Just changed the gearbox mount on this all finished loverly. put key in now wont start??? very confusing was running fine befor. it dont even turn over> checked starter motor thats fine all leads fine went back over what i did and still cant work it out. ANY ideas are welcome
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Every diesel has an electric solenoid that shuts the fuel off when you turn the key off. I suspect that is your problem but I don't know where it is exactly on a Ford. It should be mounted on or near the injector pump.
1) Replace the radiator, it won't get better and will cause BIG problems later on, the plastic and aluminum radiators are fairly cheap (check rock auto for price) 2) Replace the TFI (thick film ignition) module mounted on the side of the distributor. Very common problem with Ford ignition systems Something in the module opens when it gets hot, then works fine when it cools off. It's like someone turns the key off while driving, no warning, sputtering etc.You will need a thin wall 5.5 mm socket to change the module. Most auto part stores have a special wrench setup just for changing the module and it only costs a couple of bucks and makes the job a breeze. make sure you put plenty of dielectric grease on the mounting side of the module for proper installation (usually included with the module)
You will have to under to inspect. Check the front engine mounts although it is not like that these will be fault. Now check the mount under the transmission housing, the rubbers on these can part quite quickly when they begin to go. Next check the prop shaft unions starting with the one the gearbox output shaft, Excessive play will be obvious to the eye if you have been feeling the motion through the gear shift. Most of these things are easy and not too expensive to fix. If changing the rear gearbox mount remember to support the weight of the transmission with wooden blocks or similar to allow the mount to be removed safely.
Your piece on a similar problem with a speed sensor on the gearbox of a Ford Focus solved te problem. The AA did not have a replacement sensor but advised, you could check your speed using a sat nav.
The dealer who supplied the car, Thrapston Ford, have agreed to supply & fit the part free of charge.