Vauxhall Astra Light on dashboard and engine making noise

2003 Vauxhall Astra Problem

CarVauxhall Astra Bertone coupe
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My car was driving fine on the motorway and then suddenly a light on dashboard came on with a car and a spanner running through it. It stayed on for a while and then intermittently it comes on an off. At first I thought I'd check it out when home as not overheating but I turned down my music and then noticed my engine being very noisy and worried me to the point that I thought that anything could happen. I thought it best to turn round and limp home. I have only had the car a couple of months and I am not familiar with engines and what the lights mean. If anyone could give me an thoughts of what it might possibly be I would be grateful. Thank you.
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Engine, Cooling System & Drivetrain

Electrics, ECU, Warnings & Lights

Solution 1
whittingehame | Legend | Since: Oct 2009 | Posts: 444 | Fixes: 11661 | View Garage
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The light is indicating an engine fault which means the car needs hooked up to a suitable diagnostic machine to determine what triggered the fault and to retrive any stored fault codes .You could check the water / coolant level and engine oil level .

Posted on Friday 6th of December 2013
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Henrietta | Driver | Since: Dec 2013 | Posts: 0 | Fixes: 1 | View Garage
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Thank you for response and did exactly what you said and diagnostic came back as something to do with 'knocking'. Can't remember the exact term but also the oil was checked and it was empty. typical woman eh lol but the person I bought it from is in the car business and I assumed that he would of checked the basics. Having put oil in the light has gone off and I only hope that the 50 miles I drove with the problem hasn't affected the engine long term. Many thanks for your reply.

Posted on Saturday 7th of December 2013
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