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    Default Spanner light came on tonight

    After work tonight my 2.2 Direct Auto's engine immediately stumbled and died after starting. I restarted it and the spanner warning light came on and the engine ran roughly. I restarted it again and the spanner light stayed on. Drove away and within a minute or so the spanner light went out. I've driven 40 miles home and I've started it maybe a dozen times since (this evening) - and thankfully the light hasn't come on again and it all seems to be running okay.
    My Vectra was serviced about 1500 miles ago and it is now showing 21,500 on the odometer.
    Any advice anyone? If the light doesn't return, should I continue running it and forget it.......or is something likely to be amiss and do I need to see a VX surgeon in the near future. I was rather hoping to stay away from the VX stealer for a year or so!
    Help please!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceejay
    Get the Lambda Sensor checked....it sounds slightly familiar!!!
    I would agree with that completely. It will most likely have stored a fault code, so get your dealer to check the stored code(s).
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    IMHO the car should start first time, every time. My car's in at a dealer today because the spanner's coming on, although I have no problem starting the car.

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    does anyone have the fault code chart for the vectra c and can it be checked with the paper clip method,, then mybe doug could check to see what the fault code might be,, one of the sensors might be on the way out. i don,t know if the "c" stores the code like the"b" but if the ecu light does not come on whilst driving again, then after starting the car 40 times the ecu the recognizes the fault as "historic" and wipes it off.... when i changed the cambelt sensor on my vectra b i could still get the fault code to come up but after 40 starts it showed no fault codes. vx would charge you to clear the codes, but they will clear bythem selves, [ but vx don,t tell you that].
    i hope this is of some use to any of you. i am trying to get the fault code sheet.
    the AA used to have a book with all the fault codes in if anyone has a mate working for the AA..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor
    does anyone have the fault code chart for the vectra c and can it be checked with the paper clip method,, then mybe doug could check to see what the fault code might be,, one of the sensors might be on the way out. i don,t know if the "c" stores the code like the"b" but if the ecu light does not come on whilst driving again, then after starting the car 40 times the ecu the recognizes the fault as "historic" and wipes it off.... when i changed the cambelt sensor on my vectra b i could still get the fault code to come up but after 40 starts it showed no fault codes. vx would charge you to clear the codes, but they will clear bythem selves, [ but vx don,t tell you that].
    i hope this is of some use to any of you. i am trying to get the fault code sheet.
    the AA used to have a book with all the fault codes in if anyone has a mate working for the AA..
    When you find the fault code chart, I'd like one too please... I've seen the generic tables but there must be one somewhere that's specific to the Vectra C.

    AFAIK, unlike on Vectra Bs, Vectra C fault codes can't be read out without some sort of diagnostic equipment.

    The ECM stores codes for faults that have been detected in the past but that are not currently present - "history codes". As I understand it, these history codes are what causes the spanner light to come on temporarily when starting the car.

    I've been too impatient to wait for 40 "successful" starts before going to see a Holden dealer, so my codes have always been cleared by them.

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    'Inactive' faults are faults that are stored, Not sure if they ever go away without reseting them as Vec C is on ODB II. Don't think they can be blinked out either, like the old ODB I could on Vec b.

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