Ford Transit Engine Problems

Why isn't the turbo in my 2018 Ford Transit working?

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Sep 2020

You’re on the right track, Don, with your guess that the whistling noise has something to do with the turbocharger’s bearing. But unfortunately, if you’re right and it’s the turbo bearing that’s making the whistling noise (and I agree with your theory) then a new or rebuilt turbocharger is the only real fix. Turbos have a hard life, dealing with extremes of temperature as well as the requirement to accelerate from almost nothing to anything up to 250,000rpm. The bearings that allow for this are sealed units and – generally – are not serviceable.

But you might be lucky: A lack of turbo boost can be caused by many things, so check the basics like a loose boost pipe before you start tearing the engine apart.

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Why will my 1999 Ford Transit only start when the accelerator is all the way down?

Answered by CarsGuide 18 Sep 2020

The problem could be caused by a whole lot of things, Bill. Have the vehicle scanned to see if any error codes crop up which could then lead you to something like a dodgy fuel pump, worn injectors, a leak in the fuel system somewhere or even a crook sensor that is feeding incorrect information to the computer. To be honest, I’m suspecting a broken throttle-position sensor (TPS), especially as you need to floor the throttle to get the engine to start. Without the TPS working properly, the computer has no way of knowing how much fuel to inject into the engine.

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Does a 2002 Ford Transit have a cam belt or chain?

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Jun 2018

They have a cam timing belt.

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Transit motorhome engine shutting down

Answered by CarsGuide 23 Jan 2015

The people who sold you the vehicle have a legal responsibility under our consumer laws to find the fault and fix it. It clearly is not in a fit state to use while this fault is present. If that vendor is Ford, Ford should fix it. If it is the motorhome manufacturer, they should fix it. Either way it needs to be fixed, and must be under our laws. The fact that the engine can be restarted once it's been moved suggests that the system is being reset after falsely detecting a fault, and is electronic as you suspect.

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Benefits of engine start/stop in Transit

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Jan 2015

Like you I think the value of some of the technology we're being sold is questionable. The fuel saving and emission reductions that flow from the start/stop function are miniscule.

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Ford Transit Fuel Economy

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Jan 2011

The engine would run on bio-diesel, but if you swap you should service it and replace filters etc. after running a tank of bio through it. The bio-diesel will remove all the varnish that's built up in the fuel system and that will accumulate in the filters. It should be fine after doing that service, but I wouldn't advise doing it unless you can get bio-diesel wherever you go. It's not a good idea to be switching back and forth. A "Power Chip" is claimed to improve the economy, but you need to drive accordingly to achieve the claimed improvement. Most people don't get the economy benefits because they make use of the increase in power it also delivers.  Fitting a second reserve tank would be a good move, that way you can take advantage of price swings and buy when the fuel is cheapest; you can also buy in the major centres where the rice is usually lower than in remote areas and the quality more reliable. Transits are prone to turbo failure, so I would have the dealer check that before you go bush.

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V6 Engines in transit

Answered by CarsGuide 8 Jan 2010

THANKS Sam, and for anyone thinking of doing the conversion the information about the need to change the diff ratio is important to note. For readers in Victoria, we have been told the Castlemaine Rod Shop is able to do the conversion too.

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Commodore in Transit

Answered by CarsGuide 26 Dec 2009

I HAVEN'T heard of the conversion, but perhaps our readers might be able to throw some light on it.

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More timing chain woes

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Feb 2009

IT SHOULDN'T happen, but there is clearly a problem with the tensioner, which has allowed the chain to slacken and eventually break. When a chain breaks it often results in serious damage to the engine, and I'm not surprised it cost so much to repair. I reckon Ford treated you badly by simply paying for the tensioner kit when they should in my mind have paid for most, if not all, of the repair costs. Go direct to Ford and request they reimburse you.

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