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John Sullivan, Ireland

Vauxhall Vectra 1991

Where is the gearbox oil filler plug on my 1991 gsi? (gsi 2000)

Submitted: 05/09/2011 10:44:06 | ID: 77544

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Astrid, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

I want to buy winter tyres for my Vectra Club 1.8 Hatchback. How do I find out what size I need? (Hatchback 1.8)

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Its written on the tyre wall? Martin Murray from England

Submitted: 05/09/2011 10:32:40 | ID: 77933

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David Plaice, Swansea

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

My car starts straight away then dies straight away. Why?

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Could be your wiring. When you activate the Starter Solernoid, power goes to your ignition. When the Starter Solenoid cuts out, so does your ignition connection. Check you have correct starter for model and year or that all wiring is connected Graeme from Scotland

Submitted: 02/09/2011 09:53:24 | ID: 77915

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Thomas Bailey, Durham

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

When driving vehicle at 50 or 60mph it is superb. If I go for power (70-80), the tool management light comes on and the vehicle drops to 50, I turn off engine and it starts straight away. What’s wrong? (diesel)

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Could be going into limp mode, it won’t go over a certain amount of revs if it is. Needs to be checked with a fault code reader but may be a faulty cam sensor or crank sensor for example Shaun Stott from England

I had same trouble with my 2.0dti. I cleaned the egr valve and the sensor near it and it seems to be okay now Melv Smart from England

I had the same problem with my 2.0dti. Check all the pipes going to the turbo switch valve not the proper name but it’s located at top right of radiator, it’s like a little barrel with two thin pipes going into top. One of mine had a very little split in which caused my light to come on. Easy fix and cheap, works perfect now John from Yorkshire

Submitted: 31/08/2011 09:14:15 | ID: 77836

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Nigel Murphy, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Does the Vauxhall Vectra 1.9cdti 150 bhp sri have a timing belt or timing chain? And when does it need changed?

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100.000 or ten years Jimmy from Scotland

Submitted: 30/08/2011 09:19:30 | ID: 77201

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Aaron McGee, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

My front wipers have no intermittent and when you put them on full wipe, they wipe about 13 times and then just stop I’ve also got no front wash. I can’t even hear the motor and when i try to put just the one wipe on the arm has to be held down for it to work. The back wipers and washers are working just fine. (cdti sri)

Submitted: 30/08/2011 09:15:19 | ID: 77710

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Anthony Cartwright, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

I got a 3.0L Vectra diesel, I drive 200 yards and then it won’t move. Why is this?

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I have an ’06 Astra diesel that done the same thing last year. It ended up gettin a new brain and it’s starting to mess about again but this time it’s being recalled by Vauxhall to get a new chip installed somewhere in the dash because when the lights are turned on the horn doesn’t work. When it is fixed, I look forward to selling it Colm Canavan from County Tyrone

Submitted: 26/08/2011 08:41:52 | ID: 77694

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Michael, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

My battery is flat and unable to open doors or boot, how do I get in car without damaging the car? (2.5 v6)

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Hi Michael, use key in door then charge battery Stephen Cronshaw from Lancashire

Submitted: 24/08/2011 09:39:20 | ID: 69693

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Rommel Ciriaco, Devon

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Does the Vauxhall Vectra 2002 sxi have a timing chain?

Submitted: 22/08/2011 08:57:24 | ID: 77607

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Martin Clist, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

I put new battery on my car (after only having 3 days) but since then, the emission light has come on and I don’t know how to get it off. Can anyone help?

Submitted: 22/08/2011 08:48:55 | ID: 77636

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John Clark, Durham

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My car is showing a car with spanner through it on the dashboard. It is also losing a lot of white smoke from the exhaust but not losing power. Every now and then, it misses. Anyone got any ideas? (1.9 cdti)

Submitted: 18/08/2011 08:30:42 | ID: 77615

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John Russell, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I have a Vectra 51 plate. It’s a great car and runs well but just lately, it has started losing power and cutting out. After about two minutes, it will start again and run perfect then in a couple of days, it will do it again. It’s getting more frequent now but the garage can’t pick anything up on a diagnostic.

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Replace the camshaft sensor Graham Stevens from Devon

Could be cam shaft or krank shaft sensor put on diagnostics will tell you problem Steve Talbot from Staffordshire

Submitted: 11/08/2011 14:44:01 | ID: 77487

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Ashley Rogers, Kent

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

When driving my car, I’ve noticed that the temperature goes a tiny bit over 90 without the radiator fan kicking in. Now I’ve owned the car for two weeks and i have not once heard the radiator fan kick in yet. So at what temperature is the radiator fan supposed to kick in? If there is a problem, what could it be? (1.8 ecotec)

Submitted: 11/08/2011 14:30:55 | ID: 77479

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Matt, Ireland

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Can anyone tell me why the car keeps going into the "limp" mode? The manifold has been cleaned and the AGR valve changed. I need help, does anyone know what could be causing it? (2.0 sri)

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Try cleaning your air flow senser with carb cleaner spray or a new one Ian from England

If you keep doing small journeys that may be a reason. To try and make it better, do a junction of the motorway now and then not going above 4th gear and taking the speed/revs up nice and high. This will blow the crap out of the particle filter S Van from England

Have you checked that the cat converter hasn’t collapsed? That would restrict the emissions from exiting the exhaust. This would put your car into limp mode Darren Watson from England

New air filter, then re-program the cpu Stan from Cheshire

Submitted: 08/08/2011 09:04:19 | ID: 76635

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Colin Twells, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi I have a Vectra 19cdti auto. I got glow plug light flash. Can anyone help? (19cdti auto elite)

Submitted: 25/07/2011 09:01:40 | ID: 76626

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Darren Murray, County Londonderry

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

I couldnt get car into gear so I took gear box out to change release bearing and clutch kit thinking slave cylinder was busted but it was not. I tested the external slave cylinder and it seemed fine. I then put everything new in gear box and everything was perfect for three days and then the original problem came back. There are no leaks, could this be a problem with the external slave cylinder?

Submitted: 19/07/2011 09:30:09 | ID: 77026

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Peter Walton, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

I am having problems with my near side front window. It opens on the passenger side using the switch on the passenger door but this switch will not close the window. I have been told it is a common fault. Can anyone suggest anything other than replacing the switch which has been done and did not change anything?

Submitted: 04/07/2011 09:59:09 | ID: 75177

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Ross Gordon, Stirlingshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

The driver’s window won’t go down but can hear motors working.

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Sounds like the window is wedged stuck. Your motor is still running as normal. You’ll need to take the door panel off and you should find the motor runners have come away from the window. Hopefully a straight clip/snap back in Anyone from Yorkshire

Submitted: 23/06/2011 11:18:02 | ID: 68925

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Pete, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

Is there a kit to convert a Vectra tdci 150bhp dmf to a solid flywheel? (cdti)

Submitted: 07/06/2011 09:26:47 | ID: 79765

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Lee Branson, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

What does the car and spanner light on a 2003 Vectra 2.0dti mean?

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It means it needs a service. I had it before on my ’05 plate Corsa Connor Anderson from Fife and Kinross Shires

Submitted: 23/05/2011 12:13:25 | ID: 79638

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Philip, Oxfordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I put on a new exhaust and fuel filter but now it won’t start. There is fuel, there is spark, the compression is fine, but the fuel is not getting through the injectors to allow the car to start. Is there a relay that is preventing the fuel from going through? Urgent help needed as I want to use the car to get to work tomorrow. (2.2 SRI)

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Put the ignition on a few times to let the system pressurise, then spin it over and it should fire up. Also make sure that you have put the fuel filter round the right way Bumble from Essex

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Submitted: 18/05/2011 10:27:30 | ID: 82073

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John, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2009

I have a Vectra SRI cdti. I get a loud pop pop from behind the dashboard that sounds like a valve opening and closing. Help.

Submitted: 10/05/2011 08:28:39 | ID: 76295

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Robert Cochrane, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

The horn and the alarm system does not work. I know the two are linked after looking at the fuses. They seem fine. Any other suggestions?

Submitted: 09/05/2011 08:59:37 | ID: 68220

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Charlie Brown, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do you get cover off the handbrake lever so that I can adjust the handbrake cable? (2.0 DTI)

Submitted: 03/05/2011 09:15:36 | ID: 74782

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Dean Tingley, Kent

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Can someone help please? I need to top up gearbox oil and I can’t find the filler cap. Thanks Dean.

Submitted: 10/03/2011 08:29:38 | ID: 52826

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Yusuf Barkari, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

When the vehicle is cool, it runs okay but after 10 miles, the engine control warning comes on and loses power. What could be the problem? (2.2 Diesel)

Submitted: 07/03/2011 09:39:35 | ID: 69705

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Greg Rochell, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

There is a screeching noise coming from the engine bay, I don’t know if it is the steering pump. If it is, how can I tell?

Submitted: 07/03/2011 09:27:42 | ID: 73420

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Peter Smith, London

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

How do I change the spark plugs on this vehicle? It’s a 1.8 engine.

Submitted: 07/03/2011 09:16:51 | ID: 72624

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Darren Laws, Northumberland

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

The engine management light is on, and losing power whilst running. Any advice? (1.9cdti)

Submitted: 01/03/2011 08:55:34 | ID: 69726

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Mark Bailey, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Can anyone tell me what mpg a Vauxhall Vectra 1.8L Petrol VVT SRI can do please?

Submitted: 23/02/2011 11:23:19 | ID: 69483

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Anthony, West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

My airbag/seat tensioner light has come on. Any ideas on what the problem might be? (SRi)

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They do time expire, some makes may be DTC fault cleared otherwise airbags/ECU would need changing EJ Mattix from England

Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:43:10 | ID: 76520

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Alan Taylor, London

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

On a Vauxhall Vectra, where can I find the parts that connect the fuel tank to the car?

Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:41:44 | ID: 76519

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Kerry Wilkinson, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I have just bought a Vectra in mint condition. I went to drive it last night, everything OK but none of the lights will come on. Does anyone know what the problem might be? (Club 1.8)

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Hi, mine did the same and it was a loose connection on the main fuse board. I had the conector cleaned and pressed closed then pushed it back together and it then worked fine. Hope this helps Chris Slade from Yorkshire

Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:35:59 | ID: 79695

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Melissa Cox, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do I get the remote controls , alarm and central locking synchronised?

Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:32:10 | ID: 79665

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Michael Gibbs, Hampshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

The clutch pedal on my Vectra just went limp. The AA man said there were no fluid leaks and he suspects a linkage rod problem. Is this so? As the clutch was renewed 20,000 miles ago and if it is a linkage problem how much am I looking at?

Submitted: 11/02/2011 09:23:08 | ID: 77378

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Maz, Stirlingshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

I have rain water leaking onto the passenger floor. This only happens when there is really heavy rain. I am not sure how to stop it, can anyone offer any advice?

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Most likely culprit will be the windscreen seal. Sit in the car and get someone to hose the outside and check around the inside of the screen for water entering. If there is a leak I recommend complete removal and replacement. Must be done by a trained fitter Ron from Staffordshire

You will have two rain water gulleys under the grill that is sat under the windscreen. Both of these will be full of debris etc, they overflow then water flows in from the back of the heater box. Clean both out and then it will be A’OK. No need to take windscreen out Brian Ukbrit from England

You will find it is the rain water drainage holes are blocked and there is also one in front of the pollen filter under the bonnet, accessed by lifting up the black strip. You may also find your blower will now only work on setting number four! My blower has gone today for the fifth time in two years, getting very frustrating now and expensive! Go on www.blower-resistor.co.uk for a step-by-step picture guide of how to find the resistor. If anyone knows why my resistor keeps going help would be gratefully rec’d. The motor runs freely, the pollen filter is new, the drainage holes aren’t blocked? Amy T from England

Have had same problem, two hours on A1 in heavy rain. Floods in passenger well, heater motor on flat out not switching off so resistor pack flooded and blown. All because of bunged up drain point. Bad design. Make sure you get well cleaned out and dry fan motor area g clarkson from Lincolnshire

http://www.blower-motor-resistor.co.uk/vauxhall-vectra-c-blower-motor-resistor.html :0) Al from Canada

Water getting into the fan motor makes the bearings go sticky because it washes out the oil / grease. Remove the fan / motor and liberally oil the bearings. The fan should rotate freely without any drag. If not, the motor draws too much current and overheats the resistor, destroying it Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 08/02/2011 15:05:27 | ID: 76360

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David Bevis, Devon

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

When I brake the oil light appears on my dash - has anyone else experienced anything similar to this? (1999)

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Yes I have, turned out to be my oil pump, get it sorted before it does real damage to your engine Paul from England

Submitted: 08/02/2011 14:47:40 | ID: 75070

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John Williams, Wales

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Had a diagnostic test done and the errors were airflow switch temp faulty, starter relay circuit low voltage and clutch switch error. We have changed the battery thermostart set but we still have no heaters working and it fails to start on occasion. Above the thermostat there is a connector block when the connector are plugged it shorts out the fan. The water pipes are warm but no heaters and the water bottle bubbles after a few miles. Please help! (2.0 diesel dti elegance)

Submitted: 03/02/2011 08:39:16 | ID: 76346

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Graham Dale, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

I have a Vectra CDTi. I have just had the alternater replaced and a new battrey and the car keeps going dead, losing power steering. I can’t get it to start, it seems like the battery keeps draining but it’s brand new from Vaxhall. Please help! Thanks.

Submitted: 25/01/2011 16:23:44 | ID: 72661

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Lee Simpson, Shropshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

The electric windows stay on when I turn engine off. Why is this and is it normal?

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Yeah, if you open a door and close it, the electric windows should shut off. It allows you to adjust the windows without switching the electrics or the car on all together Leon Stoneman from Hampshire

Submitted: 25/01/2011 16:10:35 | ID: 68572

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