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I have a Vauxhall Vectra Sri 2006 and tried to take a cd out of the cd player and the display screen keeps saying cd error, it won`t eject the cd. Also my control on the steering wheel to change from radio to cd won`t work now either. Can anybody please give me any advice? (Sri)
I would try disconnecting battery this might reset CD player if not probably have to buy a new one Matt from Essex
Submitted: 24/05/2012 10:08:36 | ID: 69924
I own a Vauxhall Vectra 2005 Automatic. When the temperature is 90 degrees it starts jumping and when it`s cold it has no power and shows a spanner sign. Any suggestions? (Auto)
Submitted: 22/05/2012 15:00:04 | ID: 71684
Where can I locate the windscreen washer pump in my Vauxhall Vectra? I can`t see it. Is it under the bonnet or in the boot?
It’s located behind the plastic mud guard of the front passenger wheel Jay from Hertfordshire
Submitted: 18/05/2012 09:49:20 | ID: 78425
My Vauxhall Vectra seems to be fine when I switch the engine on, but as soon I accelerate harder there is a noise coming from under the car. Also the steering wheel feels different from when I first got the car at the end of last year. Can anyone tell me what`s the problem?(Y Reg)
I'm having the same problem please someone get bak to us. Rajagaf@hotmail.co.uk from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 17/05/2012 11:27:43 | ID: 69903
H. My fuse blew in my Vauxhall Vectra`s stereo yesterday. Now my rear driver`s side brake light, the middle brake light, the near side indicator and also the remote boot latch from key and door have stopped working. I have checked all of the bulbs and a few fuses I thought it could be but all seems fine. I have replaced the fuse in the stereo and it`s working fine too. Please can someone help? (1.8 ls)
Submitted: 14/05/2012 14:31:43 | ID: 71887
My Vauxhall Vectra`s dimster fan is making a grating noise when switched on. Can anyone help please?
Submitted: 14/05/2012 12:20:29 | ID: 74954
My 8v 1.6 Vauxhall Vectra started to rev up to 5000 revs and holding, then it stopped doing that and now it is miss-firing and cutting out. Any suggestions? (8v 1.6)
Buy a Ford Dave from Bedfordshire
Stick with your Vauxhall M8. Fords have their own problems like any car. It`s probably your camshaft sensor Paul from England
Submitted: 14/05/2012 11:20:02 | ID: 71806
The cruise control light on my Vauxhall Vectra doesn`t come on when the ignition is switched on. Any suggestions?
Check Cruise control on/off button, check the sensors on pedals. If one of those faulty the light won’t turn and cruise control won’t work D from Ireland
Probably the button on stalk, this can be replaced separately, £25 ish from eBay Matt from Essex
More information needed. Do you mean the cruise control doesn’t function, or that literally the dashboard cruise light doesn’t illuminate (but that the cruise control functions as expected). If it’s the stalk, you can fix it yourself in ten minutes. See my wrrite-up I did on VXON: http://www.vauxhallownersnetwork.co.uk/index.php?threads/cruise-control-function.130518/#post-2551357 Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 14/05/2012 10:17:37 | ID: 71794
When I start the engine of my Vauxhall Vectra 2006 it will make some noise for a few seconds and after that it will go back to normal. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
If it’s a rattle, could be the heat plate that goes around the exhaust under the car. Just needs tightening up like a screw. I had that problem after a minute or so when the car idles it goes away Micky R from England
Submitted: 08/05/2012 15:58:50 | ID: 71283
Hi there. I have a problem with my Vauxhall Vectra. It has no power, it won’t rev above 3200 rpm and the exhaust doesn’t sound quite right (it sounds stuffy if that makes sense). The garage whipped off the exhaust and said it did run okay with no exhaust on. I took it to another garage to get the exhaust checked and they said it’s fine, they tried a new catylitic converter but it didn’t correct the issue. The Vauxhall garage says that it has a blocked exhaust fault code. All in all, I seem to be spending lots of time and cash going round in circles. Could it be something other than the exhaust? Cheers for any advice. (1.9 CDTI)
It sounds like the egr valve, I had the same problem Abo Abernthy from England
How many miles already on your counter, if already passed 150K I am 80 percent sure that the exhaust is blocked and that which is giving you the trouble. Don’t change anything, first take out the exhaust and keep the catalitic, then turn the engine on and watch the difference, even you can try the car on the road, then if you find a reasonable difference then change the exhaust because blocked exhaust even can cause the engine not to start Chucri Kayal from France
This problem sounds like its one of those tricks poor garages use. See if the elecrical plug connecting the turbo. You can find it just in front of the battery behind the bumper. It should sort out this problem for good Steve Hodgkiss from Lancashire
Submitted: 08/05/2012 15:13:50 | ID: 71246
My Vauxhall Vectra S DTI `s middle rear seatbelt is jammed. It just won’t move and it`s firmly locked against the seat. How do I get it to move so that it can be used?Thanks.
Submitted: 08/05/2012 15:10:32 | ID: 71245
Hi. I ve got a Vauxhall Vectra sri 07 plate. Recently a light on the dashboard of a car with a spanner came on. I took it to the garage and they did diagnostics on it but couldn`t find the fault. The engine is making quite a loud noise so they recommended me to change the cam belt as the car has done 51,000 miles, so I did but no luck. The garage has told me now that it could be the oil pressure as it should be 1.4 but mine is 4. Now he has asked me to take it to Vauxhall tech. What does it mean? Is it serious? Please help. (sri 07)
That light means that you have to change oil, brake pads, etc just the full service. But if you do it yourself, or in any garage they will not reset your Eco-flex service counter, so you have to do it either manually or bring it to Vauxhall tech. To turn off that counter manually in your Vectra follow those steps. 1. Ign OFF, trip miles must show. 2. Press and hold the reset. 3.Ign ON, still holding reset, wait until service interval indicator switches over and hold on for 3 secs more. 4. After 3 seconds, the display on the instrument cluster shows the max mileage allowed between services and the timer is reset for 24 months D from Ireland
Submitted: 08/05/2012 11:35:26 | ID: 74243
Hello, I am hoping someone can help me here My dad`s Vauxhall Vectra diesel`s alternator broke and we took it to a local garage (not dealer. The day after it came out of the garage the power steering light has come on although there are no problems with the steering. I phoned the garage and he said it has nothing to do with the alternator but we can bring it down to him for him to have a look. My dad`s worrying (in his 70s) that the garage is going to rip him off. I have checked the power steering fluid (a hard job on it`s own) and it seems okay. Is there anything else it can be other than the alternator? (1.9 CDTI)
More than likely the battery is dud too... The alternator can sometimes take the battery with it to... Common problem Mike Hopper from Staffordshire
Submitted: 01/05/2012 12:17:10 | ID: 71045
My Vauxhall Vectra has a ticking noise coming from the engine when I start it up. Any ideas?
Sounds like a broken stud on the exhaust manifold Rolf Levang from Worcestershire
Check oil level, if low could cause damage to hydronic lifters. Have this checked out at your local mechanical garage Matt from Essex
Submitted: 01/05/2012 12:10:06 | ID: 70005
My dad`s Vauxhall Vectra`s alternator went and we got it repaired in the local garage (not main dealers). The very next day after leaving the garage the power steering lights came on and stayed on but Dad says that the steering is fine. I phoned the garage and they said that it has nothing to do with the alternator and to bring it in. My dad`s concerned that the garage made a mistake and will say it`s something else and charge him more for their mistake. Any ideas? (1.9 CDTI)
Alternator really heavy and difficult to manouver - it’s likeley they have un bolted the alternator and lowered or dropped it onto the power steering sensor that sits on the steering rack just below the alternator - give the connection a wiggle to see if its secure or been pushed back in a broken condition Pat McCabe from England
Submitted: 01/05/2012 10:33:50 | ID: 71094
I have changed the clutch, slave cylinder and master cylinder of my Vauxhall Vectra but still can`t get my car into gear. Can anyone help please?
Have u checked the linkage rods? Big G Bach from Lanarkshire
Submitted: 01/05/2012 09:31:35 | ID: 71026
Where is the fuel tank inspection plate on my Vauxhall Vectra, if there is one?
It’s under the rear seat. Lift seat, lift carpet Brian from Gloucestershire
Submitted: 26/04/2012 17:14:10 | ID: 69945
I have problems with my Vauxhall Vectra`s clutch. I drove the car on Monday and it was fine. When I got in it on Tuesday the bite point at the top of the pedal gets drive but only as if the clutch hasn’t fully engaged. Can anyone help with this?(1.8 sri.)
Worn clutch, or sticking clutch cylinder, or clutch pressure-plate sticking on gearbox input shaft splines Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 26/04/2012 09:06:34 | ID: 69939
I have only got one sound coming from my Vauxhall Vectra`s car horn which sounds like a Noddy car. Has it got two horns or is it one with two tones inside the one horn and one is not working? My last Vectra had a very loud horn. I need to know as soon as possible please. Can anyone help? Thank you. (SRI cdti 150)
Submitted: 25/04/2012 11:38:46 | ID: 69953
I have a 2001 Vauxhall Vectra B Facelift. I have just had the car resprayed. I now need to put new side indicators on the car. How do I remove the old and put in the new ones? (SRi 130)
Submitted: 23/04/2012 11:17:03 | ID: 82100
Does this model of Vauxhall Vectra have the trip computer function? It does have the full screen display and a button marked BC, but I cannot access the display of fuel use / distance travelled etc. Is this just how it is configured for this model or am I not operating it correctly? The system fitted is the c40 opera infotainment system. (1.8vvti Exclusive)
Submitted: 20/04/2012 10:12:02 | ID: 81929
Hi. I have a Vauxhall Vectra 03 and my steering has gone. Can anyone help? Thanks.
Do you get any fault codes in the display? I had juddering steering a few years ago, and got the steering wheel with an exclamation mark in the display. I have an 04 2.0 DTI, and had loads of problems with steering. Took it back to where I bought it, they said the steering rack was leaking. They then changed four racks before I pointed to where I had seen a leak, it was a corrugated pipe that runs behind the engine but is not changed with a steering rack. I then had to have a new sensor and power steering pump too, so check that. Just get someone to watch under the lid while you go lock to lock. If you have the same problem and the car is that old I reckon it’s gonna be a touch pricey. Paul Vokes from England.
Submitted: 16/04/2012 14:33:20 | ID: 73575
After rainfall I have two puddles of water in each rear corner of my Vauxhall Vectra`s boot compartment. I have sealed the two rear quarter light windows and sealed the radio aerial rubbers. Has anyone had this problem and where is the water coming in? (Hatchback)
Hi - I have just had the same problem. After numerous hours trying to track the leak I finally found out it was the seal on the roof mounted aerial. Worth a try Ian Tagg from Derbyshire
Lift your bonnet of your Vectra, where the window wipers mount there’s a plastic grid under the widerscreen. Under that you will find it is full of water, put your hand in and at the bottom there is a funnel to the floor mine was full of leaves and crud, push the leaves out with a stick or somthing and the water will run out. Hope this helps Joe Delaney from Leicestershire
Possibly it’s coming in through the rear light clusters. Dust down the inside of the boot with talcum powder when it’s dry, and then hose it down or take it through a carwash, and have a look for water marks in the talc dust to see which direction it’s coming from Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 16/04/2012 12:52:00 | ID: 80531
My Vauxhall Vectra starts okay from cold. If I drive it any distance then stop the car and remove the key the car will start, but keeps cutting out as if it can`t find it`s idle point. Then it keeps cutting out ie when I have stopped at traffic lights. I found that if I stay in second gear and rag it for a bit it eventually finds it`s idle point/tick over point again. Any suggestions?
This quite a common problem and it is normally due to the idle speed stepper motor which is bolted to the side of the throttle body and has an electrical connector with a black plug going in to it. It is attached to the drivers side of the throttle body and you will need to remove the air filter to gain access to the two bolts. You may have noticed that the engine management warning light may have come on intermittently too. Either replace this unit or in some cases, it may be just enough to give the inside of it a good spray with some WD40 or similar product and wipe out the excess and replace the gasket. Watch out for the little rubber O ring if you dismantle the two halves though. Hope this helps David Williams from Merthyr Tydfil
Submitted: 16/04/2012 12:42:32 | ID: 80491
Does anyone know where the body control unit is located in my Vauxhall Vectra? I have lost power etc to the interior lights cluster. (sri)
Submitted: 13/04/2012 14:29:13 | ID: 75735
My Vauxhall Vectra`s heater is not working on hot or cold. It just isn`t blowing anything. Can anyone help?
Try changing the pollen filter, it worked for me Tony Wilde from Lincolnshire
Yep that filter did it for me too. My windows would steem up with the blowers on full blast, hot / cold, nothing worked. I changed the filter and it worked perfectly Gary Fraser from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 13/04/2012 12:08:04 | ID: 75283
Hi. The brake pad warning light is lit on my Vauxhall Vectra`s dashboard. The test centre have advised that the sensor has been cut off exposing the wires. The spares shop said that there are two types. Some models have two sensors and some only have one and they also have two different fittings. I am unsure as to which ones to buy. Can anyone help please? Many thanks. (3.2 V6 Automatic)
A Vauxhall dealer (or a really good car spares place) can look you car up based on it’s numberplate or VIN number and tell you what type was fitted at the factory and hence which part number you need Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 13/04/2012 12:04:25 | ID: 80348
Where is the horn located in the engine bay of my Vauxhall Vectra? (cdti 1.9)
Submitted: 13/04/2012 11:11:19 | ID: 80281
How do you remove the indicator stalk in my Vauxhall Vectra?
Wiggle the rubber gaiter free from the stering column. There’s a groove hidden by the gaiter at the base of the stalk, on the side facing the driver’s chest. Slide a straightened out paperclip down this groove to release the stalk. It’s hard to identify the groove first time when the stalk is fitted, but find a good picture of a stalk for sale on ebay and you’ll see the groove immediately. When the paperclip is inserted correctly, the stalk will pull out without any force. Don’t yank it one, because if you break the latch mechanism, the CIM (Column Interface Module) has to be replaced at an astronomical price (in excess of £500) Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 12/04/2012 14:08:03 | ID: 74159
How do you remove the indicator stalk on an 03 Vauxhall Vectra?
Submitted: 12/04/2012 12:58:40 | ID: 74043
My Vauxhall Vectra`s rear light is dimmer than the other side. I have changed the bulbs but it is still the same. It says on my dashboard that it`s the parking light but this doesn`t stay on. Can anyone help? (sri.)
I would try replacing bulb panels first Matt from Essex
I had this problem and the mechanic had to bypass sumart on the lighting wires, nothing major cost me 15 quid Carl Prescott from England
Submitted: 12/04/2012 12:19:44 | ID: 80236
carl prescott from England has sent in a question on the Vauxhall Vectra. My Vauxhall Vectrarear light is dimmer than the other side iv changed the bulbs it stil the same, it says on my dash parking light but this doesnt stay on (sri)
Submitted: 12/04/2012 12:16:56 | ID: 80235
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
How do I operate my Vauxhall Vectra`s cd player?
Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:07:15 | ID: 70972
How do I change the front brake pads on my Vauxhall Vectra?
Submitted: 10/04/2012 14:35:01 | ID: 78965
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?
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
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!
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
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
The heaters, back wiper and central locking have stopped working. Can anyone help? (sri)
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
Does anyone know what the plastic thing on the inside of the fuel filler flap is for on Vauxhall vehicles?
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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