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    Are ford diesels notoriously hard to bleed???

    Hey All,
    I'm angry. I spent almost all of yesterday trying to get a 1997 1.8 Ford XLD started with no luck. Just for info, it has an electric fuel pump before the filter. The fuel solenoid is new and can be heard clicking. Small air bubbles and fuel keep coming out of the injectors when I slacken them, but the bugger won't start.

    I've bled the filter and it has plenty of fuel in.

    Do I just have to keep cranking it over or is there an easier way to get air out of the system (which I assume the problem is). It is meant to be self bleeding so doesn't have any primers anywhere.

    Thanks, Ady

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    Yes, they're bleedin' hard.

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    You velly funny man

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    Check all pipe concetions as it could be sucking air in

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    I've had no probs bleeding them. Sure it's not glow plugs? Or cam belt / timing?
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    Make sure the fuel filter is full, if possible, bleed the system up to there, then work the glow plugs as normal, and have someone turn it over while you squirt WD40 into the intake.

    See if it starts. If it catches, stop spraying WD40 straight away, and see if it'll keep running
    Could be an airlock somewhere, if you can get it running, it'll turn faster than on the key.
    Don't listen to anyone who tells you that engines become dependent on it.

    They don't.
    If it needs help to start, it's because it needs maintenance, not because it needs spray.

    Most Fords are self-bleeders, and they can take absolutely ages, sometimes a little spray, or a tow is the only way to do it.
    You may find that having the injectors open is wrong, and the system should be closed.
    When I die, I want to go peacefully like my Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming, like the others in the car.

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    Tow it down the street in 2nd gear, always works for problem diesels.

    If you can't be an example, be a warning.

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    crank it over with the injector pipes cracked off to see if diesel is getting through , when you try starting does it puff smoke from exhaust
    on my diesel fiesta 1.8d it was a bugger to start so we fitted a facet electric pump before the filter to act as a primer and it then started like a new car and is still fitted 2yrs later

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    Thanks for all your replies Lads, I found a loose joint eventually so it was sucking air in whilst I was trying to bleed it. I'm much happier today now.

    Ady

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