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Poor starting tdi 130

leigh72 Nov 5, 2013

  1. leigh72

    leigh72 New Member

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    Hi all,

    I've got a 2002 tdi 130 (103000miles), normally it's a really good starter - as soon as the key is turned. However over the past month it's taking longer to start from warm, sometimes it's takes 3 or 4 seconds with it occasionally taking a few go's of turning the key. It's regularly serviced and had just had new filters , and the only fault code that is coming up is for an engine mount sensor. Other suggestions by friends are injectors and pump clearances. I'm going to fill up at a different forecourt and add injector cleaner to see if that makes any difference.
    I have done a search but it hasn't brought up anything with the same symptoms. Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Leigh
     
  2. Mike.M

    Mike.M Well-Known Member

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    Car battery with the weather getting colder and also possibly dead glowplugs. I had three of mine die and the battery was also weak and had similar symptoms last autumn.

    All replaced and started strong and quickly
     
  3. pauldazzle

    pauldazzle Well-Known Member

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    A minimum of 250rpm is needed to start a PD engine, so its worth jump starting off another battery, & if it starts normally then your battery is getting tired.
     
  4. leigh72

    leigh72 New Member

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    Thanks for the ideas, will try jump starting it next time (had a new bosh battery about 2years ago as well) if that fails will check the glow plugs.
     
  5. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    flick your headlights on before starting and see if that changes anything

    the switch develops a fault in the off position and causes the same problems
     
  6. leigh72

    leigh72 New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I tried the lights and it turned out to be the cause so I'll get a replacement light switch. Glad it's nothing more expensive/ time consuming. Cheers.
     
  7. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    lol wait till you see the price of a genuine switch!!

    have look on here for the ebay ones they are only about £20
     
  8. leigh72

    leigh72 New Member

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    Just an update, fitted a replacement headlight switch in early December, and everything has been perfect since, so thanks for the replies:icon_thumright:
     

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