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The driver’s window won’t go down but can hear motors working.
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: 3186
Is there a kit to convert a Vectra tdci 150bhp dmf to a solid flywheel? (cdti)
Submitted: 07/06/2011 09:26:47 | ID: 3154
What does the car and spanner light on a 2003 Vectra 2.0dti mean?
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 12:13:26 | ID: 2749
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)
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
Submitted: 18/05/2011 10:27:31 | ID: 2775
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: 2543
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 08:59:38 | ID: 2467
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: 2317
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 08:29:39 | ID: 2279
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: 2079
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: 2116
How do I change the spark plugs on this vehicle? It’s a 1.8 engine.
Submitted: 07/03/2011 09:16:52 | ID: 2098
The engine management light is on, and losing power whilst running. Any advice? (1.9cdti)
Submitted: 01/03/2011 08:55:34 | ID: 3095
Can anyone tell me what mpg a Vauxhall Vectra 1.8L Petrol VVT SRI can do please?
Submitted: 23/02/2011 11:23:20 | ID: 2666
My airbag/seat tensioner light has come on. Any ideas on what the problem might be? (SRi)
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: 3597
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: 3596
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)
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 11:36:00 | ID: 3030
How do I get the remote controls , alarm and central locking synchronised?
Submitted: 11/02/2011 11:32:10 | ID: 2898
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: 2907
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?
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: 2883
When I brake the oil light appears on my dash - has anyone else experienced anything similar to this? (1999)
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 14:47:41 | ID: 2868
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: 2876
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: 2263
The electric windows stay on when I turn engine off. Why is this and is it normal?
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 16:10:36 | ID: 3614
Hello, I’ve got a 06 Vectra. I’ve just had it serviced and when, at low speeds, I put the brakes on I can here grinding noises but the pads are fine. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 25/01/2011 16:09:44 | ID: 2784
I have an automatic Vectra. When driving earlier on the engine cut out and smoke came from the bonnet. The engine management system light came on and stayed on. I put the car in park, the engine will not start, and it is stuck in park. I have tried everything I can think of to change gears but it isn’t moving. Does anyone know what’s wrong with it or how to get it out of park as the car is stuck?
Hi Michelle. According to my manual you should be able to release selector by lifting the cover round lever, then with thin flat bladed screwdriver, press down the detent lever on left hand side. The detent lever is flat, you should be able to release selector. Hope this helps - Ray Stone from Oxfordshire
Submitted: 25/01/2011 15:52:50 | ID: 2780
My 06 reg Vectra brake lights stay on after I have released the pedal. This problem only happens when it’s cold outside. I have replaced the brake switch under the pedal and it still happens. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 25/01/2011 15:51:35 | ID: 2779
One of my lights had blown so I changed this bulb but now both bulbs have gone. I only have side lights, however, when I checked the fuse underneath the bonnet that was fine but when I switiched the lights on a clicking noise came from the fuse box - any ideas anyone?
Submitted: 20/01/2011 09:46:20 | ID: 2196
The car starts up and runs fine till it gets warm then it loses power. It will tick over OK and no lights come up. Any ideas? (diesel)
Check your egr valve, when you say it loses power does it go over 3000 revs? Raz A from England
Submitted: 14/01/2011 15:38:47 | ID: 2969
I can’t open the bonnet. I took the car for its MOT but the garage didn’t want to force it, so it was failed. Any ideas?
Submitted: 13/01/2011 09:27:50 | ID: 3320
I have a new shape 02 Vectra. I have just changed the thermostat but it is still blowing out cold air. Any clues?
You have an airlock mate, bleed it out - Damion Somerfield from England
Submitted: 12/01/2011 16:15:12 | ID: 3387
My Vectra 2.0 dti starts 1st time, runs for 2 mins, then won’t start again. I’ve had the injector seals and pipes done but to no avail. Any ideas?
Submitted: 12/01/2011 15:20:03 | ID: 2392
My Vectra will start no problem but the engine warning light spanner comes on and there is no acceleration. Why would this be? Any ideas?
There is clearly an engine management problem and your car won’t accelerate because it has gone into limp mode to prevent you causing further damage to the engine. If you take it to a garage with a dyno tester then they will be able to tell you what the fault is. Hope this helps - Ryan Mitcham from Essex
Check your egr valve, take it off, dismantle it, clean it, make sure the spring opens the valve reassemble should do the job - Jasojaso Jones from Staffordshire
Submitted: 12/01/2011 08:41:24 | ID: 1941
How do I know if a solenoid vac as gone as I have a load of smoke coming out the back. It’s not black smoke... Please help.
Submitted: 10/01/2011 14:15:01 | ID: 3460
The engine management light keeps flashing. The car will start but cut out straight away. What is wrong with it?
Have you had the key apart? As there is a chip in this and the light flashes when key is not recognised. If you have another key try this - Neil Singleton from Bedfordshire
Submitted: 05/01/2011 09:36:49 | ID: 3579
Hello, my timing belt kit and tensioner needs to be replaced. I know I’m out of warranty but my car has done just under 30,000 miles - should I still have to pay? Surely the timing belt kit and tensioner are supposed to last longer than 30,000 miles before I have problems? (2.2 sri direct)
Timing belts (and rollers / tensioners and on most cars the waterpump) are replaced as a precaution, considerably before they are completely worn out. If you don’t and the belt breaks (or the bearings in the waterpump or tensioners wear out and fall apart) a great deal of damage is instantly caused to the engine, as moving parts (pistons and valves) hit each other at high speed. This is very expensive to fix, and sometimes a S/H replacement engine is cheaper. The belt change intervals were originally 80,000 miles / a certain number of years, but too many people suffered belt failure, and so the replacement interval was dropped to 40,000 miles / four years / whichever comes sooner. It’s in your interest to change a belt as per this specification - Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 23/12/2010 09:28:49 | ID: 3632
My car is frozen solid. I started it up, let it warm up for 20 minutes. I think the wipers were turned on but frozen. When thawed the wipers didn’t work. I’ve changed the fuse and they work now but are very slow and erratic. What damage have I done? (1.8)
Submitted: 23/12/2010 09:24:51 | ID: 3609
Any help please? When driving normally, every time I dip the clutch the car cuts out. It starts first time and will tick over all day but when I press the clutch while driving the revs drop off and then it cuts out. Strange...
Submitted: 22/12/2010 14:44:30 | ID: 3573
I have a strong smell of diesel coming from my car when it is parked on my drive. It is when I’m stood outside the car, you can’t smell it when you are in the car, only when you stand outside. I have checked under the car and can’t see any leaks or anything on the floor... any idea??
Try the carbon filter under the wheel arch. The plastic liner has to be removed. It’s on the off side - Don Heap from England
Submitted: 21/12/2010 10:43:55 | ID: 3604
I can’t get heaters to work, only blowing cold air. I changed thermostat and housing but still nothing. All pipes are red hot, the car isn’t overheating, waterpump is fine, matrix is fine, I just can’t think what it could be. Could anybody help?
Try breeding the water through - Gareth Barlow from Warwickshire
Clogged heater matrix? Airlock? Blocked pipe too or from the matrix? It can’t really be anything else. If you’ve changed the thermostat, I’m assuming you drained and correctly refilled the cooling system. The waterpump is working if the car’s not overheating. Check that the two hoses going to the matrix are hot. If one is, and the other’s not, it implies an obstruction in the matrix or hoses. Drain the cooling system and disconnect the two pipes from the heater matrix, and hook a garden hose onto one side of the matrix and check for unobstructed fluid flow through it - Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 20/12/2010 15:41:38 | ID: 3563
When I switch on the wipers, the engine cuts out. Won’t start again until the wipers are switched off. Power steering warning light illuminates when this happens and fuel guage does not register. Could this be a short in the fuse box?
Submitted: 20/12/2010 15:32:12 | ID: 3560