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Ford want £73 for a new one, but it will be mid to end of next week before it arrives. So for the time being until that arrives I've got a cheap one off Amazon coming tomorrow.
IIRC it was about £50 for the valve back then, and I heard that ebay ones were a bit of a lottery so I just put up with constant warm air which actually wasn't too bad.
 

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EBay ones are fine tbh, there’s nothing to them, not like they’re a complicated electronic effort, just buy a few and keep a spare, it will still be cheaper than a Ford one.
 

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Spent some more time on the puma this morning.
I finally managed to get the oil filter off, although it needed the big wrench to get it moving.
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At first the arms on the tool wouldn't grip the filter so had to improvise again.
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A short section on silicone hose gave the arms something to grip on and eventually it started to turn.
Bit of a naff picture as it was cloudy but the oil filter is bent and deformed due to how much force it took to get it to undo.
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New Mann filter installed, hand tight.
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Then I moved onto the gearbox torque link, the old and original one was shot and the squeak every time I changed gear or let off the throttle was driving me nuts.
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And new one fitted.
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Still waiting for the hcv to arrive so fit some new bulbs as the bulbs fitted are pants.
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I can never understand why people put oil filters on so tight. Had similar on a Fiesta once, and unfortunately despite being very careful the strap wrench caught and split the oil cooler too when undoing it, all because some half wit overtightened it.
 

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Well that was an absolute pain in the ****.
The cheapie hcv arrived as did some gearbox oil.
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Dropped the gearbox oil and refilled with no problems, while that was draining I fit the hcv. What a pile of **** that it is, plugged it in and nothing no heat in the car and one of the pipes on the back isn't warming up. So I pull it back off and start testing it, sure enough when I add 12v there's no movement. I pull it apart to find this.
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This was brand new and in a sealed bag, I guess you get what you pay for and thankfully I've ordered a genuine one. Anyway I've managed to cobble a hybrid together from the old and new.
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Finally managed to bleed the system and get the heater working again. If I wasn't in a pinch I wouldn't have bought the cheap one and would have just waited for the ford part to arrive.
 

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EBay ones are fine tbh, there’s nothing to them, not like they’re a complicated electronic effort, just buy a few and keep a spare, it will still be cheaper than a Ford one.
I can 100% confirm this to be bull ****.
 

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Well I’ve fitted at least five over the years , on different cars, but not had a problem or a fail, I’m not saying the really cheap ones, but the ones around the £20 mark.
 

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I've had another session with the millennium this evening. When faffing with the hcv I noticed there was an oil leak from the cam cover so ordered a new seal, which arrived today.
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So thought I'd do the plugs, leads and coil pack while it's in bits.
Cover off, and noticed more oil leaking into to the spark plug well.
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Coil pack, leads and cover off and it looks like the last person to own it had trouble getting it to seal correctly as there's silicone everywhere, lots of it. Also I'd say they re used the rubber seal as it was quite hard and certainly showing its age.
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Anyway I cleaned up and fished out all of the silicone and cleaned the sealing surfaces. Also it looks like the radiator hose going into the head has leaked considerably at some point in the past as there's a fair bit of hard crystallised antifreeze on the coil pack mount and around the top of the hose. This will be the next job, new hoses all round.
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Anyway, I gave the cover a bit of a clean and refit it.
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I then fit the new coil pack.
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And the new plugs and leads and buttoned everything back up.
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I love it when the car feels smoother and nicer to drive after every job or replacing a part. It always amazes me how much difference a decent service makes.
 

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A little bit disappointing that you get a car that is outstanding for its age and type in terms of body work to be let down by what appears to be substandard maintenance under the bonnet, but at least you've got a good grip of it.
 

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Yeah, isn't it always the way. The maintenance hasn't been terrible, just not up to my standard. As for the silicone though, I absolutely detest the use of it and those that use it when it's not needed. Even if a new gasket was used it would have leaked due to how tight the cam cover nuts were, they're supposed to be torqued to 10nm and I'd say they were more than double that.
Whoever maintained it was definitely in the mindset of the tighter the better.
 

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Attempted the oil change this evening, unfortunately it didn't go to plan.
Dropped the oil with no problems.
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The sump plug was a bit tight for my liking on an aluminium sump but came off relatively easily.

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Then it came to the oil filter, God knows what the guy who fit it was thinking but it's unbelievably tight. I tired the usual oil filter cup style thing which wouldn't grip it, there wasn't enough room to get my chain style tool around and I couldn't find my 3 arm jaw tighten as you undo style tool. So for now I've had to put clean oil in with a dirty filter. So that's just over 4lt of oil waisted as I'm going to have to do it again when the new oil filter tool arrives.

Anyway while I was out I changed the candle power side lights for some of the led bulbs I used on the st.

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Screw driver through oil filter thèn lever it works for me.
 

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I was taught do it right or don't do it at all. I got the filter of intact and without getting oil everywhere.
 

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Discussion Starter · #60 ·
Had half an hour on the puma last night, replaced the old frayed engine earth strap and the dying rear wiper motor.
Ok, so it's definitely overkill but I already had it and the original part is no longer available.
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The rear wiper motor wouldn't self park, would stop as soon as you flip the lever back and was rather jerky. £20 from a breakers and the problem was sorted. Also opened the replacement up cleaned and r e greased everything to hopefully give it an easier and longer life.
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