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Rolling back the years....

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by neiled, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. neiled

    neiled Donator

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    It's been a few years since I've done any car maintenance as I've driven a company car for the last 20 odd years and leased cars for the missus but I bought a Fiesta Zetec for my 19 year old a few weeks ago and he's been having problems with it so I had a look :eek:

    It was missing and spluttering so knowing nothing about ECU's or new fangled electronics and engine management systems etc. I decided to start the old way and start with the basics, starting at the sparks plugs and working back and blow me when I removed the plug leads which are on top of the engine they we're swimming in water :eek:.

    A quick check on google revealed a flaw on this type of engine as the screen washer jets and pipework were right over the top of the engine cover and they were prone to perish and leak after time with rain water also able to run down the bonnet and leak on to the engine cover through the washer jets . A retro upgrade was now available with improved gasket/seals fitted. I nipped down the local ford garage and bought a set for only £7.50 and fitted them (simple job) all sorted.

    Now a few weeks later the problems back and right enough the plugs are swimming in water :confused: and we've had no real rain since I sealed the washer jets. Another check on google and it brought up another fault! The core plugs which are sited between 2 of the spark plugs (not on the side of the engine block as I remember them) could also perish.

    This time I was determined to sort it out so off came the engine cover, rocker cover etc and blow me there they were.....sitting all perished between the spark plugs.

    Another trip down the garage, £3.50 for 2 new core plugs, £12.75 for a new rocker cover gasket, a few curses, grazed knuckles and hey presto it's up and running again :)

    2 hours this morning to include the google searches, the running around and the time to do the work and I feel great...........just like I did in my late teens, when I was in to rallying in a big way and did all the maintenance and repairs on my old MK1 Escorts myself.
  2. Andy-K2

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    Sorry to hear of the problems your having with your boys car, but there is nothing more satisfying than a self fix on any motor... Well done too, I bet you saved a few quid too.
  3. Barni

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    Well done on the fix. Always good when you can fix it yourself . I had car problems a while back on my VW Passat all electrical where water had got behind the climate filter and ran down the A pillar into the footwell and soaked the ecu and fudged the wiring loom. Absolute nightmare to sort it ..... Car now moved on :)

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