> > Hi everybody. I have a 2002 Focus TDCI which has an
> > starting problem. The car occasionally just refuses to
> start. It has
> > been checked out by my local Ford dealer twice whilst under
> > and they found nothing wrong with it. The symptoms are not
> > on hot or cold starting, it just seems a random problem with
> > engine turning over but failing to ignite the fuel. It has
> > about 8 to 10 times during the three years I have owned the
> car and
> > although been checked for fault codes by Ford dealers and my
> > garage nothing is every found. The Focus,when the engine is
> running is
> > a superb car and I don't wish to change it unless forced by
> > unreliability problem to do so. The engine, has so far
> > eventually after about 10 minutes, but I would really like
> to get it
> > sorted.
> Try the car for a couple of weeks using your spare key- this
> sounds on the
> face of it, a fairly well known immobilizer problem, with one
> key sometimes
> failing to transmit the code to the ECU.
Thanks Tim for your input. I have tried alternating starting the car
using the spare key today and as usual the car starts without any
problem. Its been almost exactly a year since this problem occured and
always when It time for holiday trips on board a ferry. I am anxious
that the car will let me down whilst I am waiting to leave the boat
and there are several irate motorists, lorry drivers etc desperate to
get onshore. I am unsure if the problem is related to the immobiliser
as last year when the engine refused to start, neither key made any
difference. The local garage engineer seemed to think the engine had
become flooded and did get it started by flooring the accelerator
pedal and cranking for about ten minutes. I wonder if there is an
electronic glitch within the system that only seems to occur when the
temperature, humidity conditions are such that some system conditions
are not being met by the engine management system.
The local diesel engine specialists are not interested in looking at
the car until if fails completely so that they have some component to
diagnose and I imagine replace.
Many thanks for your interest.
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