Engine Died - please advise on these issues
My 2005 Rover 45 1.4 started up today, drove out the gate, and died. I reveresed back into drive using starter motor. Less than 90,000 miles on it, did a 220 mile round trip yesterday, was fine.
There is no check engine light.
Cranking without plugs produces a smell of petrol , so I assume flywheel rotation is being detected.
I earthed plugs with a wire but was unable to produce a spark.
Is there a way to probe the three pin plug with a voltmeter to determine if ECU is attempting to fire the coils? Or does it switch earth and therefore not easily measured?
Any advice on how to proceed please?
There was a small drop of oil on the outside of plug one, but this could have been an oil spill whilst filling. Engine should still start even if carrier gasket on way out? Afterall, it did start and drive forward today.