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#160811 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec

Posted by Danny87 on 12 January 2012 - 09:18 AM

Looks tidy for the money he's asking mate, so is it just the engine that needs attention? Providing you can sort out a replacement engine and get it fitted (make sure you check on how much it's going to cost etc beforehand) then I would say that's a pretty fair price for a MK4 Fiesta. Realistically, it could probably be broken for parts and you wouldn't lose too much (you may even get back all that you paid). The alloys look good and there's the lights, sideskirts etc (assuming they're going to leave the bodykit and alloys on the car).

When I go looking for cars, I always remind myself that in my experience, rust in the killer of older cars. Mechanical items (a gearbox, clutch, even an engine) can be replaced, I've got the bonus of doing all my work myself. The majority of times what kills these older Fords is rust. Rust is very much 'car cancer', so make sure that you check underneath and give it a good bang. You wouldn't want to replace the engine and spend £££££££ then come the MOT finding out it needs £300 worth of welding! :D

I hope you know what I mean mate, and hopefully there's some good advice here for ya :)


#160505 Polish Advice

Posted by Danny87 on 10 January 2012 - 01:44 PM

Oh wow! Lenny, what an awesome job! Well done buddy :)

So, ermm.... When are you free to come and like.. do mine? :P


#160462 Polish Advice

Posted by Danny87 on 10 January 2012 - 09:20 AM

+1 for thekit Lenny suggested, I think he was the one who advised me of the same kit last year. I gave it a good wash and then put some 'Demon Shine' on it, dried it off with a leather chamois and then applied some wax. It looked as new and when it rains the water repels off it and ends up in bubbles. Perfect!

#159398 Key For The Wheel Lock-Nuts

Posted by Danny87 on 04 January 2012 - 05:56 PM

I ran into a similar problem when I lost (I know!) my locking wheel nut key for my old Punto. A little alloy and wheel shop across town sorted it out for me and charged me £40 all in with new nuts afterwards. The guy just hammered this socket with cones inside, presumably then once they've locked in place they grip as you turn it to remove the wheel locking nut. Quite smart and only took 20 minutes!


#158905 Mondao Probs

Posted by Danny87 on 01 January 2012 - 03:34 PM

The post above me is excellent advice and I agree I don't think the two problems are related.

Idle air control valve is easily checked by starting your car and pulling off the little rubber hose - the revs should climb immediataly (as if it's a cold winter's morning and your engine is starting from being cold).

If there's no power going through to your rear plate lights trace the wiring loom and find the earth, it could be corroded. Whether or not the number plate lights share their earth straps with your rear tail lights I don't know entirely.

#158764 Rev Counter Going High Then Low

Posted by Danny87 on 31 December 2011 - 07:36 AM

At this stage I think it's certainly worth a try. Disconnect the negative terminal and leave it off for about 15 minutes, connect it back up and start the car again. You may find this will solve the problem you're having, also assuming you have the original Ford stereo fitted make sure you have the code as you'll need to put this in afterwards before using it again.

It's not absolutely vital how far the car is driven afterwards, I'd say no more than about 5 miles or so just letting the engine get up to temperature.


#157991 Rev Counter Going High Then Low

Posted by Danny87 on 25 December 2011 - 08:31 AM

As Lenny said the battery or alternator is a possiblity, especially with the much colder weather we've been experiencing lately. It may be worth telling you I had a similar issue and it was the battery, I isolated the battery as the problem by measuring the voltage drop over one night using a multimeter and keeping records of the voltages and amps as they fell.

Do you find your trip counter resets when you start the engine? Mine did this too, presumably because the ECU was being starved of voltage just as the engine would crank and the starter motor needed all the power. The engine revs would dip and yo-yo as you describe because the ECU learns settings based on the climate etc, if the voltage has been cut then it will lose these and the engine runs like a pig until it learns again.

Hope that helps, I've pretty much repeated Lenny's advice - it's likely to be either your battery or alternator! :D

Merry Christmas!


#151964 Guy Not Releasing Car!

Posted by Danny87 on 09 November 2011 - 05:34 PM

It sounds like a really horrible situation to be in, especially after forking out all this money and having nothing to show for it (at this point in time).

This sounds very similar to a situation my mother was found in a few years back with her boyfriend of that time. He was a right loser and wasn't working, my mum is the sort of person who would do anything for anybody. So he asked her to 'lend' him the money so he could get transport. He decided to buy a 125cc scooter and my mum felt she was just helping him with transport so he can get a job, he made a few payments but still owed the best part of 700. My poor mum had allowed him to be the registered keeper on the V5. It seemed like he had got away with it when he broke up with my mum, she was 700 down (didn't care about losing him, she ended the relationship!) and he had moved out of the area (still fairly local) and kept the bike. He wouldn't give it back. So we managed to talk the guy into signing the motorcycle over to my mother, so as far as the DVLA was concerned she was the owner, it made it easier for us. It was my older brother who persuaded him to do this, he used to be really friendly with him. Obviously you don't turn your back on family, so my brother was more than willing to play friendly and get the guy to give in.

There was still a problem, he had the keys to the motorcycle. We knew where he lived, and he still refused to give the motorcycle back and said "When I find a job I'll let you have it back..." same old, same old. A leopard never changes its spots.

So after a few weeks I got a couple of my friends in, and we all went over to his flat. He was living in a rough part of town, but we decided to keep focused and not be scared away unless someone comes out with a sword or something! We lifted this bike up, put it in the back of my brothers Escort, and climbed in on top of the bike. It was ours. All I had to do (I'm handy with the spanners) was replace the ignition, which was easy and got one from the motorcycle dealers - we had the V5 in our name.

I know that's not going to work in the case of a car, but you have to think dirty if you want to get it back. By the sounds of it this person you're involved in likes to play rough, and the good news is these sorts of people are usually pretty thick. So people like us end up with the upper hand (so to speak).

I hope that's helped, interesting to read if not lol!


#148820 Screw + Bumpy Road = Blow Out!

Posted by Danny87 on 17 October 2011 - 09:04 AM

Ouch! Could have been worse, my old man knew someone who died when they had a blowout on the motorway and the car flipped. At least you're okay and the damage isn't too bad, are you gonna claim on the insurance?


#148507 Guide To Fitting Mist Type Jets On Your Ford

Posted by Danny87 on 14 October 2011 - 10:45 AM

They are a little low on my MK5 Fiesta too, but they perform much better and get more area of the screen. AFAIK it's not possible to adjust them like you would with ordinary jets, so I'm leaving mine as they are.

I guess it might be possible to aim them up a little bit, but it would be a case of moving the actual washers up in the bonnet, if that makes sense.

Dan :)

#148500 Steel Wheel.

Posted by Danny87 on 14 October 2011 - 10:19 AM

Glad you're all sorted now, that sounds like a good price. Main dealers are always more expensive for parts & accesories which is why it's worth shopping around.

All the best,


#148486 Steel Wheel.

Posted by Danny87 on 14 October 2011 - 08:10 AM

I've just had a search on eBay for you (with the best of my ability because I don't use it much lol) and there's a few listings on there. I do remember getting a price on a website which supplies steel wheels for another vehicle. I think it was here.

You might be better off buying new because you'll get a new tyre then all balanced and ready to go - that's not saying any wheel you buy on eBay or here off one of the members will be in poor condition though. I guess that's another option.

Try posting a wanting advert here.

Like Lenny said an alloy wheel will be much lighter than a steel wheel and you may find secondhand the price difference wouldn't be much at all.

Hope that's of some more help,

Dan :)

#148485 Rear Spoiler For Mark 6

Posted by Danny87 on 14 October 2011 - 07:59 AM

The Zetec-S spoilers look really cool on the MK5s :) I've got a 5-door Freestyle 1.25 and I must admit I really love the little spoiler, it adds just that little bit of style without screaming "Look at me, I'm a chav!" :D lol..

#148355 A Question And Some Answers....

Posted by Danny87 on 13 October 2011 - 09:09 AM

Not entirely sure about the pins, but from what I can tell the garage is basically saying they've put your camshaft timing out by using the wrong crankshaft locating pin. When timing, the special tools are used to lock the crankshaft and camshaft in place as it's vital they're put back in time after replacement of the belt. By the sounds of it your timing was a tooth (or maybe more!) out and this has caused the problems you describe.

On some engines there's no need to use tools and it's done by timing marks on the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets. In the case of my old Punto Sporting MK2 - the timing method is putting rods into the cylinders after removing the spark plugs, and locking the crankshaft in place. I know there's a good few people who have had their timing belt changed on these engines by independent garages and they just put some marks on the sprockets and changed the belt hoping for the best - in most cases it resulted in the timing being a tooth out (or like before, even more) and the engine would run like a pig because the camshaft is opening the valves at the wrong time in relation to the crankshaft.

Hope that's some useful information and apologies if you already know this stuff :)

Glad the garage are having it back to check.


#148354 Steel Wheel.

Posted by Danny87 on 13 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

Here you go sir.. click me