My 52-plate Ford Mondeo takes a while to start when cold and misfires - what's wrong?

I have a Ford Mondeo Ghia TDCI 2-litre diesel. When it's cold it takes a while to start, it starts smoking and I can feel some misfiring. When it's hot it starts first time with no smoking at all. It's done 131,000 miles. I changed the fuel filter. Any advice?

Asked on 13 September 2010 by binu

Answered by Alan Ross
It could be faulty glow plugs or relays, a cam crank sensor fault or a problem with fuel supply pressure.
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