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Join Date: Aug 2004
Re: HELP she won't start
I just had a similar problem with a 156 JTD - bought it, drove it to work, came back 2 days later.....wouldn't start, code light on :-(
Tried all the usual remedies, disconnecting the battery, unplugging the code box, swapping the aerial wire - all tio no avail.
Orderered a new key and code (now £137 inc VAT!) took car in to have new and existing key coded - examiner wouldn't communicate with ECU......
After discussion about how big a blank cheque I was signing (the car hadn't cost me a lot, but at 205000 miles I wasn't going to throw too much at it), I bit the bullet and authorised an hours labour to check out the fault...
Some time later I got a call to say that the problem had been diagnosed - it was going to cost £55 for parts and another two hours labour - swallowed hard and gave the go ahead.
Three days later the job was done - basically problems with the relays in front of the battery and the connections to them - all renewed / replaced, and both keys coded in, and she runs!
So it might be worth poking around that area.....
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