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#1 lucas1787

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:14 AM

Hi, as the weather is now a lot colder, my focus has struggled to start when cold.It used to just fire straight up, but will now take longer. Once its warm, it will start up fine.Any ideas on whats this is?. I have put a new battery on. Thanks
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#2 Wizz

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 09:50 AM

Hi, as the weather is now a lot colder, my focus has struggled to start when cold.It used to just fire straight up, but will now take longer. Once its warm, it will start up fine.Any ideas on whats this is?. I have put a new battery on. Thanks
Focus 1.6 Zetc 1999

Lack of a garage
Weak antifreeze solution
Too many accessories on when trying to start (ie. lights, fan,radio, heated screens...)
Damp coil, leads, plugs
Freezing fuel ( diesel )
Too many short runs not allowing the engine compartment to warm up, or early morning/late night runs depleting the battery more than normal.

The list is endless.........

#3 lucas1787

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 10:15 AM

Lack of a garage
Weak antifreeze solution
Too many accessories on when trying to start (ie. lights, fan,radio, heated screens...)
Damp coil, leads, plugs
Freezing fuel ( diesel )
Too many short runs not allowing the engine compartment to warm up, or early morning/late night runs depleting the battery more than normal.

The list is endless.........

Yes your right, dont do many miles in it and I dont tend to have anything on untill I start the car.I have got a garage but couldnt get it in last night due to so much snow.I will check the leads etc at the weekend, when its daylight.Thanks again.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:24 AM

It could be a faulty temperature sensor - sounds like it's underfuelling when cold and needs to build up a concentration of fuel before it will fire.

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:49 AM

It could be a faulty temperature sensor - sounds like it's underfuelling when cold and needs to build up a concentration of fuel before it will fire.

Thanks Mike, will get that checked out.

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 07:16 PM

Did you manage to sort this out? I am having the exact same problems as you described!

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:59 PM

Did you manage to sort this out? I am having the exact same problems as you described!


ide check spark plugs first are they old and needing changed after that it is possible the icv can freeze if it gets cold enough faulty temp sensor as well will not help the antifreeze is fine to minus 25 degrees so as long as it hasnt been getting diluted by topping up with water they should be fine

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