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  • [All Models] Power steering fault (2002 Corsa 1.2)

    Can someone recommend an independent garage in the Leeds or West Yorks area that can fix our ageing Corsa's power steering issue. The problem is well known to many owners of these cars.

    Basically, the power assist is more effective when turning in one direction than the other and recently, assistance has started to go off altogether when maneuvering at low speed (just when it's needed most)! Now I understand that more often than not, this is caused by a misaligned or otherwise faulty torque sensor that can be adjusted or replaced as required. Obviously I don't want to take the car to a Vauxhall dealership to fix as they are more than likely to insist on a new steering column and motor, which of course is very expensive!

    Hence my seeking help from a garage that knows about such things and can fix the fault. Any suggestions anyone?

    Thanks in advance

    David

  • #2
    Welcome to the Forum.
    It's a long while since I lived at Leeds, so can't give any meaningful garage names. Suggest that you have a look in the local 'phone book for a Vauxhall SPECIALIST - these are NOT agents, but are normally Vauxhall trained and have most of the special tools.
    Failing that, ask around for a TRUSTED garage (there are cowboys out there!).
    The torque sensor can be reset, as you say, but it can be a fiddly job to undertake.
    There used to be a guide on here for doing it, but I have had a look and can't see it now - it's quite a while ago, and it might have been in the old 'All Corsa Forum' - it might be worth a look on there.

    Regards

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    • #3
      1972 Viva restoration thread - http://www.thecorsa.co.uk/projects-b....html#post1534

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      • #4
        Originally posted by walksall View Post
        Welcome to the Forum.
        It's a long while since I lived at Leeds, so can't give any meaningful garage names. Suggest that you have a look in the local 'phone book for a Vauxhall SPECIALIST - these are NOT agents, but are normally Vauxhall trained and have most of the special tools.
        Failing that, ask around for a TRUSTED garage (there are cowboys out there!).
        The torque sensor can be reset, as you say, but it can be a fiddly job to undertake.
        There used to be a guide on here for doing it, but I have had a look and can't see it now - it's quite a while ago, and it might have been in the old 'All Corsa Forum' - it might be worth a look on there.

        Regards
        Thanks for replying! I took the car to a generic electrical component specialist today who found a stored code for an overheating PS motor, so that at least explains the sudden intermittent loss of assistance. They advised me to get another motor fitted. When I countered with a 'why assume the motor's at fault?' I was told that that was the fault! Anyway, I've bought a good working motor off eBay but I now doubt the fault's with the motor and I'm unhappy with a 3 hr swap charge only to be proved right. So I have a mobile Vauxhall specialist coming to see me on Tuesday, so we'll see what he says before I make my next move! Thanks again!

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        • #5
          I think it's wear and tear on the steering column itself so a replacement motor will be no fix.

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