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Car wont start

Discussion in 'Engine, Drivetrain, Fuel and Exhaust' started by Garth O'Donnell, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Garth O'Donnell

    Garth O'Donnell Registered

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    Hi, my car has been laid up since it's last MOT. I charged the battery and checked that there was fuel in it, but it will not start. It has no immobiliser to my knowledge or alarm. It is a 1993 220ce (coupe). All lights etc work and the car is turning over fine, but nothing! This car has given me stirling service and never missed a beat. It usually starts on the button. The last MOT it had a new cat fitted, but that was it. I drove it home and parked it up, then left it there unused for a few months. When I next tried to start it, the bat was flat. I charged it up and put it back in. It will not start - any ideas please?
    Garth
     
  2. mattkh

    mattkh Senior Member

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    Hi
    put up a picture of under the bonnet.
     
  3. television

    television Always remembered RIP

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    Can you hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds when you turn the ignition on
     
  4. stwat

    stwat Senior Member

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    Are you thinking it could be the fuel pump relay Malcolm ?

    I could advise where it is to check it on a 190e, Garth but I'm not sure where it's located on your car. The terminals can become a little corroded over time especially if the car is not used. Also the relay it's self can stick and sometimes a few taps frees it off.

    Also dry joints can occur in the relay which can easily be fixed by re-soldering them.


    Stu
     
  5. dieselman

    dieselman Senior Member

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    Also check the distributor cap for arcing.
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Yes that is the first thing that comes to mind, the relay could be unplugged and pins 7 and 8 bridged to test
     
  7. robparker

    robparker Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    On that engine the fuel relay is the small green one with a fuse on top behind the battery.
    No dizzy cap on that model.
    To check there is no after marlet immobiliser on it.. by the battery attatched to the firewall (facing the battery) there is a plug bolted on it that can be unplugged.. this wire goes tot he starter and after market immobilisers are nearly always wired in there, so check to see if there are any modifications made to the wiring (black tape etc)
     

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