Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

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Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by paulsutt on Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:19 am

hi

Just another quick post about cold starting.

She's very lumpy with choke out and you really have to rev her a lot otherwise she will cut out....however when she reaches a certain temp the engine purrs beautifully...has anyone any suggestions as to what it could be?

Many thanks
Paul
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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by m8form8 on Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:23 am

If she is petrol sounds like the spark is not very strong, perhaps new plugs leads and distributor cap would help. Try some wd 40 sprayed over leads to start with. Maybe just a bit damp.  scratch head
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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by NigelS on Sat Oct 31, 2015 2:00 pm

Hi Paul, 

As others have suggested, have a look at the electrics, but also pull No 1 plug and check for damp (water). this is the plug that is directly below the scuttle drain box at the rear of the engine bay and if the outlet pipe joint leaks, it drops straight on top of No 1 cylinder. As the spark plugs are recessed in a hole, this has quite an effect on cold starting!
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Cold starting.

Post by tysoncat on Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:12 pm

Hi Paul,
sounds like your carb is set up incorrectly,when you pull the choke out you close the flap over the carb mouth but a cam on the side also
increases the revs, otherwise you will get a very rich mixture which will cause the engine to run badly and stall.
As you say it runs sweetly when warm the rest of the set up should be ok.
You need a "old school" mechanic to take a look, not like the guys in my garage when a MGB/GT came in for egirlmission problems spent 1/2 hour looking
for EOBD sockets.
Good luck with the old girl, they really are very easy to fix (normally)
Regards Mick ---1994 2.0ltr petrol/lpg

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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by paulsutt on Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:42 pm

Thanks for the replies...I've tried to start her tonite and although start motor is turning over fine..she's just not firing up. It must be water getting in somewhere?..she's on a slope with bonnet lowest, so water is dripping off roof straight through bonnet vent.

I've got a mechanic coming over tomorrow to take a look.

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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by paulsutt on Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:03 pm

NigelS wrote:Hi Paul, 

As others have suggested, have a look at the electrics, but also pull No 1 plug and check for damp (water). this is the plug that is directly below the scuttle drain box at the rear of the engine bay and if the outlet pipe joint leaks, it drops straight on top of No 1 cylinder. As the spark plugs are recessed in a hole, this has quite an effect on cold starting!
Thanks Nigel. I think this may be the problem I'm having tonite..see my previous message. Not sure if this is a separate issue from lumpy starting though?!

How can I fix this if the outlet pipe joint is leaking?

Without sounding thick what exactly is the outlet pipe joint?

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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by NigelS on Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:12 pm

Hi Paul,

I probably didn't explain properly what I meant. Underneath the bonnet grille that you refer to is a plastic box which diverts the water away through a drain pipe on the right hand side as you look at it standing at the front of the vehicle. The joint is a push-through pipe with a flange which may or may not be your problem. The pipe should divert any water which collects away behind the engine.
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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by paulsutt on Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:50 pm

Just quick message to say problem sorted.

Replaced HT leads, cap etc and she now starts beautifully, with no lumpy start up.

Both mechanic and caravan engineer who's done a habitation check commented on how quiet and smooth the engine runs.

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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by m8form8 on Sun Nov 08, 2015 9:56 pm

Glad its going well again, usually just electrics with a petrol.   hugegrins
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Re: Cold starting isn't easy on our Talbot!

Post by wakaday on Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:22 pm

The old Peugeot 504 Engine. Pretty Bomp proof and should clock up mega miles without any issues.
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