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Oily Smell Inside Cabin

27 April 2015 - 01:44 PM

I'm getting an oily smell inside my 2010 Zetec 1.8HE. I usually notice it when I stop after a run although a few days ago I could smell it whilst running after slowing down for a built-up area. Popping the bonnet and taking off the engine cover I can't see anything obvious, nothing covered in oil, no split or disconnected pipework and the engine oil level is rock solid but the smell is definitely in the engine bay.


It seems to have become noticeable since its last service so I'm planning to take it back for the garage to have a look (I'm getting too creaky to drop the undertray and crawl underneath these days :unsure: ) but I just wondered if anyone might have come across this before. I also wonder how the smell is getting into the cabin when the ventilation intake is at the base of the windscreen. The car's done just under 30K.

1.8Tdci Shuddery While Cranking

14 February 2015 - 06:33 PM

Lately our old bus has been getting very shuddery whilst cranking. It's worse on frosty mornings but even does it when starting a warm engine. My first thoughts were engine mounts, especially the bottom one, but I got the garage to take a look at them during the last service and they said they were ok. I replaced the glow plugs 2½ years ago at about 90K, it's now on about 112K. Other thoughts are slow cranking speed due to tired battery or voltage loss somewhere. I wondered about the anti-shudder valve but thought that only came into action when switching off and it doesn't shudder noticeably then.


Anybody have any thoughts about this before I go down the route of getting codes read? Bearing in mind it's age and mileage I don't feel inclined to spend shedloads of cash on it so if it's going to be expensive I'll live with it as it is. I'd welcome suggestions, especially from anyone who has had a similar problem.

Front Mudflap Clips

04 February 2015 - 10:11 AM

On my wife's Mk1.5 one of the front mudflaps has lost both of the spring clips and it's flapping around on the single bolt into the sill. Anyone know if there is anywhere I can get some new clips? The car's too old to justify nearly 40 quid on new flaps. I'd rather just take the existing ones off.

Steering Vibration

09 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

Hi Folks,


For some time now our 03-plate Mk1.5 Ghia estate 1.8TDCi has suffered from a bit of steering vibration. It recently had an MOT and came away with a clean bill of health but needed new front tyres. The front wheels have been re-balanced three times since then but the vibration is still there. It happens from about 65 indicated upwards and is not constant, sometimes it's worse, sometimes barely noticeable. I have noticed that on a gradual bend in the road it comes and goes as though the wheels are going in and out of sync.


At the last balance I specifically asked the the guy to check that the alloys were undamaged and running true and he confirmed they were ok. Also as far as I know the driveshafts are undamaged.


I'm now wondering if the problem is the suspension getting a bit tired and slack - the car's done just over 105K - and therefore less tolerant of any slight imbalance in the wheels and shafts. I just bought a 60-plate Mk2.5 hatch and the handling of that feels so much tighter and more responsive and although I realise the steering geometry is probably different the older car feels distinctly soggy by comparison.


In spite of the clean MOT I wonder if I should have the front shocks replaced. If so what brand should I go for? I notice Euro Car parts list three different makes.


I should be grateful for any help or suggestions.