Thanks a lot.
The car was purchased used a couple of months ago and has performed spotlessly. About a week ago, my girlfriend was driving it when it shut off in heavy traffic, leaving her stranded. She got towed to her house by RAC, and an RAC mechanic looked at it for a couple of hours. After a time delay, he was able to get it cranked, but it would then just stop running after about 10 minutes each time. It did this 2 or 3 times. I called and made arrangements to get a Vauxhall dealership to look at it this week. It would crank and we attempted to take it to the Vauxhall dealership, but it stopped again. We got it into a car park, and called RAC. We got it cranked once and it ran for about 4 minutes and shut off. This RAC mechanic hooked his laptop to it (I believe through the cigarette lighter power port). He looked at various parameters and felt like it showed all signs of being the crankshaft position sensor. I was looking over his shoulder and saw a number of parameters showed 'no entry' or 'no' something. He recommended a local mechanic that he knew that was closer so he towed it there. Once there, after having rested for at this point maybe 1 1/2 hours, it did crank briefly. We left it. I spoke to the mechanic today and he said they changed the crankshaft position sensor and that did not fix it. They felt like the main brain of the car was malfunctioning, explaining that it was getting some inputs but not providing outputs. They have sent it off to a place that tests the brains and can determine if it is malfunctional. If it is, that place will repair it and return it and we should be done. If it is not the brain, they will return it to the mechanic's shop and they will continue troubleshooting. Any further advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Did I mention I am pulling for England in the World Cup? LOL.
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 AT 5:15 PM