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ken, Australia

Ford Transit

Have 1996 Ford TRansit diesel engine light comes on all time Vehicle wont go over 50 klms per hour Say in Limp mode Replaced Turbo Any suggestions Please

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Had similar problem with our 97 transit diesel van. Ended up disconnecting electronics and fitting a manual fuel distributer pump. No point having your electronic pump overhauled as Ford no longer supply the necessary parts to do that properly. In fact you will find that ford could not care less. Good luck. Peter, Australia Peter Stead from Australia

Submitted: 15/04/2015 03:54:45 | ID: 114725

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Vidar, Norway

Ford Kuga

I have a Kuga Titanum 2009. Clock has working range 01.01.2003 to 31.12.2013. I have had a Ford dealer in Norway looking at this twice - no luck. Anyone having any ideas?

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I thought I had the same problem. You can reset the clock by pressing the clock button beside the radio rather than the using the menu on the car's computer. I now have 2015 showing as the clock date Ronnie from Ireland

I thought I had the same problem. You can reset the clock by pressing the clock button beside the radio rather than the using the menu on the car's computer. I now have 2015 showing as the clock date Ronnie from Ireland

Submitted: 04/02/2015 20:29:28 | ID: 110906

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Alison, County Londonderry

Ford Galaxy

I've just bought this 2003 galaxy when I'm parking and have a tight cut on the wheel it makes a note like a vibrating/whining noise any ideas. I've asked my mechanic he said he's driven the car for a few weeks and not noticed anything. It's just had a new water pump put into it. Is it normal in the galaxy of is it a problem?

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Hi, could possibly be the belt tensioner (alternator), but more likely the alternator clutch pulley on the alternator. No need to change the whole alternator, pulleys about £50. Will need a special tool though. steve h from Suffolk

Submitted: 20/01/2015 19:06:45 | ID: 109968

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Dave Elsender, Tyne and Wear

Ford Galaxy

My 2005 1.9 tdi has developed a problem with an audible warning sound that beeps just once approximately every three mins. It appears to be coming from the passenger side bulkhead but no visual warning is displayed. Any ideas?

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Hi. Could be the handbrake light/sensor switch, as you can make the car do this noise by pulling up the handbrake gently as you move along. steve h from Suffolk

Submitted: 05/03/2015 09:21:47 | ID: 112785

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Miss russell, Leicestershire

Ford Galaxy

Where does the water come from in my boot liner and underneath it was a big puddle?

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Hi, is your rear screen washer working? if not the pipe may have come off so when you`re washing your rear screen the water comes inside? steve h from Suffolk

Submitted: 22/03/2015 10:18:33 | ID: 113651

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mohheb, Luton

Ford Galaxy

i have ford galaxy 2. diesel 2008 when it be come hot it doesn't start if its cold easy starts if anyone could help me?

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Hi it will probably be your camshaft or crank sensor. steve h from Suffolk

Hi it will probably be your camshaft or crank sensor. steve h from Suffolk

Submitted: 10/03/2015 11:00:04 | ID: 113084

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David Dingsdale, Cheshire

Ford Focus

On two occasions, in a three month period, car wouldn't start and message "Engine Malfunction Service Now" appeared on dash. After about 10 minutes problem went away and car started ok. First occasion the car had been parked overnight and on the second occasion it had ben parked for about 5 hours. Any ideas why this should happen? Local Main Dealer said they were not aware of the problem and would need the fault to be present during diagnostics before they could offer a solution. Thanks

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Hi i have the same problem did you seem to find problem also my one make click noise from passenger side. kausar from Greater London

Hi i have the same problem did you seem to find problem also my one make click noise from passenger side. kausar from Greater London

Hi I bought the car, 13 registration, in November 2014. The problem has occurred twice, end December 2014 and 2nd March 2015. The problem hasn't reoccurred and I still don't know why it happened. On the first occasion I just left the car after repeated tries failed to clear the message and the car wouldn't start. Returning after about 10/15 minutes car started ok. On the second occasion, again I tried to clear the message and start the car but to no avail. I tried locking and unlocking the car several times. After about 10 minutes sitting in the car I pressed the "open door" button on the key fob rapidly three times. I then was able to start the car, but this might just have been coincidence. I did not notice any other noises from passenger door or anywhere else. If you Google "Ford Focus Engine Malfunction Service Now" it appears that the fault is not uncommon and a number of suggested reasons are given. Not all prevent the car from starting. If the problem reoccurs and I find a solution I will add it to this thread. David Dingsdale from Cheshire

Submitted: 28/03/2015 15:42:18 | ID: 113989

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louise williamson, Cambridgeshire

Ford Ka

I turned my heater off while driving but it is still pumping out hot air. I checked the water in radiator all is fine??

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I turned the heater to cold but it is still blowing hot air louise williamson from Cambridgeshire

Submitted: 17/04/2015 17:26:17 | ID: 114839

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Geoff Fidler, Wigtownshire

Ford Transit Chassis Cab 2003

I am having problems with severe vibration on my Transit van, when the speed rises to 40mph severe vibration starts up to 55mph then seems to smooth out a little. The dual mass flywheel was replaced last year with a single plate version. I have tried depressing the clutch when going downhill but the vibration is still there. Could it be prop-shaft bearing? (350 lwb)

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It could be propshaft but if you have had a clutch conversion to a conventional one then Fords recommend replacing crankshaft pulley with a vibration damper type built into it Martin Jones from Essex

Sounds like the rear axle is shot Chris Turner from Bedfordshire

Did you find out what the problem was? I have exactly the same and it’s driving me nuts. Any help woukd be much appreciated, thanks Chris Sinclair from England

Hi i have the same problem i have replaced the complete rear axle and propshaft bearings but the problem is still the same can anyone please help. Phil from Derbyshire

Hi i have the same problem i have replaced the complete rear axle and propshaft bearings but the problem is still the same can anyone please help. Phil from Derbyshire

I also have a vibration but if i dip the clutch it goes away. It only seem to be when it is in drive shakes the van seem like the wheels are going to fall off it is a 2ltr front wheel drive 2004 any ideas lee from Bedfordshire

I also have a vibration but if i dip the clutch it goes away. It only seem to be when it is in drive shakes the van seem like the wheels are going to fall off it is a 2ltr front wheel drive 2004 any ideas lee from Bedfordshire

Submitted: 24/02/2012 10:51:26 | ID: 80061

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elkjaer, Malta

Ford S-Max

I have an S Max 2007, 2.0 petrol, the turning indicators sometimes doesn't work immediately and sometimes works normally, these last two days the cluster (where is the odometer reading) went half of it black, and after a while came back to normal, the the other day it went all black but after a while it came back to normal, today it worked normally. What can the problem be? thanks

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Hi, I have just read this in a Hungarian webpage. That S-max owner had a similar problem. He wrote there is some grease in the turning indicator switch and it leaked out a little and caused some electrical problems by the switch connectors. He removed the plastic casing from the steering wheel's column and cleaned it with some alcohol. This fixed his problem. I hope it was helpful. Ferenc Rosner from Hungary

Hi, I have just read this in a Hungarian webpage. That S-max owner had a similar problem. He wrote there is some grease in the turning indicator switch and it leaked out a little and caused some electrical problems by the switch connectors. He removed the plastic casing from the steering wheel's column and cleaned it with some alcohol. This fixed his problem. I hope it was helpful. Ferenc Rosner from Hungary

Submitted: 16/02/2015 19:04:48 | ID: 111683

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McArdle, Northamptonshire

Ford Focus C-Max

When I turn engine off and lock car my radio and mileage lights don't turn off. I had to jump start it so am thinking this is draining the battery. How do I get them to turn off.

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I have the same problem any advice would be brilliant x Terri from Staffordshire

Submitted: 24/11/2014 18:23:36 | ID: 106802

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angela johnson, Buckinghamshire

Ford Kuga

Since purchasing the car in August 13 the engine malfunction light has come on many times. It`s been into Ford garages to check the computer but nothing is shown on there. I have had the dpf sensor replaced and computer updated but the problem keeps coming back. Have also been told to drive for 20 mins in 4th gear to burn off the diesel which have done but problem has not gone away. Can anyone offer any help with this problem as am now thinking of selling the car and going back to a reliable VW Golf?

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We had the same problem which couldn't be sorted by the garage where we bought it, the changed the sensor, did a forced regeneration, fitted an after market dpf then a genuine ford dpf but still couldn't cure it. They said it needed a software up date but since they had had it for six and a half weeks we had it back and part ex'd it against a new one, love the Kuga so just went for the newer version. gary from West Midlands

We had the same problem which couldn't be sorted by the garage where we bought it, the changed the sensor, did a forced regeneration, fitted an after market dpf then a genuine ford dpf but still couldn't cure it. They said it needed a software up date but since they had had it for six and a half weeks we had it back and part ex'd it against a new one, love the Kuga so just went for the newer version. gary from West Midlands

Submitted: 08/04/2015 14:42:37 | ID: 114448

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Bavnut, Greater London

Ford Focus

Hi last night I was reversing the car into the driveway when the battery light came on, and a humming sound started to come from the engine. This morning I woke up, drove the car. The problem is still there. There is a humming sound when I accelerate the car and when I slow down. when the car Idle's between 1000 and 2000 revs. The car seems to be fine. Could someone please help?

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I had similar a couple of months ago, it was OK for a couple of weeks and then it died. I got recovered home and it turned out it was the alternator had given up. fitted a new one no more problems. had to reset engine light that had comre on when it broke down. Barry Goldfinch from Berkshire

I had similar a couple of months ago, it was OK for a couple of weeks and then it died. I got recovered home and it turned out it was the alternator had given up. fitted a new one no more problems. had to reset engine light that had comre on when it broke down. Barry Goldfinch from Berkshire

Submitted: 12/03/2015 14:09:01 | ID: 113205

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fred smyth, Warwickshire

Ford Galaxy

What could be the cause why one of the doors and window on my Galaxy will not open with central looking?

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What could cause one of the doors on my Galaxy to not open with central locking? and also why does my diesel engine start and immediately turn off itself after 1 second? aweys from Leicestershire

What could cause one of the doors on my Galaxy to not open with central locking? and also why does my diesel engine start and immediately turn off itself after 1 second? aweys from Leicestershire

Submitted: 12/02/2015 15:12:12 | ID: 111376

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t newcombe, Northamptonshire

Ford C-Max

Engine malfunction light appears then loss of power , this has happened a few times and we now dare not go on a long journey . First time rac called showed injector problem they stated never seen this on a 2008 model before , towed to a garage and the garage could find no fault and stated not the injector. If this happens now all leads to the injectors are twiddled and the car then starts. Please help.

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Hi, did you get your CMax fixed ? Can you please tell me what the problem was. This is exactly what is happening to my CMax. Thanks SAttwood from Nottinghamshire

I am having the exact same problem with my 08 C-Max, did you both find out what was causing the problem? C.Watkins from Greater London

I am having the exact same problem with my 08 C-Max, did you both find out what was causing the problem? C.Watkins from Greater London

Submitted: 21/05/2014 09:45:11 | ID: 95828

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Lisa, Essex

Ford S-Max

The electric blind that covers my panorama roof started to play up, stopping and starting and then the blind became baggy and wouldn't retract properly. I took it to a ford dealer and was told that to replace the blind it would cost £1000, without actually knowing if the mechanics are faulty or not! My car is 16months old and is not covered by warranty, as the blind is classed as trim, yet it could mechanical which would mean it would be. Anybody uncounted similar problems, if so how did you go about getting ford to rectify it.

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Hello Lisa, Funny - I have exactly the same problem and was doing a google search and came across your query. I am in touch with Ford about this as the 3 year classic plan warranty that comes with all fords does not mention this as an exclusion. As far as I am concerned the blind is not closing so it is a mechanical fault and should be covered. david from Worcestershire

Hello Lisa, Funny - I have exactly the same problem and was doing a google search and came across your query. I am in touch with Ford about this as the 3 year classic plan warranty that comes with all fords does not mention this as an exclusion. As far as I am concerned the blind is not closing so it is a mechanical fault and should be covered. david from Worcestershire

Did you mange to sort your blind out, I have the same issue. Sarah from Bristol

Did you mange to sort your blind out, I have the same issue. Sarah from Bristol

Hi I had exactly the same issue the mechanics had failed at 34mths old , also very low milage ! But was told its comes under interior trim warrenty & that's only 1 yr . I've fought tooth & nail with my ford dealer & ford uk to no avail basically told to DO ONE . My smax also has extended warrenty till its 5yrs old I was offered £100 towards a service .. Wow . My roof blind does retract but it's sagging ,currently I have it in the open position . I was so p@:?ed with them at the time I traded my smaller c- max for a bmw . My s max is ready for Changing soon but feel let down by the dealer network, but the smax is a fantastic family car .. Decisions decisions .. Colin from Cumbria

Hi I had exactly the same issue the mechanics had failed at 34mths old , also very low milage ! But was told its comes under interior trim warrenty & that's only 1 yr . I've fought tooth & nail with my ford dealer & ford uk to no avail basically told to DO ONE . My smax also has extended warrenty till its 5yrs old I was offered £100 towards a service .. Wow . My roof blind does retract but it's sagging ,currently I have it in the open position . I was so p@:?ed with them at the time I traded my smaller c- max for a bmw . My s max is ready for Changing soon but feel let down by the dealer network, but the smax is a fantastic family car .. Decisions decisions .. Colin from Cumbria

Submitted: 28/08/2014 11:51:24 | ID: 102271

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donna tibbles, Cambridgeshire

Ford Tourneo

Hi, I have a Ford Tourneo on a 57 plate and for some reason when it`s cold if I start the engine it will fire up but won`t actually start until the revs kick in, it will keep cutting off but once the revs kick in it runs fine. It`s been at the garage for several weeks and diagnostics show no fault but tonight I was driving at 60mph and it said on the screen engine malfunction. What could be wrong?

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I think your problem could possibly be your fuel filter or the injectors having a fault.Take it to your nearest garage and explain your problem they will diagnose this as your problem if they are a good garage. nick from Cheshire

Submitted: 18/02/2015 21:36:11 | ID: 111845

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norman wilson, Tyne and Wear

Ford Fiesta

My radio stopped working after a battery change, the radio lights up but no display showing, it`s not asking for radio code, I have checked 3amp fuse is ok?

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Same problem. Just bought car and radio doing same thing - have you found a solution?.. Baillie from Fife

Same problem. Just bought car and radio doing same thing - have you found a solution?.. Baillie from Fife

No luck yet but I am still searching the internet norman wilson from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 17/03/2015 09:40:37 | ID: 113436

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Roy Dodd, Cheshire

Ford Transit 2000

I went out in my Ford Transit van and the fuel light came on so I put diesel in and drove for a quarter of a mile and it cut out. I got it towed home. I was sure I had put diesel in, checked the fuel tank and it smelt like petrol. The mechanic said if it lights it`s petrol so I did that and it lit. I drained the tank and fitted a new filter but it would not start. I used Easystart and it`s trying to start but firing. Any suggestions what to do now please? Thanks.

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Herein lies what may be to late for this particular event but holds true for those who have a simular tale to tell. Firstly the use of a starting aid such as Quick Start / Sure Start / Easy Start should never be used, these do not help any of the engine parts and can cause damage, it's like feeding you on Polish Spirit, sure your legs will kick up in the air and it looks like it has invigorated you, but it is killing your liver, stomach lining and so on. Petrol has a different gravity to Diesel and can be a little like having water in the fuel, what you will need to do is get a bucket and put a small exit valve near to the base of the bucket and then connect a flexible plastic pipe from the Bucket to the Engine PUMP Inlet. Let the fuel run freely (Gravity) from the Bucket to the PUMP keeping the bucket up high above the engine. (do not worry about bye passing the Fuel Filter for this Test, a clean bucket and clean fuel should not propose a problem for such a short duration). Try the engine to see if it starts, great it works, then look back from the Fuel Pump for your problem, what still no luck then read on. Next, remove the Injectors, then lay them down on top of the engine in clear view and reconnect them to their retrospective fuel pipes. Turn over the engine (get someone to do this) and watch the injectors to see if they spray fuel (like a fine mist), if yes, then it is not a Fuel Pump or Injector issue (make sure all injectors are firing), maybe it is the engine, perhaps it has a compression problem, a compression in the cylinder is needed to compress the fuel to make it hot, so hot it then explodes, forcing the piston down the cylinder. NOTE ABOUT FUEL INJECTORS Fuel Injectors do not allow a free flow of fuel throught them, they only work when the pressure of fuel produced by the Fuel Pump is such that they "Crack Off" - when they "Crack Off" the injector opens and delivers a set amount of fuel into the Top of the Cylinder Chamber, to await compression of the Piston in the Cylinder to cause an explosion. Most things broken down into a fine mist can become highly explosive, even sugar or Aluminium in the form of a fine dust should be kept away from any heat source. Remember there is no ignition of fuel in a Diesel Engine like in a Petrol engine which uses a spark of electricity from a spark plug to ignite the petrol, a Diesel Engine needs compression of air and once heated atoms of fuel are fired at it and Bang! it explodes. What can happen with burning petrol in a diesel engine it that like running an engine on Sure Start it produces enormouse amount of pressure/torque on an old engine this strain on the piston,rings,small and big end bearings can and does produce piston slap and lowers the compression which stops the engine from working (firing), even instances of producing cracked pistons allowing compression to slip away. PRESSURE TESTING ANY ENGINE (Diesel or Petrol) This can be inspected and tested by removing the injectors (remove all injectors) and screwing in a connector to one cylinder at a time and carrying out the following test i) Screw into the 1st cylinder a pressure gauge (tester) , turn the engine over and record the pressure, do this with each cylinder in turn, recording the max pressure for each cylinder, make sure that you turn the engine for the same duration of time to get a fair reading for each cylinder. Compare to the Technical Data Sheet your readings, if you have a low reading to one or more of the cylinders then you have an engine problem, read on. The above Test can also be adapted to include a "wet Test" where a small amount (same amount to each cylinder) of engine oil is poured into the holes left open from the removal of the injectors, then carry out the same test as above, note that the readings will be increased, if the increase is large then the problem will almost certainly be the engine piston or bores. Mr Spence Eng Sorry it is so long, but it can be a promblem finding something like this and can take a while to carry out without Workshop Test Equipment, means one has to adapt to field testing. Mr Spence Eng Mr Spence Eng from Vale of Glamorgan

Submitted: 14/02/2013 12:16:00 | ID: 90551

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Ray Phillips, Cumberland

Ford Transit 1999

My 1999 Ford Transit Diesel Motor Home gives off clouds of black smoke for about half a mile after a 4-6 week lay up at winter time. Any ideas please?

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Simple : oil floats down from the valves overhead and lays ontop of the pistons. you come along, start the engine and burn off the oil. Mr.Spence Eng Mr Spence Eng from Vale of Glamorgan

Submitted: 19/02/2013 09:33:33 | ID: 90761

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John Kirkham, Bath and North East Somerset

Ford S-Max

Hi, my alarm keeps going off for no reason at all but never during the day, always at night "Typical". Does anyone know of any possible reasons or possible cures? Thanks

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Hi. We only picked our 61 plate s max up on saturday and ours has been triggering at night. Also though last night i had a bonnet open warning when the bonnet clearly wasnt and after googling a bit have found the two are related. Had a low battery light also. Its going back tomorrow so will see what they say and keep you posted nicky from Cheshire

Hi. We only picked our 61 plate s max up on saturday and ours has been triggering at night. Also though last night i had a bonnet open warning when the bonnet clearly wasnt and after googling a bit have found the two are related. Had a low battery light also. Its going back tomorrow so will see what they say and keep you posted nicky from Cheshire

Hi. We only picked our 61 plate s max up on saturday and ours has been triggering at night. Also though last night i had a bonnet open warning when the bonnet clearly wasnt and after googling a bit have found the two are related. Had a low battery light also. Its going back tomorrow so will see what they say and keep you posted nicky from Cheshire

Submitted: 24/07/2014 10:25:18 | ID: 100270

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deb, Cardiff

Ford Focus

Why does the engine warning light and brake system light stay on ?. My central locking no longer works. The driver side back door won't open. The indicators don't show that they are working. Why is this ?

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Hi, I know it's a bit late for you but for anyone else who has this or similar probs check the plugs on the fuse box behind the glove compartment, it's quite easy to knock them and loosen them as they`re only covered with a bit of carpet. Just push them back in, should be fine. Engine management light might have to be reset by a garage. Hope this helps Ricky from Essex

Submitted: 31/12/2014 12:06:04 | ID: 108670

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michael curley, Oxfordshire

Ford Fiesta

My Ford Fiesta 1.4 tdci strats runs for 10 - 20 seconds then stops. Plenty of diesel, light flashes on the dash. I have no handbook

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Hi, I have a Ford Fiesta 1.4 tdci, the problem is morning or evening to start the car crank continously for 20- 30 secs, then fourth or fifth time the car starts. Once the car starts after that no other issue like pick up, no smoke, no knocking noise, performance is good. Please guide further? Thanks jayaraj cruz from India

recently engine o/h done turbo had been repaired no staring problem . no after month time morning very late start even the engine attains normal temp once switch off engine again it takes long crank jayaraj cruz from India

Submitted: 22/01/2015 12:09:18 | ID: 110094

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akira, Singapore

Ford Transit

I have a Ford Transit 2000-2006 year 300 LWB diesel. The engine is running well and all is normal but the engine will automatically stop anytime when I`m driving. After the engine automatically stops the glow plugs signal comes on, I restart again and all comes normal again, but it always happens. Can anyone help?

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Hi I have an 06 swb transit and mine did the same had to get a new fuel pump Mark from Lancashire

Hi I have an 06 swb transit and mine did the same had to get a new fuel pump Mark from Lancashire

Submitted: 16/02/2015 14:11:21 | ID: 111653

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Steve Evans, England

Ford S-Max 2008

My Ford S-MAX has a section missing on the onboard computer i.e the radio section and auxillary input section and CD. What should I do?

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Hi I have a 2008, did you ever manage to Fix this as we are having the same issue only it randomly comes back on of it own acord. Katie Chambers from Bristol

Submitted: 28/09/2012 14:20:04 | ID: 73069

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Dev, Greater London

Ford Focus

Had my car serviced at fords yesterday. Noticed when I got the car back there was a little round cover missing in the drivers side footwell to the right under the steering weel. Inside where the cover should be there seems to be a push button type switch, does anyone know what this switch is for?

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Impact reset switch Chris b from Lancashire

Submitted: 14/02/2015 13:22:00 | ID: 111506

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geoff, Lancashire

Ford Ranger

i have ford ranger it starts every time but after 2-3 miles will lose power as if it ran out of fuel and stalls i restart it and it does the same again change the filter i wonder if it could be the suction control valve

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Hi Geoff, don`t know whether this will be of any help, but I had exactly the same situation with my Mondeo. After loads of false diagnoses and money, replaced a thing they call a crank shaft sensor and hallelujah, no more problems. John from Oxfordshire

Submitted: 23/02/2015 16:31:07 | ID: 112191

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LOUISE POTTER, West Midlands

Ford Kuga

Iam at a loss what to do about my kuga,the engine malfunction mode keeps coming on and it goes into limp mode.Ive had the aa out and its been in the ford gararge twice.They say its diesel residue caught in the filter and I need to go on long drives in 4th gear to rectify the problem,this is not acceptable and I need advice what to do next.please help!

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Could be a dpf sensor, the engine management light will stay on until you get Ford to reset it but they do charge heavily Phil from Antrim

I have exactly the same problem and I am at loss like yourself. Please, let me know if you have managed to find a solution to the problem ! Thanks ALI from Herefordshire

I have exactly the same problem and I am at loss like yourself. Please, let me know if you have managed to find a solution to the problem ! Thanks ALI from Herefordshire

Hi my kuga does the same this is the second time and I was told to drive the car at high revs ever month to clear the engine.mine has now also started shuddering at 2 thousand revs when cruising.on reading up on forums it seems to be a common fault maybe it time to get rid????? nigel from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 19/10/2014 10:39:39 | ID: 104845

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Dion evans, Denbighshire

Ford Fiesta

I went into my car i turned the lights on then i started the car, o then realised that my dashboard light insturment light or number plate light, it says in the manual that all these are a 7.5A fuse ive checked the fuse and its fine ive even swapped it with a new one but its still not working, anyone know whats wrong with it? Thanks

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Try changing your numberplate bulbs, I had the same problem and it turned out it was because I had replaced my bulbs with LEDs. Once I'd changed them back my number plate and dashboard lights started working again. Tonyryan from Merseyside

Try changing your numberplate bulbs, I had the same problem and it turned out it was because I had replaced my bulbs with LEDs. Once I'd changed them back my number plate and dashboard lights started working again. Tonyryan from Merseyside

Submitted: 02/01/2015 14:32:20 | ID: 108767

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Connie tiene, Lancashire

Ford Focus

I have the above vehicle and for the past two weeks when I have put the key into the ignition, everything lights up but the engine won't start, I leave it for 5 minutes and the. It starts up, please help a frustrated focus driver

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Hi Connie, I have the same problem but now have diesel leaking underneath my car. I replaced the battery which isn't cheap. The trouble is taking it to a reputable garage that won't charge a fortune when they see a woman coming in. Battery cost £115 Debbie Barkhouse from West Lothian

Submitted: 03/01/2015 19:17:49 | ID: 108849

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Alison, Nottinghamshire

Ford Galaxy 1995

Hi there. I went out with the family for the day yesterday and had to travel on the motorway in my Ford Galaxy. Trying to get the car over 60mph made it vibrate a lot and I really struggled with it, but once I was at a stable speed it seemed to settle down a bit. When we came off the motorway and slowed down to normal speeds of 30mph-40mph and having to stop at traffic lights etc, the gears refused to change? It revved up to 5000 before changing from first to second, then up to 4000 to change from second to third? Everytime I had to slow down and then speed up it did the same thing and braking made it seem like someone else was pushing on another brake pedal every now and then? Please can anybody help as I`ve just spent over £200 getting the cv joint done on it? (2.8 auto)

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I know it's probably too late for the OP, but am writing in case anybody else has the same problem. We experienced something similar and after lots of testing were told it was probably the wiring harness. However, ti did a bit of sleuthing online, and this is a common problem. We did as others had advised and got the transmission fluid flushed, which did the trick beautifully. Everything is smooth again. The transmission fluid is supposedly good for the life of the car, and ours didn't look particularly dark, but the flush worked. It is important to get it FLUSHED and not just changed. When it is changed, there is still about a third of the fluid left in the car. It has to ALL be flushed out and replaced with fresh. Good luch. Jess from Essex

I know it's probably too late for the OP, but am writing in case anybody else has the same problem. We experienced something similar and after lots of testing were told it was probably the wiring harness. However, ti did a bit of sleuthing online, and this is a common problem. We did as others had advised and got the transmission fluid flushed, which did the trick beautifully. Everything is smooth again. The transmission fluid is supposedly good for the life of the car, and ours didn't look particularly dark, but the flush worked. It is important to get it FLUSHED and not just changed. When it is changed, there is still about a third of the fluid left in the car. It has to ALL be flushed out and replaced with fresh. Good luck. Jess from Essex

Submitted: 06/08/2013 12:52:45 | ID: 53379

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Chris Edmonds, Stirling

Ford Kuga

Hi, We have a problem with our brand new Kuga, the doors won't latch in cold weather. Repeated waggling of the handle and shutting eventually clears the problem. Is this a know fault or is something wrong with our car.

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I had this one cold winter with my previous car (Mondeo mk4), it is the catch freezing open. To cure it that morning I put warm water on it then thoroughly cleaned it when I got home from work then greased it up. Never had the problem again. The same week I opened the bonnet and the same thing happened. Moral, clean & grease (lightly). Touch wood, not had anything like this with my Kuga (4 month old), Gleds from West Yorkshire

I had this one cold winter with my previous car (Mondeo mk4), it is the catch freezing open. To cure it that morning I put warm water on it then thoroughly cleaned it when I got home from work then greased it up. Never had the problem again. The same week I opened the bonnet and the same thing happened. Moral, clean & grease (lightly). Touch wood, not had anything like this with my Kuga (4 month old), Gleds from West Yorkshire

Submitted: 29/12/2014 07:18:36 | ID: 108571

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Jack Evans-Jones, England

Ford Galaxy 2009

When I try and start my Ford Galaxy the engine turns over but won’t start, as if the immobiliser is kicking in. It does start eventually. Any ideas what this might be and more importantly how much it will cost me to fix please? (Ghia)

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Same problem on my older petrol Galaxy. Looked like immob, light flashing etc... but wasn’t. Had to get it towed in to an autoelec this week as just wouldn’t start this time (having failed to start a number of times over the last few months). Said the fault was the Engine Running Module which they replaced. Cost £90 labour which will have included the new part (not inc the towing in fee) Peter Dent from England

Hi. I have a Ford Galaxy tdi which has now done 580,000 miles. I had a problem starting mine 4 months after a replacement engine at 430.000 miles. If I parked my car on a certain angle the problem starting the engine could be worse. Once you have started the engine it is okay start and stop, but if left parked up for longer than an hour it seems as if the fuel had run back into the fuel tank from the engine and in the mornings you were just waiting for the fuel to pump back into the engine before it would start. I took my car to a diesel engine specialist and it was the injector rings that had perished and were letting in air, which caused fuel to fall back to the tank. I do hope this is a big help, cheers John Wood from England

Nobody could find this problem on my 56 plate Galaxy III 2.0 Diesel which I owned. I later found if I ran it solely on BP Ultimate the problem reduced. If I put any other fuel in the problem would re-occour. I did 280,000 miles like that. Part ex’d it last week so someone else now has the problem Robert Sherwood from England

Do you happen to know the part number of the engine running module or where it is located? Never heard of it.. having similar problem.. Have replaced relay 30 but still no joy.. :~( g7enn from Norfolk

Do you happen to know the part number of the engine running module or where it is located? Never heard of it.. having similar problem.. Have replaced relay 30 but still no joy.. :~( g7enn from Norfolk

Submitted: 03/12/2012 16:26:14 | ID: 64239

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Michael Frain, Huntingdonshire

Ford Fusion 2007

Hi, I have a 1.6 TDCI Ford Fusion 2007. The orange cog warning light has come on. I’ve replaced the whole throttle body and the light stayed off for nearly ten minutes then came on again. Any ideas? Regards. (1.6 TDCI)

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If the temp is low this light comes on at 4 degrees cel, a visual warning of weather conditions, at 5 deg it goes off. Also could be your glow plugs steve from East Renfrewshire

Submitted: 18/01/2013 12:01:52 | ID: 68014

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jeff, Kenya

Ford Ranger

My vehicle has a problem starting, especially in the morning, you have to try several times before it finally starts. Afterwards it will just start normally but with initial vibration which disappears on idling?

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My vehicle has a problem starting, especially in the morning, you have to try several times before it finally starts. Afterwards it will just start normally but with initial vibration which disappears on idling? Patrice from Bahamas, The

Submitted: 15/06/2014 17:33:35 | ID: 97739

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Les Mitchell, England

Ford S-Max 2010

I lose the sound from my speakers in my Ford S-MAX except centre but at a low level, with a clicking type of sound and the words "drive fault " comes up on the Sony unit. Does anybody know what causes this to happen? Also under hard acceleration in 3/4 gears the engine seems to hesitate a little then pick up. It will keep doing it until you stop accelerating, it feels like a rocking type of motion. I hope things don’t come in 3’s. Any help will be great. (Titanium)

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Hi matey, did you sort out CD player fault and was it a easy fix? Ben Moss from England

I have exactly the same problem displayed as "CD drive fault" with my S-Max from 2010. I also experience that to clear the fault, the car must be turned off and locked for several minutes and that a short power off/on cycle is not enough! I have noticed that the fault can be triggered by placing a mobile phone on the upper left speaker on the dashboard, so I suspect some kind of radio interference problem in the S-Max. It also appears more often on the high-way than in the city (maybe the mobile phone uses more power when far away from base stations?) Of course the error never appears at the Ford service center so they have so far not been able to solve this problem. Linus from Sweden

We have exactly the same issue. Has anyone got to the bottom of this yet? Hannah Swain from London

Ford now seem to have a software update, which solves this problem with S-Max and the sony audio. I visited Ford service a few weeks ago, they updated the sound system, and since then no CD drive fault! Linus Thrybom from Sweden

It’s pretty annoying we have the same problem with a 2010 Titanium x. Happens every other day and just comes out of the blue! Real shame as a great stereo. I’m going to get in touch with Ford as I can’t imagine our dealership will be much help; very friendly, but only interested in problems they see. Any suggestions would be appreciated :). If the car is switched off for more than 10 mins it usually corrects! Lee Bunn from England

same problem with my galaxy titanium stereo... i find holding the power button down until the display goes black, then switching it back on seems to reset it. Maybe be ok again for couple of hours, or couple of minutes then do it again. This is not a great solution but best i've come up with. Very annoying when your singing along.... then click click click. Ford main dealer wanted at least £90 depending on problem to fix it martin from Greater London

I had EXACTLY the same problem as described. I took it to the local main dealer where they advised that the issue was related to communication between the modules/components in the car. They upgraded the firmware of the modules and the problem was resolved. Phil from Staffordshire

Exactly the same problem as detailed. But my local dealership say there is no update and I need a new unit. Can anyone please tell me the dealership in Staffordshire or London who has resolved this so that I can contact them. Even contacted Ford who just supported the dealer's line and said I could go to another dealership. Infuriating. Dec from Surrey

Hi, I have this same problem. Did the Ford dealer charge to fix this update? If so, are you able to give an indication of the cost. Thanks Richard from North Yorkshire

At last some fellow Ford drivers with the same problem. I am selling my S-Max later this year and cannot sell it with this fault. My local Ford dealership said a new unit is £800(!) plus fitting costs. They suggested going onto Ebay and buying a second hand unit, which probably came from breaker`s yard right off Ford's with exact same stereo (cost circa £100 plus fitting costs). This I am wary of as it could be a whole load of expenditure and no fix. Phil from Staffordshire said they upgraded the firmware of modules and problem solved. Does this really fix it 100%? Simon Craig from Surrey

Hi Simon. I can confirm that I took my S-Max to the dealer and asked them to do an audio update. This fixed the problem. I left it with them for a few hours and they charged me £50 for the update. It was fixed about 4 months ago and I haven't seen the error since. I later found out that you can do the update yourself. Details on the link below. It may be risky though if it doesn't work so might be worth paying the dealer to do it. http://digiex.net/guides-reviews/guides-tutorials/14009-ford-audio-bluetooth-usb-firmware-update-november-2012-release-how-update.html Richard from North Yorkshire

Crawley Down Group updated the software and recalibrated for £28 plus they valeted the car - came back sparkling. This was after the unhelpful Lifestyle Ford at Manor Royal told me I needed a whole new unit and refused to take note of the online information I had on how to resolve it. Ford were pretty much the same treating social media as some kind of heresy to be ignored, rather than a way of sharing problems and finding answers. They suggested a second opinion as if I had some major medical condition. Anyway, won't be using Lifestyle ever again and would highly recommend Crawley Down Group for excellent service and not treating me like I was an idiot. Dec from Surrey

Richard from North Yorksire and Dec from Surrey, thank you so much for feed back. My local Ford garage were leaning towards new unit at £800!! Crawley Down Group I have used for other vehicles (vans) for work and have found them good in past. They are only a few miles from my business. Didn't know they did Fords. Thanks gents..Simon Craig from Surrey

Submitted: 15/11/2013 10:36:46 | ID: 57890

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John, City of Derby

Ford S-Max

I have one interior light that occasionally stays on, if you open and shut the driver door again it always goes out, this problemI only occurs with the driver door and it is always the same light (rear off side). I have flushed the driver side door lock with wd40 and applied light grease but problem still occurs, anyone any ideas

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I've had the same problem, virtually from new, I took into main dealer whilst warrenty was applicable no fault found, two weeks ago, woke up to find all windows open, during a very wet night, then internal alarms sounded and wouldn't stop, RAC removed fuse. Over this weekend, ALL internal lights came on after ignition engaged, and refused to switch off, RAC removed another fuse, and now electric windows won't function at all. Local garage reckons a switch fault on the doors, main FORD dealer can't do anything for TWO WEEKS..UNBELIEVABLE REALLY.. ptsmith from West Midlands

I've had the same problem, virtually from new, I took into main dealer whilst warrenty was applicable no fault found, two weeks ago, woke up to find all windows open, during a very wet night, then internal alarms sounded and wouldn't stop, RAC removed fuse. Over this weekend, ALL internal lights came on after ignition engaged, and refused to switch off, RAC removed another fuse, and now electric windows won't function at all. Local garage reckons a switch fault on the doors, main FORD dealer can't do anything for TWO WEEKS..UNBELIEVABLE REALLY.. ptsmith from West Midlands

I have the same problem on my 2011 smax titanium. Did you mamge to get a resolution? paul o shea from Ireland

I have the same problem on my 2011 S-Max Titanium. Did you mamge to get a resolution? paul o shea from Ireland

Submitted: 19/07/2014 17:28:47 | ID: 99998

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Kirsty Harrison, Bedfordshire

Ford Focus C-Max

Went to get in my car yesterday only to find my key won`t open the car at all, not even a manual spare key will work. Then after many attempts to break in through a tiny gap in the window I tried it again and it made the sounds that it was open so I went round all the doors and the back passenger side had opened. The car wouldn't run and just made a ticking sound. I jump started the car and all seemed fine. The next day I jumped in the car, all opened fine and then when I turned the ignition it just made the ticking sound and the boot opens. Any ideas?

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I had similar issue. Turned out battery was dead. The ticking happens when there is not enough power to start engine. John from Essex

I had similar issue. Turned out battery was dead. The ticking happens when there is not enough power to start engine. John from Essex

Submitted: 09/02/2015 13:21:55 | ID: 111189

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Attila, Ireland

Ford Galaxy

I puchased an used 2005 reg Mk2 galaxy with both exterior door handle broken. Not able to mesure the pin lenght. Can you help me where can I get it? Sincerely, Attila

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Firstly take off both handles to inspect. To do this, open the door from the inside, on the side of the door you will find a single torx screw that is in line with the door handle. Unscrew the screw and remove, slide the handle towards the front of the car and it should pull out easily. You will probably find that the hook that grabs the mechanism (thin metal lever, which can be seen) are broken. You can get replacement handles from eBay for around £25 a pair with keys. Very easy to fix. Hope this helps. cris from Inverclyde

Submitted: 14/10/2014 21:38:38 | ID: 104623

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Lenny Robinson, England

Ford Galaxy 2007

My Ford Galaxy cut out on the motorway as if it had run out of fuel although it had loads in it! By the look of it the fuel is not getting from the tank to the engine. Someone said it could be the pump in the tank? Any ideas please? (Tdci)

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Sounds like a problem I had, after spending loads of money trying to find the problem. It turned out to be a faulty relay in the fuse box Simon Stevens from England

I have had a similar problem: Seema at 56 / 57 mph (regardless of which gear I’m in) the engine chughs, splutters and almost chokes itself, very much like it’s run out of diesel - I change down, rev up to increase speed, and eventually I can go back to 5th or 6th passing the 57 mph barrier - After that I can do any speed I like, cruises well at 70 mph - Lived with the problem for several years now - Seems nothing to do with the engine being warm or cold - Embarassing when you’re trying to overtake someone in the slow lane, only to have to fall back. Any ideas? Doric Frantz from Sussex

replace fuel filter, I guarantee youles Norman from Merseyside

Submitted: 27/06/2013 11:50:54 | ID: 92787

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