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No Glow Plug Light On Startup

17 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

Hi all
I've got a focus 2012 model 1.6 diesel tdci and have got used to the glow plug light coming on every time I go to start up the engine.
Anyway I recently returned from holiday (car had been left in the car park for 2 weeks untouched) turned the key and the glow plug light didn't come on. Starter okay though.
It has continued in the same vein for the remainder of this week.....v strange!!??

Is the above normal for new Diesel engines? Bearing in mind that it had been abit warmer than the usual near-zero temperatures (nearer to the mid teens). I'm not aware if outside temperature has an effect on whether the glow plugs are required for the start-up though

Thoughts and wisdom welcomed as ever guys (n gals)


Mpg In Econetic Ford Focus

18 July 2012 - 06:37 PM

Hi guys,
I've recently exchanged my old 54reg focus for a 3month old 1.6 econetic TDCi 115 focus (4000miles ont clock now) and I've been driving it for about a month. Reported MPG is 67.3 as an average however I don't seem to be able to get above 50MPG, even though I am following the gear shift recommendations on the computer as close as I can. Anything above 50MPG is more often than not influenced by gravity than 'true' fuel efficiency.
I was wondering if anyone has had the same issues? I know that pure urban driving has a tendency to lower overall MPG but I do 40miles per day from derby to nottingham and back. Even long haul distances average MPG is around 50, miles below the comparison within the ford
Manual (circa 80Mpg)!

I recently turned the traction control off which has boosted the MPG somewhat but all very wierd for a car that has 99% decent reviews.
Is this normal for diesel cars to be inefficient and then develop an efficiency throughout their life?

Advice or knowledge gratefully received