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1993 Mondeo Ghia

Member Since 06 Jan 2014
Offline Last Active Jan 22 2014 05:48 PM

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In Topic: Auto: Faulty Speedo Linked To No 4Th Gear?

22 January 2014 - 05:22 PM

Was nattering today to a guy at work who was a mechanic in a previous life - he also thinks there's a good chance that an oil & filter change on the box could sort it. Have booked it in for that on Monday, along with a diagnostic for a reduced price of £20 - will report back after then! Cheers

In Topic: Auto: Faulty Speedo Linked To No 4Th Gear?

21 January 2014 - 06:12 PM

Thanks. That can only help, and I'll make that my next job.
Any ideas how the rain and standing water may have temporarily cured the problem? The undersides of these cars obviously didn't have the amount of plastic shield and other sealing that modern cars have.

In Topic: Auto: Faulty Speedo Linked To No 4Th Gear?

19 January 2014 - 08:35 AM

Speedo cable replaced by Ford by the later Mk1 version - speedo now working as it should, however it didn't solve the 4th gear issue.
Phoned a couple of gearbox specialists hoping they'd have a look, and praying it was a sensor - one just told me to scrap the car, and the other said it probably needed a rebuild, which would be silly money.

THEN, on my way home this morning, on the motorway, in the pouring rain, it started slipping into 4th gear - initially swapping between 3rd and 4th every few seconds, but after about 20 or 30 seconds of that, it stayed in 4th gear!
Furthermore, driving through my village up to the house, the box was changing gear much smoother than before. It does seem like the box had been in some sort of limp mode (though there was never any warning light).
Can anyone reinforce my hope that my problems are likely to be a dodgy sensor that was righted by standing water? Thoughts on which sensor it may be would be extra helpful!


In Topic: Auto: Faulty Speedo Linked To No 4Th Gear?

09 January 2014 - 10:31 PM

It was £450. Test drive was only on town roads, hence my ignorance of the missing 4th gear - schoolboy error on my part. Spotted the wobbly speedo needle, but didn't imagine it'd be a big job. The seller lives in London, so there's a chance he didn't know about the missing gear, but that's pretty irrelevant now.

Update on parts - the original Ford speedo (one-piece) cable, is obsolete - superseded as part of a recall in the 90s by a two-piece cable, fitted as standard to Mondeos from some point in '94, and still available as two parts for £39+vat EACH, so thick end of £100 just for the parts.
Add at least one hour labour for fitting, which requires the removal (breaking off or drilling-out) of a clip behind the dash to make it fit.

Tried to find out whether my car ever had the recall, but dealers can't tell me due to the age of the car. Basically, until the mechanic takes off the old cable and sees whether it's one or two-piece, I can't be sure whether the recall was done in the 90s (not that Ford would entertain a claim all these years later - I have asked that already!).

Gonna have the 'stat replaced at the same time, as the temp gauge takes ages to warm up from cold, and constantly wanders between the lower extreme and middle of the "normal" range during steady driving.

It's gonna cost me, but that's the risk with "bangernomics" - in this case, I think the car is worth it...

In Topic: Auto: Faulty Speedo Linked To No 4Th Gear?

09 January 2014 - 03:02 PM

Mmm' hadn't heard of the cogs before - not the most technically confident myself - can see some fair sized labour charges ahead of me just to diagnose it :-(

Would love to transplant a manual 'box in, as the rest of the car is a peach - again, I can see the cost of that being even higher though.