Astra diesel - no start - help!!

Discussion in 'Astra' started by Chris Nowak, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Chris Nowak

    Chris Nowak Guest

    Wife drove my car yesterday and when she drove back into the drive I could
    hear the car screeching. When she switched off the engine and tried to
    restart there was no movement from the starter. All warning lights
    illuminate and extinguish as normal while turning the key but nothing on the
    last movement of the key when starter should engage.
    No fuses blown - any ideas?
    If it was just the starter motor any ideas on the screeching noise?
    We are in a real pickle as our second car is in the bodyshop to repair
    accident damage for a week!
    Chris Nowak, Jul 12, 2003
  2. Chris Nowak

    g4yyb Guest

    Don't want to be the bearer of bad news but it sounds very much like the
    engine was seizing up and when you stopped it one of the pistons has locked
    in the barrel hope I am wrong but I have heard it many times the piston gets
    a hot spot and starts to melt then it grabs you could be lucky and only need
    a new piston and the barrel honing out.

    Cheers Ernie
    g4yyb, Jul 12, 2003
  3. Why would a seized engine prevent the starter relay engaging ???
    He said "Nothing happens when he turns the key" - ie I would assume no click
    of the relay, no dimming of lights, nothing ...
    Not in my trousers, Jul 12, 2003
  4. Chris Nowak

    Chris Nowak Guest

    Thanks for your thoughts. There is no dimming of the lights when trying to
    start the car, infact there is no noise from the engine bay what-so-ever.
    Not even relays clicking.
    Cam belt is unlikely to be the problem as mine is an Astra model G with a
    chain. I think squeal was from snake belt on frozen water pump as I see
    dried whitish anti-freeze deposits around pulleys on engine and spray around
    So there must be 2 problems at least.
    Chris Nowak, Jul 12, 2003
  5. Chris Nowak

    Makhno Guest

    If it was just the starter motor any ideas on the screeching noise?

    Could it have been caused by the starter motor being partially engaged to
    the flywheel? Perhaps that's why it's not making any noise, the solenoid is
    Makhno, Jul 12, 2003
  6. Chris Nowak

    g4yyb Guest

    It Says the lights Extinguish that could be the starter engaging

    Or another thought I have had is the starter was engaged all the time and it
    was the starter seizing up that would mean the starter is burned out and
    would cause the same problem

    Cheers Ernie
    g4yyb, Jul 12, 2003
  7. Chris Nowak

    g4yyb Guest

    Try shorting the solenoid the main live terminal on the starter to the
    small wire on the solenoid you should get a good spark if you don't or get a
    very small spark the starter is burned out

    Cheers Ernie
    g4yyb, Jul 12, 2003
  8. Chris Nowak

    Michael Shaw Guest

    My first thought from what you wrote was alternator belt slipping (screech),
    not charging the battery properly leaving it unable to start the engine (but
    the lights would dim), so dunno!
    Michael Shaw, Jul 12, 2003
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