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Vauxhall Parts Supplied and Fitted by local garages

Vauxhall EGR Valves
Replacement Vauxhall EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Vauxhall - The EGR valve helps your Vauxhall burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Vauxhall engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Vauxhall Starter Motors
Replacement Vauxhall Starter motors installed

Vauxhall Suspension System
Vauxhall replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Vauxhall Performance Spares
OEM Vauxhall parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Vauxhall Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Vauxhall Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Vauxhall Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Vauxhall Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Vauxhall model

Vauxhall Body Panels
Replacement Vauxhall panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Vauxhall Panel damage repairs

Vauxhall Timing Belt - Vauxhall Cambelt
Vauxhall Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Vauxhall service or if the Timing Belt on your Vauxhall has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Vauxhall Engines
Vauxhall Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Vauxhall Electrical Components
Vauxhall electrical faults repaired using Vauxhall OEM components - Vauxhall sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Vauxhall Cooling System
Replacement Vauxhall radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Vauxhall engine at its optimal operating temperature

Vauxhall Autoelectrics
Vauxhall electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Vauxhall engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Vauxhall Alternators
Replacement Vauxhall alternators fitted

Vauxhall Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Vauxhall paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Vauxhall different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Vauxhall Gearboxes
Vauxhall Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Vauxhall gearbox

Vauxhall Brakes
Routine Vauxhall servicing, replacement Vauxhall brake pads & discs fitted, Vauxhall hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Vauxhall Clutches
Vauxhall clutch repairs Alcester - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Vauxhall Clutch kit

Vauxhall Exhausts
Vauxhall Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Vauxhall Exhausts fitted & welded

Vauxhall Service - Vauxhall Braking Systems - Hydrauic Brake Maintenance

Modern Vauxhall braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

Vauxhall brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Alcester Vauxhall Brake Repairs

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Vauxhall rear wheels

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Drum Brakes are an older system than Vauxhall disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Vauxhall disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

Vauxhall Brakes - Vauxhall Brake Servicing and Maintenance

If the Vauxhall brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

The brake pads on your Vauxhall should wear first

if the Vauxhall brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Vauxhall brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

Vauxhall Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

Vauxhall Brake Servicing & Inspection Alcester

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

Hand brake linkage condition

Brake calliper operation

General brake disc condition

Brake drum condition

Brake pipe Condition

Handbrake function and travel

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

ABS warning light operation

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Wheel cylinder condition

And carry out the following maintenance of your Vauxhall braking system:-

Adjust handbrake

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Vauxhall Steering System

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

Common symptoms of Vauxhall steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Vauxhall tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Vauxhall steering system is uneven tyre wear

Vauxhall steering inspections:-

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Condition

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Vauxhall Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Vauxhall Services: Brakes Servicing and Repair

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

Vauxhall Timing Belt or Cambelt

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

Since Vauxhall Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Vauxhall

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Generally Vauxhall belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Vauxhall that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Vauxhall Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Vauxhall parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Vauxhall timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Vauxhall Clutch Replacement Alcester

Vauxhall Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Vauxhall clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Vauxhall Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Vauxhall Clutch kit:-
Vauxhall clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Vauxhall clutch slave cylinder

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

The Vauxhall clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theVauxhall transmission system

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

Vauxhall Fuel Injection Systems

Vauxhall Re-Mapping Alcester
The Vauxhall ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Vauxhall vehicles

Vauxhall Engine Mapping
The Vauxhall ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

Vauxhall Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Vauxhall fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Vauxhall Maintenance - Oil & Filter Change Alcester

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Vauxhall running smoothly

Oil & Filter Change
A new Vauxhall oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Vauxhall engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Vauxhall engine fails

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Vauxhall recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Vauxhall engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Synthetic Oil Change - Alcester
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Vauxhall motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Vauxhall engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Vauxhall performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Vauxhall engine increases

Vauxhall Replacement Exhausts Alcester

The Vauxhall exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

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Vauxhall Models

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  • Vauxhall Meriva
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Vauxhall ABS

  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Modulator
  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Control Unit

Vauxhall Air Conditioning

  • Vauxhall AC Evaporator
  • Vauxhall AC Pump
  • Vauxhall AC Compressor
  • Vauxhall AC Radiator
  • Vauxhall AC Condenser
  • Vauxhall AC Receiver Drier
  • Vauxhall AC Fluid Top Up

Vauxhall Fuel, Oil & Air Filters

  • Vauxhall Fuel Filter
  • Vauxhall Air Filter
  • Vauxhall Transmission Filter Kit
  • Vauxhall Oil Filter
  • Vauxhall Cabin Air and Pollen Filter

Vauxhall Sensors

  • Vauxhall Oxygen Sensor
  • Vauxhall Air Flow Mass Meter
  • Vauxhall Temperature Sensor

Vauxhall Electrical Systems

  • Vauxhall Electronic Control Unit
  • Vauxhall Fuel Pump
  • Vauxhall Spark Plugs
  • Vauxhall Spark Plug HT Leads
  • Vauxhall Headlights
  • Vauxhall Water Pump
  • Vauxhall Heater Core
  • Vauxhall Window Motors
  • Vauxhall ECU Mapping Remap
  • Vauxhall Antenna
  • Vauxhall Fog Lights
  • Vauxhall Lambda Sensor
  • Vauxhall Bulbs
  • Vauxhall Ignition Coil
  • Vauxhall Alternator
  • Vauxhall Tail Lights
  • Vauxhall Thermostats
  • Vauxhall Oxygen Sensor
  • Vauxhall Eibach Pro Kit
  • Vauxhall Parking Light
  • Vauxhall Starter Motor
  • Vauxhall Heater Blower Motor
  • Vauxhall Cooling Fan

Vauxhall Wheel Components

  • Vauxhall Tyres
  • Vauxhall Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Vauxhall CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Vauxhall Axle Assembly
  • Vauxhall Control Arm
  • Vauxhall Ball Joints

Vauxhall Braking System

  • Vauxhall Brake Compensator Valve
  • Vauxhall Brake Drums
  • Vauxhall Brake Servo
  • Vauxhall Brake Calipers
  • Vauxhall Brake Pads
  • Vauxhall Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Vauxhall Brake Rotor
  • Vauxhall Brake Discs
  • Vauxhall Brake Master Cylinder

Vauxhall Clutch Fitting

  • Vauxhall Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Vauxhall Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Vauxhall Clutch Kit
  • Vauxhall Clutch Pedal
  • Vauxhall Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Vauxhall Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Vauxhall Flywheel
  • Vauxhall Clutch Cable

Vauxhall Exhaust Systems

  • Vauxhall Muffler
  • Vauxhall Lambda Sensor
  • Vauxhall Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Vauxhall Exhaust System Complete
  • Vauxhall EGR Valve
  • Vauxhall Silencer
  • Vauxhall Oxygen Sensor
  • Vauxhall Exhaust Pipes
  • Vauxhall Exhaust
  • Vauxhall Exhaust Manifold
  • Vauxhall Tailpipe
  • Vauxhall Exhaust Box

Vauxhall Engine Components

  • Vauxhall Engine Mounts
  • Vauxhall Ignition Coil
  • Vauxhall Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Vauxhall Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Vauxhall Timing Chain Kits
  • Vauxhall Fuel Injector
  • Vauxhall Pistons and Cylinder
  • Vauxhall Timing Belt Kits

Alcester Gasket Fitting

  • Vauxhall Valve Cover Gasket
  • Vauxhall Cylinder Head Gasket

Vauxhall Lubrication System

  • Vauxhall Fuel Cap
  • Vauxhall Oil Cap
  • Vauxhall Oil Pump
  • Vauxhall Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Vauxhall Oil Sump and Plate
  • Vauxhall Oil Filter

Vauxhall Misc

  • Vauxhall Power Steering Pump
  • Vauxhall Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Vauxhall Throttle Body & Cable
  • Vauxhall Radiator Pipes
  • Vauxhall Wiper Blades
  • Vauxhall Shock Absorbers
  • Vauxhall Hood Emblems
  • Vauxhall Radiator
  • Vauxhall Struts
  • Vauxhall Serpentine and V Belt
  • Vauxhall Windscreen Wipers
  • Vauxhall Tie Rods
  • Vauxhall Steering Rack
  • Vauxhall Power Steering Hoses

Vauxhall Suspension

  • Rubber Bushes
  • Idler arm
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Sway Bar
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Suspension Struts
  • Tie Rods
  • Ball Joints
  • Struts
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Vauxhall bush wear
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Vauxhall Additional Suspension Components
  • Vauxhall Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Spring Condition

Vauxhall Problems

  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Vauxhall Headlights not working
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Knocking sound
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Engine Overheating
  • Window stuck
  • Slipping when cold
  • Judder when braking
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • My Vauxhall Does Not drive Straight
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Vauxhall check engine light on
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Engine Misfires
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • Clogged Vauxhall air filter
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Engine Stalls
  • Vauxhall Check Engine Light On
  • Clutch juddering
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • My Vauxhall Won't Start
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • Can't get into gear
  • Coolant Leaking
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Vauxhall Radiator fan not working
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Warning Lights On
  • Vauxhall keeps stalling
  • Vauxhall Immobiliser
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Heater Not Working
  • Vauxhall Lights not working
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