Vauxhall Corsa D: Car Won’t Start After a Flat Battery

Models of Vauxhall affected

Vauxhall Corsa (2007-2014)

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After the issue has been fixed:

The Vauxhall Corsa is one of the most popular cars in the UK. It is also generally one of the most reliable. However, for those with a Vauxhall Corsa D, a system fault has left many drivers unable to start their car after attempting to jump start it or recharging the battery.

Are All Vauxhall Corsas Affected?

Thankfully, this fault doesn’t seem to be a problem with the whole Vauxhall Corsa range. It is also one that Vauxhall seems to have resolved during the life of the car (which was in production from 2007 to 2014). Those with earlier models, however, might find themselves faced it a problem that needs resolving.

How To Know If There Is A Fault

Drivers will know there is a fault as soon as they try starting their car after recharging the battery or attempting to jump start it. They will also see a flashing light on the dashboard of a car with a spanner through it. Fault codes such as P1632, P1678, P1679, B3114, B3925, B3929, and B3977 may also appear during a diagnostic test.

What Causes The Fault?

The fault is caused when a driver tries to start their car when they have a flat battery. As the battery doesn’t have the power needed to start the vehicle, it corrupts the data held in the Body Control Module (BCM). The BCM then can’t communicate with the rest of the car even when the battery is recharged. As a result, it causes a security alert and immobilises the car.

How To Fix The Fault

Sometimes, drivers can fix the fault themselves by putting the key in the ignition, turning it to the last position before it turns on the car and then holding the lock/unlock button on the key fob. Ideally, this will reset the connection between the car and the key, and the car will now start.
Another option is to take the leads off the battery for at least three minutes and then reattach them before trying to rematch the key to the car.

Getting Professional Help

Unfortunately, if this doesn’t work, you will need to contact a professional to reset and re-programme your car key. Thankfully, for those in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire & Northampton this doesn’t mean an expensive trip to a Vauxhall dealer. Instead, you can contact Brinnick Automotive Locksmiths, who offer a speedy, professional call out service and free quotes. Contact us today on 07935 641664 to find out more.


The main Vauxhall dealerships want £450.00 + to resolve this problem, plus recovery costs. We can resolve it at a fraction of that price. Call; 07935 641664 for an accurate quote.

No – New keys are not required. Once the issue has been resolved you can use the existing key(s).

We offer a mobile service and in most cases we can complete the job on site within 30 minutes.