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Kevin O Melia, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi, my 1.9cdti sxi Vectra... it’s been running ok but now every so often the engine management light comes on and it goes into safe mode and won’t go over 20,000 revs. If I stop and turn it off then straight back on it will do it again but if I leave it for 10 minutes it can go for couple days before it goes again. Different people telling me different things what it could be. Any one got any ideas?

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Hi Kev. I have an sri 150, it does the same thing. I find if I stop too quickly or change down it happens. I got a computer test and new sensor put on but it`s still the same, usually at the same part of road when I leave the motorway. Sounds silly but works fine Stuart Johnstone from Scotland

Try cleaning your EGR valve or change it for a new one Tony Hodgson from Wrexham

Submitted: 10/08/2012 15:10:19 | ID: 72910

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Lisa Stevenson, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My 57 plate Vectra’s brake lights won’t go off and start working properly until I do 60mph. This happens everytime I switch the engine on.

Submitted: 09/08/2012 14:30:09 | ID: 72916

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Amir K, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

I have a Vectra 1.8 sri when I take off the oil cap on my Vectra engine running engine speed drops and there is a vacuum suction of air there. Is this supposed to happen?

Submitted: 09/08/2012 11:15:04 | ID: 72907

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Susan Gray, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

I bought my son a Vauxhall Vectra and it’s running very well but the dashboard lights go off but if he opens the door they come back on. The garage says until they see it they wont do it...

Submitted: 08/08/2012 15:25:48 | ID: 72902

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Wayne Kilner, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi. I had the timing belt replaced in Feb and had oil and filter changed on sat used 5/30 fully synthetic. On Mon noticed it started rattling again. This week I took it to the garage where we had belt changed, they said that the oil used has caused the oil pressure to drop causing the belt to slip and become loose resulting in the rattling. Is this a common fault and could this be true? It’s going to cost another £500 to repair after it cost £800 in Feb. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. (sri 2.2)

Submitted: 08/08/2012 14:37:11 | ID: 72900

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Kevin O’Sullivan, Ireland

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

My car is the Vauxhall Vectra Opel version. For some time now I have no sound from my indicators. Does anyone know to to cure this problem? I have seen an item on Youtube in relation to setting items using the indicator and wiper stalk but it does not seem to work on my Vectra. Thanks for any help. (1.9CDTI Life Model)

Submitted: 31/07/2012 10:52:00 | ID: 88782

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Carl Jacobs, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

I`ve got a 99 Vauxhall Vectra sri 130 and there`s a button above the radio situated with the hazards, heated screen, air con and air circulation and it`s a picture of a person running with sound waves. What`s it for please?

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It`s fabric fitted alarm mate, useless button. The light should be flashing on it when you lock the car Rob from England

The button is for deactivating the internal alarm sensors John Marshall from County Armagh

Submitted: 31/07/2012 09:31:12 | ID: 88734

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Rob, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I have no manual for my Vauxhall Vectra so I don`t know which fuse is for the radio. If anyone could help please?

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Vauxhall have the owners manual available for free download on their website. http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/content/dam/Vauxhall/Europe/united_kingdom/nscwebsite/uk/00_Home/Owner_Services/owners_manuals/vectra/VectraOwnersManual_Jul07.pdf should be the correct one for your car - it is for my 2003 Vectra. Page 248 of the manual suggests it’s fuse no.1 in the fusebox, with good pictures of the location of the fusebox (there are at least three different fuseboxes in various locations in the car) and suggests it’s the top-left fuse Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 30/07/2012 15:59:24 | ID: 88722

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Mark Wadsworth, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra`s electric window and mirror on the offside don`t work, plus a warning on the dash says "check offside fog light" but it works. Can anyone help? (2.2 sri)

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Hi, had both problems, the mirror problem is going to be the mulitswitch on drivers door or it will be the module in the door. Fog light on my car was a dodgy bulb and a loose connection. I would try mulitswitch first, about £15 off eBay to try it, £115 from the dealer Matt from Essex

Submitted: 30/07/2012 14:54:58 | ID: 88455

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Wayne Perry, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

I have an air bag light on in my Vauxhall Vectra. How do I switch it off for the child seat etc and where is the button located please? (sri)

Submitted: 30/07/2012 14:45:55 | ID: 73654

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Sarkhel Hawre, Iraq

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

I have a problem with my Vauxhall Vectra`s engine temperature. When I go forward and uphill at the same time the engine temperature goes up to 90 degrees. Is this normal?

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Sounds reasonable for a modern engine operating somewhere where the climate’s warm and sunny. In the cold English winter mornings, mine tends to hover around the 80 - 85 mark Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 27/07/2012 09:48:39 | ID: 88380

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Joe Lindsay, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hello. I`ve got a Vauxhall Vectra Sri 1.9 tdi. The battery light came on the dash and abs light, air bag light, all lights lost power. I got it home and replaced the battery. The next day all lights went off for about 5 miles then started again, all lights on the dash whilst doing about 30mph but no speedo working or revs working. Any ideas? (sri tdi)

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It sounds like a new alternator needed... it’s a pig of a job to do yourself but do-able.. Best way is to remove driver’s front wheel (for access) then remove air box (for access) then detach the 3 bolts holding the alternator in place, remove 12v cable and switch cable (tells the ecu the alternator is functioning) then it’s a slog then to lift the alternator upwards to rear of the engine by the fuel injection system, ease the pipes out the way and manouevre the alternator to ease it out... I read this is the only way to successfully release the flaming thing from the engine bay with out a full engine out job Mike Hopper from Staffordshire

Submitted: 24/07/2012 16:52:56 | ID: 88289

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Omar Brown, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi there. My Vauxhall Vectra 2004 Sxi Cdti 8v won`t start. All I can hear is a clicking sound. What could be the problem please?

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Sounds like your starter motor is sticking and needs replacing Andy from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 19/07/2012 11:34:59 | ID: 76038

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Cliff Girling, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

I`ve had a new battery fitted to my 51 plate Vauxhall Vectra diesel and now after about 10 miles the rev counter and speedometer jump and the trip counter resets itself. Also the dashboard lights flash on and then go off. Any ideas? Thanks.

Submitted: 17/07/2012 10:30:02 | ID: 87391

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Barry Lavender, Middlesex

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Where is the dipstick on my Vauxhall Vectra`s automatic gearbox so I can check the fluid level?

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There isn’t one! According to Vauxhall, Automatic gearboxes are normally filled for life, unless they’re being used in exceptionally harsh conditions. They are normally very reliable. If it’s working okay, leave well alone Doug Sinnott from England

Submitted: 16/07/2012 14:47:12 | ID: 86972

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Alex Dance, Worcestershire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

The light with a spanner through a car keeps coming on in my Vauxhall Vectra. What does it mean?

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As far as I am aware it is the service light. Your car needs one David Beasley from Lincolnshire

Your car needs code reading for any faults to see what is up with engine management/immobilizer systems Gareth Nichol from Yorkshire

I had the same problem, it turned out to be the lamba sensor on the exhaust, (showing the car was running lean). Just had it reset, absolutely nothing to do with needing a service Tony McCarron from Wales

Submitted: 09/07/2012 14:57:01 | ID: 78440

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Alexander Allan, Mid-Lothian (Edinburghshire)

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

Would an Isofix child seat fit into a Vauxhall Vectra 2000?

Submitted: 06/07/2012 14:55:22 | ID: 87253

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Telfer, Cornwall

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

Does my Vauxhall Vectra have a catalytic converter? (1.8 16 valve manual)

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Yes it does and they`re a pain to change Paul from England

Submitted: 05/07/2012 11:10:01 | ID: 83065

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Eryl Jones, Gwynedd

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My 1.8 Sxi Vauxhall Vectra won`t rev past four thousand revs. Does anyone know why it happens? The power is okay until it hits four thousand revs, then it loses power. Any ideas?

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Not 100% sure but this could be a anti pollution fault. I had it happen on a Vectra I had. I found if booted or revved high I would get a light come on and then it would only rev to 3-4 thou rpm. I had a diognostic check done on it and this is what come up anti-pollution fault. After resetting via the laptop the car was fine, however this continually happened, especially when over-taking, when you would be revving higher, not the best time. So what I did was I sold the damn thing to an old man who does not go out of secound gear and no faster than 30 mph (problem solved) Carl Wozencroft from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 03/07/2012 09:31:49 | ID: 85239

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Rich Hoblyn, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My Vauxhall Vectra won`t rev over 3000 revs. I had it plugged in, it was map sense, put a new one in but it`s still the same. Can anyone help me please?

Submitted: 03/07/2012 09:09:14 | ID: 85232

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Alex Davidson, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra diesel 150bhp is sluggish low down but then clears and there`s black smoke and then it runs fine. Can anybody advise me?

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It could be the Exhaust Gas Recirculating Valve (egr) which needs cleaning or replacing Doug Sinnott from England

Submitted: 02/07/2012 16:02:35 | ID: 88882

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Leon Bater, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

Hi. I`m hoping someone can help. I have a constant buzzing/ringing sound coming from behind the glovebox of my Vauxhall Vectra. As soon as I put my foot down on the accelerator it stops but when I take my foot off it starts again. Any ideas anyone what it could be? (LS 1.8 16v)

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I had same sort of problem on my 1998 Vectra estate, mechanic found a mouse had chewed wiring causing a short he soon fixed. Best of luck, funny sort of answer but it solved my problem. Good luck Eric Taplin from Worcestershire

Submitted: 02/07/2012 14:23:42 | ID: 85185

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Zoltan Krajczar, Herefordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Hi. When I fill up my Vauxhall Vectra 1.5 litre LPG with fuel I can only get 100 kilometers. Do I need to change the filters or sensors? Can anybody tell me what to do? (Bi fuel)

Submitted: 02/07/2012 11:44:17 | ID: 88894

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Gordon Liddell, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hi. I own a Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 dualfuel petrol/LPG. I am trying to find someone that can service the gas system with no luck. Does anyone have any idea of where I can go in the Glasgow area? (1.8 dualfuel petrol/lpg)

Submitted: 28/06/2012 12:17:41 | ID: 88687

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Magdy Zoghby, Bahrain

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

Can I change a Vauxhall Vectra Opel 2001 B computer with that of a Vauxhall Astra Opel?

Submitted: 28/06/2012 12:14:42 | ID: 69821

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Stuart, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

How do you replace the windscreen wiper stalk on a Vauxhall Vectra 2006?

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Unclip the rubber gaiter from the steering column (wiggle it until it pops free) and slide it up the stalk a bit. There is a groove moulded into the very base of the stalk (where it plugs into the steering column), on the side of the stalk facing the driver’s chest. Straighten out a paper-clip and slide it into this groove and about an inch or so into the steering column to release the clip holding the stalk in. The easiest way to find where the groove is is to look at a picture of a stalk for sale on ebay (indicator or wiper stalk - either will do) and you’ll see the groove. When you’ve got the paperclip in correctly (which will take a few goes), the stalk will slide out with almost no effort. Do not yank it out, as if you brake the clip, the CIM (the bit inside the steering column) has to be replace (over £500) Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 28/06/2012 10:02:02 | ID: 88621

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Barry Neale, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

The pipe on the clutch slave cylinder of my Vauxhall Vectra keeps popping out. How do I cure the problem? (SIR 2.2)

Submitted: 25/06/2012 11:36:29 | ID: 87964

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Nigel Bonell, Shropshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Sometimes when I start my Vauxhall Vectra the battery light stays on and if I turn the car off and restart the car the light goes off. Does anybody have any answers please? (Sri)

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The alternator is on its way out. My Vectra was the same, Change it soon or you`ll have to replace your battery as well Paul from England

Submitted: 22/06/2012 12:28:14 | ID: 88009

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Phil Spencer, Northumberland

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

My Vauxhall Vectra cuts out when you restart it after a run. Any ideas please? (2.2 auto)

Submitted: 18/06/2012 11:40:28 | ID: 80358

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Arshad Khan, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Hi. My Vauxhall Vectra cdti sri temperature gauge rises above 90 when it`s driven in the city or is parked up. Also when it reaches near 95 I think the fan comes on and it goes down a bit. Its not a steady temperature. What is causing this problem? (yc 57 ubz)

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In your cooling system you have a valve near the radiator which should open when water is reaching 90 degrees. It sounds like you need to replace it. If you know how to take it out put it in boiling water, if it doesn’t open (pop open) replace it. If this valve is not working properly then it will result in high engine temperature. Not an expensive part but the labour will be more than the part, depending on where the valve is hidden Peter Kiss from England

Submitted: 15/06/2012 16:10:33 | ID: 87229

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Gabriel Cooney, Middlesex

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra has a problem with the mass air flow. When it occurs the car loses power. The unit has been changed twice but the problem`s still there. Any ideas please?

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This happened to my car. I replaced the EGR valve, the air flow sensor and the boost sensor and also got the manifold cleaned out. The car is driving perfectly again. All of the parts in the breakers` cost me 120 Euros Brian from Ireland

Submitted: 14/06/2012 11:23:51 | ID: 87137

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Dave Jones, Shropshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

My 1998 petrol Vauxhall Vectra starts fine from cold but is hard to start up once the engine is warmed up. Can anyone help me please? (petrol)

Submitted: 11/06/2012 12:36:08 | ID: 86967

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Peter Farmer, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

My 1.8 1998 Vauxhall Vectra starts up straight away from cold but once the engine gets warm it takes a lot of turning over to start up. Can anyone help please?(petrol)

Submitted: 11/06/2012 11:59:28 | ID: 86963

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Paul Jones, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I have just bought a Vauxhall Vectra Sri 150. It is very lumpy on tick over with a slight hesitation when initially accelerating, but it runs fine when you get to the speed you want. I was told it is the egr valve/sensor. Could this be the problem or is there another cause?

Submitted: 07/06/2012 16:55:37 | ID: 86858

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Michael Lewis, Caerphilly

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi. My Vauxhall Vectra seems to use a lot of coolant. Any ideas?

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Water Pump Gary Fraser from Fife and Kinross Shires

Submitted: 07/06/2012 14:17:31 | ID: 77633

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Ade, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My Vauxhall Vectra has water leaking into the boot. Is this easy to cure myself?

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Hi. I had a similar problem. After reading on a few Vauxhall sites I pulled off the 2 plastic runners on the roof that start just above the boot, plastered the troughs with clear bathroom silicon and pressed the plastic back in before silicon set. This seems to have sorted the problem for me. Had to use a screwdriver to get the strips out and I think I cracked the bits that hold it in place but the silicon is more than up to the job holding them down once it sets Tony Clark from Fife and Kinross Shires

Dust the inside of the boot with talcum powder when it’s dry, hose it down (or go to the car wash) and then have a look for water marks in the talc dust to see where it’s coming from. A little silicone sealant works wonders. It could be the roof aerial rubber seal has perished, allowing water to run down the trim strips of the rear window (on a saloon). It could be where the rear wiper is fitted (on a hatchback) It could be the seal where the numberplate light wiring passes through the body. It could be around the rear light clusters. The talc trick is your first step Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 07/06/2012 12:07:31 | ID: 78194

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Ian Chalmers, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

I`m driving my Vauxhall Vectra and it`s running okay but then all of a sudden the car won`t go into gear, any gear. I have to pull over and turn the ignition off and then back on again. Sometimes this works the first time but not all of the time. I`ve tried pumping the clutch pedal as well. When I finally do get a gear the car runs fine again. Please can anyone help? Thanks.

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Sounds like dual mass flywheel if fitted to your model Chris Scorey from Rhondda Cynon Taff

Submitted: 01/06/2012 14:10:28 | ID: 85927

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Rob Vickery, Devon

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

After driving over bad ground my Vauxhall Vectra`s speedometer works intermittently and when the engine is warm the ECU light will come on if the engine is restarted. Please can you tell me where the speedometer drive or sensor is? Many thanks. (Sri 140)

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I had the same problem and cured it by fitting a new cam sensor Telfer from Cornwall

Submitted: 01/06/2012 10:54:39 | ID: 86176

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John Crabtree, Hampshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

My Vauxhall Vectra`s alarm keeps going off at irregular intervals when I open the driver`s door. Any ideas why?(Elegance)

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Key in / or lights on Steve Skelton from England

Submitted: 29/05/2012 09:31:31 | ID: 78455

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Ed, Cornwall

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi. I recently noticed that my Vauxhall Vectra had a leak of something behind the rear tyre on the driver`s side. I took the wheel off and it seemed to be around the main bar of the suspension. What could it be? Thanks.

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What does it smell of? If it smells of fuel run the car into your local macanical garage for a proper inspection Matt from Essex

The only fluids in that area are fuel (fuel tank or fuel line leak) or brake fluid (brake line or brake caliper/ cylinder leak). If there’s evidence of leaking on the inside of the wheel rim (i.e. the bit of the wheel you can see by peering through the ’spokes’) it’s almost certainly brake fluid. If it’s petrol, it will evaporate off quickly and leave little trace, and petrol’s easy to identify by its smell. If it’s slimy and smells of diesel, then it’s diesel. If it’s slimy and smells slightly bitter it’s more likely brake fluid. Either way, it needs fixing sooner rather than later - a brake fluid leak will lead to a lack of fluid and eventually you’ll find you’ve got no brakes one day when you’re driving. If it’s fuel, then the consequences of fuel leaking onto a hot exhaust are obvious Paul Marchant from England

The only fluids behind the wheel are not just brake fluids or fuel. The problem may be your rear shock absorbers as I have recently just had this problem where my rear shock had cracked and was leaking fluid down my suspension onto the floor behind my wheel. Should cost anywhere between £150-200 inc vat to fix as its recommended to replace both sides at the same time or if you know someone who knows what they’re doing and will do it for you then the parts are 29.75 + VAT each! Hope this helps Jason Kirkland from England

Submitted: 29/05/2012 09:29:44 | ID: 85872

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