2006 Vauxhall Meriva no one knows

Tiny
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  • 2006 VAUXHALL MERIVA
  • 1.8L
  • TURBO
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 100,000 MILES
Hi I have a diesel car. That wont idle until its warm. It cuts out at junctions. Until I have travelled about 2 miles then its ok. When I first start it. The revs seem to go up and down I have asked a few mechanics but nobody knows what it is. I would be grateful for any suggestions. Thanx Colin
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 AT 4:10 AM

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Tiny
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Let's go through the checklist: what see outside temperature that you are trying to start the vehicle in? Is the vehicle hard to start? When it is cold or when it is hot? Have you kept up with the standard maintenance? Primary and secondary fuel filters? Have you loaned the car to any of your friends? What color is the smoke that comes out of the exhaust when it is cold? What color is the smoke that comes out of the exhaust when it is hot? Does it have a vacuum leak? In other words are your heater controls working properly? Checked some of those things out and bring me word.
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 AT 7:56 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your prompt reply doc. The car starts easily when its cold. Or warm. It takes longer to run properly when the weather is cold. Yes I have been having problems with my heater.I havent changed any of my filters for 2 yrs. Waiting till weather gets warmer. Will do soon. Havent noticed anything wrong with smoking will check in the morning and get back to you. Thanks again Colin
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Thursday, February 26th, 2015 AT 11:43 AM
Tiny
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Does your vehicle have a plug-in? Where you can plug it into the house at night time so in the morning the vehicle is warm? It's called a block heater
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Friday, February 27th, 2015 AT 2:23 PM
Tiny
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I havent got a plug in. I cant park my car near my house so I couldnt use one The smoke. When I start when cold is like steam.
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Monday, March 2nd, 2015 AT 1:54 PM
Tiny
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The exhaust that looks like steam is normal, but how long do you let your car warm up in the morning? On a very cold morning you should let it idle for at least 15 minutes, diesels are very cold-blooded it takes them a long time to warm up until they run correctly. I'm assuming because the vehicle is not close to your house that you started up just for a few minutes and then leave is that correct? Keep me updated.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 AT 7:28 AM
Tiny
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Yes you are correct. I do not let it warm up at all. But it would not tick over unless I up the revs. A little with the accelerator.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 AT 11:22 AM
Tiny
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Because we do not have those vehicles in this country (U.S.A) it is difficult to find any kind of information but let's try something else, before you started in the morning with the key on waiting for the glow plug light to go off, pushed the accelerator all the way to the floor and back up two (2) times, let's see if that activates a cold start situation for the computer. Also I recommend that you let the engine warm up at least 10 minutes or serious engine damage may occur. What I do with my diesels is I make an extra door key so I can lock the car while it is running, I also do that on shortstops so I'm not turning on and off my diesel all the time which is also very hard on it. If you can send me a picture of the engine compartment.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 AT 5:06 PM
Tiny
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I didnt realise you should warm it up before driving off If I let it warm for 10 mins it should sort out the cutting out when cold problem. Thanks for the info.
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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 AT 8:25 AM

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