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Old 08-21-2005, 04:01   #1 (permalink)
Chris B
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97' Fiesta niggles

Hi,

Hopefully someone will take the time to reply to my very n00b questions.
Thanks in advance to those who do.

Me and my girlfriend have recently bought an R reg fiesta (encore 1.3) that
has just recently developed a couple of (perhaps/hopefully minor) faults. I
was hoping to get some advice before going to a garage where they will
obviously see my lack of auto knowledge :|

Firstly, the steering is "off" by about 10-15 degrees (ie I have the
steering wheel aligned slightly left to go straight). My first thought is
that it will just be the tracking, but I was wandering if there is anything
else I could check for?

The second problem....and slightly more worrying is a "dull rattle" coming
from somewhere near the drivers side rear wheel when going at slow speeds
and over bumps. I have mentioned this to a couple of people and they seem
to think it could be the shock absorber (from my description). The car
despite being 8 years old ish has only done 32k (genuine - have some mot's
and its generally in great condition apart from these 2 probs), are shock
absorbers likely to wear out over this mileage? - or is there something
else I could check for? It has also been mentioned to me that shocks on
fiesta's have to be replaced in pairs, is this accurate?

Sorry for the length of post and my obvious lack of auto knowledge, but
hopefully someone can offer advice so I do not end up paying over the odds
somewhere.

Many Thanks.

Chris B.
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Old 08-21-2005, 05:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 97' Fiesta niggles


Chris B wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Hopefully someone will take the time to reply to my very n00b questions.
> Thanks in advance to those who do.
>
> Me and my girlfriend have recently bought an R reg fiesta (encore 1.3) that
> has just recently developed a couple of (perhaps/hopefully minor) faults. I
> was hoping to get some advice before going to a garage where they will
> obviously see my lack of auto knowledge :|
>
> Firstly, the steering is "off" by about 10-15 degrees (ie I have the
> steering wheel aligned slightly left to go straight). My first thought is
> that it will just be the tracking, but I was wandering if there is anything
> else I could check for?
>
> The second problem....and slightly more worrying is a "dull rattle" coming
> from somewhere near the drivers side rear wheel when going at slow speeds
> and over bumps. I have mentioned this to a couple of people and they seem
> to think it could be the shock absorber (from my description). The car
> despite being 8 years old ish has only done 32k (genuine - have some mot's
> and its generally in great condition apart from these 2 probs), are shock
> absorbers likely to wear out over this mileage? - or is there something
> else I could check for? It has also been mentioned to me that shocks on
> fiesta's have to be replaced in pairs, is this accurate?
>
> Sorry for the length of post and my obvious lack of auto knowledge, but
> hopefully someone can offer advice so I do not end up paying over the odds
> somewhere.
>
> Many Thanks.
>
> Chris B.
> --

I think you are on the right track. You probably have a minor alignment
problem and a bad rear shock/strut.

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Old 08-21-2005, 08:01   #3 (permalink)
John...
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Re: 97' Fiesta niggles

Hi,my wife's '97 1.3 encore has the same noises but from the
front drivers side shocker.It only does it on cold days.
Another problem it has is that it cuts out when driving up motor
way slip roads when you release the accelerator pedal,all the
dash lights come on and you have to switch off the ignition and
start the engine again.Any help with this problem welcome.

John



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Old 08-21-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 97' Fiesta niggles

Hiya Chris,

The steering could be off because of the tracking, check the wear on the
front tyres. It may actually be ok but have been reset by some half arsed
monkey who couldn't be bothered to centre the steering wheel. Simple enough
task to check and rectify by your local spanner twirlers.
It could also be damage to one of the tie bars or track control arms or wear
in the tca bushes (quite common) but the car would feel a bit odd going over
bumps on cornering. Again, not a big job if you know what's what.
The rear rattle could well be a damper but again the handling would suffer
over bumps. If it is 4rkt it very often leaks oil. Dampers on any car should
really be replaced in pairs but you don't have to. It might sound daft but
check that the tailgate is shutting properly and all the rubbers are there,
if it's a bit loose it can vibrate against the shell as the body flexes.
Check the easy stuff as well like for loose wheel nuts or maybe a bearing
but you'd probably hear a whining noise with this fault, leave the handbrake
off and have a good hard tug at the wheel and see if it moves sideways.
That'll keep you busy for half an hour!

m



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