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I have a Vauxhall Vectra C 1.9 02-09 model. It makes a weird noise when revving above 1500rpm when in neutral. When the car is on the road it won’t drive properly and if I increase rpm, like above 1500-2000rpm, it will not pull as it does usually and power is decreased. It makes weird noises like winding loud noises (worn out noises) and does not pick up speed as usual. If I put it into neutral when it`s parked and if I turn it off, as it turns off the engine shakes and rumbles and the turbo makes an unusual sound as if it`s worn out. Does anyone have any ideas please? Thanks.
Submitted: 18/03/2013 09:31:07 | ID: 91744
Hello there. I was seeing what my Vauxhall Vectra could do on the motorway, then after hitting the turbo and going into high revs the car suddenly lost power and since then hasn’t regained it`s full power. The turbo is still there, it`s just not as strong as it was and there`s no real sound from the turbo. Would this have something to do with the air filter? It`s still a strong car and fast, it`s just lost that extra wee kick in the turbo. Any ideas? (elite)
Hi, check all vacuum pipes going to actuator and to egr valve actuator. They blow of under pressure, pipes might need to be replaced Jason from Cheshire
Submitted: 13/03/2013 12:21:00 | ID: 91619
All the lights have gone on the back passenger side of my car. I have been told it my be the electrics... why might it happen? Plus is it costly to fix?
Submitted: 11/03/2013 17:26:42 | ID: 91541
My Vauxhall Vectra keeps going into idle mode when it gets up to three thousand revs. I have had a brand new EGR valve put on but it is still going into idle mode but not as often, not sure what else would be causing this, any help would be so much help?
Hi, get an auto electrician, fairly cheap, about £40. I did when this happened to my Vectra. In the end it was fuel pump, or can be fuel rail sensor Melanie Birch from England
Get a boost pressure sensor, common Gary Dodd from Shropshire
Submitted: 11/03/2013 16:33:47 | ID: 91525
My Vauxhall Vectra`s climate control had deminished leaving a very poor cold air flow, so I changed the resistor to the blower motor but still no change. I was just about to consider buying a reconditioned blower motor when I thought that air filter looks a bit sooty so I changed that instead. The blower motor must have been in some kind of limp mode, the resistor slows the blower motor down to prevent the muck from the air filter getting blown all round the cab. I`m now driving round with only red hot air coming out and turning the climate control to cold with the air conditioning set has no effect, only red hot air is coming out. Can anyone help?
Hi Roy, I have also had a similar problem with my Vectra when he heater was blowing cold at the back of your engine where the heater pipes go into you matrix. There should be a round diaphram connecting the pipes together, this opens and closes. You could try changing this but be warned, it’s a bit of a pig and you could possibly get an air lock once you have done it! Hope this helps mate Derek Morton from England
Submitted: 05/03/2013 11:14:02 | ID: 90762
I just bought a 54 plate Vauxhall Vectra and I can’t find the ok button for the dash board? Can anyone tell me where it is? I’ve tried everywhere I can think of it, could it be a button that’s stopped working? Thanks.
Mate, it’s on the end of the wipers lever... up down and ok John Bishop from England
Assuming you mean the display in the centre of the dash? Use the same large knob used to select options - push it in, it will click. This is OK Jon from Dorset
Submitted: 04/03/2013 09:43:52 | ID: 91145
I am having trouble starting my Vauxhall Vectra. There`s a double lock light on the dash. I locked and unlocked the car and then tried again. It worked okay but I`ve had this problem several times. Can anyone help please? Thanks.
Submitted: 01/03/2013 09:57:26 | ID: 91965
Having just bought this Vauxhall Vectra would anyone like to tell me where the oil and fuel filters are on the vehicle, not your normal steel canister type? (1.9 diesel 58 plate)
Submitted: 26/02/2013 09:23:25 | ID: 90840
My Vauxhall Vectra has been sitting for 18 months and I`ve just replaced the battery and filled it with fuel. It`s firing and running for 2 minutes then dying. It runs when I pour petrol into the carb but sounds like it`s getting starved of fuel. What could be causing this? (1.8 petrol)
Submitted: 26/02/2013 08:36:47 | ID: 90912
Hi, I have a 2003 Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 and thought I had a faulty oil pressure switch, so I had it replaced with a GM original one, however the oil light still doesn’t come on. If I start the car and remove the cable from the oil pressure switch and connect it to the chassis or negative of the battery the oil light comes on. If I just turn on the ignition and I don’t start the engine and I earth the oil pressure light then the light doesn’t come on. It will only come on if the engine is started and the cable is earthed. The garage that fitted the switch says it looks like the problem lies somewhere else like the ECU. Can anyone shed any light on this and point me in the right direction? Thanks. (Elite)
Submitted: 25/02/2013 08:57:21 | ID: 90900
My Vauxhall Vectra`s 2 front internal handles will not open the doors but both work from outside. I have removed the internal door panels and everything seems to be working so I`m looking for the cause of my problem. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Submitted: 22/02/2013 09:32:22 | ID: 90042
When I unlock and lock my Vauxhall Vectra I`ve noticed the side light bulb flickers very lightly, then goes off after about 30 seconds. This only happens when I lock or unlock it. Could it be a loose wire maybe?
Submitted: 19/02/2013 09:02:29 | ID: 90188
Hi, my Vauxhall Vectra has suddenly started draining the battery, sometimes in a couple of hours. I`ve checked all lights and bulbs and they are all as they should be. I had a tow bar fitted 2 months ago. Also my alarm went off for the first time ever completely randomly and for no reason last night. I`m not sure how to diagnose what`s draining the battery or even where to start looking. I have resorted to disconnecting the battery when parked up for any length of time. Can anybody help? (1.9 cdti 120)
Check if boot light going off while tailgate shut, could be mercury swith in tailgate, not turning light off. I had that problem Andy from Yorkshire
That would be an alternator fault Craig King from England
Submitted: 18/02/2013 08:58:00 | ID: 79875
Hi, can anyone help? I have a Vauxhall Vectra C 2003 Elite model. I`ve just realised when I turn on the ignition my oil light does not come on. I have looked at the wire that goes on the oil pressure switch and when I earth that wire the light still does not come on, but if I earth the wire to the negative side of the battery the light comes on. So I replaced the oil pressure switch and tried it but still no joy. Has anybody got any ideas? Thanks.
Submitted: 18/02/2013 08:47:29 | ID: 90571
When my Vauxhall Vectra 51 plate is ticking over the temperature gauge goes up as normal. When I take it for a run the gauge goes down to cold and the heaters start to go cold as well. I checked the hoses and all are hot so water is getting around okay. Does anyone have any ideas please?
Had same trouble with my 4.0 Jag, changed the thermostat, it was stuck open. Solved mine Lee Frances from England
Submitted: 15/02/2013 16:32:35 | ID: 80872
When I start my Vauxhall Vectra in the morning the glow plug light comes on and all is well, but if I turn the engine off before it has got upto temperature the glow plug light does not come on and the car won’t start again for about six hours. I have had a new camshaft sensor fitted, cambelt water pump and I think I might need a new starter motor as well as I have kept trying to start it when it doesn’t want to start. Can anyone help please? (cdti Sri 120bhp)
Submitted: 14/02/2013 12:18:27 | ID: 90632
Can I add a normal push button switch to switch traction control on and off on my 2004 Vauxhall Vectra C? I`ve got the blue plug in the dash ready but no switch, so all I need to know is what wires do I use on the blue plug?
Submitted: 12/02/2013 09:44:29 | ID: 65778
Hi, I have a Vauxhall Vectra c 2.2 Elite and the oil light won`t come on when I turn the key. I`ve just had a new switch fitted but still no joy. I tested the wire and the wire has power so I don`t know what to do. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 12/02/2013 08:26:39 | ID: 67219
How do you adjust the camber angle of both front and rear wheels on my Vauxhall Vectra? The wheels are leaning inwards at the top and should be vertical. Thanks for any advice. (1.8 club)
The fronts are done by getting your tracking checked to stop uneven tyre wear... the rears are supposed to lean in at the top Tom Cruise from England
Check the bushes in the arm jack up the wheel and push and pull the top of the wheel, if it moves bushes are worn as they shouldn’t lean in a lot. If it’s visible then there’s wear. David Alcock from England
Submitted: 01/02/2013 16:14:55 | ID: 90096
I have a Vauxhall Vectra 2ltr turbo diesel. I`ve just had the fuel pump put on and diesel`s getting to the injectors but not firing. If I take the air pipe off and spray easy start up then she fires till you take the spray away, then it cuts out. What can I do?
Hi Ken , are you sure timing correct? And don’t use easy start mate; it can ruin a good engine and make them rely on it after only couple of times using it... sorry not into these cars yet as only just got mine so I’m learning! Going on other cars the pump gets timed with engine so make sure all correct and as long as you have the right pressure at right time it should work! Good luck Dave Aylmer from Gloucestershire
I think that they are chain driven not belt so not touching the chain = no timing prob but cheek that fuel is hitting all 4 injectors ie bleeding it again see where you get after this. Hope this works Craig R from Flintshire
Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:41:32 | ID: 90007
When my Vauxhall Vectra is stationary and the engine`s running, a smell of engine fumes comes into the car through the heater and this is only happening since the turbo went and had to be replaced. I was wondering if this is a major problem and how is it fixed? Thank you.
Submitted: 31/01/2013 14:23:07 | ID: 89979
How do you change the passenger side front left indicator bulb on my Vauxhall Vectra? I have had a look and can find the covers for the dip and high beam but can’t see it for the indicator. Do I have to take the light out or can it be done without?
Submitted: 28/01/2013 08:52:41 | ID: 89585
I recently changed my brake light bulb on the nearside of my Vauxhall Vectra. After fitting the bulb correctly and starting the car none of the lights on the nearside cluster will work. There is a bleeping coming from the cockpit when I turn the indicator etc on and the warning signs on my console now show faults with all lights on the nearside. Can anyone suggest what to do?
Hi Paul, are you sure the electric plug on good and solid? Try little WD40 in plug, if they were all working before it should work now, the plug should only fit correctly in 1 position. Hope it is a simple thing like this! Dave Aylmer from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 28/01/2013 08:40:59 | ID: 89570
I have two problems with my 51 reg Vauxhall Vectra and would appreciate help. Firstly my cigarette lighter fitting is jammed in and I can’t use my sat nav or anything else. I`m not sure if it needs a new fuse but I don’t know where that is as I can’t see the symbol for it on the panel under the steering wheel? The next problem is the heater, or lack of heat. The car will heat up with the engine running and it’s stationary, but when you drive it the heating goes off and only gives out cold air. I was going to buy one of those plug in car heaters but as I’ve not got the cigarette lighter socket working either I’m kind of stuck and freezing. Can anybody help please?
Hi Margret, check your coolant level as when low the 1st thing to stop is the heater as engine keeps all the water in it, is the pressure cap on tight? If letting pressure out water won’t circulate around heater, even when low on water it will warm up when stationary and drop temp when move off. As for the lighter I would go to breakers and try get another to see if that works if fuse gone they normally just stay out not in, maybe build up on lighter has jammed it try giving a good tug. Regards Dave Aylmer from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 24/01/2013 10:49:57 | ID: 89324
I recently bought a Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 elite 2003 model. When I start it up it has an intermittent rattle coming from the timing chain end when it is cold, but when it warms up it`s okay, no rattle. I had the alternator looked at and that seems fine. Can anybody please help?
If that rattle is from the chain there’s a very good chance it will fail in the very near future. Don’t think because the rattle stops it isn’t the chain. If you drive it and it breaks at speed you could be looking at a complete engine as they can damage the bottom end as well as the top. Get it checked asap BigG from Kent
you need to get the pully's that the chain goes round changing as they've worn hence the rattling. m jones from Shropshire
Submitted: 22/01/2013 14:07:06 | ID: 89076
Hi, last week my Vauxhall Vectra was giving high revs with very little power. I took it to a garage who said it needed a new clutch. Since the day I got it back it is making a grinding noise when turning left and I’m hearing every gear change. Please can anyone help?
Hi my Vectra makes the same noise and I can feel the grinding. I think it needs some gear box oil. Phil Morris from Vale of Glamorgan
Submitted: 22/01/2013 11:47:32 | ID: 89107
Hi, I have a Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 tdi. You could be driving down the road and it cuts out totally, no warning at all. No lights come on the dash and the only way you can get it going is with a tow and away it goes for a while. Has anyone got any idea what this could be?
If you haven’t done so try getting fuel filter changed as it could be gunged up. Thats the first thing I would do first BigG from Kent
Submitted: 22/01/2013 09:27:28 | ID: 89070
My Vauxhall Vectra`s speedo, rev counter and fuel gauge do not come on when you turn the car on. Everything else is okay but it does not register the dials. Could it be a fuse?
On board computer not fully kicked in, just turn ignition off a couple of seconds and restart the car, everything should work Dave Bailey from England
Submitted: 21/01/2013 14:39:42 | ID: 67276
I just recantly bought a Vauxhall Vectra c 2.2 elite 2003. When the engine is cold it makes an intermittent rattle but this disappears when the car warms up. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 21/01/2013 11:44:11 | ID: 88927
My 2003 Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 Elite has an intermittent rattle when the car is cold but this disappears when it reaches normal operating temperature. Can anyone please help?
Submitted: 21/01/2013 10:29:08 | ID: 68136
My Vauxhall Vectra 56 plate Sri drove to work fine. When I went to pull away after work as soon as I lifted the clutch to pull away it clunks like mad, coming from the engine. It sounds like metal hitting metal. What could it be? (Sri)
Sounds like the dual mass flywheel mate Steve B from England
Submitted: 18/01/2013 09:31:32 | ID: 67927
My Vauxhall Vectra has a loss of power. When I start the engine it idles no problem, but when I ask for power through acceleration the engine chokes and stalls out. Any ideas please?
Mine was doing the same thing, turned out to be the maf sensor-quick fix really just shop about they're usually about £140 ish but I got a new one for £60 from eBay and it's spot on now! ant h from West Yorkshire
Submitted: 08/01/2013 11:19:41 | ID: 67432
This problem is doing my head right in. My 03 Vauxhall Vectra 2.2 dti sxi has picked up a problem which cuts the engine out and won`t start again. I found when under the bonnet and someone was trying to start the car that the lever, (not sure what name it goes by), keeps closing and stalling the engine and when turning over it puts out black smoke. Please can anyone help? (2.2 dti sxi)
Submitted: 08/01/2013 10:00:18 | ID: 67358
Hi, I have been having a problem with my Vauxhall Vectra draining the battery. I have checked it over and found that the glow plugs are on even if the car is off with no key in the car at all, just parked up. So I think that is what is draining it, as I have had the battery and alternator checked and they are both okay. There are no lights, radio etc left on either. What could be making the plugs be on all the time and how do I fix it? Many Thanks.
Get ignition checked BigG from Kent
Sounds like a relay is sticking in the closed position. Replace Graham W. from Dumfriesshire
Submitted: 07/01/2013 15:40:29 | ID: 67192
Hi, I recently bought an 08 Vauxhall Vectra 1.9cdti. It`s broken down twice now, the first time they took it back in and replaced the battery and all went well until last weekend when it let me down again. They took it away and returned it a week later and said nothing was wrong with it. I have noticed quite heavy flickering outside and in and now I have no faith in it. Can anyone please help? (1.9 cdti)
Hi, if it’s your lights flickering just had same prob on my Vectra, changed alternator, no problem now David Carrington from Kent
Submitted: 07/01/2013 11:02:03 | ID: 67058
When I go into second, third gear etc my Vauxhall Vectra is making a noise on the front end like a bus, like a whining noise. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 04/01/2013 12:03:27 | ID: 67008
My Vauxhall Vectra`s boot won`t open, the back window wipers are not working. the only lights working are the brake lights and when I put the indicators on the hazard lights come on at the back. All lights and window wipers are working at the front of car. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
It sounds like your BCM (Boot Control Module). I had the same problem. Open your boot, open the little hatch on the left hand side, you will see a unit with fuses attached. This is it Ian Hurley from Lancashire
Submitted: 04/01/2013 11:55:53 | ID: 66939
I changed the front seat of my Vauxhall Vectra but now I`ve problems with the seat commands. The seat controls do not work or the door locks and I cannot start the engine. What should I do? (v6)
Submitted: 04/01/2013 11:41:06 | ID: 66958
Hi, in the summer I took the thermostat off my Vauxhall Vectra and after a few weeks the engine electronics light came on and stayed on, but the car ran normally. Two weeks ago I fitted in a new thermostat, the light was still on but the car drives like it`s choking and with low power. I cleaned the egr valve but still nothing, maybe some air sensor somewhere? After it reached 80 degrees sometimes the temperature goes to 3000 rot per minute in idle mode. Can anyone offer any help or advice? Thank you. (1.6 16v)
Idle control valve is on the throttle body, remove it and clean it with carb cleaner and put it back on. This should make the car less jerky and prone to stalling as well, as once they are gummed up they can just drop the power totally when approaching a junction or a roundabout - Hairy McNuff Nutter Anonymous from
Submitted: 04/01/2013 11:08:53 | ID: 66954
My Vauxhall Vectra`s airflow meter pump, (black unit) situated in front of the radiator top up reservoir, runs on during and after the engine is switched off. When the engine`s off, has been running up to thirty seconds then stops, then restarts. It has done this for more than two hours after the engine`s off so I have disconnected neg lead of battery to stop it draining. Will it be okay to use the car till I get it to a garage, or will I cause damage? The yellow engine warning light did come on a week earlier but has gone out. I think it could be a faulty sensor. Could someone please help? Many thanks. (2.5 artic)
Submitted: 04/01/2013 08:52:49 | ID: 65728
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