Date: 2 Dec 2002 15:55:04 GMT
Subject: Re: 9000 won't start, 2nd update

Someone who looks an awful lot like Grand Poobah <> wrote: > Anyway, he can't find anything wrong with the compression in cylinder #1 (in > fact he repeated the test three times when I told him what the dealer found) > and found all 4 cylinders were "good" for compression. Also he found the car > starts first time (for him!) and hasn't seen any of the hard start problems > that have come in the last week.<grin> Of course, they never misbehave when they're at the doctor ;) > he's holding the car overnight to do a cylinder leak test(?) as the final > step but thinks that the fault is somewhere else and not headgasket related. > Dave, if you're out there what now? Intermittant problems are notoriously a pain in the butt to troubleshoot. I'm puzzled that the compression seems to have fixed itself on #1, because that's usually a very mechanical thing, and those don't "fix themselves". > recap: > on starting, starter motor turns over but engine doesn't fire > sometimes starts without any problem! > no smoke from the exhaust > no oil in coolant or coolant in oil that I can see When it's not starting, can you hear the engine cranking irregularly? Does every fourth compression stroke sound different, for instance? That's kind of a tricky question if you've not listened to it in that way before, but does the engine crank regularly or does it "lope"? > I'll continue to bore you all with my experiences until this is sorted! Oh, do carry on - I like a good riddle ;) Dave

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