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Name That Part / Why Is It Hot?

23 June 2013 - 04:14 PM

Evening chaps,


The missus has been complaining that the cabin is a bit Diesel'y recently, so I went out this afternoon with my Torx screwdriver and large cup of tea to investigate.


After going through service history for my 2005 Fiesta Zetec 1.4 TDci (facelift), I drew a quick conclusion that the Pollen Filter probably hadn't been changed for years.


However, when I took the two fascia plates off in the passenger footwell, I quickly found that there was just a big hole with no filter in there to greet me!


While I was down there (still unable to find the chuffing Diesel smell she was whinging about) I noticed (or rather my scolded elbow noticed) that whatever is right in front of the pollen filter (with the black plastic cover on it) was notably hot. 


Based on my vague description, can anybody suggest to me what the hot component is? 


Looking straight on to the console, it looks like it sits diagonally downwards/behind the AC switches.


From what I can see, the car has not had a pollen filter for about 13/14 months, so I am unsure if any crap from outside has caused whatever the mystery component is to get hot?


On the smell front, the car did a rather impressive Diesel wee earlier in the year thanks to a knackered Fuel Rail Sensor and pretty much everything in the engine bay has remained caked since. I am guessing (please do correct me if I am wrong) that the nasty smell is probably linked to an increase in the use of the A/C, the fumes getting dragged into the cabin and no filter being in there to block it?


I reached this conclusion because the only Diesel smell I can find is when I get up right up close to the Fuel Filter (6 months old) when the lid is popped and I haven't noticed any drop in Fuel efficiency.


Thanks chaps,



Fit Instrument Cluster From Petrol Car To Diesel Car?

16 February 2013 - 08:33 PM

My dials are knackered (only half lights up) and I've seen some available for a reasonable price.

Only problem is that they have come from a petrol model.

Can I simply plug them into my Diesel and they'll 'take' and report the correct mileage from my ECU?

Mine's a 1.4 TDCi Fiesta (facelift)

Can You Identify This Mod?

16 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

Hi forum,

I've recently come into ownership of a 55 Fiesta 1.4 Tdci, which has just come back from its service.

The mechanic asked me 'what sort of electronics you have under the hood because it seriously is looking ratty'.

He proceeded to pop the hood on my car and pull out the item in the photos.

He showed me that, if he bent the cable whilst the engine was running, the engine would rock wildy and even cut out.

Both of stood there laughing because neither of us have a clue what it is! There is certainly nothing written on it so I am hoping that some more in-the-know types on the board might be able to ID it.

It's pretty clear that a former owner has tried to mod this car as there the remains of a Jap lighting mod are left in the car (that's the thing you can see drawing power with the fuse on it in one of the pics).

Massive thanks to anyone who can tell me wtf this thing is! It looks like a serial cable (?) that plugs into it, but the other end disappears off to the engine and out of sight.