I've got a 1998 1.3 petrol Fiesta (the Endura-E) that has done 90000 miles,
I've had it since new. It neeed various bits replacing to get through the
It now needs:
- new sump (I've looked and it's very rusty)
- probably a new clutch (difficulty getting into reverse and 1st, judders
when doing hill starts in wet, garage can't find anything wrong with
- the spark plugs are probably rusted into the cylinder head (dealer said
they would probably snap if attempted, so I said don't bother. Cylinder head
looks pretty rusty to me.)
Main dealer quoted £850, I'm guessing an independent garage would charge at
My maintenance skills are limited to changing brake pads. I might be able to
DIY the plugs by applying penetrating oil for a week or two beforehand. How
difficult would it be to DIY the sump?
In the judgement of the group, is it time for me to replace this car?
A sump usually looks rusty, it's not a problem unless it's been seriously
dented, or leaking. Test it by pushing the rustiest looking bit *gently*
with a thumbnail. If there's no give, or if it doesn't feel like you're
going to push clean through, then there's no problem.
Get a clutch done by one of the clutch places, shouldn't be too expensive.
Spark plugs never break because they're seized in, they break because
they've been snapped off by a socket used out of line. The dealer means they
may strip the threads when removed. The penetrating oil thing *might* work,
but is the car running OK? If so, I might leave them, they last yonks
I would use it till it's next MOT and see what it fails on, then take the
decision. And I'd take it for the test a couple of weeks before it's due,
that takes the time pressure off you.
spark plugs do snap off !! i had a KA with the fiesta engine in it and the
plugs were that rusty in the head they snaped off leaving just the threaded
part behind & that was using the correct socket & i had to use a breaker bar
they were that tight, i managed to get them out using an excellent "easy
out" tool from snap on, its got me out of trouble a fair few times.
Sounds like you need to change where you service the car Plugs on these
engines do not seize if lubricated and don to correct torque. They are very
robust engines and much cheaper than zetecs to maintain(no cambelt)
Go to a good independent and should cost £200 at the most
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