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Rotating electric issues on the Ford Transit

By autotech-nath on December 11, 2019

First Line’s comprehensive Borg & Beck rotating electrics programme contains more than 1,100 starter, alternator and alternator free-wheel pulley references. Alongside traditional designs, the range also encompasses the latest technology and includes a growing number of water- cooled and stop-start starter/alternators. 

Its team of engineers have issued advice on common problems occurring with the Ford Transit (2000-06) model, regarding both starters and alternators. 


Problem A: 

Dust and metallic filings from the dual mass flywheel can contaminate the starter drive assembly, which will lead to premature failure. This quickly builds up again if the clutch and DMF are severely worn, so Borg & Beck recommends the replacement of the clutch and flywheel assembly at the same time as the starter. 

A long-term solution is to replace the original clutch/DMF with a single mass flywheel kit – Borg & Beck reference HKF1001. 

Problem B: 

These starters also often suffer from premature failure due to contamination from diesel fuel, which is caused by the continual drip of a fuel leak that gradually seeps into the starter and disintegrates the brushes. 


Problem A: 

These starters can become sluggish or will start to click when there is a high resistance or voltage drop. This is often caused by the main battery cable to the starter being contaminated or worn, the starter cable will then fill with water, which corrodes the aluminium core. 

Problem B: 

These starters can be incorrectly diagnosed as being at fault when the terminals on the starter relay are contaminated or corroded, which causes the relay to stop working and will then stop the starter solenoid from working. 



Corrosion/damaged wiring to the alternators 3-pin plug ‘sense’ connection is a common cause for premature failure on Transit alternators. It is worth noting that the failure of the ignition relay will cause the battery light to stay on after the fitment of the new alternator. 

All Borg & Beck rotating machines come with a comprehensive two- year warranty against manufacturing defects. 

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