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Replaced spark plugs has fresh gas in the tank and won't start?

Hi Anthony.

I have no idea if you are experienced, so please excuse me if the following is too basic.

The ignition key has 3 positions, OFF, ON, and START.  

Insert the ignition key and turn it to ON, but do not try to start the engine.  The red ignition light should come on.

If you cannot hear the fuel pump ticking, then the problem is probably the electric fuel pump needs some attention.  

If you can hear the pump, it should tick a few times and then stop.

Now try to start the engine.  The engine will be cold, so use some choke.

Does the starter spin the engine?  Does the engine try to fire?

Let me know what happens and we can go from there.  

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Barrie Jones


MG Sports Cars from 1949 to 1980 - Including MGB, MGBGT V8, TF1500, TF, TD and modern Midgets. I also specialise in SU carburettors, Lucas wiring, suspension, steering & brakes.


I have owned my 1955 TF1500 since 1966. Technical specialist for the TD and TF with the MG Car Club T Register. Also owned 20 MGBs and currently own an MGBGT V8. Written 3 books on MGs and produced a DVD on how to strip and rebuild the TD/TF gearbox.

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Barrie's Notes on the 1953-55 MG TF (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB (author). /=====/ Barrie's Notes on the MGB GT V8 (author). /=====/ The Essential Buyer's Guide to the MG TD, TF and TF1500. (author)

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