1985 xj6 series III
Won’t start. Went out one morning to start car to make sure it would start later for wife. Car hadn’t run for two weeks. It started up quickly and I thought I’d let it run for minute or two to warm up a bit. Then it started chugging and died. Couldn’t restart then or since.
Bought fuel pump (it was making noises), fuel filter( cause I was in there), and fuel regulator because I figure it’s never bad to replace a crucial part on a 35 year old car.
Also new main relay on firewall.
Never starts normally. Not a puff.
Always starts with starter fluid. Immediately.
I’m 90% sure fuel pump doesn’t run while I’m cranking. If I “hot wire” it (in trunk), it runs but car won’t start. If I hot wire it up front by relay, pump runs, car doesn’t.
All relays on firewall work properly. I took them off, cleaned them up, tested by hot wiring them and they all actuate, checking with ohmmeter they go from OL to zero properly.
I have fuel at injectors. I just loosened a hose and fuel started leaking out.
Couldn’t test pressure but as I said earlier, new pump, new regulator.
I’m thinking it has to be fuel problem as it always starts with starter fluid, never with gas.
Ignition system obviously works as starter fluid works. Car ran nice previously. I’m sure it’s not in tip top tune but this is the middle of summer and everything is dry.
I haven’t checked for fuel at injectors. That’s next. Not real sure how to do that, gotta research that a little.
Any help on this problem would be greatly appreciated.
It’s getting to the point where I’m thinking I could check for fuel carelessly, fire might start (accidentally of course) , give it a few minutes before finding fire extinguisher and insurance will get me a different one.
Now that I think about it, it’s parked next to my house which is a frame four square pushing 100 years old. It could use some refurbishing.
Have to get wife, dog out first I guess.