Went to start my 2002 TDCi (UK); turned over OK but wouldn't start. Noticed
the glow plug light was flashing. Manual states refer to dealer if glow
plug light flashes, but IIRC, if it starts flashing "when driving". Tried
again 5 mins later and all was fine, and has been fine for a couple of days
since (though not gone far).
Anyone seen this before? Read on another NG that it could be that the
immobiliser didn't receive the key code and engaged the immobiliser, so
could be just a 1/1000 and won't happen again. (?) Sort of thing that you
get paranoid about when 200 miles from home, in the dark and rain though...
Note I've spoken to the localish (and bl**dy good) Ford dealer and they are
happy to take a look, but don't want to waste their time and mine if not
I've got a 2002 TDCi and mine has done exactly the same thing about 4 or 5
time in the 12000 miles that I've covered. I just take the key out, turn it
over and put it back in again and it starts. I don't think it makes any
difference which way round the key is really it's just a matter of taking it
out and putting it back in again.
I too read somewhere that it was because the immobiliser hadn't recognised
the code, and my experiences seem to bear this out. So don't worry about
200 miles from home in the pouring rain mines never failed to start. (yet!)
Thanks for the info. If it's pump pressure related, what I don't really
understand is why removing the key and reinserting fixes the problem
immediately - and it's done it once more since original post. Turning the
ignition off and then back on does not fix the problem, AFAIK.
On the assumption that the immobiliser code is only transmitted when the key
is first inserted then the immobiliser explanation does ring true.
Also, it only happens when my wife is driving, so it's probably an
intermittent AWD device. (Anti-Woman Driver - Poster dons fireproof suit).
My TDCI Focus has this same problem. I tried taking the key out and
re-inserting as suggested with no luck in the 'starting up' game. It will
only start the third time the key is turned. You don't even have turn the
starter motor, that glow plug light just flashes away.
I cannot find any logic or reason for it, 98% of the time it starts straight
away, the other 2% only on the third turn of the key. The engine can be cold
or hot, it could be raining or a hot summers day, I have even tried turning
devices that may drain the battery off before stopping the engine each night
(such as the radio and a/c).
I haven't approached the garage yet, as I have seen in other posts that Ford
seem either unable to solve the problem (no error codes), or may not be
admitting it exists. It would be nice to know what the real problem is
before talking to them though.
You have an intermittent problem with either the pickup coil around the lock
barrel, the immobiliser ECU or the signal from the key being absorbed by
other things on a keyring, or a faulty chip in the key. Rule the last two
out by trying the spare key on its own for afew days.
The most likely cause is a faulty pickup coil, or its multiplug making a
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