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Fiesta TDCi starting problem

Rich Elliott

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Hi, I've joined this forum in the hope that someone will know what's wrong with our poor little Fiesta! We have two problems. Firstly, we sometimes have trouble starting the car. You turn the key halfway, let the amber lights go out, turn the key again to start the car and... nothing. The engine doesn't even turn over. This will happen three or four times before the car will then start as if nothing was amiss. The problem seems to be intermittent, sometimes not reocurring for a couple of weeks. There doesn't seem to be any pattern of whether the engine is hot or cold, whether we're starting the car in the morning or restarting it after a long journey, or whether the weather is hot, cold, wet or dry. Our second 'problem' started the other day. When the engine is running, there is a loud 'ticking' noise. This is both at idle and when the engine is revved and doesn't go away when the engine has warmed. I first suspected the exhaust manifold gasket, but the noise actually seems to be coming from the cylinder head. There doesn't seem to be any effect on the way the car drives, either in terms of power or economy. Any ideas, and should I be worried?

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