I have a Focus 1.8 tdi on a 52 plate. It will start on the first or second turn of the key but unless it is driven for at least a mile before it is turned off then I have trouble starting it again. The AA couldnt start it for me either. I have had to have a jump start as the battery goes flat because it has been tried so many times, I have had a code test and that showed that all the electrics are fine, I have spoken to Ford Tech and they couldnt help either prehaps you can.
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Re: Car wont start if not driven before turning off
Not real familiar with this engine and not sure what a 52 plate is but, lets try some general diesel troubleshooting. Change fuel and air filters if they are not fresh, especially the fuel filter(s).I don't believe a code scanner would pick up a problem with the glow pug or air intake heater so look at this as an issue also.If these don't help, look further into fuel system as the problem. Good luck!
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If the car turns over really fast then it could be the timing belt, Does your car have an immobiliser? with it starting and running for a few seconds it sounds like an issue with the key not communicating with the car.
If you have wellow lamp with key appears on a dashboard that means your immobilizer is ON and there is problem to start the engine.But only way to reprogram the immobilizer is with diagnostic equipment.Did you change the dashboard? The same problem happening
System operation System arms 5 seconds after switching ignition OFF. Switch ignition ON. Ensure clock LED illuminates for 3-5 seconds. If LED flashes rapidly at regular intervals for approximately 1 minute, then flashes at irregular intervals: Key code not recognised. Remove key and try again. Programming When System malfunction: LED illuminates for 1 minute, then flashes at irregular intervals. Key(s) added or replaced. NOTE: Replacement keys MUST have blue mark. Keys with red mark are NOT compatible with this system. How NOTE: Programming method using vehicle keys can be deactivated using diagnostic equipment. Obtain 2 programmed keys (A and B). Insert key A into ignition switch. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 1 second. Switch ignition OFF. Remove key A. Insert key B into ignition switch within 5 seconds. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 1 second. Switch ignition OFF. Remove key B. Within 10 seconds: Insert key to be programmed into ignition switch. Turn ignition switch to position II. Wait 4 seconds. Switch ignition OFF. Wait 5 seconds. Start engine. If engine does not start and clock LED flashes: Switch ignition ON. Wait at least 20 seconds. Switch ignition OFF. Repeat programming procedure. Repeat above procedure to program remaining keys. Keys can also be programmed using diagnostic equipment
There is a cable driven collar on the steering column. But first, make sure if your wheels are cut all the way to one side, pull the wheel forcefully in the same direction as the wheels are turned and at the same time try to remove the key. If this fails turn the collar just below the keyswitch around the column counterclockwise only and try to turn and lock the key then.
With the key in the ignition (but not turned), press and hold the
Odometer Reset Button on the right hand side of the panel. While
still holding that button, turn the key (although not far enough to
start the engine) and then press and hold the Minute button on the left
side of the instrument pane(if pressing doesnt work try turning the knob clockwise until service light has gone off and skip the pressing)l. Release both buttons at the same time.
Fuel pressure [roblem? Lazy fuel pump, fuel filter fed up? If diesel, Infection pump pressure regulator? Have rail pressure chk'd. If illter is overdue, change it If ford can't fix it yhere is always the LEMON LAW!!! MAKE SURE YOU KEEP ALL REPAIR ATTEMPT DOCUMENTATION. tHIS SOUNDS LIKE A CONSUMER SAFETY ISSUE.hAVE ONLY THE FORD DEALER ATTEMPT REPAIRS. qUALITY IS jOB ONE! qUALITY IS jOB 1 !
are you using the original key for the car because it sounds like a theft system problem I had a 2000 jeep that did the same thing it would start for a bit and then quit on me found out that the key has a chip in it so the key i got cut works for the lockes but cant use to run the car
turn key on engine off mash gas pedal to the floor for 15 secs let off of pedal turn key off this resets tcm Tramission (control modual) unless you burmt somthing jumping it.check fuses.
those auto trans are tempermental sometime they get comfused when there is a running prob are more than one driver.try reset proceedure make sure correct fluid level. lots of info on TDI club.