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    just got a quick question for more knowledgeable people than me...

    I recently had to pay for the EGR valve to be replaced as the engine warning light came on - the garage said it was because there was water in the diesel filter. At the same time (this became apparent later on) there was a crack in the head, meaning a coolant leak.

    Could these two be related?

    I ask because I am seeking compensation from the garage that sold it to me, so am trying to figure out what I can claim back

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    Sounds to me like the garage saw the size of your wallet and helped themselves...
    Were they a VX dealership or independent?

    Most EGR valves can be removed and cleaned now
    It is very rare for the EGR valve to completely fail and have to be replaced
    There are three different engine related warning lights, depending on the car you have
    The faulty EGR valve should only illuminate the Emissions warning light

    Removing the EGR valve may highlight other issues, such as a cracked cylinder head
    The cracked cylinder head may result in excessive coolant loss, and all the issues that brings

    Water in a diesel filter is caused either from refuelling or cracked fuel lines underneath the car

    For compensation you simply claim the car was unsuitable for purpose and was sold with numerous faults, for which you will have the receipts

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    They were VX main dealer. It had the EGR valve cleaned in 2008 and replaced in 2009 by the previous owner, and by the same VX dealer. I can't recall exactly which light came on, but the handbook said get it to a dealer asap. Its such a shame that the car has been a dud, it has been my first VX and when its been working, I've loved it. Unfortunately, over the past 18months, its been back to the dealer 11 times, had over 4.5k spent on it by the warranty company and has been with VX on and off but for a total of 160 days. And guess what, its still not right. Time for it to go back.

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    You've got more patience than me
    18 months and 160 days of unavailability is excessive
    If an issue cannot be resolved within 3 months / 90 days I go ballastic; did it with my previous Mondeo
    I issued the Ford dealer with a letter that my car had been with them for 90 days and I wanted it back in full working order within 5 working days or a full refund, Ford contacted me directly and the issue was resolved two weeks later

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    I wouldn't worry too much about the water in fuel filter warning light- if you live in a humid or rainy place, you can end up with water in the tank (and hence eventually the filter) fairly easily. Every time you open the filler cap, damp air will get in and condense on the cold tank and fuel. On many (admittedly older) diesel vehicles, there's a tap on the bottom of the filter to drain the water off - it's just something you have to from time to time.

    So it may just be coincidental.

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    You never know what the storage tanks at the garages are like either - water can get into the fuel there as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunkymunky View Post
    just got a quick question for more knowledgeable people than me...

    I recently had to pay for the EGR valve to be replaced as the engine warning light came on - the garage said it was because there was water in the diesel filter. At the same time (this became apparent later on) there was a crack in the head, meaning a coolant leak.

    Could these two be related?

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    Water from the cracked head would have no chance of getting into the fuel unless the vectra have a heated fuel line?

    Water is very very bad for injection pumps, its causes cavitation and eats away from the inside.

    Cavitation is how ultrasonic cleaners works its just allot more powerful in a fuel injection pump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alcutler View Post
    You never know what the storage tanks at the garages are like either - water can get into the fuel there as well.
    If it does they should know about
    The only time is likely to happen is during tanker delivery
    If it does the tank alarm should sound

    Equally, if water is getting into the tank, then fuel is escaping
    The store should know within 24 hours if that is the case

    I've lost 28000 litres before

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