I would appreciate any help you guys can give me. I appreciate my comments are quite long winded but I thought best to give as much info as i can. Last year I purchased a Ford Focus 56 plate 2.0 litre
TDCI for 2k. Although the mileage was 150k, the car looked to be in good condition overall as mainly it was used for long motorway trips.
I started experiencing issues a few months after purchase. When drivingalong as I put my foot down suddenly there was very little power. I could hardly accelerate and instantly a warning light came on. This
was diagnosed via the mechanics computer, as the diesel particular filter being blocked. I appreciate this can be a very expensive issue, if you need a new filter. Speaking to a local garage, I was
given the option of a 'regen' which although sounding quite bad for the engine etc I decided to go ahead with. A few weeks after I was losing power again, however I never saw the diesel filter issue come
back on. Instead I was greeted with an engine management light showing the car had gone into 'limp mode'.
After a few limp modes and clearing codes with the garage, I put the focus in for a full service. The mechanic replaced all the oil, filters etc and it passed the MOT. After a lot of looking he found that one of
the hoses attached to the engine/turbo area had come undone. With all the work, I thought the car issues had been sorted for a while.
What I will say at this point is that I have a full service history with the car. However there are no lists as to what work has been carried out over the years. So as it stands, I don't know whether cam belt,
gearbox,etc etc has been touched...
Coming into this year, I noticed that the car was starting worst each day during winter, as in turning over and over. I replaced the battery and for a few months this seemed fine. However the car starting
declined all of a sudden, to a point where I had to jump start the engine. On taking it to my mechanic, they fully charged the battery as it was showing as dead. They believed either the battery or
alternator was having issues, as under full load i.e lights/radio etc the battery was struggling to cope.
I decided to go to the battery shop down the road and they were pretty sure I had a a dodgy battery. So that was replaced. I went back to my mechanic and asked for the spark plugs to be changed. I have seen a
lot of people in the Ford forums advise sparks can be a main problem with starts etc... Since then the car starts after a couple of turnovers (before it was 5/6+).
So at present, my issue again is power. Over the last few months I can be driving along absolutely fine. Then suddenly I can feel a loss of power when I shift. My engine sounds overly noisy and it will rev for
example up to 4k-5k in 3rd but my speed will be 30 to 40mph (compared to 3k and about 60mph). I can put my foot to the floor and there is nothing there. What is very strange, is I can pull up at traffic
lights, turn my engine off/on and then it suddenly drives normal speed again! Throughout this, there are no engine warning lights.
Bearing in mind everything I've gone through, does anyone have experience of this/know what could be causing the power loss? I'm wondering whether the turbo could be on its way out/piping come undone?
Should I be heading to my mechanic or speaking directly to a ford dealer etc? (appreciate that can be more expensive). Is there a way of getting someone to do a full look over a car, to check pipes?
Thanks for reading