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wont start

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:25 pm
by jack b
i was out in my 16v the other night and it was running perfect, went to go to work the next morning and wouldnt start, so far i have changed the ignition module and that didint help so if anyone has any ideas it would help and can someone tell me where the fuel pump relay is? cheers

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 3:10 pm
by RobC
Hi Jack

Sorry to hear that. Depending on your model the fuel pump relay will either be under the bonnet by the offside inner wing, or under the driver's seat by the ECU.

In the past I've had starting issues caused by poor earthing of the ignition module and the crank angle sensor on top of the gearbox. But as I', sure you are aware, there are a million different reasons why it may not be starting. Only thing to do it be methodical and work through everything one at a time!

I usually start on the electrical side of things and ensure there's a spark before progressing to fuel.


Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:04 pm
by jack b
so far i have changed the ignition module and dizzy cap and that didnt change it, it hasnt got any fuel getting up either so i guess next step is fuel pump relay?

Posted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:21 pm
by jayw
Pump relay, is it clicking when you turn the key?
Fuel pump, any noise from it?

It their age now, pumps pack up without warning or reasoning :roll:

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:09 am
by jack b
theres a brown relay under the seat mate that clicks when you turn the ignition on but not when you try to start, also no noise from the pump

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:09 pm
by Jezziebx16v
I've also had this problem before on more than one of my 16v's.

Sounds stupid I know but put a new set of plugs in it, you maybe suprised!


Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:16 pm
by jack b
it is running again now, turned out to be a bad connection to the crank sensor! thanks for the pointers everyone.