Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: High Wycombe, Bucks
V6 starting help
So she's (Y plate V6 Cup, 101K miles) been covered up for a couple of months, battery disconnected (one of those thumbwheel 'switches') and since it was dry over the weekend I thought I would try to start her Friday eve. Amazingly she started (I had expected to need to charge the battery) so I moved her about on the drive and thought I would look forward to driving her over the weekend.
Went to start her Saturday afternoon (to pop to the local brewery to collect rugby beer!) and she wouldn't fire and, in my attempts to do so, I flattened the battery. She was low on fuel too. I thought that charging the battery overnight would do no harm so hooked up the c-tek charger I have with the battery in-situ. Connected the positive terminal and the negative to the negative terminal but then read the c-tek manual and it said to connect the negative to the chassis. So I did. Filled her with fuel from a jerry can and left her to charge over night.
Sunday morning. She turns over briskly (since the battery is now fully charged) but does not fire. Orange engine light on dash stays on. Any help diagnosing where to start? Have I blown something in charging the battery in situ? Did momentarily connecting the negative charge clamp to the negative terminal (rather than the chassis as the manual suggests) cause something to blow?
I checked the inertia fuel cut off in the passenger footwell already as I thought it was a fuel supply issue but it is not even firing and has fuel in it so I think it might be ignition rather than fuel? I disconnected the battery for half an hour in an attempt to 'reset' things too. No luck.
Any help narrowing down things to start checking? Ta in advance Monday morning'ers!