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1.3-litre Cross­flow is prone to pre­ma­ture pis­ton and bore wear — look for fum­ing from the oil filler cap. A tap­ping top end means the Pinto is suf­fer­ing from its bug­bear of ad­vanced camshaft wear, while also check that the cam­belt has been re­placed ev­ery 30,000 miles. A rough run­ning Pinto is usu­ally fixed by re­plac­ing tired ig­ni­tion parts and cor­rectly gap­ping the of­ten over­tight­ened points, although the 1.6-litre’s VV carb is renowned for caus­ing idling and start­ing is­sues. Watch for signs of over­heat­ing too, as the Pinto’s wa­ter pump suf­fers from cor­ro­sion if the anti-freeze mix is wrong.The 2.3-litre V6 is also prone to crack­ing its heads if it runs too hot, while the auto choke mech­a­nism of its Pier­burg car­bu­ret­tor is of­ten the cause of run­ning is­sues.

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