Engine Troubles and Causes of Ford Antique Cars

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Article Contained :

  • Fails to Start
  • Missing at Low Speed

  • Missing at High Speed

  • Engine Stops

  • Engine Overheats

  • Engine Knocks


Engine Troubles and Causes of Ford Antique Cars

Engine Troubles and Causes of Ford Antique Cars

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Fails to Start

If starter turns engine over freely, check the following : Ignition switch.

Gasoline tank empty or supply shut off.

If engine is cold, mixture may not be rich enough choke button not pulled back.

Warm engine over choking.

Breaker points too close. The correct adjustment is .018″ to .022″.

Spark plug gaps too wide. Correct gap .025″ to .030″.

Water in sediment bulb or carburetor.

Starter Fails to Turn Engine Over

Battery run down.   A quick way to check this is to turn on the lights, and depress the starter switch.   If the battery is weak the lights will go out or grow quite dim.

If the battery is run down, have it recharged.

Loose  or  dirty  battery  connections. See  that  both  the negative and positive battery terminal connections are clean and tight.These connections should be checked regularly.

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Missing at Low Speed

Gas mixture too rich or too lean.   See carburetor adjustment.

Too close a gap between spark plug points.The correct gap is .025″ to .030″.

Breaker points improperly adjusted, badly burnt or pitted. See adjusting breaker contact points,
Fouled spark plug.Plugs should occasionally be cleaned and the gaps checked.

Water in gasoline.


Missing at High Speed

Insufficient gasoline flowing to carburetor due to gasoline line or filter screen being partly clogged.

Gas mixture too rich or too lean.

Water in gasoline, drain sediment bulb and carburetor.

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Engine Stops 

Gasoline tank empty.

Dirt in fuel line or carburetor.

Gas mixture too lean.

Ignition switch not working properly.


 Overheat Engine

Lack of water, radiator should be kept well filled.

Lack of oil , check oil level.

Fan belt loose or slipping.

Carbon deposit on piston heads and in combustion chamber.

This can be corrected by taking off the cylinder head and removing the carbon. (Ford dealers are equipped for this work).

Incorrect spark timing.

Gas mixture too rich.

Water circulation retarded by sediment in radiator.

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Engine Knocks

Carbon knock – caused by a deposit of carbon in combustion chamber and on piston heads.  Take off cylinder head and remove carbon.

Ignition knock – If this occurs under ordinary driving conditions, check ignition timing.

Engine overheats.

Loose bearing.If a bearing has become loose it should be adjusted by an authorized Ford mechanic.

Do not mistake an ignition knock for a loose bearing.

Ignition knocks usually occur when the car is suddenly accelerated or when ascending steep grades or travelling through heavy sand with the spark lever fully advanced.   Slightly retarding  the  spark lever  eliminates the  knock.

The  spark should be advanced as soon as normal road conditions are encountered.

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Use Only Genuine Ford Parts

To repair a car so that it. will be restored to its original condition, parts identical in precision of manufacture and quality  of  material with original parts must be  used. Only GENUINE FORD PARTS are identical with the original parts in your car.To ensure satisfactory operation, always insist on GENUINE FORD PARTS.

Engine Troubles and Causes of Ford Antique Cars Article Source is ” A New Car ” Instruction guide ( 1922 ) By Ford Motor Company, Canada.