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Hi Dan

I found with my car that the thermotime and the accumulator was bad.

When I tried to start the car from hot I could smell petrol which ment that
the thermotime was telling the cold start valve to pump more petrol into
the engine than was required or so I was told. I was also told the thermotime
hardly ever breaks down but I have seen a few problems with them from other
posters on the DML since I changed mine.

Once this was changed the hot start still remained but I could no-longer
smell petrol when starting, the car would start though after about 30-40
seconds of ignition turning and gas pumping.

I changed the accumulator about a year ago now and have not seen the hot
start problem since.

These are usualy the main problems but your best bet is to drive the car
for about 10 minutes and then leave it for another 10 minutes or more and
then test the air venturie in the intake under the plastic air filter box,
it should be hard to push down, if this is the case then the accumulator
is holding the fuel pressure and is fine, but if it is easy to push down
then the accumulator is fecked. I am sure you will get lots of help from
others on this subject.

Alistair McCann

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