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    Default The Vectra has all gone wrong in the sun

    Well after two scorchio days I feel as if the Vectra is suddenly falling to bits, first of all the passenger side door mirror glass dropped off the backing and smashed in two (just bought a temporary stick on from halfords, until I get a replacement), then whilst pulling away from a T-Junction changed gear 1st to 2nd and the gear knob came away in my hand unexpectedly, I pulled up at the side of the road with my wife asking "What's wrong?", my reply simply went "the knob" to which she replied "who?" she went on to give evils to the first car that passed us anyway at a loss for words I slammed the gear knob back in place and drove off chuckling.

    Now just got home, emptied the boot pressed the button to close the power tailgate, and it gets half way and stops now I am at a loss. After looking through the forum, I have cleaned up and lubricated all the pivots as well as the strut on the drivers side (the one with the cable through) but does anybody know how to remove the lower cover from the passenger side so I can do the same, it looks as if there are two small clips at the bottom of the strut cover but i can't get it too budge .

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    cant help with the other.. but got 1 or 2 passenger side mirrors lying around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenp View Post
    cant help with the other.. but got 1 or 2 passenger side mirrors lying around!

    If one of those LH mirrors is heated Ken I'd really appreciate it, cannot believe how my day is going. Just gonna sit with my beer in the sun now.

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    Sorry can't help, but it sounds like you need a beer or two

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    Power tailgate??!! Do tell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tramman View Post
    If one of those LH mirrors is heated Ken I'd really appreciate it, cannot believe how my day is going. Just gonna sit with my beer in the sun now.
    yep both are heated.. one "flat" and one "wide" angel.. witch one

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenp View Post
    yep both are heated.. one "flat" and one "wide" angel.. witch one

    Fancy giving the wide angle one a go I think, my last vectra had wide angle both sides but this one has only the drivers


    Anyway back to topic, just been outside as cooled off quite a bit both me and the car that is. Pressed the button the tailgate opens nice and smooth, pressed button again to lower, things are looking good at this point, it goes past the halfway point...................... then stops again so it's gone a bit further this time but still no joy. Going to strip the rear light and trim out tomorrow so I can check the cable routing and have another go at cleaning and lubricating it.

    Heading across to Anglesey on Wednesday, and with a boot full of stuff just hoping it doesn't give up completely.

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    Just tried it again this morning and all appears fine. Starting to think it's the cable. Has anybody changed the motor before or know if it's possible to lubricate the cable from the motor end?

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    strangely enough my estate did the very same thing yesterday evening with it's power tailgate, but this am all seems fine. will watch this post with interest.

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    The stupid gear knob comes off on mine as well. Stupid design really.

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