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    Following on from this thread:
    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?t=151680

    Basically my resistor pack for my heaters burnt out this morning due to water damage from the excess water spilling inside from the scuttle tray and when i say burnt, i really do mean BURNT. The car filled with smoke and only way i stopped the fans were by removing the fuses under the bonnet and fusebox in passenger side, which i have now left out for safety until i fix the problem.

    Up until this point my blowers had stopped working on all settings but this morning i changed all associated fuses and this is what happend!

    I dont understand why something else didnt go before setting my pack on fire though? Will it have caused any more damage to other parts do you think?

    Surely this is dangerous? I certainly believe it would have caught fire if i had not removed the fuses.

    Whilst i understand it would not have happend if i had cleaned the scuttle tray, surely this is still an extremely bad design flaw? Should i write to vauxhall? Is this a common occurance?

    Also as mentioned in my other thread, will replacing the resistor pack solve it? Dont want to just blow another at £211 for the part! (found it for £143 off ebay now but still very expensive part to blow again!).

    Please, please guys, check your scuttle trays! Dont make same mistake as me




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    hi chuddy
    this is why i started this thread

    http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showth...t=scuttle+tray

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    With all due respect its down to a lack of maintenance of a serviceable item i.e the pollen filter and drain beneath it. Although the fuse should have popped before that started melting.

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    i had mine fail a month ago, but not as spectacularly as that, just a couple of solders broke so i think im gonna repair and resell but no certainly not a cheap fix i no.

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    im totally amazed at this fella the fuse should have popped before anything like that happened. did it have the right amp fuse fitted in the fusebook?
    but even so that is dangerous the whole car could have gone up!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisvectra View Post
    im totally amazed at this fella the fuse should have popped before anything like that happened. did it have the right amp fuse fitted in the fusebook?
    but even so that is dangerous the whole car could have gone up!!
    Im not sure about the pack itself as im no electrician, but the fuses under bonnet and on the fuse in the passenger compartment were all correct. When i took the resistor pack off, a few drops of water actually came out so im sure it was due to the water actually inside of the pack. Im just worried about replacing the part with such an expensive peice of kit and it doing the same again straight away! (that is if it was due to other reasons or if water is still able to get to it) Or if it has done more damage than just the pack.

    As i said, i know that this is preventable by clearing the scuttle tray drain hole, and i should have cleaned it sooner, but unless you are part of a forum like this or good with cars, you simply wouldn't know! Imagin the ammount of people who have had this problem that wouldn't know anything about cleaning the tray. Poses a serious hazard in my opinion, the whole car could have quite easily have gone up if i hadn't have pulled the fuses. Surely there are better places for the overspill to go than down the heater motor and into the car! Wouldn't have taken much to had a overflow that went elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuddy View Post
    Im not sure about the pack itself as im no electrician, but the fuses under bonnet and on the fuse in the passenger compartment were all correct. When i took the resistor pack off, a few drops of water actually came out so im sure it was due to the water actually inside of the pack. Im just worried about replacing the part with such an expensive peice of kit and it doing the same again straight away! (that is if it was due to other reasons or if water is still able to get to it) Or if it has done more damage than just the pack.

    As i said, i know that this is preventable by clearing the scuttle tray drain hole, and i should have cleaned it sooner, but unless you are part of a forum like this or good with cars, you simply wouldn't know! Imagin the ammount of people who have had this problem that wouldn't know anything about cleaning the tray. Poses a serious hazard in my opinion, the whole car could have quite easily have gone up if i hadn't have pulled the fuses. Surely there are better places for the overspill to go than down the heater motor and into the car! Wouldn't have taken much to had a overflow that went elsewhere.

    thats what the drain in the scuttle is for !!!!!!!

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    Well ive managed to fix it by replacing the resistor pack and i wont let it happen again for a while! Landed extremely lucky after calling around 20 breakers and emailing another 10-15. Got told they were as rare as hens teeth for climate version by a fair few people, and when they did come in they were gone in the day. Finally found one and got it for £20! Bargain! down from £211 from VX lol

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    wow that was cheap, i thought i was lucky finding 1 for £60 haha glad its sorted now

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    Thought i sorted it :/ Today its stopped again! lol, not good!

    Im assuming there is still water in the motor. Gonna have to get it off tomorrow. Any help guys? No idea how to take it off tbh and cant afford to get my pants pulled down at the garage! Gonna try get it in house to dry off. Failing that i'll have to buy a new motor. Can maplins fix resistor pack on a climate control version? If it aint fully burnt to a crisp (not checked it yet)

    Cheers

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