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So, I normally use a (former) Ampera specialist Vauxhall dealer for servicing work but as one of my TPMS valves died and needed replacing I thought I’d ask the local dealer to sort it. They wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. I can understand totally the stuff that requires specialist tools and training but a TPMS valve? Kwik Fit et al will do it so why not Vauxhall? It’s one of the most standard parts on the car. Personally, I think this smacks of laziness on the part of the staff who can’t be arsed. I know people have come across dealers refusing to work on Amperas in the past but as far as I can see only for things that are unique to the Ampera. Weird.
 

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You're most likely right, the staff can't be bothered, best dealt with by taking your business elsewhere. Personally I wouldn't bother going to Vauxhall for such generic things. Your local independent will probably do a far better job for less money by more experienced staff.
Vauxhall aren't interested in the Ampera anymore, so why should I patronise them any more than I have to is the way I see it.
 

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Buy one from Ebay and take it to a tyre centre.
The part number is on this forum somewhere and compatible ones also work. I think mine was.

Once fitted they just work.

BTW, make sure they read the instructions as the TPMS needs to be torqued up when fitted.
 

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I bet if you removed the wheel and took it in ...
no Ampera in sight! It would help to know what other Vauxhall vehicle uses the same part as non-qualified dealers cannot even order Ampera specific part no.s. When I bought the adhesive lubricant for the Charge port door rubber, I ordered it locally using the part no because I had found out it was used on the Tigra as well, so they could order it for me without having to go back to Wimbledon just for that.


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I don't think the dealer is being awkward. Vauxhall dealers are restricted from carrying out any work on Ampera's if they are not an Ampera specialist. This ensures that those dealers who joined the Ampera network in the early days get all the Ampera work.
 

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I bought one from wheelpartsuk on eBay for £36. ATS fitted it, but the fitter was very sceptical that it would work (he was convinced it would need to be programmed to the car). As expected, the new sensor sorted itself out on the drive home from the tyre shop. Btw, I did call Bellingers for a quote: £62 plus Vat (plus fitting). But they warned it might not be the sensor and could be some other part (module?) which was “about £200” and the only way to know for sure would be to plug it in for diagnostics (for another fee).
 
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