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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
Ok, I'm going to go to a garage tomorrow to sort this out, but I'd like to have an idea of what may be wrong when I get there.

Anyway, the story is - last week my windscreen washer on my car stopped working. That is, no water is sprayed onto the windscreen but the wipers are still working. I suspect this is due to a blown fuse.

However, since then my lights have developed a problem. When I was driving home tonight (in the middle of nowhere) I tried to switch my full beams on. What then happened was that my headlights cut out completely, the lights on the dashboard became really bright, the rev counter dropped to 0 (engine was running fine) and some of the warning lights on the dash lit up. This lasted for 3 or 4 seconds then everything returned to normal.

I didn't dare try the full beams again for the rest of the journey (nearly s*** myself the first time), but I tried it a few times when I got home and the same thing happened over and over.

Does anyone have any ideas what might have cause this? MY car is an Astra Design if that helps, 59 plate.

Cheers!
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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banned#1
earthing problems.
1 Like #2
Have you looked on the Astra owners club!? Im guessing there is one.. theres owners clubs for everything these days!

Ive no idea about cars but when theres been problems with mine Ive got a few ideas from the guys there.. Usually a few people have had the same (or similar) problems somewhere along the line.

(Hopefully someone will have a more helpful answer soon though! Sorry)
1 Like #3
Windscreen washer - you probably didn't put enough screenwash in and it froze.

Headlights etc - sounds like a control unit malfunction or earthing fault.

59 plate so should be under warranty if you kept it serviced, I'd let the dealer sort it all out. They might tell you off about screen wash though, the dealers all like to sell you their overpriced stuff and tell you that you must buy that and nothing else (this is untrue but you do need sufficient to not freeze). They may however, be within their rights, to refuse warranty repair on windscreen washer system if you did not follow the instructions that were provided with the car.

Edited By: anewman on Dec 15, 2010 21:31
#4
whats the warranty on the car ??????
#5
You bought a vauxhall and expect it to work ??? lol X)
#6
I bought the car at a year old and it was fully serviced, so only had it 4 or 5 months, so the warranty should be fine. I've got screenwash in the car although it probably did freeze (drove to work at -16.5 degrees last week). I've had a look on the astra owners club site and the blown fuse seems to be a common problem. If it is a blown fuse it should be simple enough to sort myself (I think) if they do refuse to work on it under warranty.

Cheers for the answers so far, at least I'll have an idea if they're at it when I go in...
#7
washers frozen, every car I've mot'd in the last few weeks have had their washers frozen due to the weather,which then leads to blowing the fuse for the washers, the bright lights sounds like your alternator is overcharging.
#8
If it is earthing problems or an alternator overcharging, what would cause that, on a relatively new car?
banned 1 Like #9
You can prob ignore the washers - mine didn't work for about 2 and a half weeks. They are fine now, was just too cold.

earthing problems seem to be very common on newer cars. The voltage requirements are so specific, it doesn't take much to screw over the various ECUs
#10
My washers work fine even in the cold, you lot must be watering down the screenwash too much or using the cheapest crappest stuff, or readymix.
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anewman
My washers work fine even in the cold, you lot must be watering down the screenwash too much or using the cheapest crappest stuff, or readymix.


It's the sprayers that get blocked. pump works, screenwash is liquid etc.

Most of the cheap stuff only works to -5 btw.
#12
The stuff I've got supposedly works to -26, but I did put it in with whatever was left in the tank...
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civms47
If it is earthing problems or an alternator overcharging, what would cause that, on a relatively new car?


The cold, Freezing temperatures can play havoc, When water freezes it expands, Metal also expands and detracts etc..

May be your washers froze up, Anti-freeze only protects to certain temperatures and this would depend on the mixture, obviously it could be watered down etc.. Can you hear the pump when you activate washers? If so may be froze and split the pipes? Also could be blown fuse amongst other things.

As for lights, As already stated Earthing problem, Alternator problem, Possibly a control unit problem.

Just because it's fairly new doesn't mean something won't be faulty, Perhaps all this cold weather hasn't helped things, -16.5 don't think British cars are designed for that low temperature..!!!

Hope you get it sorted.
#14
Well, I went into the garage this morning, got a couple of fuses for the washers and they're working fine now. There was also a "sim recall" on my car (nice of them to tell me), whatever that is, so it's going in tomorrow to get fixed and hopefully that should solve the lights problem.

Cheers for all the advice...
#15
civms47
Well, I went into the garage this morning, got a couple of fuses for the washers and they're working fine now. There was also a "sim recall" on my car (nice of them to tell me), whatever that is, so it's going in tomorrow to get fixed and hopefully that should solve the lights problem.

Cheers for all the advice...


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