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5 Beeps when key in ignition but won't start

I've got a 1.9TDI diesel Alhambra which was starting and driving lovely until just over a week ago, we discovered a leak which we promptly fixed and since then it won't start. We've replaced relay 109 and the battery but still won't fire up. When you put the key in the ignition and turn it there are 5 beeps. Any ideas, I don't have the key with the chip

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When you said you do not have the key with the chip,you mean that the car is immobilizer equipped? If it is surely you need the chip fitted key to start and run,otherwise you will not manage to start and surely you will cause loss of programming. Ask from an expert to help you and do not please try it on your own .

Another question I have is : when you said you had a leak and promptly fixed it,what leak you mean? Is it Diesel leak? If it is diesel leak, you must bleed the system first as air goes into the system and do not allow the clean fuel to without air bubbles to get into the injectors.

Posted on Jan 02, 2013

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    suzannemalla Jan 03, 2013

    Hi, the diesel leak was the end cap on the end of the diesel spill of pipes, we have cracked the injectors and managed to get fuel back through but still won't start, we think it could now be immobiliser. When I say the key I have doesn't have the chip, what I meant is that I don't have the remote key only the key that I would call the spare normally. It just seemed really odd as it started fine on Christmas Eve (when the problem was discovered) and wouldn't start on Christmas Day and hasn't started since.

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    suzannemalla Jan 07, 2013

    Thank you for your advice, had a mechanic out today to look at it and it turns out a sensor on injector 3 needed an electrical pulse sent through it to start working again, it took him less than 10 mins



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