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Old 22nd February 2012, 23:13   #106
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In my Ikon, the temperature needle has never crossed the 1/3rd mark till now. So I am rest assured, it is not meant to cross that level.
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The high speed has only engaged maybe 2 times in about 10000 kms. Low speed is common in traffic jams. otherwise it is pretty cool.!
How loud is the slow speed fan sound? Discernible?
If the fan runs only at high speed, where do i have to look at?
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In my Ikon, the temperature needle has never crossed the 1/3rd mark till now. So I am rest assured, it is not meant to cross that level.
@ Fordmanchau - Is yours a 1.6l rocam engine , then i believe i have found my answer.

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How loud is the slow speed fan sound? Discernible?
If the fan runs only at high speed, where do i have to look at?
@ramzsys - 2 things you have to look at CTS - coolant temperature sensor which is on the thermostat housing should be around 47Kohms when cold ( test with multi meter) and the coolant fan resistor.

You can check the fan resistor (Rs.1250) this is a 10 minute job, please do not drive without the low speed as it is also the AC condensor fan. The thermostat may cost you the same. You can get the entire housing , thermostat and sensor for about 3k.
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My car was a little different though. I am not sure if it was due to the age of the car. Every time I sent the car to Ford for regular service which was done once a year (As running was low), I had them replace the coolant.

Was it really necessary to replace the coolant so often? As regards the Fiesta, I remember my service adviser saying that the 'Duratec' models needed a coolant change only at 1 lac Kms on the odo.
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Was it really necessary to replace the coolant so often? As regards the Fiesta, I remember my service adviser saying that the 'Duratec' models needed a coolant change only at 1 lac Kms on the odo.
Pink coolant : one lakh km.
Green : every 20k km or around.
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Was it really necessary to replace the coolant so often?
No. I just did it.

I can't comment on the coolant life cycle in newer generation cars. The manual will give you the most accurate information.

1lac km might be a bit too long for our conditions. I would replace it every 30'000km. Once again, this is just my way of doing it. It may not be required at all.
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@ Fordmanchau - Is yours a 1.6l rocam engine , then i believe i have found my answer.
No!! Mine is a 1.3 ROCAM.
But I believe, the engine charateristics would not alter much for 1.6 and 1.3 or will it ?

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Pink coolant : one lakh km.
Green : every 20k km or around.
My Ikon has a pink coolant and has not been changed till now. The odo is at 25200km.
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You can check the fan resistor (Rs.1250) this is a 10 minute job, please do not drive without the low speed as it is also the AC condensor fan
Wish I had known this. Ford, as usual, got me to replace the entire fan assembly and this set me back a shade over Rs. 7000.

My car was running with its original fan for 11 years. I was the 2nd owner though. The slow speed died one day but I realized it very late. Did a 700km drive with a busted fan but the engine kept its cool.

While at Ford, getting a new fan fixed, its a 20 minute job, I did notice that the old fan had indeed seen its days. When trying to manually rotate the fan blades, it had a jammed feel to it. As in the blades would not rotate freely when you tried to spin it with your hand. I am sure a rewind of the motor could be done as the fan was still functional. You can easily catch a fan unit that is about to pack up as when it does kick in, you will notice a fluctuation in the electrical's (lights would dim momentarily in the console) as its sapping too much power to start up.
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Wish I had known this. Ford, as usual, got me to replace the entire fan assembly and this set me back a shade over Rs. 7000.
After 5 years, when you get frequent part failures, better to keep some time to spend with the local mechanic over a cup of tea.
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You can easily catch a fan unit that is about to pack up as when it does kick in, you will notice a fluctuation in the electrical's (lights would dim momentarily in the console) as its sapping too much power to start up.
Whoa. My fan shows the same sign, and until now i was blaming that low-cost Motorcraft battery.
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After 5 years, when you get frequent part failures, better to keep some time to spend with the local mechanic over a cup of tea.
You are so spot on right about this. I should have done this. In the 2 years I owned the car, I spent over a lac on repairs and its upkeep and then sold it for a loss, obviously. I am sure a good mechanic could have kept costs under check quite easily

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Whoa. My fan shows the same sign, and until now i was blaming that low-cost Motorcraft battery.
Don't worry too much about this. With the car turned off and in cold condition, try and rotate the fan blade with your hand and check if it rotates freely. If it does there is nothing to worry. If there is resistance, you are jacked:-).

The Motorcraft battery is not great and I won't say it is bad. For a OEM battery, it is very good. Worked without a hitch for 2 years and showed no sign of fade. The new owner of my car has not complained too. For Rs. 2000, it is a excellent battery.

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You are so spot on right about this. I should have done this. In the 2 years I owned the car, I spent over a lac on repairs and its upkeep and then sold it for a loss, obviously. I am sure a good mechanic could have kept costs under check quite easily



Don't worry too much about this. With the car turned off and in cold condition, try and rotate the fan blade with your hand and check if it rotates freely. If it does there is nothing to worry. If there is resistance, you are jacked:-).

The Motorcraft battery is not great and I won't say it is bad. For a OEM battery, it is very good. Worked without a hitch for 2 years and showed no sign of fade. The new owner of my car has not complained too. For Rs. 2000, it is a excellent battery.
Guys, the fan motor is about 800 to 1000 rupees, 10 minute job again. The entire unit cannot go wrong. 800 - local 1000 - imported and more RPM for same voltage so more CFM. Agreed local Mech would be the best. Ford would like it always does make your wallet a tad lighter.
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No!! Mine is a 1.3 ROCAM.
But I believe, the engine charateristics would not alter much for 1.6 and 1.3 or will it ?


My Ikon has a pink coolant and has not been changed till now. The odo is at 25200km.
The 1.3 and 1.6 is vastly different in terms of gauges , but the engine design is the same. I have the pink coolant too. Pink is an OAT based coolant which is much better
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Guys, the fan motor is about 800 to 1000 rupees, 10 minute job again.
Where exactly is the fan slow speed resistor? I can see wiring from the fan relay going into the fan through a socket, it is 2 wired.

Thanks, in advance.
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Where exactly is the fan slow speed resistor? I can see wiring from the fan relay going into the fan through a socket, it is 2 wired.

Thanks, in advance.
This is connector at the bottom left of the fan shroud. 3 wires, it plugs into a resistor. or the bottom most connector. This is an easy fix for DIY as well.(thin hands required). I attached the exact part picture. Mods - hope this is ok.
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Managed to spot that resistor block. All this time i was wondering why 2 set of power lines goes into that radiator fan!

PS:Reference pic from that of fiesta
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