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    Default Newbie with Questions

    Firstly - Hi all.

    Iím new to Vauxhall ownership and so far very happy!

    I have just purchased a 2005 vectra cdti sri. Very nice car to drive!

    I have a few issues I hope people can help me with!

    The first one is that the temperature gauge hardly moves and if it does it goes up and down intermitably. The engine isnít over heating and the fans kick in so I would think it is a sensor somewhere!

    Secondly if I push the clutch pedal in slightly it vibrates! Is this normal? Again the clutch is fine with a low biting point and doesnít slip!

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Andrew

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    Quote Originally Posted by andd306 View Post
    Firstly - Hi all.

    I’m new to Vauxhall ownership and so far very happy!

    I have just purchased a 2005 vectra cdti sri. Very nice car to drive!

    I have a few issues I hope people can help me with!

    The first one is that the temperature gauge hardly moves and if it does it goes up and down intermitably. The engine isn’t over heating and the fans kick in so I would think it is a sensor somewhere!

    Secondly if I push the clutch pedal in slightly it vibrates! Is this normal? Again the clutch is fine with a low biting point and doesn’t slip!

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Andrew
    Hi there and welcome.

    the Temp gauge on theses cars do take a long time to move.


    The rattle is probably DMF on its way out.

    i would get this checked out while the car still has some dealer warranty on it, as these are lots of money.

    HTH

    Welcome to the CDTI world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andd306 View Post
    Firstly - Hi all.

    Iím new to Vauxhall ownership and so far very happy!

    I have just purchased a 2005 vectra cdti sri. Very nice car to drive!

    I have a few issues I hope people can help me with!

    The first one is that the temperature gauge hardly moves and if it does it goes up and down intermitably. The engine isnít over heating and the fans kick in so I would think it is a sensor somewhere!

    Secondly if I push the clutch pedal in slightly it vibrates! Is this normal? Again the clutch is fine with a low biting point and doesnít slip!

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Andrew
    The temperature part might be a little hard to be accurate with given the currant ambient air temperature - the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system will initially try to heat things quickly to get the cat(s) working, but then the engine thermostat takes over.
    You drive along, the freezing air mega cools the rad, stat stays shut and temp needle just about makes it up a degree or two.
    You sit still or get stuck in traffic for a few minutes, far less air cooling, temp comes up nicely, stat opens, you start to move, air cooling, etc, etc...
    On a decent run as long as the needle hovers somewhere around the 85 mark I'd be happy.
    Just remember diesels run cold anyway.

    Clutch pedal.... from what I've heard on here I'd say you might well have a dual mass flywheel (DMF) with problems. If you're still under warranty, it's someone else's problem.

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    how can i find out if is under warranty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andd306 View Post
    how can i find out if is under warranty?
    Check the receipt/paperwork from the dealer from whom your purchased the car.

    Unless it was a private sale then sadly I suspect you might be looking at footing the repair bill yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    The temperature part might be a little hard to be accurate with given the currant ambient air temperature - the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system will initially try to heat things quickly to get the cat(s) working, but then the engine thermostat takes over.
    You drive along, the freezing air mega cools the rad, stat stays shut and temp needle just about makes it up a degree or two.
    You sit still or get stuck in traffic for a few minutes, far less air cooling, temp comes up nicely, stat opens, you start to move, air cooling, etc, etc...
    On a decent run as long as the needle hovers somewhere around the 85 mark I'd be happy.
    Just remember diesels run cold anyway.

    Clutch pedal.... from what I've heard on here I'd say you might well have a dual mass flywheel (DMF) with problems. If you're still under warranty, it's someone else's problem.

    I have done a quick search on 'dmf' and most people with this problem have a rattling noise or vibration at around 1500rpm! mines just the pedal if pressed in very lighty! no noise and no vibration when driving!!??

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    Unless you have an aftermarket warranty from the place you have bought it, it won't be under warranty as it's over 3 years old.

    But it does sound like a DMF fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andd306 View Post
    I have done a quick search on 'dmf' and most people with this problem have a rattling noise or vibration at around 1500rpm! mines just the pedal if pressed in very lighty! no noise and no vibration when driving!!??
    The whole DMF thing is not something I have any experience of myself - only what I've read on here. So like you, I can only go by what others post about the subject.
    I'm sure plenty of people will be along with more/better info during their lunch hour/after work hours - keep watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    The whole DMF thing is not something I have any experience of myself - only what I've read on here. So like you, I can only go by what others post about the subject.
    I'm sure plenty of people will be along with more/better info during their lunch hour/after work hours - keep watching.

    Cheers

    I'll look forward to the responses!!

    Andrew

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    Default Clutch noise

    I have a slight rattle beginning to develop that only appears when the clutch pedal is about an inch depressed. When released or pressed any further it goes away.

    I was kind of hoping that it was just a thrust bearing problem when it takes up contact with the the pressure plate springs.

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