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Join Date: Mar 2003
1.6 Fail to Start after a Short Run
My Sportwagon failed to start at the weekend. I did something very stupid without thinking. I started it to move it three feet to get the lawn mower through. About an hour later it kicked once but then was just churning over. The next day (still not even kicking when churning) I disconnected the battery and charged it up to full and left it for enough time for the ECU to reset (and followed ECU reset advice on this forum)
This time the engine just about got going one cylinder at a time. It felt like about 15 seconds for there to be enough cylinders firing for me to release the key. It's been perfect since.
So what happens under these conditions. I remember reading somewhere that moving a car out of a garage for cleaning would likely result in a fail to start. Is it unburnt fuel on the oxygen sensor? If it is why was 24 hours not enough for it to evaporate?