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    Stuttering Zafira

    Hi forum, been reading loads, finally registered to ask a question

    I've got a 99 Zafira 1.6 16v, think its the Z16XE engine. 61k miles.

    Had the car for over 2 years now and everything been great. New battery about 6months ago, and a new alternator about 5months. The other day it started to stutter on accerelation. There is never any light on dash to indicate there is a problem. It goes like this:

    Start up is great, first turn of the key etc. and it ticks over fine at about 1k for a bit then drops to a steady 750. You can rev the engine fine without load, but if u but your foot down, it misfires and stutters, then it revs fine. If you do it a gradual rev, it sounds and feels fine.

    While driving, again, pulling off is fine, but if you put your footdown it stutters, more so when in higher gear (assume more load). If you back your foot off the accerelator pedal, it seems to surge forward and catches up. The revs still climb while it stuttering, like a bag of nails. So you do go faster, just slowly and not smoothly.

    I've started cycling to work a few days to work, so car is left much more then it's used to. I also put about 10 quid of asda petrol in last week (last time i put some in).

    So far i've:

    Cleaned out the EGR, what is the best way to test it? the plunger was in the hole and it had a lot of crap in there. It made a bit of a difference. I also sprayed a load of carb cleaner into the throttle housing. This again made a bit of a difference. I also just feeled it up with BP ultimate, incase the fuel was crap. Again a little difference. I keep reading about cleaning out the ICV, but for the life of me I can't find one on my car, or find it in any pictures in the haynes manual.

    Not sure where to go now, whether to wait a week, to see if the fuel clears itself, or try possibly a new EGR or a coil pack thing.

    Suppose i'd like to know where the clever money is, a new EGR or Coil pack thing.

    Thanks, any advice be much appreciated!

    (my steering controls also have stopped working, since i replaced the battery - no idea why, but that aint important right now)

    Toneh

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    Hello and welcome. Sorry to hear about the problems, a friend of mine had something like this on his Vectra, turned out to be one of the plug leads breaking down under load, but I'm sure there are people here that will be able to help you out further and point you to some other possible causes. Best of luck,

    Andy.

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    me i would change Coil pack and plugs dead easy to do

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    Yeah, as above.

    I reckon coilpack and plugs would probably resolve this problem.

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    Thanks for your replies.

    I'll go for plugs and coilpack then, and let you know the outcome. The EGR unit is easy to get to (thank god) on the engine too, I wouldn't have minded either! (although the EGR is cheaper).

    Any recommended online suppliers?

    Thanks

    Toneh

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    £60-ish for a 3rd party (ie: non-VX) coilpack on eBay. I got one on mine, seems ok.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/COIL-PACK-VAUX...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Try the vauxcentre or autovaux for keen prices.

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    what part of the uk you from ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by tangoid View Post
    £60-ish for a 3rd party (ie: non-VX) coilpack on eBay. I got one on mine, seems ok.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/COIL-PACK-VAUX...QQcmdZViewItem
    thats the oe vauxhall one i know the guy that runs this company very nice
    person to deal with
    buy one from them your be happy

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    CHeers for the continual replies.

    I've ordered on as per that ebay link, i hope it'll solve my problem

    I'm in the midlands btw.

    Thanks again

    Toneh

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