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1997 Vauxhall Corsa - turns over but does not start when warm

My 1997 Vauxhall Corsa Breeze - Ecotech 1.0 engine has recently been giving me intermitant problems. It starts fine when the engine is completely cold and drives like normal. The problem seems to occur when I go to restart the car after it has been used 1.5 to 2.5 hours previously i.e I drove to the cinema roughly 5 miles away, watched a film and when getting back to the car it didn't start. The engine turns over but just doesn't seem to fire the engine. I left it for aroung 15 minutes and tried again. it eventually started after holding the key turned for a minute.
It happened again after driving 10 miles, going shopping and returning almost two hours afterwards and it refused to start. We decided to leave it and return 1.5 hours later and it started first time. Whenever this has happened it seems to be on a wamr sunny day but that may just be coincidence.

We are going to try changing the spark plugs to see if that works but if anyone has any ideas I would be really grateful. Thanks

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Plugs are a good start if not try an oil and filter change it might be just oil is too thick or fuel filter blocked without looking at it hard to tell you what the problem is

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It sounds like the pickup coil in the distributor, when it gets hot, it goes open circuit. Changing the plugs won,t help

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