I finally decided it was time to throw away my decrepit Austin Montego and get something for work that was a little less..well, tatty.
I need to carry ladders and tools and things. However having had the experience of losing (stolen, actually) the tools from a van on 2 occasions, I know the value of having a car for work that has at least got a boot large enough to be able to hold my gear, without actually advertising the fact that, hey look, easy pickings!
So, a car is what I needed. Eventually I plumped on a '93 Sierra with a certified mere 64,000 miles on the clock. 500 quid, quite a snip for a car in such basically good condition, plus it's got a turbo-diesel engine which is good for at least 55mpg.
Only thing is, it's a bit of a bugger to start when it's freezing cold outside. It's got a gadget that is supposed to pre-heat the fuel oil, which shows itself by illuminating a little yellow light for around 10 seconds. At this point, once the light is extinguished, the engine should burst eagerly into life. Only it doesn't.
What actually happens is that I sit with the starter motor churning around for at least 45 seconds every morning before the thing will catch and run. Once it's going it's excellent BTW.
Any idea's, anyone? Any diesel specialists?
Can anyone point me in the right direction to get this old banger to start easily in the mornings?