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Journeys : Apr May 2012
Jules’ Gems Regular motoring tips from RACT patrolman Julian McGarry State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress firstname.lastname@example.org www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress email@example.com www.rochesbeachliving.com.au For sales enquiries, Free call 1800 246 418 Starting fuel-injected engines M odern motor vehicles with a fuel injection system have an onboard computer to run the engine and a simple turn of the key starts the engine immediately. As this system is designed and calibrated specifically for the type of fuel it will handle, a precise amount of air and fuel is injected into the engine, so it’s unnecessar y to depress the accelerator when star ting the engine. Placing your foot on the accelerator only confuses the computer! Roadside call-outs often involve ‘f looding’, which is caused by driving the vehicle a shor t distance (usually less than a couple of minutes) and then switching off. On attempting to re-start later that day or the next day, the engine winds over faster than normal but won’t fire. What has happened is that on the first short r un, the injection system supplied extra fuel to the cold engine to ensure smooth idle – but the engine didn’t get hot enough to burn all the injected fuel. The extra fuel can also wash the oil from the engine bore, which lowers compression. The combination of a cold eng ine, excess fuel and lower compression combine to make starting almost impossible, as the injectors are pumping in more fuel. Modern cars do however have a ‘clear flood’ mode. The procedure to activate this mode is: • Turn the ignition on • Depress the accelerator pedal fully • Crank the engine (this can take up to a minute) • Continue till the engine has fully started • Release the key from the star t /crank position • Release the accelerator pedal slowly, as the engine revs rise • Run the engine until warm to allow excess fuel to bur n off Don’t persist beyond a minute, as there may be another issue causing the non-start – contact RACT Roadside Assistance. Life on the move April / May 2012 25
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