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    Question The Dreaded Spanner through Car symbol

    Hi all,

    my 05 Vectra 2.0 DTI is showing the spanner through car symbol when starting up.

    It does go out after about a minute of driving and there doesn't seem to be any adverse issues with the car.

    I have done the initial step of disconnecting the battery for more than 30 minutes but it hasn't cleared.


    Just wondering if there are any members that own one of these and live in the North Devon area that I could pop around to and they can hook it up to find the fault.

    Regards..,
    Last edited by John LE; 21st May 2012 at 10:56.

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    Bet it's one or more faulty glowplugs.

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    I agree

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    Thanks guys for replying.

    I have just gone out to the car and tried http://www.vectra-c.com/forum/showthread.php?81742-How-2-Read-Fault-Codes-for-Free-and-Without-any-Equipment

    but no matter how many times I tried this proceedure, I could see no flashing engine symbol on the dash.

    Do you think I should buy one of these OPCOM gadgets?

    I may try and measure the glow plugs' resistance tomorrow, maybe that will tell me something.

    Regards..,

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    don't mention that word..... but yes you either need some sort of code reader or a computer diagnostic or to make friends with someone who has one of the previous

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    Check all the vacuum pipes for splits etc, especially where the rubber t pieces join up to the solenoids.

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    change all 4 glow plugs. your light will go out.

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    OK is a U480 code reader any good, as there seems to be issues everywhere with the aforementioned reader let alone it seems to be a swear word on this forum.

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    As I previously said, my money is on the glowplugs.

    Well known on here that if it's a diesel, and the fault light goes out within a minute or two of the engine running, then 99% of the time that's what it will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    As I previously said, my money is on the glowplugs.

    Well known on here that if it's a diesel, and the fault light goes out within a minute or two of the engine running, then 99% of the time that's what it will be.
    Cheers Big Dave, got 4 glow plugs on order, cheap enough and can't do any harm.

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