Hi all, this forum has so far been extremely helpful with regards to information. But I have a few little sounds with my car that are worrying me.
The 147 is a 2001 TS 1.6, and it has done 38k miles so far.
I purchased the car recently, and I made sure it had both the FSH and had also had its cambelt changed.
The previous owner changed the cambelt at 35k miles, and in the receipts it's listed by the garage that carried out the work as 'Cambelt Kit'.
My first question is regarding that change and whether this means the cambelt and tensioner's were done. The garage I purchased the car off said such a thing written as 'cambelt kit' would mean the whole lot, so I now don't have to worry about this until the 65k-70k mark, right?
Another issue I have on start-up is a horrible engine retching sound. The only sort of sound I can compare this to is when changing gear and it doesn't quite happen when at high revs.
This sound lasts for all of 1-2 seconds on immediate start-up. After a little searching on these forums all I can think of it being is the variator. But now I'm wondering whether this should have been changed on the first cambelt change, or is it something that needs doing at the 65k mark cambelt change?
A friend has commented that the car sounds like a diesel on start-up, and me then feeling a little embarrassed could only comment and say it's a more powerful engine than his 1.3 Fiesta. Yes, he annoyed me with his comment, but he may have a point I admit.
When driving the car I can also hear a screeching/whistling sound when the vehicles speed is lowering in the region of 10-25 mph. No idea if this is at all related. The sound is very faint, and you can only really hear it if the window is down slightly, but it remains constant at the lower speeds.
And finally, a question on oil. From a little research on here a lot of people suggest to put 10-40w semi-synthetic oil in such a car. Is this fine for a 1.6 TS, as these suggestions for this oil came mostly for the 2.0l engines.
If I were to add this oil to the car currently without draining out the current oil in it, would this be an issue also? With me obviously not knowing what has previously been used in it.
For some reason I'm starting to think this is going to be an expensive car to own, but I'd rather be on top of it all and know exactly what to expect from it with repairs.
Many thanks for being a community with some priceless information so far, as it has helped wonders so far.
Merry xmas all.