Fiesta ST

First day back at work after returning from China. Long day and not many cars left in the lot at the end of today, but that’s okay. One thing I’m happy about is that I’m driving again — and no longer and subject to a world where drivers are in fourth gear by the time they hit 20 mph…

I ran the Fiesta ST at a local autocross event a month ago when it started overheating again in 67 degree weather. Immediately after the event, I called Demmer Lincoln and asked to schedule a time for them to look at my car, as their engine tech, Jessica, is apparently the tech for all things Ford hot hatch. She was swamped with work, so the service writer told me to come in next week.

Two weeks ago, I proceeded to drop the Fiesta ST off at the service department. Then… nothing. The car waited and waited in the service queue while several other cars in front of it were undergoing engine replacements or engine work.

Finally, there was a break in the action, and by that, I mean “the service tech had to wait on parts for all of the cars she was working on.” So the Fiesta ST finally rolled into the shop and got a diagnosis.

And the diagnosis is… a bad thermostat. Thermostat replaced, and the car was ready to be picked up. The car spent two weeks sitting outside, only to be buttoned up in an afternoon once it got into the shop.

I do wonder if this thermostat really is the solution to the problem. I suppose I’ll find out at the next autocross. Or perhaps I’ll not bother waiting to find out and just go ahead and replace the car with something else…

Dragged the tire trailer out from the backyard, and installed the trailer wiring harness on the Fiesta ST. My trailer may not be as fancy or as good-looking as those newfangled Leroy tire trailers, but dagummit, my ugly trailer can haul two sets of wheels and tires in a pinch. Also, I have new 245 width tires for the Miata to make the car legal for T5 for this weekend’s time trials at Gingerman. Time to hit up the tire shop tomorrow morning…

Mustang on the QuickJack, Miata and Morgan on ramps and jack stands, and the Fiesta ST on a jack for a tire change. I am, as it is said, “going full Tipple.” Half a day is gone and I’m barely scratching the list of what I hope to do this weekend…

Got my Fiesta ST back from the dealership. They replaced a coolant bypass valve. Has that solved my overheating issue? I’ll find out when I go autocrossing this weekend with the car. (They also replaced a bevy of motor mounts. Thanks, Bundy Hill.)

Last year, I had an overheating issue with the Fiesta ST. The fix was an engine replacement under warranty. Today, I’m out rallycrossing with Detroit Region SCCA at Bundy Hill and having a blast when the temperature gauge pegs itself on “H.” Finished out the day’s runs by blasting the heat in high, which is at least more tolerable now when it’s 45 degrees out and March compared to the 85 degrees last time this happened last year at the end of summer. So yeah, the overheating issue has not been fixed…

“With the weather so nice, I should put road insurance back in the Miata. It’s not gonna snow for like another two weeks.” Then today happened. Pretty sure it’s my fault, haha.

So, you can fit a 9′ roll of white background paper in a Fiesta. I was asked to shoot white seamless at the Ann Arbor Valentine’s Dance, the first time I’ve shot white seamless in years. Don’t know if I remember how to do this, haha. As I sold the background crossbar and stands to a friend last year, half of the stuff here is in fact borrowed from fellow photographer friend Kenny.

What do you do when the skies dump 10 inches of snow on you? You get up early in the morning, travel 1.5 hours past half a dozen cars that have slid off the road to an off road park, and drive your car at the off road park with all your rallycross friends, desperately trying to keep out of the snow banks lest you have to call the pickup truck to tow you out. This was my first time ever at Bundy Hill. I always thought I’d first come here with a Jeep, but I suppose a Fiesta ST works in a pinch under very specific circumstances. Only got four runs today, as most of the RWD and AWD (surprise!) cars kept getting stuck and requiring tows. The only instance where FWD proved to be the snow bank avoidance vehicle of choice, haha. =P