thanks again still not managed to get it going gotta have a play around today but I work nights so don't get much time to do so !
If I can't get it going by Monday it's going to the yard is there anything on them worth breaking first ?
It's a shame but I really don't have the time or space for a non runner
I just can't get I to crank
As for the veg the stuff I get is 30p a litre it was my fault for assuming the drum was clean (I did ask first) and pumping from the bottom of th drum
My brother runs his Astra dti on refined used veg oil that's been heated to remove water. Filtered and had something added to it
Which is about 90p a litre
Is there an easy way I can test is the starter is hitting a flat spot ?
Yes, you have to be careful where you get your fuel/ what is in it the stuff you used is probably just strained used veg oil, full of water, fat and solid "bits" from the food and needs a little further refinement before sticking in your tank - the stuff added to the stuff your brother uses is probably a little solvent (thinners etc) to manage the veg oils' viscocity at lower temps,
You could try putting a wire (it has to be heavy duty, like a jump lead wire or a domestic cooker wire) directly from the battery (+) to the starter, (try to keep it away from metal (-) earths) if it turns this will tell you if the starter itself is ok, and the problem is elsewhere - you can also bypass the solenoid - obviously you check there is power in the battery 1st or set up an alternative supply (jump leads to another car etc)
A new (pattern) starter motor can be had for about £60, a S/H a bit less than that,(prob. £20) they are not difficult to change
Did you fit a new fuel filter?
The car should run without a working lift pump, the 90PS does not use one, and on the 115, i think it is only "part time"/ under heavy load controlled by the ECU
If you get any water into the system it can be difficult to get rid of
It would be a shame to break it, especially as there may be very little wrong with it and someone with the right knowledge/ experience mak get it running easily/ cheaply. A running engine is worth something, but the main rotary fuel pump (vp44) is quite valuable, and the injectors, these are specific to the TDDI, which was only made from 2000-2002,and are getting harder to get (the TDDI was a favorite for taxi drivers for years, doing 300+k miles was not uncommon) many other parts,fit the entire range intercooler fits all 2.0/2.2 diesels, brakes are the same across the range,(2000-2007) even the ST220
Hitting stuff with hammers is be bad practice and it can cause further damage, sometimes a little tap works, i try to avoid doing this, a diesel engine without any diesel or pumps or working injectors will run on ez-start, i would never use it