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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
Does anyone know long before the cambelt of my Vauxhall Vectra needs replacing? (CFTI diesel)
Submitted: 27/03/2012 14:06:35 | ID: 68374
Hi. When my Vauxhall Vectra is standing in traffic or moving slowly the electric fan kicks in, followed by a lot of noise as though the fan blade is hitting something. Having looked at it I can`t see anything. Also when I start moving again the noise disappears. Any ideas? Thanks
Fan blade hitting something is most likely, could be worn bearings on fan motor allowing movement in the wrong axis, could be shorted turn on fan motor Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:54:59 | ID: 70958
Hi, can you help me? Under the bonnet of my Vauxhall Vectra there are 2 what looks like dipsticks. I know that one is the oil dipstick but don`t know what the other one is for? They are both one behind the other and the one that`s not the dipstick has a lid on it that snaps back. I hope that you can tell me what it`s for? (Automatic 1800 5 door hatch back)
Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:48:35 | ID: 70957
How do I turn on my Vauxhall Vectra`s digital fuel gauge? It was on but now it`s on stop watch and I don`t know how to take it off? (Sri 150)
Submitted: 27/03/2012 11:21:30 | ID: 70956
I keep finding oil in the spark plugs area of my Vauxhall Vectra all of the time. Can anyone advise?
Try changing the head rocket gasket because I had the same problem Terry from Wrexham
Just replace the valve cover gasket... Alfredo Romana from Australia
Change your rocker cover gasket by all means but check your breather pipes on your rocker cover. They block up with oil and cause pressure in the cam cover, causing the gasket to go. I had the same problem with mine Paul from England
Submitted: 22/03/2012 10:13:36 | ID: 70550
Can anyone suggest why my Vauxhall Vectra miss-fires when accelerating?
Submitted: 19/03/2012 14:37:06 | ID: 70492
I have been trying to rid my Vauxhall Vectra of a condensation build up in the engine by driving it in low gears and high revs, but the EML light flickers on and off at about 5000 to 6000 revs. What does it mean and do you know another way to get rid of the build up from condensation? (GSi.)
Submitted: 15/03/2012 10:32:28 | ID: 84468
Can someone please tell me where in my 55 plate Vauxhall Vectra is the fuse for the cigarette lighter? Please, it`s urgent. (1.9 cdti)
open nearside door, remove panel from side of glove box and its in there Ray from Nottinghamshire
Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:43:13 | ID: 83236
My 1999 Vauxhall Vectra has front fogs - are they just for show? Because the switch inside the car, when switched on, makes the headlights go lower or higher. Can anyone help?
Submitted: 13/03/2012 09:07:30 | ID: 83217
What type of exhaust do I need to fit as there are two? My Vectra is the 2.0 T Elegance and the off-side back box needs replacing. I can’t find options on websites to help me. How much should I pay?
I put a cobra middle and rear boxes from eBay and fitted myself (fitter by trade), stainless steel is better for sound and a slight increase in bhp. The company on eBay was called exhaust uk, also your local exhaust centre probably do a range of stainless exhausts to choose from Matt S from Essex
Submitted: 13/03/2012 08:42:42 | ID: 83232
I am looking for O RINGS for the heater matrix. I have purchased the matrix but it come without O RINGS. Can’t seem to be able to get them anywhere. Seemingly they are very difficult to acquire. Does anyone know where I might purchase the O RINGS. I have tried for hours on internet to no avail...
B&Q sell a selection RD Newman from Wales
Smear old ones with a gasket sealer, done this on mine never had any more trouble Clive Dorling from Suffolk
Submitted: 13/03/2012 08:18:31 | ID: 83203
On my Vauxhall Vectra, the traction control cuts in when I do over 60mph. I was told that my abs sensor is not reading the abs ring because the teeth are broken/cracked. Can I just replace the cv joint ring or do I have to replace the whole cv joint? Thanks. (2.2 ls)
Submitted: 09/03/2012 15:42:25 | ID: 83175
My friend has a 2-litre petrol sri, 01 plate. This day he was out driving and pressed his clutch to floor and put it in gear. When he let his foot off it didn’t move... What’s wrong?
I am assuming the clutch pedal stayed down. If this is correct it happened to me on my car. I found out it was due to very low brake fluid as the clutch and brakes are connected. Check to make sure your brake pipes are not leaking and top up your brake reservoir. The clutch may still stay down until it has been bled. Hope this helps Richard from England
Submitted: 09/03/2012 09:41:47 | ID: 83129
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