Some Background yesterday we had a really hard frost and I tried and failed to start the car. After a day and morning of stress trying to fix it myself we called out the AA and the AA man diagnosed the problem as a flooded engine. [This was probably caused by a bad battery in the first place and repeated attempts at a restart. We replaced the battery and it would still not start]
I had found some solutions to engine flooding online via the mighty google which basically said to clean the spark plugs and to remove the fuel pump fuse so that the engine management system didn’t continue to try and pump more fuel into the engine and flood it further.
The main problem with this is that its not possible in Rover 200’s to remove this fuse as its contained in a sealed unit with other parts of the engines management system. I also believe this to be the case in some other models of rover [such as the 400?]
So how to stop the fuel getting into the engine?
Well fortunately the AA man had a solution which as it turns out is pretty simple. He tripped the safety feature that cuts the fuel off should there be a crash the “fuel inertia cut-off” he simply tapped it with the base of his screw driver you can actually hear the spring release with a boing kind of sound.
He then removed the spark plugs being careful to make note of which of the HT leads went where and burnt off the excess fuel that was present on the end of them just by exposing them to the flame on the gas hob.
Once that was done he turned on the ignition for a while to clear any of the excess fuel and then reset the cut of switch by pressing it. He then turned it over again and after a few seconds the car burst into life.
After this he told me to take it for a drive to burn any of the remaining fuel that might be present in the engine and exhaust system.
*Important Note:- I am by no means a mechanic as you can probably tell.I am only relaying what the aa guy told me about how he fixed my car. Car’s are dangerous and should not be messed with by people that don’t know what they are doing. If you choose to follow or take advice from all or any part of this post you do so at your own risk and have only have yourself to blame for any injury or damage caused to yourself, property or other people