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First timer to Honda and first timer to diesel. Love the fuel economy on the motorway, but shockingly thirsty in town when chauferring the kids to all their endless clubs...ballet, street dance, gym etc.

Also new to the problems with doesel engines. I hope they don't go on forever. I am planning on enjoying my Honda Civic 1.7 cdti. So I am hoping for the best with lots of support from the forum.
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Hello and welcome to the forum Lucy:)
 

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Oh er! it's all techno-jargon going right over my single-cell brain. As soon as I can find out what the actuator for the fuel pump is and how to acquire it and fix my little runner, I shall be a as happy as a bumble bee....
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Oh er! it's all techno-jargon going right over my single-cell brain. As soon as I can find out what the actuator for the fuel pump is and how to acquire it and fix my little runner, I shall be a as happy as a bumble bee....
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what are the symptoms, car doesn't start or starts but doesn't run properly?
 

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:welcome4: Lucy! If you're not happy with your Civic's fuel economy, think it could be worse! You could be driving a Type R, then you would know all the petrol stations around your area!
 

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It's a 53reg civic cdti. It starts okay from cold, but starts to play up when I want to start it warm. The malfunction indicator comes on (with a jerk) in addition to the other indicator (swirly lines).Last week it completely died in the middle of the road, I had to wait about 5mins before it would start and struggled to make it home.The glo plugs were changed as they knackered as per diagnostics the MIL went off for a day and came back on again. Tech also said there as was a problem with fuel pump actuator. The main problem with that is: No Toyota dealer knows what that is!!! Only one person (Grumpy001) on this forum has mentioned fixing the actuator on his fuel pump, so I was hoping for some redemption....sigh
 

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It's a 53reg civic cdti. It starts okay from cold, but starts to play up when I want to start it warm. The malfunction indicator comes on (with a jerk) in addition to the other indicator (swirly lines).Last week it completely died in the middle of the road, I had to wait about 5mins before it would start and struggled to make it home.The glo plugs were changed as they knackered as per diagnostics the MIL went off for a day and came back on again. Tech also said there as was a problem with fuel pump actuator. The main problem with that is: No Toyota dealer knows what that is!!! Only one person (Grumpy001) on this forum has mentioned fixing the actuator on his fuel pump, so I was hoping for some redemption....sigh
The actuator on the fuel pump is an electronic valve/switch allowing flow of fuel. If that were faulty it could explain your troubles.

The mechanism is not that complicated in principal. Its an elctromagnetic valve, basically a solenoid, that the car computer controls.

There are places that can test/repair your fuel pump such as the below,

Kent Diesel Centre - Reconditioned Diesel Fuel Pumps, Reconditioned Alternators & Vehicle Electronics

maybe try booking in with them for a confirmation of diagnosis. I think these guys are based in maidstone if thats not too far from you.

after that its all about what the cheapest option is. Do you have the actuator repaired or have the whole fuel pump replaced for a recon'd one.

Or perhaps you or your other half could source a replacement from a breakers yard and have a local mechanic install it.
 
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Thanks so much for your reply. it would have been a lot more helpful if the Honda dealer could have given me a similar reply in plain English about what an actuator is rather than say "There is no such thing a fuel pump actuator".
I am certainly 100% with you on the cheapest option (with the current financial climate..blah..blah). I did suspect it was a solenoid of some sort after I googled it. It was a local mechanic who used his diagnosics machine to detect the problem with the glo plugs (now replaced) and actuator.
We wanted to go down the route of buying the part and having the local mechanic fix it, but both Honda and car breaker sites did not have an actuator in list of parts. my guess it goes by some other 'scientic' name. I will certainly call up the Kent Diesel centre and have a chat.
You have certainly been a great help!
Thanks
 
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