RX8Club.com
Register Photo Gallery FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read RX8 Live!Used CarsVendor Directory

Go Back   RX8Club.com > Series I Tech & Performance > Series I Tech Garage
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?

Welcome to RX8Club.com!
Welcome to RX8Club.com,

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to start new topics, reply to conversations, privately message other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join RX8Club.com today!


Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-22-2004, 01:17 PM   #1
Registered User
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Hopkinton, MA
Posts: 1
RX-8 Starting Problem

Hi- My name's Mick, I'm new to the RX-8 club. It looks like a great site with a lot of resources.

Hopefully, someone will be able assit me a problem that I'm having starting my RX-8.

Problem Description: I live in the NE it's been very cold. My RX-8 has been sitting in the garage (not heated) for approximately 3 weeks without being started. I went to start it and seems like the battery had lost power. I recharged the battery and heated the garage to 60 degrees. Unfortunately, the RX-8 still won't start, just cranks.

Question: Is there anything that needs to be reset, or a known issue with cold starting?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Mick
This ad is not displayed to registered and logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on RX8Club.com!
MickM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2004, 01:22 PM   #2
MSU Spartans
 
TitaniumRX8MD's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Okemos, MI
Posts: 267
It might be flooded
__________________
Tit. 6sp GT, appearance, rotary accent pkg., spoiler, all weather floor mats
Mods: 35% tint, xpel bra, rear door trim protectors, exhuast finishers, JDM B pillars, RX-8 plate holder, Borla exhaust, CZ Stage 1.1, RX-8 Wheel Centers, RB Revi Intake & Ram Air Duct, Aldehyde Cabin Filter, RB AC Condenesor & Oil Cooler Screens, RP Short Shifter, Escort 8500 X50, Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 245/40/18
TitaniumRX8MD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2004, 02:00 PM   #3
Registered
 
neit_jnf's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Somewhere in Puerto Rico
Posts: 1,164
Send a message via AIM to neit_jnf Send a message via MSN to neit_jnf Send a message via Yahoo to neit_jnf
Check the owner's manual and try the emergency starting procedure for flodded engine. If that doesn't work pull the fuel pump fuse and try again. Keep the battery charger handy! Last resort: call roadside assistance.
__________________
I'm back home at La Isla Del Encanto Puerto Rico!!
neit_jnf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2004, 02:06 PM   #4
Registered User
 
RX8_GT's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Indiana
Posts: 414
Recharge battery - even leave hooked up when you try to start. If you have tried multiple times - likely flooded - after four or five attempts using Flooded Engine Technique - pull fuel pump and try further. If no start - call dealer - should be completely covered by warranty IMHO. John
__________________
Hoorah for the Red, White and Blue ... and now Black

Red 1990 Miata
White 1988 RX-7 10th AE
Blue 2004 RX-8
Black 1988 RX-7 Convertible
RX8_GT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2004, 04:11 PM   #5
Riot Controller
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,145
Send a message via ICQ to epitrochoid Send a message via AIM to epitrochoid
I've noticed on this board that most of the times when this car floods, it's after it's shut off cold and then left in the cold for an extended period of time. Your dealer should have gone over that with you, of course after you had over the check :P
__________________
2004 Mazda RX-8: Titanium Gray 6 Speed, GT, NAV

HKS Legamax Exhaust, Axial Flow Engineering Short Shifter, ARC Titanium Shift Knob, Greddy T618Z Turbo, Mazsport Interceptor-X Engine Management, Greddy Profec B Spec II Boost Controller, HKS Type-0 Turbo Timer







epitrochoid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2004, 08:56 AM   #6
Overport
 
Overport's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Florida
Posts: 935
Send a message via AIM to Overport
thats way to long to let your rx8 sit there...you gotta expect it not to start.
__________________
'04 Mazda RX8 6-Speed MT - Selling
'07 Ford Shelby Cobra GT500 - Soon
Overport is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2004, 09:08 PM   #7
Registered User
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 187
Lol..a car sits for 3 weeks w/out being started and "you gotta expect it not to start"... -- and "have it towed to the dealer"

..god, thats just SICK you all accept that as being okay from a 26-34k car.
__________________
'04 Mazda RX-8 Blue
'02 Honda S2000 Silver
amartin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2004, 09:21 PM   #8
Registered User
 
RX8_GT's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Indiana
Posts: 414
I'll say my Rx-7 and Miata had been sitting outside for more than 6 weeks last time I drove them. Both started immedidately - temperature about 25F at the time.

Sorry but I think three weeks is not a long time for a car to sit - and not start. Standing battery drain is minimal - just maintaining an ECU and a radio clock basically.

John
__________________
Hoorah for the Red, White and Blue ... and now Black

Red 1990 Miata
White 1988 RX-7 10th AE
Blue 2004 RX-8
Black 1988 RX-7 Convertible
RX8_GT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2004, 11:25 PM   #9
Bummed, but bring on OU!
 
therm8's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 2,037
My 8 sat for 3 months with no starting. I'm Navy and went to sea. Only problem I had was the battery was dead. Jumped it and started right up. Granted average temps were probably in the high 40s low 50s at the time. Only flooded the car once, when my hand slipped off the key. Emergency start procedure worked like a charm.

Seems the 8 really doesn't like cold temps (maybe just the battery) though. I'm glad I live in FL.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
therm8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2004, 01:39 AM   #10
Whaaaa?
 
sferrett's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 623
Quote:
Originally posted by amartin
Lol..a car sits for 3 weeks w/out being started and "you gotta expect it not to start"... -- and "have it towed to the dealer"

..god, thats just SICK you all accept that as being okay from a 26-34k car.
Hopefully he was joking, if not then he's just wrong.

There's no reason to expect it not to start after 3 weeks. It's possible the battery might be drained a little especially if left in cold temperatures. A blast on a charger may have been a good idea prior to starting it up, I believe battery condition has a lot to do with preventing flooding during starting.

I've had my other rotaries sit for two months without being started, and there's not been any issues whatsoever. My '8 hasn't ever sat that long though, I like to drive it too much.
__________________
Certifiable, unreformed rotary-holic
sferrett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2004, 06:31 AM   #11
Registered User
 
RX8_GT's Avatar
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Indiana
Posts: 414
It's my understanding that the stock battery is only 300 cranking amps - not much reserve. There sure is a lot of space around it - also I understand that in "COLD CLIMATES" Mazda installs a more capable battery.

Bean- counters !!!

John
__________________
Hoorah for the Red, White and Blue ... and now Black

Red 1990 Miata
White 1988 RX-7 10th AE
Blue 2004 RX-8
Black 1988 RX-7 Convertible
RX8_GT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2004, 07:30 AM   #12
Back in the family
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: philly 'burbs
Posts: 443
Send a message via AIM to Psylence
Stock battery is weakass.

My '8 sat for about the entire month of January due to snow/salt here in the NorthEast.
I checked to voltage on the battery *before* I tried to start, didn't want to become a "statistic." Had to put a Battery Tender on it for a full 24 hours before the battery was charged.

Wish I could get an Optima in there.....
Psylence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2004, 10:39 PM   #13
Registered User
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 227
I have noticed slow cranking on single-digit temperature days. So far, it has started up.
carnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2004, 03:07 AM   #14
Registered User
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 131
I agree try starting with the emergency start proceedures. If it still doesn't start call your dealership they will be able to give you a number to the towing company that will pay for since they do offer 24 hour roadside assistance.
__________________
My Cars: 2004 Blue RX-8, 1994 Black Honda Prelude.
Former Cars: 1987 white Ford Escort, 1994 Black Mitsibishi Eclipse, 2002 Black Ford Lightning
JimJimElf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2004, 08:36 AM   #15
Registered User
 
Trader Score: (0)
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Middle of Wisconsin
Posts: 151
Good Morning Fellas...

I parked our RX8 in in our garage late November 03. With the temps warming up in Wisconsin now and salt off the roads, I got the bug. Without any help for the battery, she started right up. All I did for this past winter was remove the key.

Tom
islandsoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2004, 08:36 AM
RX8Club
Mazda RX8




Paid Advertisement


 
 
 
Reply

Tags
cold, emergency, long, low, mazda, months, problems, rx, rx8, rx8how, sat, sit, start, starting, temperatures, weeks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:08 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All content Copyright 2007 by Internet Brands, Inc.
Emails Backup