you bang the top of the dash sometimes it comes back on. It`s been off for a while now and pushing the button doesn`t work, neither does changing the fuse. Any suggestions would be great. I am thinking of changing the clocks but wanted some advice please Mark from Lancashire

Mark from Lancashire, sounds like you have the same problem I did, look back at the posts for my one on my 2003 Vectra C. I used to whack the dash until I fixed it also, he he, it's just a dodgy connector going to the dash display and I fixed mine. Cheers. Will from Australia

Mine is a 1.9 CDTi Vectra registered in Jan 07. Instrument panel went dead. Only engine management sign lit up. Read all sorts on several forums. Tried resetting mileometer, doing it while simultaneously pressing brake, hazard lights, disconnecting battery, banging dashboard. Nothing worked. Even looked up instrument cluster prices from salvage yard as advised on here. Then had a go at finding the plug that connects power to the cluster. Removed the fascia around steering wheel, found plug, wiggled it with a screwdriver, and finally, everything returned to working order. I was so close to ringing an auto electrician. Smiling again now. Just hope I didn't get caught speeding in M1 50mph zone yesterday when it wasn't working..... Darren from South Yorkshire

Mine is a 1.9 CDTi Vectra registered in Jan 07. Instrument panel went dead. Only engine management sign lit up. Read all sorts on several forums. Tried resetting mileometer, doing it while simultaneously pressing brake, hazard lights, disconnecting battery, banging dashboard. Nothing worked. Even looked up instrument cluster prices from salvage yard as advised on here. Then had a go at finding the plug that connects power to the cluster. Removed the fascia around steering wheel, found plug, wiggled it with a screwdriver, and finally, everything returned to working order. I was so close to ringing an auto electrician. Smiling again now. Just hope I didn't get caught speeding in M1 50mph zone yesterday when it wasn't working..... Darren from South Yorkshire

I have a vauxhall vectra 1.8 16v petrol (c) the clock lights have gone out , with engnie mangement light ,no revcounter,no speedo no fuel no temp gauges . i tried the trip and it worked !!!! NOW it doesnt can anyone tell me why it does this and how to solve this problem for good . please ???? John Baines from Suffolk

I have a vauxhall vectra 1.8 16v petrol (c) the clock lights have gone out , with engnie mangement light ,no revcounter,no speedo no fuel no temp gauges . i tried the trip and it worked !!!! NOW it doesnt can anyone tell me why it does this and how to solve this problem for good . please ???? John Baines from Suffolk

Guys just check on ebay in search,THEN write "speedo repair vectra" There will be speedo repair company called CARTRONIX. THey fixing whole dash for about 100£ Good luck TOMAS from West Midlands

My Vectra C 1.8 2008 speedometer, rev counter, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, indicator lights stopped working. A side door light was stuck on. I saw your entry above and tried it. Started engine, pressed the mileage reset button for about 3 seconds. Instant cure! Thank you so much! D.Reid from Armagh

My Vectra C 1.8 2008 speedometer, rev counter, temperature gauge, fuel gauge, indicator lights stopped working. A side door light was stuck on. I saw your entry above and tried it. Started engine, pressed the mileage reset button for about 3 seconds. Instant cure! Thank you so much! D.Reid from Armagh

Thank you so much friends for sharing the problem of vectra clocks. It's sorted mine out without spending any money. Was so worried it was gonna cost crazy amount of cash at Vauxhall dealers. Got it sorted just as you all said reset the trip button with ignition on. Could give you all a big hug lol. Thanks again Buzz boy from West Yorkshire

Thank you so much friends for sharing the problem of vectra clocks. It's sorted mine out without spending any money. Was so worried it was gonna cost crazy amount of cash at Vauxhall dealers. Got it sorted just as you all said reset the trip button with ignition on. Could give you all a big hug lol. Thanks again Buzz boy from West Yorkshire

Thank god for these sites my vectra 04 was ready for brain surgery but on press of the milage button hey presto all working thanks to everyone roy West yorkshire Roy Millington from West Yorkshire

Thank god for these sites my vectra 04 was ready for brain surgery but on press of the milage button hey presto all working thanks to everyone roy West yorkshire Roy Millington from West Yorkshire

Works with same fault on Insignia also.... Great tip saved loads of hassle Roger from West Midlands

Works with same fault on Insignia also.... Great tip saved loads of hassle Roger from West Midlands

A huge thank u to everyone on this page! Had the same problem and freaked out did a search on Google and saw this. U have saved me ££££ from being ripped off at a garage. Being a single mum I always seem to get screwed over with cars. So a seriously big thank u xxx Lisa from Hampshire

Just had the same problem. Removed fuses to check them. All OK. Googled and found this page. Went to car to reset odometer, but all was working fine. So presumably removing and refitting fuses reset everything. Result Francis Newman from Berkshire

Just had the same problem. Removed fuses to check them. All OK. Googled and found this page. Went to car to reset odometer, but all was working fine. So presumably removing and refitting fuses reset everything. Result Francis Newman from Berkshire

Hi, I have the same problem dash lights all light up then go off and have no speedo, petrol gauge etc, tried all the above tricks nothing worked. My lights are intermittent they work for a wee while then of they go again. Please help, any suggestions I love my car. Thanks L.thomson74@outlook.com from Aberdeenshire

Hi, I have the same problem dash lights all light up then go off and have no speedo, petrol gauge etc, tried all the above tricks nothing worked. My lights are intermittent they work for a wee while then of they go again. Please help, any suggestions I love my car. Thanks L.thomson74@outlook.com from Aberdeenshire

Hey i got this problem all the time and it worked for me only for some time like 3 days to 1 week.I got enugh and i spend 100quid to fix my dials on my SIGNUM.I send to a company called CARTRONIX and they fixed for me in 1 day.Problem solved.GOOD LUCK TOMAS from West Midlands

The speedo, rev counter, petrol & temp gauges stopped working on my 2003 1.6 8v Astra. Just before taking it to the garage I followed the advice given by "Del Star" above about holding the odometer reset button down for a few seconds to zero the trip mileometer, and hey presto, all the meters all came back to life. Many thanks to you Del Star! Dave J B from Hampshire

The speedo, rev counter, petrol & temp gauges stopped working on my 2003 1.6 8v Astra. Just before taking it to the garage I followed the advice given by "Del Star" above about holding the odometer reset button down for a few seconds to zero the trip mileometer, and hey presto, all the meters all came back to life. Many thanks to you Del Star! Dave J B from Hampshire

The speedo, rev counter, petrol & temp gauges stopped working on my 2003 1.6 8v Astra. Just before taking it to the garage I followed the advice given by "Del Star" above about holding the odometer reset button down for a few seconds to zero the trip mileometer, and hey presto, all the meters all came back to life. Many thanks to you Del Star! Dave J B from Hampshire

Fantastic forum. It worked for me first time. Thanks guys. Krishna from West Yorkshire

Fantastic forum. It worked for me first time. Thanks guys. Krishna from West Yorkshire

Hello. Thanks to the first reply on this thread. It WORKS!. My 2007 Vauxhall Vectra Elite had all the dashboard lights go out and all the instruments (speedo, rev counter, petrol & temp gauges) were reading zero this morning. In the past when this has happened, just stopping and restarting the engine has cleared the fault. Today that didn't work. So I thought of looking at changing the fuse and googled for ideas on which fuse to replace. This thread came up as the first search result. So I just tried the speedo reset trick and WOW, it works! P King from Surrey

Hello. Thanks to the first reply on this thread. It WORKS!. My 2007 Vauxhall Vectra Elite had all the dashboard lights go out and all the instruments (speedo, rev counter, petrol & temp gauges) were reading zero this morning. In the past when this has happened, just stopping and restarting the engine has cleared the fault. Today that didn't work. So I thought of looking at changing the fuse and googled for ideas on which fuse to replace. This thread came up as the first search result. So I just tried the speedo reset trick and WOW, it works! P King from Surrey

All of dash board stopped working this week, googled the problem, came up with this thread. have been out to car in the rain, turned ignition on.... Pushed Reset and BINGO ... Everything working again! Neil from Bristol

All of dash board stopped working this week, googled the problem, came up with this thread. have been out to car in the rain, turned ignition on.... Pushed Reset and BINGO ... Everything working again! Neil from Bristol

I am currently in Ghana and just tried this and it worked. I had everything on the dashboard going off in the afternoon when I started the car. It was hot. I disconnected the battery terminals and left car for close to 30 minutes. Following the advice from the Forum, I pressed the Mileometer to reset to zero whilst ignition is on. I then started car and switched on the hazard. After a short while, problem no more. It sounds silly but worked. I will observe car but so far it has worked. Thanks all for sharing. Daniel Adamson, Ghana from West Midlands

I had this problem today. Called out the RAC. He reset the computer which worked but he told me it's the alternator not working properly and I need to get another one asap!? A Anderson from Northumberland

Going by the number of comments on this thread, it is safe to say the dashboard lights going off is a common problem with the Vauxhaul. Mine is a 56 plate Vauxhall Vectra Design. I noticed my dash lights kept going off after driving for a few miles but came back on when I switched the engine off and back on again (which meant I prayed for the traffic lights to stop me) . I went to my garage to see if this could be sorted and I was told it would cost round about £150 which is a lot if you asked me. Then yesterday all the lights just went off completely and didn't come back on even after turning the engine off and on. So I thought "let's see if Google has a solution" and there this thread was to my rescue. Tried resetting the speedometer but that didn't seem to work. So I disconnected the car battery for about 10mins then reconnected it and Voila, all the lights came back on to my amazement. This wonderful just saved me £150 and a whole lot of hassle. So a massive Thanks to everyone here. I really appreciate all your contributions. Kam. Kamir A from Greater Manchester

Pressing the brake pedal AND resetting odometer (mileage counter) to zero at the SAME time cured this problem for me. Resetting odometer on its own did nothing. VectraFan from Berkshire

Submitted: 11/10/2012 14:48:19 | ID: 60988

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Jon Rowe, England

Vauxhall Insignia 2009

I`ve got a 59 plate Vauxhall Insignia 1.8 sri. My coolant keeps emptying and I have to keep topping it up every 2 days. When I put the heating on it just blows out cold air. Does anyone know what it can be? Thanks.

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I have an Insignia 60 plate (not an SRI) and last week had the Code 3 - low coolant - pop up, took it to the Vauxhall dealership in Haywards Heath who fitted a new header tank. Went out a day later to pick up the OH from the station code 3 appeared again and now NO heating not impressed! OH has checked the coolant levels and it is empty! - Dealership called out and say the new header tank has a split in it! It has returned to the dealership for new tank! Will keep you posted! Jane Stewart from Sussex

Be careful, ask for a second opinion, I had this problem which ended with a new engine and gear box, this is a common problem Lee Monkman from Yorkshire

You are loosing coolant because the EGR cooler has split. This is a known problem and if your car is out of warranty you will need to pay for it. Now. the part on it`s own is around £480 not including labour to fit the part. The good news is that Vauxhall have released a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) and a repair kit which costs just over £100, so way better than the original £480. Not all dealers realise that there is a TSB regarding this so you may have to let them know Dan Brown from England

Why does my 2.0 cdti Insignia keep losing coolant? The garage had it under pressure and they say it`s fine. Can anybody help me? tony from Lincolnshire

The EGR repair kit is available on ebay for around 30 quid http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xegr+repair+kit.TRS0&_nkw=egr+repair+kit&ghostText=&_sacat=0 Tracy from Northamptonshire

The most common cause for this fault is the expansion bottle cap.When engine is warm look to see if water is coming out coolant water bottle overflow. Regards Joe Joe from City of Glasgow

The most common cause for this fault is the expansion bottle cap.When engine is warm look to see if water is coming out coolant water bottle overflow. Regards Joe Joe from City of Glasgow

I have had this problem and its the mini radiator inside car which feeds the heating system leaking. called intermediate heater locate on rhs footweel in passenger side behind carpet wall good luck hope this helps karl from Flintshire

I have had this problem and its the mini radiator inside car which feeds the heating system leaking. called intermediate heater locate on rhs footweel in passenger side behind carpet wall good luck hope this helps karl from Flintshire

I have had this problem and its the mini radiator inside car which feeds the heating system leaking. called intermediate heater locate on rhs footweel in passenger side behind carpet wall good luck hope this helps karl from Flintshire

I have a 61 plate 130bhp diesel Insignia sw that I purchased at eighteen months old with 21000 miles it has now done 41000 and has lost half ltr of water per 1000 miles since purchase untill recently when it has just lost a half ltr in 500miles I have replaced the rad cap and cant see any visible leaks ,had mirror round all the susect areas and no leak in the car footwell where is it going. Andrew Morris from Shropshire

Submitted: 14/03/2013 14:05:12 | ID: 91702

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Grahame Smith, Tyne and Wear

Vauxhall Insignia

Battery light illuminated on dash, " SERVICE BATTERY CHARGING SYSTEM" displayed?

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I have exactly the same problem,did you sort yours ? Caroline from Angus

Submitted: 14/03/2016 10:24:19 | ID: 128986

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Dave Heel, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Insignia 2009

I bought my Vauxhall Insignia 2.0 CDTI Elite in January this year. The first problem started a couple of weeks after with the AFL lights - dash code AFL service required. I took it back to the garage who told me it had been repaired and was okay, but the next day the fault occurred again and as it was an independent garage they asked me to take it to Vauxhall. I took it to my local dealer who charged £75 for a diagnostic and confirmed the OSF headlamp required replacing at a cost of £890. The garage I bought the car from agreed to pay it and the car was booked in to Vauxhall for the repair to be done, but two days later the car started to show the same dash code AFL service required. I contacted the dealer who asked me to bring the car back the following week for a check and during that time the N/S/F headlamp stopped working and the dash code Check N/S Dipped Beam appeared. Also another problem came up which read on the dash code as Service Vehicle Soon. The very next day whilst driving along a country lane and overtaking a horse box the car lost power and went into limp mode, which scared the life out of me as I was being followed by another car and I had to pull over and stop. I managed to get to the dealer who charged me another £75 for a second diagnostic which showed that the car required a new Turbo and also a N/S/F Headlamp, cost of the Turbo was £1400 and the headlamp £890. I took the car to a local garage who quoted me £750 for the turbo (fitted) and also told me that the headlamp was fine but a Xenon Headlight Ballast was required £120. I was told that the bumper would need to come off to replace the ballast and that would cost another £80 in labour. I had the new Turbo fitted and left the light due to shortage of money. Two days after fitting the new turbo I was driving on a dual carriageway and, you’ve guessed it, dash lights came up with Service Vehicle Soon, the car lost power and went into limp mode. I took the car back to the garage yesterday who put a diagnostic on it and told me that it now requires a Boost Control Solenoid Valve, £120 + fitting. I am getting very frustrated with this vehicle and running out of money. Any help would be gratefully received. Any suggestions please? (2.0 CDTI Elite 160BHP)

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Same engine, had problems with the turbo charges twice already (second time this afternoon), all of a sudden the engine lost power - feels indeed very scary, I suspect turbo charger got too hot. Pulled over waited about 20 minutes to let the engine cool down and drove off with no problems. I must admit I’ve been driving at a high speed on the motorway for long hours, still it should not verify the cause of the problem, never happened with other car makes Attila from Hungary

Hi Dave, we had a 2012 Insignia Elite 160mph 2.0 cdti also and had very absolutely unbelievable problems from a few months in, and it was brand new... Inside 18 months we had two replacement gearboxes, a new turbo, new boost valve, front wiper motor, rear wiper motor, four tailgate struts, rear light cluster (tried to catch fire) and a variation of other things that I can't even remember at the moment, literally for every problem they fixed two more would pop up and I ended up at the dealership every single week for nearly three months. Long story short after they spent over £10,000 in warranty work we told them to keep it and got upgraded to a 2014 Insignia... which has developed a problem! In short my advice is run. Get rid of it as fast as you can, take it back or sell it (when they start going wrong they don't stop in my experience) and get a different car. I know of several other people who have had engine and or gearbox failures just simply driving up a hill. When we replace next time it's extremely unlikely we will have another Vauxhall. Our new one is six months old and has been back five times as the xenon headlights keep forgetting their height and blinding everyone so have to be reset constantly while we wait for Vauxhall to come up with a solution. Had a Volvo V70 before, three years and all they replaced was a tailgate seal, we miss it. Really wish you the very best of luck. Melissa from Gloucestershire

Found your question when I googled for advice on AFL warning but we have had a horrendous time with our Insignia Elite CDi. It is on a 59 plate and two years ago and at about 60,000 miles it lot power and went into limp mode. I was terrified and the RAC relayed me from Kent back to the vauxhall dealership in Essex. They said it needed a booster soleoid and I paid £180 for it. A few days later it happened again and so I returned it. The dealership then said that a swirl flap had come off and may or may not have gone through the turbo. It may also have damaged the head and if it had we would need a new engine!!!! We spoke to an independent who said we should ask them to clean up the head and replace. They did this but then identfied that the swirl flap had gone through the turbo and we needed a new one of these. They sourced a reconditioned one for us: i must sat that the dealership were brilliant but it all cost over £2000. We had sunk so much into the car that we have held onto it and have had no further problems until now. We were told by the vauxhall dealer that the swirl flap problem was as a result of a part which came from germany and they tried very hard to get vauxhall to contribute to the repair but they refused to do so as it was out of warranty. I will never ever buy another vauxhall again. We will run the insignia into the ground. Fortunately we bought it outright so for the last 4 years have been saving for the next car which we are about to start looking for now. Maybe a Volvo this time . . . . . . . frankie hayden from Essex

Submitted: 09/05/2013 11:31:42 | ID: 59239

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Ian, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Meriva

I was getting a whine from the gearbox at 1k rev yesterday Same today but the ESC warning lit up as well and couldn't be reactivated Some vibration when idling too - engine seemed to be misfiring Still under warranty, but any ideas?

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Now I've got a water leak from the centre of the undercarriage - is it a waterpump failure? Ian from Warwickshire

Submitted: 13/04/2016 18:24:57 | ID: 130349

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Sue Davis, England

Vauxhall Tigra 2007

The roof of my Vauxhall Tigra will not open. When I try the switch nothing at all happens. The automatic boot however works okay. Can anyone give me an idea of what it might be as I don’t want to take it to a garage and get ripped off?

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U need to move the shelf in the boot to upright position and lock it in place Arthur from England

Hi, I had this problem and this may sound daft but it worked for me... Put gear lever in neutral, give it a rattle side to side. Don`t know if there is a sensor to stop any chance of opening roof while in gear? But as i said it worked for me gremlin fix it from England

Hi, did you find out what the problem was please? Tara from Norfolk

Hi, did you find out what the problem was please? Tara from Norfolk

I just had same problem no beeping or any sound when I tried to open it, I did the put it in neutral and wiggle gearstick from side to side and it worked straight away. Weird but it worked! angie from North Yorkshire

If your roof has been working okay until now, you really need to take it to someone who can read the diagnostics to give a clue as to the problem. A friendly garage will charge around £40 for this. There are so many possible causes it is very hard to solve without this information. One common problem is a break in the wire to the hall sensor on the left hand side boot lifter. This can cause strange faults that can affect the roof and or the boot intermittently until the fault becomes permanent. mike from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:18:47 | ID: 92570

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Gary, County Down

Vauxhall Agila

I've just bought a 2004 Vauxhall Agila. It's not a bad car, but the engine is loud. Very loud. Anything past 20mph and it becomes loud, and gets louder as I increase its speed. I can't hear the radio, and what the kids are saying to me. Is this normal?

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mines was running very loudly and after putting up with it for a year found out I needed a new timing chain (£400) and can't really hear anything now although yours might just need an engine clean out try some redex in your petrol tank next time your planning on topping up use half the bottle then a month later add the other half to you tank (put in before you top up) leanne from Renfrewshire

mines was running very loudly and after putting up with it for a year found out I needed a new timing chain (£400) and can't really hear anything now although yours might just need an engine clean out try some redex in your petrol tank next time your planning on topping up use half the bottle then a month later add the other half to you tank (put in before you top up) leanne from Renfrewshire

Cheers. The thing just became an expensive sluggish car. The timing chain needed replaced and so I decided to get rid of the car. I now own a Hyundi. Far superior car altogether Gary from County Down

Cheers. The thing just became an expensive sluggish car. The timing chain needed replaced and so I decided to get rid of the car. I now own a Hyundi. Far superior car altogether Gary from County Down

Submitted: 12/09/2015 00:19:49 | ID: 121057

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john beaven, Middlesex

Vauxhall Agila

i have a opal agila the tempriture needle on dash stays on cold whats wrong

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There could be a problem with the thermometer this is an easy fix but recommend taking it to a garage they will be able to tell you straight away leanne from Renfrewshire

Submitted: 14/01/2016 19:26:43 | ID: 126141

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Robert, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Agila

What is the red flashing light at the very top of the speedometer dial ?

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I'm pretty sure this light flashes when your key is not in the car's ignition its your central locking sensor so alarm will still go off even if doors aren't locked hope this helps leanne from Renfrewshire

I'm pretty sure this light flashes when your key is not in the car's ignition its your central locking sensor so alarm will still go off even if doors aren't locked hope this helps leanne from Renfrewshire

Submitted: 25/03/2016 13:59:24 | ID: 129446

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Christine, Norfolk

Vauxhall Tigra

I have an 06 plate Tigra. My question is that my boot will open but my roof will not fold down, all you get is a continuous bleep, why? I am at a loss and I have owned the car for a year and 2 months with no problems until now that us. Can anyone help me please?

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have you checked the bit in the boot that folds forward to contain the boot has properly connected... I now have to 'slam' mine into place to make sure car realizes its done teignaj from Hampshire

Submitted: 26/01/2016 15:59:34 | ID: 126735

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Karl, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Tigra

Hi I have a problem with when I go to close the drivers door the window doesn't seem to want to go back up and my car won't double lock anymore. Any suggestions to what the problem is? I have tried disconnecting the battery and then reconnecting this work for like once but then when I go to close my door the window resists to go back up.

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possibly had similar problem as roof had not gone back up correctly but solved by putting roof down and up again (possibly needed to do a couple of times!!!) teignaj from Hampshire

Submitted: 05/04/2016 21:19:15 | ID: 129992

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Helen, Surrey

Vauxhall Meriva

I have a 2011 Meriva SE turbo. Today my car wouldn't start, a neighbour jump started me. Later on I tried to start the car again, nothing. I called the breakdown company, they looked and said it could be the engine. I left it running for 1hour, turned it off left it 20mins. While waiting, the top break light came on and stayed on even though the engine wasn't running and I had the keys in my hand. I opened the drivers door and the break light went out. I then shut the door and after a while the break light came on again. I tried starting the car, and it struggled to start. I have now disconnected the battery as the break light is still on. Any ideas

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Suggest a wiring fault that is causing a parasitic drain.. draining your battery when it shouldn't be R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 11/04/2016 20:33:56 | ID: 130258

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mandy, Denbighshire

Vauxhall Astra

Hi, bought a second hand car,with 3 months warranty. engine runs uneven expecially when cold. been back to the garage twice, and keeps fobbing me off saying nothing is wrong with it.could you please help me.

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Take it to another garage.. explain the problem and that you intend taking legal action against the original garage and that you'll require a full report on fault finding.. get if fixed then get legal advice about civil claim. Make sure you have accurate record of the times you've been to resolve the issue and who you spoke to and what was said.. and how much it cost you in any. If you paid anything over £100 on Credit Card as opposed to debit card or cheque, contact your credit card and make a Section 75 claim (I did this for work carried out and was successful.. I as refunded half the final bill and was happy with that) R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 11/04/2016 21:33:31 | ID: 130262

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Eric Gunn, Perthshire

Vauxhall Insignia 2009

My Vauxhall Insignia’s car alarm goes off intermittently so I have to leave it unlocked. What could the problem be?

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My Insignia has just started displaying the same symptoms and I found this on an Insignia forum. I’ll be taking mine into the dealers ASAP, armed with the reference number below, as it looks like it might be a good candidate. Another possible cause, that came to light in my web searches, was the battery backup on the sounder, which I have to say sounds more likely to me than a software update, but I guess that’s why we need experts. :) good luck Customer Satisfaction Programme 10-R-045 Insignia - Anti Theft Warning System Reference Number: 10-R-045 Release Date: 04-Nov-2010 Symptom Description Power sounder module of anti-theft warning system may self activate without blinker light any time after car is locked. Cause Software weakness. Only vehicles with Theft Deterrent System (RPO Code UTJ) listed in the VIN information files have to be reworked. Remedy Check if vehicle has been reworked (see vehicle marking). If marking is not present, program Body Control Module (BCM) with latest (improved) software according to following rework instruction. Paul from Nottinghamshire

I have exactly the same problem last year, I read that the rear boot open switch or the bonnet was a likely cause, i changed the boot and the problem went away. The alarm has just started going off in the middle of the night for no reason again... might try your recommendation Roger from Wrexham

I have exactly the same problem last year, I read that the rear boot open switch or the bonnet was a likely cause, i changed the boot and the problem went away. The alarm has just started going off in the middle of the night for no reason again... might try your recommendation Roger from Wrexham

I'm having the same issue with my 63 plate insignia estate. The alarm will go of intermittently for about 20 seconds, then stop and go of for another 20 seconds. I have my car booked in tomorrow for this issue. Can anyone tell me how much this issue was to set right please? Dan from West Midlands

Submitted: 11/11/2013 11:58:39 | ID: 57628

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john, Lancashire

Vauxhall Insignia

can any one help , my car runs fine but as soon as i put my foot down to accelerate quickly it goes into limp mode and the service engine soon light comes on ,once i turn off the engine and restart it every thing goes back to normal again

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John, a common reason for this is the turbo actuator sticking.. it is a rod that operated the turbo opening.. if it sticks there's not enough turbo boost and the ecu detects a fault.. you can clean it and lube it with releasing oil like WD40 just to free it then apply coppergrease and work it in. it this does not solve the problem and you have a diesel, it might be an EGR valve clogging up with soot. To help clear soot run your car with revs at about 3000rpm for a few miles.. it will feel unnatural and you'll want to change gear, but it gets the system hot and burns off the soot better. This is also ok for a DPF regeneration which could also be your problem (for diesels). you may find using a fuel system cleaner like Redex might assist... And you can overdose once in a while... i.e. put double the recommended amount R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 10/04/2016 14:15:43 | ID: 130194

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Roberta, Antrim

Vauxhall Meriva

I'm trying to reset the clock on the meriva to allow for British summer time but every time I get it done it goes back to the original time setting . What am I not doing !

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Should reset automatically- mine did. Alli from West Midlands

Submitted: 29/03/2016 13:03:27 | ID: 129624

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Adrian, Malta

Vauxhall Meriva

Hi. I bought a new 2012 1.4 petrol Meriva two years ago. From about six months ago, every so often after driving and parking, the car won't start whe I come to leave. The immobiliser light comes on, the battery is still good but no signs of life. The local garage can't seem to sort this problem out. When the car won't start, the towage company mechanic just takes off the battery lead, waits a few minutes, puts the lead back and the engine starts. So I suspect its something to do with the computer system that every so often needs rebooting. Any idea what is causing the car not to start? Adrian

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I can not be of any use with an answer but my 2012 diesel has done this to me tonight and I have ended up having to get a taxi to collect us and take us home. I called the Vauxhall garage to ask advice and was told that I would need to take it to them as they had no idea what the problem could be!! Thank you so much for the battery tip though, might try it when i manage to get back to my poor abandoned little car! Keel from Devon

Submitted: 05/04/2016 15:46:04 | ID: 129978

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Julie, East Riding of Yorkshire

Vauxhall Insignia

Hi cant switch audio back on my insignia 2014

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Our Infotainment system kept crashing (seems to have been OK for the last month). Think there are some big software issues with these cars. I would go to a Vauxhall dealer - ours says there's no major issues known on their UK wide system - think we all need to report these issues to make them aware and force them to sort a software update. Julie from Northumberland

Submitted: 11/03/2016 19:05:01 | ID: 128872

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samnesia, Cheshire

Vauxhall Insignia

Car 14 mth old ('64 plate) but recently started with the following issues; Bluetooth: Volume jumps about with mp3 playback Phone volume will no longer work at all (doesn't even mute radio on incoming call) Dashboard Warnings: Service - Came on for about 2 days then went away (was serviced 5mths/8k miles ago so not due) TPMS - Flashes on and off though pressures checked and fine Alarm: Started sounding/flashing randomly about a week ago Anyone else have this variety of issues?

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We have a '15 plate and have had a few issues. Infotainment system has crashed a number of times, leaving us without music, phone and parking sensors. We have also had the tyre pressure sensors flashing up when on long journeys - we've been told it's to do with the sensitivity of the system and the expansion/contraction of air in the tyres. We keep losing the ability to lock/unlock the car using the remote central locking. Whenever I use the phone, 9 times out of 10 it doesn't go back to the radio but to Bluetooth for my phone. At times we can't hear people when we ring them or they ring us - we have to end call and call back. There seems to be no way to regulate the call volume - it just goes loud so you nearly jump out of your skin when someone rings. We've just had to have a glow plug replaced as car shuddered when accelerating at higher speeds (as if you're in too high a gear for the speed when the gear is actually appropriate for the speed and acceleration. Also have a noise on the steering. Never had problems like this with our '62 plate. Julie from Northumberland

Submitted: 26/03/2016 19:25:17 | ID: 129509

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Terry, Devon

Vauxhall Meriva

When I start the car three boxes light up on the dash above the petrol pump ligh and remains on after all the other lights go out. Can anyone tell me what these are about. Please.

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If its the ones that have been confusing me - its the rear seatbelt lights!! In the owners manual it shows a regular seatbelt sign on the dash, but when you look at the description it shows the other stupiod sign as an alternative. Good thing it looks nothing like a seatbelt (even after knowing what it's supposed to mean)!!! Grant from Surrey

Submitted: 03/04/2016 12:47:06 | ID: 129888

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Terry, Kent

Vauxhall Corsa

Hi, I have a 2003 Vauxhall corsa 1.2. Sometimes when you turn on the ignition only two warning lights come up and no gauges. The car will start but cuts out immediately. Most of the time the car starts and all of the gauges are working and runs perfectly. Nothing comes up on the diagnostics test. What is the fault?

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One of the biggest problem with intermittent electrical faults is diagnosing them... they can only be diagnosed when the fault happens.. and you can't always make it happen.. In the interim I'd be looking for loose wires or connections and corroded or dirty connections and loose plugs. Rule out what you can, It may come down to faulty ECU or console. R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 07/04/2016 12:52:58 | ID: 130061

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Samuel, South Africa

Vauxhall Astra

Hi There I have an Astra H 2006 with z18xe engine, I have a few issues with my Astra as mentioned below rough idle ( ECU Light on) - im assuming this means I need a diagnostic test done as well as software updated ? Drivers side healight ticking/grinding noise Blaupunkt CD30 MP3 - radio turns on displays all info perfectly but after a minute "display safe" appears. Any tips on how I could resolve this issues would be highly appreciated.

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Sounds like your headunit needs to be paired to the display. Find someone with tech 2 or opcom. Stuart Azad from West Midlands

Submitted: 30/03/2016 10:29:38 | ID: 129665

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Tina Gray, Gloucestershire

Vauxhall Vivaro 2006

Hi. My Vauxhall Vivaro won’t rev straight away, it takes a few seconds from cold. When it is hot it can take up to half an hour. It has been to Vauxhall where no faults were shown on the diagnostic and they replaced all of the sensors, but still no joy. They are suggesting that the injectors may be faulty which is going to result in a huge bill. I see Ryan Hughes responded to a similar problem. Did your fault come up on a diagnostic test? Has anyone got any ideas?

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I have a 2003 model. Occassionally when I start I get no throttle reponse as it’s electronic not cable operated. If I leave it running for a while it seems to right itself. If i switch off the ignition and start again this seems to correct the fault straight away, hope this helps Mike Cur from Northamptonshir

Mine has done the same since the injectors were changed... I am questioning whether they were setup properly as it was done by an independent garage and apparently normally only main dealers have the tool to do this. In addition though, the fuel side of the trip computer has stop working ie no average consumption or miles remaining. However the fuel gauge and speedo still work. I was wondering if there is a sensor in the fuel system that may not be working; is it possible the two problems could be linked? Chris Manvell from England

I had the same problem and it was the heater plugs, took all connector off them and checked them from a live wire from the + of the battery and hit the tip of each one and only one sparked 3 were dead replaced all of them. Van now starts first turn of the key! Paddy Canning from County Antrim

I’ve had this problem for a long time and don’t know which way to go, but what I do is start it up, let it tick over and then turn the ignition off and on quick with my foot on the pedal and it works every time. Mick Loseby from Nottinghamshire

This is resolved with a new starter motor. The reason why it doesn't start when hot is that there is insufficient charge generated from the starter motor put on these vehicles by Renault/Vauxhall. These are poor quality parts which easily degrade when hot. When the engine is hot (hot start) the comptometer(spelling) within the starter motor fails and in so doing fails to recognise the fact that the engine is turning so does not signal the on-board computer to release fuel to the engine. This info from a Renault engine engineer at a lecture at Dartmouth College May 2014. We had this problem which went round and round the loop. By a good quality starter motor and the problem is resolved. Best Wishes David Barrow from Devon

This is resolved with a new starter motor. The reason why it doesn't start when hot is that there is insufficient charge generated from the starter motor put on these vehicles by Renault/Vauxhall. These are poor quality parts which easily degrade when hot. When the engine is hot (hot start) the comptometer(spelling) within the starter motor fails and in so doing fails to recognise the fact that the engine is turning so does not signal the on-board computer to release fuel to the engine. This info from a Renault engine engineer at a lecture at Dartmouth College May 2014. We had this problem which went round and round the loop. By a good quality starter motor and the problem is resolved. Best Wishes David Barrow from Devon

Hi folks my 2006 had the no throttle comunication problem when starting from running temperature, after trying the usuall stuff, EGR valve, mass air flow sensor, turbo sensor ect I finally had a soft ware update, after asking Vauxhall about the problem and them telling me they had never herd of it ( yea right )and no updates needed, I went private with a good auto electrician he updated 9 updates from 2006 to 2015,,,,,,, problem solved, no more throttle problems S boswell from Nottinghamshire

Hi folks my 2006 had the no throttle comunication problem when starting from running temperature, after trying the usuall stuff, EGR valve, mass air flow sensor, turbo sensor ect I finally had a soft ware update, after asking Vauxhall about the problem and them telling me they had never herd of it ( yea right )and no updates needed, I went private with a good auto electrician he updated 9 updates from 2006 to 2015,,,,,,, problem solved, no more throttle problems S boswell from Nottinghamshire

Hi folks my 2006 had the no throttle comunication problem when starting from running temperature, after trying the usuall stuff, EGR valve, mass air flow sensor, turbo sensor ect I finally had a soft ware update, after asking Vauxhall about the problem and them telling me they had never herd of it ( yea right )and no updates needed, I went private with a good auto electrician he updated 9 updates from 2006 to 2015,,,,,,, problem solved, no more throttle problems S boswell from Nottinghamshire

Please do not listen to David Barrow from Devon, I've been an Auto Electrician for nearly 20 years and none of what he said even makes any sense. It sounds like he is trying to describe the crank sensor being inside the starter motor, and saying the starter motor doesn't generate enough charge???? Erm that would be the alternators job. Love when people who don't have the first clue what they are talking about try to tell you what to do. Probably works at Halfords!!! David Liddle from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 22/06/2012 09:32:10 | ID: 87953

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