I’ve had a search around and found various bits of information but nothing that I found to be conclusive and most threads seem to die mid-stream….
I’m looking at a 2003 HSE, 135K on it and it appears to be a steal…..however……it cranks but won’t start. There is power getting to the fuel pump, it hums when the ignition is on.
I do not know if there is fuel actually getting to the rail but will check that the next time I look at the vehicle.
Things I found to be potentially critical.
- When cranking it the front side lights blink, not evenly like turn signals, just a blink on then a longer off, like a slow strobe light.
- There is also a red wire protruding from the harness behind the battery that has an in-line fuse holder in it that has a bare end not connected to anything.
- I couldn’t see an inertia switch but since the fuel pump powers up I’m thinking maybe the bare red wire is the remains of it and it’s not having any effect. That’s a complete guess of course.
- The battery is new.
The current owner doesn’t know much about it and doesn’t seem too inclined to try to find out. He says the previous owner said “it just stopped working” – yeah, helpful….
So, from what I have found in the threads, I think maybe the ECU lost the connection and the immobilizer is preventing it from starting and that the owner then switched the battery and that had no effect at which point they gave up.
Would the immobilizer allow the engine to crank but not start or should it immobilize everything including the starter ? Why would the fuel pump prime if immobilized ? Is this just what these RR’s do ?
Assuming my theory is correct, I seriously doubt that I can get the EKA code given the information, or lack of, that I have got from the owner so far. He’s looking for it but I don’t have much hope.
Am I chasing a money pit here ?
Thanks in advance.