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#1 sambrentnall

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 04:07 AM

Hi,

I purchased a 2008 Focus 1.8 TDCi Titanium (53 Reg) last weekend and its been fine all week. Then this morning, just a few mins after starting the car it got the 'Engine Malfunction' alert on the computer. I'd only just set off, and the car probably hit about 3k revs. I stopped and re-started the engine (by this time the engineer had warmed up) and the alert was no more. I took it to a garage who plugged the computer in and it had no error codes... He's asked me to take it back to him with the alert on the screen (i.e. not turn the car off, just drive straight to the garage).

It's now happened 2 more times today, both just after starting before the engineer could warm up and after it went over 3K revs. The weird part is that when the light is on, the car feels completely normal, it doesn't seem sluggish and the car's turbo still kicks in... Also, once the car is at temperature, you can take take the car unto 5k revs and the alert doesn't get triggered.

I'm thinking I'm going to have to take it back to the dealership I got it from but I live in Doncaster (UK) and I got it from Lincoln (an hours drive away).

The only thing I can find online is that it may be the cam belt sensor thats malfunctioned, other than that I'm completely clueless :(

Has anybody got any ideas? I've attached a pic of the error in case it helps.

Thank you in advance.

Sam

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#2 Leemaxd

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 07:03 AM

I had this come up on mine once, it was when I filling up the washers with the engine running I squashed the little black hose on the top LHS of the engine, I know it's a bit of a shot in the dark for you but might be worth taking them hoses off and having a check they are not blocked or damaged.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 12:05 PM

Thanks for the reply, I've checked the hose and they seem to fine...

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 12:15 PM

Duplicate post, please delete.

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:21 PM

Hi Sam


heres my two pence worth.

apart from the car not starting right up


Do you have your radio key code to hand.
Are you able to disconnect the battery from the car and leave it disconnected for half an hour.

If so try this and get back to us


Jamie :-)

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:27 PM

Right, I've just taken the car out in Test (Diagnostics Mode) got the alert, pulled over and checked the DTC codes section and it had nothing :( Restarted engineer back into Test mode and checked again and there was still nothing.

Getting pretty weird...

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 01:37 PM

Hi Sam


heres my two pence worth.

apart from the car not starting right up


Do you have your radio key code to hand.
Are you able to disconnect the battery from the car and leave it disconnected for half an hour.

If so try this and get back to us


Jamie :-)


Thanks Jamie,

Just checked all the manuals from the car and I can't find the radio key. I'll ring my local Ford garage tomorrow and see if they can get me the code then try this :)

Any other suggestions? Have you heard of this happening but no DTC codes being logged?

If not, i'll report back after trying this :)

Also to note, the car starts fine every time, doesn't misfire at all.

Sam

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:35 PM

It could be that the ecu needs resetting. Have they offered to update the software on the ecu.

Bit like a computer that has been left switched on 24 hours a day it needs restarting

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:44 PM

Not yet but I haven't taken it back to Lincoln yet, going to the garage I got it from tomorrow, I'll ask about it though :)

Hopefully, they'll let a Ford garage in Doncaster do all the work :)

Sam


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