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 Post subject: help my capri wont start
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:01 pm 
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Just got in from work, tired to start my capri to move it and it wont run. It starts for about 2 seconds then dies. If I give it a bit gas on and off the pedal it will run for a few secs, then die again. The fuel pump has been extremely loud since I bought it, whining all the time. Could it have finally given up? or is there anything else I can look at?

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 Post subject: Is it....
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:07 pm 
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...a 2.8? If so then I would suspect pink relay under the dash first (controls the fuel pump). Try connecting a battery direct to the terminals of the pump, if the pump runs then try to start the car, if the engine runs the relay is at fault. If the pump does not run on direct 12v then it's knackered. If the pump runs but the engine doesn't, check the ignition, starting by checking for a spark at the plug leads and so on.


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 Post subject: does the pump
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:25 pm 
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still operate. can you still hear it? differers from differnt (pink) relays some sound the pump when ign is first turned on. and others sound the pump when you turn the key to activate the starter and stop and then the pump sounds.. does this happen?

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 Post subject: I have just had exactly the same problem.
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:17 pm 
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I was the fuel pump, as you said the pump has been making a loud noise, this is normaly an indicator that the pump is about to fail. it sounds like yours just has.


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 Post subject: pump
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I can still hear the pump making noise, but it doesn't sound very healthy. Dunno if its my ears, but it used to make a high pitch whine, now it sounds very low.


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 Post subject: yes
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 8:32 pm 
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it is a 2.8i


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 Post subject: you do atually have
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:17 pm 
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fuel in it and the fuel guage ant fibbing? im just asking coz its such an easy thing to over look. and with no fuel in the tank the sound of the pump will change coz it would be wearing its self out.

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 Post subject: fuel
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2007 9:31 pm 
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hmmmm you might be right there. My speedo isnt working, so also no mile reading, so I dont know how many miles since I last filled up. Fuel gauge is reading just over the top of red. So tomorrow night I am gonna fill up a couple of fuel cans and put them in the car, got to be 100% sure the fuel is ok, before I mess with other things.


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 Post subject: then it sounds
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like you have just about run out of fuel and your sender is earthing somwhere


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 Post subject: put some fuel in
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:54 pm 
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got 2 fuel cans, filled em up and put it in the car, still no good. Opened the bonnet to have a look in the air box as I was told there could be a sticking flap in there, and.... the top of the air box was not fixed on...

ie the 5 inch diameter circle bit, with jubilee clip. Rammed it back on, and the car fired up ok!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:01 pm 
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...occurence, more often than you think! I have known "professionals" take it off to spray easy start in while cranking and wonder why it still won't start!


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 Post subject: haha this happened to me at work the other day
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 10:25 am 
Id lent my capri to my dad, and something always seems to go wrong when he gets his hands on it

so it was no surprise when he rings me and says " your ******* car wont start, get over here and sort the **** out "

turns out the hose from the airbox had come loose, just as you said

it would start on the cold start valve, but as soon as that stopped the engine would cut out :)


  
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