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Northernbob

Focus 1.6Tdci Engine Malfunction Warning

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I resort to this Forum in desperation that finally I can get an answer to a serious fault on my 2009 Ford focus which has been occurring now for over 6 months with numerous ford garages being unable to find/fix the fault.

My issue revolves around a random periodic Engine malfunction warning light coming on the dashboard that corresponds with a loss of turbo giving rise to situations of climbing hills whilst overtaking lorries to suddenly find I have no acceleration and hence start to fall back in speed and hence back to the traffic behind me.

This has now happened several times! I have taken the car which is still under warranty into a garage local to my work place as well as another in Sussex whilst away for a weekend, but they have found nothing wrong and can only advise me to bring it in when the fault condition occurs so they can analyse it! alas to date this has not occurred at a time when any of Fords garages have been open!

One thing to note is that if the car is shut down and re-started the warning goes away and then the turbo is fully back in operation???

I once had the RAC look at it and they pulled off the following error codes but for whatever reason ford dont recognize these or wont offer an opinion? (Po219 and po299 error codes)

Any one out there shed any light on the subject,

many thanks

Rob

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P0299 is a turbo underboost code,which means your turbo is not getting the required boost, it could be the EGR valve sticking or gunged up,could also be the "Control Boost Solenoid Valve" playing up also check for a leak on turbo pipework and intercooler pipes.

P0219 is an engine over speed warning

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interesting thanks, and either or of these would be enough to cause the malfunction light to come on? and why would the ford boys not look into those exact same issues???

strange

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Any info on how this panned out? I've got the exact same problem by the sound of it.

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hi, same prob, checkd over many forums, the dpf seems 2 b the main prob, itll fell like egr valve, wen i bought my car i had probs right away on 55000 miles, i was tld get the dpf off, as it causes so many probs, car shud be remapped aswell meaning better fuel eco, if you renew dpf ur talkin £1000, but 2 take it off and remap engine £350, welcome 2 the dreded focus, hope this helps

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not dreaded focus,,, lack of maintenance. our focus is lovely n neva had any major probs in time owned it... if thats what you think chop it in dude....

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Hi there I got same prob engine malfunction light is on and lack of power I have taken it to my local garage and they have plugged two machines in and there are no faults. Ford can't fit me in for another two weeks ( ? ). Have cleaned out egr valve but it's still the same. Any other ideas on what it can be ? 1.6 tdci 2008 focus

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It could be a split turbo hose or intercooler pipe, that's where I would be starting at least.

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Hi there

Thanks for that I will have a look at both of them tomorrow.

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Hi there

Thanks for that I will have a look at both of them tomorrow.

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Hi I have taken it into ford and they said it was the glow plugs. All is ok now

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nice and simple! I bet expensive too though!

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My focus 1.6tdci intermittently went into limp mode over the space of 2 years everytime putting a code out on my eBay OBD2 reader(£5) of p0299 turbo underboost, I took it to a local garage who couldn't find anything wrong, took it to a dealership expecting the worst(a new turbo and a massive bill! ) they plugged it in and found the fuel filter was full and needed changing, £170 for the diagnostics and fix :) my advice is if you get these symptoms, change the diesel filter first as a local garage will do it cheaply could save you being ripped off for a new turbo!

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£170 for changing a fuel filter!!! Its true the focus 1.6 TDCi filters are expensive but a reasonable independent garage should do this for £50 incl parts, often not charging for the diagnostics. I had this problem last summer with engine light and limp mode, so first tried the fuel filter (£50) then the glow plugs (£95) which fixed it. Had the EGR blanked and electronically deleted for good measure and to save future problems..

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Well it was a stealership! But was worth the outlay as I now know the symptoms and I'm going to change it every 2 years (albeit at my local garage for a fraction of the cost) would do it myself but I've heard first hand of how difficult it is to bleed the system! I wonder how many good turbos have been changed because of this error code?!

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Any problems with engine codes or the computer side of things I would go straight to Avon Tuning near Bristol (not too far from you) - they have all the diagnostics equipment and know how to sort it out, plus really good customer service with it. As a plus point they also sort out all issues with DPF, EGR and now offer Terraclean. BTW I am not associated with them but just a repeat customer.

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