A known issue on Corsas built between 2014 and 2015 meant a manufacturing defect in the steering rack could lead to it cracking under extensive force application i.e. when manoeuvring at slow speed.
This issue was serious enough for Vauxhall to recall the affected cars. Affected cars had a new steering rack.
There' a known problem with the handbrake bracket on Corsas built between September 2009 and May 2010. The bracket can fail and render the handbrake totally useless.
Vauxhall issued a recall for this issue in June 2010 (see our recalls section) - affected vehicles either had a washer installed or a replacement cable.
A common problem some Corsa owners report is a tapping noise from the engine area, when you listen it can sound like something is rattling inside the engine. The cause of this is generally a loose timing chain tensioner. The tensioner, as the name suggests, keeps the correct tension on the timing chain, when this part starts to fail the chain can become loose causing the rattling sound.
Quite often the problem is mild and the tensioner is fine to carry on as is, you'll just have to accept that it's noisy. It should be noted that if it eventually fails then the damage to the engine would be catastophic.
Unfortunately it's not a straight-forward job to replace it and involves a fair few hours of mechanic labour. Try to avoid cars with very noisy rattling engines, if yours is it's best to see what your mechanic thinks.
Some Corsa owners report problems with a lazy feeling engine whilst the engine management light is on. A common cause of this issue on Corsas is a failed Mass Air Flow Sensor (MAF).
Sometimes a MAF sensor can be improved with cleaning, this can be a DIY job, you just need to buy a suitable cleaner and follow the instructions. Failing that the solution is to replace the MAF.
Some Corsa models have a known issue with the oil pressure switch. Symptoms of this would be an oil pressure warning light on the dash, or visible signs of oil leaking in the engine area.
The solution to this problem is a new oil pressure switch, this can be done as a DIY job, they're not expensive parts but if it looks too tricky take it to your local mechanic.
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