Inside Line: Forté

This model fitted with the 1.8L and 2.0L TDCi engines can suffer with the Variable Geometry turbo sticking which results in a loss of power and performance and the engine management light coming on storing a fault code for turbo boost condition. The fault is caused by incomplete combustion and soot particles in the exhaust gases sticking to the turbo vanes, which are baked on due to heat. This can also happen after the vehicle has been sitting at speed on the motorway for a long period. When stopping at services, for example, the next start-up can cause an over-boost situation where the vanes of the turbo are stuck open. In some cases this can blow the intake pipe off the air box. To cure the fault it is recommended to add Forté Diesel Turbo Cleaner and Advanced Formula Diesel Treatment into the fuel tank, carry out Clean and Protect 45 minute Advanced Formula Motor Flush adding Oil System Protector to the new oil, and carry out a road test with varying loads and engine speeds.

These models can also suffer from noisy and stiff power steering systems. This is due to a lacquer build up throughout the system. In some cases when the vehicle is started, the power steering fluid reservoir can empty of fluid. due to the sticking fluid return valve. On switching off the vehicle the reservoir will refill.

To cure the fault it is recommended to replace the power steering fluid and add Forté Power Steering Treatment into the fresh fluid.


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