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With the coming of colder weather my car is getting difficult to start. It will spin ok and fire briefly but won't catch. Pressing the pedal a few times seems to help --- usually. I didn't have any problems starting it last winter.

Is there a recognised starting technique for 1.6 VTI engines in winter e.g. press the pedal twice and say three Hail Marys?
 

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When was the car last serviced and was it serviced with the correct oil? My 1.6 HDi is pretty much due a service and I've noticed it being a bit rough when the outside temperature has been down to -3 and the starting being a bit lumpy. It was last serviced (apparently) by a Vauxhall dealer so who knows what oil they've put in it.

You can remove some of the strain of starting by depressing the clutch pedal. Even in neutral with clutch up the starter is still turning some of the gearbox components. The oil in the gearbox is usually much thicker than engine oil and will also be cold, adding to the extra work the starter has to do.
 

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Thanks, you could be on to something there. Like you I had my oil & filter changed at a non-Peugeot garage last summer. They put 5-30w oil in and I went back and insisted that they put in 0-30W or whatever was the Peugeot recommendation. Ok, they said and the car disappeared for 15 mins. I wondered at the time if they had changed it - perhaps I have my answer now.

Can't do the depress clutch trick - mines an auto.
 

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Haven't had this problem with our 1.6 VTi auto, but when chatting to our local Peugeot specialist (not dealer) last month, he said it was vital that the 1.4 and 1.6VTi engines had the correct oil, otherwise you would have starting problems!

Apparently it needs very expensive C3 grade oil. Can be Comma, Halfords or top brand, but must be rated C3. Hope this helps.
 
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