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Vauxhall Sintra Common Problems and Solutions

Broken seat belt buckles

Problem:

On these vehicles, the seat belt buckles and are known to even break due to the seats getting moved around. The outer case on the buckles can get broken which could lead to an MOT failure.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will need to have a new seat belt casing fitted to sort the problem.

Difficulty level

3

ABS problems

Problem:

The Sintra is known to have problems with the ABS system. If the ABS light is coming on the dashboard, it is usually due to a fault with one of the ABS sensors. You may also notice a pulsing on the brake pedal when applying the brakes.

Models affected:

Solution:

To fix this you need to first identify which sensor is faulty. Have a diagnostic check run to identify the faulty sensor. Once identified, you will need to replace the faulty sensor which should resolve the issue. Have a look at the video below to see how to replace an ABS sensor:

Difficulty level

4

Poor digital display

Problem:

If you can't read some of the digital display on your dashboard, the digital display on the Vauxhall Sintra is known to break, rendering it unreadable.

Models affected:

Solution:

To fix this problem you will need another display fitted.

Difficulty level

4

Poor engine idling

Problem:

When you turn the engine on and leave it idling and you notice the engine is not revving at a constant speed but is going up and down, you will most likely have a faulty idle control valve

Models affected:

Solution:

Have a diagnostic check done to see if this is the case, and if so replace the idle control valve to remedy the problem.

Difficulty level

5

Part you need

Idle Control Valve

Part required

Idle Control Valve

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Engine management warning light

Problem:

If you have noticed that the engine management warning light stays on when you're driving, then the most likely thing on this car will be the cam sensor, or crank shaft sensor.

Models affected:

Solution:

Have a diagnostic check done to show exactly which part is faulty. Once you have identified the problem part, remove it and fit another one to solve your problem.

Difficulty level

5

Engine leaking oil

Problem:

When you look under the bonnet and have noticed that there is oil leaking out from the top of the engine and is dripping down the sides, then it is usually an indication that the cam cover gasket needs replacing.

Models affected:

Solution:

To solve this problem you will have to fit a new cam cover gasket.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Cam Cover

Part required

Cam Cover

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