Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Northern Ireland
Car: Rover 45, Classic mini (on blocks at mo)
rough running 1.4
Back with another problem....
I put a new battery in my 45 1.4 yesterday. A Varta C6. Much higher amp hour rating than my old battery, in readiness for winter. And yes, its listed as suitable for the car. Can't see how this could possibly relate to the problem I've subsequently had but thought I should mention it anyway.
Last night I started the car and it was running like a tractor at first. After about 10 or 15 seconds it ran OK and didn't miss a beat from there on. I should mention that it was very cold last night.
Again, today, I used the car in the early afternoon. It started and ran perfectly. Temperature was about 12 degrees.
Tonight, its freezing (ice on roof and bonnet), and I've just used the car to nip to the local shop. Running like a pig again for the first 10-20 seconds. Sounds like its running on 2 or 3 cylinders. After that its ran sweet, accelerated well etc.
I'm thinking the problem is related to the outside temperature. Could it be the plugs/leads? Anyone had a similar problem?
BTW the car is a 2003 model with 39k on the clock.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.