How to Repair Your Ford Fiesta MK6 Yourself: A Step-by-Step Guide
If you own a Ford Fiesta MK6, you may be wondering how to save money and time by doing some repairs yourself. The Ford Fiesta MK6, also known as the sixth generation Fiesta or the Mk7 in the United Kingdom, is a supermini car that was launched in 2008 and has been praised for its stylish looks and excellent driving dynamics.
However, like any car, it may need some maintenance or repairs from time to time. In this article, we will show you how to repair your Ford Fiesta MK6 yourself with this easy-to-follow manual. We will cover some common problems and solutions, as well as some tips and tricks to make the process easier and safer.
Before you start, make sure you have the following tools and equipment:
A repair manual for your specific model of Ford Fiesta MK6. You can find one online or buy one from a Ford dealer or a bookstore.
A set of basic tools, such as a screwdriver, a wrench, a socket set, a hammer, a pliers, a wire cutter, etc.
A jack and jack stands to lift and support your car.
A wheel chock to prevent your car from rolling.
A drain pan to collect any fluids that may leak from your car.
A pair of gloves and safety glasses to protect your hands and eyes.
A flashlight or a work light to illuminate your work area.
How to Change Your Oil and Filter
One of the most basic and important repairs you can do yourself is changing your oil and filter. This will help keep your engine running smoothly and efficiently, as well as prevent damage from dirt and debris. You should change your oil and filter every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.
Here are the steps to change your oil and filter:
Park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine. Wait for at least 15 minutes to let the oil cool down.
Open the hood and locate the oil filler cap on top of the engine. Remove it and set it aside.
Place the drain pan under the oil drain plug, which is located at the bottom of the engine. Use a wrench to loosen and remove the plug. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot oil. Let the oil drain completely into the pan.
While the oil is draining, locate the oil filter, which is usually on the side of the engine. Use a filter wrench or a pliers to loosen and remove it. Some oil may spill out, so have some rags ready to wipe it up.
Take the new oil filter and apply some fresh oil on the rubber gasket. This will help create a good seal and prevent leaks. Screw the new filter onto the engine by hand until it is snug. Do not over tighten it.
Replace the oil drain plug and tighten it with a wrench. Do not over tighten it.
Pour the new oil into the engine through the oil filler cap. Use a funnel to avoid spills. Check your owner's manual or repair manual for the correct type and amount of oil for your car.
Replace the oil filler cap and close the hood.
Start your engine and let it run for a few minutes. Check for any leaks under your car. If you see any, turn off your engine and fix them before driving.
Turn off your engine and check your oil level with the dipstick. It should be between the minimum and maximum marks. If it is too low, add more oil. If it is too high, drain some oil.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed your oil and filter.
How to Change Your Battery
Another simple and useful repair you can do yourself is changing your battery. This will help prevent your car from losing power or not starting at all, especially in cold weather. You should change your battery every 4 to 6 years or when you notice signs of deterioration, such as corrosion, cracks, leaks, or low voltage.
Here are the steps to change your battery:
Park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine. Remove the key from the ignition and disconnect any accessories that may drain the battery, such as lights, radio, or phone chargers.
Open the hood and locate the battery, which is usually on the left hand side of the engine compartment.
Use a wrench to loosen and remove the negative (-) battery cable clamp from the battery terminal. Be careful not to touch the positive (+) terminal or any metal parts with the wrench or the cable. Wrap the cable end with a rag or tape and tuck it away from the battery.
Repeat step 3 for the positive (+) battery cable clamp.
Remove any brackets or straps that hold the battery in place. Lift the battery out of its tray and place it on a flat surface. Be careful not to tip or drop the battery, as it may leak acid or explode.
Take the new battery and remove any protective caps or covers from the terminals. Place it in the tray and secure it with the brackets or straps.
Use a wire brush or a baking soda solution to clean any corrosion or dirt from the cable clamps and the battery terminals.
Apply some petroleum jelly or grease on the terminals to prevent corrosion.
Attach the positive (+) cable clamp to the positive (+) terminal and tighten it with a wrench. Make sure there is a good contact and no sparks.
Repeat step 9 for the negative (-) cable clamp and terminal.
Close the hood and start your engine. Check if everything works normally.
Congratulations! You have successfully changed your battery.
How to Change Your Air Filter
Another easy and beneficial repair you can do yourself is changing your air filter. This will help improve your engine performance and fuel economy, as well as reduce emissions and protect your engine from dust and debris. You should change your air filter every 12,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first.
Here are the steps to change your air filter:
Park your car on a level surface and turn off the engine. Wait for at least 15 minutes to let the engine cool down.
Open the hood and locate the air filter box, which is usually a black plastic box on the right hand side of the engine compartment.
Use a screwdriver or a T20 Torx drive to loosen and remove the screws or clips that hold the lid of the air filter box.
Lift the lid and remove the old air filter. You may need to pull it out with some force.
Inspect the air filter box for any dirt or debris and clean it with a rag or a vacuum cleaner if necessary.