Seat Leon >> Starting petrol engines

The engine can only be started using a genuine SEAT key with the correct code.

– Move the gear lever to the neutral position and depress the clutch pedal fully and hold it in this position, the starter will then only have to turn the engine.
– Turn the ignition key to the starting position.
– Let go of the ignition key as soon as the engine starts; the starter motor must not be allowed to run on with the engine.

After starting a very hot engine, you may need to press the accelerator briefly.

When starting from cold, the engine may be a little noisy for the first few seconds until oil pressure has built up in the hydraulic valve compensators.

This is quite normal, and no cause for concern.

If the engine does not start immediately, switch off the starter after about 10 seconds and try again after about half a minute. If the engine still does not start, the fuel pump fuse should be checked  “Fuses”.

WARNING

• Never start or run the engine in unventilated or closed rooms. The exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide, an odourless and colourless poisonous gas. Risk of fatal accidents. Carbon monoxide can cause loss of consciousness. It can also cause death.
• Never leave the vehicle unattended if the engine is running.
• Never use “cold start sprays”, they could explode or cause the engine to run at high revs. Risk of injury.

Caution
• When the engine is cold, you should avoid high engine speeds, driving at full throttle and over-loading the engine. Risk of engine damage.
• The vehicle should not be pushed or towed for more than approximately 50 metres to start the engine. Fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it.
• Before attempting to push-start or tow a vehicle to start it, you should first try to start it using the battery of another vehicle. Note and follow the instructions “Jump-starting”.

For the sake of the environment
Do not warm up the engine by running the engine with the vehicle stationary.

You should drive off as soon as you start the engine. This helps the engine reach operating temperature faster and reduces emissions.

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