On or around Fri, 15 Apr 2005 22:13:32 GMT, "tomtom" <email@example.com>
enlightened us thusly:
>Nup, it was my neighbours and was always apig to start
I had a mystery failure on one of my V8s, the rotor arm went short to the
post inside. Took much head scratching to solve that one.
If it's "always a pig to start" there's something wrong with it, though - my
hotwire 3.5 is pretty good - it's slightly iffy at the moment but then it's
due a new set of plugs at this (or maybe the last :-)) service.
leads are a good source of problems, if they're not in good condition.
Magnecor are worth the extra pennies, IMHO.
You could try using a second battery or a battery charger to supply a full
12V to the coil positive (the -ve goes to the engine block, not to the other
side of the coil!) - We used to have a motor which needed this treatment -
eventually found that the ignition switch was for some reason not supplying
full voltage/current, and that the voltage drop when cranking killed the
doing that will eliminate any ignition-feed problems, including immobilisers
affecting the ignition.
have you tried towing it to bumpstart it?
Other things to check: cold start system (I think there is such a thing on
the hotwire...) for function; fuel system in general for correct settings.
Depending on age it may or may not be closed loop (i.e. lambda sensors in
the exhaust) and that could add problems; fuel lift pump for correct
operation and output - on mine, I had a fuel pump that went lazy - it still
ran and still pumped fuel, just not enough.
Austin Shackles. www.ddol-las.fsnet.co.uk
my opinions are just that
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