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    What would cause a car to randomly not start at all? it was fine yesterday...used it and got back about 9pm last night. Roll on today and it didn't start at all? heeeeeelp!!
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    Can you be more specific?

    Is the engine turning over but not catching? or, is it not turning over at all?
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    Does it just click does it try to turn over? You gotta explain what it's doing for us to help
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    Most common cause would probably be you leaving your headlights/radio on for the whole night and battery going dead - had that same problem a fortnight ago.
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    It is turning over but not catching.

    Definitely turned the lights off last night; the car has an alarm which sounds when the doors are open but the headlights are on.
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    got plenty of fuel? even if the lights weren't on check to see if the battery is still good.
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    I'll check the battery later. Definately fine on petrol.
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    If its spinning over it's not the battery. Well.. assuming it's spinning over at the normal speed.

    Go back to basics. You need Fuel, Spark and compression to start an engine.

    Obvious stuff to look at...

    Make sure no leads have dropped off in the engine bay?
    Ignition circuit fuse?
    Is there fuel in the tank?
    Is the fuel getting through the injectors?
    Is the cambelt intact?
    Fuel pump working?
    Are you getting a spark at the plugs?
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    first thing I'd do would be to try start it on a jump start for the sake of 5 minutes; many cars will turn over, but unless the battery clamps are tight and the battery is at the right charge, it's more than possible to turn over but not have enough in it to catch - I've had this with numverous times

    Next, I'd check plugs, terminal connections are nice and tight (althoough less likely if its turning and not just clicking) and then follow suite from there much like JC has pointed out above..
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    (Original post by JC.)
    If its spinning over it's not the battery. Well.. assuming it's spinning over at the normal speed.

    Go back to basics. You need Fuel, Spark and compression to start an engine.

    Obvious stuff to look at...

    Make sure no leads have dropped off in the engine bay?
    Ignition circuit fuse?
    Is there fuel in the tank?
    Is the fuel getting through the injectors?
    Is the cambelt intact?
    Fuel pump working?
    Are you getting a spark at the plugs?
    Off topic, but once the fuel in my car got pretty low (but not empty) and it took a good 10 mins of turning over to catch. Do you think that was purely because the fuel was low?
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    (Original post by Mr Snips)
    Off topic, but once the fuel in my car got pretty low (but not empty) and it took a good 10 mins of turning over to catch. Do you think that was purely because the fuel was low?
    Possibly.
    The night before I sold my Volvo I had allowed the fuel level to drop so low the pump couldn't make enough pressure in the fuel rail.
    Only injector 1 had enough pressure to fire so it would only run on 1 cylinder until I put half a gallon of petrol in the tank.
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    (Original post by JC.)
    Possibly.
    The night before I sold my Volvo I had allowed the fuel level to drop so low the pump couldn't make enough pressure in the fuel rail.
    Only injector 1 had enough pressure to fire so it would only run on 1 cylinder until I put half a gallon of petrol in the tank.
    I guess it's a good job that didn't happen just after you'd shook hands. Yeah, after I filled it with petrol it started fine. It was the first (and only) time it hasn't started, and at first I thought it was buggered.

    '96 fiesta if you're interested :awesome:
 
 
 
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