View Full Version : non starter when hot!!!!!!!

seanie bee
01-11-2003, 11:17 PM
hi...sometimes (when i have drove hard) my beat wont start,as if the battery is flat,my friend says he has heard it is a fault with a relay,ive had the battery checked and it is fine.anybody get the same problem?or know what the problem is??...............cheers seanie bee!:confused:

01-11-2003, 11:23 PM
Hi Sean,

Hopefully this is an easy one...

Your friend is probably right... It sounds like the Fuel Pump Relay is playing up...

It is a fairly common fault with the beats although since it doesn't happen all the time it is something that a lot of people live with...

Mine does it on the odd occasion but hasn't done it for about 9 months now (I know... I shouldn't have mentioned it as it's going to do it constantly now...).

I would guess that if you leave the car to cool down for 10-15 mins then it starts without any problems... If so then the relay is probably the problem.

The relay is situated just above the ECU which is behind the document box, behind the passenger seat.

it's a bit of a hassle to get to because you have to start undoing trim etc but it's fairly straightforward.

Hope this helps


seanie bee
01-11-2003, 11:32 PM
cheers mate!!!

02-11-2003, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by seanie bee
my beat wont start,as if the battery is flat,

Does it not turn over???

or does it turn over but not fire?

02-11-2003, 06:05 PM
it wont turn over but sometimes makes a clicking noise similar to a faulty solenoid


02-11-2003, 06:12 PM
Then its not the fuel pump relay then.

Perhaps your right faulty solenoid/starter motor.

Poor connection on starter/engine earth.

I had never experianced any non starting faults with that car.

02-11-2003, 06:18 PM
i think it could be a battery problem

cheers seanie

02-11-2003, 06:21 PM
how old is the battery? do you think it could be the battery?

02-11-2003, 06:34 PM
Not sure on age of battery, that battery was swapped from my other beat.

Batteries dont normally suffer from heat, its normally cold that makes a battery drop off.

whereas starters/solenoids suffer from heat.

does it start if left to cool??

02-11-2003, 06:37 PM
yes it starts when cool i think, saying that it was fine most of yesterday and all day today