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    Hi Guys i need your help desperatly!!!!
    I have a Vetcra C 1.8 petrol SRi on 55 plate facelift, my car has been back to Vauxhall 3 times for the same problem of the power steering failing!
    The last time i taken it back was about 5-6 weeks ago & they put a new pump & charged me £560. On Thursday last week i had to take it back again as it packed in again, now on the Friday they said the machine was saying there was 4 faults all stating could be the battery. They said we will charge your battery up & see if it solves the problem. I told them that there was no battery light on the dash lighting up, he told me they don't! Now it's Monday 15:30hrs the car is STILL in there, they ask me if they can put a battery on, i told them yes as long as it works the power steering. Today is Tuesday & guess what, STILL in there, it's not the battery, we will look at it this afternoon & ring you!
    Has anyone had a similar issue with there Vectra or does anyone know what can i do? They told me when they replaced the pump this was the issue, no mention of battery being knackered! I mentioned the sensor in the steering wheel, they said NAH!!!
    HELP ME PLEASE.........

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    Is the alternator working 100%

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    what he said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    and are they sure its not the steering rack ?????

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    Vauxhall are adamant it's the battery, i've asked them about the alternator but falls on deaf ears!!!! Gonna ring there customer service up as i think there fitters are arseing me about!!!!

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    I'll third what John said too, mine done the same with the power steering but that was then followed by loss of lighting - alternator failure.

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    I'm going to stamp my feet tomorrow & tell them what you guys said.... guys I thank you!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazspeight View Post
    I'm going to stamp my feet tomorrow & tell them what you guys said.... guys I thank you!!!!
    The CDTI's had an alternator recall but that went on me. Don't know if this recall was restricted to the CDTI's though.

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    Because i originally took this in for the same fault 3 times now which they rdiagnosed last time as an pump, which did work for about 5 weeks, Do you think i Would have to pay for the Alternator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazspeight View Post
    Because i originally took this in for the same fault 3 times now which they rdiagnosed last time as an pump, which did work for about 5 weeks, Do you think i Would have to pay for the Alternator?
    Probably BUT I don't think they could be far wrong with the pump because where they think the pump fault is related to the mechanicals of the pump based on some members complaints over the years regarding flickering lights - I think the pump is surging the alternator. That's based on what happened to mine, turned the steering wheel, then the radio started acting up then power steering went. But that is all theory.

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    Thanks Gazza4 it's much appreciated all your advice, i'll go down tomorrow & let them know thanks again!!!

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