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Old 05-21-2004, 05:51   #1 (permalink)
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does anyone run an old ford that can help me?

i have a 1985 escort 1100 mk3, its been running fine after recently replacing a contact breaker, but recently it won't idle at all. i only seem to really get problems when i fill up with unleaded fuel. the plugs are 12 months old.

does anyone know whether this could be a fuel or carburettor problem? this car would have been designed to run on leaded four star fuel, which is no longer available. this means that the lack of lead in the fuel would mean the valves could burn. does anyone who runs a similar age car know whether it would be worth using a lead substitute fuel because of the octanes or whether a carburettor replacement or overhaul would be necessary?

please reply if you think you can help. i'm not a mechanic so this confuses me quite a bit, and i'd rather know what the problem is before i start throwing money at it.

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Old 05-21-2004, 18:43   #2 (permalink)
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Re: does anyone run an old ford that can help me?

we have a 1978 GXL and my hubby drives that to work everyday, We go to a place like Auto Barn or Repco and buy a lead suppliment you put into your tank before you fill up then you use the led substute and we have no problems with the car at all. runs like a dream.
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Re: does anyone run an old ford that can help me?

Unleaded has no lead, and lead is like an octane booster and helps to stop ping, also lubricates valve stems etc too.

Unless you've replaced the valve stem guides and gotten hardened valves, it will most likely be damaging them.

You also should replace the plugs, as they'll most likely be burning away after that much time. Take em out and check em.

As Cobra says.. put the supliment in.. but check the plugs are fine.
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Re: does anyone run an old ford that can help me?

thanks a lot for that.

i've changed the plugs, thermostat and put in an engine treatment plus lead substitute fuel and i'm still having problems! the engine runs fine at temp for a while then the temp gauge just drops and the engine starts to judder.

any more suggestions!?!?!
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The temperature drops? Sure its not a faulty gauge/sender and its getting too hot?

The know the 2litre will start to overheat when idling too long (like inline at a drivethrough) and start to die and shudder if you dont fix up the overheating.
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Come to think of it... if the thermostat isn't opening correctly and the water starts to boil, the sender will drop due to no water passing over it and only steam.. seen that b4.
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yeah, well i've put a new thermostat in and the temperature gauge is all over the place, gonna put a new sender in this afternoon. i changed the coolant while i was at but i just can't figure out whats wrong. its only a 1.1 engine as well.
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Tried drilling a 3mm hole in the thermostat surround? This helps the water flow slightly while the thermostat is closed, and also makes it easier to regulate. The sudden gush of hot water out, followed by the cold water in would fluctuate the temp a bit until all the water is warmed up. Only takes about 30secs for that tho in theory.
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ok sorted it out now...

put a new sender in for the temp gauge, worked fine.

broke again, discovered that the nut holding on of the flywheels on the alternator had worked loose! had to sort that out then redo the timing.

but its sorted now, thanks for the comments...

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