1. It feels like I'm bleeding the fuel system to start it.
2. The fuel filter housing *seems* to have fuel in it, but it's hard to tell.
3. There is power coming from the glow pug control unit (have not checked plugs themselves)
4. Fuel economy or running is not affected in any way, just starting
5. There are no fuel leaks
6. The ECU does not kick into "safe mode"
I have wonderd if fuel is "draining" back into the tank from the fule filter, that would imply a one way valve is nadged (is ther one?) or an air leak (if air can get in, air can get out and running is not affected.
The Haynes manual doesn't help me.
Before I go to a garage and have them change random bits at great expense, I wondered if anyone else has had similar probems or has some ideas for me? Or needs more information?
Worst of all, the girlfriend is not happy about it...
More than likely it's the fuel return pipes from the injectors cracking and letting air into the system. VX will probably try and charge for changing injector seals as well but I never changed them. I finally learnt to replace the return pipes every 25k or thereabouts as a preventative measure. btw The local independant charged a fiver for the job.
This is a well known problem with this engine. Replace the fuel hoses (rubber coated with fabric) & the problem should go away. Evan a Vauxhall dealer should not charge that much for the job - its a £5 in parts and an hour or so in labour.
Where were you lot three years ago when this happened to my Vectra. A "well known problem", which included new injector seals. That'll be £300 sir, and diagnosed over the phone without seeing the car.
Solved the problem, but annoying nevertheless. I got fed up with the thing soon after (it had a nasty thirst for oil), and traded it in for a New Astra 2.0 DTi.
Within 2 months, this had the same dicky starting problem. The thing was, the same dealership had no idea what the fault was (under warranty)....until I "reminded" them that they'd cured the same fault on my previous car over the phone for £300 pounds. Strangely enough, it went straight in an they fixed it this time..........
What are the part numbers for when the inevitable happens....btw 32000 miles and still starting okay