The Ford Fiesta is a motoring mainstay. It’s the go-to small car for millions of drivers, it can regularly be found at the top end of the best-seller charts and it’s a car that we all love. The Fiesta is all things to all motorists, which is why we’ve had it from the 1970s through to today, with no signs of it going away anytime soon.
The model we’re looking at here the fifth-generation model. This was the Fiesta that ushered in a new level of build quality and refinement for Ford’s small car. Prior to this sturdy model, some accused the Fiesta of being a bit flimsy or a bit cheap.
This generation put paid to those comments. Sturdier though it may have been, it was and still is a mechanically approachable car, but even so, so insider information never hurts…
When changing the oil filter element on diesel engines, the plastic lug on the base of the filter must align with the corresponding hole in the housing. If it’s not, the lug could snap off and the debris could enter the oil supply circuit, and that has the potential to cause serious damage, so check it twice, fit it once.
When setting the camshaft at TDC for No.1 cylinder on the 1.3 Duratec engine, place a set-square on the camshaft bearing cap to provide an alignment reference for the timing mark on the camshaft sprocket. This way, you will ensure that everything is lined up as it should be.
If you’re doing some regular maintenance to the timing gear on the 1.4 Duratoq TDCi engine, don’t be suckered into buying an expensive locking tool. You can lock the crankshaft and the camshaft in place by using something as simple as a 5mm and 8mm drill bit.