what could be wrong with my car?

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Found 15th Apr 2011
Been having a weird issue with my car today, when the engine is running it judders. Once I put the car into gear and get upto second it's fine but then once I hit 30-50 it judders again quite a lot.

I have NO car knowledge so this has me stumped. It's not the gear box or clutch as it happens when both aren't in use.

It feels the engine is suffering from lack of revs / power but I wouldn't have a clue. I don't have a rev counter so have no idea what sort of revs I am getting either.

It's too late now to check my oil level but could it be down to that?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Car and age would help!

what car? (hi btw! lol )

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throttle position sensor?

Had similar problems with a Ford KA many years ago, i think it was a the ECU?

Drive shaft :-/

Sounds like a problem I used to have with an old fiesta. Faulty spark plug was the problem.

Have a check of you engine mounts, also have your clutch checked out if its in the middle range of gears.

I'm still amused that you are driving........ahhhhh

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worst opening post ever! i would guess. Year and model of car would be a massive help or are you trolling like your insurance scam few months ago?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/logbook-and-car-insurance-query/810516

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lumoruk

worst opening post ever! i would guess. Year and model of car would be a … worst opening post ever! i would guess. Year and model of car would be a massive help or are you trolling like your insurance scam few months ago?[url=%0Ahttp://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/logbook-and-car-insurance-query/810516]http://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/logbook-and-car-insurance-query/810516[/url]



Take a run and jump...

I was curious as we all would like cheaper insurance. In the end I bought my own insurance which was cheaper than I thought.

It's a 1999 Citroen Saxo. Definitely filled with correct fuel,
Edited by: "faevilangel" 15th Apr 2011

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nightstud

try here … try here [url=%0Ahttp://www.autoinsider.co.uk/problems/show.php?problem=566]http://www.autoinsider.co.uk/problems/show.php?problem=566[/url]



Thankyou.. Going to get my mechanic friend to check them for me.

problem HT Leads and Spark Plugs if faulty or not working can cause juddering also its the cheapest things first if it doesnt help with the juddering you should still see and feel a diffrence in the car it could also be blocked injecters fuel not getting through maybe a can of injecter cleaner in the fuel tank will solve it..
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timtom13

it could also be blocked injecters fuel not getting through maybe a can … it could also be blocked injecters fuel not getting through maybe a can of injecter cleaner in the fuel tank will solve it.. __________________



My dad just said same thing so probably first thing I am going to try. Thanks for your help

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faevilangel

My dad just said same thing so probably first thing I am going to try. … My dad just said same thing so probably first thing I am going to try. Thanks for your help



When did you last service it? oil, air filter and sparks?

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look in your car for the distributor cap...looks like this

http://fl1.shopmania.org/files/photo-images/12133/distributor-cap-citroen-cx-fiat-127-128-131-strada-fiorino~12132433.jpg

the HT leads are attached to it.

http://www.citroen-restoration.co.uk/ds/img/big/htleads2_big.jpg

Check the condition of the rotor arm inside there, check the cap and rotor are not over worn.

http://www.micksgarage.ie/img/td/57/el/XR185-0.jpg

Next I would replace the fuel filter, but you being a woman I would get a man to do it.

Edited by: "lumoruk" 15th Apr 2011

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lumoruk

When did you last service it? oil, air filter and sparks?



Only bought it less than a month ago. It passed MOT 7 weeks ago but not sure on last service. Will need to double check.

lumoruk

look in your car for the distributor cap...looks like this the HT leads … look in your car for the distributor cap...looks like this the HT leads are attached to it. Check the condition of the rotor arm inside there, check the cap and rotor are not over worn. Next I would replace the fuel filter.



I wouldn't know where to start so will get my mate to have a look. Thanks for your help.

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lumoruk

but you being a woman I would get a man to do it.



I am not female, just don't have a clue about the insides of a car.

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faevilangel

I am not female, just don't have a clue about the insides of a car.



my original comment still stands then

p.s. You really should have taken a real man with you to buy the car, the first thing you ask when buying a car is "does it have a service history....when was it last serviced?" it gives you a clear indication of whether the car has been looked after. If not, you walk away.
Edited by: "lumoruk" 16th Apr 2011

Wow the op asked for help and gets a lesson on gender,shameful

Edited by: "timtom13" 16th Apr 2011

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timtom13

Wow the op ask for help and gets a lesson on gender,shamfull



Maybe you need a lesson on spelling....oO

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lumoruk

my original comment still stands then :|p.s. You really should have taken … my original comment still stands then :|p.s. You really should have taken a real man with you to buy the car, the first thing you ask when buying a car is "does it have a service history....when was it last serviced?" it gives you a clear indication of whether the car has been looked after. If not, you walk away.



I took my dad, I know he said Mot had just been done but can't remember the service history.

The car has only had one owner (+ the garage) from new, by a female driver so was well looked after. I have just checked the documents I got and there is no service history documents so is probably due one I would guess,

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faevilangel

The car has only had one owner (+ the garage) from new, by a female … The car has only had one owner (+ the garage) from new, by a female driver so was well looked after. I have just checked the documents I got and there is no service history documents so is probably due one I would guess,



I would contact the garage you bought it from as they may well have kept it when they (should have) serviced it before selling it to you. You will need the service book to maintain as much resale value in the car as you can.

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lumoruk

I would contact the garage you bought it from as they may well have kept … I would contact the garage you bought it from as they may well have kept it when they (should have) serviced it before selling it to you. You will need the service book to maintain as much resale value in the car as you can.



Car is basically worthless (imho) as I paid less than £1k. I will give the guy a ring Monday morning to check the service history. I am not worried about resale value but would be nice to know when last service was done.

faevilangel

Take a run and jump...I was curious as we all would like cheaper … Take a run and jump...I was curious as we all would like cheaper insurance. In the end I bought my own insurance which was cheaper than I thought.It's a 1999 Citroen Saxo. Definitely filled with correct fuel,




Where have you been filling your car up? I know alot of people who have filled their car at Morrisons and Asda report porblems with their cars. i would try the above sugestions order from cheapest first, the spark plugs seems to be the cheapest. Also get some redex and clear your system. I would also try fill your car with shell V power and take it for a thrash with the rredex in.... with the prce of petrol i am guessing this is probably to be done after a ful engine rebuild lol

Sounds like its misfing which could be a whole host of things, given your inexperience I'd just get someone with a fair bit ok knowledge to give it the once over. Other than that take out a second mortgage and get garage to look at it.

I assume it is petrol?
Edited by: "greg_68" 16th Apr 2011

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fuel pump / filter I would say but surely a visit to a garage is the obvious answer
Edited by: "csiman" 16th Apr 2011

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No local garage will look at it today but had a guy said it was probably misfiring. I have put some redex in and took it for a spin around some roundabouts to mix it up. When I go to work I will thrash it to get it mixing better.

It was filled up at Tesco but never had any issues at this store with any of my dads cars but to be safe will start filling up at the BP (which is actually closer to me than Tesco).

Going to take it in for a scan on Monday so hopefully will just be the fuel is crap.

faevilangel

No local garage will look at it today but had a guy said it was probably … No local garage will look at it today but had a guy said it was probably misfiring. I have put some redex in and took it for a spin around some roundabouts to mix it up. When I go to work I will thrash it to get it mixing better.It was filled up at Tesco but never had any issues at this store with any of my dads cars but to be safe will start filling up at the BP (which is actually closer to me than Tesco).Going to take it in for a scan on Monday so hopefully will just be the fuel is crap.



From what i have read in the past, esco is supplied by BP as they do not have their own refinery. Not heard anybody complain about tesco or Sainsburys but Morrisons and Asda seems to be naughty boys.

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Rupz

From what i have read in the past, esco is supplied by BP as they do not … From what i have read in the past, esco is supplied by BP as they do not have their own refinery. Not heard anybody complain about tesco or Sainsburys but Morrisons and Asda seems to be naughty boys.


Tescos were the worst! It was front page news:-

guardian.co.uk/bus…co1

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faevilangel

Going to take it in for a scan on Monday so hopefully will just be the … Going to take it in for a scan on Monday so hopefully will just be the fuel is crap.



Will be a waste of money unless they do it for free, scan will certainly tell you if there is a faulty sensor though.

lumoruk

Will be a waste of money unless they do it for free, scan will certainly … Will be a waste of money unless they do it for free, scan will certainly tell you if there is a faulty sensor though.



agreed, normally will cost between £30 - £50. Suggest you also look at the pipes and make syre all the breathers are tight and in place.
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