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Car Help PLEEEEEEEEASE

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Morning all I need some help with my car from some kind people please! I washed and waxed it yesterday afternoon and now this morning it won't start :-( Any ideas? Thanks so much in advance Read More
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banned8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
Morning all

I need some help with my car from some kind people please!
I washed and waxed it yesterday afternoon and now this morning it won't start :-(
Any ideas?

Thanks so much in advance
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banned8y, 8m agoPosted 8 years, 8 months ago
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#1
did you wash the engine?
banned 1 Like #2
is it turning over?

water on the solenoid?
1 Like #3
You should have washed and waxed the body work not the engine :)

Have a look at the distributor. Maybe while rinsing the car some water got under the bonnet. Pull the five leads off and give them a dry (do it one at a time or else you might get the leads mixed up).
#4
If Its Old Wipe Your Rotor Arm And Cap
banned#5
No i didn't wash the engine but i wiped the inside of the bonnet as it was covered in mud

I have no idea what the distributor or solenoid look like, will have a look in the manual and see if it says in there :oops:

When i turn the key it sounds like it wants to start but then doesn't if that is any help

and yes i am a woman :p
1 Like #6
How did you take the wax off? Clockwise or anti-clockwise ?
#7
kyalion;2972280
How did you take the wax off? Clockwise or anti-clockwise ?

[FONT=Arial Black][SIZE=7]HA HA HA HA HA ROLMFAO[/SIZE][/FONT]
#8
Spearmint;2972276
No i didn't wash the engine but i wiped the inside of the bonnet as it was covered in mud

I have no idea what the distributor or solenoid look like, will have a look in the manual and see if it says in there :oops:

When i turn the key it sounds like it wants to start but then doesn't if that is any help

and yes i am a woman :p



Is the area around the battery wet? Look at the battery terminals. This happened to me after the heavy rain a few weeks ago. After drying the terminals the car started.
banned#9
kyalion
How did you take the wax off? Clockwise or anti-clockwise ?


a bit of both LOL
banned#10
Predikuesi
Is the area around the battery wet? Look at the battery terminals. This happened to me after the heavy rain a few weeks ago. After drying the terminals the car started.


I had a look in the engine in case i'd knocked anything and it looked dry but i'll go out and have a closer look at everything in a little while, thanks
#11
if i was in your case i would get a friend who is a member with aa or rac to give them a call out that the easiest and quikest option i would say
#12
kyalion;2972280
How did you take the wax off? Clockwise or anti-clockwise ?



That's far too technical for [COLOR=red]some[/COLOR] women! :) My wife, after 15 years driving, has never filled the petrol tank - she says she's too scared to do it in case she gets it wrong!:w00t:
banned 1 Like #13
Have you got the right keys for your car ?
banned#14
dog_cop;2972315
Have you got the right keys for your car ?

have you got the right car?
1 Like #15
spray wd40 on the spark plugs(remove and reinsert the ht lead from the spark plugs 1 at a time tho other wise you might forget which 1 go's on each plug)
banned#16
Predikuesi
That's far too technical for [COLOR=red]some[/COLOR] women! :) My wife, after 15 years driving, has never filled the petrol tank - she says she's too scared to do it in case she gets it wrong!:w00t:


Oh dear :w00t:

I am not quite that bad, i fill my car with petrol, check and top up tyres, oil, radiator and wiper fluid, changed light bulbs but that is about the extent of my knowledge :oops:
banned#17
dog_cop:
Have you got the right keys for your car ?
have you got the right car?

ODB_69
have you got the right car?


erm yes to both questions LOL
banned#18
is there petrol in the car ?
#19
Spearmint
Oh dear :w00t:

I am not quite that bad, i fill my car with petrol, check and top up tyres, oil, radiator and wiper fluid, changed light bulbs but that is about the extent of my knowledge :oops:


Oh, you're a good 'un then, aren't you. Take a picture of the engine bay, and we'll all try and diagnose the problem.

We may even be able to start a quiz to name the make and model of your car :thumbsup:
#20
Predikuesi;2972305
That's far too technical for [COLOR=red]some[/COLOR] women! :) My wife, after 15 years driving, has never filled the petrol tank - she says she's too scared to do it in case she gets it wrong!:w00t:

Me too. I am dead scared to fill petrol. I had to do once when hubby was away, i went round the petrol station atleast 5 times before finally asking for help:oops:
banned#21
dog_cop
is there petrol in the car ?


Yes filled it up saturday
banned#22
kyalion
Oh, you're a good 'un then, aren't you. Take a picture of the engine bay, and we'll all try and diagnose the problem.

We may even be able to start a quiz to name the make and model of your car :thumbsup:


Do you seriously want me to take a pic of the engine?
Sorry can't quite tell who is serious on here :oops:

Its a Vauxhall Zafira 54 plate if that makes a difference
banned#23
Spearmint;2972363
Yes filled it up saturday

with petrol ?:whistling:
banned#24
dog_cop
with petrol ?:whistling:


erm yeah :whistling:
banned 1 Like #25
Spearmint;2972381
erm yeah :whistling:

If it wont start I have a great idea...
1. Ring the RAC
2. Ring the AA
3. Get a Vauxhall garage to pick it up and fix it :thumbsup:

or phone a friend...
asking audience is no use
1 Like #26
yeah take a pic
mayne if you get a hair dryer and start drying the spark plugs and the altinatior might help
#27
You could always try this......... http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=L8vUFRkxie0
banned#28
Right i am going out to wipe the battery and leads connected to it and see if i can find the other parts that might need drying

Will let you know if it works, thanks for everyones help :thumbsup:
banned 1 Like #29
Spearmint
Right i am going out to wipe the battery and leads connected to it and see if i can find the other parts that might need drying

Will let you know if it works, thanks for everyones help :thumbsup:


Good Luck
banned#30
My car is now working :-D

I ran a tea towel over every part of the enigine i could get to as most of it is covered up and it all seemed dry but still did not start.
While i was out there my OH's friend from a couple of doors down popped some music over for him and he took a look and couldn't see anything obvious either but said to try pressing down on the accelerator whilst turning the key and it started but stopped when i took my foot off the pedal, tried again this time keeping my foot on for a few minutes and its running fine now :thumbsup:
He reckons where a moved my car back slightly away from the house before i washed it the engine flooded and that's why it wouldn't start, shall remember that!

Thanks to everyone who gave helpful advice, will leave some rep in a minute
banned#31
Spearmint
My car is now working :-D

I ran a tea towel over every part of the enigine i could get to as most of it is covered up and it all seemed dry but still did not start.
While i was out there my OH's friend from a couple of doors down popped some music over for him and he took a look and couldn't see anything obvious either but said to try pressing down on the accelerator whilst turning the key and it started but stopped when i took my foot off the pedal, tried again this time keeping my foot on for a few minutes and its running fine now :thumbsup:
He reckons where a moved my car back slightly away from the house before i washed it the engine flooded and that's why it wouldn't start, shall remember that!

Thanks to everyone who gave helpful advice, will leave some rep in a minute


Shopping this afternoon then :thumbsup:
#32
thanks fro the feedback and ur wellcome ;-)
#33
Sorry if this has already been asked but I haven't read the whole thread. Did you move your car at all to wash another one or something? I only ask as we have 2 cars and a while ago my husband moved mine off the drive so he had more room to wash his, then he moved it back onto the drive to wash mine, both times starting the engine to move it.

When I then came to start the car the next morning the battery was flat and it was because it had been started twice and moved only a few feet, this drained the battery. When you start a car it uses most of the power in the battery and then needs a drive to charge it back up again, as we did this twice without taking it for a drive in between, it flattened the battery.

Once the battery was recharged it started with no problem and now when washed it is either not moved off the drive at all, or we push it manually. Perhaps this is what could have happened to yours?!?
banned#34
no probs khalifazed :thumbsup:

Annie, may have been something similar except my battery was fine.
I park my car right up against the house to stop my childrens friends from riding their bikes around my car and scratching it anymore :x
So i had to drive it back slightly so i had enough room to wash, i couldn't be bothered to move it back though so left it where it was until i got in it this morning to do the school run.

But at least it is sorted and i now know what to do if it happens again :)
#35
Spearmint
no probs khalifazed :thumbsup:

Annie, may have been something similar except my battery was fine.
I park my car right up against the house to stop my childrens friends from riding their bikes around my car and scratching it anymore :x
So i had to drive it back slightly so i had enough room to wash, i couldn't be bothered to move it back though so left it where it was until i got in it this morning to do the school run.

But at least it is sorted and i now know what to do if it happens again :)


Glad to hear its OK now, perhaps because you only started it the once to move it it didn't do the battery in as much as mine did from moving it twice. But hey, we learn from our mistakes don't we, and we learn new things all the time.
banned#36
lol was the wax regular unleaded? or diesel , hmm might need new spark plugs or you've ran your battery out (left lights on etc)

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