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    Default Intermittent starting.

    On the very EDGE of being able to take the damned D1 to inspection we hit this weird problem when it won't always start. Starts on the first pull sometimes, in fact, just as we put a new battery in it. 10 minutes later, nada, all yesterday afternoon, nada. This evening nada. Offspring tries, worked first time, second and third time. I come home, nothing.

    The non NAS spec versions of the later D1 (1997) didn't have the same immobiliser as the faulty UK ones - so what gives ? Any ideas ? Its booked in for inspection on Wednesday !!!

    Thanks for any tips.
    Steve

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    When you changed the ignition key switch, did you reuse the electrical switch from the old (original) key switch? Sound to me like that could be the fault.
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    I had a bad starter relay at one point that would give intermittent issues like that. To rule out the electrical system from the starter itself, can you try crossing the terminals on the starter next time you have the issue? Without a heat shield on the starter, access is really easy. If you have a heat shield still then it is hard to get in there. I found an adjustable wrench opened to the match the distance between the two terminals was the easiest way to jump it.
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    Its CRANKING fine, just not running. Except yesterday it was starting like a thoroughbred.
    I HATE intermittent faults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom109 View Post
    When you changed the ignition key switch, did you reuse the electrical switch from the old (original) key switch? Sound to me like that could be the fault.
    No, we used the new switch too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Taylor View Post
    Its CRANKING fine, just not running.
    So, does "running" = "starting"? In example, it cranks but just won't start (run)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom109 View Post
    So, does "running" = "starting"? In example, it cranks but just won't start (run)?
    running=starting. Its always cranked, but not always starting. Except for the last two days its been OK

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    Steve,

    With a GEMS engine, I have only experienced stalling and difficult starts related to the IACV. Once replaced and base idler reset, the problem was sorted. Sorry I can't be much more help than check for Air/Fuel/Spark.

    With the 14cux system I've had to dig a LOT deeper!
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    Turns out to be the immobiliser box, the 10AS module in the passenger doorpost. The fix is to send it to a nice man in Germany who can create a replacement unit.

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    My 96 D1 always (from new) would sometimes not start (ie, crank but not run). It might have happened once every other month for the 18+ years I owned it. I'd pull the key, try again and it'd start right up.

    You didn't really need to send the immobilizer to Germany, did you?
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