Got spark, got fuel, but not starting...

Hi everyone,

First post from me and it's a problem! :laugh:

I've got an R-reg Micra, 998cc, that I can't get to start. Started it on Monday without a problem to shuffle around the drive and when I came to start it again yesterday it would crank but not fire. Plugs are wet and stank so there's definitely fuel, i'm also getting a good strong spark. Cleaned and dried out my plugs, stuck 'em back in and hooked the Micra up to another car for a jump start; cranks at full speed but just won't catch :(

Any suggestions?



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the k11,s are prone to flooding jackaleks, and you may need to remove the fuelpump fuse to get it to start
If you don't mind my asking, whats a jackalek?

But i too also find pedal pumping at different levels (you notice the car responds differently) works a treat!

Although i swear sometimes it fires up cylinder by cylinder at very minor RPM so a burst of full throttle when that happens and the car springs to life!

Micras are funny things! :')


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the previous suggestions
and my one done that= turned out to be ignition switch,it was also flashing engine check light
even the machine was flashing up nats fault= which was incorrect
If you don't mind my asking, whats a jackalek?

ermmm, his name :p :doh:

yup :)

cheers guys, the pedal pumping worked!

out of interest what does the "INJ" fuse do in the relay box on the passenger side? when i tested the plugs i pulled this thinking it would stop the fuel (INJ = Injectors?). guess i was wrong judging by the huge amount of smoke that came out when it finally fired!
My K11 developed a very intermittent start problem. Would crank/turnover but not fire/start. Otherwise ran fine in between bouts of non start (no stall issues, no uneven acceleration etc). Felt like a fuel issue to me and the previous owner - not very motor savvy mind - thought it was fuel filter issue.

When the car would not start, radio/dash lights would turn on an go out when key turned, sometimes radio would come on and sometimes not - when the no start problem was happening.

Everything I read on the net seemed to suggest that whilst a ignition switch/barrel might just be the issue, it wasn't necessarily a high contender because the engine cranked and there was no actual firing and a stall at any time.

Jiggling the wires that went into the ignition switch / ignition switch connector turned dash lights on and off with the key in the ignition - so obviously there was a loose connection - but that for a novice like me was not neccessarily the whole problem.

My problem turned out to be ignition barrel/ignition switch.

Swapped those out and the engine started first time. Bought on ebay.

My system was nats2 - transponder key with chip in the key (red cap)