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What's wrong with my Opel Vectra?

My Opel Vectra is very sluggish when in first and second gear; could it be timing belt? No engine fault light shows up.

Filed under fault - Asked by Brian Colman (Dublin ) - Wed, 30 Sep 2015 07:21

Are there forums to discuss a Volkswagen Golf issue?

Where will I find a forum in Ireland to ask Volkswagen Golf owners about problems they may have experienced? I have an auto hold problem that the garage cannot sort. Kind of my word against theirs problem that shows up only about 10 per cent of the time. Never there when you drive into the dealership... cracking up from it and cannot let anyone else drive the automobile.

Filed under fault - Asked by Kevin Ryan (Limerick) - Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:46

Is my Nissan Micra's head gasket gone?

I have a 2003 Nissan Micra 1.2 and I am forever putting coolant in it. The person I bought it off said it was the radiator and replaced it but, I have since taken it to another person for them to tell me it's the head gasket and will cost me the price of a new engine if that is the case. I have no water oil mi just the temp light coming on so I add coolant.

Any help appreciated

Filed under fault - Asked by Laura Maher (Laois) - Thu, 04 Jun 2015 15:38

What could be wrong with my Opel Astra's heating?

Hi. I have a 2008 Opel Astra 1.3 diesel estate. My heating in the automobile is working but the heat is not that hot at all and this isn't normal. My friend has the same automobile and there is a vast difference in he heat...

Filed under fault - Asked by Brian Fitzgerald (Cobh Cork) - Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:01

Is a hollow noise from my Mitsubishi Colt normal?

My Mitsubishi Colt recently developed a hollow noise when revved; is this normal?

Filed under fault - Asked by Pat O Mahony (Cork) - Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:12

Why won't my Opel Astra start?

I have a 2005 Opel Astra. Automobile won't start. Turn the key and nothing. each of ignition lights on. Battery 100%. Any suggestions?

Filed under fault - Asked by Paul Monaghan (Tullamore ) - Sat, 16 May 2015 13:57

My Ford Focus has to be full of diesel to start!

I have a 2009 Ford Focus. If I don't keep it full with diesel it won't start. Could it be the pump in the tank or one of the injectors?

Filed under fault - Asked by Martina Houlihan (Co Mayo Ireland) - Mon, 18 May 2015 17:02

My Opel Astra's keys seem to be acting up.

Hi guys, I have a 2005 Opel Astra. The central locking is acting up. I have replaced the keys in the fob and checked the fuses. each of appears ok in that regard. It works intermittently. Might lock and unlock once or twice and then just stop working again. However, when inside the automobile and you have the button to engage the central locking for safety reasons, this method does manage to engage all the locks and works fine.

Furthermore using the pedal/accelerator test generated a 1614 code, which relates to the keys and I am assuming a mismatch between the codes the automobile is looking for and what the keys are transmitting. Is it a simple case of the fobs requiring reprogramming (I have tried the key in the ignition the "lights on" but not engine start, in order to synchronise them again, but nothing) or something that might require further investigation.

Many thanks for your feedback if you get a chance.


Filed under fault - Asked by John Clarke (Dublin) - Tue, 12 May 2015 19:42

Why won't my Skoda Octavia petrol restart?

My 2004 Skoda Octavia petrol engine died and would not restart. It has a good battery. Any ideas?

Filed under fault - Asked by Terry Coogan (Dublin) - Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:32

I put dodgy diesel in my SEAT Ibiza...

Dodgy diesel was put into a 1.2 SEAT Ibiza, which stopped on the road. The automobile was towed to a garage where the diesel tank was cleaned out, but the automobile would not start so next step is to get a pump. Would it be a bad idea to get a second hand pump instead of a new one and in your opinion should this solve the problem?

Filed under fault - Asked by Sandra Campbell (Dundalk) - Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:27

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