Worst Mechanical Failure
G'day ford fans,
Just wondering whats the worst mechanical failure you fella's have had with your EA. Mine came after having the head redone, after a cool water + hot engine incident (young and naive). Anyway, I had a mobile mechanic come over to the house and put on a new head. The oil had turned into a white emulsion before the car seized and I realised what the **** was going on.
Anyway, about a month after having the work done, on a run into the city for work, at a set of traffic lights the car just cut out. Rolled the car to outside Daimaru and put on the hazard lights and left it there while I did a shift at work. The next day, had another mobile mechanic come and have a look at the car. He just shook his head telling me that it was the head, but I told him that i just fixed it. He had to rip the thing off and when he did, I almost died!
The timing chain had come out of the cam, sending the pistons smashing into all the valves. All 12 valves were absolutely bent so they couldn't open or closed.
The happy ending to this story is that because the first mechanic didn't secure the timing chain properly he had to redo the job. New cam, new valves and he claimed it on insurance so it didn't cost me anything to get it all fixed again, the only problem was doing without the car for a couple of days.