Having problems with your Ford Festiva ?

Was slowing down to go through 80 zone when car kept slowing down and stopped altogether and puff of smoke came from under bonnet

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 23-04-2018

Answers :

Hello, You need to look under the bonnet for traces of the smoke. You could see signs of liquid splatter, and see burned wires or parts. There are rubber belts which drive all the pulleys on the engine. If the belt broke, it could easily have tangled up with important engine wiring and tore them loose. You could also have lacerated a cooling hose and temporarily shorted the engine.
\012There are machines which are handheld scanners and they can pinpoint an electrical defect. If you do not observe a burned up or wet part, then you will need to scan the car. Another possibility would be the timing chain or belt. This is a different belt than the one that drives the pulleys.
\012Depending on the engine design, you may be able to see the camshaft gear turn. If you have the metal shroud around the front of the motor, the timing belt is under the shroud. There are marks on the gears for timing. The timing belt gears are not like a pulley. They have to be in sync.
\012There is a safety switch called an Inertia switch. It would not be responsible for smoke and is why I mentioned it last. Only if the engine appears not to be getting fuel, would you reset this device. It will either be behind the kick panels under the dash or in the rear quarter panels behind a removeable flap. Just push the button down to reset it.
\012I hope my solution is helpful in fixing your car.
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