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  1. We have a late 1.6 petrol, and have done 56k@42mpg in the 5 years that we have had it. On it's second set of tyres (Hankook) after the first set did over 35k, and we have had a rear wheel bearing. Very under rated car, with a lot of space inside for its size, we call it the "Tardis". Bought specifically to replace a '56 plate Fiesta for the wheelchair and frame for the in-laws, the seat is the right height for the elderly, and my wife can get the wheel chair in and out of the boot as there is no lip to get it over - easier than in a '08 Focus. Stowage under the passenger seat, stowage in the dashboard, and that little pocket in the driver's seat. I would change one thing - the handle for the boot is low down, should have been the same height as the Fiesta's, but a minor niggle
  2. Is this at the front of the bonnet, or just in front of the windscreen ? Hinges are slotted for the rear, and at the front the rubber stops on the underside of the bonnet can be screwed in and out.
  3. When I fitted the socket to our 2006 1.4tdci Zetec Climate, the lead was already there, so remove the top of the centre console and have a look! Might save you the cost of the lead and the "fun" of trying to extract the radio......
  4. Not sure what the clutch switch does on this age of car with a key start ? It may just cut the fuel off between gear changes, and not a "Stater inhibit".
  5. Bleeper is in the boot, Front upper left behind the nearside rear passenger seat and underneath the parcel shelf support.. At least on a late Titanium it is. Find it by turning the ignition on, but not starting, then put it into reverse with the boot open, by standing at the back of the car you will set off the bleeper. In the Haynes book, it shows that the parking aid is connected to the trailer control unit, but you would not have that.
  6. The Haynes manual for the '98 Fiesta has an engine management diagram (15) for the 1.4 petrol showing a clutch switch and power steering switch, and an input from the AC cycling switch - unfortunately the Haynes manual for the 2005 Fiesta does not have any engine management diagrams! However, fig 2.7 in Ch 6 for the clutch does show what appears to be a switch, but I don't know what engine was in the car that Haynes were using - and the same photo is in the Fusion handbook, although in the Fuel and Exhaust chapter it states the the Power Control Module does get a signal from the clutch switch. No other bright ideas from me apart from swapping the PCM, or the actual electrically controlled throttle. As an aside, I once had an intermittent misfire on a 2.9 Sierra - eventually traced to the throttle pot which had a worn track - funny thing was, with the throttle pot totally disconnected, the car drove as normal !
  7. If you have checked all the "normal" things, then look at the switch inputs to the ECU. Power steering pressure switch, Clutch switch, air con compressor switch - these (if fitted to your car) do have an input to the idle. On a '98 Zetec Fiesta we had, it came back from a Ford dealer with an intermittent idle - traced (by me)! to a torn out connection to the power steering switch. Good Luck.,
  8. Is the factory setting for a half worn tyre or down to the TWIs ?
  9. So I looked for clarification in the 2012 Fiesta Owner's Manual - it is the bit about if in doubt contact your authorised dealer, as if you would get a sensible answer there! I think all recent alloy wheel nuts do not have the loose ring. Despite having winter tyres for my Puma, and now a set for a '57 plate Fiesta, I used sets of alloy wheels, so never had to worry about correct wheel nuts. Keep the shiny side up! Do not install alloy wheels using wheel nuts designed for use with steel wheels. Wheel nuts are subject to change. You must make sure that you use only the specific wheel nuts and wheels supplied for your vehicle. If in doubt please contact your authorised dealer. Note: The wheel nuts of alloy wheels and spoked steel wheels can also be used for the steel spare wheel for a short time (maximum two weeks). Note:Make sure the wheel and hub contact surfaces are free from foreign matter. Note: Make sure that the cones on the wheel nuts are against the wheel.
  10. My recollection from recent Ford Owner's Manuals is that that they say that use should be limited to two weeks, (ie space saver use only) so it would be interesting to know what is stated in your vehicle's handbook. For my Puma that had a full size steel spare, I sure that I bought four wheel nuts based upon what the handbook said about wheel nut use. Below is an extract from a Ford TSB from 2001: ........................................................................... it should be emphasized that it is NOT permitted to use wheel nuts from standard series light alloy wheels for the permanent attachment of steel rims. Although wheel nuts from standard series light alloy wheels with a loose tapered ring do have an integral tapered ring similar to the wheel nuts of a steel rim, for the following reasons they are NOT suitable for the permanent attachment of steel rims: – The tapered ring on the aluminium wheel nut can turn freely when used on a steel rim. In the long term this leads to wear and abrasion between the tapered ring and the nut. If an aluminium wheel nut has been used in this way and is subsequently used to re–attach an aluminium wheel, then the extra wear will cause a bad contact between nut and wheel. – When aluminium wheel nuts are used on a steel rim there is a gap between the wheel nut and the tapered ring. Everyday deposits (dirt, rust, salt) can build up in this gap. If these nuts are later re–used on light alloy wheels then the accumulated deposits would be compacted under the applied torque, later turning into dust as the vehicle is driven. As a result, the wheel nuts could be tightened to less than the specified torque. – Aluminium wheel nuts are longer than wheel nuts for steel rims. If aluminium wheel nuts are used on steel rims in conjunction with wheel covers, the extra length of the nuts can cause them to come into contact with the wheel covers. This results in pressure on the wheel covers which could detach in normal driving situations. CAUTION: Wheel nuts from aluminium wheels must ONLY be used on steel rims in the case of short term use of the spare wheel. Wheel nuts from steel rims must NEVER be used on light alloy wheels. Which may still apply.
  11. OK, I now get that about parking incidents!
  12. I don't have a dash cam, but why would you want it powered when the engine is not running ? If you set the dash cam to come on above 13.2V say, then it will be on only when the engine is running and the alternator charging. Or as on a lot of modern cars, the accessory socket will go off after about an hour, so you could wire it off the back of that. I have a car where the cigarette lighter socket is permanently on, so am trying to modify a four way accessory socket with a voltage sensitive relay so it is all de-powered below 13.2V. Kemo make a "Battery Saver" which does the same thing, but it is physically too big for my application.
  13. Does a "52 plate fiesta have a HCV ? If it is the last of the '95 to '02 it is clearly visible in the plastic bulkhead immediately behind the engine..... But f it is the first of the '02 to '08 cars, then I think air mixing is used.
  14. On a '98 Petrol Fiesta, are there not two temperature sensors ? One for the ECU, and a second one that goes direct to the Gauge ?