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.My name is john I bought an rx8 2004 got it cheap know notting about the car have it 4 days only learnt how to start it and turn it yesterday . Have learnt to deflood it 10 sec on 60 sec off done that 6 times the car starts but  won't ticover whitout my foot on the pedal .and when driving it loses power when I put it in to 4th .There's new leads and plugs a mechanic friend of mine said it might be compression but does not know a lot about these cars like myself .But as I said at the start the car was cheep so is it a case its to good to be true

PS anyone herd if Amtec engine restore     

Yours hopefully john 

 

 

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Where is Ireland are you based? Can you drive the car? Are you sure the correct spark plugs were used as they are very specialist and half the plugs are different. It would be best to bring it to a rotary specialist as they can check and swap everything quick. Normally assuming everything is OK, low compression first gives problems restarting when hot, not starting when cold. Was car OK first couple of days you bought it? Or was it a non runner?

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I would recommend bringing it to a specialist. In Dublin you have shadow rotary. They are very good but do not answer the phone and have a back log of weeks. Near greystones there is Leonard who works on cars evenings and weekends. I have a compression tester, but it would be better for a mechanic to look over it and swap all coils etc. for known good ones. Gave you a couple of hundred cash to pay someone to diagnose the real problem?

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Hi John welcome to the forum.:)

Can you get your hands on a code reader to see what codes it throws up to get a idea of what maybe the problem is. Not sure but @littlefeck  maybe the closest for you to have a look at your car so send him a pm.:)

Failing that he  may know of someone nearer to you that could look at your car and have a spare set of coils, leads etc as some of us including myself  have spares. It also could be a failed cat choking your engine  just saying to make you aware of this:mellow:. Also check out our FB page, good luck mate:)

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Thanks I have a code reader will do that when I get home from work and I'll post the results. I am going to get coilpacks and install them myself  plus the fact the lad who had the car before me didn't know what he had ie the right way to start/stop it or the right oil or even the different plugs .So I'll get at the car at the weekend and give it a good going over was on bikes for 16 years and always could fix my Owen cars so I'll try my best if it's already broke I can't do any harm       thanks again this site is deadly      cheers

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>I am going to get coilpacks 

Be very careful where you buy from. There are lots of fake packs around, particularly on ebay. The genuine models are laser engraved part numbers, not printed. I would recommend just going to littlefeck (phone number on this forum) as genuine coilpacks are 200 ish

It would be much less stress to get someone to check all these things in an hour, and probably cheaper.

You can also test coil packs if you know how to use a multimeter.

See here:

https://www.rx8club.com/series-i-tech-garage-22/beware-genuine-coilpacks-ebay-247265/

 

Note white/melted spots on the coil packs mean nothing and are normal.

 

As already suggested these are the main problem/fixes

 

Catalytic converter, under car under driver glows red hot and blocks engine, can be bashed out as not checked during NCT.

Low compression can only be checked with special tester as rotary cannot be tested with normal compression tester

Spark plugs, special types needed, two are different from others

HT leads between spark plugs and coil packs, these do not last long, so they go regularly.

Also an old/worn starter motor with a small/old starter battery can cause starting issues (does not seem to be the issue in your case)

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Thank you and everyone for all there help it takes time and effort to reply to my posts. I'm sure ye all have other things to do so thanks again.       I'm going to try  coilpacks and go from there if that doesn't work I'll get it to specialized mechanic near me if there is one.       You said the cat is not tested so can I replace it with straight pipe ?

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>You said the cat is not tested so can I replace it with straight pipe ?

Yes you can in Republic of Ireland with NCT. It will bring up an intermittent fault check engine light, which can be mapped out by littlefeck.. Most just knock out the contents and leave the old pipe. It might affect your insurance if it is counted as a modification.

Have a look here:

 

Little fecks details are on there. He has a day job so best to meet him evening weekends:

Name: Jamie

Location: Athy, Co. Kildare

Contact: 0857202383

 

He is only a 20 min drive from yourself. If you arranged with him to have the car at his place early some Saturday that would give him the daylight and the time to give it a once over. A couple of hours would cost less than a coilpack. give him a bell. That would be my advice

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