|Buyers Guide - What to look out for
The Mk4/5 Cortina was equipped with either the 1.3 Kent, 1.6/2.0 Pinto or 2.3 Cologne
engines. All are fairly tough provided they are looked after and receive regular oil
and filter changes. Take the dipstick out and see what colour the oil is. Jet black
indicates that it hasn't been changed for some time.
Fitted to base models the tappets get noisy with age and timing chains rattle.
Look for oil fumes when revved coming from the filler cap suggesting worn piston rings.
Fitted to higher spec Cortina models. Noisy tappets are very common. Fibre timing gears are a
weak point and the teeth can snap, however stronger steel replacements are available.
Thanks go to MH_Cortina from the buysellcortina forum for the image of the Kent engine.
If I have mistakenly used any pictures without your prior permission please let me know and I will remove them.
This is the most common engine you will come across in the Cortina range. The oil spray
bar can become clogged if the oil has not been changed regularly (every 5000 miles). This leads to
oil starvation to the camshaft which wears rapidly as a result. Re-designed spray bars with
bigger holes cost about £6 and help stop clogging.
the cambelt needs to be changed every 30,000 miles. If the timing belt cover has been removed
the belt can get wet and snap as well as rubbing on any surrounding pipework.
Ford VV carburettor's are often replaced by 32/36 DGAV Weber's (found on 2.0's) as the VV spindles
wear and the diaphragm is prone to splitting.
Part 4 - Running Gear >