As ive mentioned on a previous thread i have a [b]2000 "X" Reg Focus 1.8 Zetec[/b] and would appreciate any advice on my problen from members who obviously know alot more than me.
Its my first car since passing my test and about a month into owning it there was suddenly smoke/steam pouring out of the sides of the engine after driving for about 30 minutes. I pulled into a car park and all the water/coolant was leaking out alot until it had all gone. Pushed it around to a garage and the pipe were the water goes into the radiator had split leading to my engine completely over heating.
So he fitted a new pipe and filled the water up but when i got home there was still a little bit of smoke that i seen when opening the bonnet and a slight burning smell when getting out the car. I then took it to another garage a few days later were he left it running for a hour and could not find anything wrong with it but replaced the temp gage just incase.
Fast forward a month and i still 80% of the time smell burning when getting out of the car and twice have seen a little bit of smoke when lifting the bonnet up and a bit of oil on the floor were its parked over night altough oil levels are ok.It always seem to run fine but maybe about twice a week it randomly judders/makes jerking motion when accelerating up to 40ish more so in 2nd and 3rd and will do it all day.
When i purchased the car it had 12 months mot and had a clutch fitted about 3 months before. Ive had the cambelt done also. My oil is quite dark so im thinking of getting a full service with the oil change and new spark plugs etc is this worth it??
[b]The smoke ive seen coming from the engine after driving comes from underneath that silver metal block in front of the engine with the X mark over a picture of a hand. "sorry dont know anything about engines lol"[/b] pic is not my engine its from google.
As i say it my first car and i dont know what could be causing these problems so any advice from anyone on what i can do/get checked out would be great.