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lucyanne22 08-20-2012 12:06 PM

Engine cutting out
I bought a 1.6 Zetec C-Max Tdci 2008 from a main agent 14 months ago. Warranty now run out. Out of the blue the engine has started cutting out when pulling away from junctions & on entering roundabouts. It cuts out when accelerating when changing up from 1st to 2nd gear. My local garage have changed the throttle body at a cost of 400 but this has made no difference. Anyone help?


Ravenger 08-20-2012 08:54 PM

Get them to check the wiring loom and the various electrical connectors. My 1.8TDCi started cutting out two weeks out of warranty, with an 'engine system fault' but no enging management light lit.

The dealer first changed the crankcase sensor but the car cut out on the way home from the dealers! They had no idea what was causing the problem until a Ford tech told them to check the wiring loom. Just checking the loom and connectors fixed the problem, so it was likely a dodgy connector somewhere.

In my experience garages have no idea when it comes to diagnosing faults like these. They rely too much on the computer and have a tendency to heap huge costs onto the customer by not taking the time to diagnose the root cause, instead fitting a series of expensive parts to unsuccessfully attempt to fix the symptoms.

Big Budgie 08-21-2012 09:08 AM

Cars are generally that complex these days it's nearly impossible to fix some of the faults that appear for little or no reason. Bearing this in mind, I bit the bullet and took out a 2 year policy with Warranty direct. It cost about 550 and I got a "free" month so am covered until September 2014. Works out to less than 75p a day! Check them out on Car Warranty & Extended Warranty Specialists - Warranty Direct Ltd
I had my Xantia covered by them until it became too expensive due to its age, and most years I broke even at least. I sold it soon after. My last car, a Picasso, was not covered as my son was at Uni and I thought I couldn't afford it. Big mistake! It needed a clutch, a steering rack and aircon work while I had it. All of which would have been covered (not 100% due to the age of the vehicle) had I had a policy.

Series2bloke 08-21-2012 08:45 PM

Try the camshaft sensor, they are not expensive. Good luck.

ever 01-03-2019 10:16 AM

Lucyanne22, was any of those reccomendations helpful? Having the same problem right now. The car is 2016 ford C-Max.

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