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Torturous Remains Of A Blown Head-Gasket

30 August 2008 - 07:38 PM

My fiesta (X Reg, 1.25, 16v etc etc etc) is not running as it should be. I had the head-gasket fixed a number of months ago and ever since then it has never ran the same. I understand that this is normally the case for any car - that is to say, once the head is sorted the car is never really the same again. However, these are the problems with it at the minute:

1. The car seems to be "pinking"; I have tried using injectorCleaner in the tank and that has done nothing. Basically, when hitting the accelerator, there is a horrible clunking noise (rattling) I hear and simultaneously white smoke coming from the exhaust; now I am aware that the exaggerated release of white smoke from the exhaust tends to be a symptom of Coolant leaking through somewhere - however - it seems as though this cannot be the case because the Coolant levels have not dropped at all since the head gasket was sorted. So where this white smoke is coming from is beyond me. Also, where/why this rattling noise exists is beyond me.

2. The car is using up a lot of oil. In about 2-3 weeks it used up a "MAX" level of oil.

Could this really just be pinking?
Is the car even pinking at all?
What could this all be?


Fiesta Zetec MK5

24 August 2008 - 03:45 PM

Is it possible, in a Fiesta MK5, to change the stock 16v engine to a Zetec Sport engine?

Also, is there a limit as to which size I could get.

For instance, could I go from my 1.25 Stock to a 1.6 Z Sport ?


Rattling Noise; especially when flooring

05 August 2008 - 11:07 AM

After having a gasket fixed I have now noticed that my Fiesta (2000, LX, Zetec, 16v, 1.25l) is making a concerning rattling noise which seems to come from the axels (maybe - that is a complete guess). This happens not always, but mainly when I floor the accelerator. Moving off from 1st is not an issue and even going to 2nd proves to be sound. However, when I get into 3rd and floor it (or, almost floor it) there is this rattling noise and white smoke coming from the exhaust also. It certainly does not look too healthy.

Can someone try and diagnose such a problem or suggest something.


MK5 Removing CD Player Panel

14 July 2008 - 08:25 PM

I need to remove this pannel because I need to attach a cable to the CD player.

How do you remove that panel with the CD player and AC on it? Or is there an easier way?

Issues After Gasket Repair

13 July 2008 - 02:21 AM

I got my X Reg Fiesta back recently after having the gasket changed.

Basically, it is running fine and the temperature gauge indicates no problems.

However, it takes a lot less time for the engine to warm up (i.e. within 5 minutes the gauge is up to half way) than what it used to.

Also, having picked up the bad driving habit of knocking it into neutral while crawling toward a red light, I notice that even in neutral, sometimes, the engine will be reving at 2k rather than it dropping; this happens not often, but it is a little concerning.

I do not know if this has something to do with the fans in the engine or not.

Does anyone have any thoughts into this ?

Also: I have noticed, even with the AC off, there is a lot of HOT heat coming out of my vents into the car.