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Transit 2.5l deisel cold start problems

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Hi, my deisel transit will not start whenever the the temp' drops down near freezing. fires and runs fine at all other times.It turns over ok but will not start or even sound like firing up. As soon as the outside temp' rises it fires up first turn of the key.Can anyone suggest what to look for please. Its a '91 2.5l lwb. Thanks

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

Have you checked the heater plugs.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Don't appear to have any. Only the injectors with leak off pipes.
Can you suggest anything else?

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

The heater plugs should be below the injectors.
What year etc.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

It's a 1991 J reg LWB transit

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Can't even find anything in the Haynes manual that refers to the heater plugs or glow coils

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

Hi. You are right, I can't finf a listing anywhere for Transit heater plugs.
I can find Granada, which I thought had the same engine, but obviously not.
As you can see, Diesel's aren't my number 1 subject.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

No mine neither. This is turning into a nightmare!

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

Hi. Just had a quick ?? look on the net.
Ford transits have a cold start valve on the pump, some are electrically operated and some work from the engine coolant via a cable which operates a cam in the pump.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Thanks, found the bit you mean. Do you know if there is any form of adjustment on this or is it a case of when it don't work it's broke!

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

its not the electric one it works via a cable.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

It depends which type you have,
Have you got any diesel specialists near you,
LSUK are pretty well national.
Used to be called Lucas as in alternators etc.
Get a price, you may be pleasantly surprised.... I did say maybe.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Thanks for all your help i'll give them a try and see what i can do.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

Sorry, missed your last reply.
I think all these do is advance the pump timing.
If it is the cable one,see if you can see the bit the cable moves, then tomorrow morning move the lever by hand while someone tries to start it if it starts ok then you know it is that.
You may be able to rig up a choke cable or similar.
On the volkswagens they have a cable which you pull manually as well as heater plugs.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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Julian
Joined Feb 2005
2642 posts

Welcome.

Monday, 28 February 2005

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1st for furniture
Joined Mar 2005
2 posts

Have you managed to sort the problem, i have the same problem with my L reg transit. Have put new alternator and Start/Stop solenoid on. Any further ideas?

Saturday, 12 March 2005

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cjk
Joined Oct 2004
435 posts

have a look thu the old posts on this forum theirs a diesel expert there some where he's your man

Sunday, 13 March 2005

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rdee
Joined Jan 2005
139 posts

not fully conversant with this engine but usually with diesels if there are no glow plugs then it must be direct injection, all direct injection diesels i have worked on dont need glow plugs they just start, if its not direct and you cant see any glow plugs on the head check the rest of the intake system they sometimes put a single glow plug in there which heats up the air before it enters the cylinders, hope this helps.

Sunday, 13 March 2005

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Gasman
Joined Feb 2005
9 posts

Had to take mine to a deisel specialist, they change the cold start mechanism, which is a small piston like thing on the bottom left side of the injector pump( mines a lucas pump). it works off a sensor fitted by the thermosat housing at top front of engine,and is linked via a cable to a cam like device on the pump,this cam is then linked to the cold start mech using a plastic contector rod which is about 3-inchs long. all this mechanism should move freely, the top cam part increases the tick over by pushing up the idle screw to increase the rev's when its cold,but this only helps once its started, its the mechanism in the bottom that helps to start it. There is some adjustment on this set up so it may just need looking by someone in the know. hope this helps.

Tuesday, 15 March 2005

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chisel
Joined Mar 2005
55 posts

tranny di, there was a lot of problems with the fuel filter housings mostly the ones with the plunger on the top .try by-passing the filter and give it a go has worked 4 me in the past

Wednesday, 16 March 2005

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