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Vauxhall UK Repairs

Vauxhall Cylinder Head Skimming UK

Vauxhall Parts: Supply & Fit

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 Starter Motors
Replacement Vauxhall Starter motors installed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vauxhall Alternators
Replacement Vauxhall alternators fitted

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

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

UK Brake Servicing - New Disc Brakes & Pads

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

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

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

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

UK Vauxhall Brake Repairs

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

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

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

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

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Vauxhall Brake Servicing - Vauxhall Brake Discs and Pads

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

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

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.

The brake pads on your Vauxhall should wear first

Vauxhall Brake Inspection Elements

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

Hand brake linkage condition

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Brake calliper operation

General brake disc condition

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

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Adjust handbrake

Handbrake function and travel

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

ABS warning light operation

Brake drum condition

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Wheel cylinder condition

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Brake pipe Condition

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Vauxhall Steering System

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

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

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

Vauxhall steering inspections:-

Vauxhall Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Steering Condition

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Vauxhall Services Braking System Servicing and Repair

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

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.

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

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

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

Vauxhall Replacement Timing Belt or Cambelt UK

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

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

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

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

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

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

Vauxhall Clutch Replacement UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vauxhall Fuel Injection

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 Re-Mapping UK
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 Oil Change Frequency

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.

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

Synthetic Oil Change - UK
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

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

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.

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

Vauxhall Exhaust Fitting UK

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

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

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Vauxhall ABS - Anti-lock Braking System

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

Vauxhall Air Conditioning

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

Vauxhall Filters

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

Vauxhall Electronic Sensors

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

Vauxhall Electrical Components

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

Vauxhall Wheel Components

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

Vauxhall Brake Servicing

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

Vauxhall Clutches

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

Vauxhall Exhausts

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

Vauxhall Engine Components

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

Vauxhall Gaskets

  • Vauxhall Valve Cover Gasket
  • Vauxhall Cylinder Head Gasket

Vauxhall Lubrication System

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

Vauxhall Misc

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

Vauxhall Suspension

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

Common Vauxhall Problems

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