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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:38 pm 
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Hi Fellas, Can anyone point to a good idiot guide to setting tappets and finding TDC please ?
Its for my 1.3 MK4 please?
270,000 miles and getting a tad rattly now so iv decided its time to go in.
Any help or advise would be most welcome please. :?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:29 pm 
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http://www.fiestaturbo.com/forums/post677356/

should help

tdc can be done by crankshaft pulley marks, or take number 1 spark plug out, out a long screwdriver/socket extension bar in there and rotate until its at its highest point. simple

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 12:24 pm 
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270,000 miles?!?! i wouldn't dare touch the tappets, you'll end up burning the cam out in a HCS engine


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:36 pm 
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If you don't want to do the grinding part of that link, using 0.25 and 0.15 on the feeler gauges is suitable to account for wear, unless you have crazy thin feeler gauges.

Tonwah, with good maintenance these engines could hit the 500k mark. It's hard to find out as the ones still going are going to keep on going. Hell, you can run them without oil for a few hundred miles! There's a reason ford kept this design going for over 40 years lol.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:44 am 
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Didnt realise that had a grinding bit in that link, there is another one on the forum, i just saw that and copied the link for it thinking it was the one lol.

Yeah I would use feeler gauges, thats what I did with my old hcs back in the day. They are good engines indeed, I managed to kill one though through oil starvation, apart from that, it got abused to high hell and didnt miss a beat!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:28 am 
good god thats mega miles well done getting it that far! :D

one of fords best work horse engines by far! :D


worn tappets have little grooves in them that make feeler gauges lie to you, its good to overly tighten them to counter this, not much max 0.1 of a mm


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:19 am 
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270,000 jesus thats good going that, you must spend on oil you!

but yeh feeler gauges are what ya need iv done this on two of my old hcs engines and both times you couldnt hear it running... both still blew up thou again starvation of oil hey hoo in went a zetec!

good luck mate :)

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