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Seat Leon Mk1 Starting Problems

Hi all, I have a 2003 Leon, Petrol 1.6 and it has a strange starting problem, I'd really appreciate some ideas. It's a great little car apart from this problem.

My Leon starts first time every time I take it out for the first time in the day, but, the second journey it always struggles. I am now having to attempt to start it 6, 7, 8 times on the second and subsequent journeys. I fear at some point it just isn't going to get going! I don't want to ditch it, but I do need it to be reliable. It is always on subsequent journeys after having been parked up for 1-3 hours. Can anybody give me any clues?

Thanks in advance,

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Hi, Pete; The problem could be from a faulty CTS (coolant temp sensor). When the engine is cold, it needs extra fuel. As the engine warms, it can't handle that extra fuel when restarting, causing a flooding type symptom. Has the check engine light illuminated? If so, have the trouble code read and post it here. You can also try holding the throttle to the floor when restarting. By doing so, you are giving the engine more air to help compensate for that extra fuel. Good luck.

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Thanks Loren.

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