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Mk1 Cortina engine starting problems

Unable to start the engine. Engine turns over though not very fast, got compression, got fuel, on checking spark, got weak yellow spark. Battery was fully charged prior to attempting to start the engine. Engine just cranks but wont start, have replaced plugs, contact points and distributor cap. When I remove a plug smells of petrol???? Any ideas of where to go next???

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Change the oil. Thick oil winter can cause it, or over diluted oil too. Got similar issue with my mark 1. Bought it but never ran more than 30 secs. Just drained 8 litres of oil out!!! Glad I changed the carby now. Hope you changed the condenser too. Once the plugs are fouled (may look OK) they are no good so might have to change them again.

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Try replacing starter motor. Repeatedly cranking it over only heats the the starter motor , this then softens the solder and it gets thrown. So the motor does not turn as fast as it should. Try push starting it.

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All fords were notorious for starting at one bit but on the Cortina
that I had one winter I had to remove Two spark plugs from 1 and 3 cylinder , take them in the house warm them up on the gas ring then on return to the car pour in a half spoonful of petrol to the "pots" then refit the hot plugs then after 3 swings she would go. The only other solution was to put the car in a nice warm
garage.!!

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    Also check the engine earthing band (to the chassis) if you use a multimeter on the ohms range there should be no more than .5 ohms resistance. 1 ohm is far too much!

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