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[Zafira A] [99-05] 04 Zafira club 2.0dti hard to start - please please help.

Discussion in 'Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Meriva, Adam, Agila, Tigra & Nova [Includes AstraVan & ComboVan] owners forum' started by marksjim, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. marksjim

    marksjim Member

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    Just bought a zafira club 2.0dti as a present for my wife who has just had twins. Problem is that it is just a pig to start. You have to turn it for about 30-60 secs and when it does start there is a ball of white smoke that fills the yard. It will start OK when the engine is warm but if you leave it for more than 5 mins you are back to square one.

    I have been through the forums and read all the posts and have done the following

    I have replaced the heater plugs - no difference although only one was working.
    I have replaced the injector spill pipes - no difference.
    I have had a vacum test done - no leaks.

    I have tried parking it up the hill, down the hill and across the hill - no difference.

    I have a new fuel filter and will try fitting it 2moro, but dont hold up much hope for it either.

    I have read that a fuel primer bulb may be the answer as it is a fuel starvation caused by the fuel running back into the tank, does anyone know what guage/diameter the pipe is and where the fuel pipe is and where you would get one.

    Someone please shed some light onto this before I drive off a cliff.
  2. fronteratech

    fronteratech VXON Resident 4x4 and diesel specialist

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    it will be your injector seals or fuel filter o rings playing up

    could also be leak off pipes
  3. marksjim

    marksjim Member

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    replaced leak off pipes and got a vacuum test done - tested ok. do u still think its injector seals?
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    more done still no solution

    have now replaced the fuel filter along with o-ring seals - no difference
    put a priming bulb and inline fuel filter on to fuel filter side of system - no difference even when i prime the system.

    Anyone please, have you had this starting problem, what did u do to resolve it?
  5. mc29wlfc

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    Hi there, i got a 04 zaf dti. I'll keep this short but i had the engine management lights come on intermittently along with the radiator light, got the usual loss of power.Started to get worse. So i bought a obd interface to show what was wrong. Came up with 3 faults (camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor and abs solenoid) but the problem was only caused by one sensor which was on the crankshaft this tells the ecu when to dump the fuel into the engine.
    There is a pump that houses the camshaft sensor and it does some other things. Each one of these pumps is set to each car, so it very expensive to replace.
    Anyway to get to the point, i was talking with the mechanic who was replacing the crankshaft sensor and he said that the accelerater pedal is also a common problem with these cars and engines as there not so much a cable link there more of a fly by wire setup if you get what i mean. So maybe the problems your having are to do with the pedal.
    Hope this helps let me know how you get on as there seems to be a lot of problems coming up with this car lol.
  6. greasemonkey

    greasemonkey VXon Frontera Monkey VxON Club Member

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    personally if it starts when warm but doesn't when cold i would go for a temp sensor - either air coolant or oil
    cheers
    steve
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    greasemonkey - where are the sensors located?

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