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    Default Vectra 1.8 Diagnostics light and subsequent problems

    Hello everyone,

    I've had a look through the forum, but haven't found a similar query so -

    I have a petrol 1.8 vectra estate, s reg. It's been pretty good and reliable. 120000 miles. Last Sunday, the orange Engine Management light came on and the car started spluttering, stalling and losing power. I'd bump start the car and carry on. Next day I took it to the local garage and they hooked it up to a diagnostics check which told me:
    p0335 - Crank pos sensor - A circuit
    p0352 - Ignition coil B Primary/secondary circuit
    p0351 - Ignition coil A prim/sec circuit.

    So, I had them all replaced - it cost £150 in total, including an oil change.

    When I left the garage, with the repairs done, the car drove really well - it felt more powerful and responsive, but then 10 miles later, it started shuddering. I got home. Next day, it shuddered again and the engine management light came on again. The shudders are no way as bad as it was, but it doesn't feel as powerful as it had done.
    Then today, the light just stayed on - no judders, but less power.

    Any ideas? It's a real pain. I don't want to throw anymore money away, really.

    Also - is there anyway of doing a diagnostic check yourself? ie without paying the garage £40 for plugging in their machine?

    Humbug!

    I hope someone can help - many thanks if you have an ideas.

    Esme

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    You can self diagnose by purchasing a OBDII scanner that will give you the fault codes and an very general idea of what the problem is.

    I just bought one from China that works very well and only £60, the way I look at it one use and you have got your money back the VX garage here charges £64 a pop to hook it up.

    Only took 6 days to arrive from China too.

    U581 CAN BUS Code Reader OBDII/EOBD Memo Scanner 2008

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MERFB:IID

    You can also get Vauxhall TIS online Manuals that may also help your quest from ebay too.

    VAUXHALL VECTRA C (2002 - 2005) WORKSHOP MANUAL DVD

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...STRK:MERFB:IID

    Hope this helps.

    Anyone in the south west area (Bristol) that wants me to tell them what there fault codes are and reset the lights I'll only charge you a tenner if you quote this web site. lol.

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    Thanks Keith, yes it would help to have a tester machine - I wish I had got one years ago! I have a Haynes manual already, but find navigating it rather tricky, not being too car knowledgable.

    Thanks though,

    Esme

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    On the vectra-B's there is a 'paper-clip test' that you can do to get the error codes, and a quick search online should then identify the actual fault. A quick google finds this:

    http://www.topbuzz.co.uk/info/fault_...ault_codes.htm

    My 1.8 Petrol (X18XE1 engine) had an EML light on constant, but drove fine so I left it... then the bulb for the EML blew - so the problem was 'solved' . Traded it in like that too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LJ sxi-nav View Post
    On the vectra-B's there is a 'paper-clip test' that you can do to get the error codes, and a quick search online should then identify the actual fault. A quick google finds this:

    http://www.topbuzz.co.uk/info/fault_...ault_codes.htm

    My 1.8 Petrol (X18XE1 engine) had an EML light on constant, but drove fine so I left it... then the bulb for the EML blew - so the problem was 'solved' . Traded it in like that too!
    Thanks very much, I'll try that this afternoon. I hadn't heard of the safety clip method or else I would have Googled it certainly. Thanks again.

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    dont think it works with the c m8

    edit:see yours is an s reg...it will work
    Last edited by Morephun; 9th March 2009 at 11:57. Reason: must read things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esme Mouse View Post
    Thanks very much, I'll try that this afternoon. I hadn't heard of the safety clip method or else I would have Googled it certainly. Thanks again.
    No probs - the trick is reading the flashing EML correctly for flashes and pauses. Once you have the number(s) google them as "vectra fault code xxxx"

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    I've go no further on this. I couldn't find the aldl connector anywhere, despite looking under the bonnet and in the cab. Does anyone know where it'd be on an S-reg vectra 1.8 estate?

    I'd be most grateful!

    Esme

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    Under the handbrake grip is a tray, lift this and you will find the connector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    Under the handbrake grip is a tray, lift this and you will find the connector.

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