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  1. All non-management staff on FOC are volunteers and therefore we give our free time to help run the forum. There are over 50 different sections on this forum to categorise threads and ensure you are receiving the most appropriate responses. The General Chat forum is ONLY for threads which DO NOT fit any other category. If your thread is anything do to with a specific model, it should go in the relevant model club section. If related to Fords in general, in the General Ford forum, etc. We have spent longer moving threads out of general chat and in to the correct section than anything else on the forum, but this will no longer be the case. In future, any thread which is not general chat, i.e. related to Fords or fits in another category will be deleted.
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  2. I do like taking Pipper for her first extended stroll, up to Wimborne, then along the river Stour, to Cowgrove (which today lacked the huge crowd of cows that are normally there - perhaps they all being milked at the point we passed). We then went up the Roman road, through Kingston Lacy estate and on to Badbury Rings. where Pipper introduced herself to a pair of Rotties (brother and sister) and three unrelated Standard Poodles. We returned a slightly different route, eventually meeting up with and following the river Allen back into Wimborne. Here's some Pipper is now having a post walk snooze beneath my chair, using both her cuddly haggis and my jeans as a pillow Pipper watching as I pick up her lead, 5 hours ago, before we set out. Pipper, requesting non-stop stroking whilst I'm typing one handed Pipper, watching her bowl about to touch down on the carpet Another snooze, this time after tea
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  3. My thoughts shadow Ian's comments on this one. I don't know your personal situation or financial circumstances and neither am I about to question it but I personally find it absolutely mad that anyone would go through with the sale of a diesel car knowing fine well it's been misfuelled. The worst has yet to come from this problem. I wish you the best of luck dealing with it in the future and actually proving who is at fault as they will wash their hands of it and blame something else.
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  4. Well the all mighty update v3.10 is here EU Language pack is - EN,DE,RU But I cannot share the download link here with everyone. So if anybody is interested hit me with a PM and i will provide you with the link. Here's the reason why i cannot share it: This USB-update v3.10 is not an official one from Ford. Ford has not released the download package for it - at least for now. This update was created by one Ford specialist, he scanned the already updated 3.10 SYNC 2 by dealer, looked for all the files that were installed and all that files manually downloaded from Fords server. Than the automatic USB installation was created using the v3.8 installer. So after the installation you will see a message that update v3.8 was installed successfully, but do not worry you will have the v3.10. And the creator of this update asked me not to share it for masses - so i will respect it and would ask you for the same if you would like to have it. For those who have the Sat Nav activated additionally - you won't loose it after this USB update. Installation time approx. 22 minutes. After the installation the SYNC will have no saved data from Phone or Navigation - so you have to set it up all again. And of course, UPDATE ON YOUR OWN RISK ! AND it is not suitable for North American My Ford Touch !
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  5. Temperatures in the indoor workplace are covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which place a legal obligation on employers to provide a ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace. I believe that if the temperature isn't acceptable within the first 2 hours of starting work then you have the right to leave the workplace or at least take more 'comfort breaks'. Sent from my SM-G930F
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  6. Ribeyes aren't good for rare cooking. They need a little time/heat for the fat to break down, and so are best served medium. Sirloin is best rare and generally has a decent fat content to build flavour. Also pretty tender. Fillet - pointless cut in my opinion. No flavour. Overrated. Overpriced. I enjoy a decent bit of rump steak. That's gotta be medium rare. But my favourite cut by a country mile is the little known bavette cut, cooked rare. Also known as the flank by the Americans. It's very tender and has a very 'beefy' flavour. Much richer taste than many other cuts (well on the way to an offal taste) and it's pretty cheap. It's tricky to find and many butchers will take the bavette cuts for themselves. If you can find it, try it! Tends to have a long, thin-is appearance and it is pointy. And I have a real hatred for sauce on steak. You are spending a lot of money on a premium cut of meat. Why then, would any moron, want to smother it with something as vile as peppercorn sauce? You may as well get a bit of braising steak if you're just gonna swamp it in cheap sauce. Sorry - I am a steak aficionado :P
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  7. Same here, here's my baby,
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  8. It happens after every 24 hours of use. It does it when the ignition is switched off and isn't normally seen. It is rebooting itself as microsoft isn't capable of writing an operating system that can remain stable for long periods.
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  9. I always put my parking ticket back in to the machine if im leaving before the ticket expires, This allows someone else to use it up as it's of no further use to me.
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  10. I do like reading Pipper's insurance policy document, and discovering that Petplan will donate the equivalent of 10% my annual premium to the rescue centre, she came from. Not just for this year, they'll do it for each and every year, I renew.
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  11. I do like a nice drive in the old turbo diesel this afternoon and now sitting with a glass of wine and a chinese take-away in the oven. It is quite sad really that the best things in my life are alcohol, food and driving, but it is better than nothing!!
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  12. Will let you know next week if it will be unofficially available for us :)
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  13. Share your favourite videos, pictures, jokes, etc. Anything fun or hilarious that is related to cars, that you have come across. I will start:
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  14. ive had a non working windscreen wash system for 2 years (yes ive been really lazy) never felt i could tackle the issue myself and didnt want to pay £70 to have a mechanic deal with it over the last week ive read up on a thread here where someone had same issue they changed the pump and cleaned the filter ive never worked on any car but after watching youtube videos i felt i could try this so this morning with a few tools i removed the drivers side wheel removed the inner lining removed the washer bottle took the bung/filter off which was gunked up cleaned that and washed bottle out took a chance and put bottle together again filled up with water and tested which to my delight worked a treat so rather than buying a new pump i just put all back in place fitted liner and wheel back filled bottle up with autoglym screen wash this took me an hr and 1/2 got filthy wet but feel good with myself having taken on this task and saving £70 with help and advice from this forum anyone can take most car issues on so id like to say a BIG THANKYOU to everyone who helps and advises on threads where people need help especially when photos or videos get added which helps tremendously
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  15. Well said. It's only because of this forum I've gone from a complete newbie to a bit of confidence with car maintenance. And the money saved......... ! Like you say it's a great feeling when you get the job done!
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  17. I can concur with pretty much everything written here, and I'm only 21... I've always had a very mature mentality, and unfortunately my body is (prematurely) catching up. The joys!!
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  18. When you're count down timer looks like this
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  19. ...When you pass a clothing shop and see beige cardigans on sale and go 'Hmmm..' ...When during the course of a conversation you find yourself saying 'In my day'. ...When you pass a group of youths being boisterous and tut to yourself and say '***** Kids' ...When everything on Radio One sounds like crap...Oh wait.. it always has
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  20. ...When you groan getting out of a chair and sigh when you sit down. ...When your joints begin to click at even a hint of rain. Sent from my SM-G930F
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  21. Apparently I nearly peed on my sister in my sleep once...I got lost going to the bathroom Mum caught me just in time lol My dislike: I'm dieing with a horrific case of the man-flu...but according to my other half "it's just a cold" Haven't been to to man-the-chuff-up yet though lol
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  24. Don't wear a coat/jacket whilst in vehicle but put it on before getting out of it. Makes a world of difference.
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  25. When looking for my car 18 months ago, I wanted an ST on a 10 plate, but the prices were in the region of 8 to 10 grand. This was more than I could afford ( had £7000 cash) so I went and bought a lookie likey, a 1.8 petrol Zetec S. Cost me £5200, well happy with it. I have paid cash for my last two cars, my previous car a Mondeo mk2 Zetec I kept on the road as my daily drive for 10 years before scrapping it. I like to keep my cars to the end, that way no one is having the benefit of all my money I've spent on it. Here's my lookie likely
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  26. traffic r/l set light beam for driving on the right or left so useful if you drive in the UK and Europe. rain light = set lights and wipers to auto so main lights come on automatically in low light and wiper come on automatically when it rains Auto high beam isn't standard on Ti X and needs the optional Driver Assistance Pack Headlight delay - From memory it sets the amount of time the headlights remain on after being switched off i.e. to give you time to walk from your car to house door when it's dark etc
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  27. Im getting focus titanium x on 1st march in magnetic with sync 3
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  28. I do like chopping a weeks worth of firewood WITHOUT hitting my thumb!
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  29. option b. coat glass with synthetic sealant which stops frost bonding to windows and just slides off. i'll leave you guys to your ice scrapers and warm water jugs........ #smug grin. ;-)
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  30. Sounds like you activated the courtesy lights. After getting out the car push the stalk as if putting high beam on. You'll hear a beep. This means they are on and stay on for about 30 seconds before going off. It was implemented to help you find your way after stopping, such as pulling onto a driveway - simply activate them and lights stay on whilst you get your key to open the door for example. They turn off automatically after 30 seconds.
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  31. anything less than a cosworth RS 500 engine transplant is a complete waste of time......... only kidding , start with led bulb upgrades inside and out , £30 goes a long way on ebay...... :-D
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  32. Whoop, got my baby back :) They changed #4 injector, fuel lines, turbo feed pipe, V belt, camshaft sensor & changed the oil 7.5 hours labour, £600 all in. Worth it, fed up of the hire car! :D
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  33. Can anyone translate this into understandable english? 🤔 Sent from my SM-G930F
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  34. I do like having a very long extended walk with Pipper, even though it was raining. We did about 36 miles or so over the course of 9-10 hours, and she would've been happy to go further; spaniels like collies don't seem to tire easily. I, however, was starting to get a bit hungry Following the old railway line (that's now a bridleway) into the outskirts of Poole and then a Roman/old quarrying road to the northern foreshore of Poole harbour. We then sort followed the coast, either on it or on roads that ran near it, until we came down to the beaches of Sandbanks. Once on the beach, we kept going to till we were below Southbourne, where we left the beach and walked along the B3059 into Christchurch, and then out the other side to pick up the Avon Trailway. Just after Sopley, we left the trailway and headed towards West Parley and on to Ferndown. Essentially doing a big loop on where we had come from, but 8-10 miles north. We then had a detour in Ferndown Forest and met some huskies, who were practising wheeled sled racing. Pipper and some of the huskies who were waiting for their turn with the sled, had a group sniff of each others bits. We then left the forest to go back towards Hampreston and pick up the river Stour path (east of where we walked yesterday) to come back into Wimborne and then home. Now I've stopped, both my quads and glutes feel rather stiff It wasn't a strenuous walk, so I'm not entirely sure why
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  35. Pipper seems to have a hankering to be a washing machine engineer
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  36. I am amused by this [emoji23] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  37. Just an update here fro anyone who is interested with the petrol focus. I removed the throttle body and cleaned all the dirt from both sides and also the throttle plate itself. I used wd40 and petrol and a soft cloth. Just make sure that if you are cleaning the throttle body do no use any sharp metal objects (ie screwdrivers ect) as you don't want to mark it by scraping the dirt of. I also removed the rubber gasket and cleaned it all up as well. Inside the plastic manifold was also dirty so I just used a damp cloth with petrol and cleaned as far as I could reach with it. I let all dry for about 15 minutes then rebuilt all back up. Also when reconnecting the throttle sensor there is a initialization period/Step when replacing a new throttle body so I followed it just to keep things right even though I was reusing my original one. I have outlined the basic steps below for anyone who may need it. Steps To Remove 1) Disconnect Battery (This will also reset any Memory states) 2) Remove Air Cleaner OutLet Pipe (The one that runs from the air box to the throttle body) 3) Disconnect the TPS (Throttle Body Position Sensor) (small red locking clip pops up then whole plug just pulls of sensor) 4) Remove the 4 Torx screw on the TB and gently lift throttle body of. Under you will see the rubber gaskets which can be removed and cleaned or replaced depending on condition. Steps to Reinstall 1) Reinstall is a reverse of the above steps just make sure that the rubber gasket is seated properly and hand screw the 4 torx screws a few turns before tightening them up. Tightening torque figures are 10Nm for those who are interested but DON'T over-tighten. 2) when all is replaced the Initialization period is as follows: DO NOT PRESS THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL DURING THE INITIALIZATION PERIOD. -Turn the ignition to position II - Wait for 1 minute to Initialize the throttle body. - Turn the ignition to the off position. After that just drive as your normally would and the car should relearn all values. You will also need to reset you clock and date and re input your radio code as the battery was disconnected. I have notices the car engine is a lot quieter when revving at higher speeds and does not growl as much, and the car pulls a lot better and smoother. It feels totally better and smoother throughout the gear changes. Passengers also have noticed the difference in the feel of the car so I am very happy with that. Hope this helps for anyone who may have the same issues or questions about throttle body cleaning. Thanks :)
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  38. It all comes down to how it was treated. I've seen cars with over 200,000 miles on the clock run perfectly, and others with less than 50,000 miles with seized engines due to lack of maintenance. Our first Focus, a 2000 1.8 petrol had almost 190,000 miles on the clock when we sold it, and the engine and gearbox were both still in full working order.
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  39. and you mistake milk for apple juice when making a cuppa tea ! then forget you made the 2nd cuppa with milk and its gone cold
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  40. I was going to say - it was warm but not that warm!!
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  42. I did that to the wife's car, didn't tell her until the day before we had to sign and I only told her then cos it was her car lol. She had a two yr old 1.0l eco 125 in white, think it was a tit with low mileage. Dealer rang me and said he could do a good deal on another new fiesta but this time in red and a tit X, same engine. Worked out to be £11 less a month for a newer better spec car! So I jumped at the chance, the wife was proper ***** off though, saying I didn't need to swap it as nothing wrong with her current car. 1 week into the swap and she prefers the new one Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  43. All 3 of the dogs I've had don't bark unless there is a reason. All were rescue dogs, so not sure what training they had before. Our old springer spaniel would only bark if there was "someone strange" in the garden, of if there was a cat. He would also bark once at the back door if he had escaped and was wanting back in. My mums old jack Russel and now her dog de bordeaux only bark at the door if someone chaps the letter box. Even then, it is normally just one or two barks until we tell them to shh and then they stop. Some dogs simply are not very vocal :-)
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  45. Well done Kevin! The new axe helped I assume.
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  46. I did the cambelt at 118,000. But if your car has an interference engine I would not take any risks and get it done at a dealer. But if you are doing it every 50,000 miles it would seem sound advice to miss the water pump and do the water pump at 100,000.
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  47. Glad it's sorted. Changing the HP pipes and glowplugs are time consuming on the Tdci. 7.5 hours doesn't sound too bad.
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  48. bluefin my 100 focus to 140, makes a huge difference. been on for over 2 years and runs fine.
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  49. Although the interior in your Golf may feel a little more premium than the Focus, take a Focus out for a thrash on some windy roads and you'll soon 'feel' the difference in terms of steering feedback, cornering grip etc.
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  50. Hi. Since getting my 1.6 auto, I have been utterly confused as to what engine I've got. Ford Etis says I've got a 2010 1.6L Duratec 16v PFI (100ps) Sigma. Wiki then throws the spanner in the works (so to speak) telling me that one (Zetec) was developed from the other or something. Anyway FWIW I have a 1.6 (as above, Zetec derived or not) 4 speed auto and I love it. I have always been a fan of automatics; all that flapping about of arms and legs to get a motor from A to B just seems so antiquated somehow! That said, I have over the years driven more manuals that autos though. Anyway, as said, I love mine. I've read elsewhere on here that technically it's a 3 speed + overdrive box but, to use a motoring journo's well-worn cliché, it behaves smoothly and without drama. It's not as clever or as smooth as the 5 speed Jatco Tiptronic in my sadly-departed mk3 Mondeo '54 plate 2L TDCi despite being a much newer car. It can occasionally get caught out where a sudden change is needed, for example on a road I regularly travel, where a downhill, a bend at the bottom followed a steep uphill with a bend at the top can sometimes catch it in the wrong gear but flipping it into manual for a quick(er) change often helps things along. Kickdown works but don't expect any excitement... Mostly though I let it do its 'thang' in its own sweet way. Left to its own devices gear changes mostly happen virtually unnoticed and at the right time. As Incontro says above, it's nippy around town and is quick off the mark at roundabouts. It'll cruise happily at legal speeds and beyond (I'm told ) but getting past that middle-lane hog can require some forethought when in competition with the perpetually impatient Audi/Merc/BMW outside lane jacket-on-a-hanger monopoly. Most of my driving is local rural and I average about 37 mpg. I'm not, at 65, a boy racer (and the bathos/pathos of mid-life crisis is ancient history) but neither am I an archetypal old man driver (I hope!) My 1.6L Whatever its denomination gets me about smoothly and relatively quietly with gentle oomph available via kickdown or manual selection. To repeat myself, and as an OAP I'm allowed to, I love mine. I don't think you'll be disappointed
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