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Old 16th March 2021, 06:55   #1
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Hi. My mk1 75 cdti has on two occasions turned over but wouldnít start. No attempt to fire, no struggling or spluttering, just the start turning over.
The first time I tried it a few times over a couple of hours with no success, then unplugged the fuel filter housing, plugged back in, then the car started.
The second time this happened, it was going dark so I used my wifeís car, and left until the morning. However the car just started, which has cast doubt on whether unplugging and plugging back in the connection to the fuel pump on top of the filter made any difference.

A couple of things happened recently, OSf wheel arch was ripped off along with brake pad wiring which I joined together and Iíve had a remap by big russ. I canít imagine that any of these made any difference, but but full disclosure thought worth mentioning. Can anyone suggest what could be the issue?


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Old 16th March 2021, 08:05   #2
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I guess at a low fuel pressure issue from a failing pump.
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I thought that, but could that theoretically rectify itself if left overnight? Thatís the bit that threw me. So is the bit that screws onto fuel filter a pump as it seems small. Iíve ordered another one off here as it was only £15 anyway. So figured it would be worth a go.


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The pump is in the tank, and there can be one under the bonnet near the bulkhead if you have an early car.

Itís a filter that screws on to the housing, worth replacing if you havenít done it.

If you only have a single pump system Iíd look elsewhere for the issue as the single pumps rarely fail.

Maybe worth a trip back to Russ to see what T4 says.
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Yeah Iím planning some work with Russ anyway, but I know how intermittent faults are like to trace as Iíve worked in dealerships and can only assume they werenít as good in 2004!

Iíll swap the housing anyway, I may as well. Mines a mk1, just before the change.


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Wouldnít start again today. On the advice of big russ, I lightly tapped the under bonnet fuel pump and it came back to life.

Looks like you was bang on there trikey

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Wouldnít start again today. On the advice of big russ, I lightly tapped the under bonnet fuel pump and it came back to life.

Looks like you was bang on there trikey

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Hi Eddie.
Only fit a pierburg UBP or at least a good used one, aftermarket pumps fail after a short while.

You need to make sure it have a good flow rate, i maybe able to help you out drop me a PM

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Wouldnít start again today. On the advice of big russ, I lightly tapped the under bonnet fuel pump and it came back to life.

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Take the plug off the top of the ubp and put some Vaseline on the terminals, and then put the plug back on and off a couple of times. Might do the job. Did mine and it was ok.
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he tapped the UBP therefore maybe like a lot of members he carries a screwdriver in the boot to tap the UBP if it's working intermittently, either until it no longer works, or it's changed for a good working pierburg pump or a new one.
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