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GeneralBrady's DIY Mechanics QOTD: Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno PinmemberBrady Kelly26-Jan-14 1:53 
GeneralRe: Brady's DIY Mechanics QOTD: Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno PinprotectorOriginalGriff26-Jan-14 2:42 
Start with sparks. If you don't have a good spark, then you don't have anything that'll get it going!
Whip out the plugs and have a good look at 'em - I don't know what the plug gap should be, but they do wear out (they generate sparks, so they erode away as the sparks are created as the gap gets bigger - bigger gap, worse spark, and also can be later spark). Then all you have to do is wedge one of them onto the engine block and turn the engine over with your bypass wire - you are looking for a good fat blue spark. Yellow is a bad sign.
 
Good spark at each plug means (probably) that the whole electrical system is working (though the advance / retard could be stuck, it's generally a vacuum system running off the inlet manifold and it normally affects running rather than starting because when it fails it's generally because the hose has split).
 
Then it's fuel, and that's a lot harder to work out: Try cleaning a plug as best you can, then putting the plugs back in, and try to start the engine for a minute or so. Quickly remove the clean plug and smell it - any petrol? Does it look wet? What colour is it? Brown or tab is good, black or white is bad.
 
If you can isolate it to one system or the other, it makes a huge difference!
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GeneralRe: Brady's DIY Mechanics QOTD: Methods of diagnosing a non-starting Fiat Uno PinmemberMike Hankey26-Jan-14 3:27 
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GeneralQuick! Unplug the fridge! PinprotectorOriginalGriff26-Jan-14 1:33 
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