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  1. Soo a bit of a later update/ request for help; Car went to ford, who found it had a faulty DPF sensor and a hole in a hose (it’s been a couple of months now but think it was turbo related). So they sorted all that out. But the EML is still on, fault code EGR every time it gets hooked up to the code reader. It’s been back to the other garage who fitted the EGR (aftermarket, not a Ford one), but they have insisted the EGR valve is operated fine and investigated the ECU but found no problems there. They’ve basically shrugged their shoulders, won’t entertain the thought of swapping the one they’ve installed for a Ford one, and don’t know what’s wrong with it. Their suggestions are to either just drive it with the eml on and worry about it when it’s MOT is due, or let them have it for multiple days to do some more thorough investigation. before we bite the bullet and end up taking it to Ford for another new EGR valve, anyone got another idea about what it could be? I’ve thought about replacing it with a Ford valve myself but whilst I’m confident I could change the valve out, the electrics of it would probably confuse me. thanks!
  2. Just an update in case anyone else suffers the same issue or has any other ideas. just dropped the car off at Ford to be properly looked at tomorrow. Just had a call saying they’ve already plugged it into the code reader and fault is... EGR valve. They’ll have a proper look tomorrow but they reckon for the price we paid it wasn’t a ford part fitted so I’m thinking it might be what you mentioned further up - it’s been fitted and the cars control system doesn’t know. Will see what they come back with tomorrow but won’t be impressed if they try and sting me for another EGR valve as that one is new!
  3. Yesterday’s journey was very short lived - engine light came on about 10 mins in so the journey was aborted 🙄 Will have a look at everything I can get at tomorrow/Sunday, otherwise it’s booked into the local ford garage next Friday for them to diagnose etc. I’ll want a ‘we have found this and it’s definitely wrong’ statement off these guys before they change anything though..
  4. Yeah I know, I’m not 100% familiar with how they work but I know the engine needs to be hot so needs running in a lower gear, I’m about to set off for a good 2 hour motorway drive, on the M6 in Cumbria which doesn’t usually have many cars on at all so not slowing down shouldn’t be a problem, and I’ll leave it in 4th fear for a good chunk of time. Will see if this solve the issue. What confuses me is the EGR valve replacement seems to have stopped it doing it’s weird surging thing at higher speeds but the lower speed problem only just started. We’ll see if that high speed problem really has gone away on the motorway though but on the local dual carriageway it’s been absolutely fine. of course if it’s not the DPF I’ll be prodding around at the weekend!
  5. It’s the plan tomorrow to give it a good run in a lower gear on the motorway as I’m away for work, we drive it down the motorway pretty regularly but don’t live close enough to just take it out for a spin - we do limit short journeys it does though. Hopefully that’ll blast any crap away that may or may not be sitting in the DPF. I’ll also have a look later as you suggest and see if I can work our what type of DPF we've got. I’ve seen comments online about the DPF types being changed so am crossing my fingers it was in time for 09 plate Focus’s rather than for the 59 plate ones. At any rate hopefully giving it a good blast tomorrow will end the problems and I won’t need to poke around too much at the weekend. Although given what you said about all the things it could be I’ll still have a look at what I can get my hands on, we’ve just moved house so have loads to do on that front so can’t spend half the weekend looking at the car! We’ll definitely be getting the servicing done more frequently than previous owners, hopefully when we’ve got this sorted tightening up the servicing stops something else going wrong with it as we’re otherwise really happy with the car so we’ll be keeping hold of it for a few years. I’ll also look into those readers, I’ve got an Apple laptop and phone so need to check compatability of everything before I buy but could be a good bet rather than shelling out at the garage just for them to read codes for me (or plug it in and find nothing like last time)
  6. Hi both, cheers for the replies so far. Yeah I’m am quite cautious of the garages just doing unecessary work because they’re otherwise not sure, wasn’t really that happy with replacing the EGR because it ‘looked worn’ but at least it wasn’t too expensive. I’ll have a look at what I can get access to at the weekend, in the week by the time I’m home from work it’s pitch black at the minute. Meanwhile we’ll stick some DPF cleaner through it and give the car a good blast as we’ve got it anyway and it’s no good for my car. I know the DPF was done a couple of years back so really should be fine but if the previous owner didn’t drive it in a way that allowed it to regenerate properly then might it have issues? Having to have it forced by a garage in October doesn’t look great to me but this might be more common than I think I suppose? If I can’t find anything obvious we’ll take it in to get the turbo looked at/codes read again when we get it serviced. I’ll get the fuel filter changed then too, wasn’t expecting it to be cheap though. As for the general history of the car, to me it looks like it’s been looked after, receipts for work suggest it’s been taken to the garage as soon as it’s had a sniff of an issue and it’s been serviced regularly however it hasn’t been done every 6-8k. Done yearly every December apart from this one just gone - looks like the previous owners got rid sometime between it going into the garage for glow plugs/DPF and it’s next MOT/service being due. So we’ll be getting it serviced imminently and then more regularly afterwards. I suppose I’m hoping if the engine had other issues this would have been picked up when it went in in October.
  7. Hi all, I'm new to the forums - sorry for my first post being quite a long 'please help' but I'm sure I'll stick around 😅 Anyway, my other half an I bought an '09 Ford Focus Zetec - the 1.6 TDCi version, with 103000 miles on the clock - about a week and a half ago as his old car was on its way out. We travelled a lot over the xmas period so have managed to pile nearly 1000 miles on it since buying. Anyway, after doing about 400/500 miles, most of which were motorway, we noticed this kind of 'pulsing', it felt like he was putting his foot on the accelerator and lifting, and repeat. This was alongside a strange cyclic noise from the bonnet I can't really describe. It was at 70mph on the motorway and was really noticeable with his foot on the accelerator, much less so when he lifted off. Car would stay at about 70mph but wouldn't accelerate any more even when we dropped a gear. Lasted about 5-10 mins and then stopped, the car got all of its oomph back and drove fine - until we swapped over at a services, I drove about 20 mins and again, 70mph on a dual carriageway and it started doing its weird surging. Again 5-10 mins then everything fine. Did a bit of googling, I know a bit about cars but not much about diesel faults (I usually drive my Toyota Aygo, yes horribly girly car I know!), and found a few common issues that people suggest could be causing it - namely DPF, EGR valve, and fuel injectors/filters/general fuel system. But from all the posts I found (some may have been an older thread on here), nobody had a definitive 'it was this and we fixed it like this', or really knew what the issue is. (Posts and reviews also now make me think maybe the 1.6 TDCi engine wasn't the greatest buy but hindsight is a wonderful thing). Took it into our local garage (not a Ford specialist, but always serviced my other half's old car and did a good job). They did engine diagnostics and found no fault codes, gave it a blast on the dual carriageway and it did it's 'surging' thing again. They then replaced the EGR valve as 'it looked worn' and they couldn't find any other issue. Since they've done this we've taken it for a few blasts on the dual carriageway and it's not done it again, but we're a bit of a way from the motorway so won't get a chance to give it a proper long blast for a couple more days and I suppose won't really find out if it's stopped until then. However we've now noticed that if we're sitting at 30mph in 3rd gear it starts to do it again. Nowhere near as bad or as noticeable as at 70mph on the motorway and if I put my foot down theres no problem accelerating, there's just a weird surge and a bit of a noise from the bonnet that sounds like I'm squeezing the accelerator and letting go over and over again. Seems different to previous motorway problem as that was mainly when pressing the accelerator, whereas now pressing the accelerator almost seems to help and the car still goes some when I put my foot down. (I'm maybe not the best to judge general power loss though, anything feels fast compared to a 1 ltr petrol). Anyway I was just wondering if anyone had experienced this or knows someone that has previously, and what was the problem (if you ever actually managed to sort it out)? As said we've had the EGR valve done, the DPF was replaced according to the mountain of paperwork that came with it at the back end of 2016 at about 80000 miles and in October 2018 it went into the garage to have its glow plugs replaced and at the same time had a forced DPF regeneration done (so it must have been clogged then I suppose). Haven't really considered the turbo, but I didn't know whether a buggered turbo would cause intermittent problems rather than constant. Next step is I've got a bottle of Redex DPF cleaner to add to the tank next time we refuel (don't know how good this stuff is or whether it's even worth it), then give it a blast on the motorway on Thursday leaving it in 4th gear at 70 to get the engine hot and hopefully blast whatever crap may be in the DPF away. We're away on holiday for a couple of weeks beginning of Feb but when we're back from that we'll book it in for a full service at the local Ford spot and if its still misbehaving get them to have a look at the fuel injectors for us. Anyone else got any more suggestions? It's so frustrating given how long we've had the car! Cheers, Charlotte