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#1 DeanFez101

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:49 PM

I've had my car for nearly 12 months (Fiesta 1.4 TDCI 2005) and it's never failed to start. I recently took it to the garage to have the fuel filter replaced. The following day my car started up for a few seconds then cut out, it then would not start. The garage have said it may have something to do with parking my car uphill on the drive and the fuel is draining back into the tank.

 

Any ideas on what could have caused this, as mentioned above, I had previously started it up on the drive for 12 months without a problem, could changing the fuel filter (or something in connection with this) have caused the problem.

 

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:13 PM

Sounds like there is air in the fuel system,If was fine before filter changed would guess there is a leak/pipe not on filter fully.

 

Go back to garage and get them to check it..



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:21 PM

Maybe as Darren has said there is air in the line where they have changed it, i would have thought that if you turn it over enough it should clear its self, have you looked underneath for any puddles, and also get someone to stand near the filter when you try to start the car and see if anything can be heard. Also its diesel so it will have a bleeding bulb for the fuel system, although im not sure of the location on these, if you can find this press it until the bulb is full or you can hear it squelching then the system will be fully charged, i will dig the web for a location.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 12:14 AM

Ford don't fit a priming bulb to their filter housings unfortunately.
Ford fuel filters are also not self priming so need a priming pump or priming bulb to draw fuel through the filter and into the outlet pipe.
When changing a fuel filter on a Ford diesel it's imperative that the seal is replaced at the same time and is seated correctly or air leaks will form causing fuel to run back out of the system and making starting problematic.
If you don't have access to a primer and the car won't start it may be a good idea to call out a recovery service (if you have one) as they'll be able to prime and bleed the fuel system for you in minutes.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:39 AM

Shame about the bleed bulb, i thought ford used peugeot diesels in these or is it a home brew motor? Because the pugs have one fitted, anyway if you have a mechanic friend he may let you borrow one or may come and help on a weekend if you dont want to shell out small change, otherwise like Clive says give your recovery service a buzz if you have one.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:43 AM

Does this engine use a canister or replaceable paper element filter?

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:44 AM

Peugeot cars do indee have priming bulbs fitted to the fuel filters but Ford seems to not like that self-help method, maybe they believe that it will elsad more people to go to them for servicing rather than doing it themselves.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 01:49 AM

Peugeot cars do indee have priming bulbs fitted to the fuel filters but Ford seems to not like that self-help method, maybe they believe that it will elsad more people to go to them for servicing rather than doing it themselves.


Makes sense for ford, also gives the master mechanics something to do, and peugeot know it will go wrong at some point anyway, haha. I find it funny how much more reliable the ford branded psa engines are compared to when peugeot use them in there own cars.

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