Opel Corsa (2019 year). Manual - part 8


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Opel Corsa (2019 year). Manual - part 8




Climate control

Direct the flow of air by tilting and

swivelling the slats.

9 Warning

Do not attach any objects to the

slats of the air vents. Risk of

damage and injury in case of an


Fixed air vents

Additional air vents are located

beneath the windscreen and door

windows and in the foot wells.


Air intake

The air intake in front of the

windscreen in the engine

compartment must be kept clear to

allow air intake. Remove any leaves,

dirt or snow.

Air conditioning regular


In order to ensure continuously

efficient performance, cooling must

be operated for a few minutes once a

month, irrespective of the weather

and time of year. Operation with

cooling is not possible when the

outside temperature is too low.


For optimal cooling performance, it is

recommended to annually check the

climate control system, starting

three years after initial vehicle

registration, including:

● functionality and pressure test
● heating functionality
● leakage check
● check of drive belts
● cleaning of condenser and

evaporator drainage

● performance check


Refrigerant R-134a contains

fluorinated greenhouse gases.


Driving and operating


Driving and


Driving hints ............................... 119

Control of the vehicle ............... 119

Starting and operating ............... 120

New vehicle running-in ............ 120

Ignition switch positions ........... 120

Retained power off .................. 121

Starting the engine .................. 121

Overrun cut-off ........................ 122

Stop-start system .................... 122

Parking .................................... 124

Engine exhaust .......................... 125

Exhaust filter ............................ 125

Catalytic converter ................... 126

Automatic transmission .............. 127

Transmission display ............... 127

Selector lever .......................... 127

Manual mode ........................... 128

Electronic driving programmes 128

Fault ........................................ 129

Interruption of power supply .... 129

Manual transmission .................. 130
Brakes ........................................ 131

Antilock brake system ............. 131

Parking brake .......................... 132

Brake assist ............................. 132

Hill start assist ......................... 132

Ride control systems ................. 133

Traction Control system .......... 133

Electronic Stability Control ...... 133

City mode ................................ 134

Driver assistance systems ......... 135

Cruise control .......................... 135

Speed limiter ........................... 137

Forward collision alert ............. 138

Following distance indication ... 140

Parking assist .......................... 141

Rear view camera ................... 145

Traffic sign assistant ................ 146

Lane departure warning .......... 149

Fuel ............................................ 150

Fuel for petrol engines ............. 150

Fuel for liquid gas operation .... 152

Refuelling ................................ 152

Driving hints

Control of the vehicle

Never coast with engine not


Many systems will not function in this

situation (e.g. brake servo unit, power

steering). Driving in this manner is a

danger to yourself and others.
All systems function during an

Stop-start system 3 122.

Idle boost

If charging of the vehicle battery is

required due to battery condition, the

power output of the generator must

be increased. This will be achieved by

an idle boost which may be audible.
A message appears in the Driver

Information Centre.


To ensure the pedal travel is

uninhibited, there must be no mats in

the area of the pedals.



Driving and operating

Use only floor mats, which fit properly

and are fixed by the retainers on the

driver side.

Driving downhill

Engage a gear when driving downhill

to ensure that sufficient brake

pressure is available.

Starting and operating

New vehicle running-in

Do not brake unnecessarily hard for

the first few journeys.
During the first drive, smoke may

occur because of wax and oil

evaporating off the exhaust system.

Park the vehicle in the open for a

while after the first drive and avoid

inhaling the fumes.
During the running-in period, fuel and

engine oil consumption may be

Additionally, the cleaning process of

the exhaust filter may take place more

Exhaust filter 3 125.
Autostop may be inhibited to allow for

charging of the vehicle battery.

Ignition switch positions

Turn key:

0 : ignition off: Some functions

remain active until key is

removed or driver's door is

opened, provided the ignition was

on previously

1 : accessory power mode: Steering

wheel lock released, some

electrical functions are operable,

ignition is off

2 : ignition on power mode: Ignition

is on. Control indicators

illuminate and most electrical

functions are operable

3 : engine start: Release key after

starting procedure begins


Driving and operating


Steering wheel lock

Remove key from ignition switch and

turn steering wheel until it engages.

Retained power off

The following electronic systems are

operable until the driver's door is

opened or at the latest for

10 minutes after the ignition is

switched off:

● power windows
● power outlets

Starting the engine

Turn key to position 1 to release the

steering wheel lock.
Manual transmission: operate clutch

and brake pedal.
Automatic transmission: operate

brake pedal and move selector lever

to P or N.
Do not operate the accelerator pedal.
Turn key briefly to position 3 and

release: an automatic procedure

operates the starter after a brief

delay, until the engine is running. See

'Automatic Starter Control'.
Before restarting or to switch off the

engine, turn the key back to position

During an Autostop, the engine can

be started by depressing the clutch


Starting the vehicle at low


Petrol engines
The start of the engine without

additional heaters is possible down to

-30 °C.

Required is an engine oil with the

correct viscosity, the correct fuel,

performed services and a sufficiently

charged vehicle battery.
With temperatures below -30 °C, the

automatic transmission requires a

warming phase of approx. 5 minutes.

The selector lever must be in position


Automatic starter control

This function controls the engine

starting procedure. The driver does

not need to hold the key in position 3.

Once applied, the system will go on

starting automatically until the engine

is running. Because of the checking

procedure, the engine starts running

after a short delay.
Possible reasons for a non-starting


● clutch pedal not operated

(manual transmission)

● brake pedal not operated or

selector lever not in P or N

(automatic transmission)

● timeout occurred



Driving and operating

Turbo engine warm-up

Upon start-up, engine available

torque may be limited for a short time,

especially when the engine

temperature is cold. The limitation is

to allow the lubrication system to fully

protect the engine.

Overrun cut-off

The fuel supply is automatically cut off

during overrun, i.e. when the vehicle

is driven with a gear engaged but

accelerator is released.
Depending on driving conditions, the

overrun cut-off may be deactivated.

Stop-start system

The stop-start system helps to save

fuel and to reduce the exhaust

emissions. When conditions allow, it

switches off the engine as soon as the

vehicle is at a low speed or at a

standstill, e.g. at a traffic light or in a

traffic jam.

On vehicles with manual

transmission, the engine is started

automatically as soon as the clutch is



The stop-start system is available as

soon as the engine is started, the

vehicle starts-off and the conditions

as stated below in this section are



Deactivate the stop-start system

manually by pressing eco. The

deactivation is indicated when the

LED in the button extinguishes.


Vehicles with manual transmission

If the vehicle is at a low speed or at a

standstill, activate an Autostop as


● Depress the clutch pedal.
● Set the lever in neutral.
● Release the clutch pedal.

The engine will be switched off while

the ignition stays on.


An Autostop is indicated by control

indicator D.
During an Autostop, the heating and

brake performance will be



Driving and operating


Conditions for an Autostop

The stop-start system checks if each

of the following conditions is fulfilled:

● The stop-start system is not

manually deactivated.

● The bonnet is fully closed.
● The driver's door is closed or the

driver's seat belt is fastened.

● The vehicle battery is sufficiently

charged and in good condition.

● The engine is warmed-up.
● The engine coolant temperature

is not too high.

● The engine exhaust temperature

is not too high, e.g. after driving

with high engine load.

● The ambient temperature is

above -5 °C.

● The climate control system

allows an Autostop.

● The brake vacuum is sufficient.
● The self-cleaning function of the

exhaust filter is not active.

● The vehicle was driven at least at

walking speed since the last


Otherwise an Autostop will be

Certain settings of the climate control

system may inhibit an Autostop. See

'Climate control' chapter for further

information 3 110.
Immediately after motorway driving

an Autostop may be inhibited.
New vehicle running-in 3 120.

Vehicle battery discharge protection

To ensure reliable engine restarts,

several vehicle battery discharge

protection features are implemented

as part of the stop-start system.

Power saving measures

During an Autostop, several electrical

features, e.g. the rear window

heating, are disabled or switched into

a power saving mode. The fan speed

of the climate control system is

reduced to save power.

Restart of the engine by the driver

Vehicles with manual transmission

Depress the clutch pedal to restart the


When the engine is restarted, control

indicator D in the Driver Information

Centre extinguishes.
If the selector lever is shifted out of

neutral before depressing the clutch

pedal first, control indicator -

illuminates or is shown as a symbol in

the Driver Information Centre.
Control indicator - 3 79.

Restart of the engine by the stop-

start system

The selector lever must be in neutral

to enable an automatic restart.
If one of the following conditions

occurs during an Autostop, the

engine will be restarted automatically

by the stop-start system:

● The stop-start system is

manually deactivated.

● The bonnet is opened.
● The driver's seat belt is

unfastened and the driver's door

is opened.

● The engine temperature is too




Driving and operating

● The charging level of the vehicle

battery is below a defined level.

● The brake vacuum is not


● The vehicle is driven at least at

walking speed.

● The climate control system

requests an engine start.

● The air conditioning is manually

switched on.

If the bonnet is not fully closed, a

warning message is displayed in the

Driver Information Centre.
If an electrical accessory, e.g. a

portable CD player, is connected to

the power outlet, a brief power drop

during restart might be noticeable.


9 Warning

● Do not park the vehicle on an

easily ignitable surface. The

high temperature of the

exhaust system could ignite the


● Always apply the parking

brake. Activate the manual

parking brake without pressing

the release button. Apply as

firmly as possible on a downhill

slope or uphill slope. Depress

brake pedal at the same time to

reduce operating force.

● Switch off the engine.
● If the vehicle is on a level

surface or uphill slope, engage

first gear or set the selector

lever to position P before

removing the ignition key. On

an uphill slope, turn the front

wheels away from the kerb.
If the vehicle is on a downhill

slope, engage reverse gear or

set the selector lever to position

P before removing the ignition

key. Turn the front wheels

towards the kerb.

● Close the windows.
● Remove the ignition key from

the ignition switch. Turn the

steering wheel until the

steering wheel lock is felt to

For vehicles with automatic

transmission, the key can only

be removed when the selector

lever is in position P.

● Lock the vehicle.
● Activate the anti-theft alarm


● The engine cooling fans may run

after the engine has been

switched off 3 158.


After running at high engine

speeds or with high engine loads,

operate the engine briefly at a low

load or run in neutral for

approx. 30 seconds before

switching off, in order to protect

the turbocharger.


Driving and operating



In the event of an accident with

airbag deployment, the engine is

switched off automatically if the

vehicle comes to a standstill within a

certain time.

Engine exhaust

9 Danger

Engine exhaust gases contain

poisonous carbon monoxide,

which is colourless and odourless

and could be fatal if inhaled.
If exhaust gases enter the interior

of the vehicle, open the windows.

Have the cause of the fault

rectified by a workshop.
Avoid driving with an open load

compartment, otherwise exhaust

gases could enter the vehicle.

Exhaust filter

Automatic cleaning process

The exhaust filter system filters soot

particles out of the exhaust gases.

The system includes a self-cleaning

function that runs automatically

during driving without any notification.

The filter is cleaned by periodically

burning off the soot particles at high

temperature. This process takes

place automatically under set driving

conditions and may take up to

25 minutes. Typically it needs

between 7 and 12 minutes. Autostop

is not available and fuel consumption

may be higher during this period. The

emission of smells and smoke during

this process is normal.

System requires manual cleaning


Under certain driving conditions, e.g.

driving short distances, the system

cannot clean itself automatically.
If cleaning of the filter is required and

if previous driving conditions did not

enable automatic cleaning, it will be



Driving and operating

indicated by illumination of % and a

warning message in the Driver

Information Centre.

 illuminates along with a warning

message when exhaust filter is full.

Start cleaning process as soon as


 flashes along with a warning

message when exhaust filter has

reached the maximum filling level.

Start cleaning process immediately to

avoid damage to the engine.

Activate manual cleaning process

To activate cleaning process,

continue driving, keep engine speed

above 2000 rpm. Shift down if

necessary. Exhaust filter cleaning is

then started.
Cleaning takes place quickest at high

engine speeds and loads.
Control indicator % extinguishes as

soon as the self-cleaning operation is

complete. Keep on driving until self-

cleaning operation is complete.


If possible, do not interrupt

cleaning process. Drive until

cleaning is completed to avoid the

need for service or repair by a


Cleaning process not possible

If cleaning is not possible for any

reasons, control indicator Z

illuminates. Engine power may be

reduced. Seek the assistance of a

workshop immediately.

Catalytic converter

The catalytic converter reduces the

amount of harmful substances in the

exhaust gases.


Fuel grades other than those listed

on pages 3 1503 210 could

damage the catalytic converter or

electronic components.

Unburnt fuel will overheat and

damage the catalytic converter.

Therefore avoid excessive use of

the starter, running the fuel tank

dry and starting the engine by

pushing or towing.

In the event of misfiring, uneven

engine running, a reduction in engine

performance or other unusual

problems, have the cause of the fault

rectified by a workshop as soon as

possible. In an emergency, driving

can be continued for a short period,

keeping vehicle speed and engine

speed low.


Driving and operating


Automatic transmission

The automatic transmission permits

automatic gearshifting (automatic

mode) or manual gearshifting

(manual mode).
Manual shifting is possible in manual

mode by pressing < or ] on the

selector lever 3 128.

Transmission display

The mode or selected gear is shown

in the Driver Information Centre.
In automatic mode, the driving

programme is indicated by D.

In manual mode, M and the number

of the selected gear is indicated.
R indicates reverse gear.
N indicates neutral position.
P indicates park position.

Selector lever

P : park position, wheels are locked,

engage only when the vehicle is

stationary and the parking brake

is applied

R : reverse gear, engage only when

the vehicle is stationary

N : neutral

D : automatic shift mode

M : manual shift mode


: push to upshift in manual mode


: push to downshift in manual


The selector lever is locked in P and

can only be moved when the ignition

is on and the brake pedal is applied.

Without brake pedal applied, control

indicator j illuminates.
If the selector lever is not in P when

the ignition is switched off, control

indicator j flashes.
To engage P, R or M, press the

release button.



Driving and operating

The engine can only be started with

the lever in position P or N. When

position N is selected, press the brake

pedal or apply the parking brake

before starting.
Do not accelerate while engaging a

gear. Never depress the accelerator

pedal and brake pedal at the same

When a gear is engaged, the vehicle

slowly begins to creep when the

brake is released.

Engine braking

To utilise the engine braking effect,

select a lower gear in good time when

driving downhill, see manual mode.

Rocking the vehicle

Rocking the vehicle is only

permissible if the vehicle is stuck in

sand, mud or snow. Move the selector

lever between D and R in a repeat

pattern. Do not race the engine and

avoid sudden acceleration.


Apply the parking brake and engage

The ignition key can only be removed

when the selector lever is in position


Manual mode

Move selector lever to position M.
Press < on the selector lever to shift

to a higher gear.
Press ] on the selector lever to shift

to a lower gear.

If a higher gear is selected when

vehicle speed is too low, or a lower

gear when vehicle speed is too high,

the shift is not executed. This can

cause a message in the Driver

Information Centre.
In manual mode, no automatic

shifting to a higher gear takes place

at high engine revolutions.

Gear shift indication

The symbol R with a number beside

it is indicated when gearshifting is

recommended for fuel saving

Shift indication appears only in

manual mode.

Electronic driving


● The automatic neutral shift

function automatically shifts to

idling when the vehicle is stopped

with a forward gear engaged and

the brake pedal is pressed.


Driving and operating


● Special programmes

automatically adapt the shifting

points when driving up inclines or

down hills.

● When starting off in snowy or icy

conditions or on other slippery

surfaces, the electronic

transmission control selects a

higher gear automatically.


Pressing down the accelerator pedal

beyond the kickdown detent will lead

to maximum acceleration

independent of selected driving

mode. The transmission shifts to a

lower gear depending on engine



In the event of a fault, control indicator


 illuminates. Additionally, a

message is displayed in the Driver

Information Centre.
Vehicle messages 3 89.
The transmission no longer shifts

automatically. Continued travel is

possible with manual shifting.

Only the highest gear is available.

Depending on the fault, second gear

may also be available in manual

mode. Shift only when the vehicle is

at a standstill.
Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.

Interruption of power supply

In the event of an interruption of

power supply, the selector lever

cannot be moved out of the P

position. The ignition key cannot be

removed from the ignition switch.
If the vehicle battery is discharged,

start the vehicle using jump leads



If the vehicle battery is not the cause

of the fault, release the selector lever.

1. Apply the parking brake.

2. Release the selector lever trim

from the centre console; Poke

with a finger into the leather

socket in front of the selector lever

and push the trim upwards at the

front rim from below, as shown in

the illustration. Rotate trim to the




Driving and operating

3. Push down the release lever and

move the selector lever out of P or

N. If these positions are engaged

again, the selector lever will be

locked in position again. Have the

cause of the power supply

interruption remedied by a


4. Mount the selector lever trim onto

the centre console and refit.

Manual transmission

To engage reverse, depress the

clutch pedal and then press the

release button on the selector lever

and engage the gear.
If the gear does not engage, set the

lever to neutral, release the clutch

pedal and depress again; then repeat

gear selection.
Do not slip the clutch unnecessarily.
When operating, depress the clutch

pedal completely. Do not use the

pedal as a foot rest.


It is not advisable to drive with the

hand resting on the selector lever.

Gear shift indication 3 80.
Stop-start system 3 122.


Driving and operating



The brake system comprises two

independent brake circuits.
If a brake circuit fails, the vehicle can

still be braked using the other brake

circuit. However, braking effect is

achieved only when the brake pedal

is depressed firmly. Considerably

more force is needed for this. The

braking distance is extended. Seek

the assistance of a workshop before

continuing the journey.
When the engine is not running, the

support of the brake servo unit

disappears once the brake pedal has

been depressed once or twice.

Braking effect is not reduced, but

braking requires significantly greater

force. It is especially important to bear

this in mind when being towed.
Control indicator R 3 79.

Antilock brake system

Antilock brake system (ABS)

prevents the wheels from locking.

ABS starts to regulate brake pressure

as soon as a wheel shows a tendency

to lock. The vehicle remains

steerable, even during hard braking.
ABS control is made apparent

through a pulse in the brake pedal

and the noise of the regulation

For optimum braking, keep the brake

pedal fully depressed throughout the

braking process, despite the fact that

the pedal is pulsating. Do not reduce

the pressure on the pedal.
After starting-off the system performs

a self-test which may be audible.
Control indicator u 3 80.

Adaptive brake light

During full braking, all three brake

lights flash for the duration of ABS



9 Warning

If there is a fault in the ABS, the

wheels may be liable to lock due

to braking that is heavier than

normal. The advantages of ABS

are no longer available. During

hard braking, the vehicle can no

longer be steered and may


Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.



Driving and operating

Parking brake

Manual parking brake

9 Warning

Always apply parking brake firmly

without operating the release

button, and apply as firmly as

possible on a downhill or uphill

To release the parking brake, pull

the lever up slightly, press the

release button and fully lower the


To reduce the operating forces of

the parking brake, depress the

brake pedal at the same time.

Control indicator R 3 79.

Brake assist

If the brake pedal is depressed

quickly and forcefully, maximum

brake force is automatically applied

(full braking).
Maintain steady pressure on the

brake pedal for as long as full braking

is required. Maximum brake force is

automatically reduced when the

brake pedal is released.

Hill start assist

The system helps prevent unintended

movement when driving away on

When releasing the brake pedal after

stopping on an incline, the brakes

remain on for a further 2 seconds. The

brakes release automatically as soon

as the vehicle begins to accelerate or

the 2 seconds holding time is over.

The hill start assist is not active during

an Autostop.


Driving and operating


Ride control systems

Traction Control system

The Traction Control system (TC) is a

component of the Electronic Stability

Control (ESC).
TC improves driving stability when

necessary, regardless of the type of

road surface or tyre grip, by

preventing the drive wheels from

As soon as the drive wheels start to

spin, engine output is reduced and

the wheel spinning the most is braked

individually. This considerably

improves the driving stability of the

vehicle on slippery road surfaces.

TC is operational after each engine

start as soon as the control indicator



When TC operates b flashes.



Do not let this special safety

feature tempt you into taking risks

when driving.
Adapt speed to the road



If there is a fault in the system the

control indicator b illuminates

continuously and a message or a

warning code appears in the Driver

Information Centre. The system is not

Have the cause of the fault remedied

by a workshop.

Electronic Stability Control

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

improves driving stability when

necessary, regardless of the type of

road surface or tyre grip.
As soon as the vehicle starts to

swerve (understeer/oversteer),

engine output is reduced and the

wheels are braked individually.

ESC operates in combination with the

Traction Control system (TC). It

prevents the drive wheels from


ESC is operational after each engine

start as soon as the control indicator



When ESC operates b flashes.

9 Warning

Do not let this special safety

feature tempt you into taking risks

when driving.
Adapt speed to the road


Control indicator b 3 81.









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