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Hi folks,
my son has inherited his sister’s 98,000-mile 2008 1.2 SXi, which has been running reliably for many months.
However... there’s always a however, isn’t there?
Yesterday we were going to go out for a driving practice (he’s still learning) and when he turned the key, we just got the clock from the starter-motor that ahouts “flat battery” to me.
The car hadn’t been driven for a week or so and it still has a GM-branded battery which I assume is the original and it has been cold and damp, so I thought the battery probably was nearing the end of its useful days. Hoping to forestall the inevitable, it went on charge overnight.
This afternoon, he turned the key and it started straight away, good as gold.
Then it stopped.
Since when, no sign of life at all. Not even a click from the starter motor.
Bought a brand-new battery, thinking that’d cure it.
No chance. Dead as a Dodo.
On the dash is a car-with-a-spanner light.
Could the car have run briefly, if the ECU had become water-logged, while standing?
Do I have an immobiliser issue?
I thought I’d disconnect the battery for an hour or two and try again... reading forum threads, that seems to have been a monumental rookie error!
Have tried both keys, with no difference in the result.
Am now going to reconnect the lovely new battery and see whether I have been saved.
If not, do I have to invest in diagnostic thingies and learn lots of acronyms and fault codes?
All assistance gratefully received...
Thanks guys...
 

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try the battery first, then if that dont work, its probably gonna be a yes to ya last question.
 

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Just been back out to the car and reconnected the battery.
Still nothing.
When you turn the key to position 2, Engine light remains on, steady, as does the battery light.
The car/spanner light flashes.
If I press the brake pedal and floor the throttle, then turn to position 2, the engine light starts off steady, then flashes on and off at seemingly random intervals.
I have read that I should be able to decipher a fault code (or more) from this.
It starts with the steady light, then blinks a few times, goes dark, blinks a few more times, etc.
It might be 133, 134, 1349... I might need a Morse Code expert!
 

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you can get a very good diagnostics reader, that runs on a windows lap top, next best thing to a dealer diagnostics, its called opcom, theres a fell on here that sell,s them, for what they can do they are well worth the money, but buy a good one, from a seller that you can have regular contact with.
 

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If the car/spanner is flashing it's immobilised,there's more than a fair chance the BCM software has corrupted,the fault code pedal trick doesn't work on the Corsa D
 

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Just been back out to the car and reconnected the battery.
Still nothing.
When you turn the key to position 2, Engine light remains on, steady, as does the battery light.
The car/spanner light flashes.
If I press the brake pedal and floor the throttle, then turn to position 2, the engine light starts off steady, then flashes on and off at seemingly random intervals.
I have read that I should be able to decipher a fault code (or more) from this.
It starts with the steady light, then blinks a few times, goes dark, blinks a few more times, etc.
It might be 133, 134, 1349... I might need a Morse Code expert!
its called the pedal test, and it dont work on the corsa D so i dont know where ya got them numbers from.
 

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My next-door neighbour currently has a near-identical Corsa on his drive with suspected head gasket failure.
Can I try swapping over the ECU?
Will it a) even work on my car and b) possibly cure my problem?
Since I can’t move the car off the drive, I need to try and get it running at home before it gets the service it needs- and diagnosis of what seems to be an ABS failure (which my neighbour has already done on his Corsa...)
 

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Don't bother swapping the ecm,it won't work without programming,
get your car sorted either by using an opcom or someone else to do the programming
 

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its called the pedal test, and it dont work on the corsa D so i dont know where ya got them numbers from.
I tried the test and got a flashing engine light, rather than a steady one. Not regular flashing on and off, definitely several, then dark, then a few more... it may not be telling me anything but SOMETHING was happening, that didn’t happen when I didn’t press the pedals...
 

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Don't bother swapping the ecm,it won't work without programming,
get your car sorted either by using an opcom or someone else to do the programming
Realistically- given I am happy to drop an engine, gearbox, axle or whatever but regard electricity as the work of Satan - am I better off buying an opcom or hiring a local specialist to come out?
If the answer is the latter, will a diagnostics bloke do the job or should I try to find a Vauxhall specialist?
Happy to give the opcom a try if it’s relatively idiot-proof...
 

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I tried the test and got a flashing engine light, rather than a steady one. Not regular flashing on and off, definitely several, then dark, then a few more... it may not be telling me anything but SOMETHING was happening, that didn’t happen when I didn’t press the pedals...
lol i cant answer that, i tried it on a car that the pedal test does work on, and i still messed up counting the flashes :ROFLMAO: it did my head in, so i got opcom, less of a head ache, counting a flashing light lol
 

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lol i cant answer that, i tried it on a car that the pedal test does work on, and i still messed up counting the flashes :ROFLMAO: it did my head in, so i got opcom, less of a head ache, counting a flashing light lol
I’m with you on that... like trying to decipher the messages aliens send in Christmas tree lights!
 

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Realistically- given I am happy to drop an engine, gearbox, axle or whatever but regard electricity as the work of Satan - am I better off buying an opcom or hiring a local specialist to come out?
If the answer is the latter, will a diagnostics bloke do the job or should I try to find a Vauxhall specialist?
Happy to give the opcom a try if it’s relatively idiot-proof...

plenty of idiots on here to help ya out with opcom, :ROFLMAO: cost a arm and a leg at a dealer to fix that, cost me £250 for a second hand ecu to be fitted to mine nearly 8 years ago, thats was mates rates 😲
 

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you can get a very good diagnostics reader, that runs on a windows lap top, next best thing to a dealer diagnostics, its called opcom, theres a fell on here that sell,s them, for what they can do they are well worth the money, but buy a good one, from a seller that you can have regular contact with.
It’s usually frowned upon on forums to promote businesses - but could you suggest a decent opcom seller?
 

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If it's a corrupted BCM it's a fairly straightforward fix to diy if you have the cars security code and preferably all the keys,
other than that you'll have to get quotes locally.
Where are you ?,there may be someone on here that's close to you that can do the work,
 

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If it's a corrupted BCM it's a fairly straightforward fix to diy if you have the cars security code and preferably all the keys,
other than that you'll have to get quotes locally.
Where are you ?,there may be someone on here that's close to you that can do the work,
I have two keys, one with the remote door plipper, one without.
Will have to search for a code - where would I find it?
I’m in sunny Leamington Spa...
 

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sorry just checked that out, it is hover over his name with ya mouse, then click message
 
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