Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:39 AM
My Focus 1.8 TDCi Zetec (05 Plate) has some issues with the cold weather it seems. When setting out from a junction or even doing say 40/45 mph then accelerating their feels like a blockage in either the engine or the exahust, The car stutters a little bit (twice), Then the glow plug lights flash. Putting the car into limp home mode.
I have stopped and reset this and carried on driving without issue sometimes, However recently the Engine Management Light has appeared, But a few shorter journeys or starting the car up next day, It seems to clear. It also feels at times like the engine is wanting to stall.
I have read elsewhere that it may be filters, I could do with servicing the car this month. Does anyone have any ideas what the symptoms above may point to?
I think I really need to get it to somewhere that can read the fault codes, Local Ford Garage isnt too far away.
I am getting concerned that the colder weather may just see this car off.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:31 AM
it may seem terminal, but a little bit of work done/ money spent and the car will probably last quite a bit longer!
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:58 AM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:26 AM
But no point getting the spanners out yet, it will need going on a code reader (decent one) and that should point you in the right direction, it may not be anything to do with the EGR yet !!!
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:53 AM
Going to take it to a garage and get the code reader onto it. Very tempted to cut losses and get rid dependant on what this issue is.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:33 PM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:57 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 08:41 AM
The point about the EGR valve/ blanking plate is the plate only costs £5 (i recommend a solid, stainless steel one) and the car runs better with it fitted too anyway , the symptoms you describe can be because of a faulty EGR valve, a blanking plate "fixes" a faulty valve
Posted 04 December 2012 - 01:51 PM
Posted 04 December 2012 - 03:05 PM
A diagnostic at my local Ford dealer is £49 incl vat
My Local Ford Dealer is quoting £80 for a diagnostic check.. Outrageous I don't suppose anyone is based in the North East and could point me in the direction of a cheaper alternative?
Still not cheap but £30 less than what you've been quoted.
The price is printed on a laminated A4 sheet, stuck on the desk where the service staff are, so it's the same for everyone.
The dealer is Polar Ford, Warrington.
Check if there's a Polar Ford near you, and haggle. Don't see why there should be a difference in price like this
(Price accurate 1 week ago)
Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:31 PM
Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:09 AM
You can sit with the car out of gear and rev it, The flashing glow plug comes on.
Problem is it just stalls randomly when driving, Did it to me on a roundabout this morning.
I'm taking it to a guy who's fixed my car a few times for me tomorrow afternoon, I'll brave the drive home tonight then its train in to work tomorrow.
I'll mention the EGR and Injector issue to him, Unfortunately I'm not under warranty any more. The guy I'm taking it to has a diagnostic machine.
Oh and @Aldoo I'm in Hartlepool, but will bear those guys in mind. Thanks
Posted 07 December 2012 - 06:57 PM
Had the car hooked up to a diagnostic today, just a local garage who kindly did it for free!
The reading(s) came back as ECU and Fuel filter issues it also mentioned crank shaft
The mechanic reset the engine management light and took it for a thrashing round the area, car seemed ok.
It appears that this could be solved through a service, particularly the fuel filter. What you guys think? I have it booked in for service next Thursday and have no plans to use it until then.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:31 PM
Fuel pump pressure, injector pressure, fuel rail pressure sensor etc.
It seems to be that if the filter clogs it trips everything up and down stream.
Posted 07 December 2012 - 07:31 PM
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