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slightly baffled by this starting issue. When the car has been standing overnight, it needs a few attempts to start and once it has had a bit of a run it starts fine. It doesn't seem to be overly related to damp weather. Its had a new battery which has had little impact on the problem. Car was recently serviced and think it had a new fuel filter. Also, may be coincidence but normally park car on sloped drive with nose pointing up the slope. Last night we parked it nose pointing downslope and it started fine. No expert but best guess is it is a fuel delivery issue of some kind. Any ideas? If it needs specialist diagnostics for diesel, they seem limited here in Northern Ireland
 

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My old zafira had perished leak off pipes and a smell of diesel . Really hard to start as well. Replaced the pipes and also tightened the actual fuel pipes wherever i could get a spanner on them and that did the trick. I think thats where you need to start.

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What’s the mileage?? It’s not only possible your leak off pipes and letting air in but your starter motor is possibly getting old and just doesn’t have the guts to turn the engine over fast enough anymore


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My old zafira had perished leak off pipes and a smell of diesel . Really hard to start as well. Replaced the pipes and also tightened the actual fuel pipes wherever i could get a spanner on them and that did the trick. I think thats where you need to start.

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Seems like a sensible place to start ....I'll give it a go and post results back here....cheers
 

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What’s the mileage?? It’s not only possible your leak off pipes and letting air in but your starter motor is possibly getting old and just doesn’t have the guts to turn the engine over fast enough anymore


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130k mileage ...... assume hoses etc are cheap so will check them first... thanks
 

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I have just cured my Zaf a 1.9 cdti 129 bhp, ******* to start this last 12 month, but enough was enough,
Went on flea bay and bought a pack of ally non-return valves,, take I used to 10mm one and cut the RUBBER fuel feed line near to the high-pressure pump, take enough out of the feed pipe so the valve sits in the gap and make sure you fit it the right way round, jubilee clip the two ends of the pipe, PROBLEM FIXED,
There is something about saying there is a non-return valve in the in-tank pump but over the years the ball in the valve gets stuck in the feed position and when the engine stops the fuel flows back to the tank, so every time you switch off this happens then you switch on again and have to wait 15 seconds to fill the system, valve is only about three quid it might be cheaper, what a pleasure to get in my car and have it start on the button every time I want it too.
 

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My call is for leak off pipes as suggested earlier.
Cheap enough repair,get a length from motor factors and cut to size.
If it really really struggles pop the bonnet and squeeze the fuel bulb
 

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I have just cured my Zaf a 1.9 cdti 129 bhp, bugger to start this last 12 month, but enough was enough,
Went on flea bay and bought a pack of ally non-return valves,, take I used to 10mm one and cut the RUBBER fuel feed line near to the high-pressure pump, take enough out of the feed pipe so the valve sits in the gap and make sure you fit it the right way round, jubilee clip the two ends of the pipe, PROBLEM FIXED,
There is something about saying there is a non-return valve in the in-tank pump but over the years the ball in the valve gets stuck in the feed position and when the engine stops the fuel flows back to the tank, so every time you switch off this happens then you switch on again and have to wait 15 seconds to fill the system, valve is only about three quid it might be cheaper every time on the button., what a pleasure to get in my car and have it start
Interesting comments, and another one for the armoury....many thanks
 

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My call is for leak off pipes as suggested earlier.
Cheap enough repair,get a length from motor factors and cut to size.
If it really really struggles pop the bonnet and squeeze the fuel bulb
Will do, and fuel bulb I didnt know about.....fortunately we have another vehicle to use and this one is still running although it went in to limp home mode last night....second time in a month.....maybe related....many thanks
 

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Forgot to update......new starter seemed to sort out the starting....old one was in a bad state. New accelerator pedal seems to have sorted limp home mode issue as pedal sensor codes were coming up on the diagnostics. About £130 for a new Hella pedal online, easy fit then clear error codes down
 
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