I tried starting the car after it was parked for about four weeks in a heated garage. The engine tried to start but wouldn't. I assumed it was now probably flooded, so I depressed the gas pedal to the floor and held it there while trying to start the car, Still won't start and now the battery is starting the get weak.
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Could be anything or everything here ,i have the same vehicle which is my sunday car as i cannot afford the price of fuel for it compared to my diesel escort.Now i suspect the engine breather but i would need my head under the bonnet to find the exact problem as it couyld be the small vacumn pipe to the fuel shut off valve on the fuel rail ,a split or perished breather pipe .Anything in fact along these lines is what i would look at first .Before i would start looking at things like fuel pump pressure and worrying about computer diagnostics.Should start in neutral though as mine does so it may need the inhibitor switch looking at later but not urgent .Mine is nice to drive but as it came from scotland it is well corroded underneath which is what i have been doing this sunday morning and thats spraying the underneath with a evil mix of underseal,diesel and clean engine oil all mixed up ,i kinow it takes a while to dry out but ? the rust absorbs the oil mix from the paint and turns back into metal -and no i dont understand this action but i know it works
My suggestion to this is to check the basics. Check fuel pressure and check spark during crank. There is no quick answer for a no start condition. You always have to start by checking the basics. An engine with no spark or fuel will not start every time.
a common problem with the jaguar aj26 v8 engine around that year is low compression due to wear on the nicosil coated bores to get it started you can try removing the fuel pump relay in the boot/trunk fuse box and cranking the engine and keeping the throttle pedal to the floor when it fires get someone to help and put the relay back in has it fires.if not take all the plugs out and put a couple of sqirts of engine oil from a oil can or similar in to each cylinder crank the engine over a little with plugs out refit the plugs and retry
Mine the same, done timing chains and tensioners, gas analyser shows it to be running rich on one bank only, swapped injectors with other bank and changed all 'o' rings. Isn't running rich when revs above 1500 so think it may be VVT on one cam, removed solenoids and found shuttle valve sticking in on one side, shuttle springs back out on other bank, going to replace in near future, maybe you have same problem, get exhaust gasses analysed to find if one bank running rich when idling.