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Vauxhall Carlton Common Problems and Solutions

Excessive oil use

Problem:

Some Carlton's are known to use an excessive amount of oil, and it's quite common with several other Vauxhall cars.

Models affected:

Solution:

Keep your eye on the amount of oil it's using and keep topping up if necessary. As long as there are no leaks or blue smoke coming out the exhaust, don't worry too much. Just keep monitoring the oil levels to stay on top of it.

Difficulty level

1

Rear wheel arches rusting

Problem:

The rear wheel arches rusting is a very common problem on the Vauxhall Carlton.

Models affected:

Solution:

You can try rubbing them down and once the rust is removed, paint over it, or you can just live with it.

Difficulty level

2

Fuel injection problem

Problem:

A common problem with these vehicles is for the fuel injection system to fail, which will mean that the car will not drive. This is not a problem with the injectors themselves, but with the fuel injection relay.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will have to fit a new relay in the black relay box to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

1

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ABS problems

Problem:

When you start to drive the car and notice that the ABS warning light has appeared on the dashboard and the ABS tries to kick in, even when light braking, this means you have a faulty ABS sensor.

Models affected:

Solution:

To identify exactly which one it is, have a diagnostic check run and once identified, have the faulty sensor replaced.

Difficulty level

5

Water leaking into the front footwells

Problem:

A common problem with these cars is water leaking into the front footwells of the car. This could be caused by the bulkhead drains being blocked. Debris such as leaves are known to clog up these drains.

Models affected:

Solution:

Have a look at bulkhead drain under the bonnet and if they are blocked, you will just need to unblock them to sort the problem.

Difficulty level

1

Starting problems

Problem:

If you have a Vauxhall Carlton and are having problems starting the car, a common problem is usually with the ECU (Engine Management). This is located under the seat and can get damaged by water.

Models affected:

Solution:

Run a diagnostic check to identify the exact problem, and if the ECU is at fault, change it and fit a new one to resolve the issue.

Difficulty level

5

Reading these common Vauxhall Carlton problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Vauxhall Carlton – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Vauxhall Carlton does have one of these issues.