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Car wont start if not driven before turning off

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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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Try turning key just to on position twice, first& then try start & see what happens.

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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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