Need some help in diagnosing a problem with my brothers ED fairmont.
After sitting in the car listening to the stereo for a while(10-15 mins) the car will not start unless you turn the ignition off and wait about 5-10 mins. If you do try and start it it just does absolutely nothing. It gets pretty annoying at times.
The stereo is not standard, its a sony cd player, subs amps etc.
My theory was that maybe its the smartlock thinking that someone is trying to breakinto the car fiddling with the ignition and after a certain time mucking around it needs "resetting".
I think its more likely you have drained the battery (I assume you are listening to the stereo with the engine off) and after a rest of 10 to 15 minutes the partially flat battery and current maintenance bit of the EEC are able to generate enough current to turn the engine over. Do you hear the starter solenoid click when you try and start the car?
You've jinxed me; I had a similar problem with my NC last night after I posted . Started it noticed boot was open, stopped car, wouldn't start again (2 hours), charged battery no change (only slightly flat - boot light on) removed and checked fuses and it started. Is a fuse slightly faulty or not seated or had corroded terminals or did I move something else? Hmmmm.
The reason I made the comment about it sounding like battery is that 14 months ago I was out with my family at dinner and when we got in the car to go home it was dead. I wriggled things in the battery area and whacked the battery terminals with no initial result. After several frustrated twists of the key and a brief swearing session, followed by several more twists of the key the car just started! It cranked nicely and fired up no sweat. So we drove to my work which was on the way home and the nearest source of tools, multimeters etc. - after shutting down in the carpark there, it once again wouldn't start. I tried disconnecting and reconnecting the battery leads with no change initially then after a number of attempts (lasting maybe 10 minutes of trying) it once again just started no sweat. At that point I grabbed the work ute and ripped over to a 24 hr BP servo and bought a new battery. Chucked it in and here we are 14 months later with the car having not missed a beat.
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