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Thread: Ford focus tdci 1.8

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    Default Ford focus tdci 1.8

    I have a ford focus tdci 02 model and just recently have had the following problem as I use it for work , I've been to work and on driving 12 to 13 miles to pick my partner up when I've stopped it won't start for at least five to ten minutes and then started again , when I returned home a fed my dogs it started again but on taking my dogs out and only driving probably a quarter mile it wouldn't start again , luckily I parked on a slight gradient and I bump started it . It has sometimes refused to start in a morning but not too often any ideas as to what could be the problem , on turning the key all the lights come on then go out and sometimes you hear the relay but the car doesn't even turn over or fire it's just silent ?.

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    Is the battery good? Are the terminals clean and tight? Check for a 12 volts feed to the starter on the small wire to prove the ignition system is working okay. Check that the engine earth strap is good, clean and tight. If all checks out suspect the starter relay and if good then the starter motor itself.

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    Yesterday the car wouldn't start without towing it first I managed to get home switched off and nothing again , later on I went out and had a look at the cables from the battery the red one has some green powder round it but not too much , as I was wiggling the live wires from the battery down the side of the engine near the air filter I could here a slight clicking noise and it seemed like it was arcing somewhere , still it didn't start later as I had just about given up I tried to start it and it fired up straight away , I did this on and off three times this morning I started it and took my dogs for a walk and got back home ok , I left it stood and went in with a work mate , when I got home from work I tried it again half an hour later went to take my dogs out in the car and it wouldn't start again , I was thinking maybe a problem wire near the fuse box under the air filter , any thoughts on this would be a help ??

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    Yes you may be right there. Sometimes the wiring looms can be too tight where they are routed near the engine/gearbox and can rub through.

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