I had some previous trouble with this car, I replaced the fuel pump and alternator as both were no longer operational. Now I am having a bad no start situation (this was also present in the last few days before removing the alternator) where it either cranks indefinitely or makes a half-attempt at starting but stalls soon after this - at most it lasted was 5 seconds with a very rough idle.
I'm wondering what it could be, I was suspicious of the fuel supply as it seemed like a lack of fuel but I cracked open a bolt on the fuel line which proceeded to spray out petrol. Granted this bolt is not at the fuel rail, but very close, so I'm still not convinced that fuel isn't the issue.
I have attempted to check for any vacuum leaks and cannot see any obvious damage to any of the lines, but I would've assumed it would need to be a bad leak to cause the issue I'm having?
And finally for spark, I checked all the spark plugs which were in surprisingly good condition bar one that was a bit oily by the looks of things, I had spark at all 4 plugs so I don't think that is the issue. I took a look at the distro cap and I definitely need a new rotor and cap once I have this issue sorted!
My guess is that there is not enough fuel being injected to start up fully / stay running. The only time I can get it to half-start is if it is left sit still for a few hours. If I try straight after this attempt all it does is crank - maybe the first attempt uses any residual fuel that is there?? Cheers,