The time has come for me to do our first service on SWMBO's 1997
Fiesta Ghia with a 1.25l Zetec engine. I know the early Zetecs fitted
to Escorts etc needed a special oil (5W30?), but does a 1997 1.25l
need it too? Looking at Wikipedia etc, it seems that although it's
called a Zetec, the 1.25l is a totally different engine (Sigma) to the
early escorts (Zeta), so I'm not sure.
On Thu, 04 Jun 2009 01:21:37 -0700, (Nick Challoner) wrote:
5W30 is not really special...
As has been suggested, main dealer service parts for older Fords are
often competitively priced, and you can be reasonably sure of getting the
Whilst there, get a new drain plug as the sealing washers are not
designed to be replaced.
No, it's not designed to be replaced.
It's a flat washer that is retained on the plug by part of the plug being
spun over it. It *can* be dug out and replaced, but it's designed so it
can't be lost.
A complete replacement plug is only just over a quid, and they probably
last three oil changes or so. That adds a massive 40 pence /year to the
running costs, but means that numpties can't replace the plug without the
The problem was that people kept re-using the old plug, which wore out
because they used crap spanners on them, then they got stuck in place and
the owners blamed Ford for bad design, so Ford made the plugs with the o
ring built in and said it should be replaced at ecah oil change, that way
Ford did not get the blame for damaged plugs or oil leaks.
If the o ring still protrudes when the plug is off it can be re-used with no
leaks several times at least. If the hexagon remains in good condition it
can be re-used with the washer from the original type plugs indefinitely.
When I first started reading this board there was some one with a Ford
diesel (alloy sump and the plug is recessed) that could not get the plug
undone, he claimed that no method would undo it, I know I was itching to
undo it for him, I wonder what happened to that one, the newsgroup thread
was ever so long.
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