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pete121

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    Fusion Zetec Climate 1.4 durashift
  1. Hi, On behalf of my niece, her 08 Mondeo 1.8tdci just cut out without warning. Upon inspection it would appear that the engine will turn over but not start. I have taken off the rocker cover, and the camshaft looks fine, no broken lobes etc, suggesting it isn't timing belt. There is also good compression too. However, if you jack up the front wheel, and put her in gear, and turn the wheel, the cam shaft/engine will turn so far, then with little resistance as the engine finds its compression, the wheel can still be fairly easily turned, suggesting we have a clutch problem. Just wondered if there was a sensor on the fly wheel or something which shuts off the injector pump in the instance of clutch failure? ....any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
  2. Binka, Just tell them you want the switch replaced...this is a known problem on the series 2 dashboard (in fiestas as well as the Fusion) The problem is that it relies on the 'springyness'(for want of a better word) of the rubber insert behind the plastic push button....this wears with age, but more importantly it is affected by quite minor changes in temperature too....I think a new switch is around £30 new, and can be found very cheap on e-bay too.... but as you have just bought the car I would be inclined to insist on a new switch.....at least being supplied....easy to fit yourself if need be. The following link is an example of what is available. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FIESTA-MK6-7-HEATED-FRONT-AND-REAR-SCREEN-SWITCH-/160685596559?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2 hope this helps Pete L
  3. Binka, Just tell them you want the switch replaced...this is a known problem on the series 2 dashboard (in fiestas as well as the Fusion) The problem is that it relies on the 'springyness'(for want of a better word) of the rubber insert behind the plastic push button....this wears with age, but more importantly it is affected by quite minor changes in temperature too....I think a new switch is around £30 new, and can be found very cheap on e-bay too.... but as you have just bought the car I would be inclined to insist on a new switch.....at least being supplied....easy to fit yourself if need be. The following link is an example of what is available. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FIESTA-MK6-7-HEATED-FRONT-AND-REAR-SCREEN-SWITCH-/160685596559?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2 hope this helps Pete L
  4. Yeah, I agree with 'Preee' really, I'd generally be inclined to walk away, they are 10 a penny out there, although I can see your point about value for money, however.........if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!.....one query I have..... as far as I knew they didn't put the durashift box in with the 1.3 engine....only the 1.4...???? Just as an afterthought, I have to say, if our car is left for more than a couple of days....there can be quite a judder when first pulling away.... but it very quickly disappears, and I put it down to a bit of condensation on the flywheel.
  5. Hi, I too have the Fusion 1.4 Zetec durashift, and I would certainly agree that the gearchanges do appear to be a little on the lethargic side, when compared to modern dsg type auto boxes, but as long as the change is smooth, I would have no real fears....it does take a little getting used to. At the end of the day the durashift box is essentially a manual box (indeed it is known as a semi-automatic), operated by solenoids and controlled by a secondary ECU (electronic control unit, or sometimes referred to as a 'brain') Citroen use a very similar unit, quite prolifically on many of their cars very successfully. Essentially, these gearboxes are incredibly reliable, however when they do give bother, it is essential that someone who knows exactly what they are doing, tackles the repair, as usually they are reasonably simple to diagnose and repair, in the right hands. The odd horror story you may hear is when someone without the required technical knowhow has attempted to tackle what could easily be a very minor fault, and created a real dogs dinner for someone else to pick the bones out of. hope this helps. Pete. L
  6. Hi, I...well my wife, drives a Fusion Zetec Climate....much the same thing really (exactly the same car underneath the body). The main reason for the glut of them on the market, is that this type of car is very popular with the 'Motobility' group, supplying cars for disabled persons. They are generally leased for 3 years and so are sold off at the end of 3 years....hence 2008 models are now due for end of lease. Don't be put off though, as these cars are, under the terms of their lease agreements, generally very well serviced. I too bought our car when it was 3 years old, and have had no reliability problems worth reporting. A point to note, is that the Auto box fitted to the 1.4 is completely different to the one fitted to the 1.6. (ours is the 1.4 durashift, and incredibly economical)[the 1.6 is the standard Auto transmission, and quite thirsty]. However, although as I say we have had absolutely no reliability problems with our car, there are a few issues to note with the durashift box, mainly, though, as far as I can make out, due to lack of knowledge, in how to repair faults when they do go wrong which is very rare. A tip here is, Citroen use the same gearbox liberally in their range of cars, and their technicians seem better clued up, should you ever need any advice. Essentially though, I don't think you could find a better run around, value for money wise.....good luck with your purchase! regards Pete L
  7. I suspect that if you purchased a 3 part clutch kit...(normal type) you def. don't have a fluid flywheel...... (been a long time since my hands allowed me to actually do mechanics so I'm a little out of touch) but I still mix with mechanics and the general consensus is that most 'judder' on modern cars usually stems from worn fluid flywheel assemblies...just thought it worth a mention...sorry if it caused any confusion. The only other things I can think of that may be worth a check are, firstly your engine mountings (check to see if the rubber mount on one side has become detached), and secondly your cv joints...although generally, but not always, they tend to be noisier with steering on full lock.
  8. When you changed the clutch, did you notice whether this model has the fluid type flywheel?...if it has...I'd lay money on that being your problem.
  9. Hi Teesee, Yep, I have had a similar problem with my wife's car (same engine/gearbox config.)although on ours it is intermittent, and I have discovered, that, as she is an occasional user, and the car can sit idle for a week or more, at times, it most often does it when it hasn't been used for a while. A very good mechanic friend of mine suggests it to be one of 2 things. 1) The electro-mechanical clutch actuator....and 2) When left idle, a build up of surface rust on the floating flywheel, (just like you'd get on the brake discs)causing binding and therefore the clutch actuator to react as if momentarily it has drive then slipping then drive then slipping etc. so giving the juddering effect. Either way, I have found that a short burst of fairly agressive driving and braking seems to 'loosen' it all up nicely,whereupon it is fine, and will behave impeccably..... until the next time.
  10. Hi Paul, Can't say I've come across a 3 x din cd player, but anyway, if you go to Halfords, or a good 'ICE' supplier, they usually carry the blanking plates in stock...some of which have a clever concealed 'cubby'... if they haven't got your specific requirement...ask 'em to order you one.
  11. Yep, It sounds like, you need a new resitor pack... (about £20) from ford, just go to your main dealer and they'll probably have one in stock. It is relatively easy to fit... go to drivers side footwell and look up and toward the centre of the car behind the dash board you'll see the connector block,mounted on the engine bulkhead, unplug the faulty unit and plug in a new one... job done!... a very common fault on these cars. good luck.
  12. Hi, Inside the drivers door jamb, usually on the door pillar itself you should find a sticker, black with white print on it. I'm not certain, but I think the code second from bottom on the left is your paint code something like S5 or K7, V9 ..whatever, take the car along to Halfords they will be able to determine the colour from the code (and they'll know or have the means to find out which one is the paint code for certain)...and if necessary mix you a spray can to match.I've been using them for years now and find them by far the best, and value for money. I'll hazard a guess from what you've said, and the year of your car...it might be 'Techno Silver', but don't count on it...Ford are a crafty bunch... the paint code on my wifes' car doesn't exist in any printed material that I can find anywhere... but the guy in Halfords did a perfect job matching what is described by Ford as Amethyst, but is actually Viola when we eventually got a code for it. good luck with it anyway, Pete.
  13. Hi, If you've had this 'clonk' for some time, and you feel it through the steering, I'd strongly urge you to get your front lower ball joints checked...pronto
  14. well if it hasn't got the aux connector down between the gear lever and 12v supply (cig. lighter) do what I did... and get one either from the scrappers or from ford...about £15-£20 go to the 'sio communications' website...(I think)certainly somewhere on you tube, and there is a tutorial on how to fit it...you'll need radio removal keys either from ebay or Ford.... then once fitted plug in select 'AUX' on your stereo, and enjoy... I use my nokia x6 phone and it sounds fine...although I do need the vol up a bit to get good sound out of it.
  15. Hi, The best value for money spec, has to be a late '06 onwards Zetec climate....that is if you want all the bells and whistles.... otherwise any spec is well worth having...check for working/faulty climate control..can be dear to fix. Engine wise, the 1.4 petrol is quite frugal in itself, but the 1.4 diesel, is very economical if a little asthematic!...1.6 petrol ...can't really see the point unless you're a boy racer.... 1.6 diesel, I don't know enough about it to comment. Essentially though, not bad little cars...a bit like a tardis....!...but best of all, the young 'uns don't like them much, so generally they are in fair condition, and rarely thrashed. good luck with your purchase. hope this helps.