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My Citroen Xantia reg 2001 HDi turbo diesel wouldn't start until it rest some times for 2/3 hours and once even overnight- previously it would take 1 minutes or so. Generally in the morning it always start It has stalled 3/4 times while driving, but the most occurrence is it won't start again after I stop to do some shopping etc..I read on some forum that it might be the fuel pump. So I opened it (under the passenger seat behind the driver) and pulled the 2 tubes out of the pump- the fuel came gushing out of one tube and then the engine management light showed and the car starts again.But last night I repeated the procedure but no fuel came out of the pump tube and so the car wouldn't start. Basically it doesn't start when the ignition key shows up temporarily on the dashboard whilst the engine management light doesn't show. Only when the latter shows up that the car start again. I tried to start it with EasySpray before and it worked twice but it won't anymore. Please help!

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  • mohamed_hems Nov 15, 2009

    Thanks for your prompt reply, De55chevy

    I have just collected the car from where it was parked overnight and it started the 2nd time I turned the key.

    If you don't mind me taking this a little further as I have had various tips of advice, including by mechanics. Is your suggestion that the key be reprogrammed? one Citroen dealer said it couldn't be the key as it was happening with all the 3 keys I have. Another asked me to pay for 2 hours work, £168+VAT, just to find the fault and additional payment for repair & part. One citroen specialist, but not dealer, said he couldn't fix it unless the management engine light was on the dashboard permanently. Another(general) mechanic used his computer diagnostic tool, which gave him 5 codes for faults (i have them if you'd want to see them), but he said he couldn't tell for sure which one was causing this problem but that he suspected crankshft or camshaft censor. Some internet advice site, suggest changing the coolant censor, or cleaning the tank strainer etc...I am really at loss as to why the problem has not bewen identified so far. I don't want ending spending money and then the problem continues.Your suggestion make sense though. But is that a definite solution! After your answer, I consulted some websites that show you how to reprogramme your key? is their procedure enough, or one must take it to a dealer? Your further help is very much appreciated. Sorry for the long post, but just to give a fuller picture, given the above. Thanks!

    Bahouse

  • mohamed_hems Nov 15, 2009

    Thanks for your prompt reply, De55chevy

    I have just collected the car from where it was parked overnight and it started the 2nd time I turned the key.

    If you don't mind me taking this a little further as I have had various tips of advice, including by mechanics. Is your suggestion that the key be reprogrammed? one Citroen dealer said it couldn't be the key as it was happening with all the 3 keys I have. Another asked me to pay for 2 hours work, £168+VAT, just to find the fault and additional payment for repair & part. One citroen specialist, but not dealer, said he couldn't fix it unless the management engine light was on the dashboard permanently. Another(general) mechanic used his computer diagnostic tool, which gave him 5 codes for faults (i have them if you'd want to see them), but he said he couldn't tell for sure which one was causing this problem but that he suspected crankshft or camshaft censor. Some internet advice site, suggest changing the coolant censor, or cleaning the tank strainer etc...I am really at loss as to why the problem has not bewen identified so far. I don't want ending spending money and then the problem continues.Your suggestion make sense though. But is that a definite solution! After your answer, I consulted some websites that show you how to reprogramme your key? is their procedure enough, or one must take it to a dealer? Your further help is very much appreciated. Sorry for the long post, but just to give a fuller picture, given the above. Thanks!

    Bahouse

  • mohamed_hems Nov 15, 2009

    Thanks for your prompt reply, De55chevy

    I have just collected the car from where it was parked overnight and it started the 2nd time I turned the key.

    If you don't mind me taking this a little further as I have had various tips of advice, including by mechanics. Is your suggestion that the key be reprogrammed? one Citroen dealer said it couldn't be the key as it was happening with all the 3 keys I have. Another asked me to pay for 2 hours work, £168+VAT, just to find the fault and additional payment for repair & part. One citroen specialist, but not dealer, said he couldn't fix it unless the management engine light was on the dashboard permanently. Another(general) mechanic used his computer diagnostic tool, which gave him 5 codes for faults (i have them if you'd want to see them), but he said he couldn't tell for sure which one was causing this problem but that he suspected crankshft or camshaft censor. Some internet advice site, suggest changing the coolant censor, or cleaning the tank strainer etc...I am really at loss as to why the problem has not bewen identified so far. I don't want ending spending money and then the problem continues.Your suggestion make sense though. But is that a definite solution! After your answer, I consulted some websites that show you how to reprogramme your key? is their procedure enough, or one must take it to a dealer? Your further help is very much appreciated. Sorry for the long post, but just to give a fuller picture, given the above. Thanks!

    Bahouse

  • mohamed_hems Nov 17, 2009

    De55chevy



    Thanks again for you helpful comment. In fact the RAC men got it started and he said it's the relay getting moister as the ECU cover is not there. He suggested I get the ECU cover. Your comment were helpul still as I have read various possible solution to this same problem and it's always good to eleminate possible problems. Many thanks again! Bahouse

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You have an intermiting anti theft problem you will need to have the theft system reprogramed at the dealer

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  • De55chevy Nov 16, 2009

    it may not be the keys but the problem might be the reciver wich recives the signal from the key as far as the others who looked at the car this problem can not be diagnoised with a scan tool

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