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Two oddities with my 1997 Vauxhall Vectra Ls 16v 1799cc 5dr Estate (Petrol) 1) Come winter the battery "always" flats overnight. No lights left on etc - it’s just flat in the morning. Only during winter though. 2) I went to jump start it this morning and its very sluggish to start then coughing and spluttering badly... and the hazard flasher light is not flashing but is on solid red when this is happening? I pushed it in and the hazards don’t flash then, the light just stays solid red (that’s the light on the hazard button, not the hazards/indicators themselves). Cheers for any thoughts!
The first thing I would ask is how old is the battery on your car? As like humans, performance degrades with age if not kept in peak condition. On the colder mornings, it’s more apparent that it’s a problem and can be down to a number of things. If you only do short runs and have lots of add-ons going like sat-nav, mobile phone charger etc then this is drawing more current. Invest in a heavy duty battery (usually a four or five year guarantee) and your problems SHOULD disappear. Failing that, get hold of a battery charger and charge it from the mains (bit time consuming) if it fails to help then it’s a good indication that the internals of the battery are damaged Richard Sunderland from Dorset
Submitted: 10/01/2012 10:19:25 | ID: 70298
I have a Vauxhall Vectra sri 1.8 52 reg, fuel and spark OK. It does start on first crank in the morning, but for no longer than 3 seconds and then cuts out. And after that it does not start again. Any idea, thanks.
Submitted: 09/01/2012 13:51:46 | ID: 68348
Two questions 1) Why does the fan control speed resistor keep burning out? Fan only works on high speed (I’m on my fourth unit); 2) What does ’’insp’ mean? It keeps coming up when I start my 2002 Vectra.
"insp" on your dash light means it needs a service. The garage will turn it off but it’s not a problem. Nowt to worry about, just wants servicing bud Stuart Tredgold from Yorkshire
The reason your resistor keeps blowing is because the rain water drain grommet below the pollen filter is blocked which in turn lets water into the blower motor. The danger is that if the motor has had water in it then it could be partially seized which in turn may cause the repaired unit to fail prematurely. To unblock follow this link. http://www.blower-motor-resistor.co.uk/vauxhall-vectra-c-blower-motor-resistor.html - Good luck Al from New Zealand
Submitted: 06/01/2012 08:16:33 | ID: 84725
I can’t move my driver’s seat in to a safe for driving position as the cable has broken. This has only just happened and my MOT is due and will fail, how do I fix it or what is best to do please?
Submitted: 05/01/2012 15:49:41 | ID: 84714
My front wipers on my Vauxhall Vectra have just stopped in the centre of the windscreen, yet I can hear the motor moving, what’s happened?
If both wipers are doing what you describe it’s probably the ilttle gearbox screwed to the wiper motor (under where the wiper arms are). If it’s one wiper only, then the connecting rod (long metal bar with a ball / socket on each end which snaps onto the back of the wiper arms has worn and fallen off Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 03/01/2012 19:47:37 | ID: 82854
My oil light came on last night so I stopped on a flat surface, turned off the engine for 40 minutes, then used the dip stick to check. It was fine, sitting between max and min, so I took off the oil cap and looked. It smelled of petrol. I screwed it back on and I also checked the water and it was fine, along with antifreeze and there were no leaks. When I started to drive home the car sounded very rough. Does anyone have any ideas what is wrong with it?
Submitted: 03/01/2012 14:29:05 | ID: 84603
The back screen heater for my Vauxhall Vectra does not work. I need to change the relay, but I do not know which one it is I have tro replace. Does anyone know?
Submitted: 23/12/2011 12:15:58 | ID: 81401
How do you turn to the CD player off safe mode in a 2006 Vauxhall Vectra?
Submitted: 22/12/2011 08:37:45 | ID: 73429
Hi, when I start my car up I get a squealing sound that I can hear, but it goes away after about 5 mins, or when the car gets warm. Could anyone please advise or help? Thanks.
The squealing could be a worn utility drive belt or wrongly tensioned. The other area could be your alternator that is driven by this same belt when the alternator bearings are worn. Open your bonnet and push the longest stretch of belt, it should be able to be pushed in about 1cm, if it goes further than that it will need tensioned up by adjusting the alternator bracket Mike Butterworth from Fife and Kinross Shires
Submitted: 20/12/2011 13:49:51 | ID: 80970
Recently my Vauxhall Vectra’s lights on the dashboard have been flickering on and off. I have also suffered a loss off power steering, with the ABS light staying on. My battery light also stays on and the car won’t start. Is this just a battery or something more? Any help guys? I hate my car! (2.0 DTI)
Alternator or crank arm going mate, less than £200 should fix it Slim Shakey from County Antrim
I’ve got the same problem on my mate’s car. I’ve changed alternator but it still won’t start unless you jump it, but then all the lights on dash light up (battery, abs lights, plus power steering and car with spanner though it lights up as well). Then cuts out after a bit. But I’ve been told it’s a bad earth Matthew Corser from England
Submitted: 20/12/2011 10:13:52 | ID: 74547
Where is the transmission fluid dip stick located on a 2005 Vauxhall Vectra?
Submitted: 19/12/2011 15:37:57 | ID: 80767
I have a Vauxhall Vectra that had become hydro locked after a egr changed. All three of the rear cylinders were filled with water. However I have no idea why. I did not change the egr myself. The front bank is clear and dry. Does anyone know how this might have happened? (3.0 v6 cdti)
Submitted: 19/12/2011 13:55:44 | ID: 80936
Hi, how do I fix the front lights on my Vauxhall Vectra? They look like they are looking to the side. You can see the beams to the side. And does anyone know why, when I drive along a less smooth road, I get a metallic sounding click. Thanks.
Submitted: 16/12/2011 09:31:07 | ID: 80670
My Vectra-B dash cuts out, speedo freezes, mileage goes out, clock disappears, radio cuts out and enters safe mode, indicators stop working (dash and external), external headlights and brake lights still work. Any ideas? The rear window heater doesn’t work either, could it all be down to the drivers rear light panel? There may have a poor earth as there is a clicking sound when the indicators are used that wasn’t there before. I have had trouble since I replaced a bulb in the summer. (1.8 GLS Saloon)
I have exactly the same problem on a Vectra C. It appears to be caused by the Body Control Module (BCM) shutting down as it controls all of these things. It still isn’t fixed despite twice going into a garage that specialises in electrical problems. It may be that the BCM needs replacing but that’s expensive and the garage thinks the fault lies elsewhere. The BCM is accessed via the glovebox. We also had a dodgy connection on the rear lighting panel (due to corrosion) and replaced it. It still has the same problems; hitch occurs typically every few minutes, whether the engine is running or not. One web site suggested an alternator fault causing overcharging but this seems unlikely as it occurs when the engine is not running. Good luck - please post back here if you find the solution Paul Skirrow from Suffolk
Submitted: 15/12/2011 09:12:24 | ID: 80849
Not happy. Wiper blades got tangled up last night. I managed to get home and was told that it is the mechanism. Anybody got any ideas?
Had the same problem with mine, lift up the wiper covering which was a struggle but I managed to get it up enough to get my fingers underneath and put a couple of cable ties onto the arm which had come loose. That was about three years ago and had no problem with it since. Vauxhall wanted loads of money for a new mechanism Al from Hampshire
Submitted: 14/12/2011 09:07:40 | ID: 74514
I topped up with new oil last night and got 5 miles then the car became groggy. All of a sudden the engine started revving very high on its own then it quit. The oil level is at the top but not showing overfull. Can I drain this myself or does this sound as if it’s in the ’broken stages’? Please help!!! (2.2SRI)
Submitted: 14/12/2011 09:02:28 | ID: 79464
My Vauxhall Vectra’s power steering has now failed, and this is the fourth time since I bought the car. Every time before it was fixed under warranty. This time they want me to pay. The car has only done 36,000 miles - 4 steering racks etc in that time - do you think there is a fault with the parts? (1.8 Exculsive)
Submitted: 14/12/2011 08:59:36 | ID: 80826
My Vauxhall Vectra’s key will not turn in the ignition - it just doesn’t move. It 1st did it last night but suddenly started after 30 mins of trying. Today nothing. I have owned the car for 4 years and it’s never done it before. Does anyone know of this problem or how to fix it? (LS Automatic)
Turn steering wheel while turning key! Steering lock is prob on! Bob from Pembrokeshire
Submitted: 13/12/2011 11:57:32 | ID: 80809
After bump starting the car, a Vauxhall Vectra 2002, the steering became really heavy. I managed to get it to a garage and they have told me that bump starting can often affect the power steering. I now need a new power steering pump which is going to cost around £700. Has anyone else had this problem and can you give me some idea of how much the complete job should cost. I am also trying to get the part number of the pump needed as a friend may be able to get me one a a reduced price. Any help would be much appreciated as I know nothing about cars!
Submitted: 12/12/2011 09:30:19 | ID: 79617
My Vauxhall Vectra won’t start. The engine is making a clicking noise and the exhaust gases light is flashing. Any ideas? It worked fine last night.
Submitted: 12/12/2011 08:59:03 | ID: 79567
My Vauxhall Vectra Estate cut out on me and now it won’t start. I have bled the injectors, had a new crank shaft censor fitted, changed all the rubber tubing. I have tried tow starting it, the fuel filter is full and it its trying to start but flattens the battery. Can anybody help?
Replace the egr valve, they are very common. It’s by the battery on bulk of the head Ashley Jones from Blaenau Gwent
Is your fuel pump running? Lift rear seat and listen for whirr with ignition on. If not, check fuel pump relay (purple) under hood. There are two. One is fuel pump relay and the other is fuel injector relay Sparks from Worcestershire
Submitted: 09/12/2011 11:43:25 | ID: 79424
My Vauxhall Vectra is very lumpy when ticking over. I have changed the throttle body and the plugs but still the same does anyone know what it could be?
Submitted: 07/12/2011 11:36:30 | ID: 79361
Can anyone help? When I turn my lights on my heater fan turns off, and all the dash and interior lights go off. Also, if I open the doors the fan goes off, it has been suggested that it’s the thermal fuse on the heater, does anyone know for sure?
Submitted: 06/12/2011 14:22:22 | ID: 79346
My Vauxhall Vectra’s blower has gone today for the 5th time in two years - having only put the repaired resistor back in this morning! It is getting very frustrating now and expensive!!! The pollen filter is new, the drainage channels are not blocked? Any other ideas? I can’t afford to keep forking out £40 per resistor as I have been told by an electrical car parts place that the resistor is a Vauxhall only part. I have found blower-resistor.co.uk - who have fixed it - does anyone know what wattage resistor it should be?
Remove the blower fan/ motor and check that it rotates freely with no resistance. If not, it will draw too much current and overheat (and destroy) the resistor. It’s possible to oil the motor bearings to restore free operation, and then all should be good forever (or until next time the pollen filter or drain gets clogged and fills it with water again) Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 05/12/2011 15:43:13 | ID: 76134
The service light on my Vauxhall Vectra comes on for 2 seconds when the car is started in cold weather. Has anyone else experienced this? (2-litre dti Club)
I have the same problem, need a fix :( Sathit Suwannakul from England
Submitted: 05/12/2011 15:36:13 | ID: 76088
Hello. My interior light has stop working when you open the door, unlock the car through the remote key, or light switch on the dashboard. I have checked the door switch, replaced the light switch which you can have it on in the car, checked the fuses, all are OK but still no interior light. Now I am stuck, can anyone help?
Try the bulb. Back to basics Bob from Pembrokeshire
Submitted: 01/12/2011 08:52:01 | ID: 75885
There is an orange light on constantly on the dashboard of my Vauxhall Vectra, in the shape of a circle with 3 black lines either side of it. I don’t think it’s engine management as it is the shape of a wheel and there sometimes is a horrible whistling noise coming from the right hand side of the car. But goes when I touch the brake. Has anybody any idea what this symbol means?
This is the brake pad sensor and you need to change renew your brake pads Sparky Anderson from Devon
You need new brake pads. That’s all Paul from Berkshire
Submitted: 01/12/2011 08:22:23 | ID: 75859
Why does the heater fan in my Vauxhall Vectra only work on full speed but not on any of the other lower settings?
There will be a resistor pack to control the fan speed. This has failed, it will be a main dealer part only, about £25. You could ask them where it is when you pick it up, they can be under the bonnet or close to the fan so that fresh air cools it Paul McG from Northern Ireland
http://www.blower-motor-resistor.co.uk/vauxhall-vectra-c-blower-motor-resistor.html Will show you exactly where it is. Maplin may be able to fix it for about a fiver :0) Al from Cambridgeshire
Submitted: 30/11/2011 16:19:24 | ID: 76054
My Vauxhall Vectra diesel 2-litre seems to be using a lot of water. I topped it up this morning and drove 20 miles then I checked it again and it was low again. I then took the water cap off and then the water came back in the water holder, can any one please help me?
It suggests the head gasket is failing and allowing exhaust gas from the cylinders (combustion chambers) into the cooling system. This pressurises the cooling system, and the rubber hoses expand slightly, increasing in volume, thus looking like the coolant level has dropped. When you take the cap off, and release the pressure the hoses contract and the coolant level recovers. There is a test that a garage can do (sniffer test) which will confirm this. The test is quick and easy to do. If it confirms that there are exhaust gasses in the cooling system then it’s definitely head gasket or cracked cylinder head Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 30/11/2011 16:14:02 | ID: 75874
How do I remove the gear knob and fit custom built one on a Vauxhall Vectra?
Submitted: 30/11/2011 10:44:55 | ID: 74422
My Vauxhall Vectra is shaking when doing over 40 mph. I have checked the suspension, direction and wheels. Any further ideas anyone? (LS 2.0)
I had the same trouble with my Vauxhall Signum, had the balancing checked etc. It turned out to be one of the rear tyres having excessive wear on the inner tread that could not be seen unless the car is on a ramp. Tyre changed, shaking stopped. Hope it helps Mark from England
I had this it was the dmf flywheel on its last legs going out of balance and shaking car, this might be your problem G Dene from England
Submitted: 30/11/2011 09:30:01 | ID: 83530
I have to replace the rear nearside light cover on my Vauxhall Vectra. How do I do it? Is this difficult or should I be able to do it?
If you mean that you need to replace the rear light cluster, then it’s pretty straightforward. Open the panel into the light cluster then unclip and remove the bulb holder and place out of the way (wiring loom limits where you can put it. There are three small nuts (not sure of size off the top of my head), two are pretty easy to get to one is a bit of a pain. Undo then pull gently on the cluster and it comes out in one piece. Replacing is just a straight reversal. Is pretty quick to do but you do need to be a bit of a contortionist if only using basic tools. A small ratchet spanner with bar is okay Richard Sunderland from Dorset
The owners manual is a free download from Vauxhall http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/content/dam/Vauxhall/Europe/united_kingdom/nscwebsite/uk/00_Home/Owner_Services/owners_manuals/vectra/VectraOwnersManual_Jul07.pdf and there’s detailed instructions with pictures on page 260, 261 Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 29/11/2011 14:30:56 | ID: 72413
Car has been misfiring and losing power going up hill. Light on dashboard indicates ’servicing’. Still to have service but put into garage for diagnostic test. Guy said needs new coil pack. Had that fitted this morning. But... service light came on again and its still losing power on hills. Could it be it just needs new sparks or....? Please help, I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks for taking the time.
Submitted: 29/11/2011 13:44:44 | ID: 75448
Hi, I am trying to do a favour for my 82yr old neighbour. He has a S/H V. Vectra. I am not sure of the year, REG: is NU57 GBE. He has lost his manual and cannot remember how to change the time! I am loathed to touch it, without the know-how. The clock is incorporated in a central screen resembling a Sat Nav. Is it possible you could give me some instructions on how this simple task can be under taken, before the owner tears his remaining hair out. Thanking you in anticipation.
The owner’s manual is available for free download from Vauxhall. http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/content/dam/Vauxhall/Europe/united_kingdom/nscwebsite/uk/00_Home/Owner_Services/owners_manuals/vectra/VectraOwnersManual_Jul07.pdf Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 22/11/2011 08:59:49 | ID: 74415
My Vauxhall Vectra has no pressure in clutch? And I can’t put it in gear? What’s wrong with it an does it cost loads to fix?
On mine it happened a few months ago. Probably you need new clutch and cylinders (master+slave). Looking around £700 all in Paul from Berkshire
Submitted: 22/11/2011 08:44:59 | ID: 79683
My handbrake failed MOT. I got new brake pads, discs and handbrake shoes. Now, when I put the handbrake on it holds the car from going forward but not from rolling back so I can’t do an up hill start. Can anyone help?
Hi, my S reg Vectra did the same problem as yours. I had to fully replace the whole braking system and the problem stopped Ainsley Cairns from Ayrshire
Sound to me if you put new cables on a set the shoes up properly this will work. I’ve done this to my vectra b a few years back Matt from Essex
Submitted: 14/11/2011 16:15:28 | ID: 72406
How do I check the oil on my Automatic 3.0 V6 CDTI Vauxhall Vectra? Many thanks.
The handbook says run the car for a few mins, switch off for 5 mins, remove dipstick, wipe, reinsert and check level. Seems a rave g clarkson from Lincolnshire
Submitted: 14/11/2011 15:57:09 | ID: 71987
There is a very strong smell of petrol but the car doesn’t appear to be leaking petrol from anywhere. Does anyone have any ideas on what might be causing this?
Beyond a doubt, somewhere you have a fuel leak. If the smell is not discernable under the car, then have a sniff around the engine. The flexible rubber fuel hoses between the back of the engine bay and the top of the engine have been known to develop tiny splits which leak. Leaving aside the fire hazard of leaking into a hot engine, the petrol will evaporate very rapidly, so not leaving a puddle. This is just the right area for the ventilation system to suck the fumes into the passenger compartment Paul Marchant from England
Submitted: 14/11/2011 14:03:48 | ID: 72211
Hi, I have a 58 reg SRI 1.9 TDI. Since I have got it the steering has been heavy and pulls to the left and right slightly. Kwik Fit have attempted tracking wheel balancing but the problem is still there. I have just got 4 new tyres and front discs and brake pads plus front digital alignment and tracking. But the steering still pulls to the left and its heavy. I even took it to the dealers and they said that there was nothing wrong with the car. Can anyone can help me, or advise?
Bent axel or damaged chassis Scott Scott from Ayrshire
It could be a right hand drive car Stan from Cheshire
Submitted: 14/11/2011 11:31:36 | ID: 72176
Hi, I have an almost totally dead instrument panel - no displays, no speedo, tacho, fuel or temp. EMS light comes on and goes off as normal when engine starts but the ’doors open’ warning light stays on permanently - even when I take the keys out and despite all the doors and hatch being properly closed. Engine starts and runs OK and the indicators work - but the repeaters on the panel don’t. Cheers for any help. (1.8l petrol)
Submitted: 14/11/2011 10:17:09 | ID: 72193
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