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Ask Harry – RMI Senior Technical Advisor, sheds some light on fault code P269F

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Vehicle: 2011 Ford Galaxy Mondeo S-Max with a Euro V emission Engine: 2.0 TDCi

Q. A customer’s Ford Mondeo has no apparent driveability concerns but the engine management warning light is illuminated with fault code P269F recorded in the system memory. What could be causing this and how do we rectify the fault?

A. Fault code P269F indicates ‘Exhaust after treatment glow plug – open circuit’. This engine with the Euro V emission system incorporates the Ford Vaporiser system. A fuel injector with a glow plug is fitted in front of the Diesel Particle Filter and when the Engine Control Module initiates DPF regeneration, atomised fuel is injected directly into the DPF filter to aid regeneration and reduce the DPF soot level. 

Bearing this in mind, fault code P269F means it’s possible that the failure of the glow plug could have blown one of the control circuit fuses. In the engine bay, fuse box relay number 4 is in the vaporiser circuit and is protected by fuse number 6 on the relay supply voltage on terminal 5, and fuse number 2 protects the supply voltage to the vaporiser and to pin number 34 of the ECM. If the vaporiser glow plug shorts or fails internally, there is a chance that the fuse number 2 will blow. Fuse number 2 has no description on the fuse box cover to indicate what it protects.

Replacing fuse number 2 may fix the issue on a temporary basis but during the next regeneration cycle, when the vaporiser system is again initiated, the fuse may blow again. Instead, the vaporiser should be replaced, but be aware that suitable diagnostic equipment may be required to complete the bleed process. Remember to carry out a road test once completed to check the fault has disappeared and no further problems arise.

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