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  1. unhappy dad

    unhappy dad New Member

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    May 2004 i purchased a new Meriva for my daughter, in April 2006 a fault occured on the EPS system (elctronic power steering) we reported to the vauxhall dealer where the car was bought from, they fitted a new EPS control box and reported that all was well.
    some 6 weeks later the same fault happend again, this time they said that the last EPS was not programmed correctly and that vauxhall had updated the programme disk, 1 week later 29/06/06 it has re-ocurred.
    I would be very interested to know if any other person/persons have encountered this fault as i am very concerned that my daughter and grandchildren are driving around in a virtual death trap. To conclude, vauxhall are stating that if the EPS system fails you can still drive the vehicle in a straight line, i say, thats not to clever for parking or roundabouts.
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    dan54 New Member

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    can you elaborate on the fault? because im having problems with my new shape astras steering
  3. maddownunder

    maddownunder New Member

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    Astra has EHPS which is different to EPS. EHPS has a hydrualic pump just like convetional power steering except it's power by an off engine electric motor. EPS is a large electric motor which acts directly onto the steering column to give the steering assistance.
  4. Jacko lah

    Jacko lah Well-Known Member

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    I know nothing about EPS except that in 1989 there was a Guy in my department seconded to Lucas Car Braking to join the EPS team. They did QFD work on customer requirements. THE top requirement was that it was failsafe. The project continued with Lucas Electronics involvment as well. If I remember my Lucas History, Lucas was devided up between TRW and delphi (mainly) and Delphi used to be ACDELCO of GM ownership.

    Anyway back to point : Insist on Curtesy car until it's fixed. Say you were thinking about buying a Zafira VXR for the wife, but are being put off due to their inability to fix this one !!
  5. Lills

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    Meriva EPS

    Hi folks,

    My beloved 2005 Meriva has been throwing a wobbly with the EPS cutting out at low speeds. I took it to my local mechanic, and he contacted the Vauxhall trade desk, who say they've had this before! I want to get info of others who have had this problem, so I can get Vauxhall to fix this for free! Anyone out there had the same problem please, and if so, what did it cost you to get it fixed?? Thanks, Lills
  6. stuartturbo

    stuartturbo Active Member

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    As said the Astra uses a Electric pump to power the Power steering, as a using a hydraulic pump as a convention system would use, power by an electric motor rather than belt driven. ( to save fuel)
    The Meriva (punto corsa) use a electric motor that is attached to the column using worm and gear set up to drive the main column.
    In this set up is a column, motor torque sensor and an ECU. the torque sensor is the biggest failure of the column ( and is the same sensor fitted into the punto). The EPS will and can fail switching off the assistance which can be very unnerving. Due to all car system like this you will not loss the ability to steer.
    I do know that a reman company are doing a few a day (3-10) 5 days a week. I'd say that was a resonable fault!!!!
    If you can get the sensors you could fix it but these are not avaliable to the public
  7. MutantCav

    MutantCav Well-Known Member

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    Seen a few posts on here about Meriva EPS failure on similar age cars to yours...seems to be a common issue, Vauxhall will of course normally claim they are unaware of such issues...but they are not...they have had this before...a LOT
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    sundance VxON Pond life

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    Its not a common problem but they do occur, the meriva system is very similar to the corsa, with the corsa you get a one piece steering column complete with motor/ecu with the meriva the two parts are separate and both cost a fortune, once its out of warranty though there is not alot vauxhall can do, especially now with the credit crunch on vx are knocking back claims that they would of gladly paid 8 months ago, its not just a vx problem with eps, other companys are having the same faults too.
  9. Lills

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    Thank you. Looks like my car is for the trade in heap then. No way I can afford £800!!! And I still have to pay a year of the loan! Vauxhall have said twice they will get back to me, and have failed to do so. Why am I surprised?? God bless and drive carefully. C
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    Naff Meriva steering

    Thank you. Looks like my car is for the trade in heap then. No way I can afford £800!!! And I still have to pay a year of the loan! Vauxhall have said twice they will get back to me, and have failed to do so. Why am I surprised?? God bless and drive carefully. C

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