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Since I brought my '91 late last year I've had this odd starting "thing"!

I'll do my best to describe it


When you turn the key the engine turns like its going to start, then stops momentarily, then starts turning again, then it'll either start or it'll hesitate once more before starting!!!

It doesnt do it on every start ( about 1 start in 20, say )
It always starts ( or at least it has up to now! )
I've just replaced the Cambelt ( though it did it just the same with the old one! )
I've replaced the plugs, leads, air filter, oil filter
There are no flat spots throughout the rev range
The car drives lovely.

.......this may or not be related but

On tick over there is a little "intermittent hessitation" in the idle. Kinda like a very quick stutter.You can identify it easier when listening to the exhaust but It's so slight that a lot of people that I've pointed it out to either cant hear it at all or just say I'm being too critical........but it's there all the same!

Like I say it may be related to the starting blip.......It may well be inherent in all 5's (this is my first)or it may be a seperate problem.....I just thought it'd be worth mentioning just so you have all the facts.

I'd appreciate your input on this one guys

Cheers in advance
 

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Sounds like the timing, check the base timing of the engine, it should be around 10 degrees
 

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Sounds like the timing, check the base timing of the engine, it should be around 10 degrees
Thanks.....I thought about that, but.........if the timing were out, would it not do it on every start?......and would it still run sweetly?

I dont know
 

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When you turn the key the engine turns like its going to start, then stops momentarily, then starts turning again, then it'll either start or it'll hesitate once more before starting!!!
Are you saying that the starter is occasionally & intermittently cutting out before the engine fires up?......if so, it's more than likely a faulty starter relay but it could be a bad earth/connection on your starter/solenoid. If it were a faulty starter it would have been gradually getting worse over time & struggling to turn over at all by now.

I'd start by checking the starter relay (favourite to fail), then all wires/connections leading to/from the starter, including those coming from the ignition barrel.

Do you hear any clicking noises when turning the engine over?

Vince.
 

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Check the connections on the battery. Give them a rub with some wet and dry and tighten them up again. Also check the battery is fully charged and the alternator is giving out the correct charge.
 

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Since I brought my '91 late last year I've had this odd starting "thing"!

I'll do my best to describe it


When you turn the key the engine turns like its going to start, then stops momentarily, then starts turning again, then it'll either start or it'll hesitate once more before starting!!!

It doesnt do it on every start ( about 1 start in 20, say )
It always starts ( or at least it has up to now! )
I've just replaced the Cambelt ( though it did it just the same with the old one! )
I've replaced the plugs, leads, air filter, oil filter
There are no flat spots throughout the rev range
The car drives lovely.

.......this may or not be related but

On tick over there is a little "intermittent hessitation" in the idle. Kinda like a very quick stutter.You can identify it easier when listening to the exhaust but It's so slight that a lot of people that I've pointed it out to either cant hear it at all or just say I'm being too critical........but it's there all the same!

Like I say it may be related to the starting blip.......It may well be inherent in all 5's (this is my first)or it may be a seperate problem.....I just thought it'd be worth mentioning just so you have all the facts.

I'd appreciate your input on this one guys

Cheers in advance
sounds like your timingis over advanced,and it geting to tdc before ingnition,check your timing
 

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Thanks for all your suggestions gents


I'll take a look at all of the above over the weekend

Cheers
 
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