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Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test- Because of Worn Out Front Suspension.

Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test

Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test

New Lambda sensor fitted after the emissions test failure.

The Vauxhall Corsa is indeed a very popular little car,

Especially with female drivers. The little car also makes a good city car, with very little problem when getting around town and parking. The Corsa is well known for its light steering;

Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test

Vauxhall Corsa for Mot repairs

(power steering) which makes the little car easy to maneuver and along with its good rear end visibility makes the car easy to park and is a favorite with the lady drivers.

The car was launched by Vauxhall in 1993 and has proved to be a very successful model for the giant car company. The car has also remained cheap to buy, both new and second hand. We recently purchased a Vauxhall  Corsa from one of our lady customers, to be used as one of our courtesy cars, and it has proven to be a little gem and popular with our lady drivers, who use the car when leaving their own car for servicing or repairs.

The Corsa has a few drawbacks

Size wise this car is not for the taller person. Also, the car is very cramped when driving with four adults, (two fronts and two rears). Additionally, they are also not very suitable for the out of town open road driving. Significantly, noisy due to road and engine noise. Also, they do not corner very well. Especially with a full car of adults.

However despite this the little super mini is very popular amongst younger people. As this is the first car than many first time drivers can usually afford , Corsa’s can be found at bargain prices and as I have said earlier the lady drivers love to drive them around town and they are easy to park.

The running costs of these little cars are one of its assets, the little 1.0 litre cars can do as many as 50 mpg and the diesel versions can come up figures of 60 mpg, making the car a good

Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test

Vauxhall Corsa new and old broken spring

choice for the economically minded driver. The insurance is also very low, most normal sized engine cars come into the lowest insurance groups possible. The Corsa is also cheap to service, making the car as I have said earlier cheap and economical to run, favouring the money conscious lady drivers and the young first time car buyers.

Vauxhall Corsa cars have had several factory recalls

These little cars are usually trouble free when it comes mechanical problems apart from the usual wear and tear items such as tyres, exhausts and suspension and brake parts, but there has been a few recall problems with cars between 2000 and 2006.

The following problems included, air bag problem due to faulty software, faulty seat adjustment catches and spring, causing the seat to move or not lock, steering wheel problems, the centre nut that holds the steering wheel in place was not tightened correctly causing the steering  wheel to wobble. The early Corsa had also cam-belt problems, they should be changed every 40,000 miles promptly, or a damaged engine could follow,

One of our long standing lady customers dropped off her car for a service and an MOT test. She said that the car was in excellent condition and should walk the test. Dale Linton tested the car and found that all sorts of things were wrong. The steering and suspension had lots of play in them, the car also had a broken spring and also failed the emissions test.

We always phone our customers before working on their car and we always save the old parts for them to look at.

The Vauxhall Corsa Fails MOT Test.  Requiring new front control arms (known as wishbones to some people). Including a new spring and a new lambda sensor. The lady said that she could hear some knocking coming from the front of the Vauxhall Corsa. When she drove over speed bumps, but did not think much about it. She gave us permission to complete the work. So, new control arms were fitted.

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Vauxhall Corsa new and old worn out front control arms before refitting

We know that you can fit new control arm bushes.  But this takes much longer and by the time you have removed the old bushes and fitted new ones. Of course, we can fit a complete new arm. The costs work out about the same because of the labour factor.

We fitted a new lambda sensor and a new spring. So, before re-testing the Vauxhall Corsa and then servicing it. The car is now a far better ride than when she brought it in and the lady customer noticed this and thanked us for our great service.

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and car steering repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Corsa Servicing-Costly Service on this unsuspecting Corsa VXR ?

Post updated 10th May 2014

Cars engine was not running, so the customer just thought it needed Corsa Servicing?

Last week we had an interesting call from a young guy who thought that his Vauxhall Corsa was not running that well and he thought it needed a Corsa Servicing. The guy booked the car in and turned up to leave the Corsa VXR for the Corsa Servicing.

When our technician Andy took the vehicle for a road test he was shocked to find that the engine was not running properly and needed more than Corsa Servicing doing to it.

On further examination he diagnosed that the car had chronic engine failure.

This car the VXR is a very fast front wheel drive sport hatch and will do 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The car was extensively tested by Top Gear and the revue can be seen on the attached link

http://www.topgear.com/uk/vauxhall/corsa-vxr/road-test/n%C3%BCrburgring-driven

We were very surprised to find such a problem and scoured the internet to see if the problem was a common fault. To our surprise only a few people had problems on the forums that we looked at and in general the car was getting good revues.Corsa Servicing

The car is powered by a 1.6 turbo charged engine and the only thing we could do was to give him a price and start to strip the engine down. Andy our mechanic loves this type of a challenge and engines are just a small part of the work that we carry out here at Pellon Auto-centre in Halifax. Sure enough the engine top and bottom half needed attention. The head was taken to our usual engine experts in Manchester were it was pressure tested and skimmed. Andy also found out that the car required new piston rings and cam shaft bearings, these were supplied by the Vauxhall dealers in Halifax after a two day wait the engine was re-built and fitted with a new turbo as this had also gone and needed replacing.

Engines are all part of the service

Corsa Servicing

Corsa VXR just came in for a service?

We think that this particular car was having problems before the young man had purchased the car and he had just been unlucky and what was just going to be a service turned out to be a costly engine job. The car goes better than ever now and he is safe in knowing that his car is covered by the Unipart Car Care Centre warranty anywhere in the mainland UK.

 To read a good revue about this car please click on to the link bellow.

 http://www.carbuyer.co.uk/reviews/vauxhall/corsa/vxr-hatchback/review

Pellon Tyre and Autocentre offer Corsa Servicing and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a Nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motorcodes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.