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Ford Transit: common problems


Looking for solutions to your van-related problems? Look no further. Our guide is here to help you to spot some of the most common faults and learn how to solve them, as well as which Ford Transit parts and accessories to inspect and replace.

Central locking fault

There have been a number of complaints concerning the locking system of the MK8 as some people have reported that the doors don’t lock properly when using the key fob. Problems like these often stem from electrical problems in the wiring of the lock mechanism rather than the key controls.

Turbo actuator problems

The culprit is often a failed turbo actuator, particularly in certain 2.0 TDCi models. Symptoms of turbo failure include an intermittent or complete loss of power, an illuminated engine warning light, poor or excessive acceleration (low boost/over boost), and a strange whining noise coming from the engine bay. It may also cause the vehicle to go into limp mode. Excess exhaust fumes and black smoke can emerge as a result of a lack of oxygen in the motor and unburned fuel.

You can try to determine the cause by reading through the vehicle’s fault codes using a diagnostic scanner, e.g. an OBDII scanner. Code P2599 indicates a faulty actuator.

Fuel pump problems

ford transit fuel pump problems

If your Ford Transit fuel pump goes bad, the van’s fuel delivery system may not be able to supply the engine with a sufficient amount of fuel. You may notice that the vehicle is stalling or spluttering more frequently and losing power during acceleration. In more serious cases, the whole pump assembly may need to be replaced.

Fuel injector faults

For example, Ford Transit fuel injectors may get clogged up due to a buildup of dirt and grime. This can lead to engine misfires, stalling and power losses. Cleaning the injectors or installing new ones should solve this issue.

Ford Transit vans manufactured between 8 June 2021 and 28 June 2021 were subject to a recent recall concerning the fuel injectors. The manufacturer detected that there was a problem with the injection valve’s fuel-return, causing it to potentially become loose and detach from the injection nozzle. This could cause fuel to leak, posing a significant fire risk.

Powertrain malfunction

The powertrain includes almost everything related to propelling the vehicle forward, including the engine components, transmission, drive shaft and axles. For example, some drivers experience sudden losses of power due to clogged air or fuel filters, poor engine compression caused by a problem with the head gasket or valves, or a blocked exhaust system.

Some MK7 owners report problems with the vehicle’s gear selector. This can make it very difficult to shift gears and cause a grinding sound during gear changes. Possible causes include a transmission control module malfunction, a faulty gear selector cable and other wiring issues or damage.

Power steering troubles

There are also reports of problems with the power steering pump or rack, making it harder for drivers to turn the steering wheel due to reduced assistance. This can also be the result of insufficient levels of Ford Transit power steering fluid.

Loose hinges

A frequent complaint is that the rear door hinge of the van becomes loose or rusts and breaks. If the door is sagging or squeaking loudly it could be time to replace the hinge or its bracket.

Crankshaft pulley failure

This is a fairly common fault which can be caused by gradual wear and tear, overheating or exposure to oil and coolant leaks. When the crankshaft pulley goes bad, you may experience excessive engine vibrations, rough idling, damage to the Ford Transit timing belt or chain and squealing noises due to misalignment.

If you do detect a problem with the pulley, it is best to get it replaced as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the engine.

Starter motor problems

Starter motor defects are commonly associated with diesel Transit models from 2000 to 2006. In the past, there have been reports of dust metal fillings getting into the starter assembly and causing it to fail. This can occur when the dual mass flywheel is severely worn.

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