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#362828 Members Mug Shots....

Posted by Stoney871 on 10 May 2014 - 08:38 PM

One for the ladies ;)

 

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(I have aged a bit since this one though)

 

 




#359656 I've Been Insulted By A German!

Posted by TheRookie on 03 May 2014 - 10:54 AM

I took this picture in Nuremberg when driving to a trade show:

 

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#253631 Ford Focus Full Wiring Schematics Mk2/2.5 And Mk3

Posted by Preee on 19 April 2013 - 09:56 PM

A little gift , here are the PDF electrical wiring diagrams for the Ford Focus

 

Focus Mk2/2.5 + ST PDF dated 2010  - http://www.mediafire...0ww0q1o720cm9uc

 

Focus Mk3 PDF dated 2011 , not ST - http://www.mediafire...5sgjtvif7gd9hxc

 

Very usefull indeed if your trying to figure out additions to your car or find wiring

 

Regards

 

Preee




#349404 12 Inch Subs :)

Posted by Hyrule on 31 March 2014 - 06:36 PM

Made me chuckle :)

 

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#348235 Speed Cameras, Some People Deserve A Ticket

Posted by sparksy32 on 28 March 2014 - 12:29 AM

So on my way to work the other night I was going down blackheath hill. There is a speed camera on the hill facing down.
3 cars in front of me, the first car of the three gets flashed.
You would think the second car would slow, but he doesn't and you guessed it he gets flashed as well.
The third car was a bit more savvy (or so I thought). He slowed down and didn't get flashed.
I decided to air on the side of caution and went through at about 20 mph.
Now at the bottom of the hill there is a set of traffic lights (can you see where this is going).
The third car that had slowed down previously went through on a red and triggered the traffic light camera.
Priceless. You really can't fix stupid.


Mark


#361188 My Mate Hit A Deer (Graphic Pic)

Posted by theduke on 06 May 2014 - 10:54 PM

Oh Deer!




#322423 Egr Valve?

Posted by Lenny on 16 January 2014 - 01:33 PM

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Hi john,
Welcome to the forum,
Take some time out to research the forum rules and follow them by introducing yourself in the "newbie section"
I notice if you filled the vehicle description out correctly on your profile correctly; you drive an ST understandably its not a modern diesel engine so your personal concern over egr blanking of your own vehicle is non existent.
Moving on from this mate; ford didn't design the modern diesel engines which they have fittted to there cars ;) which half of your life did you spend being the mechanic ?
My guess is; youve spent the first half
And now spending the second half being an arrogant !Removed! hole
The diesel engines ford now use with the exemption of the 1.8tdci are. Citroen Peugeot engines,
Ford head puffin a cigar got on the phone too gas monkey "gimmie cheap diesel engine that's economical, we'll sort the body just gimme something cheap with high mpg" they don't care about long term reliability that doesn't make money as I'm sure you as a mechanic yourself are well aware; fix it right the first time they won't be back motto.

Take a seat for this one; your ST engine.. its a Volvo mate, not a ford designs engine neither, has the inlet penillum split on you yet? Due at around 25,000 research that as it applies to your motor directly.
Aswell as the headlight washer jet covers known to depart from the body at 5,000 upwards,

Now on diesel engines the egr valve recirculates waste gasses in to the induction system instead of 100% clean air, this is in a bid to create an engine that wins stars on the European sales market for fuel efficiency and lowest in class emissions,
They want to sell, sell, sell, they no longer care about reliability.
The recirculation of waste gases is proven to contaminate the oil with excessive levels of carbon thus blocking oil feed pipes to the turbo causing turbo failure and excessive engine wear,
If I was a car manufacturer or a mechanic Id be all in favour of the egr and agents blanking it,
Why?
Because as a car manufacturer or a mechanic Id be making more money replacing blown turbos, blocked oil feed pipes, contaminated induction systems and carbon caked oil sumps.
But since I'm not either, as an independent road user and daily driver of an egr equipped vehicle I have done my research and decided the best option for me with my car is to blank the egr valve and prolong the life of my 32,000euro four wheeled investment.
I'm speaking from experience with diesel engine and from my experience buddy when it comes to egr blanking and understanding its functionality your speaking from your anal passage.

Typical mechanic too,
Opting to change the glow plugs when in discussion about working on a completely different part of the car :lol:
Any chance your a ford mechanic?
They changed my whole pollen filter housing when changing the pollen filter,

I'm not here to convince anyone to do anything,
I'm talking from personal experience and sharing that with others.
The ford mechanics don't design the cars, the he ford mechanic agreed with me on banking the egr,
He doesn't drive a ford body or Peugeot engine, he drove a Daewoo,
Again his personal experience added to my own personal experience and research after all he's servicing the things every day, he doesn't design them but he sees the wear and tare and with that knowledge he agreed yes blanking egr is most certainly the thing to do for lower carbon contamination.

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#283038 I Have A Personalisation Idea :) Have A Look

Posted by FOCA on 17 August 2013 - 03:42 PM

You had my opening the thread in exitement and anticipation,  and i was dissapointed - for me, "tuning" means modifiing a car for better performance




#281848 Ford Fair 2013 Picture & Video Topic

Posted by EddieKUGA on 12 August 2013 - 05:24 PM

I think I went slightly OTT with the polishing??  :whistling:

 

 

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#370923 New Speed Camera's Coming To Town

Posted by Preee on 03 June 2014 - 08:58 PM

The best place for those cameras would be to fill all the potholes with :wacko:




#362699 Members Mug Shots....

Posted by Lenny on 10 May 2014 - 05:53 PM

Selfies go for it.... there are loads of members = loads of pics lol.... some must b more vain than others lmao. Lenny try n turn the pics into hd lol works wonders....
Every1 is beautiful in their own way, except my beauty comes from within lmao......
lenny was going to say get a facial shot of vicki but that will just get turned dirty lmao

im not sure which type of facial there but ill do both mart :) ill unload then upload :lol:


#355349 I'm Coming Back... [Warning: St Inside!]

Posted by iNath on 20 April 2014 - 04:22 PM

18 months after selling my beloved ZS TDCi and driving a Skoda Octavia company car I'm coming back to the Fiesta fold in a blaze of glory ;)

2013 ST182 in Molten Orange with orange heated half-leather seats, push button start & style pack. Pick her up next Saturday  :D  :lol:

 

Excited is an understatement!

 

 

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#312560 Focus On Fire At Paul Walker Memorial Meet

Posted by Stoney871 on 16 December 2013 - 05:45 PM

The manifold was the brightest thing in that situation.


#301574 Corsa Vxr Seats

Posted by Ru4hie on 01 November 2013 - 06:40 PM

April isnt for another couple of months yet


#295374 What Would You Do?

Posted by Turvey on 08 October 2013 - 05:20 PM

You need to print some of these of and stick them to ALL the windows!!!

 

 

WARNING!!! Do NOT Click The Link If Easily Offended By Words Of A Graphic Nature!!! You Have Been Warned  :) 

 

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#293766 Swearing

Posted by Stoney871 on 01 October 2013 - 11:25 AM

It has come to the attention of the Forum staff that the level of swearing and reliance on the swear filter has increased.

The filter is in place to save the moderation team having to censor and edit all posts.

Just because the filter is in place the use of profanity is not acceptable.

Remember, the Forum Staff can see what you have written even through the filter.

Swearing, profanities and overly suggestive posts will not be accepted and may result in posts being removed without notification and in extreme cases may result in posting rights of offending Members being restricted.

Please keep this Forum child and work computer friendly.

Your assistance in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

 




#285205 Been Pimping 2 Volkswagen Beetles

Posted by Lenny on 26 August 2013 - 07:17 PM

Hi guys,
Thought I'd share today's car mods with you for the laugh,
Sorry about picture quality taken using a tablet computer,

My two girls got these barbie Volkswagen beetle cars from santa last Christmas and I could never understand why he didn't put lights in them,

So last week I dissected the shells drilled some 4mm holes inside of the clear lenses and purchased from LEDs to give it the HID look which to scale actually work lol as you can see there ready to drag race with angry birds barbie counting down to the quarter mile attack with the LEDs illuminating just like scale HID

I also used the electrical nylon tape to line the footwell's and seats to feel and look like a two tone interior,
Happy with the results lol
And the 9volt battery's strapped down in the boot compartment just like a proper racer

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#283503 Foc Official Corsa Bashing Thread

Posted by jeebowhite on 19 August 2013 - 11:36 AM

Stoney, did you not do him for driving without due care and attention? or where you off duty and just showed him a thing or two?

 

As for the Corsa, well I dont race on the roads, however I will quite happily abandom all fuel economy graces and accelerate as quickly as possible to a legal limit, in order to show these things up.

 

Recently had two 'attempts' to be shown up by a corsa, both failed.

 

Had a 1.4 corsa, tarted up looking like he had spent all his pocket money on it, and we were at a set of traffic lights (very little difference to those in america i.e. another set 100 yards ahead) he started revving at me, so I started revving back. Red goes amber and he wheels spins off, I dont move, I then crawl off up to ten miles an hour, after he has slammed his anchors at the next lights, I look over the way, see the amber, and floor it, I get to the lights as they go from amber to green, he starts to wheelspin and I disappear past him at 35, and keep going till hes a dot in the mirror. He eventually caught up with me, with a look of horror (so he should, he just got 'learned' by a minibus ;), so I humour him again, we get to the roundabout, both heading the same way, and we pull away, but then he tries to cut me up. Foot down, and whilst he is in the inside lane, at about 30 still trying to accelerate, I lurched past him and left him for dust, once again he caught up with me at the next set of lights, having seen an undercover bobby car down the road, and knowing fine well I was turning off, I sat at the lights, and he shouts at me 'how about one more' I told him the first to 60 takes ultimate pride (in a 40 zone ;)) he clearly doesn't know the area, and clearly didn't realise that I was going right, but he floored it off, got to the police car and swung out to overtake him at 40 (he clearly didn't realise that I hadn't moved...) all of a sudden, I see blue lights... :D

 

that was just legendary!  he was clearly out to drive like a pratt, and whilst it was safe and legal to do so, I showed him as much. My car is not super tuned, its got an EGR blank, a turbo diesel, and an auto gearbox, hardly the raciest of motors, but I still managed to show him up. But the fact that was willing to go to such lengths in a built up residential area to try and gain back some pride, cost him about £60 and three points!

 

I caught up with that same cop car later that day, I was overly surprised when I found it was one of my old mates I used to work with in the kitchens. he told me that the guy claimed I was racing him, driving like an eedget, up his backside, and bullied him into going faster. Even my mate saw that I was in the dedicated turn lane when he flew up his jacksey, and told him it was bull, but he had to ask the question, so I told him the truth, I never exceeded the speed limit, there was never any traffic immediately in front of us, and I was always in a seperate lane. Also told him about some of the other manouvers he had been trying to pull (undertaking being one of them, and at one point earlier in the journey he undertook on the hard shoulder). my mates eyes pricked up, and got on the blower, suddenly had an urgent home visit to attend to and gave the guy a true rollocking. I later had a mutual friend drop me a message, Dan had told him to pass on a message: there was no evidence so he couldn't charge him, but apparently he broke down in tears in front of mummy and daddy, who took his keys off him, 3 months driving ban, courtesy of the folks! and his first month driving afterwards was to be accompanied by one of his folks. The guy only passed his test about 2 month ago, and his parents bought him the car as a present...

 

now that is a victory!




#283117 My Mk2.5 Focus Titanium

Posted by SuperSixFour on 17 August 2013 - 08:22 PM

Hi,

 

This is my new car, its a 2 year old focus titanium in vision blue with the 100ps version of the 1.6 petrol engine.

 

 

It has the usual titanium spec with a few options ticked, DAB, keyless entry, push button start, heated seats, Bluetooth, voice control, and rear parking sensor.

 

 

 

I'll be giving it a good wash, clay and machine polish when I get a free weekend, but the paint is in pretty good condition really.

So far I've fitted a brodit phone cradle and some ford oem mudflaps, but that's all. I've got a few other bits waiting to be fitted when time and weather allow...

 

Clear fog light lens - I might do the dual reverse mod in the future, but just a clear lens and red bulb for now.

 

Zetec S aluminium sport pedals - these were an optional accessory on the titanium.

 

New alloy centre caps - these have corroded quite a lot, spoiling the look of the alloys

 

LED rear tail lights - again these were an option on the titanium.

 

That's about it for now really, I'm a fan of keeping things original looking, so I'm mainly just looking at fitting oem parts and optional extras that the car doesn't have.

 

 I'll probably replace the headlight and front fog light bulbs with a combination of  Phillips xtreme vision and night breakers towards winter, I had those in my last car and they were decent.

 

I'll be looking around the forum for other ideas, so any suggestions are welcome!

Thanks

 

Alex


 




#199449 Guide To Fixing Common Focus Bonnet Lock Problem.

Posted by Brigante on 07 August 2012 - 08:37 PM

Ok so this is my first attempt at a guide so if it is deemed not a guide or not detailed enough please feel free to move it to the relevant section or remove it completely.

As you may or may not be aware there is a big design flaw in the design of the Ford Focus bonnet lock mechanism.

If you remove the slam plate:
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And this rubber boot:
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You will see there is a cable connecting the key barrel:
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To this white collet:
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The idea is on the right turn of the key, this catch opens:
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Like so:
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Which releases the bonnet allowing you to lift it open.

Now this is not so much a flaw but actually a tamper proof measure designed in by ford. This lies with the white collet pictured above. Basically the back of this collet is part of a + shaped male and female key, these two parts need to be clicked in together for you to be able to open the bonnet.

The idea is if a would-be thief tries to break into your bonnet, the connection behind the collet will separate rendering the lock mechanism useless and they will not be able to open the bonnet.

However, this is actually flawed as it was generally new technology to ford and it was poorly designed as well as the actual connection being very fragile. Meaning instead of thieves, the actual owners of the car was getting locked out of they're own bonnets, because the slightest knock or bump, sometimes even taking a big speed bump too quick, or as I'll mention shortly changing the grill can dislodge the connection. Then as the owner was none the wiser to this 'security feature', when it came to opening the bonnet with the key, only to find nothing happened, they was truly in the shtuck.

I unfortunately discovered this design flaw first hand when I received some front end damage resulting in needing the bumper replacing, which meant removing the key barrel from the grill.

The 'mechanic' slid the barrel out of the grill and let it hang freely, removed the grill, removed the old bumper, fitted the new bumper, replaced the grill, replaced the barrel and finally closed the bonnet. He then tried to open the bonnet, only to discover that when turning the key left and right, nothing happened and the bonnet was jammed shut tight.

Now I must inform you that the lock mechanism is also very fragile and can easily snap or break, If this is the case then unfortunately you will have to smash your grill in, snap off the lock mechanism and buy a new grill and lock mechanism from ford or ebay and have the barrel built up to your original key by a locksmith, this will end up costing you around a £100.

You can also jack the car up, get on your back under the car and reach up between the radiator and engine block where you will have to go by feel and take a ratchet spanner to the 2 10mm bolts either side of the lock mechanism. By loosening these 2 bolts you will be able to prise the bonnet up with enough force. I did try this, but unless I just have really big hands, I do not see how anyone can reach up high enough to get to the bolts without getting they’re arm trapped.

However you will most likely find you are in the same situation as I was and the connection had just become loose and not actually broken, in which case it is very easy to fix this yourself when you know how.

I actually joined this forum looking for an answer myself, a quick Google search will throw up loads of results with people in the same situation and some may mention using a long screw driver through the grill, but not in much detail so if you are not doing it right or hard enough you can waste all day with no result and end up thinking the grill needs to be smashed in when it doesn't at all.

The common cause of this problem is actually replacing the grill and not knowing about the problem until it is too late and you are faced with not being able to open your bonnet.

After managing to fix this problem myself with no mechanical experience, a fellow member of this forum fitted a nice new ST grill to his focus found himself in the exact same situation I was in only days before.

He tried the screwdriver trick himself with no avail and thought he would be faced with smashing in his nice new grill quicker than he had actually fitted it.

I managed to guide him through what he had to do so he was able to fix it himself too. So as this is a common problem I am writing this guide for anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or anyone thinking of swapping they’re grill and doesn't already know about this problem.

Now after a load of waffle, very simply here is how to open your bonnet if you find yourself in this situation.

First off, brute force and position is key here, if you don’t push hard enough it won’t happen, if you have the screwdriver in the wrong position it won’t happen.

First things first If you peer through the grill you will see the black rubber boot which you will need to pull off with some needle nose pliers (you may need a torch for this)

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Once this is off you will be able to see the cable and the white collet:
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Then what you need to do is thread a long enough screwdriver (about 300mm should do) through the grill directly above the ford swivel badge:
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As I just said it is all about position. You need to position the head of your screwdriver on the face of the white collet, directly above where the cable meets the collet like so:
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This had immediate results for me as soon as I had the screwdriver in this position and I opened the bonnet within minutes.

However to find this position I worked the screwdriver right the way around the cable with no avail, If you position the screwdriver to the sides or underneath the cable you won’t have much luck:
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It needs to be like this:
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Once you have the head of the screwdriver in this position, you now need to put all of your bodyweight on the end of the screwdriver and push the white collet back in place, while in turn turning the key left and right as normal.

A tip is to get someone to turn the key left and right for you while you push on the screwdriver. I found it also helps to have whoever is turning the key to push it in in a straight in position while turning the key.

By pushing the white collet in with the screwdriver you are pushing the male and female connection back together and much to your joy the bonnet will suddenly pop. When pushing the screwdriver you should hear a click, this is the connection clicking back together, if you don’t hear the click don’t worry, as long as you maintain the pressure you will get the bonnet open and you can deal with getting the connection to click together after.

I must stress, when you find the correct position of the screwdriver and the right amount of pressure, the bonnet will suddenly pop on the left turn of the key, it is important to not get too overjoyed at this point and stop applying the pressure. If you do, you will lose the connection and you will have to start all over again.

So remember, when the bonnet suddenly pops on the left turn, make sure you quickly turn the key to the right and lift the bonnet before you lose the connection.

By doing this instead of a £100 ebay spend for a new grill and lock kit, all it cost me was 5quid for a long enough screwdriver which is one of the best purchases I've made and now lives in my boot should this problem happen again.

A final and critical tip, If you are planning on swapping your grill, very carefully slide the barrel out of the existing grill, and whatever you do, DO NOT let the barrel hang freely on the cable, this will almost definitely lose the connection causing you to find the bonnet won’t open after closing it.

To avoid this problem in the first place all you have to do is balance the barrel on some sort of object, a can of pop would do for instance, this keeps the cable in position and prevents the weight of the barrel dislodging the connection when hanging.

If you do let the barrel hang however, it still isn't a problem, just make sure the key still does what it is supposed to do before closing the bonnet, if it doesn't, click the connection back together before you do.

If you've closed the bonnet and can't open it, follow the guide.


So there you go, my first guide. I hope it was as informative as it could be and not too boring. If it helps other people who find themselves in the same situation it will have been worth the read.