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Car won't start advice needed

Discussion in 'Golf' started by gratz2, 10 May 2011.

  1. gratz2

    gratz2 Tuner

    Messages:
    50
    From:
    UK peterborough
    Car:
    Golf V5 auto
    Hello all,
    Welcome to my tale of woe :(
    Drove car (97 gti 2l 8v) to tescos to do some shopping - car started fine and got me there as normal, when I went to start it again it wouldn't run. Sometimes it sounded as though it was firing on one or two cylinders but as soon as I touched the accelerator it would die... After multiple attempts at starting it was not firing at all. Got it recovered to my house and the recovery guy said it was distributor cap. Have replaced cap and rotor arm to no avail - turns over fine but does not fire up. I have noticed that normally when the ignition is turned on there is a quiet whirring noise for a couple of seconds which I assume is the fuel pump pressurising the system - this whirring noise has stopped, so I am wondering if it is either the fuel pump fuse, relay or the pump itself that is faulty?
    Any suggestions/advice? Am going to check fuse later but how can I tell if either relay or fuel pump is faulty?
    Thanks!
    PS Have also replaced spark plugs...
     
    Last edited: 10 May 2011
  2. turbonutter69

    turbonutter69 TC ModFather Moderator

    Messages:
    18,967
    From:
    Alone in the dark.
    Car:
    Insignia SRI.
    Sounds like fuel pump. Have these got a fuel cut off switch anywhere?
     
  3. gratz2

    gratz2 Tuner

    Messages:
    50
    From:
    UK peterborough
    Car:
    Golf V5 auto
    Think there's only the fuel pressure regulator under the bonnet but not sure - will consult mr. haynes when get in from work and see if there's any mention of one...
     
  4. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

    Messages:
    16,522
    From:
    Lockerbie, SW Scotland
    Car:
    Octy smoke machine
    there will be a pressure regulator.
    the whirring is the pump priming itself
    have you checked the fuses ?
     
  5. gratz2

    gratz2 Tuner

    Messages:
    50
    From:
    UK peterborough
    Car:
    Golf V5 auto
    Thanks for the advice everyone, was definitely useful!
    Last night took the fuse out and put it back in (was ok), gave the relay a bit of a rattle in its socket and lo and behold the fuel pump was back to normal and car now running sweet as a nut (woohoo!).
     
  6. luckymacy

    luckymacy Newbie

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    Car:
    Audi A3

    where exactly is the relay locted?
     
  7. T9 man

    T9 man TC Pro Founder Moderator

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    From:
    London, UK
    Car:
    Saab 9-3SS T9
    Greetings and Welcome to our TorqueCars Forum my Friend!
    Good to have you along with us :)
     
  8. gratz2

    gratz2 Tuner

    Messages:
    50
    From:
    UK peterborough
    Car:
    Golf V5 auto
    they are above the fuses when you take the fuse cover off (being double jointed in the wrist/elbow helps when you try and get them in & out!)
     

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