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Old 17-01-13, 06:07 PM   #1
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My 307 2.0hdi 90bhp struggles to start in winter, particularly when freezing temperatures like now! This has been going on for a couple of winters but I have always managed to persevere. However recently the problem has got much worse.

The car is recently serviced (5k since), I have fitted a new battery this week and new glow plugs but to no avail.

Does anybody have any advice?
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Old 17-01-13, 07:55 PM   #2
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It could be a few things. There are a few threads with problems similar to yours on here this month.

Safest bet is to get a Peugeot Planet diagnostic from a fellow member to do some checks on your car, it'll be better than throwing parts at it.
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I have had the exact same problem on my wifes 110bhp SW, slight drop in temperature and it took an age to start, even when it was slightly colder it failed to go and the battery went flat.
I have been down all avenues to eliminate the fault. Firstly a new battery, then new heater (glow) plugs, new heater plug control box. I then read the training manual for the PSA HDI engine and eliminated all the possible causes (temp sensor etc) and checking what readings I should get in PP2000. The system was all ok and something I should have read first!
Eventually took the starter motor off and found the commutator end bush severely worn, further dismantling of the starter found the drive end bush/bearing completely gone and even the housing worn.
I found a company on the internet AUTO ELECTRICAL PARTSto supply all the parts to overhaul it but as the casing was worn too I opted for a re-con unit. If it is the starter motor as mine was, the parts were around 20 plus VAT and is better than the 70+ for the recon unit I had to pay.
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Mine too takes a few cranks to start in the cold, maybe 2-3 seconds - not huge, but more than when the weather's a bit warmer. Mine too has had a new battery.

I gather from reading on here, that there's an uprated start motor available.

Out of interest, as a result of longer cranking time, does yours puff out a bit of smoke when it eventually jumps to life? Literally a puff as the engine fires and it clears almost instantly?
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Mine too takes a few cranks to start in the cold, maybe 2-3 seconds - not huge, but more than when the weather's a bit warmer. Mine too has had a new battery.

I gather from reading on here, that there's an uprated start motor available.

Out of interest, as a result of longer cranking time, does yours puff out a bit of smoke when it eventually jumps to life? Literally a puff as the engine fires and it clears almost instantly?
Thats just excess fuel...
as for the uprated motor. where do i find one of these?
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