My first post as an astra co-owner... my girlfriends faithful 1.7TD '97 plate. She's done some miles; 150k+ but still going strong, aside a turbo that now barely spins!
Her latest game is to refuse to engage the starter motor at all.. Ignition and glow plugs are all fine, but then you turn the key against the spring to start there is nothing, no noise, no relay sounds.... nothing.
She's done it to me once when I replaced the alternator, and then next day started fine.
Out on the road the other night in the rain and sleet with the dog she did it again. My girlfriend whacked all the relay boxes in the engine bay and she managed to get the old girl going again.
She did it again at the petrol station the day after... but again with some wiggling she was running again. Not ideal...
So I pulled every relay in the 2 relay boxes under the bonnet, and none of these control the starter motor, and so I conclude the fault must be somewhere directly between the key and the stater..
can anyone tell me to obvious places to look before I start experimenting?
I'd love to have a haynes manual for her, but they don't make one for the diesel... any suggestion on this as well?
regards to all...