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Eric Woodall, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

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)

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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

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TT Tari, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

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

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Dave Robinson, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

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?

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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

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Pasha, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

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)

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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

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Paul M, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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

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Frank Pyers, Essex

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

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

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Dave, Northamptonshire

Vauxhall Vectra

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)

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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

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Davie Forbes, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

The cruise control light on my Vauxhall Vectra doesn`t come on when the ignition is switched on. Any suggestions?

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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

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Naz Ali, Australia

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

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.

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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

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Rob Murray, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

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)

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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

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Mary, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1993

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

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Shaben, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

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)

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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

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Leanne Exelby, Middlesex

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

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)

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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

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Mike Sweatman, Somerset

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

My Vauxhall Vectra has a ticking noise coming from the engine when I start it up. Any ideas?

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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

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Leanne Exelby, Middlesex

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

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)

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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

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Stuart Alexander, Lothians

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

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?

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Have u checked the linkage rods? Big G Bach from Lanarkshire

Submitted: 01/05/2012 09:31:35 | ID: 71026

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Derek Holland, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

Where is the fuel tank inspection plate on my Vauxhall Vectra, if there is one?

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It’s under the rear seat. Lift seat, lift carpet Brian from Gloucestershire

Submitted: 26/04/2012 17:14:10 | ID: 69945

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Sam Brown, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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.)

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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

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Mark, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

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

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Nadine Taylor, Dorset

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

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

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Alex McLardy, Lothians

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

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

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Kyle Gardiner, County Armagh

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Hi. I have a Vauxhall Vectra 03 and my steering has gone. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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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

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Robert Morrison, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

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)

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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

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Ian Chalmers, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

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?

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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

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Paul Bayman, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

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

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Paul Cooper, Durham

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra`s heater is not working on hot or cold. It just isn`t blowing anything. Can anyone help?

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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

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Mark, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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)

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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

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Carl Prebble, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

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

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James Cairns, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do you remove the indicator stalk in my Vauxhall Vectra?

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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

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James Cairns, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do you remove the indicator stalk on an 03 Vauxhall Vectra?

Submitted: 12/04/2012 12:58:40 | ID: 74043

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Carl Prescott, England

Vauxhall Vectra

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.)

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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

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Carl Prescott, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

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

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Mark McCabe, Cheshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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

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Gordon Mcgee, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

How do I operate my Vauxhall Vectra`s cd player?

Submitted: 10/04/2012 16:07:15 | ID: 70972

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Lewis Taylor, Clackmannanshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

How do I change the front brake pads on my Vauxhall Vectra?

Submitted: 10/04/2012 14:35:01 | ID: 78965

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Bobby Dazzler, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

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?

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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

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Darren Tee, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

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!

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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

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Frazer Kennedy, Perthshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

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

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Mark, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

The heaters, back wiper and central locking have stopped working. Can anyone help? (sri)

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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

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Adrian Rushton, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

Does anyone know what the plastic thing on the inside of the fuel filler flap is for on Vauxhall vehicles?

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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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