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    Hi everyone,

    I just purchased a 1981 Westfalia joker edition (europeen)

    It has a 2L fuel injection engine which turns but won't start any help diagnosing the problems would be great.

    This what know and have done so far.

    Both batteries are charged and terminals have been cleaned
    Filled up the the tanks with fresh premium fuel
    Changed all the spark plugs.
    Checked to see if the line were producing sparks - yes all 4
    I can hear the fuel working - constant humming

    When I turn the ignition, I hear the fuel pump and the starter turns the engine but it never catches or starts.

    On the dash board see the oil red light turn sometimes intermittently.

    Not sure what do next considering changing fuel filter.

    I don't have the Bentley manual yet.

    Any help would be great, I am new west owner and my family is anxious to go camping in it.

    Thx

    Thomas

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    Well I had the car checked out at a good shop in town here in Victoria. (Beetle auto)

    Good news it was a simple fix and not too expensive.

    It seems the previous owners had put diesel fuel in a gas engine hence why the engine would not start.

    I hope this can help anyone similar symptoms. I would never of taught of it.

    Looking forward to taking our new Westy out for a road camping trip with the family.

    Cheers!

    Thomas

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