starting problem

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parkie
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starting problem

Post by parkie » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:22 pm

Hi all,
My S1 Exige won't start . after winter hibernation , charged/ replaced the battery , now it won't start ,engine turns over, have fuel and spark , checked and cleaned plugs , replaced crankshaft sensor , still not starting , it will occasionally fire but not run .

thanks Parkie

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Re: starting problem

Post by trackrod » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:39 pm

Hi Parkie,

unhappy first post but welcome to the forum anyway :thumbup:.
Your problem sounds strange, I have no real clue as everything you have done sounds reasonable. So only some wild guessing from me.
As you parked the car the engine was running faultlessly? And you did nothing to the car except to try to start it after the hibernation period?
You may re-check the wiring of the plugs if the order is right.
Check the IAC valve underneath the throttle bodies. It may have got stuck in the open position and the car gets too much air to start.

Besids that I have no idea if fuel and sparks are present.

Klaus

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Re: starting problem

Post by SimonE » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:37 pm

They can be quite contrary beggers when not used for a while, my suggestions:

Check main earthing points for corrosion
Bypass the immobiliser - you can get the bypass from Eliseparts
Injectors gunged up? - tap them as the engine turns over.
Clean/check the conical air filter - also check that there isn't a mouse nest in the plenum - had this once..
When was fuel filter last changed?

Check that the ignition wiring is continuous - there is a tendency for some of the wiring to go brittle with age and break - particularly suspect where the coil pack is and where the wiring passes through the rear bulkhead to the ecu

Strange that it fires sometime tho'? - have you checked the timing?

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Re: starting problem

Post by jonnyfox » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:55 pm

SimonE wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:37 pm
Strange that it fires sometime tho'? - have you checked the timing?
Yea couldn't work that out. I'll put the question to a few people.
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Re: starting problem

Post by deggles » Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:37 pm

As above, immobiliser bypass would definitely be high up my list of things to try, they've been known to fail in unexpected ways! :(

Is the car on the standard ECU, can you get a fault reader on it? Not all OBD readers will work but I've had some success with a bluetooth reader and the Torque Lite app.

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Re: starting problem

Post by parkie » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:43 pm

Thanks for all posts , took all sensors off, sprayed electrical with contact cleaner , hey presto started right away . now ready for more outings .

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Re: starting problem

Post by SimonE » Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:49 pm

Result :) - welcome to S1 Exigeland - nothing ever surprises me after 17 years ownership - they have character in spades that no other car I have ever owned has had - now get out and give it some beans :)

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Re: starting problem

Post by thommo » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:02 am

Great news!

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