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#1 vetStephen

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 11:46

Hey,

while we were on holiday a few months ago, my mums car's engine got flooded, and she caleld RAC out, they said the spark plugs needed replaceing, long story short, we now have some new sparkplugs, but carnt figure out how to get the air filter off the engine block to replace them.


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we've removed the two hex bolts seen on the front of it, but there seems to be a hiden clip on the back left we carnt get to.

any ideas?

it is a ford zetec 1.4 petrol

thanks
ste


#2 SoCalledChaos

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 19:10

check under the car and see if you can get to them that way

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 22:10

I've tried googling it and came up with next to nothing to help. If it helps your searching at all I think you're referring to the engine cover and not the air filter (the air filter is very different). I would first ask at a ford forum, then I would look to see if I could 'acquire' an electronic version of the Haynes Manual, failing that I would buy one from the high street, it will be about £10-15.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 22:27

actually it looks like the air filter IS the engine cover judging by the pic. Taker off the bolts on top and uncrew the screw for the clamp on the left hose (I don't see one on the right, which is very odd)

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 04:14

Can I ask how it flooded while you was on holiday ?

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:16

actually it looks like the air filter IS the engine cover judging by the pic. Taker off the bolts on top and uncrew the screw for the clamp on the left hose (I don't see one on the right, which is very odd)


Ah yes, is that the air intake going into the top left of the engine cover? Seems odd to me!

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:40

Ah yes, is that the air intake going into the top left of the engine cover? Seems odd to me!

looks like the external hose is the one on the right, and going into the engine is one on left. VERY odd setup

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:28

If I were you I'd get one of those Haynes manuals for your car, that'll tell you how to get to the spark plugs.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 11:39

Why haven't you removed the cover yet?

What year is it? Does it have plugs?

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 13:22

Why haven't you removed the cover yet?

What year is it? Does it have plugs?



he's trying to find out how to take the cover off....

#11 OP vetStephen

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 16:30

Can I ask how it flooded while you was on holiday ?

that was kinda my fault, i started it on a slope and aparently the guy said its cos i started it on a slope o_0

will be looking at this this weekend, thanks for the replys.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 16:55

...
any ideas?

it is a ford zetec 1.4 petrol

thanks
ste

What year is it? and the Engine cover says Duratec not Zetec...

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:06

What year is it? and the Engine cover says Duratec not Zetec...

yeh, but it is a ford fiesta zetec see:

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the year of the car is 2004

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 15:52

that was kinda my fault, i started it on a slope and aparently the guy said its cos i started it on a slope o_0

:huh:

That would be a first. Starting your car on a slope should bring no damage to your air filter whatsoever, especially not to an air filter in a 2004 car.

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Posted 14 June 2008 - 17:27

:huh:

That would be a first. Starting your car on a slope should bring no damage to your air filter whatsoever, especially not to an air filter in a 2004 car.

erm, i flooded the engine, RAC man came, cleaned the spark plugs, then said we could do with some new ones, so weve bought the official ford ones, and then we are strugling to get the air filter off, at no point have i said i damaged my airfilter

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