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Brake lights don't illuminate until pedal is pressed by about 5-10mm

2003 Opel Agila My brake lights do not light up until I have pushed the pedal down by about 1cm. If I rest my foot on the brake pedal, with the brakes applied a little bit then the brake lights do ...
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Does wheelspinning damage my car?

Apart from the tires, if I pull off quickly and I wheel spin, do I cause any damage to the internals of the car? Obviously I don't mean reving it to 4k+ and then dumping the clutch, I mean speeding ...
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Why is there a hissing noise when I open my petrol cap?

When I fill up with fuel, there is often a loud hissing noise, as if you are opening a bottle of fizzy drink or something whenever I unscrew the petrol cap. It also seems like there are vapours ...
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Should I pull up the handbrake as high as it will go when parked?

I always pull my handbrake up as high as it will go when I am parked (I put the button in and yank it pretty hard, until it won't go up anymore) It is easy to remove again. My friend says this ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

According to the manual, the "permissible" load for the standard rails is 35kg. I need to take two Kayaks around with me, which in total weight is about 40-45kg. Would I unintentionally turn my ...
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Does rolling forwards while in reverse gear damage my car?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, I rolled forward about 2m with the clutch in while still in reverse gear, and my transmission made a whining sort of noise. The clutch was fully in at this point so I have not ...
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Should I avoid full throttle when driving with a cold engine?

Apparently I should avoid full throttle until my engine temperature is warmed up fully (to 90 degrees on the gauge) Normally I just get in and drive normally after about 10 seconds, and then after ...
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How to unblock washer jets?

My washer jets are blocked up on the driver's side. I cannot get any water on this side to wash the windscreen. Is there anything I can use to unblock them? EDIT: It seems the blockage is in the ...
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Is it difficult to retrofit Air Conditioning?

Car: 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 I would like to retrofit Air Conditioning to my car, as I'm planning to travel to a hot place! My questions: Apart from charging and discharging the system, which I would ...
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How to flush coolant with only access to expansion tank?

OPEL CORSA B Sedan 1.6 IE 1999. I would like to flush the coolant and bleed my brakes. For the coolant, I have bought German HEPU antifreeze, Anyways, I only have a reservoir bottle and I do not ...
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Inaccurate fuel gauge

Is there anything I can do about my inaccurate fuel gauge? Today it was at the bottom of the red zone, and I put in 9.5 litres and it went up to half a tank, but the tank is 42 litres. I have an ...
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Can I retrofit heated side mirrors if it wasn't an option with the car?

Is it possible for me to add heated mirrors to my car, if it wasn't an option at all as standard? I would like to keep the mirrors standard. My mirrors on my 2003 Opel Agila are a really awkward ...
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Right hand side blinkers on Holden/Opel Barina not working

The right hand side blinkers in my 2005 Holden/Opel Barina stopped working. When I turn the blinkers on they do the right click-click sound just much faster than usual. All 3 blinkers stopped working. ...
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Vauxhall Vectra engine (1.6 petrol) cuts out

My beloved Vectra C (2006) a previous story here developed a new "symptom": engine cuts out while driving. Since there are other (possibly connected) symptoms I am going to list them one-by-one: ...
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Acceleration problem, but only immediately after stopping

Symptoms: The following applies mainly when accelerating from zero speed at 1st gear in RPM below 2500. Above that RPM range, there is no problem (then acceleration is assisted by turbo-compressor). ...
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What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?

My 2003 Opel Agila 1.2 Petrol, has a high air intake. Here is the approximate location of it: [ Here is the engine bay, showing the air intake on the left. Is the height of the bottom of the ...
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What is this recall for my Vauxhall/Opel Zafira heating?

My 2005-2014 Vauxhall/Opel Zafira B has recently been involved in a recall. What is this for? How can I tell if I'm affected?
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Car won't start but battery is new

I have a 2000 Opel corsa b and I stalled it today, the lights started flickering and clicking, I tried to start it about 15 minutes after this but it won't start and lights keep flickering and ...
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Does E85 fuel increase oil consumption?

I have a 2003 Opel Meriva which I run on 50% gas / 50% E85. According to my own experience and Meriva forums, this is about as much ethanol as the engine can take without tripping the engine ...
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2008 Opel Zafira possible windscreen leak

A pool of water has, only today, started to form around the interior ceiling spotlight panel between the driver and passenger seats of my 2008 Zafira. It dripped on to the seats for a while after ...
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How to stop car steaming up?

My 2003 Opel Agila always seems to steam up constantly while driving, in all weathers. I do not have a damp problem in the car either, everywhere seems dry. I have checked the following things: ...
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Opel Corsa D engine issue?

I have a 2011 1.4 petrol Corsa D. When accelerating the car lurches. This doesn't happen all the time and is seemingly random. It may happen when I accelerate from 60 on the motorway back to 70 or 30 ...
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1.6 Petrol engine overheats intermittently

I have a Vauxhall Vectra 1.6 (2007). The cooling system operated perfectly (a few kms after starting the engine the needle was pointing to optimum temperature without the slightest waver). 2 weeks ago ...
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do diesel engines have Idle Air Control Valve?

My problem is that sometimes when my Astra G tdi 1.7 2002 is idling (is not in gear) the RPM will go to 5000-6000 with out me stepping on the gas pedal. The engine accelerates on its own while idling. ...
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How to make ride less bouncy?

In my 2003 Opel Agila, the ride is really bouncy. Whenever I go over bumps in the road, it feels like I am almost out of control. It is generally a bouncy car, but it this one seems to be worse than ...
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What is brake imbalance? How can I fix it?

My 2000 Opel Agila 1.2 has an advisory on it's MOT saying: Front Brake imbalance [sic] high at 23% What does this mean? What's wrong with my brakes? What does the 29% mean? How can I fix it? ...
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Opel Frontera Electrical Problem - can't access diagnostics

I have an Opel Frontera 1999 2.2 Diesel. It refused to turn over a couple of years ago and it's taken me this long to get to doing anything about it. I was advised that it was something wrong with the ...
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How do I remove my Parrot MKI9200?

My Opel Agila has been replaced with one which is identical, but three years newer (2003). However, it has no Bluetooth, which is something I used a lot in my old car (2000) Can I transfer the Parrot ...
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Repairing of electronic throttle control

I am the owner of an Opel Astra G Caravan (This is the European name, don't know how it is in USA) from year 2007. It has an 1.4 Twinport engine Z14XEP and a manual gear. A few days ago I noticed ...
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Will a battery reset improve fuel consumption?

I recently bought a used 2003 Opel(Vauxhall) Astra G 1.4. I drove around 2000km's in the last few months (city and highway mixed), and I used about 200 litres of gasoline, which means a 10l/100km ...
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Does “bumping” up and down a kerb damage my car?

My driveway does not have a dropped kerb, so every day I have to bump up and down the kerb. Does this do any damage to my suspension or tyres doing this every day? If I do it quickly (say at 5mph), ...
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Tires for a Opel Vectra 2003

Im searching for tires for my car which is a Opel Vectra 2003 (this car is also known as Vauxhall Vectra, Holden Vectra, Chevrolet Vectra) I cover a lot of road in a year. I do at least at least ...
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Speedometer stop working on My Opel corsa C 2006

Speedometer stop working on My Opel corsa C 2006, it always shows 0 km/h although I am driving the car, before it stop working it vibrated some times and then stopped. Does it have a specific Fuse in ...
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Opel corsa's horn alarms when car is locked

My Opel Corsa's horn keeps honking when I lock the car the same way it is supposed to if a window were to be left open, but it does this even when no window is left open. The one thing that could ...
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Opel Corsa lite 1.4 2002

After reconditioning cylinder head and skimming. Fitting new hydraulic lifters and rockers, find no compression on engine once oil reaches the lifters compression disappears. Tried reducing length ...
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Opel Astra H CDTI 1.7 ISSUES [closed]

When am speeding there is a car sign with spanner that comes on the dash board. I would like to know what exactly is the fault. Thank you.