On Alfa number 15
AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Poor cold starting and fuel smells when hot.
Hi all, I seem to have a problem or two with my QV. When the engine is cold it can be very difficult to start, the engine turns over fine but will not start.
Once the engine is running it drives perfectly, and if stopped after running for a short while it restarts perfectly. This happens irrespective of the outside temperature.
I also have a problem with a fuel smell inside the car, which comes through the ventilation system. This only happens when the car is hot and only when stationary in traffic for instance. It can also be smelled outside the car from around the bonnet area.
The immobiliser light extinguishes when the car is started ok, and the car was fitted with a new Lambda sensor last month due to an MOT fail, which it has since passed (Emissions).
Cambelt, tensioners, Variator etc were done 5,000 miles ago.
Does anyone know if these issues seem to be related? They have both surfaced at the same time.
I have read somewhere about the charcoal canister, and purge valve, would an issue with these cause my problems?
I have also read that a coolant temp sensor issue could cause the cold starting issue, but wouldn’t cause the fuel smell.
Your suggestions would be appreciated,
You will never be cool driving a Vauxhall.