December 12, 2012, 12:16 pm
I have an 05 plate 1.6 Edge (Petrol) with 69000 on the clock - I was having a bit of vibration so changed the PCV valve & hose as suggested on a very helpful thread here; seemed to help a bit. I've just noticed that the vibration gets worse if I turn some electrics on though - headlights, heater, rear window heating for example - the rev needle twitches between about 670 - 730 & goes back to 750ish when I turn those things off.
No problems when in motion, so I presume just an idling issue? Any ideas or suggestions most welcome
December 12, 2012, 12:59 pm
Its just the load you are putting on your battery and alternator. Your battery may be on its way out.
December 12, 2012, 1:00 pm
Bruce may have hit the nail on the head there.
keep the thread updated to what the conclusion was.
December 12, 2012, 1:19 pm
Thanks guys, although that's what I forgot to mention - the battery in the car is only about a month old - maybe it's a duff one? It was put in at the garage I bought the car from.
I could take the car back I guess but it's a long round trip, so it might just be easier to replace the battery - would a silver battery be the one to go for?
December 12, 2012, 2:40 pm
The critical factor here is I think not the state of the battery but the demands placed on it and thus the alternator when you increase the load by turning on extra electrics.
I'd be inclined to have the alternator checked out before investing in another battery (which can also be checked at the same time).
December 12, 2012, 3:35 pm
It should be a silver cadium battery anyway. Standard lead batteries will not work correctly with the Ford Smart Charge system.
December 12, 2012, 3:45 pm
Thanks chaps; I'll nip to my local indie & get the battery & alternator checked out - will post back with any news
December 12, 2012, 4:54 pm
I agree with the above low temps high demands on the battery etc just remember mist indies know squat about the alternator and smart charge so dont take it as gospel if they say the alt isnt charging high enough its probably fine
December 13, 2012, 6:06 am
Afternoon chaps - sorry to ask another question, but this morning I noticed my speedo needle dropping to zero for a few seconds, then going back to normal - the radio became quieter when the needle dropped too; a quick google suggests the VSS is on its way out; could that have anything to do with the idle vibration issue, or is it totally separate?
Thanks in advance
December 13, 2012, 7:28 am
Yes, all connected.
The radio dropping is due to the auto volume levelling settings, they change volume to match possible road noise while driving.
When the VSS plays up the power tends to drop and when I had it on my Mk1 focus it often threatened to stall when stopping at lights etc.
December 13, 2012, 9:14 am
Nice one Stoney, many thanks - off to order a replacement sensor now.
December 13, 2012, 11:54 am
Make sure you buy a new pin as well, they get well knackered when being removed.
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