Ford Owners Club - Ford Forums Messages

Club Announcements

Ford Fair 2016: Tickets and stand passes are now available to purchase. More info here.

Review your Ford: Help others when it comes to buying a car like yours and review your Ford now

Ford Car Parts: View All ford car parts by category. Look for Ford Car Parts now!

AdBlock Warning

Parts of this website do not function properly with AdBlock enabled on your device. To get the best user experience on our website, please disable Adblock for this website (domain) on your browser.


Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
bramble

Cold starting problem - 1.8TDCI 03 reg

2 posts in this topic

For the third winter in a row my 03 focus 1.8TDCi is playing up and is difficult to start. Time taken to start is directly related to the outside temperature and even with the recent very cold spell, it always eventually starts. However, the lower the temperature, the longer I have to churn the key and eventually it bursts into life, one or two cylinders a a time. Once we get to April/May it will be fine again till late autumn again!

I am convinced the engine thinks it is warm and therefore doesn't do what it should do when it is actually cold. I have changed the glow plugs - no affect. The glow plug warning light stays on for the same length of time summer or winter (a few seconds only) (although I have put a bulb on glow plug field and they do stay on a bit longer than the light suggests but not much). Again,symptom suggests engine thinks it is warm.

Tried changing the cylinder head temperature sensor (not easy to get to!) and still no difference!

Anyone any ideas? I am sure this is a minor issue (otherwise I am convinced it would have got worse by now) but no idea what! ECU programming perhaps not detecting the engine is cold?

Once it is going it runs like a dream, very good mpg, plenty power, smooth, no smoke (only big puff when it eventually starts when it is cold)

Thanks!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Glowplugs matey, without a doubt. Even one down will make it a pig to start.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0