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Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi Fuel Problems

Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi Fuel Problems


Marky Mark88

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666 posts

100 months

Wednesday 7th August 2013
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My girlfriend has a 2003 Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi and is having a few issues with it. I fear these are a hangover from the flood that she drove through last October! The problem was confirmed to be a bent con-rod and the engine was completely stripped down and rebuilt and had been running OK.

She went to go to work in it recently and it wouldn't start. I went out and turned the key and noticed that I couldn't hear the electronic 'buzzing,' maybe indicating a fuel pump fault? I primed the engine using the hand pump and it started. After driving it round like this for a short while, the message 'EAC Fail' came up on the dashboard and the car went into 'limp mode,' whereby the engine wouldn't go above 2000 rpm. I have also noticed that there is a fuel leak as the car leaves a patch of diesel wherever it is parked.

We have had the car put on diagnostic tests and these seem to indicate that an injector is at fault. One person has said it is No. 1 cylinder and another person has said it is No. 4 cylinder.

Just wondered if anyone had any different ideas as to what the problem could be?

Many Thanks,



575 posts

141 months

Thursday 8th August 2013
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At a guess, the leak off pipes that return fuel from injectors back to fuel pump are leaking, these cars have rather daft spring clips on the leak off pipe connectors on the injectors and are common for becoming detached and causing a leak.

Confusion with the injectors could be because no4 injector is actually named as no1 on these.

As it's all been apart it may have a man made fault where something hasn't been plugged in properly.