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Vauxhall Astra. orange light on dashboard.

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Graham
Joined Feb 2005
2 posts

Hi,
I have a P reg Astra that i have had for a number of years, in the past year or so an orange light on the dashboard has started coming on occasionally and then going off again. It stopped doing this some months ago but then the other day it came on and stayed on. It has stayed on continually for a couple of days now.
Since then the car has been a bit awkward to start but does eventually. Does this light mean anything dangerous?
I cant really afford to take the car in to a garage because I always end up paying mega bucks to get a problem sorted.
If it is not dangerous I will ignore it, I will be getting rid of the car in the next few months anyway.
Can anyone help?

Wednesday, 20 April 2005

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paul
Joined Jan 2005
1 posts

it sounds like your oil warning light.have you checked that the oil in your engine is up to the correct mark on your dip-stick?

Wednesday, 20 April 2005

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Graham
Joined Feb 2005
2 posts

Hi,
No it isnt the oil light as that is further along the dashboard. It has a picture on that is shaped like some sort of engine part? It has a small flash in the centre of it (it looks like a flash of lightning).
Thankyou.

Wednesday, 20 April 2005

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Dave
Joined May 2004
1393 posts

Graham,
Which engine does this one have, do you know the engine code ?

This light is your engine management light, it is there to tell you that the ECU has detected a fault somewhere with one of your engine sensor's.
This fault is recorded in the memory of the ECU as a number, each sensor has an allocated number and this helps to diagnose the problem.
Dpending on which engine you have the fault code can be retrieved either by bridging certain pins in the diagnostic socket or with dedicated equipment.

Regards
Dave

Wednesday, 20 April 2005

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anne
Joined Feb 2005
31 posts

The light is the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) telling you that there is a problem, even though the car runs. I had exactly the same fault, but I took it to Vauxhall to give me a error code. In my case it was the EGR Valve (Exhaust Gas Recycle) which I was told would eventually cut the engine off if it was not repaired. It might be the same error in your case, but you need to have the code to know. It is very easy to replace if this is the fault, but I believe you can clean the EGR Valve and replace it.

Saturday, 23 April 2005

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bigman
Joined May 2005
4 posts

I`ve had the engine management light come on my dash the odd couple of times, mainly when i`m on a long straight for a while and doing 60-70mph. Ive got a Vreg 1.7TD and when it comes on it feels like someone has switched of my turbo and stuck a trailer on the back!! It goes out and all goes back to norm.
Knowing what the Vauxhall garages are like here in Portsmouth, I took it to a diesel specialist who plugged it into a computer and said all it was reporting were EGR problems.
I look on the net and it has reported that EGR problems come hand in hand with extra bad emmision (bkue smoke on start, yes) and loss in power (bingo).
Hope this helps someone - it had been driving me crazy!!

Friday, 13 May 2005

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Stevostyle
Joined May 2005
2 posts

Hi, i work for vauxhall i deal with the engine management system day in day out.
the best thing i can suggest is for you to take ur vehicle to a vauxhall main dealer and have a diagnostic test on it.
the diagnostic test is called tech2 its a computer that is plugged into the vehicle and displayed trouble codes which are stored in the ecu.

Tuesday, 24 May 2005

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bigman
Joined May 2005
4 posts

Yeah, I understand that the car can record the problems on an ECU so they can be shown on a computer later. I asked my Diesel servicing centre to do this and he plugged it into that machine and got EGR fault readings (at a £20 extra cost I might add). I asked Vauxhall technicians about the readings and all they have to say is we`ll plug it in to find out, at a cost of £40. I mean, £40 to find out what the problem is - I thought plumbers were bad!!
Do the readings my Diesel place got from the ECU not count for anything?

Wednesday, 25 May 2005

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kodell1978
Joined Jun 2005
1 posts

Hi there,

You said that you work for Vauxhall and deal with Engine Management system alot. I was wondering if you could help me. I bought a V Reg astra in Feb and the ECU light kept coming on every now and again. I took it back to where I bought it from and they advised it was Glow Plugs. The light still kept coming on after this was fixed and we took it back on 2 different occasions. On the second occasion, they advised it was the EGR valve. We had this replaced and then drove 350 miles - the light still kept coming on intermittently. I contacted the garage and it is due to go back in shortly to get this sorted.
I have had one of our friends who isa mechanic to check over the car and it came up with a Fault code of P0400 (I think this is the EGR circuit again). The garage have said that the system just needs to be reset - do you know if this is correct or are they pulling a fast one on me??

Any help would be appreciated.

Karen

Wednesday, 8 June 2005

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anne
Joined Feb 2005
31 posts

They should have tried to reset it in first place.Sometimes this cures intermittent errors if there are any.

Sunday, 12 June 2005

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Tanna
Joined Jun 2005
1 posts

i have the same problem wherein the Orange light came on and off inermittently. I took the car to a garage. Based on the report from the computer plugged to ECU, EGR Valve had gone off. My mechanic quoted me £133.77+VAT wherein its available in market for £60+VAT. I am wondering if can replace it myself. Any help/guidance would be helpful. ( as per Anne on Sat 27/04 it is very easy to replace valve)

Friday, 17 June 2005

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maddog
Joined Jun 2005
2 posts

hope someone can help? i have just bought a astra new shape 1998 1.4 16v 5speed it has just started a fault the engine management light comes on and the car sounds like it is running on 3, also lacks power, but then the light goes off and it is all right for a bit and then it starts again! someone said it might be the plugs or the coil pack?

Friday, 17 June 2005

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martin n
Joined Jul 2005
1 posts

i have an 1995 astra 1,4 and the engine manage light keeps comming on also, does anyone know which pins to bridge to output the fault codes [i know its pins a and b but i dont know
which they are

thanks

Saturday, 30 July 2005

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Fliznora
Joined Jul 2005
2 posts

Hi!
I wonder if you can work this one out..
I had and still have an engine management light which comes on and off when driving. It feels like the air has been cut/restricted to the engine when the light is on.
A garage I went to gave it a "code red" and it came up clear, they tried a new EGR Valve but to no avail.
I took it to another garage and had a comp. diag. done and the air flow meter was changed as a result but the fault is STILL there!! I can't understand it but I have heard it could be a sensor, but does anyone know which one?
Thankyou for any help.

Saturday, 30 July 2005

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Fliznora
Joined Jul 2005
2 posts

BTW above is an S Reg 1.7 td (vauxall engine, not izuzu)

Sunday, 31 July 2005

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Diane
Joined Aug 2005
3 posts

've got a 2001 Astra Coupe turbo. It used to have a hell of a kick in acceleration but the engine warning light has been on permanently since March 05. It's never out of the Vauxhall garage. It's had a new breather pipe and O2 valve for the turbo. I feel as though the turbo isn't working and when I got beaten at the lights by a Fiat Punto I knew there was something wrong! In garage currently, but I think it's got them stumped.
Anyone please - what's wrong with my car?

Tuesday, 30 August 2005

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anne
Joined Feb 2005
31 posts

What did the diagnostics say for orange light?

Wednesday, 31 August 2005

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Steve'0
Joined Sep 2005
1 posts

Hi,

My Girl friend has an Astra 1.8 sport, think its a 98 plate.

When she travells over 75 on the motorway ( :-~) the engine management light comes on. If she slows down below 60 for a short while it will go off. Then go back to 75 plus will come on again in a short while.

I know from experience, if you go to the garage and the light isn't on, it is not stored - is this correct. What is causing this problem?

Thanks.

Steve

Friday, 2 September 2005

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LPG Elite V6
Joined Sep 2005
8 posts

Sounds like a plug arcing out.

If you take the plugs out you'll probably find one is a different colour to the other three. It may also have black lines along, or discolouration of the porcelain insulator.

Use GM (try their new 4 electrode plugs instead of the twin electrode type - £2.50ish each +VAT etc from Autovaux) or NGK plugs for best running on these 16v engines.

If you find two plugs different to the other two, ie. 1 & 4 OR 2 & 3 it may indicate a faulty coil pack, especially if there is no sign of arcing on the plug insulators.

The engine fault lamp is simply telling you that unburnt fuel has been detected in the exhaust in the form of a high lambda reading.

Good luck!...

Saturday, 3 September 2005

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Matt
Joined Sep 2005
5 posts

Hi I had a problem with my engine management light coming on when the car was started sometimes, it would go into an "Emergency get home mode". the garage took it in and said it was throttle controls and did something but it occasionally comes on again - any ideas?

Monday, 5 September 2005

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