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    Astra starts up then dies

    Hello. I have a 1999 V Reg Astra 1.6LS. It started to have trouble starting up a few weeks ago and would get you to one point but then wouldn't start again.

    We have had numerous people including the AA and mechanics tell us different things but it still won't go. Sometimes it would start other days it wouldn't.

    The ecu light started flashing at one point and we were told it was an immobiliser problem. The ecu was checked and the immobiliser and keys recoded but it still wouldn't start.

    We got it started with jump leads and left it running for 45 minutes but it wouldn't start again after we switched it off.

    We have since replaced the battery but it just won't hold once started. We start it up and rev but it dies to a halt. We don't know what it could be now unless its an immobiliser or fuel fault.

    Any help or suggestions on how we can check this ourselves without more expense of call outs would be greatly appreciated.

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    You could try cleaning out the EGR valve & the throttle body housing.

    There is a How-to for the EGR valve in the Technical Section on this site.
    Look here

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    Id be lookin at the Coolant Temperature Sensor (CTS) will only cost about a tenner and 2mins to replace.

    Which 1.6 have u got?

    If its the 8valve X16SZR the CTS is located behind the engine on the inlet manifold near to the alternator - it screws into the manifold and youll see a harness coming off it.

    On the 16v X16XEL engine its located on the bottom left of the head as u look from the front - near to the thermostat housing.

    Does the engine management light come on at all ? If it does, and remains constant for at least 30 seconds then a fault code will be stored.

    Due to the age of the vehicle you can read the fault codes ur self by just using a paperclip.... I wont confuse you further at this stage but if u want to consider this option then have a look at this thread http://www.astraownersclub.com/vb/sh...69&postcount=4 ignore the start as its aimed at another members problem but the main body of the post remains true.

    If you havent had an EML on constant (bar the flashing) then Id consider the CTS and the obligatory cleaning of the EGR valve, Throttle Body and ICV (Idle Control Valve) - details in the how-to section or just post in here and we can guide u in the right direction

    HTH

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