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Old 05-02-2010, 11:05   #1 (permalink)
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Hi folks, need some help please.

Hi all, my name's Mark and I have a problem with a car that I bought yesterday. Its actually my first car for a very very long time as I usually ride and build, assemble, maintain bikes, cars are a mystery to me so go easy on me

OK - the car is a 52 (2002) plate Ford Focus TDCi, 114,000 miles full service history up until 3 years ago when the lady I bought the car from took ownership.

She was honest and admitted that the car has not been serviced in 20,000 miles!!!! which basically resulted in a good deal for me, kind of?

The fault that I have is that when I turn the ignition on the glow plug light goes out almost immediately, but when I turn the ignition further to fire the car, the car tries to start but it seems to me that there is no fuel getting to it as it just keeps cranking and cranking over? Its odd as I picked the car up from London and drove it back to the midlands with not one hitch whatsoever? I checked the car over with a friend who knows a little about diesels and the car fired first turn of the key. The engine was stone cold at the time I checked it, so hadn't been warmed up proior to inspection. After I bought the car I stopped 3-4 times on the way home yesterday and everytime I fired the car up it started first time everytime...until this morning.

I bought some new filters and a new battery, I was going to get the oil and filter changed at the local garage but the car would not start. I friend came over and put a multi-meter on the terminals of the battery and it was reading 10V, hence the new battery. When I shot off to get the new battery my friend managed to start it with jumps leads. He said the relays and fuses looked OK?

I spoke to the seller and they said that the car had new plugs and a new relay/sender I don't know something to do with glow plugs anyhoo.

I have been told it could be glow plugs again, or a blocked fuel filter even a relay, I changed the air filter which was jet black, and I also changed the fuel filter. Problem I have now is the new battery is almost flat from trying to re-start the car afterfitting the new filters. I was told that it could be because there is air in the system after the fuel filter change?

As I say I know bugger all about diesel engines so I ask you to possibly shed some light on this dark situation.

kindest of thanks
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:38   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Hi folks, need some help please.

hi,
it sounds like you just have the problem when starting from cold, which could be something wrong with the glow plugs yes. but they are new, and the light on the dash goes out quickly you say. sounds to me more likely to be the glow plug timer relay. the dash light should be on for approx. 30 seconds, unless the engine is already warm, if it is not, i would suggest locating and replacing this inexpensive bit first.
let me know how it goes, Matt
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