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    Why does my car keep stalling?

    We have owned our Vauxhall Vectra for a couple of years now and for the past month max it has started to stall when Im slowing down which then cuts out the power steering.

    It has done it when petrol low and petrol full, Oil is full.

    If im driving at 40 mph then slow right rown to go round a round about it seems to cut out which means I end up gonig right across a lane due to no steering,
    But it also happens when Im trying to park as im not massivly revving the car?

    Why would my perfect driving car start doing this please?

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    I'd say it's idling at too low revs, not sure why it'd start doing it suddenly though.

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    Penny Saver;8733439

    I'd say it's idling at too low revs, not sure why it'd start doing it … I'd say it's idling at too low revs, not sure why it'd start doing it suddenly though.



    for ages when we turned it on we wouldnt need to rev it would just hold itself on, Now I have to rev and if i take my foot off the exhelerator when parked it sometimes cuts out :x

    Not sure if its anything serious or not

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    You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!

    if its making you lose control and cross lanes do you really think its safe to drive ?
    sorry but get it to the garage !

    i googled your problem and quite a lot comes up - might be worthwhile having a look on google

    vibeone;8733474

    You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!



    ...........and old enough to drive:)

    how many miles on the clock? have you had the cam belt changed? if i remember rightly this is what was needed on my old car when it had the same problem (disclaimer- i may be wrong, i'm a girl)

    had a similar problem on mine a few years back, there is a small hole in the carb, think its called the idle valve or something, it gets clogged with grunge which causes the car to stall at low revs, you need to (or get someone) to remove the carb body (not very difficult) and get a sewing needle and clean the small hole out and flush with petrol or carb cleaner, worked a treat for me.
    Borrow a haynes manual if you can

    My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.

    Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor (may also be called the Cam Sensor or Crackshaft Sensor).

    He changed it and it was fine afterwards.

    The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and engine performance and so on.

    Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensor

    wiki.answers.com/Q/W…_it

    A new sensor is about £30 or so and it is not that difficult to replace (note it is UNDER the engine - well it is on a Corsa - so may need a mechanoic to do it)

    Wiki

    en.wikipedia.org/wik…sor
    .

    Original Poster

    vibeone;8733474

    You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!



    Sorry I cant help it if im not hulk! The car is heavy without the steering as it cuts out completly,

    bossyboots;8733484

    i googled your problem and quite a lot comes up - might be worthwhile … i googled your problem and quite a lot comes up - might be worthwhile having a look on google



    Thank you I will have a look see what it brings up
    skusey;8733487

    ...........and old enough to drive:)



    Huhh? Not 100% what you mean lol but im 26

    michelleleemoo;8733489

    how many miles on the clock? have you had the cam belt changed? if i … how many miles on the clock? have you had the cam belt changed? if i remember rightly this is what was needed on my old car when it had the same problem (disclaimer- i may be wrong, i'm a girl)



    Umm think its nearing the 90 thousand, We got it at 70 thousand, so maybe worth seeing if there is any paper work to say when it was last changed!

    vibeone;8733474

    You can't steer a car without power steering? Wut?!



    you can but its bloody heavy when its not running !

    OP sounds like the IACV (idle air control valve) needs a clean out. if your mechanicaly minded you can remove the valve & clean it with some carb cleaner, it is a common problem.

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    ohdaesu;8733495

    had a similar problem on mine a few years back, there is a small hole in … had a similar problem on mine a few years back, there is a small hole in the carb, think its called the idle valve or something, it gets clogged with grunge which causes the car to stall at low revs, you need to (or get someone) to remove the carb body (not very difficult) and get a sewing needle and clean the small hole out and flush with petrol or carb cleaner, worked a treat for me.Borrow a haynes manual if you can



    guilbert53;8733498

    My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.Had … My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor. He changed it and it was fine afterwards.The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and revs and so on.Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensorhttp://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_cam_sensor_and_how_do_you_know_when_it_is_going_bad_and_where_would_you_look_for_it



    Thank you both I will have a look through the internet on those 2 see if anything my DH can work on, Otherwise think its a garage job

    beth3735;8733509

    Sorry I cant help it if im not hulk! The car is heavy without the … Sorry I cant help it if im not hulk! The car is heavy without the steering as it cuts out completly, Thank you I will have a look see what it brings upHuhh? Not 100% what you mean lol but im 26Umm think its nearing the 90 thousand, We got it at 70 thousand, so maybe worth seeing if there is any paper work to say when it was last changed!



    would only need changing every 10 yrs/100,000 miles (whichever soonest) so if it hasnt been changed might be worth it, prob best to see a mechanic tho, get one recommended by friends/family :thumbsup:

    Could be numerous things

    Most probably idle control valve, EGR valve ( Think their the same thing ).

    Also possibly camshaft sensor as they can cause a similar problem.

    Also theirs a switch under the accelerator pedal ( At the top, Not the bottom where you use your foot ). Sometimes the switch becomes faulty and can cause idling problems, Think if you disconnect it your revs may increase slightly, However if it then doesn't stall then then the switch will be the problem.

    it could be other problems, Unlikely to be cambelt problem as suggested earlier as they tend to just snap with out any warning, Hence why they need to be changed at the correct intervals.

    guilbert53;8733498

    My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.Had … My daughter has a Vauxhall Corsa and it kept cuting out like your car.Had a mechanic round and he said it was the Camshaft Sensor (may also be called the Cam Sensor or Crackshaft Sensor). He changed it and it was fine afterwards.The camshaft sensor controls the "spark" and engine performance and so on.Here is a question somewone else asked on the internet about a Vectra and that turned out to be the Camshaft Sensorhttp://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_cam_sensor_and_how_do_you_know_when_it_is_going_bad_and_where_would_you_look_for_itA new sensor is about £30 or so and it is not that difficult to replace (note it is UNDER the engine - well it is on a Corsa - so may need a mechanoic to do it)Wikihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crankshaft_position_sensor.



    Just to let you know I have added a bit more to my update.

    i reckon its your thingy that connects to the thing that dosnt run right cos of that other thingy

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    guilbert53;8733594

    Just to let you know I have added a bit more to my update.



    Thank you so much Rep added
    wickedteen;8733627

    i reckon its your thingy that connects to the thing that dosnt run right … i reckon its your thingy that connects to the thing that dosnt run right cos of that other thingy



    Thats exactly what I thought it was

    I've got same car and had same problem. It was the throttle body which had got blocked up with gunk/leaves over time. Gave it a good clean out with carb cleaner and its now fine. Should cost around £30 at a garage.

    Pretty sure this is the problem.

    just what i said

    Original Poster

    Thank you all, Have left rep, I can now take it to the garage in the hope its not going to be mega money

    Banned

    idle servo motor sticking, may need replacing

    beth3735;8733454

    for ages when we turned it on we wouldnt need to rev it would just hold … for ages when we turned it on we wouldnt need to rev it would just hold itself on, Now I have to rev and if i take my foot off the exhelerator when parked it sometimes cuts out :xNot sure if its anything serious or not



    Same thing happened to my Pug 406...Wasn't serious...Couldn't remember what it was...Something to do with the idle controller or something...Too long ago. It was dangerous! I had to dip the clutch going round a corner to slow it down but keep the revs going to prevent stalling! Get it sorted immediately.

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    dcx_badass;8734709

    Because Vauxhall are horrible.



    I have had Fords, Renaults and Rover and my Vauxhaul has been our best car, Touch wood. We had a laguna that was a good car but some silly young bint wrote it off for us.
    ei8hty5ive;8734726

    Same thing happened to my Pug 406...Wasn't serious...Couldn't remember … Same thing happened to my Pug 406...Wasn't serious...Couldn't remember what it was...Something to do with the idle controller or something...Too long ago. It was dangerous! I had to dip the clutch going round a corner to slow it down but keep the revs going to prevent stalling! Get it sorted immediately.



    Im going to go to garage today, Husband is off so he can have kids. Thats exactly what im having to do, is keep the revs high but slow my speed down just to turn a corner, and thats when it cuts out most, on roundabouts and corners lol

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    Have to wait till tomorrow till they can help me He reckons fuel starvation though. Not sure if thats any different to what has been stated on here, or what they could do to help that, plus what costs it would be

    It could any any of the above............ or it could be a spilt vacum hose which is throwing the air/fuel mixture out..

    Best bet... take it to a garage, get the codes read, cleared and test drive, re-read the codes and take it from there.

    Rick

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    No mention of age...is it carb or injected?

    Not to sure what engine you have , but I have a Zafira and they are prone to cutting out at junctions etc . A common fault can be one of the sensors as listed above or the EGR valve , these can easily be changed yourself , 2 torx bolts on the right hand side of the engine , but another problem can be the fuel filter . On the Zafira it's located behind the wheel arch at the rear or the car .I've had mine for only 3 years and have never experienced any problems like this , only the coil pack went on it 5 weeks after buying it . It's been good since then .
    As for the plonker saying Vauxhall's are bad motors ...............crap .
    I've had lots of the older Fords , then switched to Vauxhalls and have owned a Astra ,Mk1 ,MkII, MkIII ,I also own a Vectra [2.0DI].Great cars ,but as with any other make you can still get your problems .

    beth3735;8735867

    Have to wait till tomorrow till they can help me He reckons fuel … Have to wait till tomorrow till they can help me He reckons fuel starvation though. Not sure if thats any different to what has been stated on here, or what they could do to help that, plus what costs it would be



    If it were fuel starvation I would expect it to be "jumpy" most of the time, esp at low speeds. Including pulling away. I've had that problem, faulty MAF was the culprit.

    But those symptoms were different to it cutting at junctions when slowing down ... that was deffo blocked throttle body.

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    dcx_badass;8736448

    Well we have loads of cars amd they change pretty often and the Omega we … Well we have loads of cars amd they change pretty often and the Omega we had was the worst car we've ever owned, gear stick know fell off, accelerator pedal fell off, crashed at 70mph head on to the central reservation air bags didn't go off, vauxhall claimed it wasn't fast enough to trigger them, so glad we got rid of that junk.



    No wonder you have such low opinions of Vauxhall, I would feel the same if we went through that too then tyo be told you didnt crash fast enough

    TUSSFC;8736596

    If it were fuel starvation I would expect it to be "jumpy" most of the … If it were fuel starvation I would expect it to be "jumpy" most of the time, esp at low speeds. Including pulling away. I've had that problem, faulty MAF was the culprit.But those symptoms were different to it cutting at junctions when slowing down ... that was deffo blocked throttle body.



    Definatly not jumpy starting of or driving at slower speeds

    Just put £60 petrol in so its topped up for garage tomorrowm still stalling though lol
    Car is 9 years, its a 2001
    Not sure abour carb or injection lol
    Its 1.8

    beth3735;8736866

    No wonder you have such low opinions of Vauxhall, I would feel the same … No wonder you have such low opinions of Vauxhall, I would feel the same if we went through that too then tyo be told you didnt crash fast enough :oDefinatly not jumpy starting of or driving at slower speedsJust put £60 petrol in so its topped up for garage tomorrowm still stalling though lolCar is 9 years, its a 2001Not sure abour carb or injection lolIts 1.8



    I would not of put £60 of fuel in it.... because if its the fuel pump that would be a nightmare to drain some out first... (however it wont be the fuel pump!)

    it could also be the throttle body sticking ... it could be a number things..

    Look forward to seeing what the issue was though.

    Rick

    Banned

    beth3735;8736866

    Not sure abour carb or injection lolIts 1.8



    it's injection, does it do it even when it's cold?

    Need to get the computer read first that'll be £40-£50 will tell you if any of the sensors are failing as this will seriously affect how the car runs. I got a cheap VAG COM set up from ebay for £15. Saved me and the wife a fortune

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    Back with my car

    He had to do a diagnostic test as couldnt see from a basic look what was up,

    The computer brought up the timing and the cam shaft sensor, So they have cleared up the sensor for now, and told me if it starts happening again or an orange light comes up on dash that I may need a new sensor, if that doesnt fix it then he says it will be more complicated as it would be the timing system.

    Anyways i paid him the £35 for what he did today, drove away and instantly felt a difference just starting the engine.

    I drove round town, parked up, round roundabouts, slowed down without clutch in instantly and it didnt even attempt to stall. So touch wood it just needed a clean up and its sorted

    Thank you all for your help and advice xx

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    grrr It stalled about 5 times just driving to the gym and back when slowing to go over speed bumps Not sure what to do now!

    Sounds plausable, if the computer has flagged up the cam-shaft postion sensor then you have to go down the route of replacing it & then taking it from there, you cant clean or do anything with the sensor as it is encased in plastic.

    the joys of motoring !!!

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    beth3735;8746892

    grrr It stalled about 5 times just driving to the gym and back when … grrr It stalled about 5 times just driving to the gym and back when slowing to go over speed bumps Not sure what to do now!



    The engine has gone back into limp mode, now you'll have to pay him another £35 lol

    This would be cheaper

    ebay item # 260590854016

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    coz its a vectra

    get a real car

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    sunnysinghcheema;8748355

    coz its a vectra get a real car



    What would you class as a real car?

    I will call them today and see if they can fit me in this week to have new sensor fitted Got a big journey to do on friday which we cannot avoid doing!.

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    lumoruk;8748152

    The engine has gone back into limp mode, now you'll have to pay him … The engine has gone back into limp mode, now you'll have to pay him another £35 lolThis would be cheaperebay item # 260590854016



    Thats good, thanks for that, shocking postage charges though lol Just wondering if it would be basic enough for a woman to read the problem

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    beth3735;8750932

    Thats good, thanks for that, shocking postage charges though lol Just … Thats good, thanks for that, shocking postage charges though lol Just wondering if it would be basic enough for a woman to read the problem



    It would be better to read the code yourself search it on the internet and see what other people have said, the reading could be saying their is a fault with the sensor it will say something like reading high/low intermittent this will mean replacing the sensor. Anything else means the sensor is telling the computer there is something wrong with the timing/cambelt.

    Also buy the sensor yourself will be cheaper.

    A garage wanted £40 for some bushes, I paid £14 for them from VW garage.

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    lumoruk;8751622

    It would be better to read the code yourself search it on the internet … It would be better to read the code yourself search it on the internet and see what other people have said, the reading could be saying their is a fault with the sensor it will say something like reading high/low intermittent this will mean replacing the sensor. Anything else means the sensor is telling the computer there is something wrong with the timing/cambelt.Also buy the sensor yourself will be cheaper.A garage wanted £40 for some bushes, I paid £14 for them from VW garage.



    I wouldnt even know where to start to swap a sensor lol Its booked back in garage first thing tomorrow.
    If i didnt have a big journey to do tomorrow for the weekend i would of looked at seeing if between me and hubby we could sort it, But i just need the car fixed as dont want to stall near a motorway! :oops:

    Thank you though, I may still look at that Ebay auction as handy to have for future times Rep added for all your help x
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