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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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Why has my car burnt through all the oil?

If it is burning it's oil, the oil is getting somewhere it shouldn't do - and changing the plugs and coil will make no difference to that! As the oil smoke is coming out of the exhaust, that suggests ...
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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 replace front fog light housing on a Corsa C 2005

EDIT: I have heard that you do not need to remove the entire wing panelling. I certainly didn't on my 2003 Opel Agila. Just remove the screws from the front of the wing on the bottom of the car. Makes ...
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Increase my cars BHP?

I'd say the only realistic option with a 1.3 liter turbodiesel besides an engine swap is chiptuning/remapping. And even then I'd research the potential of this engine, you'll be shortening it's life ...
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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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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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Does using the entire rev range of a car damage it?

Engines are designed to withstand a certain amount of stress. When you exceed that threshold, longevity will start to deteriorate. I stated something to that effect in this answer. The engine has a ...
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Is there a way to upgrade the GM Intellilink System?

You can replace the firmware by entering developer mode and then going to the explorer mode in the developer options menu. EDIT: I have also mirrored the file on my MEGA in case it disappears or is ...
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Why has my car burnt through all the oil?

Since it's a 1.2 I'm betting it's petrol, so you don't have some of the issues that diesels suffer from. White smoke is often water. Grey/black smoke will be oil. Either way, something is getting ...
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Increase my cars BHP?

Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot you can do with a 1.3CDTi - as the others have said, make sure it's in the best condition you can, but you're not going to get the 'kick' you desire. I'm ...
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Cause of limp mode in Vauxhall Astra which ECU code is relevant?

Essentially you have put 10 milliliters of oil in your gastank I have done this before with more oil than that on accident into my truck. My solution was to fill the tank to the top and dilute it as ...
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Vauxhall Zafira rear lights not working

Because stop / tail lights are so important, manufacturers will occasionally split the circuit so that they have a fuse for each side of the car. That way, if the fuse blows, you don't loose all ...
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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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Vaxhall Astra H clutch problem

The Astra H has a concentric clutch slave cylinder which means the gearbox has to be removed to replace it, 5 to 6 hour job. Try holding the clutch pedal down on the floor, engine idling - car in ...
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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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What is this recall for my Vauxhall/Opel Zafira heating?

Who is affected? If your car has had any previous work on the heating system, I would STRONGLY advise that you take it to a local dealership. Non-genuine parts may have been used, which could ...
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Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDTI Thermostat replacement?

I would suggest investing in a Haynes Manual for this car. One minor repair like this that you can do yourself will pay for it in savings. This is the part you are looking for, it's the thermostat ...
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Awful sound when coming to a stop even after brake pads and discs replaced

A grinding noise when the clutch is disengaged/engine running is usually the "throw-out bearing" or just "clutch bearing". It might also indicate insufficient clearance between the clutch and the ...
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Starter solenoid clicking continuously

The car will be fine, that's just the noise the starter motor/solenoid makes when the battery is flat. The solenoid switches on the motor and engages the motor's gear with the flywheel, allowing it ...
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Corsa D Stuttering Accelaration with Malfunction Light flashing

A flashing check engine light means you have an active misfire. Driving your car while misfiring for an extended period of time can cause damage to your catalytic converter, so try not do do that. ...
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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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Astra MK6 - when warm, rough idle and shudders while accelerating

I don't know that particular car well, but maybe a vacuum leak? Perhaps it's at the intake manifold, and worsening as the parts warm up, expand, and mating surfaces change shape?
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What is this recall for my Vauxhall/Opel Zafira heating?

The procedure has changed slightly from the end of November 2015 and half way December it was officially declared a recall by the DVSA and Vauxhall. In addition to the desciption above, Vauxhall also: ...
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How to replace front fog light housing on a Corsa C 2005

Note: I've never replaced this part on this vehicle. Raise the front of the car. Look under the front bumper area. Is it uncovered? Can you access the fog light assemblies? If yes: simply remove the ...
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Opel Corsa D engine issue?

My first thought, having owned 3 Opels/Vauxhalls (including two Corsas), is the coil pack. When it starts to die, you get the symptoms you are describing. Your #2 cylinder's spark plug isn't firing ...
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Vauxhall Astra Rear Jet Washer

Do you have a Haynes manual or similar for the car? They usually describe how to remove the various bits of trim... Before trying to remove the trim, have you tried cleaning the nozzle out with the ...
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Will a battery reset improve fuel consumption?

Yes, a reset could work, if the problem is that the ECU is used to the previous driver's driving style and his style was vastly different to your's. But it could also just be the way you drive. Do you ...
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Cause of limp mode in Vauxhall Astra which ECU code is relevant?

I'm having trouble seeing the "oil event" and the "limp mode" as being related. When you added the oil, it was – as @DucatiKiller pointed out – only about 10 ml. This went into about 48 liters of fuel....
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Antara Electronic Handbrake

The checks to be performed on a vehicle's handbrake are defined in section 3.1 of the VOSA MOT Inspection Manual. They are pretty rudimentary, essentially checking that there is one, it works on two ...
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