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Any assistance would be great. The issue with the car has fixed itself for now, but as it is my wifes car, I want to have any faulty parts replaced or repaired asap. As you can imagine, the issue will probably raise its head again at the least convenient time.
The only time it was left long enough to do what I thought was engine flooding, it didn't smell of fuel and there wasn't any excess smoke.
Basically it was hard to start, it turned over and over but didn't fire. Eventually when it did fire the engine ran very rough and died when trying to increase the revs. It sounded like flooding to my untrained but mildly experienced ear.
The battery was disconnected and left over night, and then it started in the morning.
I tried to find what the fast ticking noise was, and when I removed the pipe from the airbox to the throttle body, the butterfly was pulsing open and closed, it was only a small opening (didn't open all the way) but it was definitely fluttering so to speak. I didn't get to see what was making the louder noise when the ignition was turned on.
I also assumed it was flooding because of the throttle butterfly movement, i was assuming this would be letting in fuel and each pulse and this led me to believe that it was why it was difficult to start and ran rough when it did eventually fire.
Yes Thanks Pete,
It sounded plausible that what you outlined was the main issue. I have purchased some fuel system cleaners and I will run them through the system. The car has performed faultlessly since it rectified itself, and I am hay to now know what may be required if it ever happens again.
Many thanks for all your help.