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Old 20-05-2004   #1
Adam
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I have a '99 Bravo 1.8hlx with an intermittent starting problem. It always starts but sometimes it starts immediately on the key, sometimes on the second go, sometimes on the sixth go. There is no rhyme or reason to it. It doesn't matter if the engine's hot or cold or what the weather's doing. Appart from this problem the car runs perfectly. My local Fiat garage say that they can't find anything wrong with it and they want to systematically replace sensors until they find the fault (at 53.00 ph). Can anyone help?
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Old 20-05-2004   #2
A-J
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Re: Problem starter

Kindred spirit!!!


Having the same sodding problem (see thread "what my garage said), I've done the fiat thing as well and same response "can't find anything wrong"

If you find out what is wrong please give us a bell.

And ill do the same!
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Old 20-05-2004   #3
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Re: Problem starter

Define 'doesn't start' in a bit more detail.
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Old 20-05-2004   #4
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doesn't start

Motor spins but doesn't seem to be trying to catch. If it sounds like it's trying to catch it starts immediately. If it doesn't sound like it's trying to catch it just turnsover and over until I turn the key back and try again - at which point it'll probably start!
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Old 20-05-2004   #5
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Re: doesn't start

If you held the key for say 10 secs would it still not go?
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Old 20-05-2004   #6
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Nope

If it doesn't sound like it'll start in the first millisecond I can hold the key for as long as I want but it won't go. If I turn the key again it'll probably start immediately.
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Old 20-05-2004   #7
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Re: Nope

Had the cambelt done recently?
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Old 20-05-2004   #8
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Yeeeeeesss

Why?
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Old 20-05-2004   #9
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Re: Yeeeeeesss

have you?
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Old 20-05-2004   #10
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Re: Yeeeeeesss

Er yes
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Old 20-05-2004   #11
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Re: Yeeeeeesss

Cam sensor, they have a habit of not working well after a cambelt change.
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Old 20-05-2004   #12
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Hmm

Ok how do I rectify the problem. Any idea of the cost to repair/replace.
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Old 20-05-2004   #13
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Re: Hmm

Its behind the cam pulleys, basically its the same work as a new cambelt.
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Old 20-05-2004   #14
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Re: Hmm

Would this of shown up on a diognostic test
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Old 20-05-2004   #15
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Re: Hmm

Nope
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