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Burning Oil 1.4Tdci

23 September 2014 - 09:36 PM

2004 1.4tdci with 138000 miles blowing grey/blue only at start up & when accelerating from cold, lasts about about half a mile or so. Using a liter of oil every 1000 miles.

From googling this seems to be due to worn valve guides/seals but not badly worn piston rings?

Considering getting cylinder head refurbished (under £100) - wonder would this cure the smoke but maybe not the heavy oil usage? 

1.4Tdci Grey/blue Smoke

18 May 2014 - 03:55 PM

Have 2004 1.4tdci with 130000 miles - goes well, idles normally but uses a lot of oil if driven by accelerating fairly sharp through the gears. If driven nice n easy uses not too much oil. On starting some grey/blue smoke from exhaust and if accelerate hard in 2nd,3rd also some grey/blue smoke comes out of exhaust. 

I'm thinking its the valve oil seals rather than piston ring wear? Apart from renewing these seals anyone know if theres another way of reducing oil usage.Needs regularly topped up with about 5 litres over 6000 miles -  How much would renewal of valve oil seals cost in a garage? .

1.4Tdci Start Up

05 November 2013 - 07:54 PM

When starting my March 2004 fusion this morning it would turn over then stop.It doesn't keep turning over with the key turned to start the engine. I googled this query and I found this:


'Had the same on my wife's 04 Fiesta. I have just had the guys at work to look at it and there is a software issue with cold starts. There is a new PCM calibration available with the LC suffix. This will fix the issue. Vehicles builds up to 27/08/04 were affected. 

The issue is such that at colder ambients, if the engine hasn't fired and run by the time it sees an rpm of over 200, the PCM disengages the starter, and hence the no start. The new cal has the thresholds set higher so this doesn't happen.'


Anyone know if this is true?