MGF Will not start,alarm appears to be on

MGF Will not start,alarm appears to be on

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Cornwall1

Original Poster:

70 posts

21 months

Thursday 17th December 2020
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Hello All,

I am hoping more experienced owners may be able to help me out.

I have owned my 2000 MGF for five years, any problems in the past have been resolved by charging the car battery overnight and has started first time.

The car has been off the road for a couple of months, so when I tried the remote yesterday to open the car nothing happened.

First thought was the battery in the remote needed replacing, so replaced the battery in the remote - still does not open the door!

Then tried the key which opened the central locking on both doors, but when key put in the ignition,no fuel pump noise or engine turning over,
just the sound continuous bleeping and a solid red light on the instrument panel - so is the alarm still on?

Having read the owners handbook and used the key access code to reset the engine immobilization override with the key, this should have disabled
the alarm,but when I tried to start the car the same thing happened - same problem.

So to recap, new battery in remote, fully charged car battery, car will not start.

Has anyone ever had this problem and resolved it or can suggest a fix or can you disarm the alarm another way?

I hope the above is understandable.

Any help appreciated -Thanks

Cornwall1

Original Poster:

70 posts

21 months

Saturday 19th December 2020
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Does anyone have any thoughts on this please

MGSteve

165 posts

205 months

Sunday 20th December 2020
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Cornwall1 said:
Hello All,

I am hoping more experienced owners may be able to help me out.

I have owned my 2000 MGF for five years, any problems in the past have been resolved by charging the car battery overnight and has started first time.

The car has been off the road for a couple of months, so when I tried the remote yesterday to open the car nothing happened.

First thought was the battery in the remote needed replacing, so replaced the battery in the remote - still does not open the door!

Then tried the key which opened the central locking on both doors, but when key put in the ignition,no fuel pump noise or engine turning over,
just the sound continuous bleeping and a solid red light on the instrument panel - so is the alarm still on?

Having read the owners handbook and used the key access code to reset the engine immobilization override with the key, this should have disabled
the alarm,but when I tried to start the car the same thing happened - same problem.

So to recap, new battery in remote, fully charged car battery, car will not start.

Has anyone ever had this problem and resolved it or can suggest a fix or can you disarm the alarm another way?

I hope the above is understandable.

Any help appreciated -Thanks
I have a TF which has a newer alarm system, but from memory there is a procedure in the MGF handbook for re-syncing the fob after changing the fob battery.

Its along the lines of - lock the doors, remove old battery from fob, press buttons on fob 10 times, fit new battery in fob, unlock door with key (but do not open door) and press key fob lock button repeatedly until doors lock.

Doesn't explain why the EKA doesn't work though, have you ever tried using if before?
Did it accept the code OK, i.e. the red immobilizer light stopped flashing and there was no beep after the final turn to the unlock position?

Cornwall1

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70 posts

21 months

Sunday 20th December 2020
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Good news - Problem solved

First of all thanks for the reply.

The problem turned out to be the fob, the battery carrier were it is soldered to the PCB was cracked in one position,soldered it again and it worked.

What I have found out is that without the fob working, no one will ever be able to start my car.

Hope this helps someone in the future.