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Only have my car a month now and twice while driving it has lost power and the steering has got really heavy. Once when I was in 6th gear on the motorway and once pulling away from traffic i lights. A yellow car with a spanner comes up on the dash. Once i turned the car off and back on it went back to normal and no light on dash. Any ideas what's happening? ?
Year of car? Petrol or diesel? That warning light usually means the car needs serviced but is also used for faulty glow plugs. Steering going heavy may mean no power from alternator (electric power steering) but you may have other issues. Hugh from City of Glasgow
Submitted: 30/03/2017 04:52:09 | ID: 140267
My expansion tank cap has split into its two components. I.e. The valve part is stuck Stuck fast in the tank and the cap is in my hand. Any ideas of how to remove The valve without damaging the tank?
Submitted: 24/03/2017 08:51:42 | ID: 140123
Hi. I have a 2011 Sports tourer, 1.8 Petrol SRI. My exhaust has gone mid section. To replace it's a two part job. The original is one part. The issue is this. The centre part is fine, it's the back box. On my car the rear exhaust pipe comes out of the rear box and is shaped downwards. Sort of bent towards the ground. The ones that come up to replace are straight pipes with a chrome fitting. My bumper does not have a cut out for this only a curve cut under the bumper. From behind the bumper is solid. My existing pipe does not have any chrome fitments. My local garage won't fit the new one as they fear it will A. Damage the bumper with hot gases directed straight towards the rear bumper B. Fumes may come into the vehicle. Any advise would be welcome.
Submitted: 23/03/2017 21:53:12 | ID: 140117
Bad lights on my Vauxhall 2016 insignia what wrong dark shadow on left side
Submitted: 20/03/2017 16:18:21 | ID: 140029
Hi there, My emissions warning light is lit up yellow and stays on and the car has a big loss of power
Submitted: 15/03/2017 18:48:31 | ID: 139882
Hi guys Yesterday going to work and noticed the display on the dashboard not working/not illuminated so pulled over ignition off and on, no problem. Then decided to look at the menus again and it seems most of the functionality of this has disappeared, tried different settings to find functions (basically best ECO paramiters etc) but found even fields to display options were not showing. Fiddled about then centre console display crashed showing "snow", again ignition off and on, back to as it was but without missing info. Then reset to factory settings on centre console but still same issue. Anyone any ideas? Just looked and found out, I think Warranty ran out yesterday..!! This is 2014 2.0ltr, 163bhp Sri Model, no SatNav
Submitted: 04/03/2017 11:53:46 | ID: 139432
Hi. Wonder if anyone can help. I was turning a corner today, went into 2nd gear and my car just went off. Lights and everything on dashboard. A message flashed up saying press clutch to start. This happened for a few minutes. I turned the engine off and restarted it again. Luckily it wasn't too busy and I was on my own,but concerned me a little. Would appreciate it if anyone help with what it might be. Hoping it's just a glitch and a one off.
Submitted: 03/03/2017 17:44:01 | ID: 139411
Hi My insignia moves very slow when i just start the engine in the mornings no matter how hard i step on the accelerator instead it just make noise as if its in N gear. but after a while it runs properly. Do you know why.
The use of the phrase "as if it's in N gear" rather than in "as if it's in neutral" suggests to me that you have an automatic gearbox. If that is so I would check the ATF level and if the level is OK the question is has it been changed at the recommended intervals? If not drain and replenish it with new and see if there is any improvement. Mick from Portugal
Submitted: 01/03/2017 14:28:31 | ID: 139326
Good Morning. As I was driving to work this morning my electronic speed display stuck on 25mph. All the other displays are working fine and the speedometer is still working. Does anyone know what the fault might be before I ring Vauxhalls?
Submitted: 01/03/2017 07:33:39 | ID: 139320
Why does my text alert in my car not read out any messages received nor give an alert to receiving any messages, even if I get it on my phone
Submitted: 10/02/2017 15:31:24 | ID: 138864
Car missing yellow warning light on ,was fine , smoke from exhaust
Submitted: 09/02/2017 21:26:50 | ID: 138843
Hi All, I was pulling out of the driveway today and my car started fine. Within a few meters the car just died and the dashboard lit up. It obviously isn't moving now. My husband has checked the battery and he says its fine with an output of 12V. The dashboard just lights up when you try to start it and it isn't turning over. Any ideas?
Submitted: 08/02/2017 17:14:45 | ID: 138798
Hi can anyone help? there is a knocking noise coming from somewhere in the drivers door. It sounds more near the bottom of the door area. Very annoying. Not sure if its in the door or even inside the sill. it doesn't sound metal to metal. Just to clarify all suspension etc has been checked so not in that area. any suggestions would be welcome.
Check whether the door catch striker plate needs adjustment. Close the door normally from the outside then press firmly against the handle to see if the door moves further in against the rubber seal. Adjustment is by loosening off the striker plate screws and re-positioning the door to eliminate the rattle or knock. Hugh from City of Glasgow
Submitted: 06/02/2017 19:29:32 | ID: 138749
Hi I have a Vauxhall insignia my car runs ace in all gears but when I'm on a motorway and go into six 5th and 6th gear my car goes into limp mode could you please help me and tell me what the problem could be thanks so much
Sorry, wish I could help. My son's got a 2014 diesel Insignia & a Friend's got an identical car with the exact same problem. Both have had ex-Vauxhall factory mechanics look at the cars but no luck. Both can run perfectly for days on end & then go to limp mode for no apparent reason. Servicing, oils, fluids, batteries etc. have all been carried out in accordance with the schedules. Obviously, this a highly dangerous condition as it can, and has happened when changing down to overtake especially on secondary roads. I have found that main dealers seem to be powerless to sort the problem as they tend to be slaves to diagnostic equipment. RICHARD JOYCE from Ireland
Submitted: 05/02/2017 13:11:20 | ID: 138699
what is the symbol of a small circle with a plus sign in centre located just right of the speed limit indicator mean?
Submitted: 03/02/2017 18:22:06 | ID: 138653
Hi guys, Not an easy one this but here goes. My dashboard display keeps flickering en mass on and off. Even when the fresh air fan is on I can hear it drop in power like something somewhere is working intermittently. Any guidance help etc will be greatly appreciated.
Check your battery capacity also check your alternator output, should be around 14.3 volts on charge. Especially check all connections in engine bay (battery terminals, alternator connections etc) and especially check all earth connections. You may have to remove dash panel and check loom connector plugs and card edge connectors for cleanliness and security. As a long shot, check that no one has fitted LED bulbs in any of the interior lights, sometimes aftermarket bulbs can cause this. Hugh from City of Glasgow
Submitted: 31/01/2017 20:00:32 | ID: 138578
Changed the dipped headlight bulb and it is still saying on the dash check dipped headlight bulb the headlight is working any one any answers
Submitted: 28/01/2017 17:20:46 | ID: 138474
What is the box inside the headlight called that produces the power to the xzenon bulb. ?and any idea what they cost.
Submitted: 27/01/2017 18:17:52 | ID: 138442
Headlight broken in accident.have bought new headlight and bulbs had it fitted but still does not work.does it need programming in the garage or could it need a new energiser box (I think that's what you call it ).it is a adaptive zxnon head light.select county Cumbria is not on the list.
Submitted: 27/01/2017 18:09:32 | ID: 138441
i changed my battery on my insignia now i have different codes on my dash board also it does not show my mileage how can i rectify this.
Submitted: 25/01/2017 20:41:16 | ID: 138422
Hi all have a 2.0 cdti ecoflex 160bhp insignia S model... Car takes three or four goes to start... I think its not getting diesal as no smoke come out of exhaust once started car drives perfect any ideas?
Glow plug? just a thought. peter from North Yorkshire
Glow plugs a good answer but it might also be that fuel is draining back from the engine overnight. If you have a primer on the fuel filter then pump this and see if the car will start. Not sure offhand if the Insignia has an electric pump in the tank but if it has you should try switch on the ignition for 10 to 20 seconds bursts to prime the fuel system before trying to start. Hugh from City of Glasgow
Checked glow plugs all heating grand all 4 also have a pressure senor on them if the pressure senor part was gone would this have an affect it starting? Daniel from Ireland
I don’t think the pressure sensor part of the glow plugs affects cold starting. The pressure sensor is supposed to monitor cylinder pressure when running and feed this to the ECU for optimal running, emission controls etc. Some engines only had one sensor plug but, even with four sensors, only one sensor at a time was used and if it malfunctioned the system switched to another sensor. Trouble was the little sensor holes got blocked up with soot which caused fault codes and warning lights then they changed the software in the ECU so that the fault codes wouldn’t bring on a warning light but the codes were still there if you scanned them. Normally you’d change the four plugs if one’s faulty but sensor plugs are too expensive for that although I understand you could get them cleaned ultrasonically. Hugh from City of Glasgow
Submitted: 24/01/2017 19:32:27 | ID: 138378
hi and congratulation for the great work that you are doing here... i have the same car , an insignia opel 2010 with problel in ignition in the car apears all the time the battery signal and didnt starting with my mechanical we try to change the altenator and we have tha same problem then we change all... the cpu,the imobilizer,the bypass system and after he put the new codes... now the car working and the problem is remainig ... at the car is stiil the batery signal on and didnt starting... it starts only if i put cablel from other car sorry for my bad english but im not from england...may i have you opion for tha proble i have my only car in garaze for 3 months,thanks for your time
Submitted: 21/01/2017 14:55:06 | ID: 138286
After changing rear bulb on insignia got a code 65 pop up on dash and now got service light on dash even tho the service isnt due for 2000 miles is there anyway to reset the service light on the dash
Submitted: 19/01/2017 15:47:21 | ID: 138245
Hi, got insignia 2009 plate, just had mot and service done, thermostat and sensor were replaced but now the fan stays on after engine turned off for ten minutes, the dash still states service is due, also an alarm noise and says engine overheating but it isnt. Cannot stop this information appearing and getting told an auto electrician will have to look at it now, is this common
the fan will usually stay on even when you switch off its still doing its job nothing to worry about. regarding the alarm noise and engine overheating not sure! peter from North Yorkshire
Submitted: 18/01/2017 13:37:21 | ID: 138217
Lost my miles on dash after battery change can any one help pl thanks ??
Submitted: 14/01/2017 12:02:11 | ID: 138081
Hi. Wife was driving car today and a shuddering noise came from engine.. She got home from work with the same problem. Insignia not starting at all now. All lights working so it doesn't seem electrical. I've got a feeling it could be the clutch !!!!
Submitted: 13/01/2017 23:14:34 | ID: 138071
service light for the parking brake coming on periodically, how much does it cost to get this service and what is involved?
Submitted: 10/01/2017 14:22:53 | ID: 137999
car battery died can not get mileage details to come on after battery rechared checked electrics tried reseting on window drop but still not getting mileage on cluster panel is it possible problem with 1 of modules
have you a answer to the question concerning mileage on cluster panel thank you barrywilmer from West Midlands
Hi I have the same problem with my insignia lost miles after battery change can u help pl thanks Chris from Yorkshire
Submitted: 10/01/2017 10:23:45 | ID: 137987
How do I get accessed to the fuel filler flap locking motor? as I had to force open the flap and the plastic locking bar is not retracting when the key fob is used or the key is used in the door ,looks like it's a wheel off and splash guard removed job , any suggestions gratefully taken on board ,thanks billy
Submitted: 08/01/2017 20:14:20 | ID: 137947
hi can anyone help ,every time i brake i get a knocking sound , the ABS light came on but has since gone of ,i dont want to take it in to a garage blind as they could tell me anything ,any body any ideas would be much appreciated. thanks
Submitted: 07/01/2017 18:14:43 | ID: 137905
I've got problems with the boot on my insignia hatchback. It's refusing to open via the normal boot lid press pad. I've followed some instructions from Charlie Buckingham from Swansea and finally managed to get it open. Charlie also said that there is a simple way to replace the faulty switch and he says Remove the boot bar outside trim and badge(3 screws). Remove the inside bootlid trim(small release mechanism inside boot lid by the locking catch. Press the release mechanism and the trim just pulls off. This gives access to the boot switch. Unclip the wiring connector and just replace with the new one. Job done 15 to 20 minutes. Unfortunately I'm thinking his outline is for an insignia Tourer as I can't see any of his instructions on my car. Can anyone (maybe Charlie if he's still following this question) tell me where the 3 screws are for the outside trim and how to remove the inside bootlid trim on a hatchback. Cheers Jim
I had the same problem on my wife's insig. Easy to fix. Bought a £20 replacement boot switch on eBay. Fitting quite easy if you know how. YouTube is your friend https://youtu.be/d9WZLjMjSi4 Main dealer would probably charge £75 min fitted Steve from Buckinghamshire
Had the same problem with my 2011 insignia, Garage replaced for me cost £80 ken from Redcar and Cleveland
Submitted: 05/01/2017 13:25:38 | ID: 137835
I have had problems with water getting into front and rear light assemblies. These have been changed but I am now getting condensation in the front lamp assemblies. I am told by Vauxhall that this is a characteristic of the Insignia. My research indicated this is not an Insignia characteristic. Has anybody had this problem and,,if so, what has Vajuxhall or the dealer said about it?
I had same problem but actually had water coming in the boot, evidently it's the seals that have gone around the back lights which let in water. Janet from Middlesex
Submitted: 05/01/2017 10:34:30 | ID: 137830
is it permissible to replace 3 sensor glow plugs with non sensor ones , thanks
Submitted: 03/01/2017 18:41:23 | ID: 137770
can the tailgate on the sports tourer be opened manually?
Submitted: 03/01/2017 12:49:14 | ID: 137754
My tailgate will not unlock on my 2012 Insignia estate. Can anyone help. Thank ou
probably water in the tailgate catch .this is a reasonably easy replacement peter from Norfolk
Submitted: 02/01/2017 23:48:44 | ID: 137738
Hi I seem to have a problem with my indicators the rear right works front right doesn't, front left works rear left doesn't work can anyone help please as I do a lot of motorway miles thanks walt
Submitted: 02/01/2017 10:48:48 | ID: 137726
My vauxhall Insignia 2009 just lost all power when I was driving along the road before that codes 3 and 4 where showing. Managed to get towed to garage but after two weeks they still cannot get it going. The coolant pipe had ripped apart and so we thought that I might have seized the engine. The garage however told me that they can get the engine ticking over manually but when they turn the ignition key to start the engine all the lights come on then go off again immediately. They have replaced the starter motor and checked the battery but it is not this. So I am no further on with my car still sitting in the garage. They keep getting the engine to turn over manually but when they turn the ignition key all that happens is the dash lights up for a split second and then nothing. Any suggestions as to what to do or what it could be would be most appreciated. Many Thanks, Kev
Check that engine immobiliser has not activated. Also, check that the engine control relay has not failed. Failing this, take it to a specialist Vauxhall garage, where they have the appropriate diagnostic equipment and knowledge on this model. Paul from Cambridgeshire
Thanks Paul for taking the time to answer my question. I spoke to the garage yesterday around midday just before they were about to close for Christmas. They informed me that they had gone over the engine again and could not find anything wrong with it which makes them almost certain that it is a electrical problem. After doing some research online the night before I came to the same conclusion as you regarding the immobiliser. So I mentioned it to the garage and they said that their is a strong possibility that it could be that. I informed them that I had a spare key but they are not open now until the new year. So that's when we will try this. I am just glad that it is not the engine as this would have cost me a small fortune. I will mention about the engine control relay that you mentioned in your reply to them. Thanks again for your reply Paul I really do appreciate people like you taking the time and effort to answer someones question. I will be sure to let everybody know how I get on in the new year. Kev from Cheshire
I appreciate your thanks. It doesn't happen very often! I'm afraid I have no detailed knowledge of your model of car, but I have more than 35 years experience of fixing cars and I'm an electronics engineer as well. I use the internet to increase my knowledge daily, so I try to give back by helping on various forums. If you can find the wiring diagrams, you can solve this problem. Hope you get it sorted. Paul from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 23/12/2016 00:35:03 | ID: 137545
Hi brand new 66 plate Vauxhall Insignia delivered 2 days ago. All is great barring the bluetooth . As a company car this is vital to me. I have successfully paired now 6 different current mobile phones to the car system, all connect and allow me to play music through the system and gives me the full contact list. Making a call however all 6 phones have the same issue. Basically the person I am calling cannot here me from the car, I can hear them no problem. I think it's a microphone issue, so please let me know I'm losing it and the fix is with one of the buttons in this car and I've been daft. Or is there potentially a mic issue? Kind Regards
Submitted: 21/12/2016 17:44:30 | ID: 137517
Hi my drivers side foglight clip has somehow broken foglight mint condition no marks around chrome trim etc of anything Knockin it the clip has broke on the bumpers side does that mean a whole new bumper
i would get it up on a ramp. See if you could put some kind of fixing onto it to hold it in place.Cheaper than a bumper lol peter from North Yorkshire
Submitted: 19/12/2016 23:21:35 | ID: 137472
My Vauxhall insigna 2012 diesel saloon keeps totally cutting out. No lights, no engine and the steering jams. Has happened about 15 times, on motorway doing 70 mph, coming down Alpes in France three weeks ago, highly dangerous! Sent to Perry's again, first time could find nothing wrong, this time said the car needed a new EGR valve. £362.47 later drove car about one mile had 4 cutouts and was nearly killed by HGV. Got it back to Perry's an now refuse to drive it. What do I do now as I am scared stiff of the car?
I had something very much like what your getting. Vauxhall had the care for a week scratching there heads. I refused toi have the car back until it was fixed properly. It turned out to be a bug in the cars computer system. The emptied the computer and did a total reboot and uploaded new soft ware and away it went. When mine went wrong it kept showing up as cank shaft sensor . umm it was not!! steve from Cornwall
Submitted: 19/12/2016 08:21:21 | ID: 137446
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