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glow plug symbol keeps coming on and cutting engine out on

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glow plug symbol keeps coming on and cutting engine out on a 2006 td 260 transit van when running and reving not bad but revs down engine off, turn key of and on it will start up
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  sean replied 2 years ago.

Hello, I hope I can offer you some assistance.

Is this a 2000 to 2006 shape Transit or a 2006 onwards? Which size engine is it? If you're unsure do you have the chassis number?

Let me know and I'll reply as soon as I'm able to.

Thank you.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

reg numb WL55KCE its a 2005/2006 TD260

Expert:  sean replied 2 years ago.

Hello again,

as the glow plug light is flashing the engine management (PCM) has detected a fault and considers it enough of a risk of damaging the engine that the fuel is shutting off, or the fault is a crank sensor fault in which case when this signal is lost the engine will cut out.

As the engine restarts I suspect it will be another fault rather than a crank sensor fault.

The most common fault on the TDDi engine is a fuel pump error where the pump sends a message to the PCM requesting engine stop usually due to a timing error in the pump.

The only way to confirm what is causing the problem is to start by having the PCM scanned for fault codes and act on any present, all garages can do this so the cost is minimal or if you want to do this on a DIY basis an example of a code reader is http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEALEY-EOBD-OBDII-Diagnostic-Vehicle-Fault-Code-Reader-Scan-Reset-VS8800-NEW-/261307573610?pt=UK_Diagnostic_Tools_Equipment&hash=item3cd725256a

If it is the pump causing the problem then a new pump is very expensive, there is a good company that can repair them at a much reduced cost at http://www.ecutesting.com/bosch_vp44_diesel_pump_repairs.html

Start with confirming the codes bringing the glow plug light on and go from there, let me know if I can assist further or if you have more questions regarding this and I'll reply as soon as I'm able to.

Best wishes,

Sean.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.


its in a garage where i left it he has plugged in and says there sould be 300 faults i have asked him for error codes and he wont give them me also he says it could be an air leek on the fuel line but wont commit to any answer i ask him its still there


o by the way they serviced the van three weeks ago,


colin


 

Expert:  sean replied 2 years ago.

Hello again,

it is possible an air leak could cause this but if the air in the fuel got to the stage that the engine cut out then it's unlikely it would start again straight away.

I would still be suspicious of the fuel pump but if the garage won't tell you the stored codes you become limited to what you can do without getting the van back and checking it yourself.

It's unlikely to be anything to do with having it serviced, if it was then I would have expected the fault to have come sooner than 3 weeks.

Let me know if I can assist further.

Best wishes,

Sean.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

well im a heating engineer and if a boiler goes wrong ive got a good idea whats wrong the customer is told its the pump i get another ne and fit it


at the moment youve told me nothing what it might be and what to look for or try im not at all happy


 

Expert:  sean replied 2 years ago.

Hello again,

I've given you the most common fault on this engine, as you don't have the information from the garage with regard to the fault codes stored or diagnostic work done I'm unsure of what information you need. I'm sure if I said fit an EGR valve it's this and you fitted it but then it turned out it was a MAP sensor fault or a CHT fault or IAT fault or the pump or any one of the numerous other sensor or actuator circuits that was the fault, then you certainly wouldn't be happy.

I can only answer on the information provided, I don't guess.

As I said originally the fuel pump gives numerous concerns and I've given you a link to a good company that can repair them at a reduced cost compared to the £1000 plus from Ford. But before advising you to spend that kind of money you need to confirm the codes stored in the PCM, this way it's not just a guess. You can come back through this thread if you get the codes from the garage or if you need further information but as I said earlier I don't just guess at faults.

Let me know if I can assist further.

Best regards,.

Sean.

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