Opel Corsa B 1993–2000 Service and Repair Manual: Fault Diagnosis


  • Engine fails to rotate when attempting to start
  • Engine rotates, but will not start
  • Engine difficult to start when cold
  • Engine difficult to start when hot
  • Starter motor noisy or excessively-rough in engagement
  • Engine starts, but stops immediately
  • Engine idles erratically
  • Engine misfires at idle speed
  • Engine misfires throughout the driving speed range
  • Engine hesitates on acceleration
  • Engine stalls
  • Engine lacks power
  • Engine backfires
  • Oil pressure warning light illuminated with engine running
  • Engine runs-on after switching off
  • Engine noises

Cooling system

  • Overheating
  • Overcooling
  • External coolant leakage
  • Internal coolant leakage
  • Corrosion

Fuel and exhaust systems

  • Excessive fuel consumption
  • Fuel leakage and/or fuel odour
  • Excessive noise or fumes from exhaust system


  • Pedal travels to floor - no pressure or very little resistance
  • Clutch fails to disengage (unable to select gears)
  • Clutch slips (engine speed increases, with no increase in vehicle speed)
  • Judder as clutch is engaged
  • Noise when depressing or releasing clutch pedal

Manual gearbox

  • Noisy in neutral with engine running
  • Noisy in one particular gear
  • Difficulty engaging gears
  • Jumps out of gear
  • Vibration
  • Lubricant leaks

Automatic transmission

  • Fluid leakage
  • Transmission fluid brown, or has burned smell
  • General gear selection problems
  • Transmission will not downshift (kickdown) with accelerator fully depressed
  • Engine will not start in any gear, or starts in gears other than Park or Neutral
  • Transmission slips, shifts roughly, is noisy, or has no drive in forward or reverse gears


  • Clicking or knocking noise on turns (at slow speed on full-lock)
  • Vibration when accelerating or decelerating

Braking system

  • Vehicle pulls to one side under braking
  • Noise (grinding or high-pitched squeal) when brakes applied
  • Excessive brake pedal travel
  • Brake pedal feels spongy when depressed
  • Excessive brake pedal effort required to stop vehicle
  • Judder felt through brake pedal or steering wheel when braking
  • Brakes binding
  • Rear wheels locking under normal braking

Suspension and steering systems

  • Vehicle pulls to one side
  • Wheel wobble and vibration
  • Excessive pitching and/or rolling around corners, or during braking
  • Wandering or general instability
  • Excessively-stiff steering
  • Excessive play in steering
  • Lack of power assistance
  • Tyre wear excessive

Electrical system

  • Battery will not hold a charge for more than a few days
  • Ignition/no-charge warning light remains illuminated with engine running
  • Ignition/no-charge warning light fails to come on
  • Lights inoperative
  • Instrument readings inaccurate or erratic
  • Horn inoperative, or unsatisfactory in operation
  • Windscreen/tailgate wipers inoperative, or unsatisfactory in operation
  • Windscreen/tailgate washers inoperative, or unsatisfactory in operation
  • Electric windows inoperative, or unsatisfactory in operation
  • Central locking system inoperative, or unsatisfactory in operation
Checks carried out on your vehicle's exhaust emission system
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See also:

Opel Corsa Owners Manual. Exterior light, High beam, Adaptive forward lighting, Fog light
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