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Mark McCabe, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra starts okay but you have to keep the gas down for ages to produce any revs and then it is very slow to pick up in first and second gear, although all of the other gears are okay. It feels like the fuel isn’t getting through. Any ideas how I can fix this or what the problem could be? (2.0. DTI 16V Diesel)

Submitted: 12/04/2012 12:15:48 | ID: 80188

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Gordon Mcgee, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

How do I operate my Vauxhall Vectra`s cd player?

Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:07:15 | ID: 70972

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Lewis Taylor, Clackmannanshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do I change the front brake pads on my Vauxhall Vectra?

Submitted: 10/04/2012 14:35:01 | ID: 78965

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Bobby Dazzler, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

I’ve got a Vauxhall Vectra 2002 diesel 1.9 dti. Since I bought it the spinner light is on and there is no accelerator, can anyone help?

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The engine computer has logged a fault (commonly a failed engine sensor) and is operating in limp-home mode. A mechanic with a diagnostics computer can plug the car in, and "ask" the engine computer what it’s unhappy about - typically it will say a sensor has failed and needs replacing Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 05/04/2012 08:50:36 | ID: 78913

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Darren Tee, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hi, I have 2005 sxi. I’ve had the car two weeks now and it’s been back in the garage four times. The car had a lack of power then a light bulb warning light kept coming on. I had the alternator replaced and the light still comes on. Help someone!

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What does the bulb relate to? Why did you change the alternator? Donald Utton from Kent

Submitted: 02/04/2012 10:08:29 | ID: 78740

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Frazer Kennedy, Perthshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Which discs should I buy for this car? Are all the Vectras the same? (Sri series b)

Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:32:49 | ID: 73981

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Mark, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

The heaters, back wiper and central locking have stopped working. Can anyone help? (sri)

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I had the problem with the central locking on my 2002 Vectra. Try putting the key in the door and turn a few times then take the key out and try it again Michael Meehan from County Antrim

Submitted: 02/04/2012 09:25:50 | ID: 73156

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Adrian Rushton, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

Does anyone know what the plastic thing on the inside of the fuel filler flap is for on Vauxhall vehicles?

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I believe what you may be talking about is the little plastic slot type thing. If so, this is for storing your filler cap whilst at the fuel pump. There is a circular flange on the inside end of the cap and this handly slots into the recess on the flap Johnny from Nottinghamshire

The plastic thing that you refer to is an extension that fits over the valve caps on the wheels. It helps to keep your hands away from the valve caps which are inevitably full of brake pad dust! Keith Rowland from Australia

I think you may be talking about the long round plastic thing. Its for unscrewing tyre dust caps when you have wheel trims on the vehicle. I have the same on my 1999 Vauxhall Vectra Stephen Alderson from Kent

Submitted: 29/03/2012 10:03:11 | ID: 72798

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Brian Knowler, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Does anyone know long before the cambelt of my Vauxhall Vectra needs replacing? (CFTI diesel)

Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:06:35 | ID: 68374

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Steven Belk, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

Hi. When my Vauxhall Vectra is standing in traffic or moving slowly the electric fan kicks in, followed by a lot of noise as though the fan blade is hitting something. Having looked at it I can`t see anything. Also when I start moving again the noise disappears. Any ideas? Thanks

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Fan blade hitting something is most likely, could be worn bearings on fan motor allowing movement in the wrong axis, could be shorted turn on fan motor Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:54:59 | ID: 70958

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Steven Belk, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

Hi, can you help me? Under the bonnet of my Vauxhall Vectra there are 2 what looks like dipsticks. I know that one is the oil dipstick but don`t know what the other one is for? They are both one behind the other and the one that`s not the dipstick has a lid on it that snaps back. I hope that you can tell me what it`s for? (Automatic 1800 5 door hatch back)

Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:48:35 | ID: 70957

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Brad Harding, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

How do I turn on my Vauxhall Vectra`s digital fuel gauge? It was on but now it`s on stop watch and I don`t know how to take it off? (Sri 150)

Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:21:30 | ID: 70956

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Ahmed Ebeidi, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

I keep finding oil in the spark plugs area of my Vauxhall Vectra all of the time. Can anyone advise?

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Try changing the head rocket gasket because I had the same problem Terry from Wrexham

Just replace the valve cover gasket... Alfredo Romana from Australia

Change your rocker cover gasket by all means but check your breather pipes on your rocker cover. They block up with oil and cause pressure in the cam cover, causing the gasket to go. I had the same problem with mine Paul from England

Submitted: 22/03/2012 10:13:36 | ID: 70550

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Gary Holmes, New Zealand

Vauxhall Vectra 1996

Can anyone suggest why my Vauxhall Vectra miss-fires when accelerating?

Submitted: 19/03/2012 14:37:06 | ID: 70492

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Chris Woolley, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

I have been trying to rid my Vauxhall Vectra of a condensation build up in the engine by driving it in low gears and high revs, but the EML light flickers on and off at about 5000 to 6000 revs. What does it mean and do you know another way to get rid of the build up from condensation? (GSi.)

Submitted: 15/03/2012 10:32:28 | ID: 84468

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Paul, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Can someone please tell me where in my 55 plate Vauxhall Vectra is the fuse for the cigarette lighter? Please, it`s urgent. (1.9 cdti)

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open nearside door, remove panel from side of glove box and its in there Ray from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:43:13 | ID: 83236

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Rallph Godfrey, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

My 1999 Vauxhall Vectra has front fogs - are they just for show? Because the switch inside the car, when switched on, makes the headlights go lower or higher. Can anyone help?

Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:07:30 | ID: 83217

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Gary McLachlan, Ayrshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

What type of exhaust do I need to fit as there are two? My Vectra is the 2.0 T Elegance and the off-side back box needs replacing. I can’t find options on websites to help me. How much should I pay?

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I put a cobra middle and rear boxes from eBay and fitted myself (fitter by trade), stainless steel is better for sound and a slight increase in bhp. The company on eBay was called exhaust uk, also your local exhaust centre probably do a range of stainless exhausts to choose from Matt S from Essex

Submitted: 13/03/2012 08:42:42 | ID: 83232

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Thomas McAuley, Renfrewshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I am looking for O RINGS for the heater matrix. I have purchased the matrix but it come without O RINGS. Can’t seem to be able to get them anywhere. Seemingly they are very difficult to acquire. Does anyone know where I might purchase the O RINGS. I have tried for hours on internet to no avail...

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B&Q sell a selection RD Newman from Wales

Smear old ones with a gasket sealer, done this on mine never had any more trouble Clive Dorling from Suffolk

Submitted: 13/03/2012 08:18:31 | ID: 83203

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Keith, Angus (Forfarshire)

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

On my Vauxhall Vectra, the traction control cuts in when I do over 60mph. I was told that my abs sensor is not reading the abs ring because the teeth are broken/cracked. Can I just replace the cv joint ring or do I have to replace the whole cv joint? Thanks. (2.2 ls)

Submitted: 09/03/2012 15:42:25 | ID: 83175

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Mike, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My friend has a 2-litre petrol sri, 01 plate. This day he was out driving and pressed his clutch to floor and put it in gear. When he let his foot off it didn’t move... What’s wrong?

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I am assuming the clutch pedal stayed down. If this is correct it happened to me on my car. I found out it was due to very low brake fluid as the clutch and brakes are connected. Check to make sure your brake pipes are not leaking and top up your brake reservoir. The clutch may still stay down until it has been bled. Hope this helps Richard from England

Submitted: 09/03/2012 09:41:47 | ID: 83129

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Michael Nunn, Essex

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I cannot select gears with engine running. I am guessing it will be a clutch problem. How hard is it to replace a clutch and is there anything else it could possibly be? (Elegance 2.0 DTI)

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Could be your thrush bearing but best replace clutch while your there Ian Sallis from Huntingdonshire

Submitted: 08/03/2012 10:59:33 | ID: 83085

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Katie Pelling, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Does my Vauxhall Vectra cdti 56 plate have a timing belt or chain?

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If it’s the Vauxhall engine then it’s a chain - if not it’s a belt Mark Ward from Yorkshire

Submitted: 08/03/2012 08:00:39 | ID: 76284

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Sameh Moustafa, Sweden

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

My car is an Opel Vectra B model 1997 Gl 5d 1.6 and now it getting me mad because it has some troubles with engine check lamp that I asked about it before so I made a paper clip diagnose on it and it gave me 2 codes. First is 0110 and it refers to Intake Air Temperature Sensor (ATS) and the other code is 115 and it refers to Engine Coolant Temperature Sensor. So I got both changed but the problem now the car don’t want to start at all. I tried many times to check everything but it looks like every thing is okay. When I start the car the engine roll and you hear it sound normal but it never fires up. I try over and over and charge the battery again and again but no respond. I changed the ignition wires and the main ignition unite but nothing happened all still the same. I put back old sensors and old ignition unite nothing happened too still turning but never fires up. Before I change anything the car didn’t start in the morning and it looks like it stopped forever so I started to change stuff and make paper clip test but nothing changed. So tell me, where should I search please? The car have petrol oil and cooling fluid, most of sensors I checked them clips and cleaned them with cleaning spray but still won’t fire up. It happened before but one of my friends dragged me and I started on the second gear then it worked till it stopped that morning 10 days ago and now nothing help. Any ideas? Tell me where to check or where to start my research in my car ..... I appreciate any help from you all out there, Sameh. (Opel Vectra B model 1997 Gl 5d 1.6)

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The best advice that I can give is to go to both these sites: www.vvon.co.uk www.vectra-c.com You may need to register but they are both free and packed with info and helpful with answers to questions. Best of luck Colm O’Kane from Nottinghamshire

Submitted: 05/03/2012 17:45:56 | ID: 82280

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Paul Mercer, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi, hope someone can help me??? My 2004 sri 2.2 petrol Vectra one morning would not start? There was just a clicking sound from engine? I have changed the starter motor, put a new earth lead from battery to starter and put a new battery on but still wont even turn over? Just clicks away??? Could it be cam belt??? Pleas help me!

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Hi Paul. I have excatly the same problem! I have a Corsa 1600 sport 2005 model. Mine does this every two months or so and then goes back to normal, while it doesn’t start, my windows go crazy (open and closed) and the radio changes stations as if its possesed! I have taken it in today to an electrical car place and was wondering if you have found any answers yet to your problem? Please e-mail me at lstephens [at ]tentersa [dot] com. Many thanks Leonora Stephens from South Africa

Submitted: 05/03/2012 17:26:39 | ID: 82225

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Hayley Hudson, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I have a 53 plate Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 dti sri. Last Sunday I came to unlock it and nothing happened so I had to unlock it by key, which set the alarm off. I got a new battery for my key fob and all seemed to be OK until last night when the same happened again. Is it a problem with my central locking or not. Can someone help please? xx

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Hi, if the battery was out of the key for too long, the key will need rest with the car. It tells you how in user manual. Hope this helps Chris from Cambridgeshire

The contacts in the battery holder which are soldered ot the little circuit board in the key become detached / the solder joints crack at the circuit board. Usually wedging a small piece of paper on top of the battery (to push it and the battery holder against the circuit board) will sort it Paul Marchant from England

I have a 2 ltr petrol turbo Vectra 2004. I had the problem where I could lock the car with the key fob, but it wouldn’t unlock the same way I had to do as you did, unlock the car with the key setting the alarm off. After weeks of investigating this problem I came across an internet problem solver who suggested a squirt of WD40 in the ignition barrel. I did this and everything has been fine since. I also treated the door lock to a squirt as well, so I would try this remedy. Hope it works for you. Best of luck. Philip Frost from Somerset

Submitted: 05/03/2012 17:25:01 | ID: 82296

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Michelle Manley, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I had diag done on the car and needed a new maf. I’ve done that but when I drove the car after, it runs fine for 5-10 mins then is sluggish and won’t pick up much power. My friend thinks it’s the vac solenoid - could that be it? Please help. (2.2 Elite dti)

Submitted: 29/02/2012 11:03:37 | ID: 81201

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Ian Blick, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi, I got a new tyre fitted at my local breakers yard in June 2011. After a couple of months I noticed that my gearbox started to whine. I am now getting a loud whining noise from the gearbox or diff - would this be bearings knackered?

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Most likely gearbox bearings, assuming it’s road-speed related (not engine RPM related). I think the tyre swap is neither here nor there. It’s plausible that it m-i-g-h-t be a wheel bearing, but if the noise is the same regardless of whether you’re cornering left or right or driving straight ahead, I’d suspect it’s gearbox Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 27/02/2012 16:55:07 | ID: 81114

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Matt, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

My Vauxhall Vectra has a mobile phone dock in the central console which is linked to the radio. Unfortunately I do not have a phone which fits it and would like one to fit my iPhone. Can anyone help me with where to get such a docking system to link to my radio for iPhone?

Submitted: 27/02/2012 15:39:23 | ID: 81018

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Jonny Luff, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Every now again my power steering goes hard for about 2 seconds, then goes easy. Anyone know what it could be? On my Vectra C 2003.

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I would change the power steering fluid first. Probably congealed, then see what happens otherwise I will probably need a new rack old oil, could of contaminated the rack seals Vectra c man from Essex

Submitted: 24/02/2012 11:13:54 | ID: 79962

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John Savoury, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

Vectra 1.8 ls engine revs between 1000 and 2000 when stood and at low speeds, can run like this for days and then runs normally for a few weeks before happening again. Any ideas, thanks.

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Try and clean the maf sensor with carb cleaner and with anything else Choukri Kayal from France

Submitted: 23/02/2012 14:32:43 | ID: 80023

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Wayne McCarthy, Blaenau Gwent

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Hi there, I have no pressure in the clutch and it now does not work. When I start the engine and put the clutch in it makes a noise. I was told that they’re hydraulic and the cylinder has gone. It’s a 2002 Vectra, could anyone please tell how much it would cost to have it fixed? Thanks.

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It’s your concentric slave cylinder that controls your clutch pedal and it is hydrolic. It gets a fluid feed from your brake fluid reservoir. Unfortunatly it’s a gearbox out to fix and you should change the clutch while you’re at it as it may be contaminated with brake fluid and if your car is a diesel you should also change the duel mass flywheel. It’s an expensive job at least £600 in a local garage or £1,200 at Vauxhall Ian Darling from Mid-Lothian (Edinburghshire)

Why don’t you change the slave cylinder first and see the result. And it is not that hard, you can do it yourself Choukri Kayal from France

Submitted: 23/02/2012 14:07:18 | ID: 79991

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Keith Richards, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

Please could someone help? My 1998 Vectra, 2-litre dti starts OK but is very smoky. As soon as I drive off the smoke clears but the engine management light comes on and full power is not there. What could be the problem?

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You have black smoke and loss of power, and the engine consume lot of diesel, then it is the EGR, try first to clean it with spray bottle (carb cleaner) it might solve the problem, if not then you have to change the EGR Choukri Kayal from France

Map sensor, mine did the same, drove me nuts... computer will bring this up Jason from County Down

Submitted: 21/02/2012 15:31:22 | ID: 79910

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Lee Steerment, Norfolk

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

I recently bought a Vauxhall Vectra and when I bought it and did all my checks all seemed to be in good working order. But over the past couple of days I’ve noticed my steering wheel keeps clicking and locking while I’m driving, which is obviously dangerous. What could this possibly be and will it be expensive? Thanks.

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Hi, my car has just started doing exactly the same thing. What did it turn out to be and was it expensive? Jason Tucker from Leicestershire

Submitted: 20/02/2012 11:03:32 | ID: 79039

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Nigel Daley, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1989

How do you flush the cooling system on a 1989 Vauxhall Vectra? Is there a drain plug? Thank you.

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Turn anti clockwise drain plug underneath the radiator Dip Bagi from Mauritius

Submitted: 17/02/2012 15:09:47 | ID: 78842

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Matt Farrier, Bridgend

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My mass flow sensor keeps getting blocked with small pieces of metal (they are very small flexible pieces of metal NOT solid). Garage has cleaned them out and the car drove really good, but after driving the car for about 30 mins the problem returned, took it back to the garage and they did the same and the car ran very good again, but it has come back. They are not sure where the metal fragments are coming from and have suggested we keep removing the pieces and hope they clear out of the system this way. Anyone have any idea where they may be coming from and I might be able to educate the garage and get it resolved?

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It might be the mesh inside the oil breath box as mine had gone solid and was fraing and was appearing in the top of the rocker cover. Hope this might help Karl Lockett from England

Submitted: 17/02/2012 10:42:48 | ID: 78852

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Vicky Ciliberto, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My husband bought a car and wanted the CD player in the car. The dealer said he would put one in. After driving away my husband realised that it was not the proper CD player for the Vauxhall. My husband bought one himself and he took it back to the dealer to have it fitted, he found out that the dealer had ordered for the original plug to be cut off. Where do we stand with this if the dealer refuses to fix it?

Submitted: 16/02/2012 15:59:07 | ID: 78814

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Sharon Poulter, Surrey

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra’s fob stopped working about a year ago. I changed the battery but it still didn’t work. I changed the battery again recently and it still didn’t work but now on the dashboard screen it’s coming up "remote control battery". What does this mean?

Submitted: 16/02/2012 09:36:09 | ID: 78641

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Gordon Black, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra temperature gauge works intermittently. The thermostat seems to be working. Any ideas on how to get it to work properly?

Submitted: 15/02/2012 08:47:48 | ID: 78542

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Adam Thompson, Kent

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra has got a misfire. I have changed coil pack and spark plugs and still no good. The engine management light is also on, and it is running rough. Any further suggestions?

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I had the same with a sri 140 misfire and lumpy tickover and the EM kept coming on. Looked online for a cure, found it could be a sensor. After more checking, I found a thin pipe popped of just under the throttle body. Runs and tickover perfect. Cheap job for once Jason Goodridge from England

Check the cat hasn’t failed and blocked up, happened to my vectra c 1.8 Sri, cost my about 500 with a new sensor. Get it put on an emissions machine at an mot centre, this will give you an indication of a problem Matt from Essex

Submitted: 13/02/2012 15:42:35 | ID: 78520

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