robbo87

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    Fiesta 1.3 encore
  1. Having a bit of an issue with my fiesta, it's an R reg encore 1.3 and approaching 80k. Not really sure what it is. I thought the head gasket might be gone as I checked my coolant last week and noticed it was non existant. The car is only used for short journeys generally but I topped it up along with the oil and it hasn't seem to lost any but I put a bit of radweld in with the coolant too. and the oil when getting checked doesn't seem to have been contaminated. I've done about 170 miles this week as I had a long motorway journey. The car drives fine on normal roads and seems to accelerate as it normally would upto around 70 mph. I used to be able to go to 85mph without a problem but now the car seems to struggle getting above the 75 mark and slows a bit more if going up a bit of a hill. When it does start getting a bit faster a noise comes from the engine. Only way I can describe it is maybe a bit like a ticking noise or like leaves rustling or something. Not the best description but its hard to tell, and it only happens once the car pushes 75+ It may very well be the headgasket on the way out I'm just not sure as other symptoms don't seem to have appeared so just wondering if it could be anything else? The car doesn't seem to be overheating when looking at the thermostat but It does seem to be possibly burning through a bit of oil but i can't really be too sure.
  2. The new idle valve seems to have done the trick. Not tested it properly on the motorway but been out for a bit of a drive and been giving it a lot of revs and releasing the accelerator and it is idling much more smoothly and not cutting out. Infact it's idling so much better that I keep thinking the engine is off!
  3. No, I first noticed it about a month ago on a drive to wales during the warm weather, than it was hit and miss but it seems to have gradually got a bit worse since then. I've ordered a replacement idle throttle valve so I'll try that first then report back.
  4. Yeh well, I put more oil in the other day actually so Oil should be ok. The spark plugs are only about 18 months old so I'm not too sure they would be a problem, I've just bought a valve of ebay for about 15 quid so I'll see what happens with that, Looks easy enough to fit so worth a shot first. The coil looks like it might be a bit harder to do if it is that,
  5. I think I may have narrowed it down to the idle air control valve although I could be wrong. here is a video that I took this afternoon. Basically just revving the car a bit whilst the car is parked up and then as soon as the revs drop the car either stutters or like in the video it just cuts out. Should I have a go at maybe just cleaning the valve or replacing it? I think they are going pretty cheap on ebay, That's provided it is the valve anyway.
  6. Thanks, Going to start first with the spark plugs tomorrow, I did have a quick look yesterday and saw that one of the spark plugs was considerably dirtier than the other 3 , Not sure if that means anything But I'll replace those first anyway. I'll look into getting the air filter changed too. I've been told to check for leaks in any pipes but not 100% sure which pipes to look at. I can see 2 pipes from the IAC valve so I'm going to check those but is there anything else I could look at?
  7. Thanks for the response, I've spoke to a few people who have had similar problems all with different causes, So I'm going to have a look at the pipes for any cracks first, try and give everything a good clean then start working up from the spark plugs. Would the coil be an expensive job if it was that? I'm possibly scrapping the car in a few months anyway as it is on it's last legs mot wise and only really use it for short journeys usually which the car is fine with. The problem seems to get worse when the car is warm, and I've also noticed that the heaters blow like they are supposed to but after a bit, usually as the cutting out problem starts the blowers start blowing really hot air. Although that may be unrelated.
  8. Hi, first of all sorry if this is in the wrong place. I have a 97 1.3 encore and it has started basically cutting out whilst slowing down, Usually approaching a roundabout or a junction and on the motorway whilst slowing down. Which is becoming a bit dangerous so I need to try and get it sorted. Probably won't be keeping it much longer but it's just been put through it's mot so want to get a few months out of it atleast if i can. I know it had the idle speed control valve replaced a few years ago with one from a scrappy, and that the spark plugs aren't too old either. the car starts and generally runs fine. Just this problem now when slowing and braking/shifting down. When it does happen all the electrics like the radio etc stay on but the engine just doesn't seem to be revving, Once or twice it's managed to get going again but I usually have to restart the engine to get going again. any idea's? It's probably a while since it's been serviced fully but I'm not sure if things like a clogged up air filter etc would cause it or not?
  9. I have an intermittent rear wiper and rear window heater. And I think it is down to the contact plate in the boot. It's a 97 mk 4 fiesta btw. The plate that has 4 copper contact's looks dodgy. One of the plates is bent inwards and looks like it might be causing a bad connection. I've been thinking about going to a scrappy to get a replacement, does anyone know how this can be removed? does it just pull out? Don't want to mess about with it and make it worse.
  10. Sorry to double post, but just had another look at the car this morning, and turns out all I need to do to cut the engine once the key is removed is tap on the brake pedal slightly! does that mean anything to anyone?
  11. Hi, I have a 1997 1.3 encore MK4 and it has become problematic today. Was working fine until this morning. Then when I got to work, took the key out and the engine was still running, the radio etc all turn off but i have to pretty much stall the car or drive a little bit to cut the engine out. When I take the key out there is a light on the dashboard that flickers quite fast and I'm assuming that it's the starter switch having a bad connection in the off position? Am I right? The car has had a problem with the rear wiper which isn't working but I don't think there's a short circuit anywhere that could be causing it. If it is the ignition switch is it easy enough to replace? The car is coming to the end of it's like I think anyway but i was hoping to get atleast a few more months out of it before replacing it, it's only done about 60,000 miles.
  12. cheers mate, got at it with a pair of pliers n managed to get it open pulling it like you said, put plenty of wd40 on the locking mechanism n seems a lot better now.
  13. Hey guys, im having a problem with the bonnet on my r reg 1.3 encore. The release cable seems to have broke under the steering wheel so i cant use that to open the bonnet. Last time i managed to open it by just manually sliding across the latch by sliding a screw driver under the bonnet but now this doesnt seem to be working now either. any one any idea's? cheers, robbo