Car engine runs when key is removed.

It's only just started doing this, but as of tonight whenever I remove the key from the ignition the engine of the car continues running, albeit without any power and a locked steering wheel!! The only way to stop the engine is by stalling it, which can't be doing any good.

Does anyone know what the reason is and if it can be easily fixed? Ta. :thumbsup:

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Is it a diesel (I'm guessing it must be?)

Is it a 2nd hand car? Could it be ex services? :whistling:

Well if its a diesel, It sounds like the fuel isn't cutting off properly, So the engine is still pulling the fuel through so that keeps it running.

A petrol engine wouldn't run with the ignition system off.

Original Poster

It's a diesel Metro. Laugh if you may, but I get all of the thrill and noise of driving at 120mph at 40mph!!

I'm aware that many army and emergency services vehicles run like that Crazy so that they can run electrical equipment and drive off quickly without starting engines. As fun as that it, it's been here for a couple of years now with only one old lady owner who had it fully serviced for 8 years!

Iom-RF

Well if its a diesel, It sounds like the fuel isn't cutting off properly, … Well if its a diesel, It sounds like the fuel isn't cutting off properly, So the engine is still pulling the fuel through so that keeps it running.A petrol engine wouldn't run with the ignition system off.



Spot on! :thumbsup: That would have been my guess.

And i so want to make a joke about Metro's but i like ducky.

I wouldn't laugh at a diesel metro, Very good MPG, Cheap to service and mostly very reliable!!

So yeah, That sounds like the problem, The fuel supply isn't shutting off properly , Should be a cheapish fix.

Ah well that's me out then - good luck with the finalists Ducky :thumbsup:

I'm no mechanic, but it could be a malfunctioning ignition barrel?
Just take it to a independent to have a quick look at it, I shouldn't think it will cost much to repair (avoid dealers!).

Iom-RF

I wouldn't laugh at a diesel metro, Very good MPG, Cheap to service and … I wouldn't laugh at a diesel metro, Very good MPG, Cheap to service and mostly very reliable!! So yeah, That sounds like the problem, The fuel supply isn't shutting off properly , Should be a cheapish fix.



Is that what you drive then?? You never did say.

It sounds like the fuel shut off solenoid is probably sticking, How long does it run for BTW?

Syzable

Is that what you drive then?? You never did say.



Nope, But i'd probably be my next choice of a cheapie car!

Family had one about 5 years back, Great little cars!

Always seemed nippy enough round town, (Probably just because it was a diesel and more torque! :giggle: , On the fast stretches it was well err.............slow!.)

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Syzable

Spot on! :thumbsup: That would have been my guess.And i so want to make a … Spot on! :thumbsup: That would have been my guess.And i so want to make a joke about Metro's but i like ducky.



Tell me about it, I hit an insect once and it did £400 worth of damage... the RAC guy said I was lucky, apparantly somebody died after a ladybird hit the windscreen of their metro and sheered off the whole roof.

:giggle:

They are economical... 50mpg easily, although rubbish at pulling away at roundabouts. NOTHING compared to my dad's 3-litre limo, no one will come near you in that.

The Metro's well equipped though. We went to a circus last week and got stuck in the muddy field. Luckily, being a rover and all, it was DESIGNED to be pushed - right down to the heated rear windscreen to warm your hands!!

;-)

Thanks for the replies guys. Shall probably get it looked at.

A METRO, I don't call them that, I call them 'death cars'

While I do not wish you any harm, people involved in crashes in metro's die. This was reinforced by some of the worst NCAP ratings for a car ever and helped to kill off the car for good some years ago.

My daughter recently mentioned she had seen a metro for sale cheap, she thought it would be an ideal first car. I showed her the NCAP test ratings (I think they've since updated the site and removed them, although the web is littered with references to them) and almost suggested to her that a motorbike would be safer.

Let the engine run and push it over a cliff.

theaa.com/all…-01

i had a metro when i was 18 and i loved it , until one day when i was stuck in traffic a managed to tap the car in front of me and practically ended up with the engine on my lap. not a mark on the car in front.

davelfc

A METRO, I don't call them that, I call them 'death cars' While I do not … A METRO, I don't call them that, I call them 'death cars' While I do not wish you any harm, people involved in crashes in metro's die. This was reinforced by some of the worst NCAP ratings for a car ever and helped to kill off the car for good some years ago.



I bet half of the 80/90's cars are death traps if you had a crash with a modern car.

What about the early Ford Fiesta?, Citroen AX or Peugeot 205?

I went to look at a Citroen Ax, Never seen anything so flimsy, Its made of Aluminum and plastic, About as safe as an iron bar to the head!

the best first car is a range rover vogue

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davelfc

A METRO, I don't call them that, I call them 'death cars' While I do not … A METRO, I don't call them that, I call them 'death cars' While I do not wish you any harm, people involved in crashes in metro's die. This was reinforced by some of the worst NCAP ratings for a car ever and helped to kill off the car for good some years ago.



Yes, but owning one is PATRIOTIC.

Iom-RF

I bet half of the 80/90's cars are death traps if you had a crash with a … I bet half of the 80/90's cars are death traps if you had a crash with a modern car.What about the early Ford Fiesta?, Citroen AX or Peugeot 205?I went to look at a Citroen Ax, Never seen anything so flimsy, Its made of Aluminum and plastic, About as safe as an iron bar to the head!



We're talking 1997, not early 80's or 90's. The safety results resulted in the end of the metro as people started to take safety in account when buying cars. Well before that metro's had been killing people for fun, it still does.

Air bags, traction control, better crumple zones, collapsing steering wheels, side impact protection/bags and recently stability control has seen cars become a lot safer.

You're still only as safe as the nut behind the wheel though.

My car has a 5 star safety rating but i sure as hell don't want to put it to the test though. lol

davelfc

We're talking 1997, not early 80's or 90's. The safety results resulted … We're talking 1997, not early 80's or 90's. The safety results resulted in the end of the metro as people started to take safety in account when buying cars. Well before that metro's had been killing people for fun, it still does.



You pointed towards a rover 111, They were made in they were made early 90's.

If its a metro it could be anything from the 80's+.

Iom-RF

You pointed towards a rover 111, They were made in they were made early … You pointed towards a rover 111, They were made in they were made early 90's.If its a metro it could be anything from the 80's+.



I know you're so busy posting, but read the site. The test was done on a 1996 Rover 100. Now that's not early 90's is it? It certainly was not the 80's. The test was done in Feb 1997. The car is a death trap, no matter what year or model. I'm guessing the older model is even worse.

duckmagicuk2

It's a diesel Metro. Laugh if you may, but I get all of the thrill and … It's a diesel Metro. Laugh if you may, but I get all of the thrill and noise of driving at 120mph at 40mph!! :DI'm aware that many army and emergency services vehicles run like that Crazy so that they can run electrical equipment and drive off quickly without starting engines. As fun as that it, it's been here for a couple of years now with only one old lady owner who had it fully serviced for 8 years!



My car has done this to me twice - it's a 96 Rover Mini PETROL!!! (don't make diesel minis) Both times I had to stall it to get it to stop. Hasn't happened since the last service.

Since these are both Rovers it could be something to do with the imobiliser/alarm system.
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