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    Another fault!!! Injured my shoulder 2 weeks ago an dhaven't been able to drive.My Sister took my car out on Monday and parked it on a hill (facing downwards).Has been heavy rain today but not sure if that is the issue.Went to start the car this evening and nothing. No alarms on the dash but not even 'trying't to start.Just a whirring noise and engine not even turning at all.

    Car is a 2.2 Direct Sri with 51K on the clock.High pressure fuel pump and O2 sensor were replaced around 6 weeks ago.I changed the spark plugs around 1 month ago, but the car has been fine since.Scared to even try to 'bump start' the car as there is no power steering. Puzzled

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    I know on the dti's if you park them on a hill they wont start due to the fuel not being pumped through. Not sure if it affects the 2.2direect though. I'm sure someone can confirm or deny.

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    just whiring sound's like starter motor stuck to me, stick it in reverse and let it roll forward to crack it over, then try again, if not just bump it in 2nd as usual
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    Sorry to put the dampers on but a friend of mine only took his from the driveway onto the road to wash it an after tried to start it but was just turning over after spending about 30 mins checking things i traced it to the chain tensioner had dropped back allowing it to jump a couple of teeth bending loads of bits

    check compression and have you had any rattling noise recently when starting it

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    Nope,car has been fine.I know a 'bit' about engines but this is weird.It sounds like a hairdyer.No solid sound of the engine trying to start,just this 'whirring' noise.Nothing seems to be turning at all in the engine bay.I only really have the use of one arm for another 2 weeks,so I'm pretty useless.Was thinking of maybe joining the AA and trying to get the car moving using roadside assistance.

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    Are you trying to start it on the hill mentioned?

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    Fraid so mate.Car at the top.Cars in front of me,power steering not working because the engine won't start and I only have one good arm just now.No 'clicking' from the engine like a starter motor sound,just this whirring noise.It could be the battery,but this is the first instance of a fault and I would have expected some sort of starter motor clicking

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    Try to move the car down hill a little bit mate...my best guess was a dead battery or do to the angle you are not getting fuel pumped...tho this has nothing to do with the lack of engine turn...sort of speak.
    Try the battery mate sounds the guilty to me...if its dead wont hear any starter motor clik.

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    Cheers mate.i will try this tomorrow.Car has had loads of faults in the 3 years I've had it, but I kinda liked it recently,sort of I guess 4 years for a battery is not too bad.I take it all the electrics would function as they are even though the battery could be goosed.It may not have enough juice to get the engine turning. I will try to remove the battery one handed tomorrow and charge it.Even if it starts I will look at replacing it as the cells may be on their way.If it's not that,I'll be back on tomorrow night begging for advice

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    Yeap my battery died couple of moths ago too and lasted something 4 years...
    Just a quick note....the battery might not be charged if its on short which is very likely, use a battery from a another car or ask if someone can lend you one.
    HTH.

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