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Hi, my Vauxhall Corsa`s brake lights don’t turn off. When I have my headlights on the brake lights stick on, it doesn’t matter whether I’m actually using the brake or not? Also the car passed its MOT just before I bought it a month ago and I’ve already had to replace both side lights and both brake lights. Any suggestions as to why the brake lights don`t go off? Many thanks. (Comfort)
Sounds to me like you have the wrong bulbs in, the tail lights are usually coupled with the brake lights in the same bulb. Take the covers off of the rear panels inside the boot to gain access to the bulbs, a circuit board is held in by 3-4 clips. Take the connector off and check to see if your tail/brake light bulb has two coils in it. Matt71785 from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 20/03/2014 12:39:49 | ID: 63052
hi, my 12volt pwer socket/cigarette lighter stopeed working after a mate used a small tyre inflator,there is no power going to it. which fuse is it and is it under the bonnet in the fuse box or could it be something else thanks mick
Fuse number 29 I believe, Occasionally it happens that wiring at the back of cigarette lighter socket comes loose, which happened to me. simply take out the lighter socket and take off the wire and plug it in. Let us know. Tee from Surrey
Submitted: 15/04/2014 10:56:28 | ID: 94239
How can I change the time on my Vauxhall Astra Estate? I have looked in the manual but do not understand it.
There are two ways you can do this, If you have RDS radio option available than turn on RDS and wait for a but, it will sync automatically for you. 2nd option is where you can manually do it. Turn on ignition on, do not turn the car on tho press settings and press OK it will give you the option to change the time and date. Happy hunting. Tee from Surrey
Submitted: 08/04/2014 11:39:05 | ID: 93581
I have just purchased a Vauxhall Combo 1700 cdti which drives well but stalls when cold, it also has intermittent revving. Any ideas please?
I had this problem and in my case it was the fuel pump, been in the garage twice for this, and i think its quite an involved job and a bit expensive to do as well, i had to take mine to a diesel specialist to work out the problem. I was told it was the fuel pump that's not keeping up the pressure so the revving keeps going up and down so to speak, it sounds like its going to stall when your foot is not on the accelerator etc. Hope you get the problem sorted out, although remember in your case it might be a different fault. David J from Staffordshire
Submitted: 25/02/2014 16:08:00 | ID: 60740
I`m thinking about remapping my car. Does anybody know any reputable firms that I can trust in the Denbighshire area? It’s a Vauxhall Vectra Estate Sri.
MW performane in Saltney near Chester, Demon Tweeks in Wrexham or www.mybluefin.co.uk for handheld unit to DIY it! Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 13/01/2014 10:49:39 | ID: 59634
I have a Vauxhall Vectra 2.2. When driving the car it loses power and when it idles the rev counter won`t go over 2000 revs. I have had a second hand high pressure pump fitted but it`s still doing the same thing. Any ideas what could be causing this?
Maybe the camshaft sensor? Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 07/02/2014 11:01:05 | ID: 61811
Hi, I`ve got a Vauxhall Vectra 100 edition 2.0l petrol turbo and when I’m changing gears my revs are not dropping and this is causing problems with my turbo not coming on at the right time. Can you help me please? (100 edition)
Throttle body sensor faulty? Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 24/02/2014 11:09:09 | ID: 62312
My Vauxhall Vectra diesel won`t start. There are no codes, diesel to injectors, key is okay. It turns over but won`t fire. Any suggestions?
Could be an immobiliser fault. Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 27/02/2014 09:54:56 | ID: 62374
I have tried more than one garage and had my Vauxhall Vectra`s engine serviced, diagnostics (twice) and I am wondering if anyone knows my problem? It’s a wonderful car and engine but when it reaches a certain temperature, normal running temperature or just over, it then goes much faster, uses more fuel and is ’ lumpy’ on tick over. It’s very responsive and fast normally but this takes it to a new level and thirst! It would be great if anyone has a clue? Thank you in advance. (3.0 v6 sri cdt diesel)
It sounds like a fuelling issue! This could be a number of things really. Best advise is stick it on diagnostics when it happens again and don't switch it off as that might clear any codes. It could be MAF sensor, MAP sensor, Boost pressure sensor, Diesel pump a whole host of things! Not very specific I know but could by anyone of these things! Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 20/03/2014 12:22:36 | ID: 63017
I was driving my Vauxhall Vectra when at first it became difficult to put into gear. Then after returning to the car the pedal felt light and it wouldn’t go into gear wthout first switching off then starting whilst in gear. After about half a mile the revs went through the roof and now I can start the car in any gear not touching the clutch and the car remains static, it doesn’t even jerk. Does anyone know what`s wrong?
By the sounds of it your clutch has failed. It is the clutch that transfers the power from the engine, through the gearbox into the drive shafts to the wheels! By deduction it seems the clutch. Dale from Flintshire
Submitted: 01/04/2014 12:55:05 | ID: 93785
My Vauxhall Vectra`s speedo was working but then it just stopped suddenly and won`t move. What can the cause be and how do I go about fixing this problem? Also what does the symbol with a car and spanner on the dashboard mean? (SXI)
Hey, I came accross this when I was looking for an answer to a seperate issue I have with my vectra. I had the same issue with the little light and speedo not working just a few months back. Took it into kwik fit and they advised it was the and sensor at the passanger side. A bracket had broken in mine causing the needle to give a scrambled signal, however the sensor itself was still intact. They tie wrapped it securely in place and it's been fine ever since. It's a £40 part that literally clips on and off, although you do have to get the whee Lauren from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 03/04/2014 11:24:05 | ID: 93836
Please help. My Vauxhall Zafira suddelny won`t lock. The radio stays on when the engine turns off and the door alarm sounds when I open the door. It has only done this for the last few days. Can anybody help?
When you take your key out make sure you hear a click as I have the same problem but mine works fine now david from Derbyshire
Submitted: 07/04/2014 15:17:00 | ID: 93561
I purchased a Vauxhall Insignia 2013 SRI 1800 petrol and noticed that the engine heats up really quickly (but stays at normal temperature). Also it takes a long time cooling down. l had an old Vectra before and it did take a lot longer to heat up. Is this normal? It can be at operating temperature in about a mile! Please advise? Many thanks. (SRI 1800 petrol)
Hi Brian I have a 2012 insignia 1.8 sri and mine is the same I also noticed mine sounds like a diesel when on tickover inside the car but outside sounds fine Malcolm from Leicestershire
Submitted: 17/03/2014 12:38:13 | ID: 62947
My Vauxhall Zafira has suddenly had a loss of power when accelerating and a ticking noise from the top of the engine towards the back that comes and goes, sometimes quite loud. My service light comes on and goes back off also. What could the problem be? Any advice would be very much appreciated, the car is booked into a garage next weekend but is doing my head in. Thanks.
I have just had, by the sounds of it the same happen to me. It turned out to be a misfire and I had to have new spark plugs. Darren Adams from Bedfordshire
Hi my wife is having a similar problem with her Zafira loss of power, won't go over 60mph or 3,000 revs. Did the change of spark plugs work and how did you get on when it went in to the garage did it get sorted. Any help would be gratefully received. Cheers Ricky Ricky from Essex
Submitted: 01/04/2014 12:07:33 | ID: 93771
Hi, I have a Vauxhall Astra Estate 53 plate 1.7 diesel which will start fine, but after twenty minutes of driving it cuts out and takes 10 minutes or so to restart. Is this the fuel relay? Please help?
Hi There, question is old and I don't see any Replies. Is your problem resolved? 75 / 80•|• it's Crank shaft sensor. PJNUMBERONE from Greater London
Submitted: 15/11/2013 09:48:44 | ID: 57931
Hi, I bought this Vauxhall Astra Estate a year ago and for the last two months its engine cuts off while running when I slow down at junctions or traffic lights. It`s embarrassing. Does anybody have a solution please?
Crank shaft sensor is the father of all causes. Change this sensor. At the same time clean EGR valve, inlet manifold, and make sure all vacuum pipe/tube are well fit=in good condition. Hope this will resolve your and lots of other readers problem. Good luck. PJNUMBERONE. PJNUMBERONE from Greater London
Submitted: 07/04/2014 12:08:59 | ID: 93928
I have got a problem with a noise coming from somewhere in my Vauxhall Antara when I decellerate or come to slow down. I suspect that it could be from the gearbox. Once again I took it to a dealer who had it for a week and used a full tank of diesel but could not hear it. It has now become louder and it also happens on the overrun, even in hot or cold conditions. Has anyone else had this problem? (2.0 CDTI Auto)
sounds like the turbo Mike from Hampshire
Submitted: 08/04/2013 10:45:34 | ID: 92669
My heater fans in my Vauxhall Corsa keep losing power. Any idea what the problem could be and how to fix it?
It needs a new heater fan, 20 mins job Davie Shields from Scotland
If you look down in the passenger footwell and feel up under the glovebox unit to the right you will feel a passageway bit a couple of inches wide. If you feel about you will feel a clip. Sometimes a foot or bag or whatever can knock this and shut the clip which stops it working. I had the same problem and saw someone had written this so I felt about and opened the clip (just by wriggling it) and the heater started no problem at all - saved myself a fortune as every person I asked seemed to think it was a 'big job'. amanda from Aberdeenshire
Submitted: 11/11/2013 15:45:38 | ID: 66986
I bought my Vauxhall Astra Estate and had only been driving it for just over two weeks and it was fine. Then it started having trouble with starting in the mornings, especially when it’s very cold. I’ve taken it to a garage but they can’t find what’s causing the problem. Any suggestions of the cause of the problem? Thanks.
If it is a diesel it could be the glowplugs. Sean from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 08/04/2014 12:28:03 | ID: 93955
Hi all. I have a faulty roof on my Vauxhall Tigra. I have changed the pump but it`s still not working. The boot opens and closes from the outside but neither the boot or roof will work from the buttons inside the car, I don`t even get an alarm from the buttons inside the car. I know there are problems with the roof. Does anyone have any idea what to try next? I was going to replace the switch inside the car or the control unit? (1.4)
I had the same problem yesterday, no bleeping noise, roof would not open and the boot would not open, so I removed the boot button out and put a wire into both parts of the lug from where the button had been. Basically hotwired the boot which shut the boot and allowed the roof to work. I am not a mechanic or a sparky but anything is worth a try. Sam Larosa from England
Submitted: 01/04/2014 10:09:04 | ID: 93729
I have a 2012 Vauxhall Insignia which makes a clunking or creaking noise when the steering is turned full lock to the right. It`s more noticeable after the car has been stationary for a while. I`m not sure if the problem is with the steering or the front brakes. Can anyone help? (2.0 SRi CDTi)
I had the same problem. It turned to be a serious and very costly one. Initial cost euro 2k which was reduced to euro 1k after car dealer and Vauxhall accepted that it was a rare issue and cannot be the driver’s fault. The basic steering wheel system had been changed. I hope it is something else in your case, but visit the dealer ASAP to identify the issue. John from Greece
Submitted: 01/04/2014 11:57:00 | ID: 93769
My Vauxhall Astra TwinTop automatically unlocks with my keys in my pocket when I get close to my car. Should it also lock as I leave it? Many thanks.
No, I’ve tried this. I walked a few hundred yards away and asked my friend to try the door and it was still open. Michael McKenna from Lanarkshire
Submitted: 25/02/2014 16:27:27 | ID: 62355
My local garage didn’t have a diagnostic machine so the electronic handbrake on my Vauxhall Meriva 2010 could not be switched off before winding the rear brake piston in to replace the rear pads. Any idea how much it costs to change pads, not the same as a pull up handbrake?
A Vauxhall main dealer would change them and charge £100 including pads and VAT. To Day from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 24/03/2014 09:59:15 | ID: 63203
Hi peeps, my Vauxhall Vectra went into limp mode and the EM light is on. Any ideas what it could be? Many thanks. (1.8 sri)
Normally this means your EGR valve needs a good clean. In a Z22SE Engine most people just remove it and add a blanking plate and add the EGR chip cheat for less than £20 all in. Check out https://z22se.co.uk/shop/engine/egr-cheater, NOTE this WON’T fit your car’s engine BUT it will give you an idea of what can be done. Google is your friend. 1st easy thing to do is find your EGR valve and clean it, you can get EGR cleaner from Halfords for less than £10. I’ve done this regardless of my EGR being ok, but the car runs great now no flat spots or lumpy tick over. Lumpy tick over and random flat spots are normally signs the EGR valve needs a good clean, Limp Home Mode means possibly EGR stuck half open or always closed etc etc. Hope this helps. Regards, Adam (Dj PsYcOtIc from England)
Hi, try this it may help! Unplug the air pass flow meter if there’s no difference it possibly could be this rather than the EGR but nevertheless it’s always better to clean the EGR also. Mick from Yorkshire
Submitted: 14/01/2014 09:27:34 | ID: 60689
Hi, we have just bought a second hand Vauxhall Zafira 1600 petrol. It’s a 56 plate with 33k on the clock which appears genuine mileage when compared to past MOT certificates. All was well on the 20 mile journey home with a very quiet engine noise. After stopping and turning the engine off and starting it again there was a droning noise when my wife accelerated, along with a slight vibration on the accelerator. I’m not sure but think it may be the exhaust. Can anyone help please?
Hi, definitively it is the maniverter (catalectic converter). I have a Zafira as well and I had the same problem and I am a car mechanic. Hope this helps. Carlos Peixoto from Warwickshire
Submitted: 30/01/2014 11:34:26 | ID: 56847
My Vauxhall Vivaro`s central locking is not working. The indicators respond to the key but it doesn’t lock the doors. Any ideas?
I had the same problem. You have to reset the remote system as follows: Open driver door, insert key into ignition, do not start engine, just lights on. Press the black button on the dashboard that is indicated with seatbelt emblem, then turn of ignition then start engine. This should reset it Dennis Spencer from Nottinghamshire
Will this work for an 07 plate? I have the same problem Steve from England
I have lived with this same problem for a while. I open the driver’s door with the key, reach across and open the passenger door, then open passenger door and reach to unlock the sliding door. Short across top and bottom pins of door contacts and press unlock on key. Back door unlocks. After experimenting I discovered that if I left sliding door open the problem went away so I disconnected the plug from door lock (bit of tape over door contacts will do) and now 3 doors lock/unlock with key buttons and sliding door is fully manual. I plan to replace the lock. Dave Dubberley from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 08/05/2012 11:51:20 | ID: 78764
I have a Vauxhall Opel Zafira 2.2 Automatic and it will not start. We stripped the whole engine to see if it might have jumped a gear but nothing there, fixed the starter also, nothing wrong with the armature. Everybody we talk with says that if there is a spark the car must start. I don`t know anymore what to do. Any suggestions please? (Automatic)
Hi, have a look inside your key, there is a possibility you lost the chip. Chucri Kayal from France
Thank you for the help, but it was a wire in the electronic box. Gawie Pretorius from South Africa
Submitted: 24/01/2014 11:26:17 | ID: 58460
Hi, I have a 2001 Vauxhall Zafira dti and I have a problem with the heating, it will only blow cold. I`ve done a few checks but now I don`t know what to do. I have changed the thermostat, checked the coolant, tried to check the heater valve but it didn`t seem to be where it was supposed to be. I had the whole dash out to check all the flaps etc. It has hot water going in both pipes through the bulkhead but I`m still not getting any hot air. I also checked for an airlock and all seems fine there. If anyone can help that would be great. Any ideas? (2.0 dti)
Similar problem it was the water pump impellor the plastic blades had sheared off there was not sufficent pressure to push the water through the heater matrix. New pump fitted problem solved. Derek Newton from Hampshire
Submitted: 21/01/2014 15:53:06 | ID: 61253
I have a Vauxhall Zafira and none of the 4 positions for my heater operate. On the odd occasion the heater has come on but when the car has shut down and restarted the heater fails to operate in any of the 4 positions. Could this be down to a faulty switch or the fan itself? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
There is a little white dial where the control rods go near the clutch, it’s hidden away and very hard to see, you have to take all the covers off and get yourself upside down to look up. It’s a real pain to see, but the fix is easy; you just have to click one of the rods into the next channel and bingo it will reset itself. I had the same problem a while back and all blower work, well that’s what was wrong with mine. P.S. This is on a right hand drive car, the problem with mine was it would not blow heat onto the window screen or blow out the front vent. Hope this helps. James Puwis from England
I had a similar problem with no heat coming out of any vents. After much searching I found out that the blades on the impeller are made of Plastic(?) and sheared off so although water was circulating it was not powerful enough to push water through the heater matrix - new water pump solved it. Derek Newton from Hampshire
Submitted: 03/02/2014 11:32:54 | ID: 61627
I have had service vehicle soon on the dashboard of my Vauxhall Insignia for almost 3 months. What should I do?
Get it serviced I guess!!!!! Mark Mark from England
If the (service now light) is on you have a fault with the car get it plugged in to a diagnostic computer and see what it brings up. Don’t ignore the problem it will only get worse and can cause other problems. Ryan from Cardiff
That alarm actually means there is a fault on the car, not that it actually needs a service strange I know.. The fault code hp needs to be read as it could be a thousand different problems, mine had this alarm and I had a glow plug fault. Only a garage can determine the problem. Daren Drew from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 20/01/2014 10:20:49 | ID: 60918
I recently got a Vauxhall Insignia 160 eco flex 2ltr which is 3 years old, but I’ve noticed an annoying noise when changing gear. Sounds like bang bang or clunk clunk, like something is loose and moving around. I`ve never driven one before. Is this normal or has anyone else had the same problem?
How many miles has it done? Common for dual fly mass and clutch to go on these, sounds like yours needs attention. Get a garage to check out the noise. Daren Drew from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 30/01/2014 10:50:32 | ID: 61427
I just bought this Vauxhall Insignia and did not notice till recently condensation in one of the front headlights. Is it because it`s been on a forecourt for a while or something else? (sri diesel)
Had the same problem with mine. Make sure the bulb/dust cover caps behind headlights are on correct, try swapping them over with the good headlight, it cured mine. Strange but worked! Daren Drew from Buckinghamshire
Submitted: 06/03/2014 09:48:31 | ID: 62584
Hi. I took my Vauxhall Astra 5-Door Hatch on a long run, it was doing about 80 when all of a sudden it went into limp mode and I`d just done about 60, no higher. I changed the diesel filter but it`s still doing the same. What can it be please?
Hi, my car is the same for the past 2 months and no can tell me what is wrong Adrian Beirne from Ireland
Submitted: 17/03/2014 10:09:27 | ID: 62876
Hi, can anyone please help me? I was driving my Vauxhall Meriva and the engine cut out so I rang AA and waited 2 hours for them to come out. When they finally got to me the engine started up first time. He couldn`t find anything that would cause it to stop! Since then I have made only small journeys and I`m alright getting there but the car won`t start again for at least an hour! No lights on the dash, no codes on the diagnostics. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do?
That also happened to my 2010 Meriva and I had to go to the main dealer. They said it was due to the exhaust system and that I should travel for 5 miles on a motorway in 4th gear once a week to remove any exhaust soot that might have built up. Sounds stupid but I do that. Andrew D from Carmarthenshire
I had a similar problem and called the AA out, I took it to a Vauxhall main dealer and it is to do with exhaust gasses and the build up of soot. They cleaned the part which they said caused the engine to fail and I was told to drive for at least 4/5 miles in 4th gear on motorway keeping revs about 2500-3000 rpm once a week other times you would be in 5th cant find receipt for their exact terminology. Good Luck. Andrew Davies from Carmarthenshire
Submitted: 20/03/2014 10:54:11 | ID: 62990
I found water dripping on the box in my Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer which controls opening and closing of the boot. I took it to the dealer and they are saying that there is water in the body. Did anyone have or heard of this problem please?
Yes had the same problem with my Insignia took it to the dealer and found water ingress on the inside of the rear panels when removed and the water was running down the harness straight into the electronic module box that works the boot. I had the dealer to carry out the work 2 months ago which cost £517.00 in total for new electronic module box, labour and water leak rectified and VAT. All fine now. Gary Hathaway from Wales
Submitted: 14/02/2014 10:50:01 | ID: 60592
My car was locked up at work and all the windows came down, the keys were in my desk. Does anyone know why it would do this?
Hi Cheryl, I have a Vauxhall Corsa and a couple of times I found the car with its windows fully down in the morning. If you hold and keep pressed down the lock or unlock button on the key fob the windows will come fully down. I’m not sure why it does this, it may be a safety measure, but the problem in this case was either myself or my 2 year old son holding the lock/unlock button down for more than a couple of seconds. I hope that your problem is something similar as it is not anything that needs fixing. Try opening your cars windows using the key fob and see if that may have been how your problem aros. I hope this helps Lee from Bury
As per handbook. You can open and close window using car Key. If you lock car and then within few second (I don’t remember exactly), you press key again then it will operate the window. I am not sure whether it is true for all model. It is worth to check your handbook Dhaval Patel from England
I have been having the same problem with my 2010 Insignia CDTi lately. Parked up in a carpark and when I came back the drivers widow was fully down. Today I looked out of my house and saw that all the windows on my car were half way open. No idea what is the matter but intend to phone the Vauxhall people tomorrow to as k them for a clue. I am expecting the old "never heard of that one befo from Hampshire
Usually sitting on the fob or accidentally holding the fob button for open down for too long. If you have locked the car and walked away and put the keys in a handbag or pocket the buttons are so sensitive they can activate unlock. Because of the security feature if you dont open a door they automatically relock but the windows dont wind back up. Hope this helps John Shaw from England
Same thing happened to me. It’s when you hold down the button too long when you’re checking to see if it’s locked that the windows come down. John Sam from England
Submitted: 13/12/2011 08:43:44 | ID: 80597
My 1.8 Vauxhall Zafira cuts out when the engine is warm and won`t start again until the engine is cold again. I can drive 10 miles at the most and the car will shut down even if I`m driving. It starts first time every time when the car`s cold. I`ve only just noticed but when I turn the ignition on a car with a spanner appears but only shows when the car is cold. When the engine is warm and cuts out it can take up to an hour to start again (car with spanner to show again). Can anybody help please?
Hi, this is the electric pump which pushes the petrol from the tank to the engine and it got to be changed. Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 10/03/2014 10:49:40 | ID: 62672
I have a 56 plate 1.6 Vauxhall Zafira club. I’m having trouble with wheel spinning when coming out of junctions or even just pulling off. Has anyone else had this problem and how can it be fixed?
Yep. New tyres fixed it, they seem to ware badly on the edges. Mine looked fine and passed MOT, as they had plenty of tread across the whole tyre Ant Smith from Leicestershire
Your car sounds like it needs a realignment. Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 10/03/2014 11:42:26 | ID: 62704
Hi, my Vauxhall Zafira makes a beeping noise when I turn the key in the ignition, then stops after about a minute, then does it again when I turn the ignition to off. It`s been doing this for a few days and I went to go out this morning and now it won’t start. The engine doesn’t even turn over, no sound at all, but the radio and heaters still come on. There are no warning lights or anything on the dash. Can anyone help?
Did you try to change the battery inside the key? Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 14/03/2014 16:01:32 | ID: 62837
My Vauxhall Zafira has failed emissions. No faults on a hand held diagnostics. Coil pack and plugs have been changed, throttle body cleaned, O2 sensor is fine. It has slightly high revs on starting. No-one seems to be able to pinpoint the problem. Any suggestions please? (1.8 comfort)
Hi, take out the spark plugs and then put a little of fuel and tighten the spark plugs again and start your engine, if the engine runs for seconds and dies then it is the petrol which does not reach the engine. It could be a blocked filter or the petrol pump. Chucri Kayal from France
Submitted: 17/03/2014 12:17:14 | ID: 62939
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