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    Got it going again, by constantly turning over the engine for about 100 seconds and it kicks in, doing this producing a very very big cloud of black smoke and then it kicks in and runs fine.

    It was back firing a little as soon as it started with smoke coming from the bonnet (possibly fuel vapour?). There was a lot of sut under the rear box and it was smoking constantly. We took it out for a spin and it drove like a new car, perfectly smooth. We then checked idle smoke and then nothing.

    Am I right in thinking it could be a valve problem? Its certainly a mechanical problem. This is the 3rd time this has happened now. It will probably be fine for the next few weeks until it happens again.

    I am just sick to death of it, sticking it on ebay today . I am sure everybody is sick of my bloody cars by now .

    Either way a morning with my girlfriend has turned into a morning under the bonnet .
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    sounds like ur running very rich to me, dont kno what car u have but id say you either have a clogged/v dirty air filter, or need to readjust ur carburetor. This would explain why theres so much soot. If it runs smoothly and later idles with no smoke this would make perfect sense also, as the engine would now be warm enough to burn more cleanly. Its nothing much to worry about, and should be fairly cheap to fix (as long as the carburetor isnt completely ******ed). Black is one of the better colours for smoke to be

    if it were a vavle prob then you'd be getting constant blue smoke. would almost certainly not be a smooth ride either. i blew a valve last week along the motorway - VERY scary suddenly loosing power and a very bumpy ride afterwards

    EDIT: just saw in another thread u posted about "emissions excessivly high" - makes perfect sense!
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    AT seriously.......I like you, you seem sound but stop with the stupid amount of posts of one of your many cars burning oil...
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    Nicknack this is a completely different car . This one passed the MOT no problem. Both cars are fuel injected btw.

    Spoke to a mechanic before and he reckons it could be some bearings on valves or somthing. Oh and this car has plenty of blue smoke (piston ring are warn) but thicker oil solves it but could that be what is causing this starting problem?
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    how many cars have u got? lol

    it could well be contributing then yes, while the cars running try disconnecting spark plugs one at a time (reconnecting each before moving along). If you disconnect one and the idle speed doesn't change then one of the valves is completely shot. The black could then be because ur flooding the engine before it fires, and it does make sense that thicker oil would temporarily stop blue smoke, but i doubt the thicker oil lubricates the engine as well as the thinner stuff would when cold - another possible cause of difficulty starting up.

    Id suggest u dump it, im replacing my engine at the mo and it isnt fun, lol
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    Sometimes I wonder why you don't just bite the bullet and buy a reliable car. You seem to have problems every other week :/
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    Its lack of money . My parents struggle, I do as well sometimes, we have always had old bangers and they have done us well. The problem we have ended up with two bangers at the same time.

    Just this minute uploading images to ebay for the Escort .
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    Just get a loan then :P
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    Without going into too many details not everybody can easily get loans, and there is no point going to them 50% APR car craft places.
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    Ah I see, fair enough
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    I am hoping to get £300 for mine (it has a long MOT, bodywork is in good condition for its age and it runs superbly, most go for around £400-£500 round here so they will snap it up at £300).

    May get £100 for the Escort if we are lucky, and can probably put another £500 towards it, so we should have £900-£1000 to spend but it has to be a very good car at that price (e.g have another 3-4 years left in it).
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    Scrapyard will give you £50 for each car.
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    I will bet any money I can get £300 for my car easily. It runs perfectly fine, its only 3 times out of 150 its not started. Joe Bloggs is out there .
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    1. Sell car.
    2. Get good paying job.
    3. Buy good, working car (Rover L series)
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    As much as I **** of BL, the post 95 Rover 25 style 200's are very cheap. But would that K series engine be asking for too much trouble at 70-100K? They seem like quite a solid car for £700.
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    Not really, no.

    You see anal enough to check the car for everything (including AIDs.)

    You could probaly spot HGF a mile off.

    The right tools, Hayne's manual, and a HG kit for £30 is the worst case scenario, providing you've spotted the symtpoms early on.
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    Been to see a few cars but they are all sheds.

    1) If you're a trader pretending to be private at least get rid of all your other cars.

    2) If you're trying to sell car make sure it bloody starts and the door opens.

    Quite annoyed as I have spent hours the last few days. All the good cars sell instantly.
 
 
 
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