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Confirm Engine Size

11 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

In the middle of some engine jobs, thought I would do the head gasket whilst I had the belt off. My car is, via log book and was sold as, a 1.4. However the cylinder head and induction manifold has 1.6 stamped on it, plus putting the head codes into google throws up 1.6 a few times. The gear box code also shows 1.6 in 2 results. There are no stickers (which from searching looks the way to tell) left on the block for me to confirm. I need to try and confirm its not just the head that's been changed.

Is it even legal for the used car place I brought it from not to disclose this? Basically I have been driving with invalid insurance for the last 6 months.

Camshaft Sprocket For A 1.4

07 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

I stupidly, when putting my engine mounts back on today, trapped the inlet cam sprocket which had no bolt in, and chipped a tooth.
My scrappy has no 1.4's, but a couple of 1.6's and 1.8's. would the sprocket be the same size?

Also, could anybody suggest a way to remove the bolt below (alternator/engine mount stud) as the star head broke of when loosening, i think is cross threaded, and have tried locking 2 nuts together (as seen in picture) and then anyi/clockwise turning the furthest to try to turn the bolt, had a few revolutions in over an hour of trying but now the thread is no more. Was thinking about hacksawing it off so I can slide the mount off for now, and then using a stud extractor? Is this doable? Thanks for any help with either.

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Mk1 1.4: The Rebirth

03 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

Hi Guys.

I started a topic a few days back asking if my MK1 was worth saving http://www.fordowner...ap/#entry239862 Which has led to me getting started on the repairs. Thought I would start a separate thread to record my progress, and ask for help when needed!  


Plans for the focus: immediate (2 week timefame)

1. Get it back on the road: Doing Aux belt, Timing belt, Water pump, PAS pump, Steering rack, drop links, rear bushes and full service. 

2. Cosmetic fixes: Both bumpers repaired and resprayed. Replace passenger door card, passenger seat recliner, interior clean. Refurb alloys. 

3. Styling: CC splitters, skirts and side strips. Rear window tints, spray alloys (dark smoke), console and dash parts sprayed (maybe blue?), paint calipers (blue), HID's.

Long term, will possibly lower & exhaust. Make some interior modifications.

So, yesterday, after running around hunting down the cheapest parts, picking them up, sorting out tools and visiting the scrappy today, I had a few hours to get started on the car. Burnt one of them looking for my keys, parking the car on the only small strip of level driveway I could find, and making sure my axle stands were perfect. 

1st job if the day. Replace the drop links. 1st job of the day...sucked!! Ha. Number one nut, came of fine, the other 3 came off a few mm before the joint started spinning. Had to get some serious leverage on them with a spanner to get them off. The last one was so tight and broke so early (then drop link fully pulled off) that I think the ball socket actually twisted and reflexed (when I let go of the spanner it went flying!

Attached a picture of them post removal, top one was already wrecked, looked a lot like it does now. Bottom set was the one that broke whilst still attached!! 


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Also removed the AUX belt, idle pulley and timing covers before dark, ready to crack on today. Will try and get some pictures to show the state its currently in.. 

Mk1: Fix Or Scrap?

28 February 2013 - 09:56 PM

Hi Guys, Hope you don't mind me diving straight in to the forum . :)


I own a MK1 3dr 1.4 zeetec focus. Had it for 6 months, brought for £900 with 85k on the clock. After a month or so of owning started to develop a few problems, aux squeal, squeaky brakes, engine management light and some noises coming from timing belt (tentioner?). Decided recently to get it checked at ford, huge rap sheet. Big ones, Steering rack and PAS pump, + drive belt, front drop links, rear bushes, diff seal. Plus needs a timing and WP change and a good service. ££££££. Also needs some minor bits present when i brought it (passenger seat recliner wheel, passenger door card, AC + rear heated window relay + bumpers are cracked). 


Student with a son and expensive GF! Ha, so budget is next too nothing, so on the hunt for a new car under 1k, long story short, bought a punto, it was in need of repair (piston rings), kicked off and returned to dealer, lost £80 during process, budget now 900. I now can't find anything that is completely sound, so realistically, looking at best, 100 to fix any faults on a new car. Done some pricing up of everything i need to get the focus close to perfect, looking at £500 using a mixture of scrappy, euro car parts and ebay. Plus will do all the work myself with a haynes manual. (5 years back i was 3 years through a mechanic apprenticeship which I never finished for family reasons. so know basics, but diagnosing is not strong). This saves me around £400 and I have a car that should be sound ( :blink: ). But its a ton of work! 


Does anyone think its worth it for the work load, or just keep looking for a good replacement? Scrap it and get £130 plus 2 months tax. Hard question to answer i know, just wondering opinions.


Last thing, honest! Have a fault  :rolleyes: , which i am not sure of. Car idle drops when slowing down to a stop, then picks straight back up again, not sure if idle control, speed sensor? And also, noticed today 1 time, when in gear,no gas, car was moving as if i had a touch of throttle on? Same fault as idle maybe? Thanks for your time..sorry for the long post!


Any help really appreciated. Thanks.