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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:14 am 
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I've noticed that sometimes it takes several churns of the starter motor to get going every now and again, no particular pattern but mainly when it's cold. The car has never failed to start but as I say sometimes it takes longer than normal. I've posted on other forums and others have the same issue occasionally and I'm just wondering if anyone has had the same issue here? Cheers in advance.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:23 am 
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Could be the battery? Cold weather does affect the Battery performance.

Letting the fuel pump run for a few seconds before turning the key and also pressing the Clutch pedal down when starting helps.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:11 am 
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I'm doubting it's the battery as it's turning over nice and quick but the engines not firing up as quick as normal, having looked at various forums it seems quite common on all three with the 1.0 lump fitted so I'm not alone.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:11 pm 
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You live with the car, what do you think it is?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:08 pm 
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brixtonboy wrote:
You live with the car, what do you think it is?


Absolutely no idea! That's why I asked the question. It's not a constant issue just an occasional hiccup. No trouble codes are coming up so it's hard to pinpoint and I just wanted other owners input on the subject.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:39 pm 
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I don't know where you live but it's been pretty cold, wet and windy here. "Back in the day" that would have been enough for me to expect my first few cars (and those of my mates) to probably not start and require dismantling of the distributor cap and copious quantities of WD40 to be sprayed everywhere. (I'm especially looking at you my friend's Mini clubman.)

These days, a cold wet start failure is far less likely, but perhaps such weather could occasionally contribute to a slight reluctance to start?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:52 am 
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Unfortunately I'm old enough to remember those times too! Seems some 108's as well as Aygos suffer with this issue at random intervals and also I can remember it doing this albeit less often during the summer. Bearing in mind we're talking about a car fitted with direct ignition and fuel injection I'd expect it to start on the button like every other newish car i have had. The only thing I can think of is fuel starvation but I'm probably wrong.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:59 am 
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Because this happens mainly when its cold it could be the battery. I would do the following:

1) Turn off all electrical consumers during starting, no lights, fan, radio, AC, ... . I generally turn those off when I park the car.

2) Measure the voltage during starting for the first start on a cold day. Initially it should be around 12.4V and during starting it should not go below 9.5V (is what I read). Mine is around 10V.

3) Recharge the battery.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:22 am 
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RainerK wrote:
Because this happens mainly when its cold it could be the battery.

Since it's an April 2015 Aygo the battery is now over 3 years old and just about to start its fourth Winter - so it's not going to be in the best of health and worth considering replacing it IMHO.

I'm not familiar with the new Aygo but I felt the battery in the 107/C1/Aygo was under sized so I fitted the largest possible battery (cold climate diesel version) and since then starting has been much quicker and consistent even in the coldest days last Winter.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:32 pm 
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Sounds like the battery to me! If you do a lot of short runs, it may never get a good charge

Halfords do a free battery health check I think


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