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#1 Drsarf

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

Morning all

Have the model listed in title. When starting the car from cold it will start with the first turn of the key, but unless the revs are kept just above idle, the engine will cut out. It then takes 3 or 4 long turns of the starter to get it to start again. Once warmed ( after only a 2 min drive) the car runs happily.

I was thinking perhaps an Automatic choke problem maybe? Is there anything I can check?
Car is in garage next week for a service too.

Thanks all.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:17 AM

air breather pipe?

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

Change your oil. take 5w40. i had the same problem on my escort with the same engine. after changing the oil the problem was gone

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

Thanks for your replies. It went in the garage today and one of the vacuum pipes had split, it's also had a full service, so lets see how it starts tomorrow. :)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:31 PM

correction, oil 5w30 ;)

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

correction, oil 5w30 ;)


5W30 or 5W40 is okay

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

fully synth.....

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

I use 5W40 for my Mondeo and Focus. I bougt it at Praktiker. It´s a german market

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