Intermittent poor starting

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Intermittent poor starting

Post by wotwot » 06 Sep 2010, 17:15

would'nt it be an idea to take it back to the indi and ask him to check the new glows,maybe a duff connection somewhere.

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Intermittent poor starting

Post by Penguin » 06 Sep 2010, 21:03

wotwot wrote:would'nt it be an idea to take it back to the indi and ask him to check the new glows,maybe a duff connection somewhere.
Came home and tried to start the car. Wouldn't start again so I checked the 12v feed to the plugs and it was fine. Finally got it started again. Phoned the indi and have taken it back and left it at his garage so he can try it from cold in the morning.

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Post by Peter.N. » 07 Sep 2010, 09:33

If the fuel solonoid is sticking or intermittently open circuit it will give exactly the symptoms you describe. Try removing it and taking the plunger out and refitting, you will have to stall the engine to stop it but at least you can rule it out - or in.

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Intermittent poor starting

Post by 49er_Jerry » 07 Sep 2010, 21:57

you will have to stall the engine to stop it
Or use the manual stop lever.

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Post by Peter.N. » 07 Sep 2010, 22:04

That means opening the bonnet :D

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Post by Penguin » 13 Sep 2010, 12:25

OK, here's the update for those interested. The mechanic reckons that I was getting voltage to Plug 3 but not to any others which confused him a bit, but by the process of 'well what else could it be?' plumped for the rail joining the plugs together. Admittedly I wasn't convinced but it has started perfectly every time since (touches wood). He reckons he has changed them in the past but it definitely was rare.

Anyhoo, there you go....for now.

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Post by Peter.N. » 13 Sep 2010, 13:03

Its a possibility, however remote, was it the one that the lead was connected to that was working OK?

I had a similarly bizzare problem a little while ago on a starter motor, that was intermittent, to cut a long story short, the lug on the end of the power lead was clamped firmly betwwen the nut and the stud but was only intermittently making contact, it appears that the surface of the lug had oxidised forming an insulating layer - or maybe semi conducting.

First time I have ecountered that particular problem in over 50 years!

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Post by Penguin » 13 Sep 2010, 13:48

You are correct Peter, it was indeed the plug connected directly to the feed that was functioning.

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Post by Peter.N. » 13 Sep 2010, 14:10

Well, there's another one for the book.