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abbie
05-05-2007, 14:50
Does anybody else have same problems with astra we have a 2003 1.6litre astra and engine management light keeps coming on and also losing power, if we keep taking to vauxhall dealer they say nothing wrong with it do anybody know any other garages that deal with this. please help we are going to devon at end of month

mikey10
05-05-2007, 14:55
Ive Used Steadfast On Rutland Road Or Chapeltown And They Always Seem Ok.

saxon51
05-05-2007, 14:55
Try taking it in to Southey Green Garage on Elm Lane just off the top of Moonshine Lane.

There is a Vauxhall logo over the door, and they always take care of my car - a Renault - with 100% care and honesty.

D2J
05-05-2007, 15:18
Try taking it in to Southey Green Garage on Elm Lane just off the top of Moonshine Lane.

Agree with Saxon51 on this one, a great garage.

:)

artisan
05-05-2007, 15:24
Why do they insist on putting electronics into motor cars?
It may be all very well in The Grand Prix, but in your average motor it is not necessary.
My electronics light comes on at a whim.
The speedo gives up after about 10 miles, and the turbo doesnt work.
If all these things had been left mechanical, then we would could fix them ourselves.
But then they would not be able to charge £75/hr would they.

PHIL76
05-05-2007, 15:41
Hello ! it sounds like one of two common vauxhall problems to me either idle control valve or air mass sensor,i had an astra 1.8 S reg n that did similar after about 5mins driving but if its losing power its probably the car goin into safe mode what limits everything so you cant damage it more,but if engine light is goin off when you turn off ignition then staying off when you restart car it cant be anything that serious

holidayhutch
05-05-2007, 21:12
We had this with our old 2003 diesel 1.7 and it was solved simply by turning the engine off and letitng it rest for a few minutes then restarting it - think there is something in the car manual book that tells you the procedure for doing it.

Grandad.Malky
05-05-2007, 21:39
Hello ! it sounds like one of two common vauxhall problems to me either idle control valve or air mass sensor,

My son had a air mass sensor replaced in is Corsa, I forget how much it was but it wasn’t cheap.

As somebody mentioned earlier with electrics/sensors you have to pay for a diagnostic check to find out what the problem is then the repair, not like the days when a mechanic could lift the bonnet, listen to the engine and 9 times out of 10 tell you what was wrong.

whitewitch
08-05-2007, 10:02
i have a vectra and have just had the same problem, the engine management light kept coming on and the engine would lower the revs and when it was out of gear would cut out. The sensor is warning you that something is not right and is lowering the revs to protect your engine, my problem was the timing belt pully, it was loose, after a new one was fitted ive not had any problem with it, my brother did mine, who is just a normal mechanic:)

Dick
08-05-2007, 10:24
The simplest and cheapest thing to check first is the air filter.
Put a new one in and see if that does anygood.

FTA123
27-08-2008, 17:15
it is none of the above it is the crank sensor cost £85 to fix rac aa coundn't find this problem as there is one pin missing on the plug when they plug in the lap top . take it to neil grayson on woodseats rd near the ( sorting) postal office hope this helps

Twoflags
27-08-2008, 21:43
Does anybody else have same problems with astra we have a 2003 1.6litre astra and engine management light keeps coming on and also losing power, if we keep taking to vauxhall dealer they say nothing wrong with it do anybody know any other garages that deal with this. please help we are going to devon at end of month

it will lose power when the engine management light comes on as the ecu resets to a basic factory setting to help protect the engine. However when vauxhall use their tech 2 it should bring up a fault code when the em light comes on. This will tell them what part is faulting, failing that you may have a faulting ecu.

brett_poss
09-04-2009, 22:21
i no this is a old post but you will find all the problem is there is not enuth oil in the engine

Norseman
12-05-2013, 21:40
Does anybody else have same problems with astra we have a 2003 1.6litre astra and engine management light keeps coming on and also losing power, if we keep taking to vauxhall dealer they say nothing wrong with it do anybody know any other garages that deal with this. please help we are going to devon at end of month

I also have a 1.6 Astra and recently the car has juddered whilst driving occasionally and lacked power and wanted to stall.

Yesterday however it did it again and cut out however upon starting the engine its misfiring big time and will hardly turn over without revving, it seems to rev ok at 2500 revs but not at idling and general driving.
The engine management light is off, the AA fella who arrived today replaced the plugs however its as bad as ever. He mentioned the throttle something or other, does anyone have any additional ideas as to what it is, and the cost to repair please. I have a mechanic in mind who has the diagnostic equipment.

The AA man plugged in the computer and there weren't any faults showing. I though it could the the EGR valve for the intermittent juddering however for the other issue I have no idea.

Any advice would be appreciated:)

alchresearch
13-05-2013, 08:48
Find someone with Vauxhall specific diagnostics, it will probably be a mechanic who just specialises on this marque and will personally know all the common issues.

I'm seeing all too often mis-diagnosis from the AA and others with a "check all" diagnostic tool and relying only on Autodata for known issues.

The last one I saw from the AA was a claim that a customer's high pressure fuel pump was faulty and he needed a new one at almost £300. It turned out to be a sticking fuel pump in the tank that just needed a clean of the in-built filter.

Norseman
14-05-2013, 19:23
Find someone with Vauxhall specific diagnostics, it will probably be a mechanic who just specialises on this marque and will personally know all the common issues.

I'm seeing all too often mis-diagnosis from the AA and others with a "check all" diagnostic tool and relying only on Autodata for known issues.

The last one I saw from the AA was a claim that a customer's high pressure fuel pump was faulty and he needed a new one at almost £300. It turned out to be a sticking fuel pump in the tank that just needed a clean of the in-built filter.

I took your advice (a big thank you) I use Barry Mason on Broadfield Road, he has all the diagnostic stuff.

The AA bloke wasn't too good actually, couldn't find a fault code and didn't test the EGR sensor, charged me £20 for a set of spark plugs which to be fair needed changing with no difference and told me to get it to a garage.

Barry connected the diagnosis kit to the EGR and hey presto new EGR and a working car 24 hours later. I collected it this afternoon and it sounds like a new car.

I'm starting to wonder if my membership of the AA is actually worth the amount I'm paying. After a legal nightmare with Green flag formally the National Breakdown I won't venture there.

If anyone out there experiences an intermittent juddering, random crazy idling, stalling symptoms I have been informed that on Astra's onwards of 2002 it is likely to be the EGR sensor. They're on the top of the engine at the back and easy to get to. Its a very common fault on the Astra's, Perry's said the same.
The symptoms in my case started in January with the intermittent juddering until this weekend when the valve just stuck.

The cost with Perry's is £99 + vat however they are considerably cheaper away from the main dealerships

Thank you once again, greatly appreciated

alchresearch
15-05-2013, 08:04
Excellent outcome.

I know what you mean with the AA. I just have the cheapest breakdown cover to get me to a garage or home, or off the motorway if things go wrong.

The problem you describe is very similar to one which happens on the 1.6 diesel engine in many modern Peugeots (especially the 407 and facelifted 307). There's a judder or brief moment of hesitation when accelerating after changing gear. Sadly, a new EGR valve doesn't fix it (or only fixes it for a short time). The best cure we've found is an EGR blanking plate.

We're going to see much much more of this in the future as modern diesels get gummed up with diesel deposits and don't do enough high speed driving.

Norseman
05-10-2013, 13:54
I now have an issue with my front suspension, everything is fine except when i'm driving there's a creaking/groaning noise whenever the car is in motion regardless of the speed including just rolling forward slightly (no its not the mother in law in the boot before you ask)!:gag:

I'm unsure whether its the springs or the actual shock absorbers. The car has recently passed its MOT with the said noises and it feels firm and supported at the front however the noises are annoying and seem to be worsening.

Any ideas??

Thank you