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Old January 9th, 2012, 11:59 AM
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97 defender starting problems

My 97 defender with 55k miles is only driven a few miles/month (especially in winter). I have never had any problems with starting aside from a battery here or there....lately, i have had a strange "hard" start issue, usually occurring after i have been out driving, turn the truck off, then go to restart it. It makes a very deep, gasping noise, tries to hang onto idle, usually rumbles for a bit, doesnt react to pedal at all, then dies...it will repeat same process until i leave it alone ....the last time it left me stranded initially but when i went back an hour later to tow it, it started normally.

same exact thing happened last night..i left it alone and it started normally this morning...what am i missing here? any help appreciated...thanks much
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Old January 9th, 2012, 12:39 PM
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In your humid climate you may very well have excessive water in your fuel tank. I'd dump in a couple of bottles of HEAT to help clear out the water. Since you leave it sit for long periods of time, I'd try to keep the tank as full as possible. This will cut down on the accumulation of water vapor in your tank. You may want to replace your gas filter too, the paper in the filter can become saturated with water and make it difficult for gas to pass through it.

Also, at your elevation, I'd be sure to be using Premium gasoline.
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wow thanks Dennis for the suggestions...all things i am not currently doing but will try immediately.
Appreciate the help!
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Samething happened to me right before my fuel pump died.
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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:17 PM
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Samething happened to me right before my fuel pump died.
Could be the pump is dying too. If you leave your fuel at continual low levels (1/4 tank & less), this reduces the pump's ability to be cooled by the fuel in the tank. The pump runs continually while the engine is running and relies on the fuel to absorb the heat that the pump generates just from operating.
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Old January 9th, 2012, 09:26 PM
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Could be the pump is dying too. If you leave your fuel at continual low levels (1/4 tank & less), this reduces the pump's ability to be cooled by the fuel in the tank. The pump runs continually while the engine is running and relies on the fuel to absorb the heat that the pump generates just from operating.
That's how my aux fuel tank pump died.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 10:10 PM
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wow thanks guys...i have it in for service now but no feedback from my tech about the fuel pump...is there a way to test it or do i just have to wait for it to fail? the list i got today was:
replace leaking manifold gasket, front crank seal, fuel filter, oil pan gasket, in take gasket, and intake end gasket...ughh

is it still a rover if i seal up all the leaks at one time? any suggestions on what i can hold off on and what i should do now for sure? especially given that it appears i need to do fuel pump as well! thanks thanks so much for all the help
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