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Nigel Daley, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1989

How do you flush the cooling system on a 1989 Vauxhall Vectra? Is there a drain plug? Thank you.

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Turn anti clockwise drain plug underneath the radiator Dip Bagi from Mauritius

Submitted: 17/02/2012 15:09:47 | ID: 78842

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Matt Farrier, Bridgend

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My mass flow sensor keeps getting blocked with small pieces of metal (they are very small flexible pieces of metal NOT solid). Garage has cleaned them out and the car drove really good, but after driving the car for about 30 mins the problem returned, took it back to the garage and they did the same and the car ran very good again, but it has come back. They are not sure where the metal fragments are coming from and have suggested we keep removing the pieces and hope they clear out of the system this way. Anyone have any idea where they may be coming from and I might be able to educate the garage and get it resolved?

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It might be the mesh inside the oil breath box as mine had gone solid and was fraing and was appearing in the top of the rocker cover. Hope this might help Karl Lockett from England

Submitted: 17/02/2012 10:42:48 | ID: 78852

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Vicky Ciliberto, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

My husband bought a car and wanted the CD player in the car. The dealer said he would put one in. After driving away my husband realised that it was not the proper CD player for the Vauxhall. My husband bought one himself and he took it back to the dealer to have it fitted, he found out that the dealer had ordered for the original plug to be cut off. Where do we stand with this if the dealer refuses to fix it?

Submitted: 16/02/2012 15:59:07 | ID: 78814

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Sharon Poulter, Surrey

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra’s fob stopped working about a year ago. I changed the battery but it still didn’t work. I changed the battery again recently and it still didn’t work but now on the dashboard screen it’s coming up "remote control battery". What does this mean?

Submitted: 16/02/2012 09:36:09 | ID: 78641

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Gordon Black, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

My Vauxhall Vectra temperature gauge works intermittently. The thermostat seems to be working. Any ideas on how to get it to work properly?

Submitted: 15/02/2012 08:47:48 | ID: 78542

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Adam Thompson, Kent

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

My Vauxhall Vectra has got a misfire. I have changed coil pack and spark plugs and still no good. The engine management light is also on, and it is running rough. Any further suggestions?

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I had the same with a sri 140 misfire and lumpy tickover and the EM kept coming on. Looked online for a cure, found it could be a sensor. After more checking, I found a thin pipe popped of just under the throttle body. Runs and tickover perfect. Cheap job for once Jason Goodridge from England

Check the cat hasn’t failed and blocked up, happened to my vectra c 1.8 Sri, cost my about 500 with a new sensor. Get it put on an emissions machine at an mot centre, this will give you an indication of a problem Matt from Essex

Submitted: 13/02/2012 15:42:35 | ID: 78520

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Mark Tunley, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1996

Where is the thermostat on a 2.5 v6 Vauxhall Vectra and is it just a thermostat that needs replacing or housing? I have not done one on a Vectra before...

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You won’t like this. In order to get to it, you need to remove the inlet manifolds. It’s at the top of the engine, right next to the timing belt cover Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 13/02/2012 13:53:59 | ID: 78470

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Richard, Berkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

I’ve had my turbo replaced as the last one broke. My engine is still drinking oil though. Someone said where the last turbo was broken it may of caused damage to the engine rings. Any ideas?

Submitted: 08/02/2012 20:40:06 | ID: 75717

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David Gilmour, Ayrshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My Vauxhall Vectra’s rear windscreen heater is not working and I have checked the fuse and it is OK. Also, one rear door will not lock or unlock using the remote. Can anyone help? (sri 150)

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Two things can cause the rear windscreen heater not to work if its not use, take one of the other switches out of dash (e.g. air con) and try that switch. These just flick out with a flat screwdriver or it could be that the metal in the screen where the heat disapates has been scratched so the circuit is broken the rear door not locking or unlocking on central locking is a pain, I have the same problem and is pretty darn common. The central locking solenoid within the door has given up so will not operate. You can get one from any Vectra b and it will go straight in and link up to your car’s ecu so you don’t need another key or upset any settings. Hope this helps, if you need to ask anything just email me m.barrett2011@live.co.uk Mike Barrett from Hampshire

Submitted: 08/02/2012 08:29:20 | ID: 75354

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Marilyn Wrightson, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

The computer screen in my Vauxhall Vectra is not turning off, even when the ignition is switched off and it states safe on the screen? Also the doors will not open and lock with the remote control system? How can we remedy these faults? (2.2 ELEGANCE)

Submitted: 08/02/2012 08:17:06 | ID: 75327

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Peter Atkinson, Durham

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Hi, I’ve got a 2005 2.2 petrol sri. Recently it’s started to cut out, usually after I’ve gone a couple of miles and parked up for 20 minutes or so. It starts again after about a minute, then cuts out 2 or 3 times in the next couple of miles. I’ve had the engine cleaned out, all parts appear to be OK and my mechanic’s at a loss for the first time in 20 years. Anybody any ideas? The main dealer’s my last resort... (2.2 sri)

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High pressure fuel pump? 2.2 directs are prone to pump failure. What error codes come up? www.vectr-c.com is a great place to ask for help too Helpful Guy from Huntingdonshire

As with all these types of answers, they are not definitive. However, one possibility is that your catalytic converter may have collapsed internally. This is a difficult problem to diagnose and you may have to remove it for closer inspection? A flashing engine management light is said to be causing further damage? The problem you describe may not be the cat, but that possibility needs to be eliminated. Failing that the ECU may need to be tested by a specialist Willam Day from Sussex

Submitted: 03/02/2012 09:09:02 | ID: 75033

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Helen Carpenter, Lancashire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

My Vauxhall Vectra’s engine management light is flashing. I took it to a garage for it to be looked at. It has new spark plugs and coil pack and it’s still running like crap and the light is still flashing. It’s had diagnostics done and all came back fine. This has cost 80 pounds and still the problem and light are there. What could this be and how much am I looking at paying? (1.6)

Submitted: 01/02/2012 09:50:51 | ID: 74363

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Chris Dixon, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

My Vauxhall Vectra dashboard shows that the passenger door is left open but it’s closed. Now the alarm system will not work properly. Please, does someone out there know the answer?

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Try the sensor in the door, it may be jammed Ate from England

Submitted: 31/01/2012 20:44:04 | ID: 74358

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Paul, Essex

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

Why would my digital fuel gauge tell me I’ve used 26 miles of petrol but have only driven 7 to 8 miles?

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You may be driving too hard (fast and not fuel efficient), or are you allowing for town consumption as oppose to motorway driving. For example, I have a 2.5 v6 sri Vectra, and round town she is like a jag (thisty), put her on the motorway, and wow I drove 26 miles and used 8 miles of fuel. Bottom line is press the indicator stalk and forget the display, as it is inaccurate and just enjoy driving again. The reserve is 45 miles I think so don’t panic, relax my friend. Cheers Dan Richy from Somerset

Or you may have a leak in one of the air-pipes in the engine bay, or the engine temperature sensor may have failed, leading the engine computer to think the engine’s cold and overfuelling it (think leaving the choke out on an older car). The thermostat could be stuck open - does it take forever for the engine and heating to warm up? Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 31/01/2012 20:39:23 | ID: 74259

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Ian Haywood, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

I own a W reg SXI Vectra and am trying to find the Vauxhall part number for the hatchback struts so I can replace them. Because the car has a spoiler on the hatch, can anyone advise me on the original Vauxhall part number? From knuckle to knuckle they measure 67cms. Finally, I believe this is the type B Vectra but online sites believe the struts are off a type C Vectra as they have 2254HA stamped on them. Thanking you. (SXI)

Submitted: 30/01/2012 18:13:16 | ID: 74115

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Mat Francis, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2001

Hi, I just bought a 1.8 Vauxhall Vectra SRi. I was told the cam sensor needed changing, which I did, but my car still won’t rev above 4,000. Even if I floor it the revs only hit 4,000 then drop right back down. I have also changed the crank sensor. Any ideas? It seems like its taking air in somewhere... Not sure. Cheers.

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Is the engine fault light illuminated on the dash? If so, the engine computer’s operating in limp-home mode, and will rev-limit at 4,000rpm. It implies the engine computer is unhappy with one or more of the engine sensor readings, further suggesting that one has failed. A mechanic with the correct diagnostics computer can plug into the car, and ask the engine computer which sensor has failed. It’s the only practical way (other than changing fifty-quid sensors one after another at random until you get lucky) with modern computerised engines Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 30/01/2012 18:10:29 | ID: 74113

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Kevin Shield, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

When starting my Vauxhall Vectra’s engine the electronics light comes on (car with spanner) briefly for about 20 seconds. It doesn’t happen all the time, just now and again and never when cold. Any ideas anyone? (2.2 16 v petrol)

Submitted: 26/01/2012 08:58:05 | ID: 73969

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Kelly, Kent

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Anyone help? Having loss of power, normally only goes 25MPH and then Car and Spanner symbol appears on the dash. Manual refers to Transmission and that’s it! Getting more frequent and we need the car. Any help would be appreciated. (2.2 Diesel)

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Could be a faulty engine sensor. I am afraid a diagnostic test is your only solution at this point. Also, have a quick look at your breather pipes Karl from England

Your car is going into Limp Home mode. My van did it when it rained. The garage has put a guard under sump so water does not spray up behind engine and this cured my problem Brian McCleary from Perthshire

Agreed with other answer, do a self diagnostic test. Sit in car left foot on brake as far down as poss, right foot on acc pedal as far down as poss. Put key in, turn to no.2 position (don’t release pedals) and watch dashboard. If the fault is in the ecu, they will come up either 000701 or may flash a certain number of times. Count these flashes and note down numbers. Fault codes available on vectra websites. Hope this helps Dave Kerby from Hampshire

Submitted: 25/01/2012 15:38:45 | ID: 73961

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Alex Connelly, West Lothian (Linlithgowshire)

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

Can anyone tell me the diameter and how many splines are at the top of a Vauxhall Vectra. 1.8 sri 2007 steering column?

Submitted: 22/01/2012 17:08:24 | ID: 73033

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Gareth Barlow, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2004

Hi, is there anyone who could tell me what;s wrong with the heater on my Vauxhall Vectra? It stays on when I turn the car off and when the car is on and the heaters are turned off it’s on then as well. My car is a Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 cdti year 04/05.

Submitted: 21/01/2012 23:43:32 | ID: 72928

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Barry Boulter, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

Does anyone know the toe in toe out setting for my Vauxhall Vectra please? As I’ve just bought a track board to set tracking.

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With the vectra c it needs to be set up properly on a hunter machine or similar. Vectra c has toe and camber on rear and toe and camber on front which needs to be right in order to stop car crabbing up the road Vectra c man from Essex

Submitted: 21/01/2012 23:23:32 | ID: 72570

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Peter Ferguson, Scotland

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

My Vauxhall Vectra, when in second gear the engine begins to die then runs normally for a while. It has started happening more frequently in last 2 days. What could cause this? (1.8i Executive)

Submitted: 20/01/2012 14:21:01 | ID: 72452

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Nigel Butler, Norfolk

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

The oil light on my 2003 Vauxhall Vectra flickers on when warm and idling. Where is the oil pressure switch located on this model? (2.0 dti)

Submitted: 20/01/2012 13:53:15 | ID: 72493

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Barry Oliver, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

I have a v6 Vauxhall Vectra. It starts first time when cold but once it gets warm it cuts out and won’t start again for about 30 mins. Anybody have any ideas why this might be?

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Possibly failure of the engine temperature sensor (CTS - coolant temp sensor) leading the engine computer to think that the engine’s cold and thus causigng over-fuelling - think leaving the choke pulled out on a car from years ago Paul Marchant from England

Submitted: 19/01/2012 15:32:23 | ID: 72145

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Wayne Gifford, Essex

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

How many miles does a Vauxhall Vectra 2000 140 sri do on lpg?

Submitted: 19/01/2012 14:16:39 | ID: 75869

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Joe Newbold, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

Where is the resistor heater pack situated in a Vauxhall Vectra 2002 dti sxi?

Submitted: 17/01/2012 13:42:59 | ID: 72078

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Colin, Lothians

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

My Vauxhall Vectra was driving okay to work. Was left for 10 hours and on return keyfob would not work. Battery was changed and failed to work. Car was taken back home on back of recovery truck. Opened car with spare key no problem. Car would not start and a whining noise, presumably from the starting motor, could be heard. It was then free-wheeled into the driveway. Tried a further twice to start without success. There are no warning lights on the dashboard nor were there any before I parked prior to going to work. I heard no untoward noises coming from the engine or signs of anything snapping. Oil levels appear normal. A mate has had a quick look at it and feels that there is no compression from the engine whilst trying to start it. Will have to strip it down to check cylinder head etc. Seems strange after the car was driving okay and then when the key fob ran out of battery I cannot start it. Could this be an immobiliser problem? Any ideas? (1.9 Cdti Sri 150 bhp)

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I had a similar problem with my Vectra, turned out to be immobilisor. I disconnected the battery completely, charged it up overnight. Put it back and it all worked fine from then on. Seems total disconection reset everything. Try this first as I was being quoted silly money by garages to put this right Keith from England

Submitted: 16/01/2012 08:20:26 | ID: 80902

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Graeme Gibb, Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2000

I have a 2-litre diesel Vauxhall Vectra X plate recently when my abs light came on. I get a perfect brake when it goes off but when it is on I get a brake that is hard and feels like it’s crunching. What should I do?

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I’d advise you to book a garage diagnostic check on ABS ECU independent garages in my area, did it for £40. it’ll be a possibly three things: 1) abs wheel sensors (unlikely) 2) ABS reluctor rings situated on CV joint/shaft (more likely). These can be seen on full lock behind wheel and brake disc with castle type ridges. 3) ABS ECU (again, more likely). Best getting a refurb job for approx £200 from http://www.actronics.eu/en/ My problem was number two - ABS rings. I saw the rings on full lock and they were rusted and in between one it was cracked, thus the fault lay there. CV joints approx £40 each from Euro Car Parts. I removed ABS fuse until fault fixed. Note: it stopped any ABS braking and watch it in the wet and knocks speedo off too. Enjoy Mr Smith from Lanarkshire

Submitted: 13/01/2012 16:10:23 | ID: 70466

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David Hook, England

Vauxhall Vectra 1995

Please can you tell me where is the starting motor situated on a 1995 Vauxhall Vectra?

Submitted: 13/01/2012 14:55:38 | ID: 68545

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Ian Diddams, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Vectra 1997

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!

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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

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Craig White, Wrexham

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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

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Harry Delpeche, London

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

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.

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"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

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Debra Bath, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2002

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

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Gavin Magan, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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?

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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

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Shona Clark, Ayrshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

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

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Gultasim Hussain, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2007

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

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Emmie Hornby, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2006

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

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Mohammed Farouk, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

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.

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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

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Stevie McDermott, County Antrim

Vauxhall Vectra 2003

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)

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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

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Ami Khan, England

Vauxhall Vectra 2005

Where is the transmission fluid dip stick located on a 2005 Vauxhall Vectra?

Submitted: 19/12/2011 15:37:57 | ID: 80767

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