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engine malfunction light on and engine wont crank over and

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engine malfunction light on and engine wont crank over and no diagnostic comuniction with e c u
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Matt replied 2 years ago.

Hello

If the car's not cranking then first check that the main battery cables are on tight and the terminals are clean and bright. Do the same for the engine / gearbox earth strap.
Then follow the main positive lead back to the engine and down to the starter motor, and check the connection at this end as well.

There should also be a small wire to the motor which should have 12V when you're turning the ignition switch to crank. If the 12V isn't there, check back along this wire for damage to the insulation or corroded connections

if the battery is good and the dash isn't lighting up then its quite likely to be an immobilser issue

This 12V feed comes directly from the ignition switch so this may be faulty and need replacing

Check the resistance of the main positive lead that runs down to the motor as anything more than a few ohms and it should be replaced

Don't forget to try a jump start from another car / battery as its possible the battery is poor, if you have a voltmeter a healthy battery should read 12.7+V

also try substituting the battery for another as I've known a very flat battery to drag down the system voltage too far even with jump cables

If this is all OK then its possible the car needs a new starter motor

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