Difficult starting

Someone recently mentioned about a problem they had starting the car from cold and a smell of fuel. I too have had this problem lately with a car so I thought I would tell you the cause of the problem. The clue is in the fuel smell. If you look under the battery tray, you will see the fuel filter. It is possible for the fuel line from the filter to the fuel rail to work loose or just leak. The leak will be so small that you won’t see the leak but if you run your finger around the joint, there will be a trace of moisture on your finger. This tiny leak is enough for the pressurised fuel line to loose pressure and you will then have to wait for pressure to build up again for the car to start. Please note that this check of the fuel line is part of the service schedule in the manual but the symptoms may also be caused by other faults.