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Problems with non-Alfa's. I know I keep doing this, last time it was my sister's Golf that was playing up....by the way, the advice I got on that from those who responded was very useful apparently and saved her getting ripped off by shoddy main dealer types :D

This time it's a different sister, and my old Escort diesel (1994 non-turbo). It keeps dying, but it always restarts. Fuel related problem I guess, the car has been stood for several months. Any easy suggestions. If the fuel pump wasn't working properly, how could it be tested? As diesel pumps are lubricated by the fuel, and it hasn't been running for months maybe it is now acting up. I feel really bad about this as it's my old car (although someone else has owned it since)...she's only just passed her test a week ago and has broken down every day since :(
 

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Not quite sure what you mean? when does it die? At junctions and lights? On start-up, when it's cold? Or when it's hot as well? Complete stop or dies a bit, thinks about it and then gives up?

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After a few miles, revs start to drop, lack of power and eventually just cuts out. It might be worse on steep hills...apparently.
 
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Water in the diesel filter !!!
Due to condensation. :rolleyes:
 

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I back that diagnosis, I doubt its got a tap, it's a Ford they are simply designed to be difficult ;)
 

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Will be down to either water in the fuel filter or drawing in air through one of the seals on the filter..................Easiest way round it is to just change the fuel filter and seals and re-bleed the system

One warning be careful with the hand primer they can start to leak after you`ve primed the system ;)
 

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Hi,

there is a return fuel line (connected to the overflow hoses of the injectors). If it is punctured, air can be sucked into the fuel system (usually an Opel prob).

grtz

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Great advice as usual guys, many thanks :)

I'm not doing anything to it, it's in the garage on Friday so at least she has some info to go armed with and avoid getting ripped off. When she picked it up we changed the drive belt and it took 3 feckin hours between us, and we were using an inspection pit - I'm just not cut out for this mechanical stuff :rolleyes:
 
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Alas I cannot even say that any more. You should have seen the state of the 155 before I relented and visited the jet-wash yesterday lunchtime. You couldn't even read the number plates :(
 
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While we are of the marque..
My wifes 6month old 1.2 8v punto has got really noisy tappets when cold, it sounds like someone is tapping on the engine with a small hamer..
I have spoken to the main dealer and have been told that Fiat is aware of this issue with the engine and its due to an undersized part or something
My concern is that it sounds like the oil is draining out of the tappets and on restart it takes a while for the oil to get to where it needs to be.
Could this lead to major wear damage?
Where do I stand legaly?
I think that we have been sold a vehicle with a potentialy costly design fault,
what should I do...?
FGN
 
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In case anyone is interested in going off track again here are further developments on the escort diesel mentioned above :)

Filter has been changed as part of a full service, no obvious sign of leaks in fuel lines or air hoses and the car was running fine up until this morning when it died again. It will start for a short while with very little power and then stall again so is not driveable. Problems begin usually in 3rd gear or higher I think and then the car gradually slows and stalls.

So, what would cause these symptoms - solved for several days by replacing the fuel filter, but then the problem suddenly re-occurs? :confused:
 

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Two thoughts:
1. Are the fuel filters clogged up with sediment? If so maybe removing the tank emptying it and coating it with slosh sealant might cure it permanently.
2. If filter has no sediment then maybe the flexible fuel lines are gradually collapsing as tank pressure builds up, changing the filter would release the pressure. I had this problem some time a go and went through the process of fuel filters, pump and all sorts before finally finding the problem.

Phil

Its illegal to have an obscured numberplate, handy for avoiding spped cameras but the travelling jam sandwiches will nick you.
 

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Its definately fuel related................does it have a hand primer on it above the filter??? these are prone to sucking in air even tho there are no visible leaks :rolleyes:

might be the injector pump at fault if the veins inside are worn another commonish problem with escort diesels

All i can say is check them and also check all fuel line joints if one is slightly loose then it will suck in air and cause this problem

It might also be the transponder on the pump playing up
 
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We now think this is the pump playing up, but the garage where it was looked at are reluctant to change it saying it's a specialist job :confused: Why would changing the fuel pump be a specialist job?
 
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Might be something to do with the high pressure diesels run at.....but I'm guessing.

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bw said:
We now think this is the pump playing up, but the garage where it was looked at are reluctant to change it saying it's a specialist job :confused: Why would changing the fuel pump be a specialist job?
Main reason is the injector pump is driven by the cambelt so that has to come off and then they need re timing but with a diesel you have spill time them and it can be a swine to get em right

no marks like on a distributor and you cant whip a plug out to see if the piston is at the top and the roror arm is in the right position
 
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Has the drain plug on the bottom of the filter had the sealing washer changed ?
I have a ever recuring problem with a Fiesta ( and before you start, yes i could seperate the pages ) it turned out to be this washer/seal.

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