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#1 mcbutler

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:59 PM

I was coasting down a hill 2 days ago and happened to glance at my rev counter which was surprisingly reading zero!!!
I dipped the clutch, blipped the throttle and - - - - nothing, the engine had cut out!
Rolled to a stop, restarted and it ran just fine.
Later the same day same thing, overtaking a truck this time eeeeek.

Anyone any ideas?

It is laid up now till a fix can be found, to dangerous to drive.

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#2 Danny87

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:48 AM

Where are you in Devon? If you aren't too far I may be able to pop by and have a look for you (depending on work/family etc)

#3 mcbutler

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 12:38 PM

Hey Dan,

Thanks for the offer, I am in deepest darkest Plymouth.

PL9 8UY on google earth.

Where are you?

I decided to change the thermostat whilst it is laid up but the threads stripped out of the housing and I am awaiting a replacement.

Should arrive by tuesday lates and be running weds latest.

Thank god I have another car, not to impressed with Ford right now..

#4 Stoney871

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:57 AM

Plymouth's not that deep or dark.
GUZ is a great place.
Nothing wrong with where you live either.
I'm by the city centre.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:03 AM

It sounds af if the throttle potentiomometer is on it's way out on your car Mc Butler... You may need a diagnostics check to confirm this, but i'm pretty sure your symptoms are indicative of a faulty potentiomometer (SP?)

When i had mine replaced it was a different car! So much more responsive, and better economy too! If memory serves me correctly it was about 90 quid for a new one, plus 30 quid fitting.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 01:42 PM

£90 QUID!!!!!!!!!!!! Whats it made of, platinum?

I have heard this on several forums, also the camshaft position sensor. Apparently the new item is upgraded to give a higher voltage signal to the ECU.

Will try that before £90 on a pedal and £50 on a diagnostic.

#7 TDCiST

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:33 PM

check/replace the fuel filter... the recent cold weather can cause diesel to Wax up and block the filter.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 07:44 PM

Good suggestion, will check that out.

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