2006 Vauxhall Corsa Emission light illuminated

  • 1.0L
  • V12
  • 2WD
  • 35,000 MILES

My car passed its MOT 2 weeks ago and passed but I queried the electrics as on one occasion recently the dashboard dials did not work (I only realised this when I was driving and when I stopped and re-started the dials were working fine) and the car has seemed to periodically struggle in the lower gears recently. The garage said the ampage was slightly low on the battery and they quoted a price for a new one. I explained that the battery was only 3 years old and was put in by them, so I asked what the reasons for this could be. They said it was probably just wear and tear but I told them the car doesn't really get that much use. I drive it around time and drive from Harrogate to London about twice a year (along with trips to the coast). They said that it probably just needed a good long drive. Last night was very cold and the car failed to start but with the help of my neighbour we managed to push start it. This morning I took it for a drive up the M1 and back home. This afternoon after I dropped my son off I noticed the emission light is now illuminated. I have read that this is a common design fault with Corsas in that the light comes when there isn't an underlying problem. Please can you advise? Many thanks.
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Saturday, December 6th, 2014 AT 8:40 AM

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To begin, the idea that the car isn't used that much can have an effect on the battery voltage. However, a slightly weak battery shouldn't be causing the problem. The alternator should provide what is needed once the vehicle is running (as long as the battery is okay). The idea that it didn't start does make me question if the battery is in fact bad.

As far as the emissions light, you need to have the computer scanned for trouble codes to see what has turned the light on. Once you determine that, the item can be checked to see if it is working properly or if there is actually an issue.
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 AT 5:21 AM

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