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    my sisters vectra b estate 2001, any clues as to what it could be , it came on when she was driving and hasn`t gone off since, car drives and acts normal, no stutering or loss of power, just a light ,

    any ideas peeps cheers mark

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    Is it the EML light.

    If so, it may have gone into limp mode, wont rev past 3500 repm, but drives pretty normal other than that.

    What engine is in it, if its petrol 1.8/2.0, my old one used to eat Cam/Crank sensor's for fun!

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    Its logged an error or then is an error still active, without doing the paperclip test or having fault codes read cant be of much further use to you..

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    shes just told me it`s slugish after 3000 rpm so its in limp mode soooo... how do i know if it`ll be the cam crank sensor and how much to fix

    cheers for the quick reply

    feel kinda guilty as we sold her the motor only a month ago

    how do i paper clip test

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    just realised yours will be the facelift version and paperclip test may not work

    Looks like a trip to a friendly garage with some fault code reading equipment..

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    Quote Originally Posted by markvec View Post
    shes just told me it`s slugish after 3000 rpm so its in limp mode soooo... how do i know if it`ll be the cam crank sensor and how much to fix

    cheers for the quick reply

    feel kinda guilty as we sold her the motor only a month ago

    how do i paper clip test
    As McPlasma said, you need to have the codes read by someone with a Fault Code reader. Some independant garage's have them, if not i would think it would be main dealer. As for cost, if it's the Cam Sensor, then they are £45 from Vauxhall, then the cost of fitting it, or you can get a pattern one from Partco for £29, thats what i paid just before Xmas for a 2.0 SRi.

    IIRC the Crank Sensor was about £95 from VX when i did my old one, not sure if pattern one's are available tho.

    But first and foremost, get the codes read, as i could be barking up the wrong tree!!

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    it is facelifted mate, booked into a vxl dealer on thursday but if i could bodge it and/or dodge it first to save pennies all the better

    i`m just a panic merchant and always fear the worst when vauxhalls are concerned
    thanks for the replys guys will take it out to a few garages tomo and see if they can help... bl**dy electrics eh

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    Quote Originally Posted by markvec View Post
    it is facelifted mate, booked into a vxl dealer on thursday but if i could bodge it and/or dodge it first to save pennies all the better

    i`m just a panic merchant and always fear the worst when vauxhalls are concerned
    thanks for the replys guys will take it out to a few garages tomo and see if they can help... bl**dy electrics eh

    If it is a Cam/Crank sensor, ask them how much to fit it if you supply it, could save yourself a few quid that way.

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    is there a fuse to pull to deactivate the light and reinsert incase the fault it found no longer exists , does that make sence ??

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    You could try disconnecting the battery for half an hour or so. Just make sure you have the radio code etc.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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