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#1 Mr Singh

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 05:59 PM

as some may know my mums focus was suffering a lack of power and has had its coil pack replaced in august last year, the EML came back on 8 months later with a coil pack fault. that was replaced under parts warranty. and all was well until 2 weeks ago when it came back on again. i checked the codes with my laptop and it came up with P0000 which was of no help so it was booked in to ford for the codes reading and they gave my dad the details today as he forgot and were busy to get it sooner.

 

anyhow now for the details. the code logged was apparently P000A-E1 VCT intake solenoid. is the VCT sensor(s) the ones on the drive belt side of the engine near the oil cap?



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 06:25 PM

beware that code i had that on mine when it was under warranty both solenoids were replaced for the fault to return only to find it was the variable cam that was faulty the codes point to a general area not the specific fault luckily it was under warranty as it was around £600 in parts alone that wasnt including the replacement solenoids by the way as the cam belt etc needs replaced yes the solenoids are the two round bits next to the oil cap however only ford can replace it as the solenoids need tested the timing reset and the faults cleared before the car is restarted  ive never seen the solenoids for sale anywhere other than ford



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 07:33 AM

beware that code i had that on mine when it was under warranty both solenoids were replaced for the fault to return only to find it was the variable cam that was faulty the codes point to a general area not the specific fault luckily it was under warranty as it was around £600 in parts alone that wasnt including the replacement solenoids by the way as the cam belt etc needs replaced yes the solenoids are the two round bits next to the oil cap however only ford can replace it as the solenoids need tested the timing reset and the faults cleared before the car is restarted  ive never seen the solenoids for sale anywhere other than ford

 

artscot79 This sounds worrying :unsure: would this issue be known/common with the focus Ti-vct unit? the added complexity of this system was one thing i was worrying about when opting for this engine.



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Posted 07 June 2013 - 08:25 AM

its common on all ti vct units new ones included when i got mine i had the engine management light come on and loss of power so to the dealer it went and came up with the same code as youres so they replaced one of the solenoids then a few days later it happened again so they replaced the second solenoid and for a week it was fine till it happened again the master tech said he had seen it before so knew what the problem was it was the variable cam that goes faulty and it would need replaced to fix it as it was under warranty they would pay for it but the car would need a full cambelt kit as well as the variable cam oil etc etc and labour the engine needs lifted up on one side just to get to the cam to remove it

 

so yes its common and no not all dealers know about it youll have the same situation as me replace the solenoid have the faults cleared etc then see what happens giving the car some welly will show the fault up if its still there but it can take days to reappear



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:07 PM

apparently its got some residue of oil around it and removing, cleaning and refitting as suggested but ford might/should help 



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:35 PM

If they say so it will have oil its linked to the cam sounds to me they havent seen it at that dealership before but worth a try i suppose wouldnt hold my breath

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

not loosing anything by removing and cleaning it. they actually told my dad that cleaning it solves the problem. but like i said what have i got to loose

 

what was actually replaced on your engine artscot to resolve the issue



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:50 PM

they replaced one of the timing solenoids when the fault returned they replaced the second the fault returned and the master tech had seen this issue before so the variable cam was replaced as well as a new full timing belt kit new cam bolts new oil etc the variable cam is pressurised oil fed however they wear out and wont advance or !Removed! the timing properly the only fix is to replace the actaul cam heres a pic of what i mean

 

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:23 AM

are you on about the cam pully or the cam shaft



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 07:57 AM

the cam pulleys mate



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:01 PM

its a shame volvo dont use the Ti-VCT engine. id have asked the master tech at the last place i worked for advice



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:27 PM

volvo did use the ti vct engines when ford owned them a lot of the mk2 bits are volvo and have volvo stamped on them



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:37 PM

tried to fit the volvo cam cover as it had a cover that went over the HT leads and... well it didnt have the 2 holes for the 2 sensors on our engines so i had to return it. the volvo engine is similar but it doesnt have the 2 sensor going through the cam cover



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 07:53 PM

well i cleaned the VVT solenoids and the 2 sensors bolted to the top of the cam cover. cleared the code and went for a run up the M62 and the performance was flat as a !Removed!. going up an incline and it didnt want to move. i was in 5th at 70 with the accelerator flat to the floor and it wasnt getting any faster, had to drop it in to 4th to move and then in to 3rd to really go.

got home and disconnected the battery and cleaned all the grease off the terminals and the earth stud behind the airbox. seeing grease on the battery terminals REALLY does my head in.

and then something got me thinking. the code P000A relates to the VVT responding slowly and the service is due in roughly 4000 miles and was filled with 5w30 oil. if i use 0w30 oil it might help as its thinner or to change the oil every 6 months and carry on using 5w30?!

 

its now a waiting game to see how long it takes for the EML to come back on



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Posted 15 June 2013 - 08:43 PM

do not use any other oil than 5w30 its extremely important on this car the vvt cam is pressure fed with oil youll cause serious damage as i said its the cam pulley itself the fact its flat says that



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