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Hello, Why won't my mondeo start
Posted 09 December 2009 - 09:14 PM
Thought I'd join up and say hello, as I've just got my first mondeo. Unfortunately I need to ask for your help already.
I've only had my mondeo for a week and in that time it's been great. It's a 2 litre Ghia X Estate Manual 1999. The guy I brought it from at work hasn't had any real trouble with it over the last 18 months or so he owned it.
But this evening, it just wouldn't start. The engine turns over quiet happily, but it never catches.
I drove it in and out of work this morning and it started straight away. This evening went to go out and it the engine turns but never gets going.
I took the wifes car, so I haven't checked anything, is it possible that the engine will not start because the spanner is on?
The only thing that has been slightly odd is that the temp gauage never really seems to move about the cold area on the left, even though you can feel the engine is warm.. Not sure if that has anything to do with why it will not start. Also the like spanner icon is lit - I understand that if I push the reset button next to it with the ignition on for 4 seconds this will go out, is this correct?
Any other ideas, I'm fairly happy checking/changing simple things on cars, but am not an expert by any stretch.
Posted 09 December 2009 - 10:39 PM
I'd start by checking the obvious - are you sure it's got petrol in? If so, can you hear the fuel pump prime under the back seat when the ignition is turned to position 2?
If so, hold your foot on the accelerator, down to the floor. Crank the engine for ~10s and see if it starts to splutter - the ECU will recognise this as the starting procedure for a flooded engine, which often happens if a car is only moved a short distance after the engine starts(possibly you stalled it when parking earlier? If not, then there's a good chance it'll be flooded now anyway)...
If the pump is priming and the foot to the floor doesn't make any difference, the next step would be to remove the spark plugs and check they're delivering a healthy spark...
Posted 09 December 2009 - 10:43 PM
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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:36 AM
Ended up unpluging and reconnecting the fuel pump and now all works again..
Happy it's working, bit worried that is could it do this again if all I did was unplug and reconnect..
Thanks once again
Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:05 PM
Posted 17 December 2009 - 01:12 PM
I'll have a better look at the weekend, but guessing it'll be easier if the rear seat base is removed, any pointers for doing this?
Posted 17 December 2009 - 08:17 PM