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    Hey me again today when i was driving this light came on only briefly,but i had been noticing that sometimes the steering got heavy and then back to normal,is there a quick fix for this like power steering fluid top up?

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    Whether there's a quick fix depends on what the fault is. It's certainly worthwhile checking the power steering fluid level though, although it's meant to be fairly maintenance free on the Vectra as it's a semi-sealed system. You must get the fluid from Vauxhall, it's not the common ATF type hydraulic fluid. However, it's not expensive so not to worry

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    heres a silly question where is the power fluid container under the bonnet? i am looking in manual but it dont say
    Quote Originally Posted by rich r View Post
    Whether there's a quick fix depends on what the fault is. It's certainly worthwhile checking the power steering fluid level though, although it's meant to be fairly maintenance free on the Vectra as it's a semi-sealed system. You must get the fluid from Vauxhall, it's not the common ATF type hydraulic fluid. However, it's not expensive so not to worry

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    You don't say what engine you have. It's either on the bulkhead or in front of the offside front wheel. Follow the pipes from the steering rack to find it. The latter sort is easiest accessed by removing the front bumper. Top up the fluid as required.

    If you have the one in front of the wheel, while you are under there check if you have a fluid level sensor next to the filler cap (on a short wire which runs down to the EHPS ECU under the fluid bottle). These were fitted to early cars and are known to give false low fluid warnings and now have to be programmed out (or ignored) as the part is no longer available. You'd need to read the fault codes to find out if this - or whatever else it might be) is the issue first though, but hopefully it's a genuine low fluid warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodus View Post
    Hey me again today when i was driving this light came on only briefly,but i had been noticing that sometimes the steering got heavy and then back to normal,is there a quick fix for this like power steering fluid top up?
    Have your alternator and battery checked - that's a classic sign of alternator failing - also check the plug - in connectors to the p/steering pump.

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    hi its a 1.8 ls and now the power steering warning light has come on,where are these wires to the power steering pump?

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    its a 1.8 ls 2003


    Quote Originally Posted by James24 View Post
    You don't say what engine you have. It's either on the bulkhead or in front of the offside front wheel. Follow the pipes from the steering rack to find it. The latter sort is easiest accessed by removing the front bumper. Top up the fluid as required.

    If you have the one in front of the wheel, while you are under there check if you have a fluid level sensor next to the filler cap (on a short wire which runs down to the EHPS ECU under the fluid bottle). These were fitted to early cars and are known to give false low fluid and now have to be programmed out (or ignored) as the part is no longer available. You'd need to read the fault codes to find out if this - or whatever else it might be) is the issue first though, but hopefully it's a genuine low fluid warning.

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    Had your battery and alternator tested - also the large cable connector on your EHPS unit - check its clean and not loose

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    ok i found it but cant access it its behind the wheel,so do i need to take of the wing or the bumper?also its not stopped raining for a week so i cant work on it lol


    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    Had your battery and alternator tested - also the large cable connector on your EHPS unit - check its clean and not loose

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