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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? 

Leaking Plastic Coolant Pipe

20 September 2013 - 09:26 PM

coolant leak on 2004 1.4tdci from plastic coolant pipe which goes from thermostat housing to water pump - I thought it was maybe the housing itself leaking and today I put on a new housing but no change to the leak.

I think the leak is from where the hose clips (has white bit on it which is pressed in) onto the housing but not 100% sure

My question is, is there a seal inside the end of this hose that can be renewed? and could be the reason for the leak?  

1.4Tdci Injector Seals Replacement

02 September 2013 - 07:14 PM



Recently removed the EGR valve to take a look at its condition and after taking off the air cleaner I could see oily wetness down in where the injectors sit (1 or 2 of them).

The car has 117k and symptoms are -  has some juddering at low speed/slightly touching accelerator,

and exhaust fume smell when slow/stationary with blower on - Apart from this the car drives fine, no hissing sound, no exhaust smoke or diesel smell and getting about 59mpg on long mixed with short journeys


I have read a lot of posts about the injector seals and not sure whether to put new ones on soon or leave it as my car does not seem to be running as badly as others in these posts

Any experienced mechanics out there with advice?

1.4Tdci Air Cleaner Cover

01 September 2013 - 05:28 PM

I have noticed that the cover has a small piece out of it along the edge at the top left at the back of it, so a small piece of the filter can be seen, that is the rubber edge of the filter not the element. I looked at it closer but it does not seem like a piece is broken off it but is part of how it was made? 


Also what engine oil do you recommend for this engine - I use semi-synthetic but is fully synthetic better (car has 117k)


Also exhaust fumes in car when blower is on with air directed to face or windscreen when going slow or stationary- have read other stuff about it that its leaking injectors??