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Panda not starting

Hi guys i just bought a 1992 panda that needs a head gasket. The car started up to yesterday but today it started and switched off and now wont start as if the battery is dead. It only clicks and sometimes cranks twice slowly and stops again. We tried pushing it downhill but nothing. What could it be? Thanks

P.S. we also tried jump starting it and put a good battery but still nothing
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Re: Panda not starting

Check earth wire.
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Check all connections on earth wire , may be one at each end and one in middle. Make sure they are clean and tight and that crimped crimps are tight.
Do the same for the battery positive.
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Re: Panda not starting

Is one or more of cylinders full of coolant due to head gasket leak , that would stop it turning over.
Pull out plugs to check.
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Is one or more of cylinders full of coolant due to head gasket leak , that would stop it turning over.

Pull out plugs to check.


Could it be hydrolock? Please dont tell me the engine seized it only started for 3 seconds and then gone
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Check earth wire.


But we pushed it downhill and still nothing
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But we pushed it downhill and still nothing

Take all plugs out
Jack up one front wheel 2
gear rotate wheel should turnover
If good try with starter
If starter doesn't run
Short out with jump leads
Could also be ceased starter
Check no fluid in pots
Once turning over
Squirt petrol direct in carb with an old kitchen spray.
If fails no spark
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What panda is it photo !
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Re: Panda not starting

would strongly advise changing the headgasket, oil and filter and coolant before trying to start it?
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I would make sure head gasket failed myself before taking any ones word for it , unless it was someone I know
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Re: Panda not starting

I'm confident it won't be hydrolock damaged , but even small about fluid in cylinder could cause slow crank or no rotation of crank shaft.

You could take spark plugs out and see if starter turns over quicker.

Check negative wire from battery to body and gearbox clean connections.
Check positive wire to starter motor , clean connections.
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