Well, today I went under the old bonnet. Covers off, everything looked good.
Turned the key to position 2 and could hear the under bonnet pump (hereafter known as the UBP)...sounded like it was slurping a little. Removed the rear squab, drivers side pump faintly whirring, passenger side pump a little noisier.... could be that I was hearing this one when I listened for the drivers side one???
So....tried position 2 again and the UBP was a little louder and smoother then stopped....perhaps the normal time limit if the car isn't started?
So...tried again, UBP quite smooth.
Removed Synergy plugs and reconnected the OEM plug. Tried position 3 and the engine started!
Let it run for a while and switched off. Started again as normal. A little erratic perhaps...moved the revs up to 2k no problem, lifted off abruptly, no problem. Reconnected the Syn2 and switched it on...the car started normally.When the car died on the motorway I was down to 1/4 tank
. After being towed to Bolton services I bought a can of diesel and put it in but three quite lengthy attempts to start it did nothing.
After being carried home I tried to start it again a couple of times thinking the fuel may take a while to come through....about 10 seconds each time. Nothing.
Today I also tried progressing along the injector return hose with a clamp which produced no diesel. (Should I still try the more accurate method of running each return to a separate container?)(or wear goggles and protective clothing!!!)(EDIT)
Anyways...as I clamped the return hose between 3 and 4
the tickover smoothed out. I think I remember injectors 1 and 3 reading 1.2 and 1.4 respectively on your T4
I was able to re-park the car neater and with the front facing the house as I usually have it.. still daren't drive off the street though.
It may be that the injectors will benefit from cleaning for the time being.[color=#804000]I suspect that the drivers side fuel tank pump has failed
[/color] so I'll check it more thoroughly tomorrow. it certainly looked intact and serviceable when the RAC guy took it out. Maybe I'll put more fuel in then top it up at the garage....and go to work in it on Monday. At worst I'll get some of my own back on the RAC and a morning off.
I've frequently run the car until the fuel light before filling up without a problem. Still, can't rule out the possibility that the pump died on Wednesday. (hhhmmm, I'm glad to see that thought was still with me)(EDIT)