Hi - I just got hold of a 1998 Fiesta 1.3 Encore and the coolant looks dodgy and I want to change it. Don't want to buy a Haynes just for that, as I am selling it on. Anyone give me some tips on changing the coolant? Best hoses to detach? Bleed valve locations? Any help appreciated. Thanks....
Yup - it's a plastic drain plug on bottom corner of rad just above the bottom hose. Some aftermarket rads don't have them though, so you might have to pull the bottom hose off instead. If you do this, replace the stupid cheap spring loaded Ford clips with proper jubilee clips of the right size.
No bleed screws on these Fiestas. Fill the tank slowly to the MAX mark, start the engine, turn the heater to hot and run it at fast idle, keeping the level topped up near MAX as it drops. If the heater doesn't get warm you might have to stop the engine, and ease each of the two hoses off the heater valve on the bulkhead in turn to release the air. The heater valve is the highest point on the system.
Not a bad job in all honesty, but would be easier with bleed screws.