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    Diesel 1.7TD Starting Problem

    Hi All

    I recently ran out of fuel, and after refilling it now wont start.
    I have heard that it could be because there is air in the system and I need to take it to a dealer who will have a special tool??
    A friend has checked, and there is fuel at the injectors.
    Is there a quick fix to this and if so can anyone let me into the secret?!

    Normally I would have got it straight to a garage, but I am currently in France living, and I dont want to be ripped off by appearing to not know what the problem might be if I take it to the local dealer

    Any advice would be gratefully received.
    Thanks in advance

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    Top the fuel filter up with fuel, you might as well put a new filter in at the same time, crank for 10 second bursts max and wait 5 seconds before retrying, repeat this until it starts, it may be usefull to use jump leads from another vehicle to help spin the engine over without draining your battery down, as it can take a few attemps to get it started.

    Vaux reccomend using a bleed pump to draw all the air out of the system, but the above method will work just as well.

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    as above, thats how i did mine.


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    Spedo - thanks very much for that advice.
    I will do as you say tomorrow and report back.
    If this doesnt work, am I looking at a big bill?

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    I am sure it will be ok, all the evidence points to air in the system as you ran out of fuel in the first instance. Just make sure you have the right tools for the job and take your time, dont overtighten the fuel filter top and make sure it is on square so it has a good seal as not to draw more air in.

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    I have tried doing what you have directed, and now have a new fuel filter. I have read heaps of threads and many mention the fuel pipe ends etc. and having to disconnect them, but to change the fuel filter I only had to unscrew one hex-bolt? Was that correct? By the way, the filter reservoir was totally full when I took out the old filter....
    Anyway, it appears I am no further forward as after a dozen attempts it still failed to start. Looks like a tow to the local 'garagiste' to have it looked at. Anyone a clue what it could be now?

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    You don't have to remove the pipes, only check they are in tight so not to draw in air. If you are now happy that everything is ok in the fuel department, it is now time to suspect the other things, however it is odd that the vehicle has another fault since running out of fuel, but since you have fuel at the injector pipes it is a possibility. Try to get it on a fault code reader, and get someone to check the cam belt timing as it might have slipped. It can take more than a dosen attemps to start, thats why you should use jump leads from another vehicle for exra boost. You could try spraying a little esay start into the air intake to help draw the fuel through, be warned don't overdo this, especially if you suspect belt may have slipped.

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    Thanks again Spedo - its quite a resource this website isnt it!?
    It is now in the hands of the garage who will no doubt tell me what the fault is, as I'm desparate to get it back on the road. I tried spraying a little easy start before the battery ran down the first time, and it spluttered and sounded like it was going to start on that occasion, but someone had told me not to overdo it, as you did, so didnt repeat it for fear of creating further damage.
    Anyway, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will keep you posted.
    Thanks again.

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    ah mine took about 3 minutes to start mate lol

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    Hi again,
    After the car being at the garage for what seems like ages, I spoke to the mechanic, and he tells me there is no problem with the fuel side of things;
    The problem is that there is no power to the pump apparently, but the electrical guy is going to check it; what if anything is before the pump that could fail? Wouldnt mind knowing before they give me the estimate for the repair!!
    Regards Everyone

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