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#1 thunda600

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 02:20 PM

Hi,

This is my 1st post so i hope im in the correct topic section.

My car was running rather sluggish and just not feeling the same as when i bought it a year ago, It doesnt feel as smooth pulling away and the engine sounds louder posiibly because i'm having to rev harder.

Anyway i got a full service yesterday oil filter , fuel filter, pollen filter and air filter and when i drove away from the ford garage i was amazed at the difference it felt like a new car but after a day of running its back to feeling sluggish again, its just not the same so ive booked it into ford tomorrow for a diagnostic check.

Just wondering if anyone has any ideas what could be causing it? im not sure if the diagnostic check will even pick anything up its so frustrating.

I just done the self diagnostic code check on the dash board but there was no DTS fault codes.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

What was changed per the paperwork?

I wonder if the glow plugs need replacing, or if you have any turbo issues...

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

The fuel,air,pollen,oil filter got change the plugs weren't done.

I thought the glow plugs only effected the starting of the car ? That's what I got told anyway .

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:10 AM

affects starting the car but if it cant efficiently burn the fuel, then you have no decent combustion for the combustion cycle :P

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:51 AM

Thanks if nothing shows at ford when they plug it in tomorrow I'll change them.

I just noticed when I'm driving , driving the car if I listenrellt closely there's a bell/chime like sound ? Any ideas its reallllly faint though hope its not the engine ?



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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

check your trip computer is there any warning?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

No warning lights but car feels rubbish to drive I don't understand why it would feel so good for one day after the service .

I'm starting to doubt myself. Never noticed any warnings on dash I done the dash test thing an there's no dtc showing, so I can't see fords tester picking up anything , the longer the drive the worse the car feels if that narrows anything down .

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

Android app is something we have discussions going on in management, but as far as the car is concerned, It seems a mechanical issue (as a sensor would have errored)

Plugs might well be the next best bet though IMHO

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:16 PM

If nothing shows up at ford I'll change plugs I'd I can I will try myself



















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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:19 AM

moving to the Focus section also.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

OK so ford done diagnostic and nothing showed up they seem to think my car is fine , and then they suggested it could be supermarket fuel.

Anyway I'm going to change glow plugs on sat and see
what happens, I can't keep driving the car like this its running like a pile of rusty nails

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 08:54 PM

you may need an italian tune - if the car has been driven by miss daisy (slowly and very carefully) then it will need to be revved through the gears to give it a bit of a clear out.

 

go and thrash it for a bit and it will clear the crap out of the exhaust etc.

you could always have it remapped to give it more oomph



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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:33 PM

How much of a thrashing do I give it ? I don't want to do more damage than good :-/

Is it worth changing glow plugs and maybe cleaning throttle sensor wherever that is lol ?

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:41 PM

Ring its neck, it has a rev limiter, so you can't push it to far, it won't sound pretty, but will be fine,,, you may even have a shift light show up on the dash to tell you to change gear, little red arrow when you hit the redline. Obviously get it up to operating temp first, then just give it a firm run, try and keep the revs high, do it at night, and you'll notice plooms of black smoke from the back in the headlights behind you. The glowplugs would normally make cold starting difficult, but they also operate with the car in motion nowadays, making the engine run cleaner, and reducing emissions hence one of the reasons for the cheaper tax. Let us know how you get on.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:46 AM

as Mike says, warm it up and then drive it hard for a bit, go for a good blast. I'd say about 15 mins should do the job.



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