Have stored a 97 Canadian XK8 for seven months. Now the engine turns but wont catch - trys to a bit - but generally just cranks. After a few minutes a smell of petrol . I have fully charged the battery . I will try again tomorrow and use a jump start to increase cranking. Any ideas on how to encourage it to start? Use the gas pedal?
Country: CanadaMake: JaguarModel: XK8Year: 1997
as i said - just charged battery n tried cranking . tries to catch, but then settles to just cranking. any suggestions re gas petal or others
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the engine may just be fuel washed down or flooded. Try holding your foot down and pumping the gas while cranking your engine with a jumper box installed or charger on the battery as this will wear down the battery quickly. Also do this 20 seconds at a time taking a minute break to cool down the stater. If not the engine still can be flooded and you should try that clear flood method I described or you can remove the spark plugs and squirt a few droplets of oil down each cylinder.
We also can spray some carb cleaner into the air intake to see if the engine will start and run on the spray.
I am going to be doing this alone as the car is stored in the coutryside. The car has been standing now a month since last time I tried, so should I try a few times before flooring the gas pedal? Or should I use the pedal right away? I thought u should not touch the gas pedal with injection? What carb spray and where to spray? also,how do i strip off the plastic covers so I can get at the plugs? I have never had this problem before - mainly I work on an E type ...more my technology!!
I would depress and pump the pedal right away just make sure you keep a jumper or booster on the battery and if it does not start in 20-30 seconds take a break to cool down the starter. By holding the pedal you are actually disabling the fuel injection for a few seconds to help clear out the cylinders. You can purchase a can of carb or throttle cleaner from any parts store. Remove the air intake tube off the throttle and spray a little into the throttle then crank it. It would be easier with two people thoughTo access the plugs remove the six 7mm bolts off the coil covers on both valve covers then remove the 7mm bolts for each coil. Pull off the coils then with a spark plug socket and extension and remove the plugs to clean them a squirt a few drops of oil into each cylinder.