'Service ESP' coming up on panel on dashboard on Vauxhall Astra 2012. Any idea what it means?

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Found 6th Dec 2016
My car felt a bit juddery a few times the other day.
Yesterday same, today worse. Particularly in low gears/speed. It feels a bit like when you are in the wrong gear and it is juddering.

After driving about 15 mins or so then this 'SERVICE ESP' has now come up on the dash panel. And the symbol of a car with squiggly lines underneath has lit up too.

This has now happened a few times today.

My manual has nothing at all about 'SERVICE ESP' in it, but the car symbol indicates Electronic Stability/Traction control.

I have just hit 45,000 miles.

Hubby just says take it to garage, as he says with anything to do with cars but I do like to have an idea before I go in and get hit with a £400 bill!

Any ideas welcome.

Does this just mean it needs some kind of service, hitting 45,000 miles?
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I once had something similar, but was to do with a faulty traction control sensor.
ESP is traction control. If they use the same ABS / Traction control module as ford do then it may be that. It's a common problem on Fords and if it's not a faulty wire or sensor then it usually occurs after you have used the anti lock braking system after braking hard. If most of us drive correctly and have no reason for the ABS to work then this actually shortens the life of the abs module. They stick as the valve is not used and then when you want it to move by braking hard it creates a fault and brings the light on. It's a stupid design in a way and it only seems to affect combined units. Cars without traction control don't appear to be affected. Replacement cost for a Ford usually is about £300/£350. Both my daughter and dad have had this happen on Focus and Focus C Max.
The car's computer should hold 4-digit fault code(s). Simple google search of the fault code number may assist with further fault diagnosis. Few ways to access those fault codes. Easiest may be via the footpedal procedure, or £3.99 delivered bluetooth device and an Android phone with a freebie app installed, or possibly via a laptop.
Not sure which footpedal procedure may (or may not?) apply to your model. Some involve counting flashes, other tell you the codes direct. Try following youtube.com/wat…9Hg or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5opDq2QjQo
Alternatively, a small bluetooth device can be plugged into a socket (typically) near the handbrake area, then the fault codes read via the Android app.
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common fault one vauxhall owner was charged £120 only to find out it was a faulty spark plug
my Renault megane sometimes displays ESC (Electronic skid control) light, always from cold, I worked out that if I don't go too fast from cold it stays out or go up to 5th back to 4th gear it goes out. I never see it as a fault coz it always goes out.
If it was just the warning lights/ESP Service indicator coming up, then I wouldnt be too worried, its the fact that its juddering/rumbling a bit.
OK..... so today when just about to start car on way home I noticed the 'cruise control' light indicator was on. I had noticed it on over the last few days too, but just didnt know how to turn it off.

Turned it off today before starting the car on the way home and ...... the car didnt seem to do its juddering, and no 'SERVICE ESP' alert came up on the dash.

Just coincidence?
Is there anyway that could have solved the problem?

Thanks!
It flashes on to warn you that esp/abs is active, If it stays on then it's likely a faulty abs sensor.

If it only does it in the cold and only judders when you're braking then its normal, the abs is doing its job. The cold weather often equals icy roads etc.. But the cold can also cause a sensor to be temperamental when cold but fine when it's warm etc.

You may need dealer level diagnostics to confirm the fault, The cheap OBD bluetooth scanner will only usually read the ecu module. The abs module is what you would need to read.
Edited by: ".MUFC." 7th Dec 2016
ellie27

OK..... so today when just about to start car on way home I noticed the … OK..... so today when just about to start car on way home I noticed the 'cruise control' light indicator was on. I had noticed it on over the last few days too, but just didnt know how to turn it off.Turned it off today before starting the car on the way home and ...... the car didnt seem to do its juddering, and no 'SERVICE ESP' alert came up on the dash.Just coincidence?Is there anyway that could have solved the problem?Thanks!


You ideally need to view the vehicle's fault code history, as mentioned in post #4.
Suddenly this morning my esc light came on n stayed on car was juddery and a service esp message came on aswell as the engine management light now the esc light has gone off but engine management light still on. Any thoughts on what could b wrong
Boycott18057 m ago

Suddenly this morning my esc light came on n stayed on car was juddery and …Suddenly this morning my esc light came on n stayed on car was juddery and a service esp message came on aswell as the engine management light now the esc light has gone off but engine management light still on. Any thoughts on what could b wrong



This thread is from 2yrs ago?
DemonOverlord3 h, 25 m ago

This thread is from 2yrs ago?


Yip, I posted it almost 2 yrs ago, can't actually remember the problem, but am sure I took it in to get fixed.
Boycott18052nd Oct

Suddenly this morning my esc light came on n stayed on car was juddery and …Suddenly this morning my esc light came on n stayed on car was juddery and a service esp message came on aswell as the engine management light now the esc light has gone off but engine management light still on. Any thoughts on what could b wrong


Hi there, bit late to the party!

I have had this exact problem today, did you manage to resolve?

Car booked into the garage tomorrow but trying to do abit of research!
Todd9614th Nov

Hi there, bit late to the party! I have had this exact problem today, did …Hi there, bit late to the party! I have had this exact problem today, did you manage to resolve?Car booked into the garage tomorrow but trying to do abit of research!


Me too Todd! Mine gettimg serviced tomorrow what was your issue in the end?
My car has started this yesterday, you guys know what the problem was?
This started happening on my car yesterday! Did you guys find the problem? Its bugging me like mad!
ste.byng30th Jan

This started happening on my car yesterday! Did you guys find the problem? …This started happening on my car yesterday! Did you guys find the problem? Its bugging me like mad!


Do you have any luck in finding a solution? Mine is service light stay on like that
I can re-create this on my insignia by disconnecting the mass air flow sensor, it's got nothing to do with the ESP but it causes this error report every time.
In conclusion don't trust the service ESP message and light , you need the DTC's and see what they report as they should have a more meaningful code.
My experience recently of Vauxhall servicing has been so poor I'm now doing it myself as it's plain that they have very few engineer who actually understand what's happening when they get power unit related faults. They wanted to change the CAT to fix a stretched timing chain, and if I'd let them it would have cost me over £1000 without fixing the problem.
Get an OBDII reader and check it yourself before letting Vauxhall anywhere near it.
Obd 2 does not say anything about esp faults. Only ecu faults from the engine
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