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Robert, Vauxhall Technician
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just driving my 1999 Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 v6 and the engine

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just driving my 1999 Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 v6 and the engine light has come on but not flashing , on the display its not showing a fault code what shall I do
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vauxhall
Expert:  Robert replied 4 years ago.



Hopefully i can help..


There are two sort of eml warning on these the one with car/spanner is an engine electronic fault or your immobiliser has developed a problem - the engine block warning light is usually mostly an emissions fault - depending on the DLC socket under the trim section under handle of handbrake - you can bridge the terminal 6 with earth point and count the flashes and this will maybe help give you a fault code details of how to below..No terminal at number 6 then it going to have to a plug in diagnostic done on the car via that 16pin socket and you should be able to get the fault codes that way.. If at anytime point the warning light does appear when the engines is running - then it will mean your cars ECU has actually picked up on the fault - the light in question can pretty much cover quite a wide area of possible faults from intake system / exhaust gas recycling system / ignition system to emissions control monitoring etc etc - and in all cases such as i asume without any noticable issues as far as your aware yet ,performance wise etc - then the only best way in those circumstances to track the fault down properly is to the procedure as highlighted above or have your car hooked upto a suitable diagnostic machine/code reader to retrive the fault code(s) and or at least locate exactly where the fault is and i'm sure any good garage will be able to do that for you - If you can maybe have careful look around the engine bay and check to make sure nothing electrical / plug wise has become loose damaged or any vaccum lines have come adrift etc or if you had any very recent work carried out on the car then it would be worth having the garage in question to re-check nothing has been knocked or not fitted back properly..though if you can't see anything then the next step is the test im afraid and see what your ecu has picked up on and take it from there....I do hope this helps