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If my jag has been sitting for more than 24 hours the first time I try to start the engine takes maybe 8 or 9 cranks before it will start, after this she starts quickly.

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Quite possible a slight fuel leak and if you try waiting a few seconds after turning key before cranking it will fire right off first turn over .

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

  • Patrick Kneller Apr 22, 2015

    Thanks Ray, I tried this but didn't make any difference, I have since put a new tank of petrol in & she started fine this morning, I will keep you posted.

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Sounds like the engine oil is quite thick when cold so you probably need to check the last time the oil was changed along with the filter.once it gets slightly warm the engine takes less cranking amps to turn over so it will start quicker.

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

Testimonial: "Thanks for your help John, the oil looks good & the engine cranks quickly but since contacting you I have filled the tank up with petrol & this morning she started quickly just like she should. Too soon to say it is sorted but I will keep you posted."

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  • Patrick Kneller Apr 20, 2015

    Oil & filter were done 3 months/1500 km ago, to me it seems like a fuel problem, the battery is only 6 months old as well

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    john cordey Apr 20, 2015

    If you did the oil then okay but you need to check the dipstick ...if the oil is still black it didn't get changed...as for the fuel it doesnt get better when the engine gets warm....you can change the fuel filter...it's easy online one direction.you can mess around with the carb or injectors..it will still not start and improve unless you have a vacuum leak or blow gasket in the fuel system.i am not going to answer anymore questions because my original idea seems correct.thankyou.

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    john cordey Apr 20, 2015

    One last idea...have you checked the starter motor if it is on its way out the carb deposits freeze up initial start then improves .the brushes are due for a change.having done one myself lesson learnt was it us better to source a recon starter as usually the commutator gets worn and scored once the brushes are toast.

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    john cordey Apr 22, 2015

    That leads me to think you have some debris in bottom of tank which has found its way into ...the fuel pump...the fuel line....the fuel filter...or the carb jets.this means you may continue to have intermittent starting problem until you change the filter and clean those jets.

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