Ford Courier Diesel Problems
Why does my 2000 Ford Courier billow black smoke when it starts?
The best way to test the operation of a fuel-injected car’s sensors is to have the vehicle scanned at a workshop with the necessary computer gear. The error codes that are revealed will tell you exactly what’s going on and save you the time and money of replacing bits and pieces until you find the actual culprit.
As for your symptoms, black smoke from the exhaust usually indicates a too-rich air:fuel mixture which could be the result of worn injectors, incorrect fuel pressure or a faulty temperature sensor. There are other causes, but those are the ones I’d investigate first. After a scan, of course.
Ford Courier 2003: Runs rough
It could be the computer. It would seem that it’s not getting enough enrichment to sustain running during the warm-up phase.
Low-sulphur diesel fuel became mandatory from December 31, 2002, under the Federal Government's program to reduce air pollution. Its introduction will allow car makers to sell new diesel engines that have previously been unavailable here because of the high sulphur content of our fuel. The new fuel must contain less than 500 parts per million sulphur, which is about half the level of the old diesel, and brings us closer to US and European fuel standards. Generally there should be no problem in running existing diesel engines on the new fuel, but there are potential issues. The lubricating effect of the new fuel is reduced, which may have an effect on fuel pumps and injectors, and the changed composition and chemical properties of the new fuel may cause some swelling or shrinking of seals and O-rings, particularly in older engines such as yours. It would be wise to check with a diesel specialist and consider changing any seals that may be affected. Herald Sun, Edition 1 - FIRST FRI 13 DEC 2002, Page 068 Q. Can you advise me a fair price to pay for a Dec 1989 VN HSV Berlina manual sedan. It has leather trim, with 10,000km and is in pristine condition. Bryan Fitzgibbon Melbourne A. With so few kilometres, the car is barely run in, so it should be in very good condition. At the same time, a car that has had such little use can still deteriorate quite markedly, and should be checked thoroughly. Seals can dry out and harden when a car is not used, and these can start leaking as soon as its pressed into service again. It's not unusual that a car with little use can need quite a bit spent on it to bring it up to a safe and roadworthy condition. Still it sounds like it's a very nice example of a quite desirable car, and any car with HSV heritage is worth a little more than regular models. Without actually seeing the car, its hard to put a value on it, but it should be worth between $5000 and $7500.