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mike82

Immobiliser Trouble

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After washing the engine cover with water and degreaser from a spray bottle, I noticed upon starting the engine about 40 mins later that it didnt quite sound normal.

Id driven about 2 miles when the engine cut out, and would not restart. It turns over, runs for about two seconds then dies.

After drying out all the components (spark plug area) and leaving them overnight, the problem still persisted.

The AA was called out and after many tests he could only explain it as being a fault with the immobiliser somewhere.

Has anyone else suffered a similar problem? Id rather seek a solution myself before I put it in the garage for repair and get my wallet sucked dry!!

Having tried two ideas from the forum, ( leaving key in ACC position for six mins, and disconnecting the negative terminal ) all im left with is a rapid clicking noise when the ignition is turned.

I presume the Battery is now dead after multiple startups, as before the terminal was disconnected the volt meter would go to zero and the electrics would die until it was turned off.

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Hi,

Thats why i dont bother anymore cleaning under the bonnet it causes to many problems.

It wasnt so much of a problem washing/jet washing the engine with older cars as they had mininmal electrics,as long as you kept the distributor cap dry the engine was pretty much sure to run ok.

Thats one of the problems with all the NASA electrics under the bonnet nowadays :D

Chips..

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It turns out that despite the top cover cleaning, and the AA man's assumption that it was an immobiliser fault, it was the ignition coil that was the issue.

New one fitted, problem solved!

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Hi,

Thanks for the update Mike its always good to here what the problem was for other members searching in the future for the same problem,Glad your up to Full speed again :)

Chips..

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