Hi all, just after some friendly advice regarding the transmission on my 2.2 Direct Vectra Estate.
To begin with I've got a light appeard on the dash, which looks like a brake pad warning light, but instead of constant brake pad symbols around a solid drum they are intermitted or dashed line symbols around a drum?
Also, since this has appeared, when I put my foot on the brake pedal to put it into drive I hear a high pitched whine, which soon stops, only does is soon after I've started the engine. Any ideas?
The other worrying problem I have is to do with the transmission itself. Had the car a couple of years now and it's been regularly serviced by a Vauxhall dealership so have assumed THEY have been checking the tranny oil levels!.
Anyway, after a couple of long'ish journeys recently it's develops a constant whine when moving, increases in pitch the faster you go, and decreases in pitch as you slow down. Sounds like a bearing or something whining but am hoping it's something less expensive!!
Also, around 50mph, it's constantly changing up and down and up and down a gear, as if it cannot decide what gear it should be in. You can see the tacho needle jumping up and down as it's constantly changing gear.
Also sometimes it'll select 6th gear (or whatever gear is after 5th, overdrive etc) and it'll stuggle to keep up or accelerate, then jumps down to 4th.
I don't push the car too hard and now only fill up with Shell petrol as I had another issue 18 months ago with supermarket fuel constanly shutting the engine down!
I've seen on one post regarding the green plug at the front of the transmission indicating this is the dipstick for the tranny oil, so am gonna have a look at that soon.
The brakes I can change, I think, easy enough job, but automatic transmission problems sound really expensive!!
Any advice would be appreciated.