Guess the car problem……
wife was just driving me into work for the last day and the car gave up.
52 reg Fiesta 1.4 TDCI
It was working fine last night,
Started fine this morning, ticking over while de-icing.
pulled out of street and there was a little whiff of burning rubber
drive out onto the street there was a 'slapping' sound coming from what seemed like the front passenger wheel.
got out had a look couldnt see anything.
carried on a bit futher, the slapping continued getitng louder then a dull THUD, then a scary, metal on metal screeching noise.
the car still turned over then common sense said, turn it off its fooked.
answers on a post card please 🙁
i reckon its the timing belt snapped or there was no anti freeze.
its was serviced about 10 months ago.
the timing belt as far as i know has never been changed.
will keep you posted as i wait for mr RAC.
just before Christmas great!Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
Some kind of auxillary belt, but unlikely to be the timing belt from your description.
I would have thought the timing belt should have been changed by now if it's a 52 plate. It's normally X,000 miles or X years. I'd get that looked into before long once you get this problem sorted.Posted 8 years ago
If it's going into a garage anyway, I'd get it changed at the same time.mileseyMember
Maybe it's a frozen waterpump? If so, when you started the car the pump was locked up with ice but the engine driven belt was still trying to drive it – giving the burning rubber smell? Until something let go and caused the metal on metal noise.
Have you got proper engine coolant mix or is it all water?Posted 8 years ago
update… (god im sad but giving joy to those in work as im sat here waiting for RAC mans call)
called a freind of a friends, freind who works in a garage to check if we can take it down.
milesey, funnily enough the guy in the garage said the exact same thing as you, last night was hell of alot colder than previous nights, he said it is more than likely the waterpump.
thing is the garage closes at 5pm then shuts until the 5th, ah well atleast she will be in a warm garage with friends 😉Posted 8 years agocoffeekingMember
Water pump was my first thought, but should have had coolant checked at the service, and should be running a -20 mix in the UK really, poor servicing.
We heard a big thud from ours last night, and the car lurched forward a couple of yards. I've had a good look this morning, and the only explanation I can come up with was it was the idiot in the Laguna that rear ended us while looking the other way.
I hope that was in jest and you're aware enough of your surroundings/car to determine whether you were hit or had a mechanical failure!Posted 8 years ago
well slap me in the face wih a wet fish….
we were all wrong!……. 😉
turns out it was the front passnger side suspension coil had snapped!!!
RAC man said it was probably on the way out, the freezing ice helped it along.
the slapping noise was the arch rubbing the wheel, the rubber smell well… was the tyre.
i actually found part of the coil down the road which hit the rear tyre causing a flat.
garage reckon £100 all in to fit a new one.
merry christmas one and all…Posted 8 years agostumpy01Member
How very odd!!
I had a phone call from the other half earlier. She had taken her parents into town as their car was in the garage.
They all got back in the car to drive home & there was a loud bang and the back of the car dropped.
She was after some advice on what it could be & what to do.
I suggested that it was probably a broken coil on the rear suspension. SHe doesn't have RAC cover, but luckily her mum's RAC cover worked for her even though she's in a different car. So, she's just gotta wait for them to turn up (they reckon 3-4hrs!!) and it's getting new coils tomorrow.Posted 8 years ago
coffeeking – Member
You didn't notice that the suspension had collapsed?!
It's not as clear cut as that. When ours broke the only symptom was an annoying rattle, which after a lot of invesigation turned out to be a bit of the spring rattling in the mount. You'd have never have spotted it driving the car.
However, if you read the OP, you'll see he noticed it very quickly so less of the hasty judgement is needed, I think! 🙂Posted 8 years ago
It's not as clear cut as that. When ours broke the only symptom was an annoying rattle, which after a lot of invesigation turned out to be a bit of the spring rattling in the mount. You'd have never have spotted it driving the car
and yes thank you PP that sums up exactly what happened, i bid you a good christmas sirPosted 8 years agoWorldClassAccidentMember
Love the total misdiagnosis from everyone followed by criticism because the OP didn't notice.
Reminds me of a trip to Birmingham with some mates in my girlfriends car. She pulls off the motorway and at the slip road roundabout can't select the gears. We blokes jump out and push the car to the side of the road.
Stood around explaining about a snapped clutch cable or loose clutch cable when AA man turns up and points out there is no clutch cable as it is hydraulic. Goodnes how stupid my girlfriend was for not noticing that. If only we had PP with us thenPosted 8 years ago
Bloody 'ate PP and his know-it-all ways. If I ever go on a gameshow- your going to be the phone a friend
Hora, I just read what is in front of me and point out the obvious to those that haven't really understood. It's a talent of mine. 8)
i.e. Some are saying he's somehow foolish because he didn't notice the problem, and trying to belittle the guy because of that, when in fact he did notice pretty much instantly, if you actually READ THE OP PROPERLY! 🙂Posted 8 years agospenceMember
brant – Premier Member
"My handbrakes frozen on so the rear wheels are locked…"
Funny you should say that, my wife's 146 did this (again) over the weekend.
As for the coil spring, seems to be a more common occurrence these days, poorly maintained roads and speed humps. One went on the front of my Mondeo last year, you get the impression all hells broke loose.Posted 8 years ago
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