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muggo

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  1. My 2007 TCDI 2.0 Mondeo has done 130,000 miles & generally runs without a problem. However, on zero or a very light throttle it seems to surge ie seems to accelerate fractionally,then not, then on again etc. Pehaps 2 or 3 seconds between on & off if you see what I mean. It's just not as smooth as it used to be at very light throttle settings. It won't be a blocked DPF as I regularly drive a decent distance at high speed. I also take it to the red line (with a warm engine) every few weeks & get some smoke, which quickly clears. I did these things before I noticed the surging issue. Can anyone please give me some guidance here? Thanks Paul
  2. 2.0 Tdci "surging"

    It was a split intercooler hose in the end. I replaced it with a non genuine rubber one 10,000 miles ago & it cured it. However, I now have the same problem so i suspect it has split again. If so, I'll try a silicone version as it's a very low mileage for it to happen again.
  3. I was running low on diesel in my 2007 Mondeo 2l TDCi today. I filled it with 60 or so litres but the low fuel light is staying on. I've stopped & started a few times since, but the light remains on & the computer shows 0 miles until I run out, but I have a full tank. The fuel gauge shows full too. Can anyone suggest how I reset the light & computer please? Thanks Paul
  4. Every so often, the windows on my 2006 2.0 TDCI Mondeo Estate come down in the night. Apart from it being a security risk, it could be raining overnight. I'm certain I'm not accidentally pressing the key & there are no water leaks into the carpet perhaps causing an ECU short. Does anyone have any ideas about what's causing it? Failing that, is it possible to disable the auto down windows feature as I never need it?
  5. Windows Keep Opening

    Thanks. That isn't the issue as the battery is fairly new & cranks my diesel engine in cold weather with no problem.
  6. Windows Keep Opening

    Thanks for the good advice. However, the problem only happens about every 3 months, so it will take a long while to see if disconnecting all my electric windows has sorted it I really needed to see if this was a common fault with a recommended fix.
  7. My diesel Mondeo has just clocked up 140,000 trouble free miles. Yesterday though, on a 300 mile journey, I noticed a problem I'd describe as surging. On very light throttle, the power seems to come & go slightly. Sometimes it's bad enough for the rev counter to show a drop in revs too. I've had this problem before & have posted a thread asking for advice but nothing useful was suggested. The intercooler hose isn't split. Last week I had a "fuel service" including adding an additive to the fuel. I also had the fuel filter changed. Power seems slightly down but i could be wrong here. MPG is 48-50 on a long run so it can't be that bad. I've tried revving to max with a warm engine which kicked out some smoke but didn't solve the sensation I'm getting. Could this be a problem with an injector? At 140k miles, is this to be expected? Any advice gratefully received. UPDATE I've just been out & noticed lots of black smoke from the exhaust, most of the time (I must clean my back window!) Also noticeably down on power. Will more fuel additive or an expensive diesel tankful help? Can I thrash it better? Halfords who did the fuel service did a "before & after" emissions check but didn't give me the printouts as they usually do. Is this likely to be relevant?
  8. UPDATE I've now used a tank of Shell VPower super diesel & plan to stick with it. It costs 5% more but gives me 5% more economy, lots more power & a much smoother drive. I only have to touch the accelerator & she just takes off! I imagine my emissions are much lower (no MOT worries) & it will only continue to get cleaner the more I use it. What's not to like? Many thanks to those who helped me in this thread. The least I can do is let you know the end result: an engine that feels like it has done 10k miles rather than the actual 141k. Cheers Paul
  9. UPDATE All seems relatively fine now. Performance is mostly back & economy is 48mpg on a long motorway run at 80mph. Still get some smoke when accelerating hard & I think it has lost a little low down torque as I stalled it yesterday & that's unusual for me. I'm still going to try VPower fuel & see what economy I got using a better fuel.
  10. OK. I see it might cost around £100 or so for a 2 litre diesel. I'll still try an Italian Tune Up & intend to use Shell VPower Premium Diesel every few tankfulls. The mileage I do means Premium Diesel would cost me about £75 extra a year if I used it all the time. If I use it 1 in 3 times it would cost as much as a Terraclean every 4 years. I can't see the car lasting that long...! Cheers Paul
  11. Thanks Sean Not sure it's worth spending £144 or so on a 140k mile Mondeo. I'm off for a 250 mile motorway trip tomorrow so the engine & exhaust will be nice & warm & hopefully burn off all the crap I've deposited in there recently. Regards Paul
  12. UPDATE After replacing the split EGR/Intercooler hose, it seems to have fixed the problem. Still plenty of smoke when accelerating hard but I imagine the exhaust must be full of unburnt fuel & a long journey should sort it. Surging & continual smoke has gone anyway. Power restored & having a clean EGR valve should improve fuel economy. I'll update when I know more. It was a bit tricky to remove the bottom hose jubilee clip without having a ramp, but using a 7mm socket on the clip sorted it. I removed the EGR valve to give me more room to work. Took about 75 mins in all. Thanks to all that helped with this.
  13. Thanks to all who offered advice but I think I've identified the problem: I'm now getting poor economy, lots of smoke, surging, low power & a whooshing noise when accelerating, all of which point to a leaking intercooler/EGR hose. I've spotted a split just down from the EGR & have ordered a new one from eBay for £14.45. I'll fit it on Saturday & hopefully have a trouble free trip to Devon on Sunday. I'm hoping I can undo the bottom jubilee clip via under the bonnet as I don't have a ramp or axle stands to remove the tray. If not I'll struggle from underneath. With my almost blocked EGR cleaned out & a non leaking hose, I'm hoping she'll fly! :D
  14. UPDATE I cleaned out the EGR which was very badly clogged up. However, it's still smoking & surging as before. I'm going to take it for a thrash shortly, but does anyone have any suggestions about what to try next? Many thanks.
  15. I did 290 miles at 60-80mph so it should have been clean & hot by then. Thanks for the reply though.
  16. Looking further into this I see that the EGR is likely to be partially blocked. I'll give it a go but I gather it should take about 45 mins to sort this. Is that about right? I can't afford to be without my car.
  17. 2.0 Tdci "surging"

    Thanks for all your help & advice Stevo. I have a Haynes manual so I'll find out where the intercooler hoses are & check them out. I get 46-48mpg usually so I'd appreciate an increase to 54mpg. Cheers Paul
  18. 2.0 Tdci "surging"

    Thanks again for the comprehensive reply Feet On The Table. I'll have a look at the air filter & get the fuel filter changed. I do tend to run the fuel tank a bit low! Cheers Paul
  19. 2.0 Tdci "surging"

    Thanks for the reply. I believe it's a Mk3 (the one before the current model). Glad to hear it doesn't have a DPF as they can be trouble. I don't like the sound of the potential DMF issue. It's an ex lease car so although the mileage is high, I think it has spent most of those miles in 6th gear on the motorway rather than stressing the DMF. I should point out I never labour the engine - I get the new problem when driving on light or no throttle. Revs are high enough for it not to be that that's causing the shunting. I used to road test cars for a living so I'm quite in tune with what's happening, but shunting has only recently started. I just wondered if it's a common problem that could be sorted by, say, adding injector cleaner to the fuel system.
  20. I've started to get too much side to side play in the gear lever. Forward & back isn't an issue. I'm sure it's a linkage problem, perhaps associated with a worn spring that takes up the slack? Is this a known wear item? Easy to fix without a ramp? Many thanks Paul
  21. Hiya My washers don't work too well as, after the inital jet onto the screen, it just dribbles. If I press the button again, the same thing happens. It should be better than this. My mate suggested it may be a blockage & the quickest way to sort it would be to force compressed air up the pipe from the front washers & flush the blockage backwards through the pump & into the reservoir. I tried this & succeeded in forcing off the pipe that goes into the reservoir. Therefore I need to access the pump to refit the pipe. Do I need to remove the O/S/F wheel & wheel arch liner to access it, or is there a quicker way? I hope there's a shortcut! Thanks very much. Paul
  22. Thanks mate. I've had a look underneath, but even if it were on a ramp, there's no way I could get my hands into any holes. Do I have to remove a penel somewhere to give me some room?
  23. Hiya My 1 previous owner Mondeo was owned by a leasing company & they have given me full details of where, when & at what mileage all the services were done. Assuming I can hold of a new service book (any ideas?), what are the chances of getting the servicing dealers to stamp it up & post it back to me? It sounds like the data protection police might have a problem with it, so has anyone had any experience of this? All service outlets were either main Ford dealer or Halfords Autocentres in case it makes a difference. Cheers
  24. Missing Service Book

    Thanks Del I would have hoped that the servicing dealer had details of the service they did on their computer system & that it shouldn't be a problem in stamping my service book as it relates to the car & not the owner. However, I was asking if anyone had actually tried it. I assume a service book has a part number & I'm allowed to buy one. Cheers Paul
  25. Evening All

    Hiya I'm Paul from just outside Leicester & I've just bought a Mondeo TDCi 130 estate. I pushed the boat out & bought one with all the toys - a Titanium X 2007. I was going to get a Zetec, but thought I'd have a little luxury. I love the handsfree bluetooth phone feature & the way it handles likes it's on rails. My previous cat was a PT Cruiser which didn't handle at all well, so perhaps that's why I've noticed the difference! It has factory fitted 18" alloys which I'm getting stripped, sprayed & baked next week for £160 all in, which I don't think is too bad. The mileage is 114k which is high, but with 1 previous owner (a leased car), I imagine it has spent all its time on a motorway which isn't a bad thing. I get a slight puff of smoke (blue I think) when starting from cold, but it's too early to tell if it uses oil. It's Panther black which is a pig to keep clean, but I'll polish using black polish & see if I can lose all the little scratches on it. Do those wax crayon things work? Anyway, that's me. There's a pic attached, but that's from when I was buying it & it hadn't been valeted. Cheers Paul