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Kingsley Taylor, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi guys, this all happened today! I took my son to work about 3 miles away in my Vauxhall Vectra. On the way back I noticed the battery light had come on and stayed on. The car was parked up for 3 hours, then I went back to pick him up and the battery light was still on. Coming back home I noticed the power steering was heavier. I got home and parked up and turned the engine off. When I tried to restart it it was dead! I have managed to start it again but there`s very little power trying to get it started. Could it be the battery or alternator? Does anyone have any ideas? (1.9cdti)

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Change the alternator and the the belt that goes round the alternator and the power steering Paul from Cardiff

Just happened to me m8, it’s your altenator Kingsley Taylor from Durham

Submitted: 24/09/2012 09:49:33 | ID: 86390

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Jason Fieldsend, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hi. My Vauxhall Vectra`s clocks have stopped working, no dials or lights on the clocks work. I have checked all fuse and abs leads under the engine and all seem fine. Would a breaker`s yard clock fit straight in or do they need coding as this is the cheapest way to try to change the clocks? Cheers. (cdti 120 club)

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Have you checked the dimmer switch on the right hand side of the console... it’s next to the height adjustment for main lights. If this is turned down it can make the dash seem like its all turned off/broken... Mike Hopper from Staffordshire

Check the dimmer switch is up full and check the sensors for the speedo clock Paul from Cardiff

This happened to me, I pressed the mileometer to 000 one day and all the dash worked fine... give it a try Del Star from Norfolk

Just had the same fault, took the clocks out and gave the connector a wiggle, boom back to life, try it m8 Kingsley Taylor from England

Submitted: 24/09/2012 08:43:35 | ID: 86222

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Annie Mack, County Tyrone

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi. Can anyone tell me why my Vauxhall Vectra`s speedometer, fuel gauge, dash lights ie indicators, lights, rev counter, temperature gauge and horn have just stopped working? Although the airbag light was on the dash, it has gone off and is now replaced with the car boot light - as though it hasn`t been closed properly even though it has. Does anyone have any idea about what is causing the problem and how I can fix it? (cdti)

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Hi, have got same problem on my 55 cdti Vectra. Hope someone can help, was going to replace clocks from scrapyard but don’t know if they need coding or owt. Cheers Jason Fieldsend from England

Submitted: 20/09/2012 11:32:55 | ID: 85805

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Terry Hilton, England

Vauxhall Vectra

My Vauxhall Vectra cdx 2.0 has been plugged into the comptuer which says no faults found, but tc and abs and speedo stop working intermittently. Why does this happen?

Submitted: 20/09/2012 10:01:02 | ID: 85804

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Kaka Lamba, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

My Vauxhall Vectra has lost all power. All the lights such as. engine, engine oil, abs, handbrake, airbag have come on but the car is not starting at all and is making a clicking sound when you turn the key. Can anyone advise me what the problem is?

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This has happened to my car a few times, it turned out to be the "brain" my own mechanic could not fix it, I had to bring it to the Vauxhall garage to have it repaired - I think it was £180!!! just for them to put it onto the computer to diagnose the problem. Good luck Annie Mack from County Armagh

I had the same problem but it was the alternator. If it’s not charging the battery properly all hell breaks loose, abs light on, heavy steering, unable to start straight after turning off, power steering light on and off, service light making an appearence and a clicking noise from glovebox. I changed the battery at the same time becasue I was told the alternators can smash them too, and vice versa I got a decent battery for 108 and alternator for 130, better than book prices Mike Hopper from Staffordshire

Submitted: 17/09/2012 10:25:50 | ID: 84920

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Brian McCalmont, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Hello, how do I reset the computer in my Vaxuhall Vectra 2007? It keeps saying "brake light and parking light " but there are no bulbs out.

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Hi, look very closely at rear lights, when a bulb blows it seems to drop into the lights. Pull the light covers off, look at bulbs closely and the panel itself for corrosion. Replace bulbs if they’re black and sometimes just pull the bulbs out and put them back. This worked for for me on my Vectra c 2003 1.8 sri Matt from England

On your car, one of the numerous computers monitors the status of the bulbs (working or otherwise). If it senses a brake light bulb has failed, it uses one of the other bulbs in the light cluster on that side as a brake light (really!) so that although it may appear the brake lights are working, you could still have a failed bulb and not spot it. Pull all of the bulbs, one at a time and inspect them for broken filaments Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 14/09/2012 09:48:54 | ID: 73778

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William Bell, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

My Vauxhall Vectra has a sucking noise coming from the engine. I`ve been told it’s the breather system inside the Rocker Cover. Can I take the rocker cover off and clean the system or do I have to buy a new rocker cover with the system? Thanks. (sri)

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Removing rocker is easy, check breather pipe and clean if possible, you will need a new gasket and some gasket sealant also. With rocker off check the plugs ain’t swimming in oil and replace plugs. If they are, being careful not to get too much oil down the bore, this silk give lots of smoke out the back till the oil is burnt off Matt from Essex

Submitted: 11/09/2012 08:38:18 | ID: 71528

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Robert Davis, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Recently I hit a deep pothole in my Vauxhall Vectra and immediately the centre info panel indicated lh parking light fail, although it was still on in park mode. I was unable to find time to get it fixed and on returning to collect the car from an off site airport carpark the panel said "safe Mode". Can anyone advise me? (2.2 DTI ELITE)

Submitted: 06/09/2012 15:46:51 | ID: 88565

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Matthew Woods, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

My Vauxhall Vectra is popping from the back box on tick over and when going up hill if you rev too much the car slows down. What could be causing this?

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It may be that your catalytic converter is breaking up internally and obstructing the flow of the exhaust gasses out of the engine. Anonymous from

Submitted: 03/09/2012 16:08:09 | ID: 70992

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James Gibb, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Hi. I just bought an 07 Vauxhall Vectra ctdi.150 and when I start the engine when it`s warm it makes a loud grinding noise when starting up. It sounds fine in the morning or when the engine is cold. Sounds like a starter motor to me. Any thoughts or is this a common issue? (1.9cdti 150)

Submitted: 03/09/2012 10:58:25 | ID: 87659

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Mick Coward, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

It would seem that my Vauxhall Vectra`s clutch has gone but the garage are saying that the Hydraulic sequential box may have gone as well. The orginal quote has gone up by £54 pounds, stating it comes as a seperate part and is not part of the clutch. How can I tell if this part does need replacing? (1.8 Elite)

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You should be able to get a three piece clutch kit that has the hydraulic part with it but you can tell yourself if it has gone by taking the inspection plate off which is under the engine. Take it off and check for any fluid coming out when you push on the clutch peddle and another way is to check your brake fluid. If low top it up then drive round and for a couple of miles when you get home check if it gone down. If it has then your hydraulic system does need changing Paul from Cardiff

Submitted: 31/08/2012 11:26:38 | ID: 87615

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Darran Morris, Cardiff

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra`s heater packed up about four months ago and recently I have started to get a clicking noise coming from the dashboard. It comes and goes every couple of seconds. Can anyone help? (SRI 1.8 Petrol)

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Turn heater up when on cold the flaps at the back of the heater click open if your heater broke on cold these could be trying to open then close!! Bob from Pembrokeshire

There’s a known fault in these cars where the little electric motor and gearbox which control the air valves for the heating inside the dashboard strips a teeth on one of the internal cogs and sits there trying to move the air valves but gets stuck on the damaged tooth Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 30/08/2012 17:05:12 | ID: 87558

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Darran Morris, Cardiff

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Darran Morris from Cardiff has sent in a question on the 0 0. My Vauxhall Vectraheater packed up about four month’s ago On my vectra 04 plate And recently I have started to get a clicking noise Coming from the dashboard it comes and go every couple of seconds Can anyone help (SRI 1.8 Petrol)

Submitted: 30/08/2012 17:03:01 | ID: 87548

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John Redwood, Cardiff

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

My 2008 1.9 cdti sri Vauxhall Vectra has developed a fault where I couldn`t select a few gears, first, second and third sometimes. All are okay apart from first now. It feels solid when I try to push the gearstick into first gear leaving me to pull away in second which isn`t good. Any ideas? (1.9 cdti sri)

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Can you reliably select first gear with the engine off? If so it points to either the clutch not disengaging properly (new clutch time), or worn synchro cones in the gearbox (gearbox re-build time). If the problem remains with the engine off, it is most likely that the gear selector rods / linkage between the bottom of the gearstick and the gearbox need adjusting Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 30/08/2012 11:14:08 | ID: 87343

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Daniel Mills, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

When driving my Vauxhall Vectra I find sometimes my dials keep jumping to zero then go back to where they were. When I touch my stereo it shuts off and comes back on as well and my dash lights up and shows a picture of my steering wheel, then goes back to normal. Does anyone know what this means?

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More than likely your alternator/battery on its way out... Same thing happened to me. Amongst other symptoms.... abs lights, heavy steering, clicking in dash, unable to restart car... Mike Hopper from Staffordshire

Submitted: 28/08/2012 17:29:13 | ID: 87276

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Jerry Noden, Lincolnshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

Hi. With myy Vauxhall Vectra 1 .8 ls I`m having trouble finding where this knocking noise is coming from. I think it might be knocking the heat plate at the rear of the exchaust but I have had it cheacked by a garage and they say they couldn`t find anything wrong. Everytime I move the car it starts knocking. Any ideas?

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Check the petrol pipes around the fuel filter under the car. I had the same probs, drove me mad Kevin Coakley from England

Check bushes on rear suspension roll bar. Mine sounded like golf ball in the boot. About 6 Quid per set j mc from England

Submitted: 28/08/2012 15:51:53 | ID: 87270

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Michael Cooper, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

My Vauxhall Vectra appears to have oil leaking from what appears to be an inspection plate underneath the gearbox. A new clutch was fitted by a garage with a somewhat dubious history recently, would they have needed to remove the inspection plate to replace the clutch or is it just coincidence? (life 1.8)

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Sounds to me like the rear main oil seal has gone or a shaft seal. These should of been spotted when gear box was out and you should have been phoned with a price. The seals are very cheap, less then £10 and very easy to fit with gear box out. I would go back to garage, there is a chance they could have caused leak when installing the box Vectra c man from Essex

Submitted: 28/08/2012 15:24:40 | ID: 86504

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John Holmes, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra keeps cutting out when it`s temperature reaches 90. If I leave it for 30minutes then it starts again. Any ideas?

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I have had the same problem with my Sri it has dogged me for the last two years gradually getting worse Tony Higgins from Kent

Submitted: 28/08/2012 11:38:49 | ID: 88233

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Paul Jenner, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

The rear view mirror on my Vauxhall Vectra has a flashing yellow light underneath it that flashes constantly when the headlights are turned on. What is this as I cannot find any info on it? Please help!

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Hi, your rear view mirror is fitted with a sensor that makes the mirror tint when some one is behind you with their full beam on, helping not to dazzle you. The light is a indication that it is working fine Frank Stan from England

I know that’s what it is supposed to do but it doesn’t dim, and I was told that the amber light should stay on and not flash? I have bought a replacement but can’t figure out how the housing comes off to replace it? Don’t want to force it in case I break it. Is there an easy way to do it? Paul Jenner from Essex

Submitted: 21/08/2012 14:14:13 | ID: 85726

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Mitko Tosey, Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic Of

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

Hi. After reaching the working temperature of ~90-92 degrees my Vauxhall Vectra does not have power as it does when it’s cold. The MAF sensor has been changed, the recirculation system has been cleaned, the EGR valve has also been changed, the air filter is new, the catalytic converter has been cleaned and the vacuum pumps have been checked by a technician. There is no management light, nothing, it just does not have power. What should I check next? Thank you. (X20DT)

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Hi. I had the same problem with my 03. Took it to an auto electrician and put it on a reader, it came up with the code p0400. When reading up on it I saw a review which said if you cut the fourth wire on the egr valve very close (it’s a black and grey one) it will sort the problem. I thought what the hell so tried it - worked a treat and not been on since. Apparently its a well known fault with the Vauxhall. Let me know how you get on, regards Frank Stan from England

Submitted: 20/08/2012 16:35:04 | ID: 85373

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Danny Taylor, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

I am having trouble with my Vauxhall Vectra starting. First thing in the morning it boots up straight away but then after driving it for say 15 minutes, leaving it for about an hour, it takes about 5 to 10 attempts to start with a big cloud of white smoke coming out pf the exhaust. Any ideas? (dti)

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Sounds like egr problem or perhaps a timing sensor Matt from Essex

Hi Danny, I am having almost identicle starting problems with my Vectra CDI except without the white smoke and constantly from even cold start. After a Vauxhall electronic diagnosis I have changed the camshaft sensor but this did not solve the problem. A web site member has advised me that the problem is with the range switch which ensures that the car will only start in Park or Neutral. I have purchased this part at a price of £43.50 but I have yet to learn where it fits other than on the gear box or on the transmission. I have the part no. but the paper work is with the car and in my mechanics garage and can send to you once I sight it. Leave me your email address and I will come back to you. Perhaps between us we can solve the problem? Regards Eric from Hertfordshire

Submitted: 20/08/2012 15:54:32 | ID: 85366

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Paul Reed, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

What oil do I use for a Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 sxi petrol?

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5w30 fully synthetic oil and about 5l will be needed. Choose a good quality brand of oil Matt from Essex

Submitted: 20/08/2012 15:38:53 | ID: 85328

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Miranda Rice, Sussex

Vauxhall Vectra 1998

I have changed the battery on my Vauxhall Vectra twice now. It’ll turn over then die and that’s it. Is it the alternator?

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Pop in to formula 1 or kwik fit centre for a free battery and alternator check and go from there Matt from Essex

Submitted: 17/08/2012 17:26:33 | ID: 88832

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Brian, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

I have a problem with the air conditioning on my 2001 1.6 Vectra whereby when I switch on the air conditioning, the engine cuts out! It drives superbly and has never given me any trouble at all, until I recently noticed this problem during our recent hot spell. Any ideas as to the cause?

Submitted: 16/08/2012 15:43:47 | ID: 87750

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Dean Mack, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

I have a 06 Vectra. In first and second gear, when pulling away, the revs stay high for a second or two before dropping. Can anyone help please as to the best way of sorting it out.

Submitted: 16/08/2012 15:33:10 | ID: 75567

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Dave Jones, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

I have Vauxhall Vectra and the problem is the temperature gauge, it goes up very fast, even the car won’t be showing any signs of boiling. If I just drive for a few miles it rises and the fan will quick in and cool down and it becomes better when I drive long distance than shot routes were the temp rises very fast.

Submitted: 14/08/2012 14:59:11 | ID: 75492

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Kevin O Melia, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi, my 1.9cdti sxi Vectra... it’s been running ok but now every so often the engine management light comes on and it goes into safe mode and won’t go over 20,000 revs. If I stop and turn it off then straight back on it will do it again but if I leave it for 10 minutes it can go for couple days before it goes again. Different people telling me different things what it could be. Any one got any ideas?

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Hi Kev. I have an sri 150, it does the same thing. I find if I stop too quickly or change down it happens. I got a computer test and new sensor put on but it`s still the same, usually at the same part of road when I leave the motorway. Sounds silly but works fine Stuart Johnstone from Scotland

Try cleaning your EGR valve or change it for a new one Tony Hodgson from Wrexham

Submitted: 10/08/2012 15:10:19 | ID: 72910

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Lisa Stevenson, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My 57 plate Vectra’s brake lights won’t go off and start working properly until I do 60mph. This happens everytime I switch the engine on.

Submitted: 09/08/2012 14:30:09 | ID: 72916

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Amir K, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

I have a Vectra 1.8 sri when I take off the oil cap on my Vectra engine running engine speed drops and there is a vacuum suction of air there. Is this supposed to happen?

Submitted: 09/08/2012 11:15:04 | ID: 72907

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Susan Gray, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

I bought my son a Vauxhall Vectra and it’s running very well but the dashboard lights go off but if he opens the door they come back on. The garage says until they see it they wont do it...

Submitted: 08/08/2012 15:25:48 | ID: 72902

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Wayne Kilner, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

Hi. I had the timing belt replaced in Feb and had oil and filter changed on sat used 5/30 fully synthetic. On Mon noticed it started rattling again. This week I took it to the garage where we had belt changed, they said that the oil used has caused the oil pressure to drop causing the belt to slip and become loose resulting in the rattling. Is this a common fault and could this be true? It’s going to cost another £500 to repair after it cost £800 in Feb. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. (sri 2.2)

Submitted: 08/08/2012 14:37:11 | ID: 72900

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Kevin O’Sullivan, Ireland

Vauxhall Vectra 2008

My car is the Vauxhall Vectra Opel version. For some time now I have no sound from my indicators. Does anyone know to to cure this problem? I have seen an item on Youtube in relation to setting items using the indicator and wiper stalk but it does not seem to work on my Vectra. Thanks for any help. (1.9CDTI Life Model)

Submitted: 31/07/2012 10:52:00 | ID: 88782

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Carl Jacobs, Derbyshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1999

I`ve got a 99 Vauxhall Vectra sri 130 and there`s a button above the radio situated with the hazards, heated screen, air con and air circulation and it`s a picture of a person running with sound waves. What`s it for please?

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It`s fabric fitted alarm mate, useless button. The light should be flashing on it when you lock the car Rob from England

The button is for deactivating the internal alarm sensors John Marshall from County Armagh

Submitted: 31/07/2012 09:31:12 | ID: 88734

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Rob, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I have no manual for my Vauxhall Vectra so I don`t know which fuse is for the radio. If anyone could help please?

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Vauxhall have the owners manual available for free download on their website. http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/content/dam/Vauxhall/Europe/united_kingdom/nscwebsite/uk/00_Home/Owner_Services/owners_manuals/vectra/VectraOwnersManual_Jul07.pdf should be the correct one for your car - it is for my 2003 Vectra. Page 248 of the manual suggests it’s fuse no.1 in the fusebox, with good pictures of the location of the fusebox (there are at least three different fuseboxes in various locations in the car) and suggests it’s the top-left fuse Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 30/07/2012 15:59:24 | ID: 88722

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Mark Wadsworth, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra`s electric window and mirror on the offside don`t work, plus a warning on the dash says "check offside fog light" but it works. Can anyone help? (2.2 sri)

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Hi, had both problems, the mirror problem is going to be the mulitswitch on drivers door or it will be the module in the door. Fog light on my car was a dodgy bulb and a loose connection. I would try mulitswitch first, about £15 off eBay to try it, £115 from the dealer Matt from Essex

Submitted: 30/07/2012 14:54:58 | ID: 88455

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Wayne Perry, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

I have an air bag light on in my Vauxhall Vectra. How do I switch it off for the child seat etc and where is the button located please? (sri)

Submitted: 30/07/2012 14:45:55 | ID: 73654

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Sarkhel Hawre, Iraq

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

I have a problem with my Vauxhall Vectra`s engine temperature. When I go forward and uphill at the same time the engine temperature goes up to 90 degrees. Is this normal?

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Sounds reasonable for a modern engine operating somewhere where the climate’s warm and sunny. In the cold English winter mornings, mine tends to hover around the 80 - 85 mark Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 27/07/2012 09:48:39 | ID: 88380

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Joe Lindsay, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hello. I`ve got a Vauxhall Vectra Sri 1.9 tdi. The battery light came on the dash and abs light, air bag light, all lights lost power. I got it home and replaced the battery. The next day all lights went off for about 5 miles then started again, all lights on the dash whilst doing about 30mph but no speedo working or revs working. Any ideas? (sri tdi)

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It sounds like a new alternator needed... it’s a pig of a job to do yourself but do-able.. Best way is to remove driver’s front wheel (for access) then remove air box (for access) then detach the 3 bolts holding the alternator in place, remove 12v cable and switch cable (tells the ecu the alternator is functioning) then it’s a slog then to lift the alternator upwards to rear of the engine by the fuel injection system, ease the pipes out the way and manouevre the alternator to ease it out... I read this is the only way to successfully release the flaming thing from the engine bay with out a full engine out job Mike Hopper from Staffordshire

Submitted: 24/07/2012 16:52:56 | ID: 88289

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Omar Brown, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi there. My Vauxhall Vectra 2004 Sxi Cdti 8v won`t start. All I can hear is a clicking sound. What could be the problem please?

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Sounds like your starter motor is sticking and needs replacing Andy from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 19/07/2012 11:34:59 | ID: 76038

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Cliff Girling, Cambridgeshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

I`ve had a new battery fitted to my 51 plate Vauxhall Vectra diesel and now after about 10 miles the rev counter and speedometer jump and the trip counter resets itself. Also the dashboard lights flash on and then go off. Any ideas? Thanks.

Submitted: 17/07/2012 10:30:02 | ID: 87391

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