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Starting Issues - Battery? Immobiliser?

I've got a 1996 Spider that I sadly use only occasionally so battery went flat. It has happened before but normally the car starts on the button once the battery is charged. This time the car is turning over fine but will not fire. I was wondering if maybe the immobiliser has kicked in for some reason. Car was fine last time I used it. Any idea what the problem could be & how can I fix it ?
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Please give us more info. Does the code yellow light goes off once you turn on the ignition? If it stays on maybe you have immobiliser issue. if it goes off like it normally should i suspect problem lies elsewhere.
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It could just be confused. My GTV gets a bit moody if I don't use it but just start it for a few seconds. I think the ECU disables the "choke" setting, so it's starting on fresh air.

Charge up the battery real good.

While all that's going on, take out the plugs and warm the cylinders up with a hair dryer.

Put everything back together and then start it like it's flooded. Use a big throttle opening and see if it tries to "catch". You'll need to crank it for a while.. but don't hold the starter for more than 5 seconds or it'll overheat.

If you get a bit of a stirring then you'll know the beast is fundamentally going to run okay. Keep it going and it'll eventually start. You'll probably need to keep the idle speed artificially high using the throttle until it has a teeny bit of heat in the engine... Drive it around a bit and don't leave her unattended for too long next time.

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Thanks for that advice. I will let you know how I get on. dave
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