Starting problem

Asked by Sep 09, 2017 at 04:35 AM about the 2004 Ford Bantam

Question type: General

My bantam does not want to start. After
trying to start it a couple of times if you
leave it for+- 30 min it eventually starts up ,
but then it runs rough. It idles as if it is
running on 3 cylinders or in the old days as if
the choke is open and it smells of fuel. After
it heats up everything is fine and it runs fine
as well. I have found that the problem of
starting the bakkie is worst on cold
mornings than on hot mornings. The bakkie
is basically brand new (20000km on the
clock). I hope someone could give me a idea
of what it could be.

3 Answers

45

This could be to do with the spark plugs. Was the engine washed at any stage while the engine was hot or running temperature ? If so it could be a cracked coil. It could also be the spark plug leads need replacing. At 20,000km and not run much the resistance could be out of spec. These can be checked one at a time with an Ohm meter set on K Ohms. For that length they should be between 4 to 8 K Ohms each

45

When your Bantam does not want to start ? Do you mean the engine cranks and doesn't start or when the keys is turned to start, the starter motor does not operate ?

45

Just had a Bantam with a similar problem. 2006 onwards , the model with an Oxygen Sensor. Replace the oxygen sensor. Although there are no fault codes in the system, still, perform the fault code function on the vehicle's PCM. Clean the spark plugs. start thee engine and let it idle for a few minutes. This should sort your problem out.

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