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#1 Evolve

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:02 PM

I have an '06 tdci focus and today a warning light popped up on the dash. It is a circular cog with an exclamation mark in the centre of it. Unfortunately there was no owners manual in the car when I bought it so I don't know what the light is referring to. I'd be very grateful if anyone could shed any light?

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#2 dezwez

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:06 PM

tracksion control light i think you need to switch it off
somewhere on the dash

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:16 PM

"Engine Systems Fault Warning light"
Quoted from the Manual

"If it illuminates when driving, it indicates a malfunction of the engine
and powertrain system. Stop the vehicle as soon as safety as possible and
switch of the engine immediately. Have the engine checked by a expert."

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:21 PM

Look here - explanation given.
http://www.fordmanua...g/page-160.html

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:32 PM

Thanks for the replies.

According to Stoney's link it is the power train warning light:

Vehicles with a 5-speed manual transmission or Durashift EST

If the powertrain warning lamp comes on when the engine is running, this indicates a malfunction. The engine will continue to run but it will have limited power. Have this checked as soon as possible.
If the powertrain warning lamp flashes when the engine is running, this indicates a malfunction. Stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Have this checked before continuing your journey.


So something up with the gearbox I guess? Or does power train include the engine? Gearbox is working fine. Engine is due a dpf replacement but I've been ignoring that! Hope this isn't expensive, will get it checked out...

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:41 PM

Have you tried the Dashboard trick to read of the DTC codes. Will give better idea what the issue is.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 10:32 PM

Yes I checked, no dtc's logged on it unfortunately. Just drove it 60miles and it's driving fine. Will get it scanned tomorrow.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:19 PM

hi all, hope someone can help. a couple of months back i started getting this light appear whenever i turned ignition on and would sometimes stay on for a week or so then next day it would be off but within a day or so it would be back on again.

i have a focus 2005 1.6 tdci

any ideas what would cause it? its not a flashing light but a solid red light

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:03 PM

Engine systems fault.
Do you get any messages on the screen at start up?
When was the car last serviced?

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:19 PM

need codes to continue with this further could be anything.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:55 PM

it doesn't have codes on screen as my Focus does not have a screen, only shows mileage etc

the powerttain light (cog with exclamation mark) will show even if engine is not on, just ignition. but as i say it sometimes doesn't show at all. its not in limited power or anything like that and car seems to drive normally and sounds normal.

what sort of faults could this light indicate?

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 03:48 PM

could be any sensor related to the power train if im honest. its one of those errors where you may need it hooking up to a scanner for a full diagnosis.

my sister just had this fault a few weeks back on her 1.4tdci. i scanned it with the dealer tool as no DTC's were logged on the cluster and the scanner come back cylinder 2 shorted or grounded. turned out it was an error caused by a fuel sensor.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:10 PM

is this something that needs to be done at Fordm or would most mechanics have tools to diagnose?

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:58 AM

When mine came on it was glow plugs and glow plug relay

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:38 PM

what did you have to have done Drich? did it cost much?

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