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Alun, Dorset

Vauxhall Combo

I have really noisy rattlee engine when cold or in low revs, didn't expect this from a brand new vehicle it sounds like an old transit, being told by the garage its diesel clatter and perfectly normal is that right?

Submitted: 04/02/2016 19:29:03 | ID: 127142

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w Barrett , Argyll and Bute

Vauxhall Combo

I have a Vauxhall combo van 17.00cc 03 can you please tell me what the three little switch that have red light on and off the side of my steering wheel are for thanks

Submitted: 18/01/2016 20:25:30 | ID: 126353

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Rob Matthews , Hampshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi I have a Vauxhall combo 1.3 I've only had it a year and it keeps blowing 1 glow plug every few months I know it's on little cost but so annoying driving along and the light popping up can any one help cheers

Submitted: 12/01/2016 07:54:18 | ID: 125979

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Rachael, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

Second question - I've tried removing the original cassette/radio but it refuses to budge - undone the four screws at front, tried pulling the thing out, but just will not budge. Then the next morning the battery was flat - so I have no idea why trying to remove the radio would cause the battery to drain. And I just want to put my own radio in, but looks like I'm stuck with this gramaphone!

Submitted: 09/01/2016 18:04:40 | ID: 125810

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Rachael, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

I've noticed carpet wet in passenger footwell - more towards the seat and door then the actual footwell. Door seals all Ok and no sign of wetness around door frame. Took the grill off where windscreen wipers are because apparently it coukd be a blockage htere but couldn't see anything - just another piece of plastic! I'm wondering if there could be some way of the water getting in underneath?

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This would be caused by the bcm leaking, would need resealing Marc from Kent

Rachael, this is a common occurrence in Combos... I have repaired four in the last three months... and it's little to do with a blockage, but a perished seal ... and you can confirm this first by removing the four screws that secure the glovebox and remove the glovebox.. then get a torch and get your head into the void and look towards where the wiring harnesses come from the engine bay into the interior.. look for signs of wetness inside the plastic housing of the wiring harness. Look carefully and I'm sure you'll find it. If you have wetness there then it is certainly the seal gone on the cover for that box inside the engine bay... the seal is crappy foam that perishes over time and absorbs water but also leaks it into the wiring that it's designed to protect and unfortunately it is bonded to the cover and the seal itself does not come as replacement part, but the whole cover. To remove the cover you'll need to get the scuttle out of the way, then remove the battery and pull away the thick rubber strip that goes from one side to the other and OVER the offending cover. Then there are eight hex screws holding the cover on and they are fiddly to remove. Once off, there are two clips, one each side of the box at about half way front to rear.. unclip and pull off the cover while manoeuvring it out. Look inside the cover and you'll see a fair bit of water, then check the foam seal around the perimeter of the cover and you'll see if will be flaking away and soaked with water... now you could try and adapt by making your own seal but you'll have to remove all traces of the old foam rubbish or you'll be at square 1.. or get replacement part from dealer (ching ching) R Evans from Caerphilly

Thanks R Evans for the detailed reply. When we have some better weather, I will defo have a look at this - it makes sense cos I have taken the the scuttle off at the windscreen wipers and found nothing. The seal around the passenger door is intact too. And short of having a hole under the footwell, I couldn't think what else it could be! I'll post on here my results. Thanks again :) Rachael from Kent

Submitted: 09/01/2016 18:01:47 | ID: 125809

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jack, West Midlands

Vauxhall Combo

Battery not charging. Dash light stays on . If this is the alternator are they hard to change on your own.Thanks Jack.

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Jack, generally an alternator is pretty easy to change.. however that really does depend on your set up as far as how the alternator operates... whether it is by separate belt or if it is part of a belt that goes around many pulleys (these are pretensioned and you really should have someone who knows what's what to do these. Before you change the alternator.. remove the electrical contacts and clean them.. and wire-wool them.. it could just be that.. dirty contacts (it was for my Relay van). Once you're satisfied that the contacts are all good, check the earth strap to the vehicle..if that breaks, it could cause a failure. Once you've done that.. carry out a battery voltage check.. just over 12v at the battery is good... less than 10V and your battery has died... If the battery is OK, start the engine and carefully do the voltage test at the battery again,.. you should be getting just over 14V but less than 15.5v.. if you're getting over 15.5V, the alternator regulator is duff.. change the alternator or it will burn out your battery... if you're getting over 14v.. happy days. If, with the engine running, you get no change in battery voltage from the reading you had with engine off, then suggests alternator is kaput. Just a few cost-free suggestions before you cough up for a new alternator R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 03/01/2016 12:33:17 | ID: 125458

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Billy Downey, Tipperary

Vauxhall Combo

Hi, l have 04 opel combo & when lm driving with the window open there's fumes or a smell like a overheated motor coming into the van did have turbo problem before not opening or closing properly with the usual combo leak coming down behind the pedals did try to seal up at back of steering from the outside there's a circular black seal going around a unit which goes down to the water trap, does it just need a new seal if that seal van be bought, also had problem when taking off too fast or overtaking power would just go,pull up & turn ignition off & on its fine again, thought it was EGR valve no, then the boost pressure switch no, it was the turbo not opening or closing properly, any answers to my overheated smell, fumes, Thanks

Submitted: 02/01/2016 20:14:54 | ID: 125436

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robert traynor, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Combo

Started the van up this morning and found the radio not working, fuses are all good. Have noticed other owners having this issue, has anyone here had the problem resolved as I need the radio.......

Submitted: 02/01/2016 11:10:28 | ID: 125416

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ian willis, Scottish Borders

Vauxhall Combo

hi,cant find an alternater relay, could you tell where to locate it thank you ian

Submitted: 20/12/2015 11:07:09 | ID: 124911

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Danny, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

After disconnecting battery service light flashing can't start the van can u help

Submitted: 19/12/2015 15:01:07 | ID: 124881

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ALLAN, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi i had to call green flag out van just stop and would not start he said there was no diesel getting throught could be immobiliser not working so had someone to look at that and the ecu and got it running happy days and new battery + new alternator but now battery not charging now and battery light staying on dash had alternator + battery checked all ok help doing my head in now cheers

Submitted: 14/12/2015 21:21:53 | ID: 124702

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Peter, West Yorkshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi i have a combo van starts but wont rev any ideas plz its 13 desiel

Submitted: 11/12/2015 10:25:15 | ID: 124593

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Peter, West Yorkshire

Vauxhall Combo

I have 2005 combo van starts but wont rev any ideas plz

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I had this on my sons combo when the battery went flat after he left the interior light on. Ensure the battery is charged. Disconnect the battery and leave for about 10-30 mins not sure exactly how long you need to, its to reset the ECU. Re connect battery hopefully it will now be okay. I am from Guernsey but that was not on the location list Tony Tostevin from Southampton

I had this on my sons combo when the battery went flat after he left the interior light on. Ensure the battery is charged. Disconnect the battery and leave for about 10-30 mins not sure exactly how long you need to, its to reset the ECU. Re connect battery hopefully it will now be okay. I am from Guernsey but that was not on the location list Tony Tostevin from Southampton

Submitted: 11/12/2015 10:21:57 | ID: 124592

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tony m, Worcestershire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi..my rev counter not working at all? Any ideas? I have a vauxhall combo 1.7d 2001.

Submitted: 28/11/2015 19:37:14 | ID: 124117

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Lindsay, Angus

Vauxhall Combo

On putting on the headlamps I am getting a buzzing noise from the front left light.

Submitted: 26/11/2015 20:49:35 | ID: 124058

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Malcolm, Isle of Wight

Vauxhall Combo

Hi need to change cam belt on my 1996 1.7 diesel (meret 775 van) .I need Haynes to check timing but they don't seem to do one for this model.would like to know if this engine is in any other Vauxhall.Thanks Malcolm

Submitted: 25/11/2015 15:22:24 | ID: 123978

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stewart thompson, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

Hello. Can anybody help me. I have removed my diesel fuel pump as it is leaking badly from bottom of it. Does anybody know if it can be fixed as there is bolts to undo on each end? If not and I get a recon one, there did not appear to be a seal between the pump and engine. Should there be? Or not? Many thanks

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it's quite easy .... remove fuel pipes off the top of pump do not try to take pipes off as the are brittle ull snap them off there is a star bolt in the middle undo it an pull each pipe off the pump there are 3 bolts that secure the pump to the engine it's still a bit tricky to remove because in the manual it says undo the vacuum pump as well I left mine on an wiggled it past the vacuum point to remember when refitting the pump put the bolt in thats right next to vacuum first because if u put the pump on first an the the bolt the bolt won't go past the vacuum the washer gets caught infront of the vacuum an ull prob start stripping the thread once bolts are in reconnect the 2 plastic pipe an the main fuel pipe go ova it make sure comnections are ok an the restart the van an look for leaks hope that helps Scott carpenter from Essex

it's quite easy .... remove fuel pipes off the top of pump do not try to take pipes off as the are brittle ull snap them off there is a star bolt in the middle undo it an pull each pipe off the pump there are 3 bolts that secure the pump to the engine it's still a bit tricky to remove because in the manual it says undo the vacuum pump as well I left mine on an wiggled it past the vacuum point to remember when refitting the pump put the bolt in thats right next to vacuum first because if u put the pump on first an the the bolt the bolt won't go past the vacuum the washer gets caught infront of the vacuum an ull prob start stripping the thread once bolts are in reconnect the 2 plastic pipe an the main fuel pipe go ova it make sure comnections are ok an the restart the van an look for leaks hope that helps Scott carpenter from Essex

Submitted: 24/11/2015 11:26:19 | ID: 123926

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Attila, Hampshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi, I have this constant beep noise coming out of the dashboard. I had that before when I have left the lights, indicator, door open etc. on but now it doesn't wanna stop :-( When the door is closed it stops to beep and also the remote central lock isn't working either therefore I have to open/lock the van manually :-( any suggestion please, I can`t get to my tools in the back :-(

Submitted: 10/11/2015 19:27:13 | ID: 123375

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Van man , West Midlands

Vauxhall Combo

Hi, I have got a 2005 combo crew cab van, there is a problem with the central locking on the back doors, all other doors operate from the remote fob apart from the back doors, there are 2 wires going the the motor, I put a test light down to earth, I got a feed from both lock and unlock on each wire, I suspected then that it was the motor, I removed the motor from the factory sealed housing, I put a constant 12v feed to the motor and it operated as it should ! Apart from the basic tests I have done, I'm stuck, any suggestions would be great full Thanks Ps, thought I might mention, I think it's an ex post office van, all push rods are present and correct, it's just the motor won't operate as it should !

Submitted: 09/11/2015 20:00:29 | ID: 123340

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Gary, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi have just brought combo van 2007 heat in car not working Flushed out system and changed thermostat. Temperature gauge very slow and doesn't get up to temperature .

Submitted: 31/10/2015 17:56:09 | ID: 122947

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Paul, Surrey

Vauxhall Combo

Hi can anyone tell me if the fuse for the cigarette lighter and the reverse light is the same fuse cos I have neither at the mo it just suddenly stopped ? If so where in the fuse in the box is this fuse ? I don't have a handbook , Thanks 2004 1.7 DI combo

Submitted: 31/10/2015 00:10:49 | ID: 122916

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wayne, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

anyone know how much it is to get key code for 1999 combo. thanks

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go to ur vauxhall dealer is not as expensive as u think and the customer service is great u will be glad u did gillhanson from Yorkshire

Wyne, you could also go to an engine remapper and get it done.. they'll have to read your current key code from the ecu, possibly de-program existing keys and then reprogram all new keys. 15mins work may cost you 20 bucks. Don't know how much Vauxhall will charge but their standard price for just connecting it to the computer could be more than £20.. but ask!! R Evans from Caerphilly

Submitted: 25/10/2015 21:17:26 | ID: 122717

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wayne, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

i had one key and it broke I do not have key code as van secondhand and they never had code.it hasn't got original radio or paperwork.only logbook

Submitted: 25/10/2015 20:58:15 | ID: 122716

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paul, Berkshire

Vauxhall Combo

When driving battery right comes on and off what might be the problem?

Submitted: 23/10/2015 13:15:05 | ID: 122630

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Mr price, Gwent

Vauxhall Combo

Hi my Astra van 17ctdi will not start the problem being when you turn the key to start it there is only a click noise and the lights on the dash flicker,I did bump start it but when driving the headlights was going on and off but still had normal power when driving when got home I turned of the engine then went to restart it but still only got the click noise again, was told maybe starting motor or alternator

Submitted: 22/10/2015 06:12:55 | ID: 122570

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rhys sumner , Carmarthenshire

Vauxhall Combo

I bought a van the other day the van is slow at starting takes a bit of turning over and once started it bellows out some white smoke but then clears,, also when pulling off and changing gear there is a bit of a delay in accelarating i have been told that it could be the EGR valve and also could be the air flow sensor any ideas which one it could be?? And why its causing it smoke??

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Get the injectors tested for leaking back as it will cause the symptoms mentioned. Also have the fuel lift pump pressure checked to see if enough fuel is being offered to the fuel rail and injectors. Jamie from Devon

Submitted: 20/10/2015 18:57:17 | ID: 122531

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kevin, Flintshire

Vauxhall Combo

have problem with my combo van 57/8 plate.. have lots done still have job starting . just looked at fuel pump there are metal shavings in there , does this mean i need a new fuel pump..

Submitted: 09/10/2015 01:20:18 | ID: 122091

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Ken, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Vauxhall Combo

Both indicators not working outside,flashing quickly inside, put new relay, made no difference, losing work , can anyone help

Submitted: 07/10/2015 08:51:39 | ID: 122068

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Andy, Kent

Vauxhall Combo

Hi I've got an 2007/07 combo van . My problem is now and again I get a burning oil smell inside whilst driving and seems to have lost its power abit , and wen I pull away smoke comes out of the exhaust . It only happens now and again ????

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Make sure the fuel rail is not leaking slowly. Check on the passenger side of the rail. Small drips burning on the engine block. Jamie from Devon

Submitted: 04/10/2015 12:09:03 | ID: 121953

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Gavin weir, Falkirk

Vauxhall Combo

Hi, basically the radio display on my combo hasn't worked correctly since I got it second hand. As standard when started up the centre display shows the time, temperature and date, when the radio is then switched on I presume it should then show the details of the radio station, however it doesn't. Instead the display stays the same and as I travel all over Scotland you can imagine the problem I have when trying to change radio station to the one I want when moving to areas with a different signal as the display doesn't show what station you are on so I need to look for a station by listening to know what it is, instead of just seeing on the display what station it is. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and of so how I could fix it as it is pretty annoying? Thanks

Submitted: 29/09/2015 08:30:21 | ID: 121756

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francisco cicero, Cardiff

Vauxhall Combo

electric windows wont work checked all fuses all ok

Submitted: 28/09/2015 11:19:53 | ID: 121720

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DAVID, Swansea

Vauxhall Combo

all of a sudden my central locking doesn't work although the indicators light up any thoughts

Submitted: 21/09/2015 19:19:59 | ID: 121458

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colin, Middlesex

Vauxhall Combo

Hi there 06 plate combo. When I drive in the rain after about 20/30mins van goes into limp mode. Eventually clears but no idea as to what it could be. By the time I get it to a garage engine management light comes off so no code can be detected

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Have them check the Ecu is not getting wet. Common on the combo corsa van. Jamie from Devon

Submitted: 16/09/2015 19:26:13 | ID: 121252

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ryan smith, West Midlands

Vauxhall Combo

have a combo from work that I am trying to adjust the seat on as I 6ft 2" tall, I have moved the seat as far back as possible and the sterringwheel as high as possiblwe but still its hard for me to get to the brake pedal with a straight foot, is this correct or Is there a way of adjusting it? g

Submitted: 03/09/2015 09:34:22 | ID: 120713

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john mcmunn, Cheshire

Vauxhall Combo

were is water sensor switch van over heats had new water pump fitted.still doing it

Submitted: 30/08/2015 08:22:51 | ID: 120533

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philip Dickens, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Combo

oil light flickers on and off,changed oil switch no diferent

Submitted: 28/08/2015 19:02:59 | ID: 120474

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Rob, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Combo

Hi there I bought this van a month or so ago and from time to time on the motorway it losses power only for about 2-3 seconds then picks up again this happens randomly and the van runs fine before it and after it

Submitted: 16/08/2015 17:43:25 | ID: 119879

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Craig, West Sussex

Vauxhall Combo

My Vauxhall combo 05 cdti vans oil light comes on and engine temp gets very hot ... What could be the problem ?

Submitted: 14/08/2015 15:33:25 | ID: 119770

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Jamie, Hampshire

Vauxhall Combo

Every now and again I smell exhaust fumes in the cab and when I bought the van it was already covered in black soot on the inside. I've been told that it is the rear doors but as they're stuck shut too I can't replace the rubber seals just yet! Any other ideas as to where else the fumes could be getting into the cab ?

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Faulty fuel injectors leaking back un used diesel. It will have a warm burnt smell that is hard to clear. Jamie from Devon

Faulty fuel injectors leaking back un used diesel. It will have a warm burnt smell that is hard to clear. Jamie from Devon

Submitted: 10/08/2015 21:07:33 | ID: 119585

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Andrew Kershaw, East Riding of Yorkshire

Vauxhall Combo

With a suitable tow-bar fitted , would my van be capable of safely towing a twin axle caravan with a maximum running order weight of 1,679kg, or would it be too much for the vehicle to cope?

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Nope, this is far too heavy, the combo is only designed to tow a maximum running order of 1000kg, so id say a small caravan of about 800kg would be the absolute max, once all your stuff is in the caravan... me from Blackpool

Nope, this is far too heavy, the combo is only designed to tow a maximum running order of 1000kg, so id say a small caravan of about 800kg would be the absolute max, once all your stuff is in the caravan... me from Blackpool

Submitted: 27/07/2015 09:05:37 | ID: 118965

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