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When I go to start my car, it turns over, but doesn't immediately 'catch.' I.ve had AA look at it: he checked spark plugs, carburator, etc....he says it's overfueling and is probably the engine coolant temperature sensor - the car 'thinks' it's winter weather (the temp gauge inside the car never moves). Any suggestions?

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You've had an experienced AA repair man look at your car and thoroughly check the obvious faults. May I ask why you doubt what he's told you? It's impossible to say he's wrong without also having a chance to examine the car.

It's definitely possible that he's correct though.

Just change the sensor: it costs peanuts, takes minutes and is easy to do, but you may need to drain the coolant down first (catch it in a clean bowl and re-use it if it's not all black or rusty as it's not cheap). When refilling the coolant set the heater control to hot to avoid air locks.

Posted on Aug 04, 2010

  • gin_luc Aug 04, 2010

    I'm not doubting what he told me - he seemed very competent. If it still doesn't start properly when the sensor is changed, I'm trying to figure out what else it could be so I can avoid spending more money than necessary.....

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