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1.8k wont start after engine swap

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by c9mdr, May 20, 2012.

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    c9mdr New Member

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    My original 1.8k series blew up and I managed to get hold of a low mileage engine from a lotus Elise series 1, I have fitted the engine but am having problems getting it started, I have checked that all sensors are plugged in but still it wont fire up. I have left the lotus inlet manifold and fuel rail with injectors on the engine, could this be the problem? Any ideas on what to check or try would be greatly appreciated.
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    Freelaner Landy Driver

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    Is the Elise engine a VVC?
     
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    Just what I was thinking, if so it will need the VVC loom and ECU to run. Easy way to check is does it have the plastic inlet manifold like your original or the metal one?
     
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    c9mdr New Member

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    Hi guys it is the standard 1.8 not vvc, the reason the guy removed it from his elise was so he could upgrade to a vvc, it has the plastic manifold the same as my old one. The only difference I can see is that the injectors are a different color to the land rover ones.
     
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    swap inlet manifolds over, it might make a difference
     
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    Have you checked the basics?
    Is the fuel pump running
    Is there fuel pressure at the rail
    Is there a spark
    Are the plugs getting wet
    Is there a pulse at the injectors
    Did you change the timing belt, is the timing correct
    Does it crank

    Find out why it's not starting and it should point you in the direction you need to look or you're just guessing:)
     
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    Check the crash sensor has not tripped.
     
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    Finally got it started it was a fuel issue. But now I have a new problem after leaving it overnight it seems to have developed an electrical fault, when I turn the ignition key to the first stage the dash lights come on but when I turn it all the way all the lights go out and nothing happens.
     
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    dodgy earth or flat battery ? are the electrics to the starter motor all ok ?
     
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    Thanks for the reply the earth on the starter looks a bit dodgy so will sort that out first and see if that sorts it out.
     
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    Cheers for the help guys it was the earth on the starter motor. runs fine now:D
     
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    Doesn't the Elise engine have a larger inlet port and larger valves? A bit more power is always welcome!
     
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