I am not sure how this started now
but the car was loosing coolant at a rate of about 1 litre per 1000 miles. If
you were only driving low mileage s you might not notice too much but at the
time I was doing nearly that much each week on business.
Fords in Matlock suggested a
radiator cap initially which I purchased. I noticed that the old cap had two
rubber 'O' rings and the new one only one. Their solution ..take the second ring
off the old one and put it on the new one!
This of course did not cure the
Around the same time, I am not sure
now whether it was before or after the start of the leak, someoneís Grandad
(well someone must like him) reversed into the side of the car in a local car
park and bent the rear nearside door. Insurance job .. the car went to a
Vauxhall dealer for repair, as they were the approved garage as far as my
insurance company was concerned. They did the bodywork ok but could not restart
the car. They bought in a specialist auto electrician who traced it to faulty
wiring shorting out on top of the engine between the heads. You can see the
photo below of the damage.
So I decided that I could live with
a water leak. I had it pressure tested by a local garage and also Lathams , a
Ford dealer in Belper. No leak found, I donít think they tested it when cooling,
cold or not running however .
This leak has stayed about the same
for nearly 3 years!! During this period the Auto Gearbox oil all poured out and
pipes rusted through due to sitting in dirt in the belly pan . New pipes were
made up by local garage and we left the belly pan left off for a year although
it has now been refitted.
I had it pressure tested again and I
am sure the garage put the water pressure up too much because the radiator was
then swollen but not leakingÖ so a new radiator was then fitted. Still had the
The next issue that came along was one morning the gearbox would not
change smoothly. After a few minutes the problem went away. This would happen
occasionally but was worse in the winter if the car was left for a few days and
it was cold and damp.
Over the last year it has got worse and worse and is now solid Ė
it was intermittent up to Christmas.
Original symptoms, refusing to change gear properly leaping
about from one gear to another, when about to change from say 2nd to
3rd, it disengaged, over revved and then engaged with a bump.
Also the gear lever has to be moved slightly beyond the required
position to engage correctly. E.g. just past drive and then let it move back to
drive position, or just past reverse (from park) and then let it settle in
The problems used to clear up when car warm and dry (up to
Christmas 2001) and mainly occurred when the weather was cold and damp. Lathamís
of Belper again checked the car and replaced the external speed sensor (Summer
2001) and changed the oil in the box, but they did not change the filters saying
something about bits might fall out of the box!! I am not sure I believe this.
When the car had the intermittent problem the Speedo would read
mainly zero and then flick about zero to max, the variable power steering would
go between no assist and max assist at the wrong times, and the o/d light would
flash. All the symptoms would slowly clear as it warmed up and sorted
Problem is now continuous and first and reverse will hardly
engage at all. If I put the box into second gear it will engage but the engine
typically cuts out, this may be due to the misfire, or not, I just donít
Misfire problem .
This has only occurred since December 2001. The car usually misfires
within a minute of start-up. I have noticed that a cable has been rubbing on the
power steering pulley and is partially worn through. I donít know what
cable that is.
With the car not engaging gear and the engine misfiring and cutting out
as soon as I tried to get it into a gear and move it I had very few
choices as to what to do. After chatting with various people on the web site I
decided to trailer the car to Meteor Ford in Birmingham. The senior mechanic
there, Stan is a fully trained Scorpio and FDS2000 WDS
person, in fact one of the first master technicians on the Scorpio in the UK.
His son was on the 24v inlet design team and his sonís boss was something major
in the design / management of the Scorpio 24v engine. So anything Stan
doesnít know he can find out very easily. I have spent a couple of hours
chatting with him, a genuine bloke and good mechanic.