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    help!!! my car keeps kangarooing!!.....

    ok i have a vauxhall vectra sri 130 dti ,year 2001.
    two days ago it started to 'kangaroo' when taking the revs up to 2000 in every gear.
    it feels as though the car has no 'go' in it now and is constantly pulling back(kangarooing) when trying to accelerate.
    Its not overheating though.... does anyone out there have any ideas as to what is wrong, pretty please xxx

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    woman driver?

    Change the diesel fuel filter,
    it's probably blocked up.

    Is the engine management light on?

    Could be water in the fuel mix. Have read that before
    Something similar happened to me though just days before car warranty was about to expire. Garage dealt with it all for me. Was told it would have been mega expensive to deal with if not under warranty. Hope not for your sake

    Mclovin;5676249

    woman driver?



    careful... they let them on the roads these days...


    LOL!

    Probably needs a new airflow meter, is a common problem.

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    Shambolic;5676279

    Change the diesel fuel filter,it's probably blocked up.



    the fuel filter had only been changed 5 weeks ago

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    hornblowerracing;5676287

    Is the engine management light on?



    a orange light has come on recently in the shape of a sort of square think it is the engine management light

    hornblowerracing;5676319

    Probably needs a new airflow meter, is a common problem.



    Put it into a garage and plug it into their diagnostic machine.

    Could be several fault codes?

    I'd change the fuel filter to start with though.

    It could indeed be a Mass Airflow Filter or MAF Sensor, but these are expensive and I wouldn't buy one just to test it out, as it may not be the problem.

    Blonde ...........

    Female .........

    Enough said

    How you doing? xx





    :oops: sorry wrong kind of thread . . . . :oops:

    blonde.kezza;5676345

    a orange light has come on recently in the shape of a sort of square … a orange light has come on recently in the shape of a sort of square think it is the engine management light



    Best off with a garage, but try a Vauxhall forum like the [url]www.vauxhallownersnetwork.co.uk[/url] as these guys are more in the know!! :thumbsup:

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    WoolyM;5676300

    Could be water in the fuel mix. Have read that beforeSomething similar … Could be water in the fuel mix. Have read that beforeSomething similar happened to me though just days before car warranty was about to expire. Garage dealt with it all for me. Was told it would have been mega expensive to deal with if not under warranty. Hope not for your sake



    oh i hope not, im just really hoping it isnt head gaskit on its way out:x

    blonde.kezza;5676325

    the fuel filter had only been changed 5 weeks ago



    that could be the cause of it then. it could be a faulty filter, they could have damaged something fitting it or contaminated the fuel whilst doing it! Was it done at a garage?

    blonde.kezza;5676325

    the fuel filter had only been changed 5 weeks ago




    Why was the filter changed 5 weeks ago, was it running fine prior to this?

    Will possibly have to take it to a main dealer unless you know someone who can check out info from there. If its something to do with the electronic set up usually the main dealers have a monopoly on the info of how to deal with faults

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    blonde.kezza;5676345

    a orange light has come on recently in the shape of a sort of square … a orange light has come on recently in the shape of a sort of square think it is the engine management light



    Is the orange light on or flashing? If its on, it means its a bit broke. If its flashing, you should stop driving it immediately and tow to a garage, as you could damage it further.

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    Shambolic;5676385

    Put it into a garage and plug it into their diagnostic machine.Could be … Put it into a garage and plug it into their diagnostic machine.Could be several fault codes?I'd change the fuel filter to start with though.It could indeed be a Mass Airflow Filter or MAF Sensor, but these are expensive and I wouldn't buy one just to test it out, as it may not be the problem.



    yeah im hoping hubbys gunna borrow the diagnostic machine, and i just hope it isnt gunna be something too serious, i love my car!!:?

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    SunTzu;5676422

    that could be the cause of it then. it could be a faulty filter, they … that could be the cause of it then. it could be a faulty filter, they could have damaged something fitting it or contaminated the fuel whilst doing it! Was it done at a garage?



    no my hubby changed it whilst giving it a service, hes had a look under the bonnet and has said hes gunna take it apart and have a look at the injecters:?

    blonde.kezza;5676454

    yeah im hoping hubbys gunna borrow the diagnostic machine, and i just … yeah im hoping hubbys gunna borrow the diagnostic machine, and i just hope it isnt gunna be something too serious, i love my car!!:?



    If you can find the fault codes, vauxhall forum members will identify them for you on websites, like the one previously mentioned.

    Main dealer should be your' last resort.

    Most garages should be able to obtain fault codes from an eight year old vauxhall.

    Good Luck.

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    vibeone;5676444

    Is the orange light on or flashing? If its on, it means its a bit broke. … Is the orange light on or flashing? If its on, it means its a bit broke. If its flashing, you should stop driving it immediately and tow to a garage, as you could damage it further.



    ok the light comes on when you start the car up and then goes out as soon as you pull away??

    blonde.kezza;5676489

    no my hubby changed it whilst giving it a service, hes had a look under … no my hubby changed it whilst giving it a service, hes had a look under the bonnet and has said hes gunna take it apart and have a look at the injecters:?



    Stick a bottle of diesel fuel system cleaner into your' tank, that should blast them clean.

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    mbgringo;5676399

    How you doing? xx:oops: sorry wrong kind of thread . . . . :oops:



    hi not good my cars poorly.....:cry:

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    Shambolic;5676505

    Stick a bottle of diesel fuel system cleaner into your' tank, that should … Stick a bottle of diesel fuel system cleaner into your' tank, that should blast them clean.



    he done that yesterday and left it run for a while , but it didnt make any difference.
    cheers for all the advice you have given me though, i think i will need to plug it in really then to see if it comes up with any faults, do you think it could be head gaskit??

    blonde.kezza;5676533

    he done that yesterday and left it run for a while , but it didnt make … he done that yesterday and left it run for a while , but it didnt make any difference.cheers for all the advice you have given me though, i think i will need to plug it in really then to see if it comes up with any faults, do you think it could be head gaskit??



    Remove your' oil cap, look at the bottom of it, if it's creamy, then yes.

    Did you put in the wrong petrol?

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    Shambolic;5676561

    Remove your' oil cap, look at the bottom of it, if it's creamy, then yes.


    There are other reasons for the creamy goo, but yes thats a good pointer I admit.

    As for why the engine management light goes out when you pull away.... no ideas. Does it kangaroo with the light off then?

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    AshleyRFC;5676577

    Did you put in the wrong petrol?



    petrol?, no its a diesel car.;-)

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    vibeone;5676591

    There are other reasons for the creamy goo, but yes thats a good pointer … There are other reasons for the creamy goo, but yes thats a good pointer I admit.As for why the engine management light goes out when you pull away.... no ideas. Does it kangaroo with the light off then?



    checked the oil cap too it was fine. when the light goes off, as i drive off my driveway it still kangaroos, yes, no other light comes on!

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    Shambolic;5676561

    Remove your' oil cap, look at the bottom of it, if it's creamy, then yes.



    no cream he checked that yesterday too, there was a bit of pressure in the water tank though!:?

    Cylinder head gaskets seperate water and oil, if it is blown, they will mix together, hence the cream in the oil, and oil in your' water also.

    Let us know how it works out, as this is interesting for others who may develop the same problem.

    I fixed a similar problem by fitting a new Fram diesel filter recently.


    You may also have filled up with contaminated (dirty) diesel in the last 5 weeks and may need a new filter. It's possible.

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    Shambolic;5676617

    Cylinder head gaskets seperate water and oil, if it is blown, they will … Cylinder head gaskets seperate water and oil, if it is blown, they will mix together, hence the cream in the oil, and oil in your' water also.Let us know how it works out, as this is interesting for others who may develop the same problem.I fixed a similar problem by fitting a new Fram diesel filter recently.


    thanks alot for letting me pick your brains!! i will let hubby know everything you have suggested but i think hes as puzzled as many others are, i will let u know how i get on, fingers crossed!:roll:

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    Shambolic;5676617

    Cylinder head gaskets seperate water and oil, if it is blown, they will … Cylinder head gaskets seperate water and oil, if it is blown, they will mix together, hence the cream in the oil, and oil in your' water also.Let us know how it works out, as this is interesting for others who may develop the same problem.I fixed a similar problem by fitting a new Fram diesel filter recently.You may also have filled up with contaminated (dirty) diesel in the last 5 weeks and may need a new filter. It's possible.



    true, i think a new fuel filter is definately the cheaper option first anyways!!:-D

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    Mclovin;5676249

    woman driver?



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    blonde.kezza;5676499

    ok the light comes on when you start the car up and then goes out as soon … ok the light comes on when you start the car up and then goes out as soon as you pull away??




    Sure that wasn't the handbrake light?!

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    MunkiMadz;5677410

    Sure that wasn't the handbrake light?!


    r u having a laugh with me???????
    you mean to tell me you dont know what the handbrake light is, god, and i thought i was 'blonde'!!!!

    this happened in my Laguna hadnt even had chance to get it to a garage then the turbo went :cry:


    thats what i get for buying a renault tho

    Only vaguely remember a lot of cars breaking down when the supermarket petrol stations were delivered a lot of dodgy fuel.
    It could be a possibility that you have been unlucky in where you have filled up?

    did you notice any sleeping policemen
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