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Old 01-29-2002, 00:20   #1 (permalink)
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Wierd start

I have an AU XR6 HP. Occasionally (about 1 in every 15-20 starts) the engine seems to cough and splutter a bit more than usual B4 going Vrooom. Normally the engine starts around 1-1.5 sec after I turn the key, but when this happens it takes from 2.5 to 3 secs. I was told once to switch the A/C off before starting but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is there someone who knows thier stuff that can shed a bit of light on this. The service guys don't seem to know about it no matter how much I try to explain to them.
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Old 01-29-2002, 00:38   #2 (permalink)
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I have an AU XR6 HP. Occasionally (about 1 in every 15-20 starts) the engine seems to cough and splutter a bit more than usual B4 going Vrooom. Normally the engine starts around 1-1.5 sec after I turn the key, but when this happens it takes from 2.5 to 3 secs. I was told once to switch the A/C off before starting but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is there someone who knows thier stuff that can shed a bit of light on this. The service guys don't seem to know about it no matter how much I try to explain to them.
Much as I HATE to say this (and give the wrong impression to those looking at AU XR's), mine is doing the same lately. Took 3 goes to start this morning. I've run 2 tanks of PULP through it, after looking at PULP threads on here, with no results.

I used to just be able to turn key, start immediately. I, too, have ensured AC is off, no difference.

Another visit to the hospital, me thinks. Still love it, but!

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Guys mine has been doing it as well of late.. and its a VCT with only 4,300 kms on the odo....

It seems to be with the hot dry weather...
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My EL does this too, although not very often. It doesnt seem to matter whether or not the engine is hot or cold, but when it happens its a prick to get it to start. Its only happend 7 or 8 times in a year, can be annoying though.
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Could this just be a form of vapour lock? My EF Fairmont Ghia does is sometimes, but only when its a hot day and I've been driving it for a while and then try to restart it. Most of the time I have the air-con on though, but it has happened when it was off too.
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My AUII XR6 HP does the same thing, of a morning it will take 2 maybe 3 goes to start but never more. It has done this ever since I bought it (brand new).

Mine has only ever known Shell Optimax or Mobil Synergy so I don't think fuel is the problem.

The only reason I've noticed this is because my AU S started first go every time.

I've just put it down to a particularity of that model. There seems no harm done and really when you think about it, it isn't a great problem.
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I always run my car on 98 RON juice (Optimax) and like to redline it a lot. Perhaps thats part of the cause???
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Old 01-29-2002, 02:54   #8 (permalink)
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Funny that most of you guys are having this problem with XR6's. My parents bought an EF Series 2 XR6 that had the problems you guys described. It progressively got worse and worse. The local dealer couldn't fix it ( wouldn't trust these guys to change the oil on a pushbike). Took the car to Mcinerny Ford in Moreley (Perth) they gave us a then brand spanner EL wagon to run around in as we live some 400km's away. Turned out to be a valve in either the pump or pickup in the fuel tank. Can't remember exactly which as it was a good 4 or 5 years ago. It seems strange that you guys all describe the problem the same way.
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My EL had trouble starting if I touched the accelorator before starting it
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Old 01-29-2002, 05:28   #10 (permalink)
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have the same problem with the EF Futura. Maybe once in every 20 starts.

SEEMS to happen mostly when the tank is nearly empty???
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