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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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my car won't start!

I took my dooper to gatwick on the weekend (I live in bristol) and I've been off sick all week so haven't used it. I went to start it today, pulled away and I thought I stalled it as it conked out and a warning light came on. I tried to start the car again and it would not start ='( I looked up the warning light and its the light for 'engine malfunction'.
Anybody got any insight as to what the problem is?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Mar 30th, 2012, 09:42 PM
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Is the motor trying to start or nothing happens when you press the start button? You have some power if you are getting warning lights...
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The engine turns over loads and just won't start.
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It appears that you have an 08 diesel...It could be something as simple a a blown fuse for the fuel pump, although not sure why it happened. Glo plug issues, could be a timing issue. You have power because the starter is turning, which is ok as well. I think the next step is make sure you are getting fuel.
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Do you have an alarm? Is your car a standard shift? I saw a thread about a clutch contact switch under the dash...
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Its started now, my mums boyfriend had a fiddle with it when I was out and its running like normal now but its got me worried!
Its a 57 plate dooper and showing low fuel, not sure if because it hasn't been used this week and the warm weather has dried the pipes =S
Now need to get fuel and no garages in my area have any diesel!
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Hallelujah! When you get a chance tell us what he did to get it to start. I checked other forums when I read your thread and others are having similar issues. Hope all goes well for you!
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He said he just tried it a few times and it worked, seems a bit strange it just started ok! I think I'll take it to the garage to see what they say!
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So I finished work tonight and went to start the car and the same happened!
It started for about 2 seconds and then the engine cut out.
I tried it about 7 or 8 times and eventually the engine chocked back to life but it has got me worried, my car is well looked after!
Im wondering if because I have start/stop on my car (57 dooper) the starting motor has had it, but it shouldnt be playing up after only 4 years surely?!
Anybody got any ideas what is going on?
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Just to update you if anybody has the same problem, I had a hole in one of the pipes which was letting air into the fuel, so £300 later and its working fine!
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