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On my way to Crystal Cove, my car broke down!

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by alohamickey, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. alohamickey

    alohamickey Karting

    Sep 23, 2004
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    Mickey
    Double Bummer, I missed CC and the car is on the tow truck now.

    I have some ideas, but would like some help.

    The Mondial QV has slowly become harder to start (cold and hot) I ran down to get a drink this am on the way to CC and when I returned to start it, it turned over, started for a few seconds but failed to stay running... So the car was far from hot. I just bought this car and it has been driven very little the last few years. It had a Major everything about 3 years ago. It started perfect for a few weeks and then this happens.

    What do you guys think I should check first?

    I am hoping its simple and cheap....ok just simple would be good.
     
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  3. Bryan

    Bryan Formula 3

    Check out battery and charging circuit first.

    Can you start the car with a battery from a second car?

    If so, measure the voltage across the battery posts. Should be 13-14.5 (varies from model to model...others can give you a better number). If that number is good, then the battery isn't holding a charge...easy fix. If the number is not in that range, then it's likely the alternator and/or voltage regulator.

    If you can't start the car from a second battery, then the above isn't much help...

    Good luck!
     
  4. dakharris

    dakharris Two Time F1 World Champ

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    Check everything between the coils and spark plugs...or its a clogged fuel line/filter, due to sitting a long time.
     
  5. alohamickey

    alohamickey Karting

    Sep 23, 2004
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    Good question, I thought it was fuel related since the engine was cranking, So the tow driver and I never thought of jumping the car. I will check that first on Monday when I get to the car and tester. I sure hope thats it.
    The battery...

    Anyone thinnk its fuel related?
     
  6. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

    Feb 21, 2003
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    if it just cranks it very well could just be the fuel pump.
    Erik
     
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  8. jharkercfduc

    jharkercfduc Karting

    Sep 4, 2004
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    you can check to see if the plugs are getting spark also, if they are not, it could be an electrical problem. it may be the rotor or distributer, I have that problem with my old truck. there were at least 3 mondials at cc today, almost got to meet you. good luck.
     
  9. hoffmeister

    hoffmeister Formula Junior

    Nov 1, 2003
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    This sounds exactly like the problem I had with my car about 4 months ago, it was the fuel pump all right. Stopped working because it got filled up with black gunk from old fuel hoses. Got hoses and fuel pump replaced and gas tank cleaned. No problems since.
     
  10. F40

    F40 F1 Rookie

    Apr 16, 2003
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    This does sound like a fuel problem... Is the filter easilly accesible?
     
  11. dakharris

    dakharris Two Time F1 World Champ

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    MTBE has been known to eat up fuel lines.
     
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  13. dwhite

    dwhite F1 Rookie

    Two things to check. Either order - spark and fuel. Sounds like a easy fix, just isolate which is the root cause, as to not go through the replacing parts guessing game - which gets might pricey on these babies. Good luck.
     
  14. ferrari fernatic

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    Apr 12, 2004
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    Fawad
    If you want help there's a member named 'adnaan' the same thing happened to his mondial ask him what he did.
    Good luck
     

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