Replacing the Fiesta’s fuel pump

Regular readers will recall that I have been having problems with the fuel pump on my old Mk 4 Fiesta. Well, whilst I was in the process of fixing the rear brakes it seemed to fail completely. I guess I should be grateful that it always seems to pack in when the car is on the drive! This time the fuse didn’t blow leaving me not entirely sure that the fuel pump was the problem. I spent some time trying

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Fiesta rear brakes

Being stuck at home has not only given me more time for gardening, but also to do some long outstanding jobs on the cars. First up are the brake shoes on the Fiesta rear drum brakes. They have never been done before and on the few occasions I checked them they showed only modest wear. This is typical for brake shoes as they wear much more slowly than the pads on disc brakes. I already had a set of shoes

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Fiesta lives for another year

I took the now repaired Fiesta back for another go at the MOT. Regular readers will recall that in addition to rear suspension bushes and a rusty brake pipe, it also failed the last test with truly awful emissions. The natural idle CO reading was 5.39% against a limit of 0.5%. With such a huge discrepancy I was seriously concerned that something very expensive had failed but I couldn’t see how since it had only drive 6 miles since the

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Polyurethane rules!

Today I fitted my new polyurethane suspension bushes and it was ridiculously easy. Just as in the YouTube videos, all I had to do was bash them in with a lump hammer using a lump of wood to add some protection. Then the rubber mallet to drive home the steel tube in the centre. The supplied grease made this even easier and I found that I could push the bushes about 20% of the way in by hand! No more

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Interference fit? Pah!

Time to try to fit the first of my suspension bushes and what a disaster it was! I understood from my Haynes manual that the bushes were something of an interference fit. I therefore bunged them and the freezer several days ago and today cut some scrap pieces of oak flooring to allow me to force them in with a G clamp. It was a complete none starter. Even with heating the mounting hole with my blow lamp and applying

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Removing the first bush

Today I made a start on fixing the rear suspension bushes on my Fiesta. I spent a long time (and nearly all my bricks) raising the back of the car and unbolting the suspension trailing arms. The near side wasn’t too difficult, but on the offside a found that I couldn’t remove the trailing arm support bolt because the exhaust was in the way. In the end I had to unbolt the suspension support bracket from the bottom of the

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Good God, its failed again!

Took the Fiesta back for another go at the MoT. I was quite confident, as I had fixed the three failures from last time (tyres, disks and number plate) and since I can’t drive it it had only done about 6 miles and spent all its time in the garage. But, of course it failed again. It appears I got a different inspector and he took a different view of the car’s shortcomings! The failings were: Rear axle bushes. OSF

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I feel a fool!

Today, finally, after weeks of work trips, holidays and being ill I found the time to try and diagnose the fault with the Fiesta which – you will recall – failed to start after I replaced the number plate!! I was expecting to have a long task to locate the problem and read sections of the Haynes manual about checking such things as the coil and the fuel injectors. One key test mentioned was to check that the fuel pump

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Oil Patterns

Today I finally got round to changing the oil in the Golf. The warning light had been on for quite a while and I had been hoping to get the Fiesta out of the way first. Since the last oil change my oil collection tray has been lying around outside at the back of the house and has been rained on quite a few times. For some reason that had produced a most peculiar pattern which a took a couple

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Pushing for the re-test

Following the Fiesta’s MOT failure on Monday, today was the time to try and fix it so I can get a re-test before the end of the week. This morning I rushed round to get what I needed.  At Tyreland I was going to get two new tyres and a slow puncture fixed on a third.  But, when I got the wheel off it looked very badly worn on the inside edge.  I decided that it wasn’t worth repairing so

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