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#1 stewart_2004

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 09:33 AM

Hi I have just got myself a 1.8 Zetec I got the car cheap as it was sold with engine problems the owner thought it was a snapped timing belt. I have had a quick look inside the covers and the belt still seems to be holding tention. I will have a closer look when I get a chance. What signs should I be looking out for when I have a look the car hasn't lost any fluids the are all at normal level I will try and turn the engine over by hand and see how it feels. If the belt has gone whats the cheapest option to get it fixed fix engine or get a 2nd hand one ?

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:33 PM

Depends on the level of damage. If the belt has indeed snapped you're at least going to be looking at bent valves, possible piston damage. Might be as easy to get a reconditioned engine.

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 12:59 PM

Hi thanks for your reply I will have a closer look & see what damage has been done.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:51 PM

Well today I had chance to have a good look at the car, I turned the engine over by hand and the belt has not snapped and there is no problems when it is turning it all seems to turn smooth. So I tryed to start the car and the battery was dead so after getting a new one I tryed it, and all that happens is the engine makes a clicking noise no attemp to start or turn over it just continusly clicks ?

does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong ?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:59 PM

Sounds like the starter motors bust mate.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:13 PM

Sounds like the starter motors bust mate.

Ok thanks for advice can I give it tap with a hammer to try and free it up ?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:18 PM

You can do what you like its your car lol.


Checklist, the clicking you hear is the relay so its unlikely to be that.

A1: CHECK THE BATTERY
A2: CHECK THE STARTER RELAY
A3: CHECK VOLTAGE TO STARTER RELAY CIRCUIT 50 - BB17 (GY/OG)
A4: CHECK CIRCUIT 50 - BB12 (GY) FOR OPEN
A5: CHECK THE STARTER MOTOR FEED
A6: CHECK OPERATION OF GEARSHIFT MODE SWITCH CIRCUIT 50S - BB12 (GY) AND 50 - BB14 (GY/RD) (AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE)


I'd do the easy checks before all this. Check the leads to the starter arent loose.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:40 PM

thanks for all your help sorry for more questions but where will find the starter relay ?

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:41 PM

The starter relays fine mate, thats whats clicking.

What I'd do is check the leads to the starter are tight and connecting. If they are get a meter on the leads and check if theres power to them when you turn the key. If not, it could be as simple as a fuse. If there is, you're back to the motor itself, and its likely to be the solenoid thats sticking.

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:45 PM

lol my fault didnt read your reply right looks like i will need to invest in a haynes manual

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 05:46 PM

Reread it mate, I added some.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 06:43 PM

Right I had a play today with the car fully charged battery one hammer and starter motor lol I gently hit the starter afew times tryed to crank engine still click did it again noting a little harder and the cam shafts started moving but was still not turning fast enough coould it just be a faulty starter ?

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:55 PM

Sounds like the starter motors bust mate.



Do you think :wacko:

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:51 PM

well tryed a new starter today but engine is still doing the same thing just turning over really slowly any ideas what could be wrong ?

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 06:35 PM

How many times did you turn the engine by hand?

Try taking the plugs out and crank it. See if it turns over any quicker.

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