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Firstly i will ask what are your normal driving habits work? recreation? or other driving norms? Remember the more you drive and how you drive (city vs highway) pretty much dictate how often you should get a brake inspection along with the manufacturers recommendations. At this point you do need the brakes checked or just get the vehicle up in the air, and do get an estimate for future work that may be needed,. Does the vehicle have any warranty? (some national and local shops will inspect your vehicle for" FREE", it is a two sided coin you get to find out whats going on and they stand a chance to gain a new customer. I hope that you did have someone to inspect the vehicle before your purchase it???. Now Its time for you to start the preventive maintence program, some vehicle history never hurts, the small owners manual or check dealership for maintence schedule, I am assuming that you do wish to keep this vehicle for at least a little while?? Your Braking system is safety for you and others. How many miles are on the vehicle???
After a close look to make sure nothing is hindering the locking mechanism, check dealership for recalls, this could be happening to other fiesta owners, this vehicle is too new to be having this problem. and this is not a safe mode to drive in, actually this is a safety issue.
Over time some wiring will tend to sometimes rub against other wires and pieces of metal, and heat will melt the insulation, causing electrical problems. with the check engine light it may need a diagnostics check . Some vehicles will let you drive a while with the check engine light on, sometimes when people work on your vehicle if not careful they can cause a wire to end up where it shouldnt, you may want to have the repair person to check all electrical connections, for rust or corrosion,and check all visible wires for breaks and touching other metal parts. check fuses,wiper motor for correct power, Do wipers come on when you hit a bump and do wipers work when you turn the switch? How long has theft light been blinking? wires may be touching each other.
Are you saying a cv boot, if the boot is worn it will let debri and dirt into the joint which can cause problems, secondly always check power steering fluid level first may be low, and another part along with powerstering pump and lines, the rack and pinion unit, and most definity check tire pressure, a low tire will cause a change in steering conditions. Are you hearing any noise when turning?
make sure it is the timming belt, check your local dealership for on line coupons, recently i had a timming belt done at a dealership, it started off at 900.00, but with my coupons I only paid for labor, which ended up being 510.00. also if it is a timming belt problem have the tech to check water pump and oil seals in that same area, no sense in returning for work while the area that is being repaired also may need some other repairs. what kind of loud noises? belt or other noises?
How do you know you need a head gasket, there are several other parts that can also have leakages. Firstly you need to make sure there is adequate and the right coolant(coolant comes in several different types and colors)in the vehicle,Radiator,and resovoir bottle, There are some other things that you can do also, Once the coolant has been verified that it is in the vehicle,, you can pull the oil dip stick out and see if the oil has a MILKY, color to it. Next if the car is running, large amounts of white smoke may come out of the tail pipe if it is a head gasket problem.. If the vehicle is not running, or has been running,try and see if you have any leakage comming from ANY areas of the vehicle, under the hood and underneath the vehicle,The UPPER AND lOWER radiator hoses, temperature sensor, radiator, thermostate. In order for a car to run hot it comes from a leak or an absence of antifreeze, or clogged radiator(check old radiator fluid for brownish color/discoloration(flush may be needed and new coolant). You may not be able to see the water pump, and if you are not a service tech, you may want to have it towed to a shop for a cooling system pressure check. This could very well be a small problem, but anytime the car runs hot it is a leakage of fuild that allows the cooling system not to work properly, You know a head gasket is the last thing you want to add to your list start small, like filling the system with antifreeze, doing a visual check for leaks. Have you started the car since having it towed? Most cooling system problems arise due to driver failure to notice the temp hands change to the "H" position on their dash, or the coolant water light symbol on the dash. You gotta listen and look for warning signs on your dash lights. This problem probably has been growing for a little while, let me know what you find, ok, also ask questions while at the shop, and let the techs show you the bad part or area of leakage. If it is a head gasket, the prices vary, so shop around for resonable pricing, and quality workmanship, parts available, and time envolved, get estimates, and references from others about "good" shops. Also if this is found to be a water pump problem have the tech to also check the timing belt, there in the same area, let me know
Also check tires for proper inflation, and wear, and proper wheel weights on the wheels, have you had any recent work done or recommended service not performed, when was your last brake inspection, a lot of local chains do free brake, and suspensionn checks. If brakes seem to not work properly seek immediate attention. Extremely worn rotors can decrease braking, and become vey thin, and can cause a shimmy, I know, I have seen rotors almost thin as paper, which may cause other brake problems, have entire system checked .
I agree dont start throwng money at this problem, Hopefully a code has been set, so do a scan, also how is your preventive maintence been on this vehicle, are you doing your scheduled services in a timely manner? Let us know
Any fuel leak is not good, actually it probably started a little while ago, but none the less , Locate the source, fuel filter,metal/rubber fuel lines or a tank leak . Have someone to do a visual and smell test under the hood and vehicle, use vehicle safety.Also you can have a pressure test done. The cost depends on where the leak is, and what a person may want to charge for their time. All the above parts are underneath the vehicle, fuel pressure regulator, injectors, fuel rails , are under the hood.The fuel lines metal or rubber are not that expensive, repairing the tank varies. Have vehicle check by a quality shop or knowledgable tech, first before spending a lot of money, let me know what you find, thanks, but have checked immediately. May be small (smile) No smoking/flames around the vehicle. Also have you started putting more gas in , in the last few weeks? Your fuel pump is in the tank, so it is not what you smell, it is a leak, quite possibly a fuel line.
replace cap, ensure that you replace any loss antifreeze, in radiator, and resovior bottle. may need to get air out of the system by bleeding system. If tapping continues seek shop help to determine the cause of the tapping/clicking. Also the vehicle may have set a code, may need diagnostic scan.