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pbmitchell

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  • Gender* Male
  • Ford Model Fiesta 1.25 Ghia
  • Ford Year 1999
  • UK/Ireland Location Cheshire
  • Annual Mileage 10,001 to 15,000
  • Interests Classic Cars
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  2. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    The job's done and the car started perfectly - and it drives as well as it ever did too! Many, many thanks to all who've offered advice and support on this thread. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  3. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    The old one and the new one are the same - and the new one had a pin to pull out. The old one had a hole where the pin would have gone so I assume they both tension automatically. On another note, I've tightened the crank pulley bolt but I'm not sure I've got it to 40 Nm plus 90 degrees - mainly because my screwdriver slipped put of the flywheel while I was tightening it those 90 degrees. Be that as it may, I ended up pushing hard on a 23" handle attached to an 18mm socket on the bolt and it wouldn't turn any more. I've got it to about 150 Nm. Will that be enough? Needless to say, it would be something of a nuisance if I tore the head off the bolt or even rounded the corners, rendering it immovable. And why can't Ford just give us a total tightening torque in Nm?
  4. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Cheers, Wase. I've just fitted the new belt and tensioner, and the Ford Workshop Manual talks about tensioning the belt using an allen key. However, I'm sure I read somewhere that on this 'newer' type of tensioner, I just bolt it on then pull the pin (hand grenade style) and Bob's my uncle. Tensioning is done automatically. Is that correct?
  5. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    I've just removed the old timing belt and it looks fine to me after 138,000 miles. No splits, no damaged teeth, and it's not overly bendy. I'm still going to change it (obviously). I'm no expert on timing belts but can anyone give an opinion based on the pic below? Timing Belt old small.bmp
  6. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Excellent advice, Georgen. As soon as I read it, I grabbed the crank bolt and tried it in the threads - it went in perfectly so I was obviously lucky I didn't damage them. Phew! I've now got both timing covers off and I can see the timing belt in all its glory. I was expecting to be at this stage after about an hour's work from the moment I opened the bonnet on Day 1. It's taken ten days to get this far, and I'm seriously hoping it doesn't take another ten to get it finished.
  7. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Let joy be unconfined! :D The pulley is off! To gain some extra 'unscrewing distance', I inserted two 1p-pieces into the centre of the of the pulley hole and that gave me about an inch more to play with. A few more turns on the puller and the pulley came off. :P
  8. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Limited success? After struggling with the puller (I've never used one before), I think I might have moved the pulley about a quarter of an inch - but I'm not sure. Looking at the centre, it looks as if it's moved. I attach a pic and hope someone can confirm either that it's moved a little or it hasn't. Pulley bitmap small.bmp The snag is that I had no more thread available on the puller bolt by the time it had moved that far so (if it has moved) I'll have to see if I can adjust the legs to give me a bit more thread. This is a real bugger of a job!
  9. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Okay, the engine is dropped on the driver's side and I can now get the puller on if I loosen the inner 'mud shield thing' and pull it out of the way. I'm using the 6" puller from a set of Am Tech pullers. http://pics.kozy-homes.co.uk/supersize/02361-00-1.jpg The pulley certainly doesn't want to budge and, the snag is that, when I tighten the puller to attempt to pull the pulley off, the jaws (behind the rear of the pulley) tend to slip outwards and, although still touching the back of the pulley, they're exerting pressure on the front lip as they try to move inwards as well as away from the engine. I'm worried I might crack a chunk or three out of the front lip if I exert too much pressure. Looking on Youtube at people removing pulleys with pullers, their pullers seems to be pulling the pulley without attempting to crush it at the same time. Do I need a different (better) puller? Maybe a 2-arm puller instead of a 3-arm? (P.S. I might have made progress. See next post)
  10. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Sounds like a good idea. The crank pulley will need to drop at least 2" on that side to allow a longish puller-bolt to access the hole in the pulley, and a 2-claw puller will be needed instead of a 3-claw, I think, as it needs less overall space, The engine is still attached to the gearbox and thus to the drive-shafts so I don't want to bend anything. :o Will the pulley drop 2+" without damaging anything?
  11. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    Buggeration! The set of three 3-claw pulley pullers has arrived and there isn't nearly enough space to use any of them. The pulley is 5" diameter and only about 3" from the chassis. I've seen a flat puller (looks like thick disc) on eBay but I'm reluctant to keep throwing money at tools that might not fit. Any ideas?
  12. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    The answer appears to be that, with the crank pulley bolt removed, the timing belt is now able to slip on the crank pulley and was doing so when I turned the crank clockwise but, for some reason, didn't do so when I turned it anti-clockwise. I tested it last night by turning the crank 90 degrees - and the cams didn't move even though the belt is still firmly in place on their pulleys. Talking about the crank pulley, even with the bolt removed I can't get it off so I've sent off for a pulley puller. When it arrives, I'll post further updates,
  13. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    A bit of good news. The reverse torx studs were a red herring. The studs don't need to be undone. They stay in place and the p/s pump bracket just slides over them and is bolted tight by nuts on the studs. With the nuts undone, the bracket will slide back a bit but I'm not sure why the p/s pulley has to be moved back. I'm assuming it's to clear the timing belt upper cover which is unbolted but seems to be trapped by its out-of-sight corner near the p/s pulley.
  14. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    And I've just found the third torx bolt - exactly where the manual's diagram suggested it would be. I don't have a set of reverse-torx sockets so it's off to the shops tomorrow. I don't even know how they attach anything tightly to anything (as they have no head) but we'll see what happens when I turn them.
  15. Replacing A Timing Belt On A 1999 Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

    The strange bolt in the exhaust manifold has a reverse torx head and the manifold is held on by other similar bolts along its length. What's interesting is that I now see two similar torx bolts holding the p/s pump mounting bracket to the engine. These are in line with the exhaust manifold torx bolt in the pic but below it. The manual talks of moving the pump 'back' by 10 mm and if that means 'towards the back of the car', the bolts I've undone must be wrong. I thought moving it back meant moving it away from the engine. Also, if by 'pull the p/s pump back' they mean 'pull the p/s pump (still attached to its bracket) back', we could be onto something here. In fact, based upon your explanations, the diagram in the manual looks very clear now. Thanks!