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    I had an operation on my hand last monday and as a result i wasnt allowed 2 drive my car 4 2 weeks. However, today i thought i better just start my car as it hadnt been started in a while and its quite old (f reg fiesta). It wouldnt start! it was making the noises like it was trying to but couldnt quite get there. i dont wanna keep trying incase i flatten the battery...what should i do?!
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    Does it have a manual choke? On older cars a bit of fuel and thr right choke setting should do it...Was it reeeally cold when you tried?
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    (Original post by OMGWTF)
    Does it have a manual choke? On older cars a bit of fuel and thr right choke setting should do it...Was it reeeally cold when you tried?
    yeah it has a manual choke *grrr* and yeah it was quite cold tho there was no frost or anything on the car
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    Thats probably what you've got to fiddle to get it to start in the cold. The second you hear it start, give it a bit of gas, then let off and let it idle a bit
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    (Original post by OMGWTF)
    Thats probably what you've got to fiddle to get it to start in the cold. The second you hear it start, give it a bit of gas, then let off and let it idle a bit
    I tried it with the choke out and in and also with the accelerator on full as well as pumping it and it still wont work. although its an old car it has a new battery so i dont think its the battery
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    If its old an has a carburetor, holding the accelerator down may have "flooded" the cylinders/got the spark plugs wet. Which is a pain in the ass to fix
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    You have to be slow and let it properly start it up in the winter, especially if it's an old car.
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    (Original post by OMGWTF)
    If its old an has a carburetor, holding the accelerator down may have "flooded" the cylinders/got the spark plugs wet. Which is a pain in the ass to fix
    i also tried starting it with a flooded engine, my mum also reckons its the spark plugs...how do i fix them or do they dry themselves out?
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    I don't know if they'll dry out, don't think petrol evaporates much

    You'll need to take off the ignition leads to the spark plugs, then, using the right socket wrench loosen them. Once they're out, heat them up, or dry them somehow (Last time I did it was in a garage so I used a mini blowtorch), put them back in....Be VERY careful when screwing them in to not "cross thread" them. Then, put all the ignition leads back on (Push fit) in the same order

    If you don't have the right tool/can't get to it easily. Don't try, you could break something if you slip or something
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    They won't dry out because it is in a sealed area.

    Have you tried sitting in the car and getting a couple of people to push the car??? Once they get the car rolling then turn the key and give it some gas because the motion of the wheels takes the load off the engine and makes it easier to fire. Make sure you put it in gear and hold the clutch DOWN because it won't be pushable otherwise and then when you turn the key bring the clutch up.

    Worked for me.
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    Have you got a mulimeter? They cost £5 and every home should have one. You can spot instantly if its the battery with that.

    If its the battery it would sound very weak when you're trying to turn the engine over. What sort of car do you have btw?
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    My guess is damp in the distributor (in cold, damp weather. 9/10 times it's this!). This means the car will click or only turn over a little bit, but will not fire. Take off the distributor cap (the leads from the spark plugs lead to the distributor), give it a good wipe out, spray liberally with water displacement spray (WD40 will do), then reattach. Often happens to older cars when they're left standing in cold weather for a bit - easy 5 minute fix. If it's not that, then i'm guessing the battery's flat - leave it charge overnight and try again in the morning, if your car's had an alarm or immobiliser fitted, the battery could easily drain over 2 weeks. Oh, and spray the coil and HT leads with WD40 too - does it the world of good in this sort of weather.
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    had similar problem before with an old H reg escort after it was left for a month. engine just wouldnt start and the battery started to go flat.engine kept gettin flooded after each attempt. got me dad to tow it off drive (was stuck in bit of a ditch and we couldnt push it off) then bump start it. started after a little persuation and ran fine after that. i.e the trip to the scrapyard.
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    What is manual choke?
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    (Original post by itz_ant)
    What is manual choke?
    puts more fuel into engine when cold to keep it goin. if you lightly touch accelertor when you pull the choke out, the accelerator normally moves down a lil bit
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    When you try to start it does it make a constant noise while it turns over or just a short noise and then stops?
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    (Original post by MorbidAngel)
    puts more fuel into engine when cold to keep it goin. if you lightly touch accelertor when you pull the choke out, the accelerator normally moves down a lil bit
    Yeah - most cars now adays have an automatic joke so that you dont need to fiddle with it yourself. You may notice that in cold weatehr, your car will smelly of petrol slightly - this is due ot the auto choke over compensating slightly.
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    So it the manual choke, when u turn the key in an old car, it makes that horrid car starting noise. Then u have to push the accelerator down to get the engine started?
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    (Original post by Ghost)
    Yeah - most cars now adays have an automatic joke so that you dont need to fiddle with it yourself. You may notice that in cold weatehr, your car will smelly of petrol slightly - this is due ot the auto choke over compensating slightly.
    Wrong; most cars now have EFI (electronic fuel injection), so instead of a carb, you have injectors. There is no choke; the amount of fuel injected is controlled by an ECU. Automatic chokes were only around for a few years; they were absolutely crap - no cars use them anymore. The whole point in EFI was to do away with chokes for good.
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    (Original post by SyncMaster_770)
    Wrong; most cars now have EFI (electronic fuel injection), so instead of a carb, you have injectors. There is no choke; the amount of fuel injected is controlled by an ECU. Automatic chokes were only around for a few years; they were absolutely crap - no cars use them anymore. The whole point in EFI was to do away with chokes for good.
    Yep in the mid 90's there was a massive market for cars to be converted to manual chokes as automatic ones were the biggest cause of cars not starting in the winter. Thank god for fuel injection, even when its -1 out there my dads car just starts in an instant and thats 10 years old with 88k on the clock.
 
 
 
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