Hard to start

bmullan

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Have a 08 2.0tdi that is hard to start when its cold takes 10+ goes to start but starts ok when warm.
any help with this?
 

NHN

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Welcome to the site.

Coolant sensor maybe, does the temp gauge show any fluctuations when running?
 

NHN

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I don't think its the starter either as it would be worse when hot with heatsoak, what about battery, have you checked the readings in the morning before trying to start?
 

Zafi

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Could it be losing it's prime on the fuel system? I had a car that did that from time to time, was worse if parked facing up hill!

A poorly sealed fuel filter can cause it, might be worth seeing if its tight enough or changing the filter?
 

hollows wife

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it could well be the starter , i may need a software update as well. if the starter doesn't reach a certain rpm when turning over the car wont start .you can get the ecu software modified for this or you could just replace the starter motor .
car starts easier when warm as it doesnt need to crank over as much to start .
have you checked the battery ? maybe it has a cell going down. this would lower the cranking power when cold ,but would start easier when warm as the battery will have more charge .
 

bmullan

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The car now shows ignition lock defective and will not start but leave it a shot time it will start with ignition lock defective still showing and clears in a few seconds.
car booked in with the dealer for Monday.
 

NHN

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Barrel or wiring defective then, swap out & go from there.
 
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