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3 months into ownership of my Ampera a there are a few things that I need to consider doing.
  • occasional sticking charge flap
  • 3 door handle buttons not working
  • 2 tyres need replacing
None of this work is urgent...

At time of purchase the Ampera was just shy of 5 years old showing only 20k miles, and came from a Hyundai dealership (It was a part exchange)
I love the way the car drives, it is flawless. No strange noises or rattles, no wheel wobble, no slow punctures. I'd like to keep it like this if at all possible.

It came with 12 months warranty, apparently quite comprehensive, plus 12 months breakdown, and had just been serviced and Mot'd at Vauxhall a few weeks prior to purchase.
I am not sure if these items would be covered under a used car warranty, so would need to check.

I am reluctant to get the above work done as I have little confidence in standards of workmanship in general I like to do things myself where possible. Not primarily to save money, but I know that I will do things properly, and in the off-chance that it is not done properly, I know it has not been done properly and the risks associated.

The sticking charge flap shouldnt be difficult to fix
The door buttons would require the door panel to be removed so I have concerns about noise if not sealed well afterwards
The tyre change would appear to be straightforward (my concern is possible - jacking up damage, rim seal, and wheel damage/balancing. (so the car drives as well as it does currently). I am really keen to the have the Goodyear tyres fitted that @donald recommended.
I could probably fix the charge flap issue quite easily.

So I see my options as:
  1. Getting only the essential work done - tyres
  2. Persue claim from warranty or get Vauxhall to do work (it may actually be Vauxhall that do work as Ampera is specialised
Anyone been in a similar predicament or thoughts on this thread

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- rub Vaseline into the left hand side of the inside of the rubber cup, as you look down on it. Just massage a little in every so often and it should be fine.

- if it were me, if your warranty stuff doesn't cover this then just forget the door buttons, just use the fob. however, you should be able to go back to vendor and say 'this stuff wasn't working, please fix it' and they are obliged to.

- just make sure you know where the jacking points are, and the issue with using the sill points (need to make sure the body panels clear the jack), then just make sure you have a conversation with whoever is jacking the car up before they do it.
 

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Charge flap; A squirt of silicon spray fixed my sticking flap :).

Door buttons; I had one of my cars door buttons fixed under warranty. They replace the whole door handle though, and it needs painting to match the car paintwork. They won't be cheap!

Tyres; any good tyre place can do them. Just make sure they use stick-on weights when balancing rather than the hammer-on type. Also make sure the don't break the TPMS valves; they are expensive too.
 

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I didnt have any luck with silicon or vaseline when my charge port door was sticking last winter although it works for others. @donald found the following out from a Vauxhall Specialist I believe and it finally fixed my charge door problem (it costs about £40 though).
There is a special "Adhesive Lubricant" that GM/Vauxhall use on the charge door flap. It helps stop the rubber stiffening in cold weather and keeps it slippery when dry, as it is used on the Tigra as well as the Ampera you can special order it from any Vauxhall dealer. It is small, expensive and has some nasty chemicals in it, but with a plastic glove or suitable precautions its fine.
 

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- rub Vaseline into the left hand side of the inside of the rubber cup, as you look down on it. Just massage a little in every so often and it should be fine.

- if it were me, if your warranty stuff doesn't cover this then just forget the door buttons, just use the fob. however, you should be able to go back to vendor and say 'this stuff wasn't working, please fix it' and they are obliged to.

- just make sure you know where the jacking points are, and the issue with using the sill points (need to make sure the body panels clear the jack), then just make sure you have a conversation with whoever is jacking the car up before they do it.

Thanks for the charge flap tip, I'll give it a go.

Your other answers given are most likely what I will do.

WRT the tyres my main concern was the jacking points and the TPMS.
Is pretty bad when you have to nurse supposedly competent people how to do their job properly, but in the past I've had unmarked alloys scratched despite pointing out the condition to the fitter prior to having the tyres fitted (and it was a classic car :-( )

I'll see if I can persue the door button/switch through warranty, worth a try I guess..

Thanks again
 

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Charge flap; A squirt of silicon spray fixed my sticking flap :).

Door buttons; I had one of my cars door buttons fixed under warranty. They replace the whole door handle though, and it needs painting to match the car paintwork. They won't be cheap!

Tyres; any good tyre place can do them. Just make sure they use stick-on weights when balancing rather than the hammer-on type. Also make sure the don't break the TPMS valves; they are expensive too.
Hello Roger
Thanks for the information. My car is over 5 years old so I am relying on the aftermarket warranty, but I will give it a go and ask. Failing that, I will live with the door switches
I note your comments about the weights and TPMS and will give the fitter a briefing prior to fitting.
Thanks again for your advice - much appreciated...
 

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I didnt have any luck with silicon or vaseline when my charge port door was sticking last winter although it works for others. @donald found the following out from a Vauxhall Specialist I believe and it finally fixed my charge door problem (it costs about £40 though).
There is a special "Adhesive Lubricant" that GM/Vauxhall use on the charge door flap. It helps stop the rubber stiffening in cold weather and keeps it slippery when dry, as it is used on the Tigra as well as the Ampera you can special order it from any Vauxhall dealer. It is small, expensive and has some nasty chemicals in it, but with a plastic glove or suitable precautions its fine.
This is useful - another solution if the cheaper methods suggested by Donald and Roger dont work for me. Thanks!!
 
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