I picked up a Focus 2L Zetec today (2001 model) obviously with it being an older car I checked for the usual faults etc.
Anyway, few things standing out for me which just need a little help if possible;
1) The steering wheel has a bit of 'play' in it, I don't mean when steering left to right, I just mean if you get in the car and put your hands behind the steering wheel, pull it towards you and you can almost 'rock' it from side to side slightly, almost as if it isn't tightened up fully? Basically best example is, its like a wheel jacked up, with 4 bolts, but 1 is loose and the other 3 are tight, so it has a small amount of movement.
I had a look at the 2 screws underneath for the cowling, but they do not appear to make any difference - any ideas?
2) The central locking works fine, but I discovered this connector under the drivers side dash;
It is not plugged in anywhere, should it be?
3) It came with 2 Black keys, one is a remote, it also came with a smaller 'black top' key, and a small metal key - I take it this is the usual amount of spare/keys needed for the car?
4) I will be changing the air, pollen filters, along with spark plugs myself, but I suspect the cam belt (+tensioners etc) needs doing (55k but 10 year old car), so will probably ring around for that, whats the general consensus, change the water pump at the same time?
Other than that, seems a nice little car, from low revs I can hear a 'grinding' when I put my foot down but it sounds like the engine, only when accelerating at low speeds, and to be honest, i've never owned a Ford so it's probably a normal sound!