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What happened to my car?

Being a diesel and that the engine ran for a minute with the ignition turned off, makes it highly likely that you experienced diesel runaway. During normal operation, diesel is used as fuel for the ...
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Should interior panels be held together with cable ties?

Any vehicle worked on by a professional mechanic should be re-assembled properly You have a real mess with the zip tie. Obviously that damage cannot be undone, you can't undrill a hole. It looks as ...
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Should interior panels be held together with cable ties?

As I stated in my comments: They did the damage; they need to fix it (or pay for it to be fixed). This is worse than shoddy craftsmanship. Any reputable shop would not look like this. Their mechanic ...
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How to remove coolant hose from T piece

Yes, you need to cut them - difficult but possible with sidecutters, they do make special cutters for these, but you can grind them : be very careful where the sparks go : cover everything... For ...
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Opel Astra J: passenger seat belt warning isn't working, does it affect airbags?

Yes, the passenger seat belt warning chime and the passenger present systems are linked. I can't speak about Opel directly, I'm familiar with Mazda and Honda. The way the passenger present systems ...
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Are thick bands of rust on brake rotor indicative of a braking issue?

The inside band is not an issue. There is space between where the brake rides on the rotor (the shiny part) and the hat (the hub area). There has to be space here to allow the rotor to rotate ...
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Wobbly clutch pedal

An "unhappy" amount of movement in the pedal doesn't seem right, especially in a new car. If no one here can give you a definitive answer, and looking at the pedal mount and linkage under the dash isn'...
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Service intervals of different cars

Finding information on the service required: call a dealer and ask them. Look online at forums. Etc. How to tell if it's been neglected, that's the more important part of your question IMO. You ...
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Strange Artifacts on Astra H Info Display. Scratches?

The LCD panel is failing internally and will need replacing with another one. There is no way to repair the panel itself.
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Vauxhall Astra Rear Jet Washer

I just did this last weekend. It is an easy job! The consensus on must of the Vauxhall/Opel forums is not to try and poke anything into the hole, you'll just ram the blockage further inside the nozzle....
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Wobbly clutch pedal

The first step is figuring out where the wiggle is coming from. Stick your head or a camera under the dash and check the pedal assembly. If you don't have an Olympic gymnast-like ability to contort ...
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Speedometer on Opel Corsa sometimes not reacting

Often times the speedo cable just needs lubrication. You can do this by disconnecting the speedo cable at the back of the speedometer and dropping some oil down the cable. Happens on Miata's all the ...
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Likely cause of poor performance at low RPM but normal at higher RPM?

Before everything else i would check the spark plugs. Under certain circumstances a crack in the insulator can cause problems at low rpm's but would be not feel-able with high rpm's. Edit, and ...
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Replace whole turbocharger or only the waste-gate actuator?

This is an opinion question, so you may get varied answers. This is my opinion. In my experience, I have found it is always best to start with the simple and work toward the difficult. In your case, ...
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Replace whole turbocharger or only the waste-gate actuator?

It really depends on which part is sticking. If I've reconnoitered your turbo correctly, it has a built in wastegate. If it's the wastegate which is sticking and not the actuator, then you're wasting ...
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Car manual recommends ACEA A3/B4 oil, service personal put ACEA A3/B3. Is this a big deal? Will the car break down?

There is no need to change it immediately IMO. The main difference between B3 and B4 is that the TBN number is higher for B4, which gives more capability of neutralizing acidic contaminants in long-...
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Difference between bulb sockets

You can see the different shapes and dimensions of the bulb holders in these images that I collected from the Ring website. Probably best just pick the one that looks the same and has the same ...
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Carburetor needle broken

That is the top of the float bowl.. there should be like a triangular shaped cap and I assume seal on there with a bolt or filler type jet going through the centre holding it in place. You could try a ...
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Is car not idleing a key problem?

This isn't a problem with your key. It's an air-fuel mixture problem. Here's what's happening: when you disconnected the battery and reconnected it The fuel trims are likely reset. This doesn't ...
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Likely cause of poor performance at low RPM but normal at higher RPM?

There are multiple things that could cause this, although I would start with the air metering device. I'm not familiar with this engine, but if it is electronically controlled then it likely has a ...
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Electronics work fine, but engine won't start

you have pretty much diagnosed your own problem. The problem is the main key. You need to take the car to a dealership or qualified car locksmith, and they can reset the key code or replace the faulty ...
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Please help with my Intake for Opel Corsa 2014

This is a very difficult question to answer. Altering the airflow path before the airflow sensor can lean out an engine, which might improve performance, but cause unnecessary heat and stress. ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

I regularly used to drive a Vauxhall Agila of the same age with large loads on the roof (bikes, roof boxes, long lengths of wood/plumbing/ladders, small boats, a big TV, and even a bath). My biggest ...
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Engine firing up but dying immediately

There are a few known problems with the Corsa C Firstly the coil pack can suddenly fail without much warning (although as you mentioned it probably isn't this) The Engine ECU is poorly designed ...
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Radiator fan not turning on automatically

If you find that the fan works when the wiring to the themro-switch is bridged (i.e. when you physically plug the wiring, the fan turns on) this would suggest that the themo-switch is at fault. This ...
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2001 Opel Astra 2.0 diesel - service light comes on on idle, goes out when driving

I found the issue. A small vacuum hose that goes from the vacuum pump to the turbine (waste gate, I assume) was disconnected during the emissions test and just left hanging. It's in a difficult-to-see ...
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Ventilation fan (blower fan) stopped working

The blower motor should have two wires, one is a ground fed by a mechanical or solid state resister/HVAC computer. The other is fused power, this may or may not have a relay. Check for power on one ...
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Astra H Oil found in coolant

The part number that solved my problem is 24405911. It is known as Oil Pump front main gasket. When one will replace it it will remove the timing belt, thus consider replace them together.
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Is a bad AFM (Air Flow Meter) a likely cause for fuel cut at high RPM and poor performance at low RPM?

Addressing some of your questions I can imagine (and please correct me if this is not possible) that the AFM provides invalid or slightly skewed readings to the ECU (Engine Control Unit) Absolutely, ...
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Diagnosis on thumping noise from the front

Could be a outer CV joint beginning to go. You mentioned the on the right hand side during a sharp right turn.
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