I'm not sure if this thread fits the general or the technical section of the forum, but here you go.
The engine cooling light was playing up a while ago, and a little later I noticed that the fans would kick in and turn off after 1-2 seconds (regardless of the egine running or not) in 5-6 seconds intervals.
Had the car checked, the mechanic said, "the fan control unit is faulty and loom has contaminated/corroded contacts". After a new control unit and a good clean on the connector plug, everything was perfect. Until it rainned...
It turns out that there is a design flaw (the mechanic claimed) with the connector and water managed to get in, mess up the unit and damage the contacts on the plug.
The remedy: new, complete, engine loom (quoted a figure around £350 to £500+vat for the part and 6 hours labour - not vauxhall dealer)!
Just spoke to the vauxhall dealer who confirmed an unexpected number of occurences of the fan control unit problem, but Vauxhall hasn't officially recognised this as a design flaw. His recommendation was to go to the scrapy and find an engine loom.
1. Has anyone here been faced with the same problem?
2. The engine cooling light is constantly on now, but the car runs fine without any other issues. Would that be an MOT failure?
3. Would any nagging to Vauxhall CS help at all? (if it's an MOT failure there isn't much time to react as I really need the car on the road).
For the record, I'm talking about an ASTRA LS 1.6 16v (XE16XEL), T reg (1999), Mk4.
Sorry for the length of the post.