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Vauxhall Corsa using too much petrol

Discussion in 'Car Repairs / Maintenance' started by kitty101, 2 Dec 2005.

  1. kitty101

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    Hello everybody , can anyone tell me why my corsa 1.2 N reg uses too much petrol,iit is doing about 60-70 miles on £10 of petrol, it has just passed it's MOT OK. Can any body help. thanks in anticipation kitty101
     
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    How long ago was the MOT? was it using a lot of fuel prior to that?

    If the car was overfuelling badly, it would have been picked up on the CO test during MOT as would any Fuel leaks.

    Was the MOT done at a reputable Centre?

    Your Corsa should be averaging 35-40mpg at least, but is currently giving on 24-28mpg.

    You have several routes you can go down.
    1. Is there a fuel leak from tank/pipes etc, if so you would smell it
    2. Engine management fault. Has your engine management light come on?
    Could be an ECU fault or one of the many sensors, the one of the most common faults is the Fuel Temp sensor which can cause it to overfuel and stall when warm? If not that could be a number of other sensors.

    Other than that could be anything, mechanical fault, faulty injector, clogged air cleaner etc

    I'd go get a CO test done, and if your management light comes on a Tech 2 test at your local Vauxhall dealer

    CJ
     
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    Are you spending lots of time stuck in traffic at lights etc or lots of stop starts on the journey. This really does kill the fuel consumption. £10.00 is approx 2.5 gallons = 35 mpg, not far off.
     
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    Thanks for the quick replies, the car seems to run fine there is no smell of petrol, the engine management light does not come on, the car was tested at a good mot test station, not hal***d's. The engine runs really well, only problems I have had is a slight missfire on some damp mornings and if I leaving the engine idling when cold it stops and is a bad to restart.
    regards kitty101
     
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    Not as far off as your maths, lol

    60miles / 2.5 = 24mpg
    70miles / 2.5 = 28mpg

    Misfire on damp mornings is interesting. Are you able to take the spark plugs out and check them. They should all be a nice golden brown colour at the electrodes. If one is all black and sooty would certainly indicate a misfire.
    Could be a faulty plug, lead or a faulty ignition coil pack.

    Any misfire would certainly give poor fuel economy and starting problems.

    CJ
     
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    Then again his tenner may not be buying 2.5 gallons, especially if he's paying London prices, my figures aren't as far off as yours then. :p
     
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    But YOU based your figures on 2.5 gallons, just wondered how you got to 35mpg. :confused: or is a London Gallon bigger than elsewhere? lol
     
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    Hello cj, thankyou for your idea's, the early morning missfire soon clears up after maybe 300-400 metres and then runs OK. It's the problem with the engine cutting out if is left idling when first started up, I had this same problem with a 1.4i astra, any idea's. kitty101
     
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    Wife's Rover had a fuel consumption problem . Turned out to be the lambda sensor. Is the exhaust sooty and are the plugs black as queried by cj?
     
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    Hello porker, thanks for the quick reply. The exhaust is not sooty, must admit that I havn't checked the plugs.
    regards kitty101
     
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    As you mention an idle problem, might be worth checking out the Idle Control Valve.

    Its a small black component screwed onto the side of the Multec Fuel injector/throttle body housing. The link below shows a picture of the component.

    http://www.vauxallparts.co.uk/?product_id=12247&option=Prod_detail&image_id=8553

    They do tend to get clogged up and bit and can sometimes be cleaned with Carb Cleaner.
    If not that, could be a number of other sensors. Fuel Temp sensor is a popular fault on Corsas and Astra's.

    We are grasping at straws, though and I would tend to get the car booked in somewhere to be checked.

    CJ
     
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    Thanks cj, you have been very helpful, I think I will book the car in for a checkup. Kitty101
     
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    My old rover had similar symptoms, when I tool the spart plug out, after the car was left a while one of the cylinders was full of oil and coolant (I had to top up coolant every 200 miles, and oil every 500miles). When I took it to a garage for further investigation I was warned that it could be very costly. I got a second opinion and was told that worse case it could be a cracked cylinder head block and to check this would cost a fortune. I fancied a new car anyway so just decided to change it.

    Fingers crossed it's nothing like that.
     
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    Hello Darude, I am sorry to say that the problem you had with your Rover is standard if it's a 1.4 K series engine. The cylinder head castings are cr*p, they used to be made by West Yorkshire foundries in Leeds (owned by rover) then they sold the company to some german company and they still can't get it right. regards johnwr
    PS at least with Rover going t*ts upThousands of mechanics will be glad then they will not have to get involved with this rover/honda abortion much longer. End of rant.
     
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    Hi Johnwr,

    Yes I had the 1.4K series Engine, glad to know I wasn't being sold porkies back then. My partner fancies a Rover 200 to replace her car, I'll make sure to steer clear of the 1.4, do you know if the 1.6 / 1.1 engines suffered from this, or other ridiculus issues.

    Darren
     
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