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    Hello folks,

    I have a Z30DT in my vec wagon. Runs supersmooth and me is a happy man, but there is one issue.

    When the engine is cold, for instance in the morning, it starts up immediately, but after 5 or 10 seconds it shuts down, both idle or when driving.

    Restarting then is a lot harder, it takes about 10 to 15 seconds of starting before the engine runs.

    Anyone have any idea what this can be? As it is still under warranty I really want to have this sorted, it doesn't give me a very reliable feeling this way...
    Thanks in advance.
    Forgot to mention, it does this with current temperatures (-15 c) as well as when it was +12 C.

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    If I were you I'd replace the fuel filter and clean the filter housing. There are dirt deposits that clog the filter up as well as water causing problems, especially in this weather. Shouldn't cost you more than 15€ if you replace it yourself which isn't an involving job anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celes View Post
    If I were you I'd replace the fuel filter and clean the filter housing. There are dirt deposits that clog the filter up as well as water causing problems, especially in this weather. Shouldn't cost you more than 15€ if you replace it yourself which isn't an involving job anyway
    Thanks for the tip, that shall be my first attempt at solving this.

    On another forum I got the advice to have the garage read the computer for faults, you think that's feasible?

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    If you can get it done cheap then I'd advise that too yeah

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    Does it cut out when idling at junctions etc or just on first start up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Critch View Post
    Does it cut out when idling at junctions etc or just on first start up?
    Only at first start up. Even after a 10 hour workday it behaves normally...

    The normal sequence of events is as follows:

    Ignition on, glow, the engine, start up without a hitch, I shift to D and drive away, after approx 25 meters it stalls...then
    Ignition off, back on, glow, start, for 10-15-20 seconds, then it runs, after which there are no problems at all.

    Sometimes I don't even have enough time it to put it in D and drive, it stops after 10-15 seconds of running idle and the same happens, it won't start as easy anymore and I need to keep starting for 10 to 15 seconds until it picks up. Usually it runs flawless after this.

    What puzzles me is that it doesn't always behave like this, I tried it just now after it hasn't run for 2 days and it was -12 C outside, it started within half a second and didn't stall at all, so I think it has nothing to do with outside temp.

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    Hmm very weird you'd think after 10 hours of being parked itd have same symptoms.

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    Funny. Both yesterday and today it started without a hitch. Just like having a toothache, then go to the dentist and the pains gone.

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