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Hi. I have just been informed by my main dealer that at only 27,000 miles on the clock my Vauxhall Combo`s front brake discs are lipped and need replacing, at my expense even though the van is under warranty! I was expecting to pay for new pads, but discs? Surely discs normally last 80 -100,000 before needing to be changed? The garage says it`s now common for discs to be changed at such low mileage. Has anyone out there had a similar experience? (1.3 90bhp LWB)
Submitted: 02/12/2013 15:38:22 | ID: 23583
How do I stop a loud noise coming from the fan heater of my Vauxhall Combo?
Submitted: 18/11/2013 16:03:11 | ID: 23218
I have water in my Vauxhall Combo`s footwell. What can it be because the carpet is very wet?
Submitted: 18/11/2013 10:19:34 | ID: 23170
Why does my 1.3 Vauxhall Combo van go into slow mode? I`ve already put a new map sensor on but this made no difference?
Submitted: 14/11/2013 11:42:14 | ID: 23043
Hi, will the old Vauxhall Combo take the 6 speed Astravan gearbox? Thanks.
Submitted: 14/11/2013 10:46:03 | ID: 23035
My Vauxhall Combo 1.3 smokes for 2 minutes then smells rich but runs okay. Does anybody know why?
Submitted: 12/11/2013 16:07:08 | ID: 23016
Can anyone help? I’ve got to change my Vauxhall Combo`s door locks and I’ve taken lots of parts out to get to the lock on a breakers yard. Is there an easier way to just change the locks? I am dreading it. Thanks.
Submitted: 07/11/2013 12:38:30 | ID: 22810
How do you remove the handle on the rear door of a Vauxhall Combo van? There don’t seem to be any screws holding it in place. I don`t want to just lever it off in case I break it?
Ray, the inner handle is held on by a metal clip which can be pulled out by using a small strong hook. It’s positioned right on the metal shaft between the back of the handle and the plastic door trim. Not much space in there to pull it out so you have to prize the handle and trim apart - Mark Southgate from Ireland
Submitted: 07/11/2013 09:55:15 | ID: 22770
I have just put a new battery on my Vauxhall Combo 1.3 that has not had one on for a while and the alarm goes off and I am unable to stop it. What can I do?
Submitted: 29/10/2013 16:32:25 | ID: 22481
My Vauxhall Combo van started making a wheezing noise when accelerating and decelerating and juddering. Next day I went to start the van but now it won’t start at all. The fuel pump pumps fuel out, also the glow plugs all glow. Please help?
Submitted: 29/10/2013 12:46:38 | ID: 22428
When I put the key in the ignition of my Vauxhall Combo the management light and oil light keep on flashing and the engine does not turn over when turning the key. Why is this?
Submitted: 29/10/2013 11:47:02 | ID: 22413
Does anyone know how to take off the headlamp unit on the passenger side of my Vauxhall Combo? I can undo the two bolts at the top but how do you get to the others?
Submitted: 28/10/2013 14:24:31 | ID: 22330
When I lock my Vauxhall Combo van up the passenger side indicator stays on (not flashing) at front and rear of the car and if not spotted leads to a flat battery. Sometimes it stays on when driving as well. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 28/10/2013 11:08:10 | ID: 22293
I have a 1.3 Vauxhall Combo van. I might be a little bit thick but do you have to warm the plugs up before you start the engine? (My first van).
Submitted: 25/10/2013 09:12:43 | ID: 22182
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When my Vauxhall Combo starts in the morning cold start is fine but when warmed up it really struggles to start. I have had the battery and starter motor checked which are fine. When started it runs and drives fine. I have had it serviced and the glow plugs changed. Does anybody know what`s wrong?
Submitted: 24/10/2013 16:13:22 | ID: 22174
Hi. I have a Vauxhall Combo and it`s a little bit stiff to get in gear. It goes in but just not nice and smoothly but it doesn’t crunch or anything. What can I do?
Submitted: 24/10/2013 15:08:11 | ID: 22158
Hi. I`m changing the engine in my 1.3cdti Vauxhall Combo and I`ve got to change the injector pump. Is it timed to the engine or can it be put on any way and have I got to change the injectors as well? (1.3 cdti diesel)
Submitted: 24/10/2013 11:44:34 | ID: 22125
Why does my Vauxhall Combo`s driver`s side floor end up soaking wet when it rains?
Mine is the same. It’s my door seal on mine. - Alan Meredith from England
I have a Vauxhall Vectra 2002 model. I had the same problem, but on the passenger side. I realised that was where the wipers sit and underneath is a drainage under the black cover, which must have been blocked with leaves. You should find the drainage on the passenger side. - Onkar Phall from England
Submitted: 21/10/2013 14:26:22 | ID: 21963
My Vauxhall Combo`s windscreen wiper fuse keeps blowing. What can it be?
Check that the wipers aren’t seizing up! It’s a common problem, and can be cured with a good clean up and lube - Peter Bowden-Smith from Derbyshire
Submitted: 21/10/2013 10:10:02 | ID: 21942
I can’t understand why I have to put water in the cooling system of my Vauxhall Combo on a daily basis? There isn’t any sign of water in the footwells of the van, no dripping leak and no traces of water when parked up and moved. There are no signs of a white film on the oil cap? Any suggestions?
Hi Darren, Try opening the bonnet starting the engine and then once it’s warmed up give a good rev and keep the revs up (like a pressure test). This will show you if there are any leaks from pipe work. I had a similar thing, I kept topping water up but no clear visible signs why it was losing water until I did this and found there was an airline split in a small pipe at the front right hand side of the engine. The water only came out when the engine was being revved, on tick over there was no sign of water escaping. 80p the cost for a new pipe. Hope this helps. - Andy Baxter Baxter from England
Had the same problem: get the engine hot by going for a ride, a metal plate behind the alternator. You’ll then need a car hoist to see underneath; a garage found it, a fine jet of steam. - Graham Broad from Leicestershire
Submitted: 10/10/2013 11:43:34 | ID: 21769
I am looking to go back to 2006. I want to know if other people had as many problems as me driving my Vauxhall Combo van, causing me severe back problems?
Submitted: 04/10/2013 16:05:27 | ID: 21611
How do you remove the trim from the driver`s door of my Vauxhall Combo? (van)
You need to get the door panel off first, which is a few screws and a circlip behind the winder, then you can see how the trim panel is secured to the panel from behind. - Andy Baxter from England
Submitted: 04/10/2013 12:12:27 | ID: 21586
I have a Vauxhall Combo and my o/s indicators have started working only intermittently and I’ve been told that it may be the relay. I cannot find in the manual which relay is for the indicators. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 03/10/2013 15:18:28 | ID: 21560
Hi, I now know that a Vauxhall Combo`s roof rack won’t fit onto a crew van, unless you were to drill the roof. Does anyone know where I can get roof bars or a roof rack to fit into the brackets already fitted to an 06 crew van? Any help would be much appreciated. (crew van)
Vauxhall dealer, about 60 quid. - Arron Griffiths from England
Submitted: 01/10/2013 11:57:35 | ID: 21472
My Vauxhall Combo 1.3 cdti (2006) has developed an indicator fault whereby the right indicator has stuck on. A similar fault happened previously when the indicator would work sometimes but then stick on and be cancelled by repeatedly pressing the left turn switch. The left turn indicator has always worked perfectly. Recently the right turn indicator flasher (repeater) on the dash started to flash rapidly, but none of the external lamps flashed at all and today all three external lamps are on permanently, only briefly going off when the central locking key is pressed. Can anyone point me to an answer or, better still, an electrical circuit diagram so I can solve it myself? (1.3 cdti)
Submitted: 24/09/2013 11:18:09 | ID: 21231
My Vauxhall Combo loses power and emits smoke while in first gear and then the spanner on the dash comes on. What should I do? (1.7di)
Submitted: 23/09/2013 11:39:05 | ID: 21186
There’s a clicking coming from the clutch pedal when declutching and again when the pedal is coming up. It seems to be coming from a bracket supporting a microswitch. Is this normal or can it be cured or is it a portent of something more serious? (1.3CTDi)
Hi, I have a similar problem with my clutch in my 2005 CDTI Crewvan. It makes a creaking noise when going up/down, which seems to be coming from the large spring at the top of the pedal, but I can’t cure it - Andy Baxter from England
Submitted: 17/09/2013 15:02:32 | ID: 21052
My 1.3cdti Combo van is having starting problems. The glow plugs and fuel pump only prime for about 1 second on turn of key. Have tested glow plug relay, and replaced coolant temperature sensor. Any one know what else for these two things to operate for such a short time?
Submitted: 16/09/2013 13:54:16 | ID: 20942
I have a Vauxhall Combo showing it`s car with spanner light and the back of the van is black with exhaust fumes. The erg valve`s been replaced with a new one but the fault still comes up with valve problem. It has 67,000 miles on the clock. Can anyone advise what to do please? Thanks.
My wife had same problem with her Combo 1300 van. The Vauxhall garage told her the DPS had gone; it is a sort of filter that gets blocked and cannot be cleared, so a new one has to be fitted. Cost to her £1,200 Vauxhall make or £600 for another. She has gone for the cheaper one and her total bill will be £846, which includes fitting, as she bought it privately five weeks ago, then it has been an expensive repair. I think it must be a common fault, but an expensive one. - Jim Wardrop from Stirlingshire
Submitted: 10/09/2013 15:29:00 | ID: 20905
I am looking for the heater matrix hoses that run to the engine of my Vauxhall Combo and each one has a smaller pipe coming off it. Vauxhall no longer supply these parts and I was hoping that someone could point me in the right direction of finding some? Thank you. (1.7d)
Submitted: 10/09/2013 12:36:29 | ID: 20891
What should my Vauxhall Combo Epic 1.7d van be charging at? On tick over it charges at 13.4 volts, at 2000 rpm it is charging at nearly 16 volts. I have just fitted a new battery and don’t want to overheat it. Is my problem my alternator?
Hi, yes sounds like an alternator problem. It should only be charging at about 14-14.5 v when your revving at 2000rpm. - Andy Baxter from England
Submitted: 09/09/2013 15:12:53 | ID: 20864
My Vauxhall Combo`s engine stalled as I stopped. After waiting for an hour it did start up again and I was able to go a few more miles before it spluttered to a stop once more. The engine is turning over but now it will not start at all. Does anbody know what I can do please? (1.7 DI)
It’s the crankshaft sensor. I had a Corsa that did the same, cut out when it got hot, then once it cooled down it would start again. Cheap part, about a tenner but a bit of a t**t to get to. Hope his helps - Adam Osgood from Sussex
Submitted: 09/09/2013 12:41:23 | ID: 20851
Please could anyone tell me how to remove the plastic screws on my Vauxhall Combo`s rear bumper so I can replace it? There are about 6 underneath and about 4 more up the sides. The only issue is they have round heads and they are like split down the shaft, so I was thinking that they are more likely to be pushed in rather than screwed in when the van is manufactured? Anyhow I need to get them out. Thanks in advance.
Submitted: 05/09/2013 11:50:23 | ID: 20741
Hi, I want to fit an AIKO roof rack to my Vauxhall Combo but there are 4 inch by 1/2 inch bars attached to the roof exactly where the AIKO brackets should go. Any idea how I get these bars off? (crew cab)
You need the right rack to fit those brackets. Vauxhall dealer, about 60 quid. - Arron Griffiths from England
Submitted: 30/08/2013 09:19:54 | ID: 20665
Hi. I have got a 55 plate Vauxhall Combo. It will not start on first turn of the key but I have realised that I have got a spitting injector. I have tried tightening it but to no good. Is there a seal on the injector? If not is it a big job to change the injector or should I take it to a garrage? Many thanks.
Submitted: 23/08/2013 16:26:03 | ID: 20536
The timing chain snapped on my Vauxhall Combo van causing some expensive damage. It has been repaired but I am having problems with water loss for some reason. I can’t find a leak anywhere and the water pump has been replaced. The water is not going into the engine and the floor is not wet so I don’t think it’s the matrix. I was having to refill every thousand miles but now it’s taking about 2.5 litres every hundred miles or so. Any suggestions please? (1.3 cdti)
Have you checked the exaust? Is there smoke? Or water coming out of the exaust? If yes must be head gasket problem!!! Jorge Vicente from Ireland
Submitted: 08/08/2013 15:49:34 | ID: 20457
Hi. I have a Vauxhall Combo van 1.3 cdti that won`t start. I drove for about 100 miles and stopped at a shop for 5 minutes, came back and it didn`t start. It ran the battery down so I phoned the AA who put leads on and sprayed easy start in the inlet but still no start. He said that it could be the cam chain had gone but I`ve never heard a bang or clunk, all it is doing is turning over. Can anybody please help me out with this?
Submitted: 05/08/2013 14:11:26 | ID: 20355
I`ve just purchased the Vauxhall Combo German Opel version. Because it has 2 tanks there`s no room for a spare wheel. Is there any sort of spare wheel fixing so I can fit the spare wheel to the side wall of the van? (1.6 petrol/gas)
Submitted: 19/07/2013 15:01:26 | ID: 20118
I overfilled my Vauxhall Combo van with diesel and noticed it has been leaking. I haven’t had a chance to run off much diesel yet but if I park on a gradient with the bonnet facing down it does not leak. It`s as if it`s coming out of a breather pipe or something. Has anyone else had this problem?
Submitted: 11/07/2013 09:29:37 | ID: 20018
My Vauxhall Combo van 1700 02 plate keeps cutting out. I took it to a garage who said it needed an EDU and fuel sensor for which I was charged £384 for it to be fixed with these second hand parts . A week later and the van has cut out on me again with the car and spanner light coming on. Now it won’t turn over, even with quick start sprayed down the pipe. I`m at my wit`s end! Can anyone suggest what can be done?
Contacts on dash cluster - P from Ireland
Hi, I had same problem with my 2005 Combo Crewvan, every time I stopped at lights or roundabout it would stall, even when the engine was nice and warm. Replaced the Suction Control Valve (Solenoid) on the side of the Fuel Pump at back of engine and this cured the problem. Vauxhall will not sell you this part, they say it comes with the Fuel Pump but its fastened on with only 3 x bolts, so you may need to try a breakers. Hope it helps - Andy Baxter from Yorkshire
Submitted: 05/07/2013 11:10:36 | ID: 19961