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#1 WinDrop

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 07:49 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Hope you are enjoying this lovely weekend.

 

I have few questions and I really hope that you will be able to answer them, or at least give me some hints and what to check.

 

Basically by car is struggling to start if I do not press gas pedal while turning the ignition key.

I have checked spark plugs and they seem to be absolutely fine. No signs of oil or petrol on them. Nice and dry.

 

The plug wires and coil pack have been changed by the previous owner. So I assume that it was done around 12-15 months ago.

Fuel injectors have been changed by myself around 4-5 months ago. I didn't bought them completely new but when I checked them in the garage I was told that the condition is perfect. I kind of don't believe that they could of gone that bad in such a short time...

 

Now, I know that I have alternator problems and I already bought a new one and planing to change next weekend but could that really cause miss-fire?

 

Another question is related to the alternator belt and all the pulley for it.

I have found an alternator belt kit which costs £86 and it contains the belt and 5 pulley.

Now, do you really have to change all the pulley? Is it worth it?

The belt itself is in excellent condition but idler pulley is quite poor...it also gives me that squealing noise when I start up the engine. So I assume it's something I have to change.

But is it really worth to change all of the pulleys? What's the point? Please see attachment for the kit and what pulleys are included in it.

 

Third question is regarding the clutch pedal.

When I put my feet on the pedal I can feel that it is vibrating. Sometimes it's just slight vibration, nothing serious, but then sometimes it goes mental.

Now, my clutch never slips it always work absolutely fine it has also been changed around 5 months ago. When I changed it I changed clutch disk and slave cylinder.

Is it normal for the pedal to vibrate? What could be the cause of it?

 

What kind of tests I could run at home by myself to identify the cause of all 3 of these problems?

 

Hope to hear from you guys. So far I have saved a fortune thanks to you guys.

 

Kind Regards,

Arturs.

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#2 MiltyG565

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

I've heard that the spark leads can go quite quickly on Ford's. My uncle changed the leads on his 1999 Ford Fiesta Zetec shortly before it changed hands between him and my dad. That was about a year ago, and it's already developed a misfire. I couldn't say specifically that it's the leads or the coil pack, but it is DEFINITELY one of them. Everything else was in perfect condition. So it's maybe worth changing the leads before spending any crazy money on coil packs.

 

I'm of the "While I'm at it, I'll just..." persuasion. I tend to do all the work on something at the one time, whether it needs it or not, to save time and bother, and it also gives you a certain amount of security. So having that attitude, I'd say - just change all the pulleys at once. Of course, if you don't want to, you don't have to, but that's how I'd approach it.

 

I wouldn't say feeling vibration through the clutch is unusual. If you feel it's an unusual thing, have the clutch looked at. But I'd just assume it was vibrations coming from the engine. You have to remember that the clutch constantly spins at the same speed as your engine.



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Posted 15 March 2014 - 08:05 PM

Thanks Milton,

 

Yeah, I am same as you. If I do change something I want to make sure that I change everything and that I won't have to look into that area again for quite a while.

So if you do something - do it properly.

 

I though that it might be normal for the clutch pedal to vibrate but I think that it is getting worst and worst. Not sure though...

 

But as you said the clutch is connected to the engine and it might be that the engine is the one that's vibrating quite a bit hence the pedal is feeling same.

 

Just wondering, can the engine vibrate because of bad pulleys and / or bad alternator belt? Is it possible that engine will loose any performance because of bad components in that area?



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Posted 16 March 2014 - 02:17 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Thought to bump up this thread.

What do you think, can the engine lose any power if there are bad pulleys and / or bad alternator?

Will it somehow affect anything to do with the engine?



#5 MiltyG565

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 03:42 PM

Hi Guys,

 

Thought to bump up this thread.

What do you think, can the engine lose any power if there are bad pulleys and / or bad alternator?

Will it somehow affect anything to do with the engine?

 

You're likely to lose some performance if everything isn't working just as it should. If in doubt - change it out!  :)




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