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Old 05-16-2012, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1.3 EFI engine just won't start at all any more ....

Hi to all you forumers,

I will try to be as concise as possible and then, if anyone can help out, I will be extremely grateful.

My wife bought (long story!) a Spanish built '98 Samurai from a friend of hers believing that it was a steal. I had not seen the car. I live in French Polynesia on an island with no real mechanics, no modern equipment, no access to spare parts, no nothing really except fishermen and farmers.

The car was a mess, she had been a daily-driver and parked under a tin roof way too close to the ocean for many years, bad rust everywhere (I'm dreading the day that the exhaust manifold has to come off) so I cleaned her up as best as I could and gave her to a friend that owed me some money for a body job.

At this point in time the engine started without any trouble but with a pretty high idle. My friend kept her for almost six months . When I eventually picked her back up we had to replace what was a decent battery and pour a little petrol into the throttle body to start her, but start she did. I took her down to the docks in Tahiti and shipped her off to the island we live on. The morning I went to get her, same procedure of pouring a little petrol in the TB and home we drove. Obviously I started tinkering around trying to fix what I figured might be a fuel pipe leak, fuel pump problem etc etc. Fuel gushes from the pump although I can't check the pressure. Over the next couple of days I started her with a bit of gas in the TB, switched off, sometimes she'd start instantly, sometimes not at all and needed another shot of petrol. There were times when the engine had been off for a few hours, she'd start with no trouble and I thought that the problem was solved.

And now ...... nothing, she doesn't start at all, with or without a shot of petrol.

A long time ago I used to be a good home mechanic, but that was in the days before all this electronics business . If anybody has any suggestions as where to look I thank you a thousand times in advance.

Also ....... what can I safely take off the engine to make things simpler?
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