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Thread: 1.9 cdti Z19DT- Cold start problems..... Please help..!!!!

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    Default 1.9 cdti Z19DT- Cold start problems..... Please help..!!!!

    Hi all,

    This is my first post and plea for help!
    I have a 2004 Vectra-C club 1.9 cdti with the Z19DT engine.
    The car has never missed a service and has done around 105k miles.
    And i mostly run it on Tesco fuel.
    So far in the last 12 months i have had -

    new dual mass fly wheel,
    new throttle body,
    new clutch,
    new starter motor,
    new glow plugs,
    new spill off pipes
    ........and a full service (inc. fuel filter).........!!!

    I even put some 'Red-X' for diesels in the other day to see if it would help my problem.

    On the initial cold start of the day i wait for the glow plug light to 'come and go' and turn the key without pumping the pedal. It takes quite a few seconds before it eventually starts, and there is a small amount of smoke that puffs out from the exhaust quickly. The rest of the day is then fine with the car starting instantly and driving with no problems.

    Any ideas, or is this a common problem?
    My mechanical skills are quite basic, but i'll have a go at simple job myself...!
    Please help before i push my car off the edge of a cliff.....

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Exact same problem I have with my car mate anfd I was just about to post, but may as well wait and see what solutions you get.

    My car is a '57 Vectra 1.9CDTI 120 with 62k.....service history is not full but has been serviced at some points in it's life.

    I'm thinking in my case glow plugs issue but maybe not as you have had them changed.

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    For me, suspects would be (in no particular order)

    Valve clearances (although these are part of the service routine it doubt very much if they have been done)
    Battery
    Starter gone weak
    Injectors - do a leak off test

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    Hiya guys, thanks for the replies! sorry for my late response....!!

    Just an update....

    The car seems to be starting fine now. I have used the "red-x" twice on it, and i now wait for all the lights to go out on the dash before firing it up, not just the glow plug light....! This seems to be working, i'll give it another couple of weeks to see if it's consistent and maybe you guys could try the same. Maybe there is a delay between the lights going out and the engine being prepared to start.....???

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    i'm watching this with interest , mine was a pig of late but most of this week its struck straight up ! go figure ? i havent done anything other than run it low on fuel

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    I've got the same problem.I found out that around first injector there is loads of soot so I'm thinking the air is coming in through injector seal draining all fuel back to the tank.I'll be trying to fix it (not myself) to check if this is the cause.

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    dont forget to post it up if it cures it matey ! cheers

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    my vecy 120 started being a sod aswell,i can get it to start but it dosent sound right as soon as it fires,sounds like the bottom half my engine gona explode.does it more when hot, any ideas?????

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    Default moi aussi, cold starts

    hello, any news from anyone on the above cars?

    changing my glow plugs made the fault warning light (car/spanner) disappear, and the car starts a bit more positively

    but there's still summat wrong......

    i have also found that waiting until the fuel pump has finished "priming" helps, those 15 seconds seem very long though!

    little UP for the topic at the same time,

    thanks

    benFR

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin.Dring View Post
    Hiya guys, thanks for the replies! sorry for my late response....!!

    Just an update....

    The car seems to be starting fine now. I have used the "red-x" twice on it, and i now "wait for all the lights to go out" on the dash before firing it up, not just the glow plug light....! This seems to be working, i'll give it another couple of weeks to see if it's consistent and maybe you guys could try the same. Maybe there is a delay between the lights going out and the engine being prepared to start.....???
    This long wait does it for me, even if the glow plug light goes out very quick the engine ain't ready to start.

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