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    Possible electrical fault in engine bay

    For the first time since I bought the car, I took the engtine cover off. I noticed something which worried me.

    Basically the conncetor circled in red below is not connected anywhere (as seen below) and seems to be grounded to part of the enginge by just touching it.

    Does anybody know what this connector is for, and wether it should be connected/grounded somewhere properly or can it be left as is?

    2001 Vauxhall Astra MK4 1.6 16v SXI Flame Red

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    Not sure what it is but should be attached to a bolt.

    What engine is it?
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    It's a Z16XE. Any ideas why anyone would disconnect this? Is this just a grounding wire (I assume so as everything seems to work in the car)
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    The bolt holding it into place may have worked loose and dropped out.

    Work out how long the wire is, then look for any missing bolt holes.

    to be honest it does look like it should be earthed,so i would look at a friends car to see where it goes,

    or leave the cover off and pop into vauxhalls, park by the workshops and just ask a mechanic where it goes( don't go to the service desk)

    Or earth it somewhere anyway it won't hurt it.

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    If you look in this thread http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...d.php?t=123762 there's a picture with everything labled and when you zoom in on that picture it looks to me like that connector is earhed out on the coil pack screw just above your circled mark
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    If i remember correctly, that should be held down by the end coil pack bolt, has someone replaced the plugs lately ? if so they just forgot to put it back on when bolting down the coil pack, sorry Autosparks, just repeated what you said, doh
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    Yeh, I see it now. Thanks. Will sort that out, I guess someone must have replaced the coil pack without paying proper attention.
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    if that wasnt connected would it cause the car to splutter/miss?

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