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Had The Mot Today...

29 July 2014 - 07:13 PM

Some of you may know I recently acquired a mk5 fiesta for £190 that needed a bit (sorry, a lot) of work (more economical to scrap it, but I enjoy a challenge) - fancied a project, well here's what's left to do.


Well I knew it would fail, I just wanted to see how much work needed doing. The good news is that all the welding work I have done was good enougn to pass (ended up doing 9 repair patches in the end. However it failed on:


1. Offside headlamp beam incorrect - not bothered, easy fix.


2. Nearside rear trailing arm bush - that was a surprise.


3. Offside outer sill corroded around seatbelt mounting - opposite side to where I did the other welding - annoyed I missed that.


4 Brake efficiency at 36% - knew it would fail on brakes ordered new discs and pads.


There was also 12 advisories (wont list them all) but one of them was: 


016 Sill covers fitted not allowing full inspection of sills. What happens to all the zetec s's in the country or is it that mine have been added??


On the whole quite pleased, not too much more work to do, already spent the last 4 weekends doing the work so am relieved it's all not been wasted.

Mk5 Fiesta - Picking It Up At The Weekend :)

18 June 2014 - 08:16 PM

Won this on an eBay auction the other day, looked too good to not buy! Not to replace my MK3 (doubt I'll be selling that for a long time - the condition is too good).

If the insurance works out I might drive this one instead.


Seems like a decent little car, £190 with tax and MOT (albeit short). 77,000 miles and the interior looks unmarked. The usual rust issues though.


Just need to stick a zetec s bodykit on it :)


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Rocker Arm Adjusters Wont Move

18 June 2014 - 12:48 PM

So I decided to adjust the valve clearances to get the engine to quieten down (common problem with this engine). Got the rocker cover off, put the feeler gauge in but non the adjusting bolts will budge. Also it does not feels as though it even wants to turn, sort of feels as though it shouldn't, even though it should. Haynes say they are stiff lock bolts or something to stop them loosening but can still be adjusted with a spanner.


Anyone know why this could be? Don't fancy doing any WD40 in case it gets in the engine.

Play In Steering Wheel. Adjustments?

12 May 2014 - 03:23 PM

Recently had the MOT and it failed on N/S lower wishbone bush (replaced), dented road wheel (repaired) and headlight alignment (corrected). There was also an advisory on rear brakes, so I took them apart and replaced the worn brake cylinders (leaking).


Passed the retest but now there is an advisory for "Play detected at steering wheel", seems odd they did not pick it up the first time. Before you say they're just trying to make more money, its a trusted garage that we use quite a lot.


Now the question is, are there any adjustments to be made to correct the play, if so are they reasonably easy to do? If it is a case of replacing worn parts or something I'll leave it, unless it gets any worse. But if it possibly a simple adjustment I will investigate.


Any ideas welcome :)

Timing Adjustment Possible?

22 February 2014 - 02:50 PM

Just checked the timing on my fiesta with a xenon timing light and it is slightly out. According to the haynes manual it can't be adjusted, and it must be a "fault within the system itself". Is this correct and is it possible to adjust the timing?


1.1 hcs carburetter engine 


Any help appreciated.