I've been lurking for a while, had plenty of useful info from you guys, now i've got an issue I can't find a solution for.
Car is a 150bhp 1.9cdti 2006 exclusiv model.
As the title says, after i've driven anywhere, the car wont start. Symptoms are: the ECU/Engine management light won't light up, meaning the starter motor is never asked to do anything and making it impossible to get the car to turn over. AFter taking the key out and trying again, it will sometimes light up and then start as normal. But this can take 6 or 7 goes at turning the key in the ignition. If i've stopped and started a couple of times or more using the above method it will then refuse to start at all until the next day.
So no crank, no constant clicking, its just dead until its completely cold again.
When the ecu light fails to come on all other dash lights come on as normal, electric gadgets work, dab radio is fine. Its just this one little light not coming on that tells me something is wrong.
The car runs perfectly at all other times, no spluttering, no warning lights just this single very odd problem. I'm inclined to change the yellow starter relay in the fuse box. And I'm almost certain the ECU itself is fine due to no other issues or problems when driving. The car never stalls or falters once started.
Anyone had similar or heard of this before? If the starter motor solenoid had gone, would there be a constant clicking when trying to turn the key?
P.s> LAst night i'd just finished a 40 mile trip, when I got home i turned the engine off and then whilst still sitting in the car tried to start it, the ECU lit up just fine and the engine started. I then repeated this 4 or 5 times, each time it was fine. I then got out, locked the car... then heard an audible click from passenger side under bonnet. Went back in to car, tried to start... and no ECU light, no crank, no go. This morning, the car was willing to start again....Any ideas?