Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

5

Buy a can of good quality penetrating fluid (not WD-40, which is designed as a lubricant). Spray plenty of it into the plug recess, and leave overnight. Repeat this two or three times. Using a proper spark plug spanner (with the little rubber insert to grip the plug properly), try to rock the plug back and forth, tightening then loosening. Eventually, with ...


5

The most likely cause is the valve cover gasket. You can try to tighten the bolts that hold the cover, but most likely the gasket or seal needs to be replaced.


4

That sounds like a clutch that's reached the end of the line. If you're applying throttle and the rev's start to climb faster than the car is accelerating then the clutch is slipping. A clutch can go that quickly... depends on driver skill. I've seen clutches last 180k and still look fresh. There are other folks that have destroyed their clutches in less ...


4

You can have a look at the condition of the belt to gauge its condition. But you'll need to have seen quite a number of timing belts to be able to tell. The risk is that when a timing belt snaps, it damages your valves and pistons too. To fix that will require the engine be taken apart and the damaged parts replaced. It's not a cheap thing to do. ...


3

The key to your mechanic's response about changing the timing belt and water pump "now" is that you have no real indication of the maintenance history of the car. You don't know if it's been changed or not. A timing belt could last for that long, but who knows. The mechanic is giving sound advice because he's trying to help you protect your interests. Do ...


3

The factory plugs should be good for 100,000 miles / 160,000 km or so. They're ridiculously easy to change on a Zetec. If you can handle a screwdriver and a socket wrench, you can check / change them yourself. They're easily accessible from the top of the engine through holes in the valve cover. The plug wires are also easy to inspect, just keep track of ...


2

Could be many things, but I'd start with what it gives you. Have the alternator checked. It may not be putting out enough to keep the car powered at idle, slowly draining the battery, causing the idle to lower do to low sparking ability. Just a wild stab in the dark, probably wrong. It could also be other problems that didn't trigger a code causing a low ...


2

It looks like your clutch is worn out, but that's a few years (and certainly) many miles too soon. Does the clutch slip in every gear? And always at a certain speed/rpm? It could be worn out plates, but also a broken pressure bearing? How does the clutch feel when shifting gears? Does it operate smoothly without any grinding (or other weird) sounds? Please ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible