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#1 grooviechickie

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:30 AM

Hello everyone,

 

I'm new here. I used to be a car nut in Australia but here in France, I don't have the tools nor the space to fix my cars as much as I used to. Thankfully I have a friend who does. :biggrin:

 

So I have a Mondeo turbo diesel (Mk3, 2.0 TDCi, 130hp). I LOVE this car. Such a licence-loser.

 

She's done 330,000km (45K with me). Had a few troubles at first, and it's much more challenging to try and work out the name of the parts in French. Don't get me started. At least 'alternateur' is similar.

 

I had a read of the posts here about the glow plug light flashing. From what I understand, it could be one of three things: build-up of gunk in the inlet manifold and the EGR, fuel (filter, injectors and whatnot), or the turbo itself.

 

Is that right? Is there anything else I've missed?

 

I'm going to start with the EGR and inlet manifold. This is mainly because she blows a lot of black smoke when I put my foot down. Considering her mileage, should I get a new EGR instead of cleaning it, just in case the old one is effed?

 

Advice appreciated. 

 

 


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#2 Flynn50

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:37 AM

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If you are putting out a lot of black smoke under acceleration it is likely to be a split hose. The one that comes up from the intercooler.
You may need to remove it to check it properly.


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#3 grooviechickie

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:09 AM

Okay, I'll check it out. Thanks for the tip. Now I have to find it! I'm competent enough but not fantastically so. I can get away with doing some repairs on my cars, and then learning how to do new repairs, thanks to the internet. Not bad for a woman. ;-)


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#4 Flynn50

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:11 AM

I'll post a photo of it whe I get back from walking the dog.

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:19 AM

Got it. It's the one that comes up under the EGR thingy, yes? So I can check it while I'm there.


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#6 Flynn50

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:22 AM

Yes I think thats the one.

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That would also cause the flashing glow plug so your EGR may be ok.

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It would also cause the flashing glow plug so your EGR is probably ok.

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:24 AM

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Dunno what happened to that last post :-)

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:49 AM

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Got it. It's the one that comes up under the EGR thingy, yes? So I can check it while I'm there.


Hey, have you not got access to a code reader? That will save you time and miney replacing potentially broken parts... Easy way to check the turbo vanes (I'll post the video) https://youtu.be/Tr37WZyxKsM
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#9 nicam49

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 09:20 AM

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Hi Belinda, buy yourself an inexpensive code reader so that you can talk to the car's computer and find out WHY the glowplug light is flashing. The most dependable ones run on software called Forscan (free download for a Windows computer or a modest cost for an Android phone) and are available from https://tunnelrat-el...cs.fwscart.com/
Once you've actually got error codes you can direct your attention to that area.
btw, have you got a clean airfilter? Lack of air to the engine can result in black exhaust smoke. Unscrew the air filter housing and lift out the filter and look at the underneath (not the top, 'cos that'll always be clean)
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#10 grooviechickie

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 12:48 PM

Okay, I'll look into code readers. I may know someone who has one, now that I think about it.

 

Just got new filters (fuel, air, oil) and some oil for a good oil change. 

 

Do the products work for eradicating carbon build-up? You know the ones - Bardahl EGR cleaner, or one here in France called Meca-Run Eco 10,000 for diesels etc. Worth it? Or should I just take it all apart?


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