I've just joined the forum in the hope some of you guys might be able to help me out with my Fusion (1.4 tdci 2004). A couple of mechanics haven't managed to help and not only is my wallet empty but I'm a my whits end!
It's a bit long winded but I think I need to start at the beginning so you guys get the full picture.
I've had the car for about 5 years, it's been pretty good, no major problems, just normal wear and tear stuff. It got to the stage where I thought I'd best get the camber done (90k). car was booked in and I had the can let and water pump done. About a week later I had a coolant leak, took the car back and it was a leaking thermostat housing. Had that done and all was good. About a month later and I had another coolant leak, this time it was a pipe at the back of the engine, main dealer only part and that was me skint again. Now this is the point I felt something was amiss, I felt the car was running a little warmer than it should be and I had noticed the fan coming on regularly ( it's loud as hell ). Took the car to the garage for them to have a look and had the injector seals done whilst it was in ( had noticed the smell In the car and the 'puffing noise' under the bonnet) they said it was fine, even though it was running hotter, even though the fan was coming on after really short journeys. Engine is getting up to temp quickly.
I drove it for a few more weeks and still the car fan comes on a lot, sometimes staying on after a short journey and the engines turned off. Once again in I went back to the garage, they say they left it doing for a while and the fan didn't come on, the mechanic then took it for a test drive and came back to tell me the clutch was slipping and that was why it was running hot etc. I thought bull, a clutch making it overheat??? I was aware it was slipping slightly, and I mean slightly but now it was almost un-drivable, god knows how I got it home, the quote for a new clutch was eye watering. I took the car to an a clutch specialist who popped in a new clutch and slave cylinder. The price was slightly more but I was more comfortable knowing a clutch pro had done it. No surprise when I say I still have the problem of it running hot and the fan coming on a hell of a lot, so much so my missus friends comment on the wind turbine under the bonnet, a friend if mine ( he's a mechanic, older Asian guy that takes weeks to do little jobs, nice dude though) got an airlock out which we thought would solve it, unfortunately not. He says the rad is warm so that's fine?? Top and bottom rad hoses are fine, top is hot, bottom is warm. Water is swirling around the expansion tank so the water pump is fine. All this and still I'm no closer to sorting it out.
Has anybody got any ideas??? I'd really appreciate any suggestions or tests I could do. as I've had the car for 5 years I know there is something wrong.
Please excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes, as I'm typing this on my ipad.
Many thanks I'm advance for any help you can provide.
Edited by jeebowhite, 09 June 2014 - 09:01 PM.
just removed one naughty word!