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Ford Capri Common Problems and Solutions

Spare wheel well

Problem:

If you have noticed that the spare wheel well is getting clogged up with water, this is most likely due to the bungs.

Models affected:

Solution:

To solve this problem, remove the bungs. You are best checking this is done, as the retained water will only lead to future issues.

Difficulty level

1

Carburettor problems

Problem:

If the car is still fitted with the original Ford carburettor then it will not be running as well as it could be.

Models affected:

Solution:

Most cars have now been fitted with the Webber replacements but if not, make sure you get it done soon to get the maximum performance from your Capri.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Carburettor

Part required

Carburettor

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Gearbox problems

Problem:

Due to age there is going to be wear on this part. Particularly check for noise in 2nd gear. This can either be due to worn bushes. A more severe problem would be worn bearings.

Models affected:

Solution:

The bushes are not too expensive to replace. If it is the bearings you will need some severe gearbox reconstruction or even a new gearbox.

Difficulty level

5

Front brake problems

Problem:

The front brake discs can be very worn. You would notice this if there is a real jittering from the front brakes. The jittering could also be caused by the wheel bearings. You will have to identify exactly which part is at fault.

Models affected:

Solution:

You will have to replace the discs if they are the problem. Otherwise, a replacement wheel bearing will be needed if this is the problem.

Difficulty level

4

Part you need

Brake Disc

Part required

Brake Disc

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Dropped doors

Problem:

The doors are very heavy and can cause a lot of stress on the door pins. Any rot around the door posts could also cause them to drop.

Models affected:

Solution:

If they have dropped due to the door pins, you will have to replace the pins.

Difficulty level

3

Part you need

Door

Part required

Door

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Wheel arch rot

Problem:

Make sure you check both the front and rear wheel arches on the car as they prone to rot. Ensure that the inner protective guards are in place to help prevent this problem.

Models affected:

Solution:

If you need to replace them, then you will need new wings which are hard to come by and can be very expensive.

Difficulty level

3

Front valance and headlamp surrounds

Problem:

If you are considering buying a Ford Capri, it is best to check the headlamp surrounds and front valance for rust. It is prone to rusting in these areas.

Models affected:

Solution:

If there is rust, you can first try to rub it down and paint over the affected area. If the rust is too bad, then you will have to buy a replacement part and have it fitted. Watch the video below to see how they deal with the rust on this car:

Difficulty level

2

Reading these common Ford Capri problems should help you find out what is wrong with your Ford Capri – or just what to look out for in the future. We’ll also give suggestions on what to do if your Ford Capri does have one of these issues.