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Julie Cooper, Surrey

Vauxhall Zafira

I have a Vauxhall Zafira 2003 automatic petrol, had the temperature gauge running on zero, even on a long distance journey and the radiator fan on constantly. I changed the temperature switch and ecu. When I changed the ecu the fan does not switch on now, the temperature gauge works normally when I unplug the switch but the fan still does not kick in. I put the old ecu back in and the fan is now on constantly. Can somebody help me? Thanks

Submitted: 28/07/2014 13:12:40 | ID: 100492

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karina, Nottinghamshire

Vauxhall Zafira

iv drove my car with full turn on the ignition whill I was driving I tried to put the air con on nothing worked no light or no fans nothing when I stopped the car the key flicked back everything came on lights fan everything so I turned the ignition off then went to start it again it wouldent turn over but the lights came on so I got someone to bump me and it started I got home turned the ignition off then tried it again and nothing again can anyone help please

Submitted: 27/07/2014 03:55:42 | ID: 100409

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sam, Warwickshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi I have zafira 2.0dti energy diseal 2004 model car. While I drive at speed of 70m/h or more my stearing wheel shakes and vibrate a lot, can I know why and can you tell me where is my air condisning low pressure port it.thanks

Submitted: 23/07/2014 12:18:46 | ID: 100203

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charles, Buckinghamshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Periodically, all the dials in the panel begin to revolve from zero to maximum on their own accord. When this happens, the engine does not start. Its only when the battery terminal is removed and replaced the engine starts. A Vauxhall dealer confirmed that there are no codes but opted for a recoding of the keys. Another has suggested replacing the instrument panel or having it fixed. In addition when the engine gets warm, it makes a load crunching noise when put into reverse. Do you think the problems are related? What do you suggest the solution might be?

Submitted: 21/07/2014 23:58:36 | ID: 100133

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grahamwhittle, Cardiff

Vauxhall Zafira

could you tell me where hje radiator blee valve is located so i could reuce the coolant level in the expansion tank

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The coolant drain plug is located on the bottom right hand side(sitting in the car) of the radiator. sean from Northamptonshire

Submitted: 21/07/2014 13:11:17 | ID: 100093

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Ashley Bailes, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Can anybody tell me after ive done drained the oil how many litres do I pit in to fill it up again? Thanks in advance

Submitted: 20/07/2014 13:22:02 | ID: 100042

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Zoe, East Sussex

Vauxhall Zafira

I have a Vauxhall Zafera life automatic and it has black oil around the gearbox and very loud revving, it keeps stopping after a few minutes. What`s wrong?

Submitted: 18/07/2014 13:51:25 | ID: 99916

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K Sheehan, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Intermittently my Zafira club 1.6 won`t start. The mechanic has changed a part behind the key switch to do with the immobilisor which cost £270 but this didn`t cure it. Now changed chip in the key fob, but will not know until it happens again. Has anyone had similar problem?

Submitted: 18/07/2014 11:22:52 | ID: 99908

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Nana, Ghana

Vauxhall Zafira

My dashboard screen has this "display SAFE" which has covered the screen preventing access to any other information on the screen. I need help please? Thanks

Submitted: 16/07/2014 17:50:46 | ID: 99800

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chris, Kent

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi, my Zafira 2.0 dti 05 plate takes abut 20 to 30 seconds to start from cold and when it does it sounds as if it misfires and smells as if it is running rich until it warms up after about 3 to 4 minutes, then it runs fine. Any ideas?

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Possibly the glow plugs, one or more want replacing. sean from Northamptonshire

Submitted: 14/07/2014 08:26:11 | ID: 99630

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Kerry, Caerphilly

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi, I`m having a few problems with my car, it's losing power and them smoking and then backfiring. I changed he lamba sensor, also the rocker gasket, air filter and spark plugs as there was oil near the spark plugs, I have been told it's the rocker cover. We are using loads of oil. Can someone tell me if they have this same problem? Also when the engine is on I tried pulling the oil stick out and it's getting sucked back in, same with the oil cap?

Submitted: 10/07/2014 20:46:11 | ID: 99403

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Tony, Stockton-on-Tees

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi was wondering how much work would be involved if I took the engine out of my vauxhall astra 1.8 Sri 2001 and put it in zafira 1.6 2002? Thanks

Submitted: 08/07/2014 01:39:14 | ID: 99203

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Chapmanj, South Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

My zafira rattles on cold start to about 6 seconds then stops.I have only done 20000 miles.I had a brc LPG conversion which seems fine

Submitted: 07/07/2014 18:37:06 | ID: 99162

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Andy, North Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi I've got a 2008 zafari petrol just been for mot no previous probs came back missing with engine emissions light on can you shed some light please thank you ??

Submitted: 06/07/2014 21:33:47 | ID: 99098

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Dave, Durham

Vauxhall Zafira

my wife ran out of diesel the car was filled and re started we now have a lack of power and spanner light on changed the filter etc still in limp mode please anyone help thanks in advance Dave

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Change the diesel filter and everything will be fine. I had the same problem. Wish you well Nana from Ghana

Submitted: 04/07/2014 21:57:44 | ID: 98983

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kerry, West Midlands

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi there, my water light now and again keeps ,I have checked the water level and it is at the mark so I'm not sure what is wrong? Also my abs light stays on. Can you help me please?

Submitted: 01/07/2014 20:06:17 | ID: 98816

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Ben, Greater London

Vauxhall Zafira

I just done a full service and after a week there is white smoke underneath the engine. What can the problem be? Thanks

Submitted: 29/06/2014 18:47:34 | ID: 98689

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scott mcinally, Durham

Vauxhall Zafira

My compressor is not emitting any air although it`s still working. What can I do?

Submitted: 24/06/2014 13:18:35 | ID: 98375

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michael powell, Bristol

Vauxhall Zafira

I was driving home from a friend`s tonight when I heard a bang and all the engine lights came on and the car came to a stop. I checked under the bonnet and couldn`t see anything was wrong. I turned the ignition on but the engine would just turn over but won`t engage. Any suggestions please?

Submitted: 22/06/2014 23:35:56 | ID: 98258

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yacine, Greater London

Vauxhall Zafira

i took my car to a garage to repair something but when i come out after few meters i was smelling burning like when i looked ouside there was a smoke coming out of the back weel around the disk the breaks look fine but im not sure what s the prob any idea had it for a year never had a prob .thank you

Submitted: 22/06/2014 16:33:19 | ID: 98241

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majid, Middlesex

Vauxhall Zafira

My car vuxhall zafira 1.9cdti fan belt breaking off making nose do I need full waterpump kit or just belt

Submitted: 21/06/2014 22:40:18 | ID: 98205

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reza, Hertfordshire

Vauxhall Zafira

I WAS DRIVING MY ZAFIRA 1.9 CDTI 09 PLATE 70MPH ON MOTORWAY AND SUDDENLY STARTED MAKING RUTTLY NOISE AND ENGINE GONE OFF. PULLED ON THE HARD SHOULDER, HEAVY SMOKE WAS COMING FROM THE BONET AND EXHAUST ALSO ALL THE WATER & OIL WAS HEAVELY LEAKING. AFTER A WHILE AA MECHANIC OPENED THE BONET THE WATER PUMP WAS EMTY RE-FILL IT UP TO SEE IF IT LEAKING AND YES IT LEAKED HEAVELY. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM AND CAN IT BE FIXED? PLEASE HELP ME OUT.

Submitted: 19/06/2014 16:42:04 | ID: 98043

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ahmed, South Lanarkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

My Zafira is rattling in the morning (the engine goes up and down) and after it warms up the rattling stops and it runs okay. Also it seems to do it after being parked for a long time. Any ideas? Thanks.

Submitted: 16/06/2014 10:13:22 | ID: 97780

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Dean Davies, Carmarthenshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Any ideas why my rear exhaust box is filling a fair bit with water and is it recommended I drill a hole in the box to drain it, if so where is best place to drill a hole?

Submitted: 16/06/2014 01:17:00 | ID: 97772

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Colin Jackson, Yorkshire

Vauxhall Zafira

engine surges from 500to1000revs on tickover any ideas please

Submitted: 14/06/2014 19:58:59 | ID: 97687

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Mark, Norfolk

Vauxhall Zafira

Hello I have a 1.7 cdti 125bhp Zafira and there is a very strange noise which comes from the engine, both when the car is stationary and when it is moving. It is not constant but comes and goes. It sounds like a warbling or turkey gobbling sound. I have been told that it is possible that air is entering the fuel line through a faulty fuel filter housing but that it is nothing to worry about and that the noise is a characteristic of the vehicle. That sounds very improbable to me since the noise is quite loud and is not constant. I have never heard a sound like it on any other vehicle. Could anyone tell me what makes the noise and whether I should be worried? Many thanks, Mark

Submitted: 13/06/2014 13:32:53 | ID: 97603

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sean, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi. I have just purchased a 2001 zafira 2.0dti The car runs lovely but if i floor it when driving it is very hesitant at 4000rpm. it feels like its starved for fuel type of thing but its nearly full.could it be a dirty fuel filter?

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I had same problem just that mine was between 1500 and 2000 revs, it was the EGR valve. Take my advice buy a new one from the main dealers if you decide to change it as these after market ones are a load of junk and believe it or not the main dealers down by me were cheaper than after market and you`re guaranteed it is a genuine part from main dealers Dean Davies from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 08/06/2014 20:26:39 | ID: 97236

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clifford, Bedfordshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi I have zafira 2008 disgn it's 150bhp the transaction control light comes on then I'm driving and them the car cuts out but doesn't do do it all the time it can.one week before it cuts out or one hour I've had a tagonst done on it and the codes have been cleared but it's still happening what can I do

Submitted: 07/06/2014 15:34:23 | ID: 97129

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stuart, Antrim

Vauxhall Zafira

my 57 plate zafira 1.6 petrol making a whining noise at steering wheel is it the electric pump?

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Check your power steering level Dean Davies from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 06/06/2014 06:54:05 | ID: 97026

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Leanne Flicker, Caerphilly

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi I have a 2007 zafira lite 1.6 the car judders terrible when driving especially in low gears and the engine management light on it comes up saying car running too lean bank 1 anybody got a idea what the problem is

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Yes I had same problem myself. It was coming up on mine, bank 1 o2 sensor which I thought was the lambda sensor under the manifold, as if I unplugged the sensor it ran perfectly, but once I tried changing it and plugged new one in it was still the same. Also if it is just coming up bank 1 sensor that could be the one on top of the manifold as on my 1.6 16v Zafira I have 2 lambda sensors. However even though it came up Fault bank 1 02 sensor it boiled down to it being my EGR valve, which unless you get a genuine one from the main dealers you are wasting your time with these off eBay or any after market ones are a total waste of cash and time Dean Davies from Carmarthenshire

Submitted: 03/06/2014 15:23:55 | ID: 96808

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annie, Vale of Glamorgan

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi, i have a 1.6 petrol 08 plate the EML came on and gave code p0170. On starting the car the revs drop to 'normal' and then bounce up to 12000. This happens on cold and warm starts Other than this the car appears to be running no problem. The car has been checked for any air leaks and none can be found and the lambda sensor has been changed but no improvement. What could be wrong? MOT soon and would like to get sorted before that as worried will fail on emissions. Thanks

Submitted: 03/06/2014 12:24:51 | ID: 96790

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Thinus, Herefordshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi there My 2004 Zafira 2.0Dti glow plug has stripped its thread and would like to know what size inserts(helicoil) to get and what size tab and drill please. The glow plug is 10mm wide and go +_ 12mm into the head. Regards Thinus

Submitted: 03/06/2014 09:37:04 | ID: 96783

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stephen, Essex

Vauxhall Zafira

In the daytime my brake lights work fine. But at night time when I turn my headlights on my brake lights stay on all the time with side lights and main lights.it's a 2003 model design not comfort.thank you

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Could be that the filament in one of your stop and tail bulbs has failed and is bridging the brakelight circuit and tail light circuit. Check bulbs! B. Mulgrew from County Tyrone

Submitted: 02/06/2014 23:20:50 | ID: 96762

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Samuel Akrofi , Ghana

Vauxhall Zafira

Pls my 2002 Opel zafira when u start it starts but u cannot accelerate a car with a spanner comes on the dash board it have diagnose but no code found what is the problem?

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Change the fuel filter Nana from Ghana

Submitted: 01/06/2014 22:49:27 | ID: 96684

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Anna Williams, Leicestershire

Vauxhall Zafira

I have just bought a 2007 plate zafira and it has just had a service and mot. I have only been driving it for a day when the engine electronics symbol started showing. I read the manual which said you can sometimes rectify the problem by switching of the ignition and starting the engine up again. I've tried this and the light then goes out and stays off. However every time I go to drive the car either later that day or the next day the same thing happens again and I have to so the same procedure again. I am a little worried !!

Submitted: 01/06/2014 10:21:27 | ID: 96652

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nicole, Greater London

Vauxhall Zafira

i have a vauxhal zafira on diesel 2002 and de alarm starts without no reason and sometimes de car starts very hard but not all de time just somentimes what should be de problem???

Submitted: 30/05/2014 13:28:27 | ID: 96516

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trev, Wiltshire

Vauxhall Zafira

my 02 plate 1600 petrol zafia , emmision light and imobalizer light on when running and where can i find ems box. falt showing 0650

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Do you mean engine management light, don't think they have specific emissions light or immobilizer light, just the engine management I believe, the code is for Malfunction Indicator Lamp Control Circuit Malfunction, not sure what you mean by EMS box, if you mean the OBDII port its under the handbrake, lift the little cover sometimes a pain, sometimes easy, the socket is under there. Grant from Kent

Submitted: 28/05/2014 17:52:58 | ID: 96355

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Neil, Surrey

Vauxhall Zafira

Hello my wife brought a zafira 07 life and the steering feels heavy but not impossible to turn any ideas please

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It could be either seized ball joints or power steering fault, does the steering rack or pump make a lot of noise?? Grant from Kent

Submitted: 27/05/2014 18:41:26 | ID: 96272

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stu, Staffordshire

Vauxhall Zafira

Hi i drove to wales this morning my car was fine drove back it cut out at traffics lights then started up again then cut out straight after that i re started it drove to layby let it run for bit then drove home fine any ideas

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I have had similar problems going back a few years with my zafira 1.6. I have had the car checked several times including a full diagnostic check at a Vauxhall garage. The problem has been getting worse; it would take more turns of the engine to get it started. Finally last weekend it kept stalling and I had to use a recovery company to bring me home. Before the garage looked at it I googled the problem and two solutions were suggested;an egr valve and an air temp. Sensor. The garage mechanic was sceptical but did indeed find that these two things were broken and replaced them. Since then it has been running ok. I would therefore suggest that you look into these two possible faults. Jo robinson from West Yorkshire

I have had similar problems going back a few years with my zafira 1.6. I have had the car checked several times including a full diagnostic check at a Vauxhall garage. The problem has been getting worse; it would take more turns of the engine to get it started. Finally last weekend it kept stalling and I had to use a recovery company to bring me home. Before the garage looked at it I googled the problem and two solutions were suggested;an egr valve and an air temp. Sensor. The garage mechanic was sceptical but did indeed find that these two things were broken and replaced them. Since then it has been running ok. I would therefore suggest that you look into these two possible faults. Jo robinson from West Yorkshire

Common fault is the throttle body get caked with grease, take it off clean out and unblock air holes, had this problem many times, never occurred to me to tell customers other things and make money out of them :( Grant from Kent

Submitted: 26/05/2014 22:00:48 | ID: 96212

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scott, Norfolk

Vauxhall Zafira

When driving above 60 mph , a rattle starts on the passenger side of the car , it sounds like a load of stones being rattled within the engine bay? Car has just been serviced , it's doing my head in !! Cheers

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Is it diesel or petrol?? Grant from Kent

Submitted: 26/05/2014 21:38:33 | ID: 96211

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